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(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

The Chinese government has told North Korea of its “deep concern” after an aircraft from (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, along with his aunt Kim Kyong Hui attends a statue unveiling ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea, on the anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday last February. Photograph: KRT via AP Video, File

North Korea has sought to quell external speculation following the execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle, with a senior official saying its economic plans (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to spectators and participants of a military parade in Pyongyang last  September as Jang Song-Thaek (third from right), who was executed yesterday, claps.  Photograph: AP

Jang Song-Thaek’s decline and fall, from powerful svengali atop the secretive Pyongyang political apparatus to his machine gunning to death as a trait(...)