North Korea http://kut.org en 'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again http://kut.org/post/worm-returns-north-korea-rodman-visits-again Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea again, six months after spending time there with dictator Kim Jong Un — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/04/173410685/dennis-rodmans-take-on-the-north-korean-regime" target="_blank">an "awesome" man</a>, in Rodman's opinion.<p>NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing that:<p><blockquote><p>"Rodman was spotted transiting the Beijing airport en route to Pyongyang, sporting his characteristic lip and nose rings, plus green hair.<p>"He says he plans to hang out with Kim Jong Un, whom he has called his friend. ... Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:06:04 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8590 at http://kut.org 'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again 'Do Me a Solid,' Diplomat Rodman Says to North Korea's Kim http://kut.org/post/do-me-solid-diplomat-rodman-says-north-koreas-kim America's unlikeliest link to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reached out to his friend in a bid to have an American citizen released from one of the communist nation's notorious labor camps.<p>"I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose," <a href="https://twitter.com/dennisrodman/status/331826019747127297" target="_blank">former basketball star Dennis Rodman tweets</a>.<p>Bae was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/02/180539176/detained-u-s-citizen-gets-15-years-hard-labor-in-north-korea" target="_bl Wed, 08 May 2013 17:34:23 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7666 at http://kut.org 'Do Me a Solid,' Diplomat Rodman Says to North Korea's Kim Kerry Warns North Korea, But Holds Out Hope For Diplomacy http://kut.org/post/kerry-warns-north-korea-holds-out-hope-diplomacy Walking a line meant to show both resolve and willingness to trust in diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday not to engage in more warmongering — but also said the U.S. is willing to talk with that communist state if it's serious about discussing denuclearization.<p>"No one is going to talk for the sake of talking," Kerry said, but the U.S. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:19:14 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7335 at http://kut.org Kerry Warns North Korea, But Holds Out Hope For Diplomacy Will North Korea Claim Victory and Stand Down? http://kut.org/post/will-north-korea-claim-victory-and-stand-down As the world waits for what's expected to be <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/10/176763286/very-high-chance-north-korea-will-soon-test-fire-missile" target="_blank">another ballistic missile test by North Korea</a> sometime in the next few days, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports there's reason to think that tensions on the Korean Peninsula might soon ease.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/11/176880573/amid-korean-tensions-kerry-to-visit-seoul" target="_blank">On <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, Frank passed along analysis from <a href="http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about/staff Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:21:31 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7314 at http://kut.org Will North Korea Claim Victory and Stand Down? N. Korea Recognizes Austin's Importance, Perry Says http://kut.org/post/n-korea-recognizes-austins-importance-perry-says <p>The Department of Defense will send an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam to guard against potential missile strikes from North Korea.</p><p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that reports that North Korea may have <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/time-start-hoarding-breakfast-tacos-north-korea-wants-strike-austin">a military attack scenario that includes a strike on Austin</a> indicate the city’s prominence in the U.S.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:23:34 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7214 at http://kut.org N. Korea Recognizes Austin's Importance, Perry Says Time to Start Hoarding the Breakfast Tacos: North Korea Wants to Strike Austin? http://kut.org/post/time-start-hoarding-breakfast-tacos-north-korea-wants-strike-austin <p><strong>Update</strong>: UT Politics and East Asia expert Patricia Maclachlan says nuclear weapons are North Korea’s only way to get the U.S. to the negotiating table.</p><p>“It has nothing else going for it. It’s the only negotiating card that it really has to get what it wants from the outside world," she says.</p><p>But the threat does beg the question: Why Austin?</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:48:50 +0000 Bobby Blanchard & Kate McGee 7144 at http://kut.org Time to Start Hoarding the Breakfast Tacos: North Korea Wants to Strike Austin? Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink http://kut.org/post/russia-calls-us-north-korea-step-back-brink Russia is urging the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.<p>Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking Friday in Moscow, said the tit-for-tat moves were becoming a "vicious cycle" that could "simply get out of control," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/us-korea-north-idUSBRE92R13R20130329">Reuters reports.</a><p>Lavrov, apparently referring to U.S. actions, said Russia is concerned that in addition to U.N. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:04:04 +0000 Scott Neuman 7148 at http://kut.org Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink North Korean Nuke Test Seems Timed To Upstage Obama's State Of The Union http://kut.org/post/north-korean-nuke-test-seems-timed-upstage-obamas-state-union Not only might North Korea's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/11/171762183/north-korea-conducts-apparent-nuclear-test" target="_blank">third underground explosion of an atomic device</a> be a sign that it is closer to having a weapon that's light enough to be put on a missile, it seems to be a not-so-subtle message aimed at the U.S.<p>North Korea's "main external audience" when it does things such as this "is often the United States," NPR's Frank Langfitt said <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/12/171775235/north-korea-admits-it-carried-out-nuclear-test" target="_blank">earlier today on <e Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:42:02 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6556 at http://kut.org North Korean Nuke Test Seems Timed To Upstage Obama's State Of The Union