Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.
North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Monday off their disputed western maritime border, Seoul scrambled jets and residents of a South Korean island fled to bomb shelters in the most dramatic escalation of tensions since 2010.
North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, UN investigators said on Monday.
Investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba may have discovered explosive material on board, a senior Panamanian official said on Friday.
Javier Caraballo, Panama's top anti-drug
North Korea has taken two Musudan missiles off launch-ready status and moved them from the country's east coast, US officials told Reuters on Monday, after weeks of concern that Pyongyang had been poised for a test-launch.
South Korea said on Thursday it was proposing formal talks with North Korea to discuss restarting work at a joint factory zone located north of the rivals' heavily armed border that was suspended in early April amid growing security tensions
The top US military officer said on Wednesday Chinese leaders had assured him that they were working on persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.
China is North Korea's main diplomatic and financial back
North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognised as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as "neither realistic nor acceptable".
After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, inclu
North Korea demanded on Tuesday that it be recognised as a nuclear weapons state, rejecting a US condition that it agree to give up its nuclear arms programme before talks can begin.
After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula,
North Korea reiterated on Saturday that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a US condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament.
North Korea, in a sign of a possible end to weeks of heig