US secretary of state John Kerry: “He is like a ferocious wolf pretending to be a benevolent sheep,” said North Korea’s National Defence Commission. Photograph: EPA/Jason Reed

North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission launched a remarkable tirade against US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday, describing him as (...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

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(...)

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 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(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with military officials during an inspection of the Korean People’s Army  in Pyongyang this week. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

North Korea has apologised to bereaved families after an apartment building collapsed in Pyongyang last week, possibly killing hundreds, the official (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes a shelling drill of a long-range artillery sub-unit in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency  in Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted live fire drills today in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea that have been the scene of deadly clashe(...)

US president Barack Obama and South Korean president Park Geun-hye inspect an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

North Korea represents a threat not just to Asia but to the United States, US president Barack Obama said yesterday, as he and South Korean pre(...)