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

Satellite rocket is ready for launch, says Pyongyang

Preparations for North Korea's planned satellite launch this week have been completed, according to space officials who denied it is a cover for a missile test.

North Korea ready for controversial rocket launch

North Korean space officials said today that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed, while denying it is a cover for a missile test.

Kim Jong-il, right, and Kim Il-sung, the centenary of whose birth will be celebrated by a missile launch

South Korea accuses Pyongyang of planning nuclear weapons test

New allegations coincide with rocket launch to mark North Korean founder's centenary

GRAND MONUMENT ON MANSU HILL: 'The leader's image must always be placed in the centre of the architectural space,' writes Kim Jong-Il in his treatise On Architecture. 'Architectural space must be composed to ensure that the leader's image dominates all the elements of the space and that all the architectural components throw the leader's image in bold relief. This will help people to look up at the leader's image at all times and inspire them with the pride and consciousness that they are happy in the leader's embrace”

What do North Korea's buildings and landmarks tell us about the totalitarian state?

The country has some of the world's biggest – and most bizarre – buildings and landmarks.

New satellite images reveal North Korean rocket launch preparations

Satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show evidence of increased preparations for what the West believes is a cover for a long-range missile test.

Leading article: A reversion to type in North Korea

Less than a month ago, after bilateral talks with the US, North Korea agreed to a moratorium on its nuclear missile programme and the return of UN inspectors, in exchange for American food aid. Could it be, some wondered, that the pariah state's new leader Kim Jong-un was signalling a change of course, one that might lead to a resumption of disarmament talks and, perhaps, an end to his country's isolation? The answer, alas, appears to be no.

Russia urges North Korea to refrain from rocket launch

Russia expressed serious concern on Friday over North Korea's plan to launch a satellite and urged Pyongyang not to create hurdles to the revival of six-nation talks over its nuclear programme.

Kim Pyong-il hoped to succeed his father, Kim il-Sung (pictured)

Left out in the cold: the man who would be Kim

Kim Pyong-il, once viewed as North Korea's next leader, now lives in diplomatic exile in Poland. Shaun Walker goes in search of the secretive heir on the streets of Warsaw

Kim puts DMZ troops on alert

New leader Kim Jong-un ordered troops along the border with South Korea to be on high alert yesterday as he visited the demilitarised zone between the two countries.

Kim Jong-un, the new leader

Nuclear weapons programme halted in return for food

North Korea has agreed to halt its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for US food aid, in a surprise breakthrough in the first talks between the two countries since the death of Kim Jong-il and the succession of Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un, the new leader

North Korea halts nuclear plan after US pressure

North Korea has agreed to halt its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for US food aid, in a surprise breakthrough in the first talks between the two countries since the death of Kim Jong-il and the succession of Kim Jong-un.

The discussions with North Korea’s new government (new leader Kim Jong Un pictured) is ready to agree to steps demanded by Washington and Pyongyang’s neighbours to restart disarmament talks

US and North Korea talk food and 'other topics'

The US and North Korea resumed talks yesterday that had been delayed by the death of North Korea's long-time leader Kim Jong-il two months ago, with the US envoy saying he and his counterpart covered US food aid and other topics.

US and North Korea resume talks

The United States and North Korea resumed talks today delayed by the death of North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il two months ago, with the US envoy saying he and his counterpart covered US food aid and other topics.

North Korean soldiers march and carry a portrait of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a military parade at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang

New North Korean leader following in his father's goose steps

Goose-stepping soldiers marched by the memorial palace for North Korea's late leaders as Kim Jong-un yesterday presided over a military birthday commemoration for his father.

Birthday turns into memorial for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

North Korea commemorated Kim Jong-il's 70th birthday today with the flowers that bear his name, a military parade and pledges of loyalty to the son who has taken his place.

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