North Korea has once again been all over the headlines since Sony Pictures cancelled the planned U.S. release of the film The Interview. The film is about a fictional plan to kill Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. Sony's decision to pull the film has spurred a debate about how the U.S. should respond to the latest cyber attack which, according to the FBI, was carried out by North Korea. In the meantime, there are big changes happening inside North Korea which have largely gone unnoticed. These include major reforms to the country’s agricultural sector and steps to privatize parts of the North Korean economy. Bruce Cumings, author of Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century, The Korean War: A History and North Korea: Another Country, joins us to discuss the Sony hack, US-North Korean relations and the North Korean economy.
- In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. To say that Kim Jong Un is the leader of his country is a gross understatement. In North Korea, he is regarded as the epitome of his country. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)