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...
U.N. chief says N. Korea has canceled invitation to visit factory...
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said May 20 that North Korea had canceled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the...
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea industrial zone
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on May 19 he will visit the Kaesong industrial complex just north of the inter-Korean border, which will make him the first U.N....
U.S. official Kerry slams N. Korea, vows security for South
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert upon his arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on May 17. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on May 18 accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security...
Documentary suggests 'executed' North Korean defense chief still...
In this 2012 file photo, Hyon Yong Chol, then vice marshal, applauds during a meeting in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The North Korean defense minister reportedly executed with an anti-aircraft gun may still be alive, according to a Tokyo-based organization that monitors the reclusive...
N. Korea executes defense chief with an anti-aircraft gun, S....
A man watches a TV news program reporting that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on May 13. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea has executed its defense chief on treason charges by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, Seoul's National Intelligence Service...
Pyongyang plays up closer ties with Russia despite absence of Kim...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, welcomes Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly, to Moscow on May 9. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the ceremonies held in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Germany in World War II, Pyongyang ...
South Korea urges North to halt submarine missile tests
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--North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile from a submarine was "very serious and concerning," South Korea said May 11, with one defense official suggesting...
N. Korean general believed behind 2010 S. Korea attacks dies
Homes on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island lie in ruins on Nov. 24, 2010, one day after the bombardment by North Korea. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--The North Korean military general believed by archrival South Korea to have been behind two attacks on South Korea that killed 50 people in 2010 has died. He was 77.
N. Korea's fresh show of force could pose a threat to Japan, S....
A man watches a TV news program showing an image published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of a ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater in Seoul on May 9. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea's firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile could pose a new threat to South Korea, Japan and the United States, which have tried to contain the...
South Korea says North Korea test-fires 3 missiles into sea
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in June 2014 shows the launching of a tactical rocket by the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed site in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--South Korean military officials say North Korea has fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into its eastern sea.