North Korea

Yonhap: Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, South Korea's Yonhap...
North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin
Korean families separated during the 1950-53 civil war are reunited at a hotel in North Korea on Feb. 20, 2014. (Provided by Dong A-Ilbo)
SEOUL--North Korea on Jan. 23 demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.
S. Korean supreme court upholds sedition ruling against ex-lawmaker
Members of conservative groups hold defaced portraits of former Unified Progressive Party lawmaker Lee Seok-ki at a rally denouncing Lee near the Supreme Court in Seoul on Jan. 22. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea's Supreme Court upheld a sedition conviction against a former leftist member of parliament for inciting armed revolt, backing the government's crackdown on...
Russia says N. Korea sent positive signal on Kim visit in May
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
MOSCOW--Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader Kim Jong Un to attend anniversary celebrations of the...
In which direction is Kim Jong Un taking North Korea?
Three years have passed since Kim Jong Un became North Korea’s new leader. He could have spent these years mourning the death of his father--Kim Jong Il--based on Korean...
S. Korea group launches anti-North leaflets despite calls to...
A South Korean group releases balloons carrying leaflets critical of North Korea in October. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--A South Korean activist group led by a defector from North Korea said on Jan. 20 it had launched balloons with messages critical of the North Korean leader across the...
U.S. ex-officials conclude nuke talks with N. Korean diplomat
North Korea's senior nuclear negotiator Ri Yong Ho, center, delivers a statement to the media on Jan. 19 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--An American delegation of academics and former senior officials urged the resumption of official nuclear talks during two days of informal meetings with North...
North Korean defector, subject of escape bestseller, changes his...
Shin Dong-hyuk speaks at an event on human rights in North Korea at a hotel in New York in September. (AP file photo)
SEOUL--A North Korean defector whose escape from a brutal prison camp was the subject of a bestselling book has changed key parts of his story and on Jan. 18 apologized for...
U.S. ex-officials meet N. Korean nuclear chief amid standoff
North Korean nuclear negotiators, including Ri Yong Ho, front center, meet for breakfast on Jan. 18 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE (AP)--U.S. academics and former senior officials met with North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Jan. 18 to get a feel for each other's positions amid ...
China enlists citizens to patrol border with North Korea
North Korea's North Hamgyong province is seen from China's Jilin province over the Tumen River. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China is sending civilian militias to help secure the border it shares with North Korea, state media said, in the wake of two reported killings of Chinese citizens by...
Megumi's parents restart campaign to resolve North Korea abduction ...
Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, the parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korea, speak about their daughter at a lecture session on Jan. 13 in Tachikawa, Tokyo. (Ryuichi Kitano)
After a two-month hiatus, the parents of Megumi Yokota resumed their tireless efforts to bring home their daughter, who disappeared in 1977, and other Japanese who were...
S. Korean activist arrested for allegedly praising Pyongyang
In this photo taken Jan. 13, 2015, Hwang Sun, a former spokeswoman for a now-disbanded leftist party, arrives to participate in determination of a warrant's validity at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office in Seoul. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korean officials on Jan. 14 arrested a leftist activist for allegedly praising archrival North Korea, just days after an American was deported on similar charges...
Defectors plan to drop 'The Interview' DVDs by balloon on North...
A scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures)
SEOUL--A group of North Korean defectors here plans to use balloons to drop DVDs of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview” on North Korea, triggering threats from the...
S.Korean president open to summit with North's Kim with no...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Jan. 12 that she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any precondition, but...
N. Korea offers to suspend nuclear tests if U.S. calls off...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledges workers at a factory that provides food for the military in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in November. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea said on Jan. 10 it was willing to suspend nuclear tests if the United States agreed to call off annual military drills held jointly with South Korea, but...
North Korea boosted "cyber forces" to 6,000 troops, South says
A South Korean student looks at a picture, which shows how the cyber warfare is going to be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula if Korean War takes place, at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korean military's "cyber army" has boosted its numbers to 6,000 troops, the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Jan. 6, double Seoul's estimate for the force in...
Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'vicious' cyberattack against U.S....
Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas on Jan. 5 . (Shinya Takagi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
LAS VEGAS--Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Jan. 6 condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and...
UPDATE: North Korea blasts U.S. over new sanctions
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea issued a furious statement on Jan. 4 slamming the United States for imposing sanctions against government officials and the defense industry for a...
Obama orders sanctions against North Korea over Sony cyberattack
U.S. President Barack Obama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HONOLULU--The United States imposed new sanctions Jan. 2 on North Korean government officials and the country's defense industry for a cyberattack against Sony, insisting that...
North Korean leader open to summit with South
People watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Jan. 1. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's speech on Jan. 1 that he is open to more talks or even a summit with his South Korean counterpart, a statement...