April 11th, 2013
10:22 PM ET

Declassification mistake, intel revealed

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the mistake in classification that led to North Korea intelligence being revealed. General James "Spider" Marks explains what the report means about North Korea's military and nuclear weapons capabilities.

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April 11th, 2013
09:45 PM ET

Lamborn explains missile comments

At a hearing today, Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn revealed mistakenly declassified information from a U.S. intelligence report about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. Anderson Cooper speaks with Rep. Lamborn about that information, and what it means for North Korea’s nuclear threats.

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AC360 411: North Korea missile crisis
April 11th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

AC360 411: North Korea missile crisis

Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper will report the latest developments on North Korea's threats and the United States' response tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. He'll be joined by former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

With North Korea expected to soon test more missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Wednesday the hermit nation is "skating very close to a dangerous line." Intelligence suggests North Korea could be planning “multiple missile launches” in the coming days, according to Pentagon officials. Here’s the AC360° 411 on North Korea:


  • North Korea has the fifth-largest military force with 1.2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen.
  • South Korea's military, by contrast, is nearly 700,000 strong.
  • Land Area: 120,538 sq. km, slightly smaller than Mississippi
  • Population: 24,720,407 (July 2013 est.)
  • Median age: 33  FULL POST
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April 10th, 2013
10:24 PM ET

South Korea views Kim Jong Un as man-child

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned North Korea that it is "skating close to a dangerous line." Officials in South Korea have elevated their readiness level as they prepare for the possible missile test North Korea has threatened to launch.

Kyung Lah reports that people in South Korea believe Kim Jong Un could act between now and April 15, which is the 101st birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung. The general perception of the young new dictator is that he's not well liked by South Koreans. "The more this goes on, the more they just view him as an irresponsible man-child," says Lah.

Christiane Amanpour spoke with experts who say the belligerent rhetoric is business as usual from North Korea. The unknown factor in this instance is Kim, who is trying to impress his people by standing up to the United States.


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April 8th, 2013
09:55 PM ET

North Korean defectors beaten, killed

Many North Koreans are desperate to escape their homeland, willing to risk their lives to get out. A movement of activists is trying to help, but the mission is dangerous. If caught fleeing or assisting others leave, the punishment is possible torture and execution.

Anderson Cooper talks to Jim Butterworth about his film "Seoul Train," which documents the perilous journey for four adults and a toddler who escape into neighboring China. It's a rare look inside the lives of ordinary North Koreans seeking freedom.

Butterworth's sources tell him that agents from North Korea infiltrate China to go after defectors and the activists in the underground railroad.


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April 5th, 2013
10:34 PM ET

North Korea's propaganda machine

CNN's Christiane Amanpour shows how North Korea's dictator forces his people to hate the outside world and adore him.

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April 4th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

How North Korea would attack the South

Retired General James "Spider" Marks illustrates the plan of attack North Korea would use and how the U.S. could counter.

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April 4th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

World is watching U.S.-North Korea drama

Christiane Amanpour and Fran Townsend discuss the escalating tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Many in the U.S. and around the world may be wondering why the young dictator is making nuclear threats and seemingly preparing for a potential attack.

Amanpour  says it's difficult to understand, but the answer is rooted in generations of his family's rule. "I think that this is sort of emblematic of many, many years of a dysfunctional relationship between North Korea and frankly the rest of the world."

As the U.S. considers how to respond to the antagonistic rhetoric, Amanpour says diplomacy should be employed. "The U.S. doesn't want to do that, does not want to, quote, unquote, "reward" North Korea ... Obviously that's not what diplomacy's about."


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April 4th, 2013
12:12 AM ET

Does North Korea deserve diplomacy?

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour and Richard Haass argue the merits and drawbacks of engaging with a belligerent North Korea.

Amanpour, who reported from North Korea in 2008, and Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the forthcoming book, "Foreign Policy Begins at Home," debate negotiation tactics and past talks between the U.S and North Korea.

Haas believes talks now would mean rewarding bad behavior. "Diplomacy is not going to solve this problem," he says.

Amanpour disagrees with that notion and argues that discussions could prevent the situation from escalating. "Diplomacy is created precisely to bridge the difference with your enemies. It doesn't mean rewarding your adversaries," she says.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments or on iReport.

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April 3rd, 2013
10:35 PM ET

Same-sex marriage blamed for problems

Anderson Cooper asks Pastor Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, why he linked nuclear threats from North Korea with the debates in the U.S. over same-sex marriage and gays in the Boy Scouts.

He was answering a question posed by a Christian radio host about whether God was punishing Americans for their "slide into immorality." He said, in part, "I don't think it's just a coincidence."

In his interview with Anderson, Pastor Luter clarified his comments and spoke about what he sees as the problem with trying to redefine marriage. Watch the video for more on their conversation.

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