North Korea

Cause of death still unclear in North Korean killing in Malaysia

The cause of death is "still pending" following an autopsy of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, following his mysterious death at Kuala Lumpur's airport last week, Malaysia's director general of health said Tuesday.

China says it will uphold UN sanctions against North Korea

China is determined to execute sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council against North Korea, China’s minister of commerce said Tuesday, a few days after the Chinese government suspended all coal imports from North Korea.

North Korean envoy to Malaysia: 'We cannot trust the investigation'

North Korea "cannot trust the investigation" by Malaysian police into the death last week of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Pyongyang's ambassador to Malaysia said Monday.

Malaysian police arrest North Korean linked to Kim Jong Nam's death

Malaysian police said Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man linked to the suspected assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean man killed in Malaysia identified as Kim Jong Nam

The man killed at Kuala Lumpur's international airport earlier in the week was indeed Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's older half brother, Malaysian officials confirmed Thursday.

Seoul confirms North Korean leader's half brother killed by poison

South Korea's spy agency has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother was killed by poison, local media reported Wednesday.

North Korean leader's half brother dead in suspected assassination

Malaysian police confirmed on Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam has died in what media reports said was an assassination.

North Korea claims ballistic missile launch success

North Korea said Monday it had successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, quoting its neighbour's state-run media.

North Korea fires off ballistic missile, South Korean military says

North Korea fired off a new ballistic missile in the direction of the East Sea Sunday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

South Korean media: North Korea ICBM launch could be imminent

North Korea may be planning to launch two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) soon, South Korean media reported Thursday citing military sources.

South Korea: North Korea has enough plutonium for 10 nukes

North Korea has enough weapons-grade plutonium to produce 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea's Defence Ministry claimed on Wednesday.

Trump dismisses North Korea's nuclear capability via tweet

US president-elect Donald Trump said Monday on Twitter that North Korea won't succeed in reaching the United States with a nuclear weapon.

North Korea commemorates former dictator Kim Jong Il in silence

North Korea commemorated the fifth anniversary of the death of long-time dictator Kim Jong Il on Saturday with three minutes of silence and wailing sirens across the country, according to state media.

Red Cross to reduce North Korea flood aid after failed funding drive

Red Cross flood relief efforts in North Korea will have to be scaled back after the aid agency failed to meet funding goals, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Wednesday. 

North Korea simulates attacks on South Korean government facilities

North Korea carried out military exercises to simulate attacks on facilities in neighbouring South Korea, including the presidential palace, North Korean state media reported Sunday.

North Korea ups military ante in response to sanctions

North Korea has carried out a series of military exercises simulating attacks on South Korean military bases and the country's central government, North Korean state media reported on Friday.

UN Security Council tightens sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution tightening sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday in response to the country's latest nuclear test conducted in September.

Trump assures Seoul of continued US support over Pyongyang threat

President-elect Donald Trump has assured South Korea of continued US protection against North Korea once he takes office.

Red Cross: Only quarter of aid target raised after North Korea flood

Following a rare appeal for aid from North Korea following severe flooding in the country, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said Saturday it has only raised a quarter of its target aid amount globally.

North Korea wins under-17 Women's World Cup, again

North Korea has become the first nation to win the Women's under-17 football World Cup for a second time, after beating Japan on penalties in Amman on Friday night.

Seoul: Failed rocket test shows "limits" of North Korean technology

A failed rocket test carried out by North Korea on Thursday demonstrates the "limits" of the communist country's technology, South Korean Defence Minister Han Min Koo said after talks with his US counterpart outside Washington.

Carter: North Korea would face US military might for nuclear attack

The US would respond with the "full spectrum of American military might" if North Korea were to undertake a nuclear attack, US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter says following the latest failed missile test by Pyongyang.

US and South Korea condemn Pyongyang's failed missile launch

The US and South Korea have condemned Saturday's failed missile launch by North Korea near the north-western city of Kusong.

Russian border patrol kills North Korean sailor during boat search

Russian border protection soldiers killed a North Korean sailor during a brawl on a boat that the Russian authorities had stopped to search.

North Korean soldier makes rare defection to South over land border

A North Korean soldier has defected to the South across the country's heavily guarded land border, the South Korean military said Thursday.

