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

North Korea vows to launch 'pre-emptive nuclear strike' against US as United Nations votes for new sanctions over missile tests

Just last month a North Korean official threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the UN Conference on Disarmament

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The former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang yesterday

Dennis Rodman, the unlikely new ambassador for sports diplomacy, arrives in North Korea

Tattooed, pierced, bleached blonde and almost two metres tall, Dennis Rodman will certainly stand out in North Korea, where the dress code is drab and the average man is up to 8cm shorter than his South Korean neighbour.

It doesn’t help getting in a tizzy over North Korea

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Editorial: A gauntlet thrown down to China

When Kim Jong-un took his father’s place as “supreme leader” of North Korea there was some hope that the new boy-dictator might open up his aggressive, isolated and often starving state. Alas, barely more than 12 months later – after one satellite launch, one rocket test and, now, an underground nuclear explosion – such optimism is less credible than ever. Even allowing for a new leader’s need to consolidate power at home, the case for Mr Kim as a budding reformer is becoming impossible to make.

North Korea nuclear test: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as “deplorable” North Korea's nuclear test today, and UN diplomats said the Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang.

Now and then: Google's previous coverage of North Korea (left) and the now expanded map of the country

Google Maps fills in the blanks of its North Korea coverage

Very few North Koreans enjoy an internet connection and those who do are forbidden access to Google, but the web search giant is giving the rest of the world its first glimpse of the framework of the secretive Communist state.

This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 12, 2012 shows the rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. North Korea confirmed it had launched a long-range rocket and succeeded in its mission of placing a satellite into orbit.

North Korea threatens South with war over sanctions, day after regime announces new nuclear tests 'aimed at United States'

Regime warns of  strong physical countermeasures against neighbour following sanctions

Kim Jong-un delivers his speech in Pyongyang yesterday

North Korea raises tensions with plan to carry out new nuclear test aimed at 'sworn enemy' United States

The move, which comes in defiance of a resolution issued by the UN on Tuesday, is likely to once again raise tensions in the region over the North Korean missile program

PYONGYANG: “Oddly charming… Very clean… The pastels are a nice touch… they’re almost playful, and reflect Koreans’ love of color”

The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

Teenager’s blog offers a rare insight into the secretive state, writes Tim Walker

North Korea vows to strengthen war defences amid concerns over a nuclear test

North Korea is vowing to strengthen its war defences amid concerns the country may conduct a third nuclear test.

Google boss Eric Schmidt visits Pyongyang university students during mystery North Korea trip

Billionaire businessman took a tour of Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung University during the trip

Editorial: Don't scare North Korea off a Pyongyang Spring

If policy in the two Koreas starts to shift, the outside world can be more positive, too
This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 12, 2012 shows the rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. North Korea confirmed it had launched a long-range rocket and succeeded in its mission of placing a satellite into orbit.

North Korea 'has ability to fire a rocket that could hit the United States', says South

The launching of a rocket into space by the North Koreans amounted to the testing of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a half-ton payload as far as the western United States, officials claimed

North Korean leader calls for more powerful rockets

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for the development of more powerful rockets after last week's successful launch of a satellite into space.

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