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.
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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 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-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
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 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
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 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