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.
An American who illegally entered North Korea is now seeking political asylum after denouncing US domestic and foreign policy.Monday, 15 December, 2014, 10:22pm 2 comments
North Korea has held a press conference with nine people it says are the young refugees controversially repatriated from Laos last year, state media confirmed.14 Dec 2014 - 6:37am
North Korea denied that the state itself was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures, but praised it as a "righteous deed", potentially orchestrated by supporters furious over Hollywood comedy The Interview.8 Dec 2014 - 9:41am
Sony is looking into whether hackers working on behalf of North Korea might be responsible for a cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network last week, the technology news site Re/code reported.30 Nov 2014 - 5:36am
A North Korean student with family ties to the regime escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source familiar with the case said.23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am
The world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity has moved forward at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests.20 Nov 2014 - 5:31am
The UN adopted a landmark resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses and laying the groundwork for putting the Pyongyang regime in the dock for crimes against humanity.19 Nov 2014 - 7:01pm 4 comments
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will soon send a special envoy to Russia, state media reported yesterday, in a trip expected to focus on how to boost ties at a time when Pyongyang faces deepening diplomat isolation.15 Nov 2014 - 3:18am
The two Americans released from North Korea’s notorious prison camps arrived home after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top US intelligence official to the socialist state.10 Nov 2014 - 7:53pm
As dusk falls on the luxury high-rise emerging from the swirling sands in the desert north of Doha, dozens of labourers hurry off the construction site and its surrounding buildings and on to buses waiting to take them back to their accommodation.9 Nov 2014 - 7:22am 1 comment
The US State Department yesterday announced the release of two Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been imprisoned by North Korea.9 Nov 2014 - 7:51am
North Korean state television has aired footage of Kim Jong-un for the first time in more than two months, showing the leader walking without a stick but with a pronounced limp.
The video footage, aired late on Thursday by the North’s Chosun Chungang TV, showed Kim on stage at a meeting of military commanders in Pyongyang that took place on Monday and Tuesday.7 Nov 2014 - 6:44pm
Chongryun, the association that represents North Korean residents of Japan, is running out of ways to keep its most prized asset after the Supreme Court ruled that the sale of its headquarters to a Japanese real estate developer would go ahead.7 Nov 2014 - 4:39am
North Korea is operating a new nuclear facility that could double its known capacity to produce uranium-enriched fuel for nuclear weapons, a South Korean news report said on Wednesday.
The move, if true, would be a further step in defiance of international pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme in the form of layers of UN sanctions.5 Nov 2014 - 6:43pm
North Korea’s top newspaper carried pictures on Wednesday of leader Kim Jong-un walking without a stick, apparently showing he has recovered from either an injury or surgery to his leg.5 Nov 2014 - 1:07pm 1 comment