North Korea

Putin backs deeper ties with North Korea after meeting Kim envoy
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security on Nov. 19, a day after holding talks with a personal envoy of...
U.N. push to hold North Korea, Kim accountable for alleged crimes...
Japan's U.N. Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, far left, gestures as he speaks during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, on a proposal to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity Nov. 18. (AP Photo)
UNITED NATIONS--The world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Nov. 18 at the United...
Senior North Korean official leaves for Russia
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae, left, a senior member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, shakes hands with Kim Ki Nam, second right, also secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, as he and his delegation members leave the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang for Russia on Nov. 17. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Pyongyang on Nov. 17 for Russia to discuss ways to improve trade and political ties.
N. Korean leader to send special envoy to Russia
Choe Ryong Hae, center, a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves Pyongyang Airport for China in May 2013. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon send a special envoy to Russia, Pyongyang's state media reported on Nov. 14, in a trip expected to focus on how to boost ties...
S. Korea fires warning shots at N. Korean soldiers approaching...
In this July 2013 photo, North Korean soldiers watch the south side with cameras at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. Seoul defense officials said South Korean troops fired warning shots on Nov. 10 after North Korean soldiers approached too close to the border. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korean troops fired warning shots on Nov. 10 after North Korean soldiers approached too close to the border separating the rival countries, Seoul defense officials ...
2 Americans held in North Korea whisked back home
In this image taken from video, U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Nov. 8 after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: With brokers on the prowl, North Korean...
The Tumen river, which serves as a border between North Korea and China, is frozen over until about March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor’s note: This is the third installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors, which originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website....
Report: Japanese abductee Megumi Yokota died of drug overdose
Eriko Yamatani, minister in charge of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens, holds a photograph of abductee Megumi Yokota at a Japanese government-organized symposium on North Korea’s human rights record in Geneva on Sept. 10. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents decades ago as a schoolgirl, died from an overdose of medication in 1994 and was buried in a pit with...
New North Korea nuclear facility could boost weapons fuel
SEOUL--North Korea is operating a new nuclear facility that could double its known capacity to produce uranium-enriched fuel for nuclear weapons, a South Korean news report...
Supreme Court upholds sale of Chongryon headquarters
The headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling approving a Japanese developer’s purchase of the Tokyo headquarters of a pro-Pyongyang residents group, meaning North Korea’s...
EDITORIAL: Despite frustration, Japan should continue talks with N....
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, after a meeting with North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Oct. 29 (Pool)
A Japanese delegation that recently visited Pyongyang has returned home after two days of talks with North Korean officials mainly over their reinvestigation into Japanese...
Family members of abductees decry lack of progress in Pyongyang...
Family members of Japanese abducted by North Korea are briefed on the outcome of Japan-North Korea talks in Pyongyang earlier this week at the Cabinet Office on Oct. 31. (Rei Kishitsu)
Dashing the hopes of family members in Japan, North Korea offered no new insights into the fate of Japanese abducted to the country decades ago during talks on the issue in...
North Korea says it has invited EU's top human rights official
Kim Un Chol, a spokesman for North Korea, attends a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters on Oct. 22. (AP Photo)
UNITED NATIONS--North Korea on Oct. 30 said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by ...
Japan, North Korea end talks on reinvestigation of abduction issue
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, speaks to reporters in Pyongyang on Oct. 29 after a meeting on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. (Pool)
PYONGYANG--A Japanese delegation wrapped up two-day talks with North Korea on its reinvestigation into Japanese abducted to the country in the 1970s and 1980s but declined to...
U.N. investigator cautious on North Korea overture
In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, a North Korean flag is hoisted during Media Day of the 17th Asian Games Athletes' Village in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK--A U.N. human rights investigator said Oct. 28 that he was surprised and gratified that North Korean officials raised the possibility of allowing him to visit their...
N. Korea thought to be developing sea-based missiles
A photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on July 10 shows an earlier test launch of a North Korean tactical rocket. (Korea News Service)
WASHINGTON--North Korea has built a new testing facility that is probably intended to research how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships, according to a U.S....
Kim Jong Un out of public spotlight due to surgery, Seoul says
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--South Korea's spy agency said Oct. 28 it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation...
N. Korea, U.N. human rights investigator meet on possible visit
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UNITED NATIONS--North Korean officials said Oct. 27 that they met for the first time with a United Nations special investigator on human rights and "envisage" him visiting...
Defector turns to rap music to tell reality of his former life in...
Rapper Kang Chun-hyuk, a North Korean defector, in Seoul (Atsushi Hiroshima)
SEOUL--When Kang Chun-hyuk first arrived in South Korea, the 15-year-old left behind a life under the terror of a totalitarian regime, where friends and neighbors would...
No U.S. troop cuts without credible N.Korea nuclear deal, says...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--It is too premature to talk about reducing American forces in the Korean Peninsula without "authentic and credible" negotiations with Pyongyang about ending its...