I'm Jonathan Cheng, WSJ's Korea bureau chief. I recently returned from a reporting trip to North Korea. AMA!
Hi, I'm Jonathan Cheng, and I run the Korea bureau for The Wall Street Journal in Seoul. Covering North Korea is a challenge unlike any other in the news business. It's not just opaque, it's a country that has made it a deliberate goal to obfuscate, and that makes even reporting the simplest of facts -- how old is Kim Jong Un? Is he even really the leader of the country? -- a tricky question. One might think going to Pyongyang would help. And it does, to some extent. But going there also raises as many questions as it answers. A delegation of four of us from the Wall Street Journal just returned from North Korea last week, a six-day trip that appears part of a coordinated effort to send a message to Washington about where it thinks it stands and what it wants -- and what it will and won't tolerate. We've written one essay-ish account of our week in Pyongyang, but in some ways, it only scratches the surface. So...feel free to ask me whatever you like.
Update: Thanks for the questions! I do need to wrap up now, but feel free to follow me on Twitter for updates. I'll also circle back and try to answer some of the ones that I've left hanging. Thanks everyone!