North Korea, until recently, had been known as very closed-off and standoffish to the rest of the world. Their testing and firing of missiles over the China Sea and Sea of Japan tested the world's patience many times this past summer, but now things have cooled down in favor of reconciliation talks. Now, with Kim Jong-il's 68th birthday passing yesterday, the relationship between this formerly reclusive country is bordering on diplomacy.
Interestingly enough, I found this story on the Chosun Ilbo's website this morning talking about Kim Jong-il's oldest son, who has been exiled from the country and removed from succeeding his father as head of North Korea. After reading, it seems that here, the apple has fallen far from the tree.