US B-26 Invader light bombers unleash parachute demolition bombs upon supply warehouses and dock facilities at the port city of Wonsan, in southeastern North Korea, in 1951. Photograph:  Interim Archives/Getty Images

Foreign tourists in North Korea are invariably steered to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, which documents the isolated n(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un:  interest in the Northern Ireland peace process is growing in Korea, especially among those who prioritise improved inter-Korean relations over political unification.  Photograph:  KCNA/VIA KNS/STR/AFP

Two news stories simmered through the summer months, between which few people likely saw any connection. One was the crisis surrounding the Korean pen(...)

A photo distributed  by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang in late August 2017. File photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP

A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for sup(...)

South Korea’s Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired during an exercise at an undisclosed location in the country. File photograph: South Korea Defense Ministry via AP

In November 1950, when North Korean forces had the US military on the run, President Truman held an infamous press conference during which he threaten(...)

The South Korean navy holding a live-fire drill at an undisclosed location off the east coast of South Korea on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a “planetary catastrophe” and huge loss of life. “Ram(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump: “The risk that Kim is miscalculating, by potentially provoking an American attack, is raised by the unpredictability of Trump.” Photograph: Saul Loeb, Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The great wars of the 20th century were often preceded by a catastrophic miscalculation. The Germans failed to anticipate that Britain would fight ove(...)

The crisis surrounding North Korea’s nuclear programme has been further deepened by the test of what it says is a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, followed by(...)

Special forces from the Capital Defense Command take part in a military drill in Seoul, South Korea . Photograph: Seo Myung-Gon/Yonhap/via Reuters

The US ambassador to the United Nations has said North Korea is “begging for war” by testing a nuclear weapon over the weekend. In response, Nikki H(...)

A pedestrian walks past a TV screen  broadcasting news of North Korea’s missile launch, in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Sirens blaring over city rooftops would be alarming to most people. In a country where elderly people can still recall the American aerial bombings th(...)

Samsung group chief Jay Y Lee  arriving at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, in February. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Jay Y Lee has filed an appeal against the five-year jail term he was given for bribery and other charges through his(...)