Choco-Pie: to South Koreans, Choco-Pies are like Kimberley biscuits or Club Milks are in Ireland but to North Koreans, they are a form of currency, a symbol of South Korean prosperity and a marshmallow-filled delight that is hugely popular underground in the communist enclave

It’s strange to think of seaweed farmed off the coast of Cork becoming an ingredient in one of the great geopolitical stories of the age.To South Kore(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this unauthenticated picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. Photograph: REUTERS/KCNA RS

Concern, the only Irish non-government organisation to provide aid to North Korea, is set to return to the area after suspending operations the(...)

Japan Self-Defence Forces soldiers refuel a unit of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo today. Japan has also deployed Aegis radar-equipped destroyers carrying Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in response to North Korea's threats, according to its government. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

South Koreans braced for the "very high" chance of a North Korean missile test as soon as today as a top American military commander said the t(...)

A South Korean soldier checks media vehicles  before they go to South's CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine), just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Lim Byong-sik/Yonhap/Reuters

North Korea intensified threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and the South today, warning foreigners to evacuate South Korea t(...)

A North Korean soldier washes his socks as his comrade washes his hands at the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

North Korea has recalled its workers from the Kaesong industrial park, ending its last remaining co-operative project with South Korea and prom(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this unauthenticated picture taken last week and released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. REUTERS/KCNA RS

Irish NGO Concern has temporarily suspended its aid work in North Korea due to the increasing threat of war. The suspension takes place with im(...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

Army reservists salute the flag during a Foundation Day ceremony of the local reserve forces in Seoul today.  North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or US Pacific bases, South Korean media has reported. Photograph: Lim Hun-jung/Reuters

The United States would not be surprised if North Korea were to conduct a new missile test, White House spokesman Jay Carney has told reporters(...)

A North Korean soldier watches the South Korean side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul today. Photograph:  Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap/Reuters

South Korea's defense chief has confirmed that North Korea has moved to its east coast a missile with a "considerable" range, but that it was n(...)

South Korean truck drivers walk to get in their trucks at the  inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex. Pyongyang has previously threatened to close the border industrial zone, the last remaining example of inter-Korean cooperation which gives the North access to $2 billion in trade a year. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

North Korea said it had "ratified" a merciless attack against the United States, potentially involving a "diversified nuclear strike". "(...)