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A South Korean tank overlooks the summit of Baengyeong Island. Photograph: Tom Farrell

Across 16km of sea, the barren hump of North Korea’s Jangsan Cape rises from the mist. Baengnyeong Island has about 4,800 residents, most of th(...)

Pae Jun Ho, who entered North Korea’s Rason city on November 3rd as a tourist, will face judgment in the supreme court in Pyongyang. Photograph: AP Photo

North Korea said it will hand down a verdict on a detained American citizen accused of crimes against the state, the communist country’s offici(...)

US and South Korean marines participate in a joint landing operation drill in Pohang, about 370 kmsoutheast of Seoul, April 26, 2013. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won /Reuters

South Korea will pull out all remaining workers from a jointly run industrial zone in North Korea, it said on today, after Pyongyang rejected (...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along the military fences near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea from South Korea. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

North Korea has indicated that it might be prepared to negotiate as the region seeks a way to defuse tensions on the Korean pe(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this unauthenticated picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. Photograph: REUTERS/KCNA RS

Concern, the only Irish non-government organisation to provide aid to North Korea, is set to return to the area after suspending operations the(...)

Unsolid gold

The economist John Maynard Keynes dismissed gold as a “barbarous relic”. And after the recent dramatic collapse in the gold price, many chasten(...)

Kim Jong-il is never mentioned by name in James Church’s books but his influence as “the central” is everywhere in them. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the murky world of North Korean politics, you find heroes in the strangest places. One such figure is Inspector O, a mysterious North(...)

Banners are displayed outside Easington Colliery Club and Institute by former miners on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the colliery. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Just as the funeral proceedings were starting in London, a world away, in the old pit village of Easington Colliery, the former D(...)

President Barack Obama with his national security adviser Tom Donilon.

The US and Russia say they are determined to strengthen co-operation across a range of major issues, despite Washington’s shar(...)

A Chinese border guard tries to stop his picture from being taken as he and his compatriot patrol the Tumen river in China’s Jilin province, across from North Korea. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/ getty images

A container lorry trundles across the bridge from Tumen to North Korea, slowing to allow for speed bumps. At the far side a large portrait of N(...)

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