The North Korean town of Sinuiju, behind the Friendship Bridge, in China’s northeast Liaoning province.  China’s biggest banks have frozen financial transactions for North Koreans, employees say, in a sign Beijing is tightening the screws on its ally. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

At the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge that spans a narrow stretch of the Yalu River in Dandong in northern China, an impressive array of birds patrol (...)

US president Donald Trump: said ‘the UN has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement’ but has ‘tremendous potential’. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

US president Donald Trump toned down his criticism of the United Nations during his first appearance at the institution on Monday, pledging to help “m(...)

A South Korean official watches television news channels showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

China expressed outrage over North Korea’s sixth nuclear test after a nuclear explosion caused a tremor in northern China and raised the prospect of t(...)

Military spending, including on testing nuclear weapons and missiles, helped buoy economic  growth in North Korea. Photograph: Getty Images

North Korea’s economy grew in 2016 at the fastest pace since 1999, helped by a recovery from a drought in 2015. Military spending, including on test(...)

US student Otto Frederick Warmbier: was arrested in North Korea and died days after being evacuated back to the US in a coma. Photograph:   AFP/KCNA/ Getty

US president Donald Trump thanked China for its efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, but signalled a possible new approach by the US to(...)

South Korea’s players take part in a training session for World Cup qualifier against China on Thursday. South Korea’s embassy in Beijing has issued a safety warning to  fans planning to attend the match amid heightening tensions between the two countries. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s embassy in Beijing has issued a safety warning to football fans planning to attend this week’s World Cup qualifier against China, amid a(...)

Prof Kabsu Kim from Cheju Halla University, Korea, with a group of 13 equestrian science  students, who are on a trip to Ireland to study the workings of the equestrian industry, pictured at a show jumping event in Shelbourne Park. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Wandering around Shelbourne Park on Friday evening, Professor Kabsu Kim was taking in the latest in a string of stops on an intensive five-week tour o(...)

 A sign (top) in an elevator indicates the floor to the South Korea’s Consulate (Consulate General of the Republic of Korea) in the Far East Finance Centre in Admiralty, Hong Kong, China, 28th July 2016. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Security was tightened at the South Korean consulate in Hong Kong on Thursday after media reports that a North Korean, possibly a student, had sought (...)

 A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials said. Th(...)

 A statue of a girl symbolising the issue of ’comfort women’ in front of the Japanese Embassy on Monday in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve the issue of “comfort women”, as those who were forced to work in Japan’s war(...)