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Sharp increase in North Korean fishing boats in Japan's EEZ
A North Korean squid fishing boat drifts off the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture in August 2014. (Provided by the 9th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
The number of North Korean squid fishing boats entering Japan’s exclusive economic zone has tripled this year, another apparent sign of the desperate economic conditions in...
Putin backs deeper ties with North Korea after meeting Kim envoy
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security on Nov. 19, a day after holding talks with a personal envoy of...
U.N. push to hold North Korea, Kim accountable for alleged crimes...
Japan's U.N. Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, far left, gestures as he speaks during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, on a proposal to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity Nov. 18. (AP Photo)
UNITED NATIONS--The world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Nov. 18 at the United...
N. Korean leader to send special envoy to Russia
Choe Ryong Hae, center, a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves Pyongyang Airport for China in May 2013. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon send a special envoy to Russia, Pyongyang's state media reported on Nov. 14, in a trip expected to focus on how to boost ties...
2 Americans held in North Korea whisked back home
In this image taken from video, U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Nov. 8 after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to...
N. Korea thought to be developing sea-based missiles
A photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on July 10 shows an earlier test launch of a North Korean tactical rocket. (Korea News Service)
WASHINGTON--North Korea has built a new testing facility that is probably intended to research how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships, according to a U.S....
Kim Jong Un out of public spotlight due to surgery, Seoul says
A man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un using a cane during his first public appearance, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Oct. 14. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea's spy agency said Oct. 28 it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation...
N. Korea leader Kim re-appears, with a walking stick
A man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un using a cane during his first public appearance, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Oct. 14. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Oct. 14 after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over...
Rival Koreas trade fire over propaganda balloons
North Korean defectors in South Korea prepare to release balloons carrying leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies in Paju, near the border with North Korea, on Oct. 10. (AP photo)
SEOUL--North and South Korea traded machine-gun and rifle fire on Oct. 10 after South Korean activists released anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border, officials...
Kim's absence at N. Korean anniversary raises health questions
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, in a photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in March (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--For the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un didn't appear at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party on Oct. ...
N. Korea official: No problem with Kim Jong Un’s health
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a tile plant in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 3. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--A senior official from Pyongyang denied rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in poor health, according to a South Korean minister.
N. Korean officials make surprise visit to South, spurring hope...
Hwang Pyong So, left, vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae upon his arrival at a hotel in Incheon, South Korea, on Oct. 4. (Akihiko Kaise/ The Asahi Shimbun)
INCHEON, South Korea--Three senior North Korean officials arrived in South Korea on a rare visit on Oct. 4 to attend the Asian Games closing ceremony in what could potentially...
North Korean TV acknowledges leader Kim Jong Un's health problems
In this July 8, 2014 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its first leader, Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from "discomfort", state media has said in the first official acknowledgement of ill health after a prolonged period...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Purge of N. Korea’s No. 2 man left...
Jang Song Thaek, center, in Beijing in August 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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."
North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches a basketball game with former U.S. professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, right, in Pyongyang in January. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labor...
North Korea's Christians kept in the dark about pope's visit to...
A scene from Kim Jin-moo's "The Apostles," a 2013 movie about the faithful in North Korea’s "underground churches" (Provided by Taepung Korea Co.)
SEOUL--Christians in North Korea who have to practice their faith in secrecy won't be hearing any messages of peace issued by Pope Francis during his five-day visit to South...
Pyongyang will demand commensurate action by Tokyo over abduction...
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...
PHOTO: An afternoon on Moran Hill, where Pyongyang beats the heat
North Korean students practice Taekwondo at the Moranbong or Moran Hill in Pyongyang July 31, 2014. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's...
South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles
A mock Scud-B missile of North Korea, left, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul May 20, 2013. (AP Photo)
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.
North Korea marks 1950-53 war anniversary
A North Korean student choir sing as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement July 27 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the...