Human Rights in North Korea

South Koreans in Seoul burn an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a day after Pyongyang's third nuclear test. Photo: AP

Regional distrust hampering response to cope with a breakdown in North Korea

The underground explosion at the Punggye-ri test site - 100 kilometres from the Chinese border - was North Korea's largest yet. With Pyongyang reportedly threatening more tests soon, uncertainty is once again mounting over the direction and stability of the young regime of Kim Jong-un as he leads communism's only dynasty.