This screengrab  shows a North Korea defector running  from a vehicle at the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Photograph:  Handout/AFP Getty Images

North Korean border guards were only steps behind a fellow North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the (...)

Visitors look  towards North Korea from a South Korean observation post  near the DMZ. Photograph: Getty Images

At the frontier between North and South Korea there is no sign whatsoever of imminent conflagration. It’s less a front line and more of a theme park. (...)

A man watches a TV news program reporting that North Korean people’s armed forces minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

The minister of the People’s Armed Forces in North Korea was recently executed as a “traitor” for showing disrespect for its top leader, Kim Jong Un, (...)

Soldiers of the US army 23rd chemical battalion check their gas masks for a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, South Korea, yesterday. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

North Korea has moved a missile with a “considerable range” to the east coast of the country but the weapon is not capable of (...)