News North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek - Jang Song Thaek is reported to have been executed for 'attempting to overthrow the state'

Claims that secretive communist regime has carried out a further brutal purge of those the young leader sees as a threat to his authority

Koreas agree to allow family reunions to resume after lull

North and South Korea agreed yesterday to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul with missile strikes and nuclear war.

Shin Dong-hyuk, a former inmate and North Korean defector, attends the UN hearing at Yonsei University in Seoul

A life of torture, starvation and executions: Inside North Korea’s horrifyingly cruel prison camps

United Nations expert panel in Seoul hears harrowing evidence from former inmates

President Park Geun-hye calls for war-torn families in North and South Korea to reunite

The South Korean president has put forward proposals that the North and South hold a reunion next month for families still separated 60 years after the Korean War.

North and South Korea hold talks on reopening joint factory park in Kaesong

North and South Korea have moved closer to reopening a jointly run industrial park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that in the spring were threatening to go to war.

North Korean defector to return home in protest

Escapee is prepare to risk execution to expose South Korean discrimination

Kim Jong-un walks past tombstones at the opening of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters in Pyongyang

North Korea: US veterans at Kim Jong-un’s war anniversary

The veterans are in the country to  find the remains of an aviator killed in the war

Military equipment lie in containers aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama

Cuba admits 'obsolete' weapons were on board North Korean ship seized in Panama

Crew riots and captain attempts suicide as officials board vessel

A propaganda billboard promoting the

Pyongyang invites US for talks to 'ease tension on Korean peninsula'

Talks aim at cooling relations after leader Kim Jong-un threatened nuclear war earlier this year

The planned venue for the Koreas' first high-level meeting, at the Grand Hilton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea - the talks have now been scrapped

North and South Korea ditch breakthrough talks set for this week - because they can't agree who should lead delegations

Meeting promised a cool in relations after a tense few months on the peninsula

North Korea's chief delegate Kim Song-Hye (right) and her South Korean counterpart Chun Hae-Sung (left) at the end of the inter-Korean talks

North and South Korea announce diplomatic breakthrough with talks set for this week

Meeting could cool relations after a tense few months

North and South Korea agree to meet for talks

The talks will be the Koreas' first government-level negotiations since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February

North Korea sanctions 'hit humanitarian aid'

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences.

North Korea 'fires three missiles' as nuclear programme slows down, according to UN

North Korea is still trying to import and export nuclear and ballistic missile-related items but financial and trade sanctions are slowing progress on development of their prohibited weapons, UN experts say in a new report.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 15 May 2013

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North Korea moves missiles away from coastal launch site, say US officials

Musudan missiles believed to now be in non-operational location

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