News North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (left) inspects the command of Korean People's Army. The country's Defence Commission has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for an end to

The letter comes ahead of military exercises between the US and South Korea that the North sees as provocative

Chinese address is 'source' of cyberattack on one company hit in South Korean network shutdown

A Chinese internet address was the source of a cyberattack on one company hit in a massive South Korean network shutdown that affected 32,000 computers at six banks and media companies, initial findings indicated today.

North Korea hackers suspected after major computer crash in the South

Skulls pop up on the screens of some computers — a strong indication that hackers planted a malicious code in systems

North Korea ends 60-year armistice with South

State media reported yesterday that Pyongyang has carried out its threat to cancel the 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War.

Fiery seas and sacred wars: A history of North Korea's blustery threats

North Korea has fired off many memorable threats over the years

Park Geun-hye greets supporters at an election rally

Dictator's daughter asks South Korea's older generation to make her president

Polls too close to call as Park Geun-hye bids to become country's first female leader

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.

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Gatwick profit trebles after new Asian routes

New routes to Russia, Korea and China helped Gatwick Airport fly almost 20 million passengers in the six months to October, and pre-tax profit more than trebled to £107.2m.

A South Korean investigator shows off the killer pen with its protruding poisoned needle

Poison pen is mightier than the sword for North Korea's assassins

The first weapon looks like an innocuous electric torch, except it is able to fire three bullets. The second is a ballpoint pen with a poisoned needle. The third is another "poison pen", containing a bullet that both punctures the skin and releases a deadly toxin.

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.

The nephew of North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-Un, has labelled his uncle a “dictator”

North Korea 'to shell tourists in South'

North Korea threatened yesterday to bombard a tourist area in South Korea with artillery shells if rights activists carry out their threat to shower the North with anti-Pyongyang leaflets.

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.

South Korea extends missile range under deal with US

South Korea said yesterday that it would nearly triple the range of its ballistic missiles, allowing it to strike all parts of North Korea and a sliver of China, under a new deal with the United States.

US to allow South Korea to have longer-range missiles

The United States has agreed to allow South Korea to develop longer-range missiles that could strike all of North Korea, South Korean officials said today.

Athletics round-up: Improving Grabarz and Lewis continue to raise the bar

Two weeks after stepping on to the podium at the London Olympics, Robbie Grabarz continues to hit the heights. A brilliant bronze medal winner at the home Games, the burgeoning high jumper now has joint ownership of the British outdoor record.

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