North Korea

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...
US, South Korea agree to delay wartime control transfer
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Korean National Defense Minister Han Min Koo as he arrives for an honor cordon on Oct. 23 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States on Oct. 23 agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying ...
ANALYSIS: North Korea's release of 1 American may not help 2...
Jeffrey Fowle, center, smiles as he stands with his family and with attorney, Timothy Tepe, far right, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, on Oct. 22. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of...
Japan team heading to N. Korea to pressure it on abductees, Abe...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 22 explains plans to send a government delegation to North Korea from Oct. 27 to 30. (Shogo Koshida)
Japan is sending officials to reclusive North Korea to keep up pressure for an investigation into the fate of its citizens kidnapped decades ago to train spies, Prime Minister...
North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained
In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Oct. 21, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but ...
Abductees association skeptical about Abe's plan to dispatch team...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the abduction issue at the prime minister's office on Oct. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to send officials to North Korea to confirm the status of Pyongyang’s reinvestigation into the abduction of Japanese, but family members of...
Defector seeks return of Japanese from North Korea
Eiko Kawasaki (Photo by Ryuichi Kitano)
Eiko Kawasaki hid her true identity and face for years in Japan to protect the family members who remained abroad. But by the time she became 70 years old, she asked herself,...
North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border in latest clash
In this photo released by South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korean delegation chief Kim Yong Chol, left, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart, Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Ryu Je-seung before their meeting at the border villages of Panmunjom, South Korea, on Oct. 15. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North and South Korea exchanged gunfire on Oct. 19 when the North's soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the...
Tokyo tells Seoul it will dispatch officials to Pyongyang for...
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, right, and Song Il Ho, North Korean ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan, before their meeting in Beijing on July 1 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan informed South Korea of its plans to send officials to North Korea as early as this month to determine Pyongyang’s earnestness in its reinvestigation of abducted...
Abductee families, Diet members oppose invitation from Pyongyang...
Sakie Yokota, mother of abductee Megumi Yokota, speaks at a meeting held between the Japanese Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea and the transpartisan Diet members' league dealing with North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in Tokyo on Oct. 16. (Shogo Koshida)
Family members of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea and a related Diet members' alliance are opposing an invitation from Pyongyang to have a delegation from Tokyo...
Koreas' military talks end without agreement
In this photo released by South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korean delegation chief Kim Yong Chol, left, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart, Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Ryu Je-seung before their meeting at the border villages of Panmunjom, South Korea, on Oct. 15. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years ended with no agreement on Oct. 15, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences...
N. Korea leader Kim re-appears, with a walking stick
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--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Oct. 14 after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over...
Rival Koreas trade fire over propaganda balloons
North Korean defectors in South Korea prepare to release balloons carrying leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government's policies in Paju, near the border with North Korea, on Oct. 10. (AP photo)
SEOUL--North and South Korea traded machine-gun and rifle fire on Oct. 10 after South Korean activists released anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border, officials...