FROM David Kang
Local Koreans are cautiously optimistic about Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un President Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after an official invitation from the Supreme Leader. If the meeting takes place, it’ll mark the first time any U.S. president has ever met with the head of North Korea. Kim reportedly told South Korean diplomats that he is eager to meet President Trump “as soon as possible.”
Could military tensions between North and South Korea be thawing? The two countries re-opened a direct communication line along the Demilitarized Zone in preparation for possible high-level talks next week. This follows a New Year’s Day speech from North Korean President Kim Jong Un, in which he made a rare overture for new negotiations with the South. But in that speech, Kim also said he had a nuclear button ready to launch an attack on any American target. President Donald Trump tweeted last night that he has a nuclear button that’s “much bigger & more powerful.”
Tension from Korea reverberate here in LA In North Korea, military parades will mark the 105th anniversary of the birth the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. And it's possible Pyongyang may punctuate the day with a nuclear missle test.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.