In the past few days, I have read some interesting stories dealing with North Korea and its stance on human rights and nuclear power. Just today, there was an article on Yahoo citing that North Korea wants to engage in peace talks, as well as desiring that a peace treaty to end the war this year be signed. As you may know, following the Korean War of 1950-1953, a ceasefire was signed by China, North Korea, and the United Nations, but was never signed by South Korea. Technically, the two countries are still at war. The U.S. still does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea because of this, and instead works through other countries to conduct their business. That could all be changing this year, perhaps, and what better time than on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War?
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has also spoken out about his desire to realize his father's wishes and feed his people the way Kim Il-Sung would have wanted. If this is the case, then perhaps it will be a major factor in showing the U.S.--and the world--that North Korea is dedicated to improving itself and is ready to be a player in world politics. Only time will tell.