FROM David Kang
Korean Reunions This week, at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain Resort, families divided by the Korean War nearly 70 years ago will meet: South Koreans and North Koreans face to face. Being selected for a reunion is not easy and it typically only lasts a couple of days.
Where is Kim Jong Un? It’s been thirty seven days since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was last seen in public. Today, he didn’t turn up at the big anniversary ceremonies for the founding of the Workers’ Party. That’s when everyone who’s anyone pays their respects at the palace-turned-mausoleum where the embalmed bodies of his father and grandfather lie under clear glass. So…where is Kim Jung Un? Is he sick? Has he been overthrown? Who’s running the country?
Public Execution of North Korea's Second in Command Last week's sudden execution of North Korea's second most powerful official has led to conflicting interpretations. Jang Song-thaek was Kim Jong-un's uncle by marriage and North Korea's closest friend of China. The public accusation that he was organizing the overthrow of the Kim dynasty includes the words, "if the living of the people and service personnel further deteriorate in the future." That language is an unusual admission that the country is not doing well. Is 30-year-old leader Kim Jong-un showing who's really in charge or revealing weakness? What are the consequences for other top cadres, relations with China and the US? Professor David Kang is Director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California.
North Korea Says It Will Restart Nuclear Reactor UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today he is " deeply troubled " by North Korea's announcement that it will reopen its Yongbyon facility for processing plutonium to make nuclear bombs. Ban says it "could lead down a path that nobody should want to follow." Professor David Kang is director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California.
Google’s Eric Schmidt visits North Korea North Korea allows just a tiny elite to use the Internet, but it’s officially referred to a group of American visitors as “a Google delegation.” Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, is part of a group led by former New Mexico Governor and UN Ambassador, Bill Richardson. We discuss why.
What's Next for North Korea after Its Failed Rocket Launch? The launch of the satellite Bright Shining Star was designed to introduce North Korea's newest leader to the rest of the world. The result was a $100 billion humiliation, as we hear from David Kang, Director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California.
North Korea Prepares for Kim Jong Il’s Funeral The funeral for North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il will be held on Wednesday and the outside world is full of speculation over who will attend—looking for signs that could reveal what’s going on behind the scenes in of a closed society.
Obama Talks Tough on Iran; North Korea Nuclear Crisis President Obama began today's news conference by responding to complaints about lukewarm support for election protesters in Iran. Also, a discussion of North Korea, which has escalated tensions with the US and the United Nations. We look at the provocations and possible options for the US and the UN.
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis At his press conference this morning, one issue the President wasn't asked about is North Korea, which is once again vying for the world's attention. A ship reportedly loaded with banned weapons is being trailed by an American destroyer, the USS John McCain. There are reports of plans to fire a missile toward Hawaii. We look at the provocations and possible options for the United States and the United Nations.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?