North Korea

Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper speaks during a discussion on "The 9/11 Commission Report: Ten Years Later," hosted by The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, on July 22, 2014 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

North Korea Rescue Mission Delayed For Nearly 2 Days Due To Airplane Issues

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was on a high stakes, top secret mission to retrieve two Americans imprisoned in North Korea. But after a stop in Hawaii, he found himself cooling his heels like some coach-flying business traveler.

11/11/2014

Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper speaks during a discussion on "The 9/11 Commission Report: Ten Years Later," hosted by The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, on July 22, 2014 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Clapper Leads Secret Presidential Envoy To Retrieve 2 Americans Imprisoned In North Korea

At first blush, James Clapper, the gruff former general who serves as director of national intelligence, seemed an odd choice of presidential envoy for a secret mission to retrieve two Americans imprisoned in North Korea.

11/10/2014

A conservative anti-North Korean activist holds a placard calling for the release of detained US missionary Kenneth Bae following a protest against the North Korean regime, in Seoul on Febraury 16, 2014. Rare talks between the rival Koreas ended on an even rarer note of agreement February 14, allowing an under-threat reunion for divided families to go ahead and fuelling hopes of further constructive engagement.  (Photo by ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

2 Americans Held in North Korea Whisked Back Home

Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Saturday after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive Communist country.

11/08/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change. He appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers despite strains between them over cyber theft and maritime security. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry: US, China Must Work Together Against Climate Change

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change. He appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers despite strains between them over cyber theft and maritime security.

11/04/2014

A website that monitors North Korea says the isolated nation may be exploring how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships. . (KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Satellite Analysis Shows North Korea Developing Sea-Based Missiles

A website that monitors North Korea says the isolated nation may be exploring how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships.

10/28/2014

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.  (credit: KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea: US Must Make Formal Apology To Free Prisoners

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.

10/23/2014

North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing Kim Jong-Un. North Korean soldiers have been trying to shoot them down, prompting an exchange of machinegun gunfire across the DMZ. (Photo by Jang Seong-Yoon-Donga Daily via Getty Images)

South Korea: 2 Koreas Exchange Gunfire Along Border

Second shooting in 10 days is Pyongyang’s reaction to the release by activists of balloons from the south urging North Koreans to rise up against Kim Jong-Un.

10/19/2014

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.  (credit: KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Makes First Appearance In 5 Weeks

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in five weeks, state media reported Tuesday, ending an absence that drove a frenzy of global speculation that something was amiss with the country’s most powerful person.

10/14/2014

Religion, Mental Problems Draw Many Americans To North Korea (credit: KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

Religion, Mental Health Problems Draw Many Americans To North Korea

Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter legally as a tourist. It’s incomprehensible to many, especially since tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk.

09/17/2014

South Korean soldiers patrol the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. (Photo by YONHAP/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korea Detains American In Waters Near Border

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into North Korea.

09/17/2014

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