North Korea

North Korean ghost boats, in deadly hunt for fish, wash up in Japan


SEOUL/TOKYO Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerously far from port under the impoverished nation's push to boost its catch. | Video

North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, but launch failed: report

SEOUL North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

U.N. envoy says Russia-North Korea deportation pact puts refugees at risk

SEOUL An extradition treaty signed by Russia and North Korea could be used to send back defectors from the North and put them at risk of serious harm in their home country, including torture, the U.N. human rights investigator on North Korea said on Thursday.

World, Russia 26 Nov 2015

U.N. chief Ban says 'positive signs' from Pyongyang on North Korea visit

SEOUL U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was discussing with North Korea the dates for his visit to the isolated state but no decision has been made in his first public comments on the trip since news reports last week said he would go soon.

World, United Nations, 23 Nov 2015

South Korea military to proceed with drills despite North threat

SEOUL South Korea said planned military firing drills would go ahead on Monday near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, which has threatened "merciless retaliation" if Seoul fires into its waters on the anniversary of a 2010 bombing that killed four people.

World, South Korea, 22 Nov 2015

North Korea threatens South Korea ahead of island shelling anniversary

SEOUL Five years after North Korea fired shells on to a South Korean island, Pyongyang vowed on Sunday to retaliate mercilessly should Seoul hold fire drills near the border on the anniversary.

World, South Korea, 22 Nov 2015

U.N. asks Vietnam and China to clarify fate of North Koreans

GENEVA The United Nations voiced alarm on Friday about the fate of nine North Koreans feared to have been deported from Vietnam via China back to their homeland, saying they might face torture or even execution.

World, China, United Nations, 20 Nov 2015

China detains suspected spy near North Korea 'with map in his underwear'

SHANGHAI Chinese guards near the North Korean border captured a foreigner suspected of spying after he was found with a hand-drawn map in his underwear of military positions along the border, the army-run China Defence News said on Thursday.

World, China, 19 Nov 2015

U.N. denies Secretary-General Ban will visit North Korea next week

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will not visit North Korea next week, a U.N. spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday after China's Xinhua news agency reported that he will visit the North on Monday and stay for about four days.

World, United Nations, China 18 Nov 2015

North Korea says laborers work abroad legally, not mistreated

NEW YORK North Korea said on Tuesday it has sent laborers to work abroad legally in Russia, China and elsewhere and that it was a "vicious slander" to say they were mistreated or forced to go.

World, China, Russia, 17 Nov 2015