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

Kenneth Bae, the tour operator held in a North Korean jail

North Korea: Pyongyang ups ante with 15-year sentence for US tour operator

Kenneth Bae could  be used as bargaining chip in nuclear standoff with Washington

American sentenced to 15 years hard labour by North Korea for alleged crimes against the state

Kenneth Bae charged with "committing crimes aimed at toppling the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with hostility towards it"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) talking with officials of the Ministry of People's Security in Pyongyang. Kenneth Bae (left) who has been detained for nearly six months in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state

North Korea sentences American Kenneth Bae to 15 years' hard labour

An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labour” for unspecified crimes against the state.

North Korea to put American tour operator Kenneth Bae on trial for 'trying to overthrow the government'

Analysts say North Korea will probably hand Bae a harsh punishment to use him as a bargaining chip in possible negotiations with the US

Reporter John Sweeney in the BBC's undercover documentary inside North Korea

Grace Dent on TV: North Korea Undercover: Panorama

I loved the chipper ferocity of John Sweeney's tour guides. But where are they now?

Pyongyang: Lift sanctions and we’ll talk

North Korea has demanded the lifting of United Nations sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.

John Kerry meets China's top leaders to discuss North Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry met China's top leaders today in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

North Korea 'has nuclear weapon it can mount on rocket' warns US, as John Kerry warns missile launch would be 'huge mistake'

Mr Kerry arrived South Korea as part of a unusual diplomatic journey, traveling directly into a region bracing for a possible North Korean missile test

In an effort to firm up support and loyalty Kim Jong-un has to keep visiting his military bases

Spy claims Kim Jong-un is struggling to control the North Korean army

A former North Korean spy has claimed Pyongyang’s threats of military action are a sign that Kim Jong-un is struggling to control his armed forces.

North Korea nuclear threat: South Korea warns citizens that Pyongyang is now ready to launch a missile 'at any time'

South Korea’s warning of an 'imminent' strike comes as the North prepares to mark the April 15 birthday of the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung

Guard duty: A North Korean soldier keeps watch on South Korea last week from the truce village of Panmunjom

South Korea backtracks on nuclear test claim as tensions continue to rise across region

A government official said that Mr Ryoo had intended to say that North Korea has long been ready to conduct a nuclear test

UK diplomats remain in place despite North Korea warning as Pyongyang moves missiles onto coast prompting fears of imminent attack

Beijing is believed to have sent private messages to Kim Jong-un urging caution

Office workers and shoppers throng the night-time streets of Seoul

The South Korean reaction: 'Pyongyang has been crying wolf for some time'

South Koreans, who have seen it all before, are carrying on as normal

North Korea’s military strength is paraded in Pyongyang

David Cameron: North Korea nuclear strike could hit UK

David Cameron provoked surprise today when he claimed that North Korea now possessed the capability to launch a nuclear strike against Britain.

North Korea moves missile 'with considerable range' to its east coast, as US troops in South are put on high alert amid rising tensions and threat of 'merciless' nuclear strike

Reports in the Japan suggested missile could be a KN-08, which is believed to be a long-range missile that if operational could hit the United States

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