A frustrated veteran of tortuous diplomatic negotiations with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme once labelled North Korea the shakedown state. It appears another shakedown is under way with the North's latest deadly attack on the South.Thursday, 25 November, 2010, 12:00am
The secrecy of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's regime means that we can only speculate as to the real reason for his just having spent five days in China. He met President Hu Jintao and they discussed the six-nation talks to end the North's nuclear intransigence, but that could have been done by phone.1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
To say it once may be regarded as carelessness; to do it a second time looks like plain foolishness. In a rare criticism, the World Health Organisation has decided to take on Amnesty International after the human rights group released a damning report on the state of North Korea's public health system. So why pick a fight defending what may be the most repressive regime on earth?23 Jul 2010 - 12:00am
Volumes of ink have been spilled on North Korea's intentions to go nuclear and its troubled relationship with its bigger communist brother, China.6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am
North Korea is poised to take a giant leap into modern communications following a deal with Egypt's Orascom Telecom, to begin a mobile phone service.24 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
A North Korean children's choir will perform in Hong Kong next month for the first time.
The move is seen as one of a series of recent gestures taking the communist country closer to the rest of the world.29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am
Against expectations, North Korea yesterday fulfilled the next stage of its agreement to scrap its atomic weapons by declaring its nuclear programme. Today, it will symbolically destroy the cooling towers of its reactor at Yongbyon.27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am
For most, the road to North Korea runs through China's capital.
If you can't make the whole journey, Beijing is the best place this side of Pyongyang to get a taste of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.25 May 2008 - 12:00am
In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub, is a little piece of North Korea.
The Pyongyang Taedonggang restaurant - owned by a state trading firm from Pyongyang and staffed by a highly trained female propaganda troupe - is packing them in nightly in an upstairs room on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street on the edge of the city's downtown.6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
Amid the blizzard of self-help books clogging the displays of regional bookshops, one potential tome is conspicuous by its absence - The Art of Negotiation the North Korean Way.29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
The North Korean city of Kaesong has long represented symbolic rather than practical value. So it was yesterday, as North Korea ejected 11 South Korean managers from the joint industrial zone near the heavily fortified border separating two states that are technically still at war.28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
After the exhilaration of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's one-night stand in Pyongyang, there is the inevitable letdown. In this case, the high of the concert was followed by a morning-after low; a feeling that nothing much has changed when it comes to North Korea's nuclear weaponry.1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
North Korea may be on United States President George W. Bush's radar as part of his 'axis of evil' but that hasn't deterred Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from striking up a positive academic relationship with the hermit nation.16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is clearly looking forward to his first face-to-face meeting with North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang this week. But it still isn't clear what the two leaders will talk about. Just as the process leading up to the announcement of the meeting was kept secret so, too, is the agenda.2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
The phrase 'Stalinist hermit state' conjures stark images of North Korea - gulags shut off from the outside world, industrial wastelands and famine. Yet, for some, it represents something more - one of the last frontier emerging markets.23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am