Journalist Isobel Yeung (centre) after running the Pyongyang marathon last Sunday. The event was open to foreigners for the first time.

London was not the only city to host a marathon last Sunday and, it can be argued, neither was it the most interesting, despite the presence of Oly(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

The Chinese government has told North Korea of its “deep concern” after an aircraft from (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) attends a mass indoor memorial rally in Pyongyang in this still image taken from video released by KRT, North Korean state TV today. North Korea’s political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, less than a week after he ordered the execution of a powerful family ally in a rare public purge. Image: KRT via Reuters TV.

North Korea’s political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un today, less than a week after he ordered the execution(...)

Through a glass darkly

The dispatch of North Korea’s Jang Song Thaek by machine-gun on Thursday was true to form for the secretive Stalinist regime, although it rarely admit(...)

North Korean People’s Army soldiers take part in a rally at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to swear allegiance to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the second anniversary of the death of his father and former leader Kim Jong Il. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle and de facto deputy raises the risk of “reckless provocations” from the north, South Korean p(...)

Drying crops  at a collective farm  about 20 kilometres from the center of Pyongyang, North Korea

Satellite photographs showing darkness over North Korea at night, with dim spots of light at the capital Pyongyang, contrasting with the bright electr(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at his uncle, North Korean politician Jang Song Thaek (L), during a parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War, at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang in July. Photograph:  Jason Lee/Reuters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have dismissed a powerful uncle, a man key to his rise to power, from his posts, South Korean politicia(...)

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(...)

Workers take a photograph during a visit to the plaza park of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung yesterday. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Reuters

North Korea issued new threats against South Korea today, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of retaliation if South Korea did not apologise for anti-Nor(...)

A Chinese border guard tries to stop his picture from being taken as he and his compatriot patrol the Tumen river in China’s Jilin province, across from North Korea. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/ getty images

A container lorry trundles across the bridge from Tumen to North Korea, slowing to allow for speed bumps. At the far side a large portrait of N(...)