Visits by Western tourists are rare, journalists evener rarer. It took five months and the efforts of former U.S. president Bill Clinton to get two American journalists released from prison after they ventured into North Korea.
The Globe's Mark macKinnon and photographer Sean Gallagher recently slipped into the country for five days and brought back fascinating stories from the extremely isolated nation, where a few citizens are just beginning to appreciate that all is not well in the Hermit Kingdom.
Read the live discussion that took play Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET.