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People watch a TV at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea showing a file image of a North Korean missile launch.  The unidentified type of missiles were fired from central inland areas of the North on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Kim Jong-un is increasing the frequency of smaller-scale weapons provocations as the North Korean dictator upgrades his nuclear and chemical weapons a(...)

This combination of photos provided by the North Korean government on Monday shows long-range cruise missiles tests held on Saturday in an undisclosed location of North Korea. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as possibly(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un: Yongbyon, the country’s  main nuclear complex, was the critical bargaining chip offered in exchange for sanctions relief from Donald Trump. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has warned that North Korea appears to have restarted a critical reactor at its biggest nuclear materials complex, raising a(...)

There are fears that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s renewed fervour for the doctrine of self-reliance developed by his grandfather Kim Il Sung is laying the ground for years of deepening isolation. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

For decades, Kuwait was a critical hub in North Korea’s network of foreign outposts. Every year, thousands of labourers would take an Air Koryo flight(...)

Deputy Lord Mayor Joe Costello lays a wreath after the memorial event: More than 13,000 nuclear weapons  exist, most of which are more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Covid-19 pandemic is a “wake-up call” that governments worldwide are totally unprepared to handle the “truly civilisation-ending threat posed by n(...)

The United States has long insisted relations with North Korea can not improve until it gives up its nuclear and missile programmes. File photograph: STR/KCNA via KNS/AFP via Getty

North Korea wants international sanctions banning its metal exports and imports of refined fuel and other necessities lifted in order to restart denuc(...)

A woman holds a Cuban flag during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, at Versailles Restaurant in Miami on Sunday. Photograph: Eva Marie Uzcategui/ AFP via Getty Images

In June the UN General Assembly voted for the 29th straight year to condemn the illegal six-decade-long US embargo on Cuba – a 184-2 vote that pitted (...)

Police scuffle and detain an anti-government demonstrator during a protest in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

Cuba’s communist revolution is one of the world’s great survivors. The Soviet Union may have crumbled, the Berlin Wall fallen and China and Vietnam tu(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: His health is “the biggest wild card” in assessing stability in North Korea, says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

The ultimate challenge for spies and analysts studying North Korea is accurately assessing the health of Kim Jong-un, the 37-year-old dictator of the (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  in Pyongyang on Tuesday. He complained of the “chronic irresponsibility and incompetence” among bureaucrats, KCNA reported. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP via Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned of a “grave incident” linked to the coronavirus pandemic, stoking fears of an outbreak in the isolated coun(...)

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