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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...
North Korea fires short-range missile into sea
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)
SEOUL--North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on July 26, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of ...
North Korea pushes farmers for more
In this June 16 photo, a propaganda billboard stands in a field south of Samsu in North Korea's Ryanggang province. The sign reads: "Let's complete the tasks set forth in the New Year's address." (AP Photo)
Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.
N. Korea fires artillery shells into ocean
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea.
Kim Jong Un takes center stage with a limp
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un limped on to the stage on the anniversary of his grandfather's death, footage broadcast by state media on July 8 showed, in a rare...
North Korea to send cheering squad to Asian Games
Members of the North Korean cheering squad at the Asian Athletics Championship held in Incheon, South Korea, in September 2005 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--North Korea said on July 7 it will send a cheering squad to the coming Asian Games in rival South Korea that its athletes plan to attend.
INSIGHT: Kim Jong Un could have direct hand in investigating...
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Japan moved to ease its economic sanctions against North Korea after learning that Kim Jong Un, the reclusive country's leader, may play a direct role in the investigation of...
N. Korea says Kim guided rocket firing drills in likely reference...
People watch a TV news program showing the missile launch conducted by North Korea at Seoul Railway Station on June 29. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea said June 30 that leader Kim Jong Un guided the test launches of tactical ballistic rockets aimed at U.S. and South Korean forces, the second such launch...
Seoul: North Korea fires more short-range missiles
People watch a TV news program showing the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul June 26. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters June 29, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country...
North Korea says leader Kim guided launch tests of precision...
A man watches a TV news program showing the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on June 26. North Korea fired three short-range projectiles on June 26 into the waters off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said. The writing on the screen reads "The missiles were launched to alert and express its internal solidarity." (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea said on June 27 that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of its newly developed precision guided missiles, in a possible reference to three...
North Korea on agenda as Chinese president visits South
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein, right, inspect a guard of honor outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on June 27. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit South Korea next week, the two countries announced on June 27, with North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons featuring...
INSIGHT: By visiting South Korea first, Xi is stoking Pyongyang's...
A bridge that connects Jian in China's Jilin province and Manpo in North Korea's Chagang province has never been used since it was completed in summer 2012, apparently reflecting China’s displeasure with North Korea. (Koichiro Ishida)
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to visit South Korea ahead of North Korea reflects a growing chasm between the longtime ideological allies.
INSIGHT: Kim reaches out to ordinary North Koreans to consolidate...
A hotel in the compound of the Masikryong Ski Resort in a suburb of Wonsan (Provided by Mitsuhiro Mimura)
North Korea is supposed to be a workers' paradise and clearly that is the vision of its young leader, Kim Jong Un, who ordered a construction blitz of sports and entertainment...
2nd 'Mr. X' the central figure behind agreement on abduction issue
The delegation of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, right, and North Korean officials kick off a working-level meeting on May 26 in Stockholm. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Japanese government got its first inkling in 2011 that North Korea had a new key figure for bilateral negotiations.