North Korea’s ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun-joon with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin after presenting his credentials in Moscow. Mr Putin called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security. Photograph: EPA

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin called yesterday for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, a day after holding talks with a pe(...)

File photograph - A UN resolution is urging that North Korea and its leader be held accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. Photograph: REUTERS/KCNA

A UN committee has approved a resolution that urges the examination of the human rights situation in North Korea. The UN General Assembly’s human righ(...)

US citizen Kenneth Bae, accompanied by his sister Terri, speaks to the media during a news conference after he and fellow  prisoner Matthew Todd Miller landed aboard a US air force jet at McChord Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Two Americans freed from North Korea stepped off a plane into the welcoming arms of family yesterday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking(...)

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(...)

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in a handout photograph released earlier this year. He was released by North Korea yesterday after being arrested in May for leaving a bible in a sailor’s club. Photograph: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration “repeated requests” from US preside(...)

 A photo released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Workers Party today shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) walking with a cane during his visit to the Wisong Scientists Residential District in Pyongyang. Photograph: EPA/Rodong Sinmun

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported today, ending a lengthy absence from p(...)

Kim Jong-un’s absence from a ceremony marking the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea has sparked speculation about his whereabouts. Photograph: Reuters/North Korean News Agency

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is in firm control of his government but hurt his leg taking part in a military drill, a source with access to the(...)

 North Korea’s National Defense Commission vice chairman Hwang Pyong So, North Korea’s ruling Workers Party secretaries Choe Ryong-Hae, a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Kim Yang-Gon and South Korean unification minister Ryoo Kihl-Jae attend the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Stadium today. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea sent its highest level delegation to South Korea today and the two sides agreed to reopen dialogue amid a flurry of diplomatic activity wh(...)

Kenneth Bae, who  was arrested in North Korea 18 months ago and sentenced to 15 years hard labour for attempting to bring down the state, told CNN he was working eight hours a day, six days a week, and was the only inmate at a prison camp staffed by more than 20 officials, including a doctor. Photograph: Reuters

Three American citizens detained in North Korea have appealed to the US government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with US media(...)

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(...)