North Korea

North Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 

Mountain man Kim Jong-un 'scales North's highest peak'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes in the view from the summit of a snow-covered Mount Paedku. Photo: EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has scaled the country's highest mountain, state-run media said yesterday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provided mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons.

Wednesday, 22 April, 2015, 8:56am 2 comments

North Korean first lady Ri Sol-ju resurfaces in public sporting a 'wedding ring'

North Korean first lady Ri Sol-ju resurfaces in public sporting a 'wedding ring'

North Korea’s first lady has appeared in public for the first time this year as part of celebrations marking the birthday of the country’s founding leader Kim Il-sung, state media said today.

16 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm

Pyongyang fights Mexico’s detention of blacklisted North Korean firm’s ship and crew

The OMM company was blacklisted last year after its ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was found with arms including this Soviet-built radar control system for surface-to-air missiles (above). Photo: AFP

North Korea has accused Mexico of illegally detaining a ship – and blaming the United States for preventing its release – while insisting that the vessel is not linked to a firm blacklisted by the UN.

16 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm

Inside North Korea’s nuclear arsenal: new research says ‘hundreds’ of missiles can target neighbours

A missile is fired from a North Korean naval vessel during the test-firing of a new type of anti-ship cruise missile, in this photo from February. Photo: Reuters

Nuclear-armed North Korea already has hundreds if not thousands of ballistic missiles that can target its neighbours like Japan and South Korea, US researchers said yesterday.

16 Apr 2015 - 4:17pm 1 comment

North Korea tells Japan it stopped search for abductees over hostile policies

Fumio Kishida blasted North Korea's threat on talks. Photo: Kyodo

North Korea has told Japan that its search for Japanese abducted by the regime is being put on hold because of Tokyo's "hostile policies" towards Pyongyang.

16 Apr 2015 - 4:17pm 1 comment

North Korea arrests two ‘South Korean spies’ who allegedly stole secrets, spread fake money

Alleged South Korean spies Kim Kuk-gi (left) and Choe Chun-gil were paraded to the media by North Korean authorities. Photos: Kyodo

North Korea said it had arrested two South Korean spies who allegedly operated from a base in the Chinese border city of Dandong.

21 Apr 2015 - 12:41pm

North Korea says proposed US missiles for South meant to ‘contain’ China and Russia

US and South Korean soldiers participate in a demonstration of the combined arms live-fire exercise as a part of the two countries' annual military drills. Photo: AP

North Korea weighed in today on the proposed deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea, criticising it as a cold war-era move to “contain” China and Russia.

21 Apr 2015 - 12:41pm

North Korea refuses to atone for deadly 2010 ship sinking despite Seoul embargo

South Korean cameramen take footage of torpedo parts salvaged from the Yellow Sea, after Seoul concluded that the Cheonan ship sank from a projectile attack. Forty-six South Korean seamen died. Photo: AFP

North Korea today ruled out any apology over the 2010 sinking of the South Korean navel corvette Cheonan - even as Seoul requires Pyongyang to show contrition before lifting an effective trade embargo.

24 Mar 2015 - 4:22pm

North Korean envoy says Pyongyang prepared to use missiles 'at any time'

Kim Jong-un watches over military air force exercises in this undated photo. One of his ambassadors said Pyongyang, while 'peace-loving', was prepared to go to war if provoked. Photo: Reuters

A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at “any time”.

North Korean ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak-bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster Sky News that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by the United States.

21 Mar 2015 - 4:03pm

North Korea to hold rare parliament session; analysts say food shortage will top agenda

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in a file photo from 2013. Photo: AFP

North Korea announced today that it would convene a rare parliamentary session next month, which analysts said would likely rubber-stamp policies outlined by leader Kim Jong-un.

20 Mar 2015 - 2:05pm

North Korea test-fires seven surface-to-air missiles into the sea amid tensions

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tours a military unit on an island off the North Korean coasr near the sea border with South Korea. Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, is seen in the background. Photo: EPA

North Korea test-fired seven surface-to-air missiles off its east coast on Thursday and its leader Kim Jong-un appeared to have been an observer.

13 Mar 2015 - 4:50pm

See Kim Jong-il in HD: rare reels of North Korean leader in his youth released online

Kim Jong-il the director? A screengrab from the archive footage in high definition shows Kim inspecting new equipment in a broadcasting studio.

North Korean state television has apparently released a rare trove of footage showing Kim Jong-il as a much younger man – this time in high definition.

Viewers can now see high-resolution archive clips of Kim, in colour and monochrome, from his time as heir apparent to father Kim Il-sung, up to when he became leader of the country.

6 Mar 2015 - 2:29pm

North Korea shifts more responsibility to factories, farmers in effort to ignite economy

Economist Ri Ki Song said Pyongyang aimed to prod North Korean managers and farmers to "do business creatively, on their own initiative". Photo: Reuters

North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country's biggest domestic policy experiment since leader Kim Jong-un assumed power.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:19am

We can deter US nuclear threat, warns North Korea's foreign minister

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Su-yong warned that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary. Photo: AP

North Korea's foreign minister yesterday warned his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

Ri Su-yong's rare speech at the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament drew a rebuke from the US ambassador Robert Wood, who urged Pyongyang to stop making threats and rid itself of nuclear weapons.

4 Mar 2015 - 6:47am

North Korea opens borders to foreign tourists after four-month ban over Ebola scare

Runners take part in the annual Pyongyang Marathon last year. Officials have already announced that foreigners will not be able to participate in the Pyongyang marathon next month, although they might have time to reverse that decision. Photo: Kyodo

North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders.

3 Mar 2015 - 2:06pm