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(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: report emerged recently  that the Chinese had drawn up contingency plans in the event of a collapse of the Kim Jong-un regime. Photograph: EPA/KCNA

Much has been made of the ideological links between China and North Korea, how the two Asian communist countries are “as close as lips and teeth”, str(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kim Il Sung University of Politics to take part in the election of a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

With no one else on the ballot, supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the(...)

The number of political prisoners in North Korea’s concentration camps, known as kwanliso , (...)

An artillery firing exercise is underway at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, last month. South Korea said it would be ‘regrettable’ and would hurt separated families if North Korea did not go ahead with the reunions as agreed. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

A nuclear-capable US B-52 bomber sortie over South Korea has endangered plans for reunions between families from the North and South of the country an(...)

Lee Duk-haeng, the head of South Korean working-level delegation, with other delegates at the North-South dialogue office in Seoul, South Korea. The two Koreas have agreed to hold family reunions later this month. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North and South Korea have agreed to hold family reunions this month in which hundreds of elderly relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for(...)

In this handout provided by South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Duk-Haeng (right), the head of South Korea’s working-level delegation to family reunion and his North Korean counterpart Park Yong-Il (left) exchange agreement documents after their meeting in Panmunjom, North Korea.  Photograph: South Korean Unification Ministry/Getty Images

North and South Korea agreed today to allow some families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to hold brief reunions, despite a campaign by Pyongyang (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) watches a basketball game between former US NBA basketball players and North Korean players with Dennis Rodman (R) at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters.

Retired basketball player Dennis Rodman has checked himself into an alcohol treatment programme, his spokesman said, just days after returning to the (...)

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman (C) takes part in a practice session with North Korean basketball players and other former NBA stars in Pyongyang earlier this week. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for comments he made about a US missionary who is being held in North Korea, saying he had bee(...)