North Korea

Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon
U.S. President Barack Obama at the Japanese guard of honor in the Imperial Palace on April 24 (Pool)
U.S. President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future.
U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from new nuclear test
South Korean citizens in central Seoul protest North Korea's third underground nuclear test in February 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States said on April 22 that it was watching the Korean peninsula closely after reports that North Korea may be planning another nuclear test and it...
Activity escalates around North Korea nuclear testing site
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Political Bureau at the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee on April 8. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--A nuclear test site in northeastern North Korea has become abuzz with activity ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Seoul this week, South Korean government ...
Abe, Obama to discuss stronger alliance, China at talks in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will reaffirm their commitment to a strengthened bilateral alliance when the two leaders meet in Tokyo...
U.N. inquiry chief wants N. Korea hauled before international court
Michael Kirby (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UNITED NATIONS--The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on April 17 to refer the situation in the reclusive...
N. Korean pingpong squad gets nod to compete in championships in...
The North Korean national soccer team is greeted by supporters at Narita Airport in February 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Putting politics aside, the government will grant entry permits to members of the North Korean national table tennis team so it can compete in the 2014 World Team Table Tennis...
N. Korean embassy complains to Britain after salon mocks leader's...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
LONDON--North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain's...
EDITORIAL: NPDI's declaration disappoints A-bomb survivors,...
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and other representatives from member nations of the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Initiative attend a joint news conference in Hiroshima on April 12 after the two-day NPDI meeting. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
This falls short of what we would expect in a message meant for the world that was issued from Hiroshima, a city that has suffered the ravages of an atomic bomb.
Pyongyang poised to reopen abductions issue if Tokyo eases...
Song Il Ho, second from right, North Korea's ambassador for talks on normalizing ties with Japan, during a meeting with Japanese representatives at the North Korean embassy in Beijing on March 30 (Koichiro Ishida)
North Korea agreed to reopen its investigation into the abductions of Japanese nationals if Japan relaxes some unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang, during the first formal...
Japan walks tightrope with North Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared before an anxious crowd last winter at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The speech, one element of a...
N. Korea names former Swiss ambassador as new foreign minister
Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year message on Jan. 1 in this photograph distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea’s national assembly selected Ri Su Yong, Pyongyang’s former ambassador to Switzerland, as the country's foreign minister at its April 9 session.
EDITORIAL: North Korea's Kim should focus on economic...
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea meets on April 8 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in attendance. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on April 9. (Korea News Service)
North Korea can never hope to rebuild the dilapidated nation without abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. Can’t it face up to this reality?
ASDF scrambles exceed 800 for first time in 24 years
Crew members rush to F-15 fighter jets during a scramble drill at Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa Prefecture in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force made 810 fighter jet scrambles against foreign aircraft that approached the country’s territory in fiscal 2013--the first time since fiscal...
N. Korea maintains status quo by reappointing key leaders
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a Workers' Party of Korea central politburo meeting April 8. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on April 9. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea reappointed several key officials and took measures to consolidate Kim Jong Un’s grip on power, including the promotion of an aide whose star has risen...
ANALYSIS: Seoul confounded by 3rd undetected drone, likely from N. ...
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SEOUL--A recent string of crashes confirmed in South Korea of drones that likely originated from North Korea is raising concerns among officials here, as Seoul apparently has...
INTERVIEW/ Michael Kirby: Horrors of N. Korean prison camps...
GENEVA--The head of a United Nations investigative panel on human rights in North Korea said that the country’s leaders should be held accountable for crimes against humanity.
Japan, U.S. to increase cooperation on N. Korea provocations
Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel inspects the honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on April 6. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Japan and the United States agreed April 6 to more closely cooperate in dealing with North Korea’s heightened provocations and to tighten ties with South Korea to form a...
Third suspected N. Korean drone found crashed in South Korea
The unmanned drone that was discovered on a mountain in Samcheok, South Korea, on April 6 (AP Photo)
SEOUL--A drone believed to have originated from North Korea was discovered on a mountainside in northeastern South Korea, the third such unmanned vehicle found in two weeks.
ANALYSIS: Desire to assist U.S. military not based on real-world...
The MSDF Aegis destroyer Kirishima launches a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor during a test launch in waters near Hawaii. (Provided by the MSDF)
On a real-world level, the push by the Abe administration to allow for the exercise of the right of collective self-defense is based more on emotions than logic.
U.S., in nod to Tokyo, to send more ships to Japan, prods China
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a news conference in Tokyo on April 6 (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
The United States moved on April 6 to reassure Tokyo over its mounting security concerns, saying it would send more missile defense ships to Japan following North Korean...