North Korea: Nuclear tests are "righteous self-defensive measures"

North Korea defended its recent testing of nuclear warheads and ballistic technology at the UN General Assembly on Friday, calling them "righteous self-defensive measures" to preserve the country's sovereignty from outside interference.

Japan: UN must thwart North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions

The United Nations must come together to thwart North Korea's efforts to develop nuclear weapons, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

US sends bombers to South Korea in show of force aimed at Pyongyang

The US dispatched two long-range bombers to South Korean skies this week as a show of force in response to recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests, the US armed forces reported Wednesday.

North Korea tests new rocket for satellites as nuclear worries grow

North Korea has conducted successful tests of a new type of high-powered rocket engine to guide the country's satellites into space, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday, adding to fears of the country's nuclear capabilities.

US scientist: North Korea could have 20 nuclear bombs this year

North Korea could have enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium by the end of 2016 to build up to 20 nuclear bombs, a leading US nuclear scientist says.

US bombers in show of force after North Korean nuclear test

The US on Tuesday flew two nuclear-capable long-range bombers over South Korea in a show of military strength in response to North Korea's most recent nuclear test, United States Forces Korea (USFK) said.

More than 130 killed in North Korean floods: UN report

More than 130 people have died and nearly 400 are missing in North Korea after Typhoon Lionrock caused severe flooding, according to a United Nations report released on Monday.

North Korea "ready to conduct another nuclear test"

North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test, South Korean intelligence officials said Monday, three days after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and possibly most powerful test to date.

World leaders consider further sanctions against North Korea

World leaders on Friday spoke of further sanctions against North Korea in reaction to the Stalinist country's announcement of carrying out its fifth nuclear test.

North Korea confirms "successful" fifth nuclear test

North Korea carried out its fifth and possibly biggest ever nuclear test on Friday, Seoul said, triggering an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.0 and condemnation from neighbours.

Obama calls for full implementation of sanctions against North Korea

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the full implementation of sanctions against North Korea after it fired three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan.

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan on Monday, the South Korean defence ministry said.

Seoul: North Korea "executes vice premier"

North Korea has executed one of its vice premiers by firing squad, a South Korean government official told dpa.

Pyongyang hits back at "hostile forces" over rocket test

Pyongyang on Sunday hit back at international criticism of its latest missile test, warning that it would take action as a "fully-fledged military power."

North Korea fires ballistic missile from submarine towards Japan

North Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile drew rebukes from Japan and South Korea and condemnation from the United Nations on Wednesday

Report: North Korea lays mines along DMZ as South plays up defections

North Korean soldiers have been laying fresh landmines in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating their country from South Korea in recent weeks, reported South Korean news agency Yonhap Tuesday, citing government sources.

North Korea threatens nuclear strike amid US, South Korean exercises

North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike as annual US and South Korean military exercises began in the region on Monday.

High-ranking North Korean defects to South, Seoul says

A senior official at the North Korean embassy in London has arrived in South Korea, the government in Seoul said, in one of the highest-ranking defections ever from the secretive communist state.

South Korea defends plans to bolster security with missile system

South Korea's President Park Guen Hye defended plans to deploy a US missile defence system in the country on Monday, despite criticism from China and Russia.

Weightlifter wins first North Korean Rio gold, dedicates it to leader

North Korean weightlifter Rim Jong Sim secured the first gold medal for North Korea at the Summer Olympics when she won in the 75-kilogramme class on Friday.

Japan condemns "outrageous" North Korea missile test near its waters

A missile fired from North Korea landed in the sea off the Japanese coast, in a launch condemned as "outrageous" and a danger to peace in the region.

US: North Korea launched two ballistic missiles; one failed

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday, one of which exploded immediately after launch, the United States Strategic Command said, according to reports.

North Korean defects in South Korean consulate in Hong Kong: reports

A North Korean defector was believed to be holed up Thursday inside the South Korean consulate in Hong Kong seeking refuge, news reports said.

Malta effectively deports 20 North Korean workers: report

Malta has effectively deported some 20 North Korean workers over concerns they were being subjected to unfair working conditions to earn hard currency for Pyongyang, South Korean media reported Thursday.

