A man watches a TV news program reporting that North Korean people’s armed forces minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP 0:55

The minister of the People’s Armed Forces in North Korea was recently executed as a “traitor” for showing disrespect for its top leader, Kim Jong Un, (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd right) inspecting a newly built Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in Wonsan in Kangwon province. Since taking over North Korea’s leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, Kim has removed key members of the old guard through a series of purges. Photograph: KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s spy agency says that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year who were accused of challeng(...)

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, according to former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. Photograph: Kcna/Reuters

North Korea demanded $10 billion (€8.8 billion) in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, (...)

The Regal Chain said Sony’s decision to ditch The Interview was: “due to the wavering support of the film by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats.” Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images 2:30

In the century-long history of the cinema we have never seen anything quite like the kerfuffle surrounding Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from (...)

 An undated photograph made available by the North Korean News Agency KCNA showing leader Kim Jong-un (right) accompanied by his sister, Kim Yo-jong (left), who has  assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA.

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party, state media reported on Thursday, co(...)

South Korea’s spy agency says it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s six-week public absence. This photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on October 26th 2014 shows Kim Jong-un inspecting  in Pyongyang. Photograph: KCNA/EPA

South Korea’s spy agency says it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild s(...)

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman talks to the media at Beijing International Airport before leaving for Pyongyang. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman is flying to North Korea to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North’s young leade(...)

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(...)

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(...)

A still image taken from North Korea’s state-run KRT television footage and released by Yonhap on December 9th shows Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. Photograph:  REUTERS/Yonhap

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek was executed immediately after a military trial yesterday, the nation’s official Korean Centra(...)