Nuclear Program of North Korea

China's economic assistance to its nuclear threat neighbour is a state secret

Wang's letter of rejection from the Ministry of Finance

Previously sentenced to re-education through labour ahead of the Olympics, 81-year-old activist Wang Xiuying demands to know how much support China gives North Korea.

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013, 9:56am

Rocket failure may prompt new talks

North Korea's latest rocket launch maintains a pattern of provocation and bad-faith bargaining established under its late leader Kim Jong-il, despite hopes that his son Kim Jong-un's taking power four months ago might break it.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing urges calm after rocket flop

Beijing urged calm and restraint yesterday ahead of an emergency the UN Security Council meeting - which 'deplored' North Korea's attempted rocket launch but stopped short of using tougher language.

The launch failure - the first under the new rule of Kim Jong-un - prompted fears Pyongyang will now stage a third nuclear test to save face.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

N Korean launch threatens to fire up regional arms race

Tensions have heightened drastically in East Asia over North Korean plans to launch a satellite-laden rocket in the next few days, despite pleas and protests by friend and foe alike.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Missile shield will only strain ties

Those hoping that the leopard that is North Korea would change its spots with the third generation of the Kim dynasty were sorely disappointed when it announced a satellite launch to mark the centenary this month of the birth of founding father Kim Il-sung.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

N Korea's rocket plan upstages global nuclear summit in Seoul

The leaders of South Korea, the United States and China wrapped up a global nuclear security summit last week with stark warnings about the threat of nuclear terrorism.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Spotlight shifts to rocket concerns

While more than 50 world leaders gather in Seoul this week for only the second Nuclear Security Summit, talk is expected to be dominated by one figure who won't even be in the room - North Korea's young new leader Kim Jong-un.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

N Korea unlikely to give up its atomic arsenal

While the latest deal to deliver aid to North Korea raised hopes for a restart of the six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme, that's the extent of the optimism.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

N Korea's new ruler heralds fresh era of mutual benefits

The new boss in Pyongyang apparently plays by new rules. The regime of Kim Jong-un shocked the world when it made a deal with Washington to suspend its nuclear activities in exchange for 240,000 tonnes of food aid.

Let's hope Kim has realised that the only way to keep control of his country is to provide for his people.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts linger over North Korean deal

North Korea has struck an important new deal with the US, but as with previous ones, there is concern whether Pyongyang will keep its word. In return for 240,000 tonnes of food aid and perhaps more, new leader Kim Jong-un's regime has promised to suspend uranium enrichment and agreed to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Seoul sceptical of nuclear 'deal'

While the world hails an apparent breakthrough in talks - brokered between Washington and Pyongyang in Beijing - regarding North Korea's nuclear plans, experts in Seoul remain deeply cynical of the negotiations delivering any real progress on the ultranationalist state's atomic weapons programmes.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Beijing forum seeks way to restart N Korea dialogue

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Nations to meet on nuclear N Korea

Officials and scholars from nations involved in the six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programme will meet in Beijing next week to discuss ways to restart the dialogue.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Kim, Hu Reaffirm ties as trip ends

Beijing yesterday confirmed North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il had paid a week-long visit to China, with official media quoting Kim as telling President Hu Jintao Pyongyang will concentrate on economic development and is willing to resume talks on nuclear disarmament.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Is hunger taking North Koreans to the brink?

While the death of Osama bin Laden, wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, revolts across the Arab world, and the natural disaster in Japan have captured headlines for weeks, tensions on the Korean Peninsula have hardened into a time bomb that could be detonated by an explosion between North and South Korea, or an implosion within the North.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am