- US citizen says North Korea detainment granted understanding Updated: May-02-16 8:43 pm
SEATTLE - Kenneth Bae knew he was in trouble when he opened his briefcase for a North Korean customs official and saw a computer hard drive he meant to leave in China.
- SKorea worries about its citizens abroad after North threat Updated: May-02-16 4:51 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Seoul has instructed its foreign embassies to take extra precautions against possible North Korean attempts to kidnap or attack South Koreans abroad, officials said Monday.
- North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un Updated: May-01-16 9:10 am
TOKYO - North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim's plans for the country's economy and military.
- China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study Updated: Apr-29-16 11:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS - China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.
- North Korea sends another US citizen to prison Updated: Apr-29-16 11:08 pm
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
- Yearning for North Korea - the nation they fled Updated: Apr-29-16 5:21 am
INCHEON, South Korea - For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger.
- Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am
BEIJING - Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.
- South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail Updated: Apr-28-16 3:49 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.
- UN says North Korea food security worsening Updated: Apr-27-16 1:45 pm
MILAN - The U.N. food agency says water scarcity has caused a drop in North Korea's food production for the first time since 2010, threatening to worsen food security in the reclusive nation.
- Amid outside pressure, N. Korea sets date for key convention Updated: Apr-27-16 6:12 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Facing mounting international pressure over its nuclear and missile ambitions, North Korea has set a date for its biggest political convention in decades next week that is expected to bolster young dictator Kim Jong Un's grip on power.
- Obama dismisses NKorea proposal on halting nuke tests Updated: Apr-24-16 2:15 pm
NEW YORK - A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."
- US limits N. Korean minister's travel in response to missile Updated: Apr-24-16 1:09 am
WASHINGTON - The United States is restricting the travel of the North Korean foreign minister to U.N. functions in New York in response to his country's latest missile test firing.
- North Korean foreign minister defends jailing of US student Updated: Apr-23-16 9:20 pm
NEW YORK - North Korea's foreign minister defended the jailing of an American university student for alleged anti-state activities, but told The Associated Press that he would inform authorities in Pyongyang there is concern in the U.S. over the student's fate. He also noted that other detainees have been released before serving their full sentences.
- US envoy says China, US united in opposition to NKorea tests Updated: Apr-21-16 6:41 am
BEIJING - Pointing to stronger China-U.S. cooperation on North Korea, a U.S. envoy said Thursday the two nations are united in their opposition to the North's nuclear tests and worked together to develop the tough sanctions imposed in March.
- South Korea's president to visit Iran for 1st summit talks Updated: Apr-18-16 5:21 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's president is to visit Iran early next month for what would be the two countries' first summit talks, her office said Monday.
- US researchers see more signs NKorea is producing plutonium Updated: Apr-15-16 4:30 pm
WASHINGTON - As North Korea intensifies testing of its ballistic missile technology, a U.S. website said Friday it also sees further signs from satellite imagery that North Korea is looking to produce more plutonium for nuclear weapons.
- Rising N. Korea gas prices put pinch on traffic in capital Updated: Apr-14-16 7:03 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Pyongyang drivers are feeling some pain at the pump as rising gas prices put a pinch on what has been major traffic growth over the past few years - and that might not be good news for the isolated country's shifting domestic economy.
- US cites global governance crisis for declining human rights Updated: Apr-13-16 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is blaming a global crisis in governance as well as atrocities committed by non-state actors for a decline in human rights standards around the world.
- N. Koreans: Brutal work abroad better than life back home Updated: Apr-12-16 7:18 am
SEOUL, South Korea - One North Korean who worked abroad says that as a waitress in China, she was forced to put up with male customers who groped her and tried to get her drunk. Two others recall the frozen bodies of their countrymen stored in Russian logging camps. Another says he toiled for up to 16 hours a day at a Kuwaiti construction site surrounded by wire fences.
- North Korea resurrects Abraham Lincoln to criticize Obama Updated: Apr-12-16 1:16 am
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea has tried warnings of nuclear attack and racist diatribes to criticize U.S. President Barack Obama. Now it's turning to Abraham Lincoln.
- G-7 foreign ministers push nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima Updated: Apr-11-16 6:53 am
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries, meeting Monday in the atomic-bombed Japanese city of Hiroshima, called for a renewed push for flagging nuclear disarmament efforts as they wrestled with some of the intractable global problems facing their nations.
- N. Korea says it successfully tests long-range rocket engine Updated: Apr-08-16 11:45 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Saturday it has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic rocket engine that will give it the ability to stage nuclear strikes on the United States.
- Carter: US missile defense 'going to happen' in SKorea Updated: Apr-08-16 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the proposed placement of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is "going to happen" despite Chinese opposition.
- Seoul: 13 North Korean workers at foreign restaurant defect Updated: Apr-08-16 6:33 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Thirteen North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country have defected to South Korea, Seoul officials said Friday.
- Remains of Korean War soldier returned to US Updated: Apr-07-16 5:55 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The remains of a Korean War soldier have been flown back to the San Francisco Bay Area more than six decades after he went missing in South Korea.