This general view shows the Tongil bridge checkpoint which leads to the Kaesong joint industrial area near the Demilitarized Zone  separating the two Koreas. Photograph:  Ed JonesED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea has started the process of shutting down operations of the joint factory park in North Korea’s western border city of Kaesong in response(...)

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington’s resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments

The US Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, a(...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

US director of national intelligence James Clapper during a Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons, the(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a long-range rocket launch in North Korea on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

There was a chorus of condemnation after North Korea defied international sanctions to launch a long-range rocket carrying what it said was a satellit(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. The Coalition argues that there is no alternative majority available to voters.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Election Lexicon: Tina

What does it usually mean? Tina is an acronym for There Is No Alternative. What does it mean in this election? The two current Government parties(...)

Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit is deployed in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s possible launch of ballistic missile. Asian powers including Japan and South Korea have expressed concern over the mooted launch of what the North described as a satellite. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA.

News of North Korean plans to launch a satellite and rocket have been met with concern by regional neighbours Japan, South Korea and even ally China.(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  and former NBA player Dennis Rodman

It is two years since Paddy Power uncharacteristically bit off more publicity than it could chew in North Korea. Remember it agreed to sponsor forme(...)