North Korea

Pyongyang reiterates no interest in similar deal struck by Iran
Under the portraits of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong speaks at a press conference held at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on July 28. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The North Korean ambassador to China said on July 28 that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because North Korea is a "nuclear...
Slovenian band to be 1st western pop group to play Pyongyang
In this July 16 photo taken in Ljubljana, Slovenia, leader of Slovenian conceptual band Laibach Ivan Novak talks to The Associated Press during an interview, in front of the band's posters at an exhibition. (AP Photo)
LJUBLJANA--A Slovenian avant-garde rock band that plans to be the first western pop act to perform in North Korea said its intention is to provoke debate beyond the isolated...
N. Korea says not interested in Iran-like nuclear talks with U.S.
Japanese, South Korean and U.S. representatives for the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program meet in Seoul in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country's foreign ministry said in a...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: S. Korean women have it easy even compared ...
North Korea's Arirang Festival features the famous 'mass games' shown in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran...
As habitats vanish, migratory birds flock to N. Korean shores
In this May 2015 photo, provided by the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Center, birds stand in the mud flats in Nampo, North Korea. A trip by a New Zealand research team near Nampo, southwest of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, underscores some tentative but significant progress by outside scientists to conduct small-scale research projects in North Korea. (AP Photo)
To the untrained eye, it's just a lot of birds on an otherwise deserted stretch of muddy, flat coastline. But for ornithologists, North Korea's west coast is a little piece of...
Seoul claims N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials in ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator...
Widow of ex-South Korean leader to visit North Korea
Lee Hee-ho in 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who was a strong proponent of Korean reconciliation, will visit North Korea early next month, ex-aides ...
EDITORIAL: After year of futility, Japan needs new game plan for...
Relatives of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea attend a meeting in Tokyo on July 1. From left in the first row are Shigeo Iizuka, and Sakie and Shigeru Yokota. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
One year has passed since North Korea set up a special committee to carry out a fresh investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the country decades ago.
Pyongyang drags heels on release of report on Japanese abductees
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, (Asahi Shimbun file photo) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
The Foreign Ministry criticized North Korea on July 3 for delaying the release of the report of its reinvestigation into the status of Japanese nationals abducted decades ago,...
Frustration grows after year of Pyongyang's reinvestigation into...
Sakie and Shigeru Yokota attend a news conference in Tokyo on July 1 along with Shigeo Iizuka, right, the head of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea. (Wataru Sekita)
A slim ray of hope that appeared a year ago has dimmed for Japanese families who have been waiting decades for word about their loved ones taken away by North Korea.
Tokyo man captures parents' decade-long crusade to rescue daughter ...
Video footage of Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, the parents of North Korean abductee Megumi Yokota, was filmed by Nobumichi Tanabe. (Provided by Nobumichi Tanabe)
For the past 10 years, Nobumichi Tanabe has trained his video camera on Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to chronicle their quest to bring their daughter Megumi back to Japan.
South Korea should talk about and not run from U.S.-Japan bonhomie
Ever since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that his government was going to meddle with the Constitution, the Northeast Asia region has been feeling the heat.
North Korea sentences two South Koreans to life of hard labor for...
South Korean police officers stand guard by a signboard of the newly opened office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul on June 23. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea's highest court on June 23 sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard labor for life, its state media said, calling the punishment a lesson for...
Parents of girl taken by North Korea to release DVD in effort to...
Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents 38 years ago, watch a DVD created by their support group on June 17 in Kawasaki. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
KAWASAKI--The parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents 38 years ago, have not given up. They might be too old to move around Japan so much, but a new...
South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of North Korea
People watch a TV news program showing South Korea's missile test in Seoul on June 3. The letters on the screen read: "South Korea successfully test-fired a domestically built ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea." (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea on June 3 test-launched a new ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, the president's office said, developed under a new agreement with the United ...
North Korea pushed 'national project' of smuggling ‘matsutake’ ...
Pricy “matsutake” mushrooms imported from North Korea in 2006 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KYOTO--Pyongyang thumbed its nose at economic sanctions by issuing a directive to sneak pricy “matsutake” mushrooms into Japan to acquire foreign currency, sources...
Tokyo again pushes North Korea to come up on abduction issue
Abductee Megumi Yokota, when she was living in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo, exasperated by the lack of progress on the abduction issue, has called on North Korea to "honestly and quickly report its findings to us."
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Facing an uncertain future after living in ...
A portrait of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung is displayed near a customs clearance point near Tumen at the border between North Korea and China. (Koichiro Ishida)
Editor's note: This is the 10th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran...
U.S., S. Korea, Japan seek to raise pressure on N. Korea's nuclear ...
South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook, center, U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, right, and Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Junichi Ihara pose for the media before their meeting about North Korea in Seoul on May 27. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The United States and two key Asian allies discussed how to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program and will urge China to help bring Pyongyang back ...
U.S. official: North Korea modified submarine missile launch photos
This photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on May 9 shows North Korea’s ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such...