US secretary of state John Kerry and China’s president Xi Jinping at the opening  of high-level bilateral talks in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

China’s president Xi Jinping has warned of disastrous consequences if China and the United States fail to resolve growing tensions between them, as th(...)

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(...)

Heavily indebted  households in South Korea are keeping a lid on growth.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The backdrop to the trade mission to Korea was an uncertain political backdrop, with the government still trying to appoint some key ministerial posit(...)

Jeffrey Fowle is being investigated for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit, according to North Korea’s state media. Photograph: Reuters/City of Moraine (handout)

North Korea is preparing to charge two American detainees for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against the country.Investigations into Amer(...)

A picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling North Korean Workers Party, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing the test-fire of a newly developed tactical guided missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Photograph: Rodong Sinmun/EPA

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast today, South Korea’s military said, defying a UN ban on the isolated(...)

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg pose during a photocall for their latest film ‘The Interview’. Photograph: Miquel Benitez/Getty Images

North Korea has warned the US it faces “merciless” retaliation if it releases a Hollywood comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un. The I(...)

South Korean soldiers take position during a search and arrest operation as troops standoff with a conscript soldier who shot and killed five comrades in Goseong. South Korean troops cornered a conscript soldier who killed five comrades near the heavily militarized border with North Korea, trying to negotiate a peaceful end to a manhunt that started two days’ ago with a grenade attack. Photograph: Hwang Gwang-mo/Yonhap/Reuters

A South Korean soldier who went on the run after allegedly killing five colleagues has been captured following an unsuccessful suicide attempt, milita(...)

In the 15 years since a global treaty prohibiting land mines took effect, the use and production of these weapons has nearly stopped, new casualties have plummeted, and more than two dozen countries once contaminated by land mines buried since old wars have removed them, said the report by the group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Photograph: Luc Forsyth/Getty Images

Despite the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed uprising in Ukraine and turmoil in other hot spots in the Middle East and Africa, one (...)

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a temporary checkpoint during a search for a fugitive  conscript. Photograph: Lee Jong-gun/Yonha/Reuters

South Korean troops have exchanged fire with a runaway soldier who was surrounded in a forest after he killed five comrades near his North Korea borde(...)

South Korean soldiers taking part in the operation related to a fugitive army sergeany in Goseong-gun yesterday. Photograph Hong Jin-Hwan-Donga Daily via Getty Images

A South Korean army sergeant who fled his unit on the border with North Korea after killing five fellow soldiers engaged in a shoot-out with troops(...)