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 flood victims need immediate food aid warns UN

North Korea needs immediate food assistance after heavy rains killed scores of people and submerged swathes of farmland, the United Nations has said.

Swimmer set to be first North Korean competitor at the Paralympic Games

A 17-year-old swimmer is set to become North Korea's first ever competitor at the Paralympic Games.

Kim Jong-un rallies children

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un yesterday made his second speech at a major public event since taking power in December, addressing a children's rally.

North Korean army threatens to shell Seoul media

The military says it has aimed artillery at the specific co-ordinates of South Korean media groups, as Pyongyang threatened a "merciless sacred war" over perceived insults.

North Korea threatens media groups

North Korea claims it has aimed rockets at the specific co-ordinates of South Korean media groups.

Analysts say North Korea's new missiles are fakes

Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of military prowess.

North Korea escalates rhetoric against South

North Korea sharply escalated the rhetoric against its southern rival, claiming it would soon conduct “special actions” that would reduce South Korea's conservative government to ashes within minutes.

North Korea threatens to reduce South's government 'to ashes'

North Korea's military warned yesterday of imminent "special actions" that would reduce South Korea's government to ashes within minutes, sharply escalating the rhetoric against its southern rival.

North Korea threatens 'unprecedented' action against the South

North Korea's military vowed today to launch unspecified "special actions" soon meant to reduce South Korea's conservative government and media companies "to ashes" in less that four minutes, in an escalation of its recent threats. 

North Korean students wave their national flags at Kim Il Sung Square to commemorate the late President Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday in Pyongyang

Rockets? Sanctions? Nothing can stop Pyongyang's party

As the orchestrated mass celebrations commemorating the centenary of the birth of its "Eternal Supreme Leader" Kim Il-Sung drew to a close, North Korea's latest abortive rocket launch was met with opprobrium from the UN Security Council and the threat of a new wave of sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives his first public speech during a massive celebration marking the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung

North Korea's leader vows to uphold 'army first' policy

North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, spoke in public for the first time yesterday, choosing the massive ceremony on the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, the "Great Leader", Kim Il-sung, to read from a prepared text vowing to build on the "military-first" policies propounded by his late father, Kim Jong-il.

Leading article: A failure that is preferable to success

The dismal failure of North Korea's rocket launch will, and should, be a cause for widespread relief. Whether the launch was intended, as Pyongyang insisted, to put a satellite in orbit marking the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, or designed – as many Western observers believed – to test a long-range missile, or perhaps both, is for the moment an academic question.

North Korean embarrassment as rocket launch fails

The much-anticipated North Korean rocket launch that had threatened to cause a further deterioration in the relationship between the reclusive communist state and its neighbours today ended in failure.

North Korean technicians at a control room in Pyongyang watch live images of the rocket Unha-3 as it is fuelled for take-off

North Korea fuels rocket for centenary launch in defiance of US threats

North Korea fuelled up its latest long-range rocket yesterday, in defiance of vague threats from the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of "appropriate action" if it is launched.

Defiant North Korea injects fuel into rocket

North Korea was today injecting liquid fuel into the rocket it intends to send into space soon.

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