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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 (...)

A soldier stands guard at a sentry post, at the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Photograph: Jacky Chen/Reuters

North Korea pledged today to restart a nuclear reactor which can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by n(...)

Tales of cyber warfare, hacking and industrial espionage, many of them reportedly emanating from China, have abounded in recent months and many(...)

South Korean tanks move over a temporary bridge during a river-crossing military drill in Hwacheon near the border with North Korea yesterday. Photograph: Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images

The US has deployed F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea to join military drills in an attempt to deter further threats from North Korea an(...)

A South Korean soldier patrols as South Korean trucks leave the South's customs, immigration and quarantine office near the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial complex in North Korea, just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

South Korean president Park Geun-hye said today there would be strong and swift military response to any North Korean provocation without regard to(...)

North Korean army officers punch the air in a sign of loyalty at a rally in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea stepped up its warlike rhetoric at the weekend, declaring that the Korean peninsula was in a “state of war” and saying that its nuc(...)

Pope Francis delivers his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Ko(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an operation meeting on the Korean People's Army Strategic Rocket Force's performance of duty for firepower strike in Pyongyang. Photograph: Reuters

A top North Korean decision-making body issued a pointed warning today, saying that nuclear weapons are “the nation’s life” and will not be tra(...)

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