North Korea

Japan to extend sanctions against N. Korea, seeks progress in...
Sakie Yokota calls for a quick resolution of the abduction issue in Niigata on Nov. 15, 2013, while her husband Shigeru looks on. The image in the background is of their daughter Megumi. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings...
S. Korea demands release of two men accused by N. Korea of...
A man watches a TV screen reporting about South Korean Kim Kuk-gi, left, and Choe Chun-gil detained in North Korea at the Seoul Railway Station on March 27. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea demanded the immediate release on March 27 of two of its citizens being held in North Korea on accusations spying.
Classmate of abductee Megumi Yokota holds concert in her honor
Violinist Naoya Yoshida plays at a concert dedicated to abductee Megumi Yokota on March 22 in Tokyo. Yokota, his former classmate, was abducted in 1977 at age 13 by North Korean agents. (Naoko Kawamura)
In hopes of bringing her home, a former classmate of Megumi Yokota, the 13-year-old girl abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, gave a violin concert on her behalf in Tokyo...
UN investigator: Pressure North Korea on hundreds of abductions of ...
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UNITED NATIONS--The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea said March 16 that the closed-off country must be held to account for the hundreds of people it's accused of...
North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in June shows the launching of a tactical rocket by the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed place in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea has test fired seven short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean officials said March 13, in the latest such tests launched during ongoing South...
U.N. expert wants North Korea held to account for abductions
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GENEVA--A United Nations human rights investigator on March 9 recommended international pressure be put on North Korea to clarify the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals...
Families of abductees press for sanctions if North Korea doesn't...
Eriko Yamatani, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, left, meets with Shigeo Iizuka, center, the head of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, at the Cabinet Office on March 6. (Hikaru Uchida)
Families of Japanese abducted by North Korea demanded that an investigation into the fate of their loved ones move into higher gear and called for new sanctions against...
U.S.: N.Korea response to attack on ambassador 'callous'
Kim Ki-jong, the suspect of slashing U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, in a wheelchair is carried by police officers as he leaves a police station for Seoul Central District Court in Seoul March 6. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States on March 6 condemned North Korea's "callous" reaction to the knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea that has added to tensions on the...
N. Korean factories, farmers given freer hand to make business...
Ri Ki Song, professor of the Economic Science Section at Pyongyang’s powerful Academy of Social Science, speaks about his country's latest economic policies during an interview in Pyongyang on Feb. 11. (AP Photo)
North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country's biggest...
North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles off...
South Korean and United States marines ride on inflatable boats during a joint landing exercise to prepare for a possible North Korea's surprise attack in waters off Ganghwa Island, located inside of the civilian passage restriction line that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on March 2, a South Korean military official said, a move seen as a protest against annual military...
U.N. panel: N. Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming...
North Korean-flagged cargo ship Chong Chon Gang in Panama in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UNITED NATIONS--A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in...
U.S. institute: N.Korea nuclear arsenal could multiply in the next ...
A boy stands by a North Korea's mock Scud-B missile, left and other South Korean missiles displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--North Korea could increase its nuclear arsenal from at least 10 weapons today to between 20 and 100 weapons in five years, U.S. researchers said Feb. 24, as the...
U.S., South Korea to start annual military drills, likely to draw...
U.S. Marines aim their machine guns during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea, on March 31, 2014. (AP photo)
SEOUL--South Korea and the United States will begin eight weeks of joint military drills starting March 2, military officials said Feb. 24, an annual exercise that typically...
North Korean leader inspects artillery drill
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 inspected a live-fire artillery drill by his country's military units near the sea border with the rival South, believed to be timed...
North Korea test-fires 5 short-range missiles into the sea
South Korean men watch a TV news program on the launch of North Korea's new anti-ship cruise missile, at a train station in Seoul on Feb. 8. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea test-fired five short-range missiles into the sea on Feb. 8 in its second such weapons test this year, a South Korean defense official said, amid dimming...
N. Korea test-fires new anti-ship cruise missile
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in November (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea has test-fired a new anti-ship cruise missile, images released by state media on Feb. 7 showed, demonstrating the increased capability of the secretive...
Russel: No sign yet North Korea is serious about resuming nuclear...
Daniel Russel (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--A top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says North Korea has not yet shown it is serious about restarting negotiations over its nuclear weapons program.
N. Korea says U.S. rejects invitation to Pyongyang
Kim Sung (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--North Korea said on Feb. 1 the United States had rejected an invitation to send one of its top diplomats to Pyongyang, accusing Washington of trying to shift the blame...
S. Korean officials fret that former leader Lee's memoir tells too ...
Lee Myung-bak, left, and Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
SEOUL--A soon-to-be published memoir by President Park Geun-hye's predecessor has put administration officials on tenterhooks over fears that sensitive disclosures could cause...
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...