North Korea

North Korea draws American misfits

Foster Klug Several apparently confused Americans have crossed into North Korea, where they face harsh treatment.

American man arrested while trying to swim to North Korea ... and he is not the first one

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Anna Fifield Tokyo: An American man was arrested after being caught trying to swim across a river from South Korea into North Korea, apparently because he wanted to meet Kim Jong Un, officials in Seoul said...

North Korea sentences American to six years

American Matthew Miller in North Korea.

North Korea says it has sentenced detained American Matthew Miller to six years hard labour for "hostile" acts against Pyongyang.

North Korea holds trial of American

North Korea has tried American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country.

Americans held in North Korea plead for US help

American missionary Kenneth Bae speaking to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang.

Choe Sang-Hun North Korea granted two US news organisations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday.

US prisoners in North Korea apologise and plead for help

Choe Sang-hun In Seoul North Korea granted two US news organisations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday, with all three prisoners apologising for violating its laws and beseeching Washington to send an...

North Korea will put on trial American Matthew Miller, who sought asylum in Pyongyang

Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang.

Choe Sang-hun North Korea said it will put Matthew Todd Miller, one of the three known Americans held in the country, on trial in a week.

North Korea launches rockets minutes before Pope's South Korea visit begins

Pope Francis laughs with bishops as he signs the guestbook during a meeting with the bishops of Korea at the headquarters of the Korean Episcopal Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's Ministry of Defence said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

China and North Korea combining to crush Christian aid

Caught in crackdown: Peter Hahn, 72, an American-born man in North Korea, has built a network of aid projects along the China-North Korea border.

Philip Wen and Sanghee Liu Christian and other aid groups say they are experiencing the most severe crackdown along the North Korean border in more than a decade.

Pope urges South and North Korea to unite as one family

Nick Squires The Pope departed from a prepared speech on Friday to urge South and North Korea to strive for reconciliation, calling on the two countries to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished".

North Korea defies UN censure to fire missile

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) provides field guidance during his visit to the Wonsan Shoe Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 26, 2014.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media says, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

Kirby calls on UN to act on North Korea

Call to action: Michael Kirby believes the UN must step up on the human rights situation in North Korea.

Ben Doherty Michael Kirby has called on the United Nations to show the same resolve and unanimity on North Korean human rights abuses as it did on passing a resolution on downed flight MH17.

North Korea fires two missiles

Firepower: A mock Scud-B missile of North Korea and other South Korean missiles on display in Seoul, South Korea.

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off the east coast, Seoul's military says, three days after Pyongyang staged a similar launch.

North Korea says it will put on trial two detained US citizens for crimes against the state

Throwing the book: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the Pyongyang parliament. The hermit state will try two US tourists for crimes against the state.

Ju-min Park and James Pearson North Korea said on Monday it would put two US tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state, dimming any hopes among their families that they would soon be released.

North Korea fires more short-range rockets ahead of Chinese President visit to Seoul

An undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing a tactical rocket launch.

North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday morning, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said, one day ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to...

Japan eases North Korea sanctions after abductee investigation promised

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the investigation by North Korea is

Isabel Reynolds and Maiko Takahashi Japan will ease sanctions on North Korea after the isolated nation said it would start a new investigation into abductees and other Japanese citizens living there.

Japanese woman abducted by North Korea an icon, but husband forgotten

Megumi Yokota, in this undated photo, in North Korea after her abduction from  Japan.

Ju-min Park Anxious families ponder the fates of hundreds of South Korean and Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea.

North Korea wants to 'punish' Julie Bishop over Kim Jong-un comments

Julie Bishop

North Korea has condemned Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop as a US "stooge" after she criticised Kim Jong-un in an interview.

North Korea tells UK to 'stop the provocation' over hair dresser's Kim Jong-un poster

Karim Nabbach and Kim Jong-un

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 Foreign Office asking it to stop...

North Korea fails to see funny side of US film on Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

Julian Ryall The North Korean regime has criticised a Hollywood comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it shows the "desperation" of American society.