Laura Ling and Euna Lee, nabbed along the Chinese-North Korean border, have become players in a much larger drama.
'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il has reportedly tapped his youngest son as his successor.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates promised Saturday that the US will not 'stand idly by,' but the communist nation's example could be a case study in how to side-step diplomacy.
Satellite photos show activity at a testing site, say US officials. A successful launch would signal progress toward a nuclear weapons arsenal.
The May 25 test provided the world with a host of data about North Korea's bomb-making abilities. But only Pyongyang knows if the test was a success.