Seismic waves observed in South Korea after North Korea claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb on January 6 2016.
The key question is whether North Korea does have nuclear weapons that it can readily use against the United States and its regional allies, South Korea and Japan.
The demilitarised zone between North and South Korea is one of the last bastions of the Cold War.
South Korea must seek to strike a balance in its respective strategic and economic relationships.
North Koreans react as they march past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a military parade.
Any intensification of the military tension between North Korea and the United States would be calamitous, and requires a patient, innovative and informed approach by policymakers.
The over-riding priority underpinning North Korean foreign policy is regime survival and the perpetuation of the Kim family dynasty.
Regardless of how the US sending an aircraft carrier group to the Korean Peninsula plays out, the international community will ultimately have to accept and learn to manage a nuclear North Korea.
Beyond her own personal humiliation, the ramifications of Park’s fall are already reverberating from domestic South Korean politics into the fraught geopolitics of Northeast Asia.
A North Korean ballistic rocket launching drill, undated photo.
REUTERS/ North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
Tensions in Asia may soon boil over. If U.S. leaders fail to seek pathways to peace, the consequences may be grim, warns former National Security Council member.
Members of the youth wing of the National Front, Malaysia’s ruling coalition, hold placards during a protest at the North Korea embassy following the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur.
Using nerve agents is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a party to it.
EPA/Larry W Smith
The incoming Trump administration could do worse than learn from China in devising a new policy of economic engagement with North Korea.
Living it up? Hardly.
The world's most isolated country has a lot going on – and its complex internal dynamics are too often overlooked.
Watch and learn.
A rare glimpse of North Korea's political strategy offers no earth-shattering revelations, but clears up a lot of unanswered questions.
A legacy looming large: Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il.
When North Korea held its sixth party congress in 1980, its stagnant economics were much the same – but its worldview was utterly different.
If this detonation was a hydrogen bomb test, then it was likely less successful than the North Korean leadership may have hoped.
North Korea remains committed to perfecting a deployable nuclear weapon capability. It is confident in the understanding that there appears little the international community can do to prevent it.
South Koreans were shaken by news of the North’s underground test.
North Korea has been signalling an uptick in its nuclear programme for a while – and its strategy is as clear as ever.
After an exuberant 70th birthday party, North Korea is getting back down to business. Just how sustainable that busniess is remains to be seen.
On the march again.
The restart of a North Korean nuclear facility has sent shockwave around the world. Why is it happening now?
‘On a clear day I can see nothing but sycophants.’
For a man who likes to be called 'outstanding leader' and 'brilliant comrade', Kim Jong-un is strangely unwilling to strut his stuff on the world stage.
North Korean Workers’ Party Secretary Choe Ryong-hae in Moscow in November.
In our series looking at relations between the Russians and the nations along its borders, this instalment turns the spotlight on North Korea.
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Ready for battle.
The release of The Interview, an American comedy depicting the death of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, has been cancelled. A massive cyberattack on Sony, widely blamed on Pyongyang, and apparent threats against…
Back in the saddle.
After a month’s absence from public life, fuelling idle speculation about a possible coup, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has at last reappeared in public. Limping with a cane, in line with reports he…