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North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
BEIJING--North Korea's announcement of plans to launch a long-range rocket made during a visit to Pyongyang by a top Chinese envoy will likely be seen as yet another sign of...
N. Korea's Kim Jong Un says H-bomb test 'self-defense' step...
A banner shows a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as South Korean war veterans stage a rally against North Korea in Seoul on Jan. 9.  (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country conducted a hydrogen bomb test as a self-defense measure against a U.S. threat of nuclear war and had the sovereign...
Seoul targets young Kim's inexperience, character in propaganda war
A South Korean soldier stands guard next to a loudspeaker used to broadcast propaganda over the border into North Korea. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts Jan. 8 across its border with North Korea, playing South Korean K-pop and blistering criticism of Kim Jong Un at ear-splitting...
EDITORIAL: China crucial to moves to rein in North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan acknowledge a military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership on Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
In response to Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council will soon start discussions on a new resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea.
ANALYSIS: North Korea moves into a dangerous new phase
Officers from the Korea Meteorological Administration point at the epicenter of seismic waves in North Korea, at the National Earthquake and Volcano Center of the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, Jan. 6. (AP Photo)
Caught completely by surprise, the international community reacted with outrage to North Korea's announcement on Jan. 6 that it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
VOX POPULI: Kim’s sheer folly recalls memories of oppressive...
The Juche Tower soars into Pyongyang's skyline. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
I felt like I had stumbled into a parallel universe when I visited Pyongyang 25 years ago to cover a high-profile Japanese politician's trip to North Korea.
UPDATE: N. Korea ratchets up tensions again with H-bomb test
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gestures as he watches a military parade in Pyongyang on Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea announced Jan. 6 it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, a development that triggered alarm in the immediate region and around the world.
North Korean leader talks war at New Year's but doesn't mention...
A South Korean army soldier passes by a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Jan. 1. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in an annual New Year's speech on Jan. 1 that he was ready for war if provoked by "invasive" outsiders, but he stayed away from past ...
Top aide to N. Korea leader Kim Jong Un dies in car crash
Kim Yang Gon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A senior North Korean ruling party official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un has died in a car accident, the state news agency reported on Dec. 30, in the latest...
Missile launch video behind cancellation of North Korean musical...
Members of North Korea's Moranbong band perform during a joint performance with the State Merited Chorus in Pyongyang on Oct. 11. (AP photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a North Korean all-female pop group sent home after the band refused to pull a video for its performances depicting a missile launch by the ...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Japan viewed as ‘archenemy of the...
Members of the Korean People's Army take part in a massive ceremony in Pyongyang on Feb. 13, 2015, to mark the 73th anniversary of the birth of the late Kim Jong Il. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran...
Top aide to North Korea's leader likely sacked over power plant...
Choe Ryong Hae, secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, delivers a speech at a meeting in Pyongyang in August. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--A top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has likely been sacked from his ruling party post over the failures of the country’s new electric power plant, sources...
Park: Fixing 'comfort women' issue this year key to positive future
South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech in Washington. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye has urged Tokyo to make a proposal to resolve the “comfort women” issue this year so that the two nations can move forward and...
N. Korea to hold biggest party congress in decades
In this Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un salutes at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea's ruling party said on Oct. 30, it will hold its biggest convention in decades next May.
Communist party chief's visit to S. Korea shows changing...
Kazuo Shii responds to an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Oct. 22 during his visit to Seoul. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SEOUL--While Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii is now welcomed in South Korea, his party remains cut off from contact with North Korea, with which it formerly had...
EDITORIAL: A resumption of six-party talks on North Korea long...
North Korean soldiers parade on Kim Il Sung Square on Oct. 10 in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party marked its 70th anniversary on Oct. 10 with an extravagant ceremony that featured one of the largest military parades held in Pyongyang, ...
Pyongyang shows no signs of anticipated October missile launching
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a newly constructed satellite control and command center in this photo distributed on May 3 by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea appears to have halted preparations for a long-range ballistic missile launching to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party...
EDITORIAL: Missile, nuclear tests will only hurt North Korea’s...
Visitors look at models of North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and other South Korean missiles on display at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul Sept. 15. (AP Photo)
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.
With a rocket's red glare? N. Korea gears up for major fete
A signboard marking the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's founding party hangs off a lamp post in Pyongyang on Sept. 15. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--China just put on a big military parade, a few months after Russia did the same. But there’s no country more adept at putting on elaborate, massive displays of...
S. Korea's Park thanks Beijing for helping ease tensions with...
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 2. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--South Korean President Park Geun-hye thanked China during a summit meeting with President Xi Jinping on Sept. 2 for help in defusing recent tensions with North Korea...