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North Korean soldiers watch a fireworks display to celebrate the North’s declaration on November 29th it had achieved full nuclear statehood. Photograph:  Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea can indeed reach Washington with its latest ballistic missile, but it still needs to develop critical technology to deliver a nuclear warh(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a missile: The EU, China and Japan, and many regional powers in Asia, have called on him to abandon his nuclear ambitions. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea’s nuclear weapons are aimed solely at the US, a senior member of the North’s government said, and other countries should not feel threaten(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit gala dinner in Manila. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

For the last week on the road, US president Donald Trump had been measured, disciplined and studiously scripted as he picked his way through the geopo(...)

Donald Trump’s visit to Asia has, so far at least, not brought war with North Korea closer. Nor has it damaged relations with China or offended any Un(...)

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, attends an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex in Ryomyong street in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 13th, 2017. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

The family resemblance is definitely there, although Kim Yo-jong is much thinner than her brother, the North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un. In pho(...)

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 (...)

  Kim Jong-un delivers a statement in Pyongyang in reply  to   US president   Donald Trump’s recent speech at the UN: “Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation”, he said. Photograph:  KCNA/KNS/AFP/Getty

“Rocket Man” Kim Jong-un’s description of Donald Trump as a “mentally deranged US dotard” marks a significant escalation in the sabre-rattling rhetori(...)

Liu Jieyi, Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, during a meeting of the UN Security Council on the subject of North Korea in New York on September 11th. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

What kind of relationship does China have with North Korea? On the surface, these two cold war brothers-in-arms have an awful lot in common, but six (...)

North Korea: Ri Chun-hee appears nearly every time the country takes a step towards fulfilling its nuclear ambitions. Photograph: KCTV/AFP/Getty

The apocalypse will be televised, and it will be presented by a pink-clad North Korean grandmother announcing the news at a near scream. Ri Chun-hee (...)

Lynn Soon-bun speaks for the women of Soesong-gil village in saying the Americans should leave and take their anti-missile batteries, deployed nearby, with them. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Lynn Soon-bun sits on the floor of a small makeshift Won Buddhist temple and gives her quiet but firm view on the US army’s anti-missile defence syste(...)

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