China and North Korea foreign ministers hold first talks in two years

China and North Korea's top diplomats met Monday on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Laos, according to a Chinese state media report.

Pyongyang: missile tests were "simulated strikes" on South

North Korea's recent missile tests were to practice pre-emptive strikes against South Korea, Pyongyang said Wednesday.

North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles, says South Korea military

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles early Tuesday in Pyongyang's latest defiance of United Nations resolutions against the communist regime's use of such military technology, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing the South Korean military.

North Korean ballistic missile launches from submarine, explodes

North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine Saturday, but the rocket exploded soon after take-off, the South's military said.

US, South Korea to install missile defence system

The US and South Korea agreed to install an anti-ballistic missile system on the East Asian peninsula to improve defence capabilities against North Korea, officials said in Seoul Friday.

North Korean officials sanctioned by US for human rights abuses

The United States imposed sanctions on North Korean officials implicated in human rights abuses for the first time Wednesday, in conjunction with substantial sanctions already in place over the regime's nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea claims successful intermediate-range missile launch

North Korea on Thursday said it had successfully fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

US, Japan, UN condemn North Korean missile tests

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles early Wednesday, a media report said, with the United States and Japan condemning the communist hermit state's actions.

US, Japan condemn North Korean missile tests

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles early Wednesday, a media report said, with the United States and Japan condemning the isolated communist state's actions.

China's president urges calm in meeting with North Korea official

Chinese president Xi Jinping met with a senior North Korean official late Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang's failed missile launch.

North Korea editorial praises Trump as "wise politician"

An official North Korean media outlet has praised presumptive Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump as a "wise politician."

North Korea newspaper editorial praises "wise politician" Trump

North Korean state media praised US presidential candidate Donald Trump as a "far-sighted" and "wise politician," news reports said Wednesday.

US condemns North Korea's missile launch, confirms that it failed

The United States on Tuesday joined North Korea's neighbours in strongly condemning an attempt by Pyongyang to launch a missile.

North Korea angers neighbours with "failed" missile launch

North Korea's attempt to launch a missile earlier Tuesday has drawn heavy condemnation from its neighbours, with tension still high on the peninsula.

North Korea's missile, nuclear tests and the international response

North Korea has carried out its fifth nuclear test since it began its quest for nuclear arms in 2006, causing fresh concerns for its neighbours.

North Korea attempts missile launch, South reports

North Korea attempted to launch a missile early Tuesday, South Korea's military said.

New sanctions imposed by EU on North Korea after missile testing

The European Union on Friday imposed new economic sanctions on North Korea in the wake of widely condemned missile tests, saying that the reclusive country's actions pose a "grave threat to international peace and security."

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean vessel

The South Korean navy fired warning shots at two boats from North Korea that crossed the disputed boundary in the Yellow Sea west of the peninsula, Seoul officials said Friday.

North Korean ruler gets new title as BBC journalists are expelled

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a new designation from the ruling Workers' Party on Monday, the last day of the party's first congress in more than 30 years, according to media reports.

North Korea expels BBC journalists

North Korea has expelled a BBC journalist and his team because he had been "speaking very ill of the system" in his reporting, the British broadcaster said Monday.

Kim Jong-un vows to use nukes only in self-defence

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed not to use nuclear weapons unless attacked, state-run media said Sunday.

North Korean Workers' Party set to boost Kim Jong Un's power

North Korea's Workers' Party is set to reinforce the power of its leader Kim Jong Un at its first congress in more than 30 years, according to programme details released by state media on Saturday.

North Korea said to be preparing another nuke test

North Korea appears to be preparing for another nuclear test as it conducts a rare ruling party congress, according to recent satellite images published by a US website that monitors the country.

North Korean leader praises bomb test at rare party congress

North Korean leaders and members of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea opened the party's first congress in 36 years Friday, where leader Kim Jong Un praised the country's hydrogen bomb test in January as a success.

North Korea opens first party congress for 36 years

North Korean leaders and members of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea opened the party's first congress in 36 years Friday.

Third generation of Kim dynasty in control of North Korea

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is the third member of the Kim dynasty to rule North Korea.

