December 12th, 2013
10:10 PM ET

What does the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle mean?

The North Korean government remains a mystery to most of the outside world. That's why the official announcement of the ouster and execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle is so startling. So is the language used by North Korean state media to describe what happened to Jang Song. They reported "despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him."
CNN's Paula Hancocks is monitoring developments from Seoul, South Korea.

Filed under: Kim Jong Un • North Korea • Paula Hancocks
December 9th, 2013
09:52 PM ET

North Korea refuses to release Kenneth Bae, but allows Merrill Newman to go home

85-year old Merrill Newman is back home in California after being detained by the North Korea government for more than a month.  The Korean War vet said in a statement today, "The North Koreans seem to have misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister. It is now clear to me the North Koreans still feel much more anger about the war than I realized. With the benefit of hindsight I should have been more sensitive to that." But another American, Kenneth Bae, is still being held by North Korea after being sentenced to 15-years of hard labor. Anderson spoke with Bae’s sister Terri Chung about his ordeal.

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December 3rd, 2013
01:07 AM ET

Americans caught in a North Korean nightmare

Many Americans were shocked to see 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman reading a scripted confession while held captive in North Korea. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson calls the situation "bizarre." He goes on to say that while he knows North Korea's previous leaders, this regime is a big "question mark." What will it take to free Newman and fellow American Kenneth Bae?
December 3rd, 2013
12:02 AM ET

What will it take for North Korea to release Merrill Newman and Kenneth Bae?

Two Americans are living a cold war nightmare right now inside North Korea. More than a month ago, 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman was dragged off his flight home from Pyongyang and arrested. North Korean authorities just released video of himapparently reading from a script, "confessing" to so-called war crimes. Kenneth Bae has been held in North Korea for more than a year and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Steven Weber is a professor of International Relations at U.C. Berkeley.

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November 20th, 2013
11:48 PM ET

North Korea detains 85-year old American tourist

The family of an 85-year-old year American war veteran says he is being held by the North Korean government.  Merrill Newman's son Jeff says his father was visiting North Korea as a tourist and was dragged off a plane just as he was about to leave the country. Merill Newman is not the only American detained in North Korea right now. Kenneth Bae was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Now Jeff Newman says he fears the worst for his dad.


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May 3rd, 2013
01:10 AM ET

What's life like for Kenneth Bae?

Anderson Cooper talks to Laura Ling, who was imprisoned in North Korea for five months, about the North Korean government sentencing American Kenneth Bae to 15 years in a labor camp. Bae was found guilty of unspecified "hostile acts," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The tour operator had a proper visa to be in the country.

"It was the most terrifying time of my life," says Ling. She's concerned for Bae and his family, having experienced isolation in the most isolated country in the world. What little contact he's had with the Swedish ambassador was most likely extremely brief.


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May 2nd, 2013
11:06 PM ET

Sister baffled by North Korea's punishment

The sister of a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp defended her brother Thursday, asking leaders of both nations to "please, just see him as one man."

Pae Jun Ho, known as Kenneth Bae by U.S. authorities, was found guilty of unspecified "hostile acts" against the reclusive Stalinist state, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. KCNA said the Korean-American was arrested November 3 after arriving as a tourist in Rason City, a port in the northeastern corner of North Korea.

North Korean law allows up to 10 days of processing before a sentence is enforced, so it wasn't immediately clear when Bae would report for hard labor, or where he was being held in the meantime.


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April 12th, 2013
11:20 PM ET

North Koreans brainwashed by government

Anderson Cooper shows the propaganda video that aired on TV in North Korea today to indoctrinate the masses.

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April 11th, 2013
10:35 PM ET

Huntsman: China and U.S. interests aligned

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says the Defense Intelligence Agency report about North Korea's ability to deliver a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile gives China economic incentive to pressure North Korea not to attack.

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April 11th, 2013
10:28 PM ET

Regime propaganda as news in North Korea

The North Korean evening newscast is used by Kim Jong Un to indoctrinate his people. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

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