North Korea

U.S., S. Korea, Japan seek to raise pressure on N. Korea's nuclear ...
South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook, center, U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, right, and Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Junichi Ihara pose for the media before their meeting about North Korea in Seoul on May 27. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The United States and two key Asian allies discussed how to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program and will urge China to help bring Pyongyang back ...
U.S. official: North Korea modified submarine missile launch photos
This photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on May 9 shows North Korea’s ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such...
U.N. chief says N. Korea has canceled invitation to visit factory...
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said May 20 that North Korea had canceled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the...
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea industrial zone
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on May 19 he will visit the Kaesong industrial complex just north of the inter-Korean border, which will make him the first U.N....
U.S. official Kerry slams N. Korea, vows security for South
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert upon his arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on May 17. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on May 18 accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security...
Documentary suggests 'executed' North Korean defense chief still...
In this 2012 file photo, Hyon Yong Chol, then vice marshal, applauds during a meeting in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The North Korean defense minister reportedly executed with an anti-aircraft gun may still be alive, according to a Tokyo-based organization that monitors the reclusive...
N. Korea executes defense chief with an anti-aircraft gun, S....
A man watches a TV news program reporting that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on May 13. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea has executed its defense chief on treason charges by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, Seoul's National Intelligence Service...
Pyongyang plays up closer ties with Russia despite absence of Kim...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, welcomes Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly, to Moscow on May 9. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the ceremonies held in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Germany in World War II, Pyongyang ...
South Korea urges North to halt submarine missile tests
This photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on May 9 shows North Korea’s ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile from a submarine was "very serious and concerning," South Korea said May 11, with one defense official suggesting...
N. Korean general believed behind 2010 S. Korea attacks dies
Homes on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island lie in ruins on Nov. 24, 2010, one day after the bombardment by North Korea. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--The North Korean military general believed by archrival South Korea to have been behind two attacks on South Korea that killed 50 people in 2010 has died. He was 77.
N. Korea's fresh show of force could pose a threat to Japan, S....
A man watches a TV news program showing an image published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of a ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater in Seoul on May 9. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea's firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile could pose a new threat to South Korea, Japan and the United States, which have tried to contain the...
South Korea says North Korea test-fires 3 missiles into sea
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in June 2014 shows the launching of a tactical rocket by the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed site in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--South Korean military officials say North Korea has fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into its eastern sea.
N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine
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 said Saturday it has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country's...
Student held in North Korea says he was on personal peace mission
A new bridge connecting Sinuiju, North Korea, and Dandong, China, over the Yalu River in October 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean college student arrested by North Korea for illegally entering the country said he was hoping for a "great event" to help strengthen relations between the ...
North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip
In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korea announced May 4 that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader...
N. Korea says Japan's bid to hold abduction summit in New York to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, foreground, shakes hands with Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, whose daughter, Megumi, was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, at a meeting in Tokyo on April 26. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NEW YORK--North Korea condemned on May 1 plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been...
North Korean diplomats cause chaos at U.N. event on human rights
North Korean defectors, left, argue with North Korean diplomats, right, who were attempting to make a statement during a panel on North Korean human rights abuses at United Nations headquarters on April 30. (AP Photo)
UNITED NATIONS--A U.S.-organized event on North Korea's human rights briefly turned into chaos at the United Nations on April 30 as North Korean diplomats insisted on reading a ...
Kremlin: North Korean leader will not visit Moscow 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--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not attend events in Moscow next week commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, the Kremlin said on...
South Korea allows 1st fertilizer aid to North Korea since 2010...
Hwang Pyong So, left, vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae in Incheon, South Korea, in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korea said on April 27 it has approved a request by a private aid group to send fertilizer to North Korea, the first such move in nearly five years that signaled a ...
Ministry panel predicts China will dominate Asia-Pacific in 20...
The Asahi Shimbun
China will acquire a dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region within 20 years if the United States lowers its involvement in the region, according to a new study...