April 23, 2013 Microsoft founder Bill Gates met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Monday, to discuss nuclear energy and other topics. But the handshake they shared created the biggest stir in Korean society, after Gates greeted Park with a smile — and his left hand jammed into his pants pocket.
April 12, 2013 While condemning North Korea's recent rhetoric as "unacceptable," the secretary of state also said the U.S. wants to talk — if the North is serious about discussing denuclearization.
April 11, 2013 The North is expected to test another ballistic missile in the next few days. Its rhetoric has been hot in recent weeks. But there's a case to be made that once the U.S. and South Korea wrap up military exercises, the North will declare it won this war of words.
April 10, 2013 South Korean officials say the North has made preparations and looks ready to make its next provocative move. The mood in Seoul remains calm, however.
April 9, 2013 "It's like a joke," one retiree in Seoul says of the North's daily provocations. His view is shared by many South Koreans, who believe leaders in the North are trying to extort more aid from other nations and are trying to bolster their own positions.
April 9, 2013 On Tuesday, the North said tourists and foreign companies in the South should leave because nuclear war may be imminent. But people in Seoul have heard such talk for years. They think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is trying to bolster support at home with such threats.
April 5, 2013 Tensions are high. But South Korea says it does not plan to remove its workers an industrial complex inside the North. Also, while a Russian diplomat says North Korean officials have asked that it consider evacuating staff, no such action is planned at this time.
April 4, 2013 ANALYSIS: The threats are coming almost daily. But put what's being said by North Korean leaders in context, and remember, we've heard this before. Still, war on the Korean peninsula would be disastrous. So the talk can't be dismissed.
April 4, 2013 South Korea's defense minister says the missile could have been moved for testing or for drills, and that there's no sign of military mobilizations that could suggest preparations for a full-scale conflict.
April 3, 2013 South Korean companies employ about 55,000 North Koreans at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. But the North has blocked trucks and workers from the South, as Kim Jong Un's regime continues to express its displeasure with U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
April 3, 2013 The North's move to block South Korean workers from getting to a jointly run factory park is a familiar way for the communist state to show its displeasure. But it comes at a time when tensions are as high as they've been in years. And the North's new leader is inexperienced at this diplomatic game.
April 2, 2013 The hot rhetoric continues. North Korea says it will resume work at a facility that had been shut down after disarmament talks. The North now views its nuclear program as non-negotiable, experts say.