US secretary of state John Kerry: “He is like a ferocious wolf pretending to be a benevolent sheep,” said North Korea’s National Defence Commission. Photograph: EPA/Jason Reed

North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission launched a remarkable tirade against US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday, describing him as (...)

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(...)

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(...)

A still image taken from North Korea’s state-run KRT television footage and released by Yonhap on December 9th shows 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 (WPK) in Pyongyang. Photograph:  REUTERS/Yonhap

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek was executed immediately after a military trial yesterday, the nation’s official Korean Centra(...)

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(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along the military fences near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea from South Korea. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

North Korea has indicated that it might be prepared to negotiate as the region seeks a way to defuse tensions on the Korean pe(...)