(CNN) – Exactly a year ago, I spent six days in North Korea. It was an incredibly tense time on the Korean peninsula but things eventually calmed down. The past year has been relatively quiet.
But I now fear that could change with the death of Kim Jong Il. This is likely to be a very tense time as the transition to his young and untested son, Kim Jong Un, unfolds.FULL STORY
(CNN)–Most Americans say that North Korea does not pose an immediate threat to the United States, but a new national survey indicates that more than half say that the U.S. should use troops to help defend South Korea if the country is attacked by its northern neighbors.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday, support for using U.S. troops to defend South Korea crosses political boundaries. More than half of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents believe the U.S. should use troops in the case of an attack against South Korea. More Republicans-68 percent-support the notion than Democrats or Independents, and more men support the hypothetical action than women.
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) – I started the day thinking our flight from Pyongyang to Beijing may not take off because of the planned South Korean military exercises and the likely North Korean military response.
I assumed that would immediately result in the closure of the Pyongyang airport. That did not happen. Indeed, the North Koreans, at least as of this writing, are showing remarkable restraint in not responding to the hour-and-a-half South Korean live-fire exercise. But my flight was still canceled because of an amazing heavy fog that descended on the North Korean capital.
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) – I just came back from a subway ride in downtown Pyongyang. They took us really deep underground. The escalator seemed to go on forever, deeper than I've ever been - certainly much deeper than the Metro in Washington, DC - as we went from Prosperity station to Glory station.
It was clear to me the subway system doubles as an underground shelter. The people here are very conscious of the military situation in North Korea, and certainly now with the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
(CNN) - Even in the midst of incredible tension on the North Korean peninsula, there have been a few lighter moments as I continue covering New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's extraordinary visit here.
He's trying to calm down the tensions and has been meeting with senior North Korean diplomats, generals and nuclear officials, including Kim Gye Gwan, the North Korean who invited Richardson here on this mission.
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) - It's Saturday morning in Pyongyang and we're getting ready for another intense day. The situation here is very fluid right now and a lot of nerves are being frayed because of the tensions between North and South Korea. New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is getting ready for important talks in the next few hours with Kim Gye Gwan, North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator, the man who invited him to Pyongyang.
Richardson is urging restraint everywhere he goes. He's really worried that this situation is, in his words, a "tinderbox" where one miscalculation could lead to all-out war. He says he's never seen the situation so tense in all his visits to North Korea over the years; he agrees it's the most serious crisis since the 1953 Armistice which ended the Korean War.
Beijing, China (CNN) - New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson arrived here just a little while ago - a short layover on the way to Pyongyang, North Korea.
I am traveling with him covering his four day private visit to North Korea. I've been to China and South Korea - including the DMZ - but never to North Korea and am looking forward to seeing it.
(CNN) - Government ministers from the United States, Japan and South Korea will meet in Washington in early December to discuss North Korea, South Korea's foreign affairs ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry did not provide further details about the date of the meeting.
(CNN) - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described the behavior of North Korea as "belligerent" on Sunday, following a report that the country is stepping up its nuclear program.
"It confirms or validates the concern we've had for years about their enriching uranium which they've denied routinely," Adm. Mike Mullen said on CNN's "State of the Union." "All of this is consistent with belligerent behavior, the kind of instability creation in a part of the world that is very dangerous."