North Korea

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A South Korean soldier looks to the north through a pair of binoculars at an observation post near the demilitarised zone that separates the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Office workers and shoppers throng the streets of Seoul. The bars and restaurants of downtown Jung-gu are crowded with people winding down for (...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises  North Korea People's Army firing drills, in this still image taken from video footage released yesterday by the North's state-run television KRT. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea has advised embassies to consider moving staff out of the country and warned it cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats after Apri(...)

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with US ambassador to Japan John Roos as they announce  a US-Japan agreement on the return of some of the US bases in Okinawa in Tokyo today. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

The United States and Japan have announced an agreement for the return to Japan of a US air base, taking a step to resolving an issue that has (...)

Army reservists salute the flag during a Foundation Day ceremony of the local reserve forces in Seoul today.  North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or US Pacific bases, South Korean media has reported. Photograph: Lim Hun-jung/Reuters

The United States would not be surprised if North Korea were to conduct a new missile test, White House spokesman Jay Carney has told reporters(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol inside the barbed-wire fence near the border village of Panmunjom yesterday in Paju, South Korea. North Korea seems to be following its usual strategy of using belligerent language to win concessions on aid and, ultimately, achieve a peace treaty with the US. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

Military tensions reached a new high on the Korean peninsula yesterday as North Korea reportedly moved an intermediate-range missile to its eas(...)

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 (...)

A North Korean soldier watches the South Korean side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul today. Photograph:  Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap/Reuters

South Korea's defense chief has confirmed that North Korea has moved to its east coast a missile with a "considerable" range, but that it was n(...)

South Korean truck drivers walk to get in their trucks at the  inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex. Pyongyang has previously threatened to close the border industrial zone, the last remaining example of inter-Korean cooperation which gives the North access to $2 billion in trade a year. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

North Korea said it had "ratified" a merciless attack against the United States, potentially involving a "diversified nuclear strike". "(...)

Nuclear brinkmanship

The problem with the strategic doctrine of “mutually assured destruction” (MAD), which, it is argued, prevented nuclear exchanges during the (...)

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