We begin with the surprise trip of former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg to North Korea which has been seen as a possible move to secure the release of a captive American.
Associated Press Television News reported, that Gregg is leading a four-member non-governmental delegation in Pyongyang.
Although the reason for his visit has not been disclosed, experts believe he may be in the North to win the release of Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary, who has been held for over a year after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of crimes against the state.
U.S. human rights envoy Robert King was initially scheduled to visit Pyongyang this week to negotiate Bae's release, but the North pulled back its invitation, citing the upcoming joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.