North Korea's Kim seeks "world's attention" with rare party congress

The seventh party congress aims to focus the eyes of the world on the city of Pyongyang, and the country's "supreme leader," Kim Jong Un.

North Korea sentences US man to 10 years with hard labour

A North Korean court has sentenced a US national to 10 years of hard labour for spying and subversion, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

North Korea fails again to launch missile, sources say

North Korea failed to launch another medium-range ballistic missile Thursday evening, its second attempt of the day after an earlier test also ended in failure, according to South Korean military sources cited by Yonhap news agency.

North Korea in failed missile launch, sources say

North Korea made a failed launch of a medium-range ballistic missile Thursday, according to South Korean military sources cited by Yonhap news agency.

UN: North Korea's food crisis getting worse as crop output falls

North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, is facing a worsening food crisis after crop production fell for the first time since 2010, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday.

Obama accuses North Korea of "provocation" following missile test

US President Barack Obama on Sunday accused North Korea of "provocation" following reports of renewed missile testing by the isolated country.

Pyongyang presses tourists for hard currency amid sanctions

North Korea is targeting foreign visitors as a source of hard currency amid increased international sanctions, news reports said Tuesday.

North Korea probably capable of fitting nuclear warhead on missile

North Korea is probably capable of fitting a nuclear warhead onto one of its existing missiles, a think tank said Monday.

US, UN condemn North Korea's failed missile launch

The United Nations and United States condemned North Korea's unsuccessful launch of a ballistic missile from its east coast Friday.

North Korean missile launch fails, South Korea says

An attempt by North Korea to launch a ballistic missile from its east coast Friday apparently failed, a spokesman for South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

Report: North Korea possibly readying missile launch

North Korea has deployed one or two mid-range ballistic missiles to the eastern city of Wonsan ahead of a possible launch, news reports said Thursday.

North Korea announces new engine for ballistic missiles

North Korea has carried out successful ground tests of a new engine for its intercontinental ballistic missiles, improving the range of its nuclear deterrent, the regime said Saturday.

Seoul reports North Korea GPS jamming, missile launch

South Korea reported further antagonism by Pyongyang Friday, including jamming of GPS signals and a surface-to-air missile launch, a news report said Friday.

Report: North Korea fires short-range projectile over sea

North Korea fired a short-range projectile over the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing South Korean military sources.

North Korea tests rocket engine, state media reports

North Korea says it has successfully tested a solid-fuel rocket engine, state media said Thursday.

North Korea launches short-range missiles

North Korea fired five short-range missiles into the sea Monday, a news report said, in the latest launch since Pyongyang's arch-enemy the United States and South Korea began joint military exercises on the peninsula.

Report: North Korea launches missiles into sea

North Korea launched five short-range missiles into the sea off the east of the peninsula on Monday, a news report said, amid protests from Pyongyang over ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

UN Security Council condemns Pyongyang for firing ballistic missile

The UN Security Council "strongly condemned" North Korea Friday for firing at least one ballistic missile and called on the country to comply with UN sanctions prohibiting ballistic missile activity.

UN Security Council to meet after Pyongyang fires ballistic missile

The United States called Friday for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile.

US calls for UN Security Council meeting on North Korea

The United States has called for a UN Security Council meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss North Korea's earlier ballistic missile launch, according to the US mission to the UN.

North Korea launches at least one ballistic missile

North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile on Friday, amid protests from Pyongyang against annual military drills by US and South Korean forces, military officials in Seoul said.

North Korea sentences US student to 15 years' hard labour

A US student in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years' hard labour, Chinese news agency Xinhua said Wednesday, after reportedly trying to steal a propaganda slogan poster from his Pyongyang hotel.

US student sentenced to 15 years' hard labour in North Korea

A US student in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years' hard labour, Xinhua said Wednesday, after reportedly trying to steal a propaganda slogan poster from his Pyongyang hotel.

North Korea threatens to test nuclear warhead, missiles

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Tuesday to conduct a nuclear warhead test and ballistic missile launches "in a short time," state media reported.

US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for exercises

A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea Sunday for manoeuvres, a media report said, amid increasing tensions with North Korea.