North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire today in one of the most dramatic confrontations between the two since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty. Reporter Jason Strother has reaction from South Korea.
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.
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.
Correspondent Jason Strother says South Koreans are welcoming Pyongyang's release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Some human rights activists are concerned that their work may have jeopardized the safety of North Korean refugees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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