North Korea

US, South Korea agree to delay wartime control transfer
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Korean National Defense Minister Han Min Koo as he arrives for an honor cordon on Oct. 23 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States on Oct. 23 agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying ...
ANALYSIS: North Korea's release of 1 American may not help 2...
Jeffrey Fowle, center, smiles as he stands with his family and with attorney, Timothy Tepe, far right, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, on Oct. 22. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of...
Japan team heading to N. Korea to pressure it on abductees, Abe...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 22 explains plans to send a government delegation to North Korea from Oct. 27 to 30. (Shogo Koshida)
Japan is sending officials to reclusive North Korea to keep up pressure for an investigation into the fate of its citizens kidnapped decades ago to train spies, Prime Minister...
North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained
In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Oct. 21, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but ...
Abductees association skeptical about Abe's plan to dispatch team...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the abduction issue at the prime minister's office on Oct. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to send officials to North Korea to confirm the status of Pyongyang’s reinvestigation into the abduction of Japanese, but family members of...
Defector seeks return of Japanese from North Korea
Eiko Kawasaki (Photo by Ryuichi Kitano)
Eiko Kawasaki hid her true identity and face for years in Japan to protect the family members who remained abroad. But by the time she became 70 years old, she asked herself,...
North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border in latest clash
In this photo released by South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korean delegation chief Kim Yong Chol, left, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart, Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Ryu Je-seung before their meeting at the border villages of Panmunjom, South Korea, on Oct. 15. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North and South Korea exchanged gunfire on Oct. 19 when the North's soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the...
Tokyo tells Seoul it will dispatch officials to Pyongyang for...
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, right, and Song Il Ho, North Korean ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan, before their meeting in Beijing on July 1 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan informed South Korea of its plans to send officials to North Korea as early as this month to determine Pyongyang’s earnestness in its reinvestigation of abducted...
Abductee families, Diet members oppose invitation from Pyongyang...
Sakie Yokota, mother of abductee Megumi Yokota, speaks at a meeting held between the Japanese Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea and the transpartisan Diet members' league dealing with North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in Tokyo on Oct. 16. (Shogo Koshida)
Family members of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea and a related Diet members' alliance are opposing an invitation from Pyongyang to have a delegation from Tokyo...
Koreas' military talks end without agreement
In this photo released by South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korean delegation chief Kim Yong Chol, left, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart, Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Ryu Je-seung before their meeting at the border villages of Panmunjom, South Korea, on Oct. 15. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years ended with no agreement on Oct. 15, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences...
N. Korea leader Kim re-appears, with a walking stick
A man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un using a cane during his first public appearance, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Oct. 14. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Oct. 14 after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over...
Rival Koreas trade fire over propaganda balloons
North Korean defectors in South Korea prepare to release balloons carrying leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies in Paju, near the border with North Korea, on Oct. 10. (AP photo)
SEOUL--North and South Korea traded machine-gun and rifle fire on Oct. 10 after South Korean activists released anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border, officials...
Kim's absence at N. Korean anniversary raises health questions
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, in a photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in March (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--For the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un didn't appear at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party on Oct. ...
U.N. draft urges ICC referral for N. Korea, but Pyongyang fights...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in July (Korea News Service)
UNITED NATIONS--A draft resolution urges the U.N. General Assembly recommend the referral of North Korea to The Hague for crimes against humanity, prompting Pyongyang to take...
N. Korea presents own report on its human rights record at U.N.
North Korean diplomats talk about human rights in their reclusive country at U.N. headquarters in New York on Oct. 7. (The Asahi Shimbun)
UNITED NATIONS--North Korea on Oct. 7 offered U.N. delegations its own lengthy report on Pyongyang's human rights record and repeated its dismissal of a United Nations...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Bribes were a way of life in North Korea
Pyongyang residents visit a bronze statue of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung in this 2002 photo. (Pool)
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website.
ASAHI POLL: 50% of voters back Abe’s efforts to resolve...
Members of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, from right, Shigeo Iizuka and Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, express their disappointment after Pyongyang reneged on a promise to submit its report on the abduction issue in September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Just half of the voting public believes the Abe administration has taken every conceivable step to bring home all Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the...
EDITORIAL: Japan should send negotiators to Pyongyang
Song Il Ho, North Korean ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This autumn, the families of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea decades ago must be growing dreadfully impatient for some good news about their missing loved...
N. Korea official: No problem with Kim Jong Un’s health
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a tile plant in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 3. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--A senior official from Pyongyang denied rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in poor health, according to a South Korean minister.
Yokotas still hopeful for reunion on 50th birthday of abducted...
Sakie and Shigeru Yokota address a gathering in Kawasaki on Oct. 4 organized to show support for families of abduction victims. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
It is difficult for Sakie Yokota to accept that Oct. 5 is the 50th birthday of her daughter, Megumi, whom she last saw as a young teenager.