North Korea

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.
EDITORIAL: Japan must tell North Korea that its provocations are...
A photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on June 30 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching an earlier test launch of a tactical rocket. (Korea News Service)
North Korea has kept up a series of provocative missile launches this year. In its latest test, apparently a political gesture, North Korea fired a short-range ballistic...
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 ...
INSIGHT: Washington irritated by Abe diplomacy on Russia, North...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24. (Pool)
A widening rift is emerging between Japan and the United States over the handling of the crisis in Ukraine and dealing with North Korea.
North Korea getting antsy about growing ties between China, South...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
SHENYANG, China--North Koreans doing business in China have been instructed to gather information for Pyongyang on growing cozy ties between China and South Korea.
Japan, Mongolia reach broad agreement on free trade deal
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj acknowledge reporters after a meeting in Tokyo in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Setting the stage for gaining cooperation from Mongolia over the abduction issue with North Korea through deepened economic ties, Japan has agreed in principle on a bilateral...
Pyongyang threatens to pull out of Asian Games in S. Korea
A woman passes by 2014 Asian Games posters at a subway station in Seoul on July 18. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea threatened on July 18 to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing Seoul of plotting to block its athletes ...
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.
Seoul: North Korea again test-fires projectiles
A North Korea's Scud-B missile, second from right, is displayed with South Korean missiles at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, on June 27. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--North Korea launched two projectiles presumed to be ballistic missiles into the sea on July 13, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings...
North Korea launches missiles as weapons pioneer dies
North Korean soldiers bring flowers to the statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il to mark the 20th anniversary of the dead of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 8. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--A former North Korean missile expert who was sanctioned by the United Nations for his role in the North's nuclear and missile weapons programs has died, state media said ...
Japan fighters scramble record number of times
In this photo taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan, a Russian fighter jet SU-27 flies over the sea off the Japanese island of Hokkaido Feb. 7, 2013. The Defense Ministry said two SU-27 jets, including the one shown in this photo, briefly intruded into Japanese airspace in the afternoon off the coast of Rishiri island on Hokkaido's west coast, prompting Japan’s air force to scramble jets. (AP Photo/Joint Staff Office of Defense Ministry of Japan)
Japan scrambled fighter jets a record number of times between April and June amid increased activity of Russian and Chinese aircraft, the Defense Ministry said on July 9, and...
Inoki persuades N. Korea to host his first pro-wrestling card...
Upper House member Antonio Inoki speaks to reporters at Tokyo's Haneda Airport after returning from Pyongyang in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
While Pyongyang expressed reluctance to host a professional wrestling event, it finally gave in, thanks in part to "arm twisting" by Upper House member and former professional...
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.
U.S. fears eased sanctions will embolden North Korea
U.S. President Barack Obama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--A senior White House official said the multilateral sanctions imposed to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should not be sacrificed by Tokyo in exchange...
INSIGHT: Kim Jong Un could have direct hand in investigating...
The Asahi Shimbun
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...
Families of abductees anxious but hopeful over easing of sanctions ...
Sakie Yokota, the mother of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korea in 1977, tells reporters at a July 3 news conference that she feels uneasy about Japan's decision to ease sanctions against North Korea. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Families of Japanese abductees have expressed mixed feelings over the government’s decision to ease sanctions against North Korea in return for Pyongyang’s promise to...
EDITORIAL: ‘Action for action’ principle a must in dealing...
Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asia and Oceania Affairs Bureau, right, greets Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador in charge of normalizing relations with Japan, at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on July 1. (Pool)
The Japanese government has partially lifted economic sanctions it imposed on North Korea in 2006 separately from those based on U.N. Security Council resolutions. The decision ...
Japan to lift 3 sanctions against N. Korea; abduction...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains why Japan will lift sanctions against North Korea on July 3. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said July 3 that Japan will partially lift economic sanctions against North Korea after judging that Pyongyang was serious about reinvestigating its...