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Kim Yo-jong: In North Korea, future top leaders must build credentials as someone who can stand up against South Korea and the United States.  Photograph: Jorge Silva/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

When North Korea decided to join the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and kick off a giddy period of rapprochement on the peninsula, its charm offe(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a ceremony to mark the opening  of a factory in Sunchon on May 1st. Photograph: KCNA/EPA

South Korea’s top spy doubts that Kim Jong-un had heart surgery, in the latest comments from Seoul pouring cold water on international speculation ove(...)

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, last year. Photograph:  Jorge Silva/Reuters

Kim Yo-jong has become the focus of global attention after her brother Kim Jong-un failed to appear at a national celebration, sparking speculation ab(...)

Speculation about  Kim Jong-un’s health first arose following his absence from the anniversary of the birthday of its founding father and Mr Kim’s grandfather on April 15th. File photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

South Korean and Chinese officials on Tuesday cast doubt on reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is ill after media outlets said he had underg(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. Photograph: Korea News Service/AP.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un mounted a white horse in an evocative propaganda stunt as his own deadline for US movement on nuclear talks is nearing(...)

 A handout photo made available by the Korea Football Association shows players from South Korea (white) and North Korea (red) in action during the Fifa World Cup qualifying game in Pyongang. Photograph: EPA

Long-time foes North and South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were al(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking to an injured Chinese tourist at a hospital during a visit with Chinese ambassador to North Korea Li Jinjun (left), at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Photograph: AFP Photo/ KCNA via KNS

Kim Jong-un expressed his “bitter sorrow” over the deaths of dozens of Chinese tourists after their bus plunged off a bridge in North Korea. The sta(...)

North Korean cheerleaders arrive to participate in a welcoming ceremony for North Korea’s Olympic team at the Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea on Thursday. Photograph:  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

After months of tension over North Korea’s nuclear programme, athletes and senior leaders have gathered in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, which(...)

Unification flags hang on a military fence near the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. Photograph:  Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

The last time South Korea hosted an Olympics, in 1988, the North not only refused to take part, it blew up a South Korean aircraft 10 months before th(...)

Charles Robert Jenkins: At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins said he deserted to avoid hazardous duty in South Korea and escape combat in Vietnam. Photograph:  Toshiyuki Aizawa/Reuters

A US soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan (...)

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