Anti-North Korean activists shout slogans as they protest on the Unification Bridge that leads to the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea in Paju on Monday. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images 1:02

North Korea and South Korea have ended their marathon high-level talks aimed at lowering tensions across their heavily-armed border. The meeting betw(...)

South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle along a road in the border county of Yeoncheon on Saturday afternoon. Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raisi(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 pm on Friday after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters 0:36

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his front-line military units to go on a “semi-war state” on Friday after South Korea said the two countries h(...)

Policemen in Paju block activist as they try to stop the release of balloons carrying propaganda leaflets on Friday. North Korean defectors  were planning to release balloons carrying leaflets denouncing North Korea for mine blasts that  injured two  soldiers. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea has denied planting land mines that maimed two South Korean soldiers near their guard post. Three land mines that the South said were manu(...)

North Korea’s vice premier Choe Yong-Gon has been executed for voicing frustration at the policies of leader Kim Jong-Un, a South Korean news agency has reported.  Photograph: Getty Images

North Korea’s vice premier was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with the policies of the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, a S(...)

Kim Jong-un  inspects a newly built terminal of Pyongyang International Airport. Photograph: Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang’s new(...)

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 watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea said on Saturday it had successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, a step which would mark significant progress in the (...)

An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency on July 1st 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un witnessing the launch of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea claims to have carried out a successful test-firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile, state media reported. Photograph: KCNA South Korea/EPA

North Korea said on Saturday it has successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which, if true, would in(...)

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(...)