Japan will extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years after they expire on April 13.
North Korea's ambassador to the UK has said people who defect are "scum" and "animals".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks before his death in 2011 - but demanded US$10bn and huge shipments of food and fertiliser in return, South Korea's former president has said.
US director of national intelligence James Clapper says the cyber attack against Sony demonstrated a new threat from North Korea.
North Korea has issued a furious statement against the United States for imposing sanctions against its government figures and defence industry after the cyber-attack against Sony.
The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is open to a summit with his South Korean counterpart.
South Korea has proposed talks with North Korea to discuss what it calls a range of issues needed to prepare for the unification of the divided countries.
One of three Americans being held in North Korea has been released, the US State Department said.
The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years have ended with no agreement following two shooting incidents last week, South Korean officials said.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in five weeks, the country’s official news agency reported.
North Korean officials visiting the South in a surprise trip have agreed to a second round of high-level talks.
An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labour says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health is not deteriorating.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has been shown on state media walking to his seat for a memorial event with a noticeable limp.
North Korea has fired two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast, South Korean officials said, on the eve of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s talks in Seoul expected to focus on the North’s nuclear weapons programme.
North Korea has fired into disputed waters near a South Korean warship in the latest sign of tension rising between the bitter rivals.
Kim Jong Un’s uncle has been executed, with the state media calling the leader’s former mentor “worse than a dog”.
The United Nations’ human rights committee has unanimously condemned the “systematic, widespread and grave” human rights abuses in North Korea, citing its reported use of torture, the death penalty for political and religious reasons and numerous political prison camps.
North Korea has refused to sign a non-aggression pact that US secretary of state John Kerry offered last week on condition of denuclearisation.
Panama says it has seized a North Korean-flagged ship carrying what appeared to be ballistic missiles and other arms that had set sail from Cuba.
North Korea is to blame for last month’s cyberattacks on the websites of South Korean media companies and the president and prime minister’s offices, a South Korean investigation concluded today.
The US is open to talks with North Korea – but only if it complies with UN Security Council resolutions, senior officials have said.
North and South Korea have begun preparatory talks at a “truce village” on their heavily-armed border aimed at setting ground rules for a higher-level discussion on easing animosity and restoring stalled rapprochement projects.
North Korea has proposed working-level talks with the South as the rivals move to mend ties that have plunged during recent years amid hardline stances by both countries.
New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences.
Seoul says it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea.
After weeks of tension, North Korea has options to improve relations with the US and South Korea – but it is unlikely to be tempted by Washington’s offer to restart negotiations on its nuclear programme.
Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets today to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.
The decision to go ahead with a controversial BBC documentary about North Korea went “right to the top”, the corporation’s head of news programming said today.
The United States and Japan opened the door to new nuclear talks with North Korea if the sabre-rattling country lowered tensions and honoured past agreements, even as it rejected South Korea’s latest offer of dialogue as a “crafty trick”.
The United States and Japan have offered new talks with North Korea to resolve the increasingly dangerous stand-off over its nuclear and missile programmes, but said the reclusive communist government first must lower tensions and honour previous agreements.
North Korea has rebuffed South Korea’s proposal to resolve rising tension through dialogue, dismissing it as a “crafty trick” to disguise what Pyongyang calls the South’s hostility.
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea not to test-fire a mid-range missile.
North Korea has said it is to recall 51,000 North Korean workers and suspend operations at a factory complex which is the last major symbol of co-operation with its southern rival.
The US has postponed an intercontinental ballistic missile test next week amid mounting tensions with North Korea.
North Korea’s latest outburst of nuclear and military threats has given the US a rare opportunity to build bridges with China.
Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea’s government-run online sites yesterday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea has warned that its military has been cleared to attack the US using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons.
North Korea today barred South Korean workers from entering a jointly run factory park just over the heavily armed border in the North, officials in Seoul said.
North Korea vowed today to restart a nuclear reactor which can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by near daily warlike threats against the United States and South Korea.
North Korea has voted for a new Prime Minister at the annual meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly.
After weeks of warlike posturing North Korea is holding its annual spring parliamentary session following a declaration that nuclear bomb building and a stronger economy were the nation's top priorities.
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 traded even for “billions of dollars”.
North Korea is threatening to shut down a factory complex which is the last major symbol of inter-Korean co-operation.
North Korea said today it had entered “a state of war” with the South, in the reclusive communist state’s latest belligerent threat.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the country's so-called "rocket units" to be on standby to attack US bases in South Korea and the Pacific.
North Korea’s military has warned that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest combat level in the latest threat aimed at South Korea and the United States.
North Korea has test-fired a pair of short-range missiles into its eastern waters in a likely response to ongoing routine US-South Korean military drills, according to officals in South Korea.
North Korea has vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, hours ahead of a vote by UN diplomats on whether to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.
North Korea has responded to worldwide condemnation of its latest nuclear test by saying it was a “first response” to US threats and warned of unspecified “second and third measures of greater intensity”.
North Korea said today it had tested a “miniaturised” nuclear device, defying the United Nations’ orders to stop building atomic weapons.
North Korea will be punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test, John Kerry has warned.
South Korean and US troops have begun naval drills in a show of force partly directed at North Korea amid signs that Pyongyang will soon carry out a threat to conduct its third atomic test.
North Korea has threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the US for what it calls "continued hostility".
Park Geun-hye, daughter of a divisive military strongman from South Korea's authoritarian era, has been elected the country's first female president in a landmark win that could mean a new drive to start talks with rival North Korea.
North Korea fired a long-range rocket today in a second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the UN and Washington.
North Korea is pressing ahead with preparation for a long-range rocket launch after extending its lift-off window by another week until December 29 because of technical problems.
America and key Asian allies will seek United Nations Security Council action if North Korea launches a long-range rocket this month, the US State Department said.
North Korea has said it will launch a long-range rocket between December 10 and 22, a move likely to heighten already strained tensions with Washington and Seoul ahead of a South Korean presidential election on December 19.
South Korea’s defence chief has had to apologise after troops failed to spot a North Korean soldier defecting across their heavily guarded border.