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(...)

 Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Returning home from dinner on the bus last Saturday night, we were halted at the Dongzhimen intersection in downtown Beijing to make way for scores of(...)

South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

A South Korean intelligence agent found dead in an apparent suicide left a note denying his team had used spyware to tap the mobile phones and compute(...)

Japanese tenor  Tatsuya Higuchi and South Korean soprano  Sumi Jo perform as part of a gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Japan and South Korea’s resumption of normal ties,  in Tokyo on June 22nd. Photograph: Reuters/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained by feuds over the legacy of Japa(...)

A couple wearing face masks walk on a street in Seoul on Tuesday. Hong Kong has issued a warning against non-essential travel to South Korea after seven people died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and 95 were infected by the virus. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong has issued a warning against non-essential travel to South Korea after seven people died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and 95(...)

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(...)

Rescue workers carry a victim of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island today. At least sixty four people are reported dead, with 238 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korean president Park Geun-hye said today the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead we(...)

The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, having  a meeting with British prime minister David Cameron at  the G8  summit in the North. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government last week again raised its forecasts for the Japanese economy, for a second straight month. A pick-up in export(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)