South Korean President Lee Myung Bak arrives in Washington today seeking a guarantee of American nuclear defense from possible North Korean aggression.
For the first time, the rogue state has admitted to having a uranium-enrichment program. It also threatened to respond militarily to any attempts to stop any of its ships suspected of carrying nuclear components.
The apocalyptic pronouncements from Pyongyang have a silver lining: They may be motivating the world to take unprecedented action against the North.
A tougher stance toward Pyongyang may complicate efforts to negotiate the release of the two women, who were sentenced Monday to 12 years of hard labor.
In a Sunday interview, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the administration is 'beginning to look at it.' The process would not be easy, though.