North Korea

Pyongyang shuts down abduction probe to retaliate for Tokyo’s...
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, visiting Ottawa on Feb. 12, condemns North Korea's decision to disband its investigation committee on the abduction issue. (Ryutaro Abe)
North Korea responded to new sanctions imposed by Tokyo by scrapping a "special investigation committee" into Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago.
Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea
South Korean vehicles returning from North Korea's joint Kaesong Industrial Complex pass the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, on Feb. 11. (AP Photo)
PAJU, South Korea--South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean...
INSIGHT: Japan's sanctions against N. Korea also aimed at pressing ...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Feb. 10 prepares to announce Japanese sanctions against North Korea. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Sanctions announced by Japan and South Korea are intended to send a message not only to North Korea, but also to a country that has long shielded Pyongyang from punishment for...
POINT OF VIEW/ Robert Einhorn: China must be engaged in applying...
Robert Einhorn, former U.S. assistant secretary for nonproliferation (Atsushi Okudera)
North Korea’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile on Feb. 7 has heightened the urgency of dealing effectively with Pyongyang.
EDITORIAL: Sanctions against North Korea ineffectual without China ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to reporters' questions after Japan announced new sanctions on North Korea on Feb. 10. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Responding to North Korea’s defiant act of launching a rocket on Feb. 7, countries concerned are working out new sanctions to punish the regime in Pyongyang.
Yonhap: North Korea executes army chief of staff
Ri Yong Gil (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Feb. 10, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of ...
N. Korea vows to deport all S. Koreans from factory park
South Korean amy soldiers walk on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Feb. 11. (AP Photo)
PAJU, South Korea--North Korea on Thursday vowed to immediately deport all South Korean nationals and freeze all South Korean assets at a jointly run factory park in the North, ...
Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a news conference in Tokyo on Feb. 10. (AP Photo)
Japan announced on Feb. 10 that it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology.
Chinese foreign minister won't take Kishida's calls during N....
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Even amid the diplomatic flurry of phone calls following North Korea's long-range ballistic missile launch on Feb. 7, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida couldn't reach his Chinese...
U.S. intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9 before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could begin recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months,...
North Korea went all out to keep missile launch under trilateral...
At the center of this Feb. 1 spy satellite photo, a white awning covers the missile launch pad in North Korea. The structure on the left is a fuel bunker. (Provided by Airbus Defense & Space/ 38 North)
SEOUL--Using awnings and other cover, North Korea kept Japan, the United States and South Korea largely in the dark about its preparations for the Feb. 7 ballistic missile...
Japan moves toward unilateral sanctions over North Korea’s...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the prime minister's office after North Korea's missile launch on Feb. 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Feb. 8 he is preparing to slap unilateral sanctions against North Korea for its “intolerable” act on firing a long-range ballistic missile...
Korean residents worry Pyongyang’s missile launch will ratchet...
A TV at JR Osaka Station is tuned to a report on North Korea’s missile launch on Feb. 7. (Hikaru Uchida)
Ethnic Korean residents in Japan fear that North Korea’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile on Feb. 7 will increase the Japanese public's rancor toward them.
N. Korean patrol boat crosses to South, retreats after warning...
SEOUL--A North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korean waters early on Monday and retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots, a South Korean military...
U.N. condemns N. Korea launch, pledges significant new sanctions
South Koreans watch a TV news program with a file footage about North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Feb. 7. (AP Photo)
The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another...
Seoul: North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test
A Japan Self-Defense Force member stands by a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Jan. 31, 2016. Japan's Defense Ministry installed missile interceptors at their headquarters in central Tokyo on Friday amid signs that North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for...
UPDATE: North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers...
The vapor trail of what is believed to be from North Korea’s “missile” launch. The scene was shot from the border area between China and North Korea. (From a TV Asahi Corp. news program)
SEOUL--North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test,...
Japan ramps up defense alert with plans to shoot down N. Korea...
A PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Jan. 31 (AP Photo)
The Defense Ministry will deploy warships to the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea and surface-to-air missile units to two islands in Okinawa Prefecture ahead of an expected...
Japan to go on alert ahead of North Korea missile launch
The “J-Alert” receiving apparatus installed in the city government of Nabari, Mie Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A nationwide early warning drill will take place Feb. 5 as part of government efforts to test the emergency system ahead of an expected missile launch by North Korea later this ...
Teacher at pro-Pyongyang university spied for North Korea
Tokyo police unmasked a former associate professor at pro-Pyongyang Korea University in Tokyo as an agent for North Korea.