Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader inspects artillery drill
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a live-fire artillery drill by his country's military units near the sea border with the rival South, believed to be timed...
Sony says studio hack cost $15M, trims loss forecast
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and estimates the Sony Pictures hack cost it about $15 million, but expects no significant harm from the cyber attack in the long run.
Pirated copies of 'The Interview' creep into Vietnam, Cambodia
DVD and publicity material for "The Interview," being sold in Vietnam (Manabu Sasaki)
HANOI--A shop tucked inside an alleyway here that deals in pirated DVDs has its shelves filled with copies of "The Interview," a controversial U.S. comedy lambasting North...
N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader
Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Yonhap: Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, South Korea's Yonhap...
Russia says N. Korea sent positive signal on Kim visit in May
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
MOSCOW--Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader Kim Jong Un to attend anniversary celebrations of the...
In which direction is Kim Jong Un taking North Korea?
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...
S. Korea group launches anti-North leaflets despite calls to...
A South Korean group releases balloons carrying leaflets critical of North Korea in October. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--A South Korean activist group led by a defector from North Korea said on Jan. 20 it had launched balloons with messages critical of the North Korean leader across the...
Defectors plan to drop 'The Interview' DVDs by balloon on North...
A scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures)
SEOUL--A group of North Korean defectors here plans to use balloons to drop DVDs of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview” on North Korea, triggering threats from the...
S.Korean president open to summit with North's Kim with no...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Jan. 12 that she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any precondition, but...
Sony president denies impeding freedom of expression in ‘The...
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai speaks to reporters in Las Vegas. (Shinya Takagi)
LAS VEGAS--Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai said he has provided advice in the production of films but denied hindering freedom of expression in connection with the comedy...
Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'vicious' cyberattack against U.S....
Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas on Jan. 5 . (Shinya Takagi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
LAS VEGAS--Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Jan. 6 condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and...
North Korean leader open to summit with South
People watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Jan. 1. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's speech on Jan. 1 that he is open to more talks or even a summit with his South Korean counterpart, a statement...
VOX POPULI: Using humor as a weapon against unreasonable authority
Randall Park portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/ Columbia Pictures)
The late Hisashi Inoue (1934-2010) was generally known as a writer or a dramatist. But he can also be described as a “comic writer.”
N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row
This photo released by Sony-Columbia Pictures shows James Franco, left, as Dave and Seth Rogen as Aaron in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea compared President Barack Obama to a monkey, and blamed the U.S. on Dec. 27 for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The...
Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack
Patrons wait in line to see "The Interview" at the Cinema Village movie theater Dec. 25 in New York. The film's Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW--Russia on Dec. 25 offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was...
Kim Jong Un writes to Kim Dae-jung's widow in bid to mend...
Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, left, and his wife Lee Hee-ho, right, with the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in the first summit meeting between the two nations held in Pyongyang in June 2000 (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un moved to repair frayed relations with the South by sending a personal letter to the wife of the late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung...
Sony's Tokyo HQ taking greater role in Hollywood studio after furor
Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TOKYO/LOS ANGELES--Sony Corp.'s Tokyo headquarters is changing its usual arm's-length relationship with its U.S. studio following a massive cyber-attack and the controversy...
Internet outage seen in N. Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute
A South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul Dec. 22. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON/BEIJING--North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Dec. 22, a...
U.S. mulls putting North Korea on terrorism sponsor list
A scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." Actor Randall Park, center, portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the comedy. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures)
HONOLULU--U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how...