North Korea

The UN's political chief has said senior North Korea officials told him during his visit "that it was important to prevent war" over its rapidly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Senior United Nations official begins rare visit to North Korea

A senior United Nations official has arrived in Pyongyang for a rare, four-day visit at the invitation of the North Korean government.

UN political chief heads to North Korea on rare visit

The UN political chief is heading to North Korea on a rare four-day visit at the invitation of the government for a wide-ranging discussion on policy issues "of mutual interest and concern".

Airline Cathay Pacific 'remains alert' after crew witnessed North Korean missile test

The crew of a Cathay Pacific flight saw what it believes was North Korea's latest missile test last week.

US and South Korea launch biggest-ever combined air exercise

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training today as the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise.

Kim visits factory that produced tyres for missile truck

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has thanked workers at a factory that built the tyres for a huge vehicle used to transport a new intercontinental ballistic missile that was test-launched this week.

Hawaii carries out siren test amid growing nuclear tension with North Korea

Hawaii has conducted its first test of a siren to warn the public of a possible nuclear attack from North Korea.

America's ambassador to the UN says North Korea's latest launch 'brings us closer' to war

US ambassador Nikki Haley said that North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire east coast of the United States "brings us closer" to a war.

Donald Trump warns of sanctions after North Korea's latest missile launch

US President Donald Trump has threatened new sanctions on North Korea after its most powerful missile test yet.

Latest: China 'seriously concerned' about latest North Korea missile launch

Latest: China's foreign ministry said the country is "seriously concerned about and opposed to" North Korea's latest missile test.

"We will take care of it" says Trump as NK missile launch likely to escalate tensions

Latest: North Korea abruptly ended a 10-week pause in its weapons testing Tuesday by launching what the Pentagon believes was an intercontinental ballistic missile, a move that will escalate already high tensions with Washington.

North Korea says US designation as terror sponsor justifies nuclear weapons development

North Korea has called US president Donald Trump’s decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism a "serious provocation" that justifies its development of nuclear weapons.

Air China suspends flights to North Korea

State-owned airline Air China has suspended flights between Beijing and North Korea due to a lack of demand, deepening the North's isolation amid mounting UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes.

Senior Chinese envoy flies to North Korea amid nuclear weapons pressure

China has sent a high-level envoy to North Korea in a bid to improve relations after US President Donald Trump urged Beijing to pressure Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons programme.

Prosecution in Kim Jong Nam murder trial to continue into next year

The prosecution in the trial of two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader is not expected to end until the second quarter of 2018.

First three US Carrier drills in a decade start in show of force to North Korea

The United States and South Korea have started joint naval exercises that will involve three US aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

Donald Trump tells North Korea leader nuclear programme is 'putting you in grave danger'

President Donald Trump has delivered a sharp warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, telling him the weapons he is acquiring "are not making you safer. They are putting your regime in grave danger."

Donald Trump claims 'it will all work out' over North Korea crisis

President Donald Trump said efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons programme would be "front and centre" of his two-day visit to South Korea and he projected optimism that the rising tensions could be calmed.

Donald Trump seeking $4bn for missile defence to counter North Korea threat

The Trump administration is seeking US$4bn in emergency spending to pay for urgent missile defence improvements to counter the nuclear threat from North Korea.

I'm not the keeper of any of my Ministers says Varadkar, as trio plan North Korea trip

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he will not be attempting to stop Government Ministers who want to travel to North Korea.

Donald Trump refuses to rule out military action against North Korea

Donald Trump has said North Korea is "a threat to the civilised world" and vowed that the US "will not stand" for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies.

Only ground invasion would locate all of North Korea nuclear programme, says Pentagon

The only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion, the Pentagon has said.

Alliance Party TDs press ahead with plans for North Korea trip

The Taoiseach has expressed concern that ‘beastly’ things might happen to three of his ministers if they go ahead with plans to visit North Korea.

Government says it does not support 'North Korea peace mission'

Latest: The Government says it does not support any visit to North Korea by a parliamentary delegation.

Australia's Prime Minister dismisses North Korea letter as 'anti-Trump rant'

Australia's Prime Minister has dismissed an extraordinary letter from North Korea to the Australian Parliament and other countries as a "rant" against President Donald Trump and a sign that Pyongyang was "starting to feel the squeeze" of escalated sanctions.

North Korea accuses US of 'extreme double standards' as it plans satellite launches

North Korea plans to launch many more satellites, its deputy UN ambassador has said as he accused the US of trying to block its efforts to help peacefully develop outer space.

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out at any moment'

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

Kim Jong Nam had 1.4 times lethal dose of nerve agent on his face, chemist tells murder trial

The estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport, a government chemist has told a court.

Japan fully supports US stance on pressuring North Korea, says Prime Minister

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe said his government fully supports the US stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, with all options on the table.

Muted response in Seoul to Donald Trump's latest North Korea tweet

US president Donald Trump's latest tweets on North Korea have received a muted response in South Korea.