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 (...)

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman talks to the media at Beijing International Airport before leaving for Pyongyang. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman is flying to North Korea to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North’s young leade(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) attends a mass indoor memorial rally in Pyongyang in this still image taken from video released by KRT, North Korean state TV today. North Korea’s political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, less than a week after he ordered the execution of a powerful family ally in a rare public purge. Image: KRT via Reuters TV.

North Korea’s political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un today, less than a week after he ordered the execution(...)

North Korean People’s Army soldiers take part in a rally at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to swear allegiance to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the second anniversary of the death of his father and former leader Kim Jong Il. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle and de facto deputy raises the risk of “reckless provocations” from the north, South Korean p(...)

An image taken from North Korea’s state-run KRT television showing Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea  in Pyongyang. Photograph: Reuters/Yonhap

North Korea released dramatic images yesterday of the purge of leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle, considered the country’s second-most powerful official, on (...)

A screen capture from North Korea’s Korean Central Television (KCTV) Broadcasting Station  shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek  being arrested during an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un ousted his uncle and de facto deputy for abuse of power, corruption and gambling away foreign currency, in the hig(...)

Jang Song-thaek (circled) has been a key figure in handling relations with Pyongyang’s only significant ally, China. Photograph: Reuters

Jang Song-thaek, the powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been dismissed from his post and two of his key aides executed, South Kore(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at his uncle, North Korean politician Jang Song Thaek (L), during a parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War, at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang in July. Photograph:  Jason Lee/Reuters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have dismissed a powerful uncle, a man key to his rise to power, from his posts, South Korean politicia(...)

A Chinese border guard tries to stop his picture from being taken as he and his compatriot patrol the Tumen river in China’s Jilin province, across from North Korea. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/ getty images

A container lorry trundles across the bridge from Tumen to North Korea, slowing to allow for speed bumps. At the far side a large portrait of N(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry gestures before South Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se this morning at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photograph: Paul J Richards/Reuters

The US will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and will come to the defence of the South if necessary, secretary of state John Kerry said (...)