Today, January 8th marks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's 36th birthday.
Some type of provocation was widely expected from the North marking the big day, with the U.S. flying surveillance aircraft over the skies of South Korea, but so far no major developments are reported from the reclusive state.
Rather, Pyeongyang is placing its focus on its economy and self-reliance to pursue its so-called 'new path' which was declared marking the start of 2020.
President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, has called on joint efforts to materialize Kim Jong-un's promised visit to the South.
Today we go in-depth on the prospects for North Korea's denuclearization which now faces an unexpected variable of the Iran crisis with Dr. Bong Young-shik, of the Yonsei University Institute for North Korean Studies.
1. POSSIBILITY OF PROVOCATION MARKING BIRTHDAYS OF KIM JONG-UN, KIM JONG-IL
2. N. KOREA MARKS KIM JONG-UN'S BIRTHDAY QUIETLY. WHY?
3 KIM JONG-UN MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE AFTER KILLING OF SOLEIMANI
4. U.S. STANCE ON N. KOREA REMAINS UNCHANGED?
5. S. KOREA'S TOP SECURITY ADVISOR IS IN U.S. FOR TALKS. EXPECTED OUTCOME?
6. U.S. REACTION TO MOON'S PUSH FOR INTER-KOREAN COOPERATION
7. N. KOREA SLAMS MOON'S NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS AS "DELUSIONAL"
8. IMPACT OF IRAN CRISIS ON N. KOREA-U.S. NUCLEAR TALKS
9. KEY POINTS ON N. KOREA-U.S. DENUCLEARIZATION TALKS IN 2020