North Korea

S. Korea's constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist party
Lee Jung-hee, center, a head of the Unified Progressive Party, and supporters shout slogans against constitutional court's verdict near the constitutional court in Seoul on Dec. 19. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea's constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say...
Sony cancels 'The Interview' release amid terror hack threats
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a movie theater in Atlanta on Dec. 17. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK--Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment...
N. Korea marks end of 3-year mourning period for late leader Kim...
North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square, some bowing toward portraits of their late leader Kim Jong Il, as an act of respect, to mark the third anniversary of his death on Dec. 17 in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more...
Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. (AP file photo)
NEW YORK— Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats on Dec. 16 against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referred to...
Horrors of North Korea: Children too busy scrounging for money to...
Primary school students in Pyongyang celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the birth of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 3, 2014, in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors, which originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital...
China left out in the cold as North Koreans prepare to mark Kim...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Provided by Korea News Service)
BEIJING--In a surprise snub, North Korea did not formally invite China to send representatives to attend a memorial ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the third anniversary of Kim...
U.S. envoy says no sign North Korea wants to reopen talks
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Sung Kim speaks to reporters at a hotel in Beijing Dec. 12. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Despite North Korea's recent freeing of three American captives, the hard-line Communist state's leadership appears no closer to reopening a dialogue with the outside, ...
N. Korea denies Sony hack, calls it 'righteous deed'
In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea released a statement Dec. 7 that clearly relished a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot...
U.N. Security Council members to debate N. Korea human rights issue
A session of the United Nations Security Council in September (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UNITED NATIONS--Two-thirds of the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 5 requested that North Korea's human rights situation be placed on the council agenda for debate--the...
North Korea still a suspect in Sony attack despite denial
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif., on Dec. 2 (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--North Korea is a principal suspect in the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, a U.S. national security source told Reuters on Dec. 4, while a North Korean...
Report: N. Korea orders everyone sharing leader's name to change it
A photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on Nov. 15 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting a factory. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea has ordered people who share the name of leader Kim Jong Un to change their names, South Korea's state-run KBS TV reported on Dec. 3.
North Korea, other nations among suspects in Sony hack--U.S. source
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. on Dec. 2. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON/BOSTON--U.S. investigators are considering multiple suspects, including North Korea, in their investigation into a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that...
Sharp increase in North Korean fishing boats in Japan's EEZ
A North Korean squid fishing boat drifts off the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture in August 2014. (Provided by the 9th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
The number of North Korean squid fishing boats entering Japan’s exclusive economic zone has tripled this year, another apparent sign of the desperate economic conditions in...
Pyongyang and Moscow boost ties as tense Beijing watches from the...
North Korea’s special envoy to Russia, Choe Ryong Hae, third from right, and other officials take a tour of the war museum in Moscow on Nov. 18, according to the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea New Service)
North Korea’s special envoy to Russia has returned home after appearing to make significant progress in improving bilateral ties, suggesting that North Korean leader Kim Jong ...
Abe administration suffered 'diplomatic defeat' by China with...
Ahead of the Nov. 10 meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japan and China announced on Nov. 7 a statement of consensus.
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 ...