Kim Jong Un

N. Korean embassy complains to Britain after salon mocks leader's...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
LONDON--North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain's...
Chinese visa restrictions further hurt North Korean economy
North Korean laborers wait in line at the Chinese border in Dandong, Liaoning province, to return to their country on April 14. (Koichiro Ishida)
SHENYANG, China--North Korea’s only ally has dealt a further blow to the economy of the impoverished and desperate country, where even joking around can now lead to detention,...
Pyongyang poised to reopen abductions issue if Tokyo eases...
Song Il Ho, second from right, North Korea's ambassador for talks on normalizing ties with Japan, during a meeting with Japanese representatives at the North Korean embassy in Beijing on March 30 (Koichiro Ishida)
North Korea agreed to reopen its investigation into the abductions of Japanese nationals if Japan relaxes some unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang, during the first formal...
N. Korea names former Swiss ambassador as new foreign minister
Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year message on Jan. 1 in this photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea’s national assembly selected Ri Su Yong, Pyongyang’s former ambassador to Switzerland, as the country's foreign minister at its April 9 session.
EDITORIAL: North Korea's Kim should focus on economic...
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea meets on April 8 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in attendance. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on April 9. (Korea News Service)
North Korea can never hope to rebuild the dilapidated nation without abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. Can’t it face up to this reality?
N. Korea maintains status quo by reappointing key leaders
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a Workers' Party of Korea central politburo meeting April 8. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on April 9. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea reappointed several key officials and took measures to consolidate Kim Jong Un’s grip on power, including the promotion of an aide whose star has risen...
S. Korea extending ballistic missile range to counter North's...
Anti-North Korean protesters burn a North Korean flag and pictures of the North's leader Kim Jong Un during a rally in downtown Seoul on March 26. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km (310 miles) and will try to extend the range to 800 km so it can strike any site in North Korea,...
North Korea tells world 'wait and see' on new nuclear test
In this photo provided by the United Nations, Ri Tong Il, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, briefs the media on the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula on April 4 at United Nations Headquarters. (AP photo)
UNITED NATIONS--North Korea said on April 4 that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after...
'Mind your own business,' North Korea says of U.N. demand for...
North Korean U.N. Ambassador So Se Pyong speaks to reporters at a news conference on March 25 in Geneva. (AP Photo)
GENEVA--"Mind your own business," North Korea's ambassador told the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 28, moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style...
EDITORIAL: North Korea only damaged its own interests with missile ...
Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year message on Jan. 1 in this photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
North Korea under its leader Kim Jong Un still seems unable to understand that its military provocations serve only to make the country more isolated in the global community.
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Thought control dictates every moment of...
North Koreans flock to cast ballots for the Supreme People's Assembly on March 9. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
The ubiquitous presence of bronze statues of Kim Il Sung in North Korea is just one sign of an institutionalized ideology that haunts the country's citizens from cradle to...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Defectors provide mountain of evidence...
North Koreans place flowers in front of giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Il. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
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.
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Oppression, corruption define life in...
Children play in rice fields in Sinuiju, North Korea, in front of a home with a collapsed roof in July 2013. Sinuiju lies across the border from Dandong, China. (Koichiro Ishida)
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....
INSIGHT: Meeting with abductee's daughter could propel...
Sakie Yokota, right, and her husband, Shigeru, discuss meeting their granddaughter and great-granddaughter in Mongolia at a news conference on March 17 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Takaharu Yagi)
The secret meeting in Mongolia between the parents and the daughter of a Japanese woman considered a symbol of the abduction issue could prove a turning point in Japan and...
Kim Jong Un's associates elected to Supreme People's Assembly
Kim Jong Un casts his ballot in the Supreme People's Assembly election in Pyongyang on March 9. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
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.
To protect families, North Korean defectors sneak back for election
Voters line up to cast their ballots to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on March 9. (AP Photo)
SHENYANG, China--Some North Korean defectors in China said they would sneak back into their country to vote in an election to further conceal their absence and prevent possible ...
N. Koreans cast votes, but government decides for whom
A woman receives a ballot to vote to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on March 9. (AP photo)
PYONGYANG--North Koreans went to polling stations on March 9 to approve a new national legislature.
N. Korea elections: 0% drama, 100% mandatory
North Koreans walk past an election poster on Feb. 24 that reads: "March 9 is the election of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly, Let’s all vote in agreement!" in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
North Korean voters will make a choice on March 9 when they elect a new national legislature, but not for a candidate. The ruling elite have already done that for them, and...
North Korea shows more conciliatory approach in talks with Japan
Japanese Red Cross Society official Osamu Tasaka, second from right, and Foreign Ministry official Keiichi Ono, far right, meet with their North Korean counterparts, Ri Ho Rim, far left, and Ryu Song Il, second from left, respectively. (Koichiro Ishida)
SHENYANG, China--Japanese and North Korean officials held frank and constructive informal talks March 3, but no agreement was reached on the issues of Pyongyang’s abductions...
Koreans end tearful reunions with little hope for more frequent...
South Koreans hold hands of their North Korean relatives on a bus after the separated family reunion meeting at Diamond Mountain in North Korea on Feb. 25. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The 88-year-old North Korean man stretched his arms out the bus window to grasp the hands of his South Korean sister one final time before the end of rare reunions Feb....