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: Images from above the 38th parallel

These eerie pictures from North Korea were taken by photographer David Guttenfelder. He describes what it is like to capture life inside the world's most secretive country.

Park Geun-hye favours dialogue with North Korea

Former dictator’s daughter becomes South Korea’s first female leader

The daughter of a former dictator was elected South Korea’s first female President yesterday. Park Geun-hye, 60, replaces her unpopular conservative party colleague, Lee Myung-bak.

North Korea's rocket launch might be just a cry to Washington for aid

This belligerent nation needs a deal; and rockets are bargaining chips

Embalmed body of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il put on display

Public paid homage and basked in the success of last week's launch of a long-range rocket

Editorial: Dangerous signals from Pyongyang

When Kim Jong-un became North Korea's leader after his father's sudden death last year, the West responded with the wariness that naturally attends unexpected events in closed countries. But there was a flicker of hope, too – hope that a new leader, from a new generation, who had, it was reported, studied abroad, might abandon the paranoia, dismantle the secrecy and allow North Korea to take its place in the modern world.

North Korea defies warnings and launches long-range rocket

North Korea fired a long-range rocket today in a second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the UN and Washington.

North Korea considers delaying rocket launch

North Korea may postpone the controversial launch of a long-range rocket that had been slated for liftoff as early as this week, state media said Sunday, as international pressure on Pyongyang to cancel the provocative move intensified.

Russia urges North Korea to abandon rocket launch

North Korea says its rockets are used to put satellites into orbit for peaceful purposes

Tangachai -ri space centre, North Korea

South Korea says North preparing new rocket launch

With fresh satellite images showing increasing activity at its launch site, North Korea could be ready to fire a long-range rocket within several weeks, South Korean officials said Tuesday.

Murderous pens found on North Korean assassin

Q might have fashioned 007 tools like these, but in the hands of real-life North Korean assassins they look a whole lot less retro-cute. Three weapons - all indistinguishable from everyday objects - have been seen by CNN after a bust in South Korea stopped a killer on his way to a job. They include a Parker pen with a poison-tipped spike, another pen that can fire poisoned darts, and a flashlight capable of discharging three bullets.

North Korea warns that US is within range of its missile

North Korea warned today that the US mainland is within range of its missiles, and said Washington's recent agreement to let Seoul possess missiles capable of hitting all of the North shows the allies are plotting to invade the country.

Rare images have emerged of the pyramid shaped 105 storey building in Pyongyang which was labelled by Esquire magazine in 2008 the

After 25 years of construction a glimpse inside North Korea's still unfinished 'Hotel Of Doom'

Work began on the imposing structure in 1987, but construction was stalled for 16 years after the money for the project ran out

Kim Jong-un requests a state visit to China

Leader Kim Jong-un is seeking a state visit to China in his latest move to push to lift the isolated state out of decades of poverty.

Kenji Fujimoto in Beijing after his visit to North Korea

Kim Jong-Il's sushi chef praises dead leader's son after flying visit to Korea

Few foreigners get an invitation to the inner circle of North Korea's first family. But Kenji Fujimoto, who has just returned from a meeting with leader Kim Jong-Un inside the reclusive, nuclear-armed state, has been there before.

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