Regions / North Korea
In towns and cities all over Japan farewell gatherings were being held, as "returnees" to North Korea packed their bags and boarded trains that would take them to the port of Niigata where, after various formalities including a "confirmation of free will" by the International Committee of the Red Cross, they would board Russian ships for the voyage to Cheongjin in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Facing famine, North Korea may be prepared to make concessions with its nuclear-weapons program.
Much of North Korea's population is starving, yet its government pours money into missile and nuclear programs. Such behavior seems to be the height of irrationality. But North Korea is only following the international community's - especially America's - example.
North Korea can't help but think: "Look what happened to Libya when it gave up its nuclear weapons."
Disputes over the maritime border in the West Sea serve to exacerbate inter-Korean tensions.
You think negotiating with North Korea is difficult? Try sitting down with Jon Kyl (R-AZ).
The United States can play an important role in dialing back tensions in the disputed waters between North and South Korea, writes columnist Christine Ahn.
This week North Korea looks like the more rational of the two Koreas.
North Korea indicates to Mongolia that it might seek one-on-one negotiations with the United States.
WikiLeaks performs a full body scan of the government, which doesn't want its "junk" touched.