North Korea

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...
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...