Kim Jung Un

  • August 11, 2017  

    President Trump denounced North Korea yet again Friday, affirming the U.S. and its military are ready to deal with any further provocation from Pyongyang. Despite the tensions, it was revealed that U.S. and North Korean diplomats have had back channel discussions recently. Nick Schifrin looks at the internal response and gets the North Korean perspective from Rafael Wober of Associated Press. Continue reading

  • October 10, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, the UN envoy to Syria warned there could be a massacre if the border town of Kobani is fully captured by the Islamic State. The militants have already taken 40 percent of the town despite stepped-up coalition airstrikes. Also, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s absence from another major public event stoked speculation about who’s in charge of the country. Continue reading

  • December 13, 2013  

    Until his sudden execution, Jang Song Thaek was considered to be the second most powerful figure in North Korea. The late Jang, who was married to the aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had gained power when Kim’s father and predecessor suffered a stroke. Kwame Holman reports on his remarkable demise. Continue reading

  • December 13, 2013  

    Will the execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, the high-level North Korean official Jang Song Thaek, lead to intensified internal repression? Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University and Robert Carlin, co-author of "The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History." Continue reading

  • March 29, 2013  

    Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, ordered his generals to get rockets ready to strike the U.S. mainland or military bases in the Pacific. Ray Suarez gets analysis from Joel Wit of Johns Hopkins University and Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University on why North Korea has ratcheted up its rhetoric. Continue reading