North Korea

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...

US to send more missile defence ships to Japan amid North Korea, China tensions

Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera (left) and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel (right) review honour guards at the Japanese Ministry of Defence in Tokyo.

The United States plans to send two more missile defence warships to Japan to counter the threat posed by North Korea's "provocative" actions, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says.

North Korea threatens a 'new form' of nuclear test

North Korea threatened on Sunday to conduct what it called "a new form of nuclear test", raising the level of rhetoric after members of the United Nations Security Council condemned the North's...

North Korea says it won't rule out new nuclear test

North Korea vowed not to rule out a "new form" of nuclear test Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul's joint military...

North Korea denies role in mystery tanker loaded at Libyan port

The North Korean-flagged tanker docked at the Es Sider port.

North Korea has denied any responsibility for an oil tanker that loaded crude from a Libyan rebel-held port and fled the country's attempt to seize it, saying the vessel that carried its flag was...

North Korea fires mid-range ballistic missiles into sea: South Korea

North Korea fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast and towards Japan early on Wednesday, South Korea's military said as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the...

Australian held in North Korea

This undated photo provided by John Short's family.

An Australian man working as a Christian missionary in North Korea has been arrested in Pyongyang.

South Australian man detained in North Korea on suspicion of doing missionary work

This undated photo provided by John Short's family, shows Australian missionary John Short and his wife Karen, in Hong Kong.

Philip Wen Beijing: A 75-year-old Australian man has been detained in North Korea on suspicion of doing missionary work, his wife has said.

Michael Kirby's UN panel accuses North Korea of crimes against humanity

Evidence: Michael Kirby's UN report says North Korea should face an international criminal investigation.

A UN panel led by retired judge Michael Kirby has accused Kim Jong-un's country of murder, torture and forced labour.

North Korea says UN report based on 'faked' material

North Korea said on Monday a United Nations report on its human rights record due to be issued later in the day was based on material faked by hostile forces backed by the United States, the European...

US may send envoy to North Korea to seek release of jailed missionary Kenneth Bae

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang.

Choe Sang-Hun A Korean-American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared at a news conference in Pyongyang on Monday and appealed to the U.S.

North Korea crimes evoke Nazi era, UN inquiry finds

Kim Jong-un: The UN report accused the North Korean leader of torture, starvation and killings.

Stephanie Nebehay North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities,...

Missionary John Short's whereabouts in North Korea still unknown

Australian missionary John Short in Hong Kong before his arrest in North Korea.

Philip Wen Australian officials remain in the dark over where North Korea is holding Christian missionary John Short, as concerns for his welfare mount more than a week after he was first taken into custody in...

North Korea report: drawings reveal horrific scenes witnessed by former inmate as he tells of life in prison

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Testimony given by Mr Kim Kwang-il, 48, former inmate at Jeongeori prison.

In North Korea, meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea

North Koreans say there is little stigma attached to meth use.

Barbara Demick The government once produced the drug. Entrepreneurs have since set up their own labs and may be distributing the drug beyond the nation's borders.

Tensions rise with North Korea as US announces military exercises

A North Korean soldier

Tensions tightened on the Korean peninsula on Monday, as North Korea cancelled a US envoy's visit over a jailed Korean American, and Seoul and Washington set dates for military drills denounced by...

North Korea and South Korea hold first talks in seven years

Jack Kim North and South Korea held their first high-level talks in seven years on their armed border on Wednesday, exploring ways to improve ties while the South and the United States geared up for...

North Korea to expel Australian missionary John Short

Karen and John Short in 2010.

North Korea has decided to expel an Australian man who was arrested last month while working as a Christian missionary, the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

John Kerry urges China to ease territorial claims, rein in North Korea

The US Secretary of State appealed to China to rein in its North Korean ally and to ease its provocative territorial claims.

North Korea tests new long-range rocket launcher

South Koreans watch a TV report on the North's missile test at a Seoul railway station.

Choe Sang-Hun North Korea on Tuesday tested a new multiple-rocket launcher with a range long enough to strike major US and South Korean military bases, South Korean officials said.