North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, the latest gesture by leader Kim Jong-un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country's nuclear program.
The Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea is both a potential conflict zone and a tourist destination. An official South Korean tourism site notes more than a million people visit the DMZ every year.
North Korea transferred 55 small, flag-draped cases carrying the suspected remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War on Friday, officials said, a first step in implementing an agreement reached in a landmark summit in June.
American officials expect North Korea to hand over around 50 sets of remains of American troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War in coming weeks, but the drawn out process of negotiations to get to this point highlights the complications involve in the issue.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean charges that he used "gangster-like" diplomacy in negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday after meeting his Japanese and South Korean counterparts that he would continue to pursue denuclearization talks with North Korea.
Following the recent thaw in tensions that paved the way for historic summits between leaders of the US, South and North Korea, fear of prolonged hostility between the Koreas has been overshadowed by a renewed sense of hope.
U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill spent three days of talks in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. He was there to try to break the deadlock in the faltering negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program.
Tensions are rising in Seoul and Pyongyang, that have been building since North Korea started to prepare to launch a satellite. Some countries say they're concerned that the launch will be a long-range missile test.
South Korean newspapers have reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appointed his youngest son Kim Jong Un as successor. To find out what this means for the future of U.S. relations with Korea The Takeaway talks to BBC's Chris Hogg.
To find out China's take on the North Korea situation, The Takeaway talks to John Pomfret, author of Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. He writes the blog Pomfret's China on the Newsweek/Washington Post website.
President Obama is in Moscow with Russian President Medvedev to negotiate a pact to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. For a look at the significance of this trip, The Takeaway turns to John Bolton, former Ambassador to the United Nations.
Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea to negotiate for the release of two imprisoned American journalists. Sang-hun Choe of the New York Times and Jim Walsh, a professor at the MIT Security Studies Program, join The Takeaway with their thoughts.
What does Bill Clinton's trip to Pyongyang say about the future of U.S.- North Korean relations? The Takeaway's guest, Charles Armstrong, is Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University.
The BBC's Paul Danahar joins us after a recent trip to North Korea where he met students who are being groomed as the next generation of party faithfuls and possible leaders. He offers us a rare glimpse into this carefully shrouded country.
In March, a South Korean warship was torpedoed, killing 46 sailors and sinking the vessel. But this is not the first time North Korea has taken a hostile maritime policy, nor is this the most explicit act of aggression by Pyongyang.