North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un during the inspection of an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile. Afterwards, he urged scientists to step up the North’s nuclear programme so it could launch attacks on the US and South Korea, whenever it wanted. Photograph:  AFP/KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s submarine-launched ballistic missile test had been an “eye-opening success” that had been guided by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, th(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un: his only significant ally, China, urged the North to abandon its “self-destructive course”. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and threatened “stern” actions against new U(...)

Kim Jong-un has ordered that nuclear warheads be readied for firing ‘at any moment’ in the face of sanctions on North Korea. Photograph: EPA/Rodong Sinmun

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time, as the country’s only significant ally China (...)

Whether North Korea did detonate its first thermonuclear bomb on Wednesday or not – and, reassuringly, there are good reasons to believe it has again (...)

Members of the Moranbong Band of North Korea leaving Beijing International Airport after their concert in the Chinese capital was abruptly cancelled.  Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

It began with a warm send-off from Pyongyang for the North Korean pop group Moranbong Band but ended with the abrupt cancellation of the Beijing show (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, a Kremlin spokesman said. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hasn’t been seen since he attended a concert on September 3rd. Photograph: EPA

The continued absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has prompted a rash of rumours about his plight, ranging from a broken ankle to gout to brai(...)

South Korean Navy soldiers during training near Taean, South Korea. File photograph: Song Kyeong-seok /EPA

A South Korean naval vessel fired a warning salvo at a North Korean patrol boat today near their disputed Yellow Sea border, the site of many deadly c(...)

A US soldier and a South Korean counterpart at a joint live fire exercise at Rodriguez Range  in Pocheon, South Korea, earlier this month. The US and South Korea had heightened their combined surveillance and intelligence-gathering efforts to prepare for a possible nuclear test by North Korea, a South Korean defence ministry spokesman said. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

With South Korea preoccupied by a ferry disaster, North Korea has increased activities at its main nuclear test site, prompting Seoul and Washi(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang. Photograph: Kyodo /Reuters

A salon had a visit from North Korean officials after poking fun at their leader’s unusual hairstyle. Staff at M&M Hair Academy in S(...)