Kim Jong Il
September 22, 2015
North Korea has indicated it will test-launch long-range ballistic missiles disguised as rockets to bring satellites into space and carry out its fourth nuclear weapons test.
September 12, 2015
Editor's note: This is the 12th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran...
July 09, 2015
SEOUL--Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator...
May 07, 2015
Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran ...
April 11, 2015
UNITED NATIONS--A former ambassador to South Korea says he once suggested that Kim Jong Un be invited to the United States for an "orientation trip" when Kim's father still led ...
April 03, 2015
Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that...
February 05, 2015
This is the sixth installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran under the...
January 29, 2015
SEOUL--Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10...
January 22, 2015
Three years have passed since Kim Jong Un became North Korea’s new leader. He could have spent these years mourning the death of his father--Kim Jong Il--based on Korean...
December 17, 2014
PYONGYANG--North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more...
December 13, 2014
BEIJING--In a surprise snub, North Korea did not formally invite China to send representatives to attend a memorial ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the third anniversary of Kim...
August 20, 2014
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website and part of a series of articles titled "HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA."
August 07, 2014
When North Korean General Secretary Kim Jong Il died in December 2011, a debate emerged over a possible transition to a collective leadership system due to the “insufficient...
July 30, 2014
SEOUL--North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on July 30 in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.
May 31, 2014
The Japanese government got its first inkling in 2011 that North Korea had a new key figure for bilateral negotiations.
May 12, 2014
SEOUL--A photograph showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparently with his own “Air Force One” was released for the first time in the impoverished country.
March 23, 2014
A 21-year-old North Korean woman was given a choice in 1998: defect to China and face a life of sex slavery or remain in her homeland and risk starving to death.
March 18, 2014
There's a sameness to the grim stories of hardship told by North Korean defectors that leaves no doubt about the brutality of the regime in Pyongyang.
March 18, 2014
Human rights abuses committed by North Korea's isolated regime are every bit as bad as those of Nazi Germany and during apartheid in South Africa, says the head of a U.N....
March 12, 2014
SEOUL--Kim Jong Un further solidified his grip on power in North Korea after a number of close associates were elected to the Supreme People’s Assembly.