Korea had been a single political entity governing the Korean Peninsula up until the end of World War II, when the Soviet Union and United States each occupied the northern and southern halves respectively. The division led to the founding of today’s North Korea and South Korea. Tensions between the two countries remain high as both want to bring a unified peninsula under its own rule. A heavy military presence is still stationed at the border which runs along the 38th parallel.
Sources say ambassador Han Tae-song may have been involved in the illegal trade of elephant tusks and rhino horns through deals in four African countries.
A falling fertility rate is a concerning development for North Korea, because it depends on mobilised labour to help keep its broken, heavily sanctioned economy afloat.
Pyongyang sent its own first military eye in the sky into orbit last week, after two failures in May and August.
The images included those of Seoul and South Korean cities hosting US military bases, according to state media.
The meeting in Busan will address preparations for a three-nation summit, expected to be held by early next year.
The Comprehensive Military Agreement was signed at a 2018 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and then South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Analysts say South Korea never planned to risk friendly ties with China, amid Beijing’s non-interventionist approach as Moscow-Pyongyang ties deepened.
North Korea’s space agency will soon send up more satellites to continue surveillance over South Korea and elsewhere, state media reported
The launch, as soon as Wednesday, would be North Korea’s third attempt to launch a military eye in the sky after two earlier failures this year, flying in the face of Seoul’s warnings and multiple UN resolutions.
Choe Su-yong, a former intelligence official claims that Kim Jong-un introduced his daughter to Dennis Rodman saying in Korean that ‘jeo-ae’ (that girl) is his daughter. The basketball player misunderstood ‘jeo-ae’ as her name.
Sakie Yokota, 87, says she’s “frustrated” by the lack of progress to free her daughter Megumi, whom she believes is still alive 46 years after being snatched on the way home from school.
As South Korea zeros in on China’s reported repatriation of defectors, it may become a roadblock to improving ties.
The United States and allies South Korea and Japan have condemned what they say is the flow of arms and military equipment from North Korea to Russia.
The North lashed out over the move, warning that it could cause a military clash in the Korean peninsula similar to those in the Middle East and Europe.
South Korea-born American doctor John Linton is tasked with revamping the ruling party and making it more competitive by appealing to younger voters.
North Korea’s state media in the last week announced ‘farewell visits’ by 4 of its ambassadors, with experts warning more such diplomatic departures are likely.
In a letter to Kim Jong-un, Xi writes that China-North Korea ties are ‘becoming stronger as time passes’, state media reports
In their first talks in nearly a year, special envoys from Beijing and Washington address Pyongyang’s military support for Moscow.
Aircraft detected an unidentified vessel stranded in the sea near the border and dispatched a patrol boat with food and water.
Four suspected North Korean defectors who are believed to be from the same family have fled to the South in a small wooden boat.
South Korea helped evacuate 51 Japanese nationals from Israel, with officials later ‘openly agreeing to help each other out again in the future’.
Investment ties between the nations have been steadily advancing, and South Korea was one of the first countries with which the Gulf state launched talks about the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
South Korea’s defence establishment has been closely monitoring the Israel-Hamas war, amid concerns Pyongyang could copy Hamas by using its massive stockpile of weapons to launch a surprise attack.
North Korea may be supplying arms to Russia as rail traffic along their border surges, according to a US think tank report based on satellite images.
The US neglected to ensure the safety of the Cuban mission, an unnamed North Korean spokesman claimed, referring to Molotov cocktails thrown at the embassy on September 24, which US security adviser Jake Sullivan promised would be investigated.