*As sanctions eased, some hope to invest in Iran. LONDON, Jan 23- Iran, hoping for a full lifting of western sanctions, and North Korea are among extreme frontier markets that could attract adventurous fund managers with the stomach for high political risk in the search for higher returns.
Troy Stangarone, Senior Director, Congressional Affairs & Trade at the Korea Economic Institute, discusses how China and South Korea can work together to denuclearize North Korea.
Richard Tanter, Professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne, says North Korea's provocative approach is hindering the process of negotiating peace in the region.
Richard Jerram, Chief Economist at Bank of Singapore weighs in on a whole host of issues including implications of threats from North Korea and expectations from China as it braces to release a slew of economic data.
Chinese leaders didn't directly name North Korea but everyone knew who they meant when the warned against "troublemaking on China's doorstep."
Sean King, Senior Vice President at Park Strategies says North Korea's need to sustain legitimacy at home is driving it to threaten an attack but neither Obama nor Park Geun-hye are about to bow to the pressure.
Discussing just how concerned the world should be with the aggressive tenor coming out of North Korea, and whether the U.S. is doing enough to combat hackers, with Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense.
North Korea is threatening attacks on the U.S., reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. The country's bluster doesn't appear to be backed up by action--there's been no mobilization of troops anywhere in the country.
CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on the moves in South Korean stocks as they respond to the threat from North Korea.
Discussing what's behind the bluster and military strategies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president, provides perspective. "There is a potential of the North Korean regime just falling apart," he says.
Americans may believe North Korea has threatened to attack without provocation, but the U.S. and its allies have been doing some offensive posturing, Jen Alic writes in Oilprice.com.
Sean King, Senior Vice President, Park Strategies warns that another nuclear test may be on the cards from North Korea despite global outrage over the last one.
Michael Raska, Research Fellow, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS, NTU does not believe Kim Jong-un's call to end the confrontation with South Korea will necessarily translate into reform.
South Korea's President-elect, Park Geun-hye, used her first major speech on Thursday to warn of the risks posed by a hostile North Korea and also fired a political shot across the bows of Japan's incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
After rattling the world on Wednesday by putting a satellite into orbit, North Korea's next step will likely be a nuclear test, which would be the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state.
There was anger and dismay after North Korea launched a long-range rocket into orbit on Wednesday -- plenty of it in South Korea and Japan. There was also surprise.
Soldiers danced in Pyongyang's plazas as North Korea announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal, a title cementing his status atop the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force.