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  1. FT Photo Diary

    April 15, 2014

    Photo opportunity in Pyongyang

    Reuters/Kyodo Female North Korean soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition...

  2. March 10, 2014

    N Korean leader Kim Jong Un elected to assembly by unanimous vote

    Kim Jong Un may have been implicated in crimes against humanity by a recent UN report, but he enjoys 100 per cent support...

  1. FT Photo Diary

    December 17, 2013

    Bowing to the Kims

    David Guttenfelder/AP North Koreans bow beneath portraits of the late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang,...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    December 16, 2013

    Remembering Kim Jong Il

    David Guttenfelder/AP North Koreans gather on the steps of Mansu Hill to lay flowers at the statues of the late leaders Kim...

  3. December 13, 2013

    Jang’s luck runs out after third purge

    Jang Song Thaek Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s first leader, reportedly took such exception to the boyfriend of his daughter...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    July 25, 2013

    Children pay respects in Pyongyang

    Wong Maye-E/AP Two North Korean schoolchildren bow and pay their respects to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, whose...

  5. June 19, 2013

    North Korea signals openness to six-party talks

    North Korea sent a second conciliatory signal in less than week with a senior diplomat saying Pyongyang was willing to...

  6. FT Photo Diary

    April 25, 2013

    North Korea Army Day

    David Guttenfelder/AP North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front as they tour the grounds of...

  7. FT Photo Diary

    April 15, 2013

    Kim Il Sung 101st birthday celebrations

    Alexander F. Yuan/AP A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor...

  8. February 17, 2013

    View from N Korea is of a nuclear world

    Even as the world rightly condemns North Korea for its latest nuclear test, it behoves us to consider the view from the...

  9. January 11, 2013

    Snapshot: ‘Kim Jong-il’s revolvers’ (2010)

    The photojournalist Jeremy Hunter is one of only a few foreigners to have witnessed North Korea’s Arirang Games – an...

  10. December 10, 2012

    N Korea admits missile launch problem

    North Korea has admitted that technical problems could force it to push back its forthcoming rocket launch, as Seoul pursues...

  11. December 2, 2012

    China concern over Pyongyang missile

    China has expressed “deep concern” at North Korea’s plan to launch a ballistic missile in December, but called on all sides...

  12. July 18, 2012

    Kim Jong-eun given top military rank

    SEOUL, July 18 – North Korean leader Kim Jong-eun was named marshal of the army, the country’s top military rank, in a move...

  13. June 1, 2012

    N Korea trade soars on Chinese demand

    North Korea’s external trade jumped 51 per cent last year to a 22-year high of $6.3bn on the back of greater Chinese demand,...

  14. April 23, 2012

    N Korea threatens to reduce South ‘to ashes’

    North Korea’s military warned on Monday of imminent “special actions” that would reduce South Korea’s conservative...

  15. April 16, 2012

    UN warns North Korea over rocket launch

    The United Nations Security Council has warned North Korea it will take action if it embarks on another missile or nuclear...

  16. April 15, 2012

    Kim stresses ‘military first’ in speech

    Kim Jong-eun, North Korea’s youthful leader, has used his first publicly televised speech to dismiss US suggestions that...

  17. The World

    April 13, 2012

    In the picture: North Korea's missile politics

    Statues of North Korea's founding president Kim Il-sung (L) and his son Kim Jong-il are unveiled during a ceremony in...

  18. April 10, 2012

    North Korea prepares for rocket launch

    North Korea is mounting a satellite into a long-range rocket for a controversial imminent launch that defies UN Security...

  19. beyondbrics

    April 9, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Chinese inflation accelerates in March * North Korea ‘planning third nuclear test’ * Asian shares fall again on weak US...

  20. April 8, 2012

    North Korea ‘planning third nuclear test’

    South Korean and US officials fear North Korea could be preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb for the third time to coincide...

  21. March 16, 2012

    N Korea announces rocket launch

    North Korea says it will launch a long-range rocket next month in a move that could scupper a food aid deal struck with...

  22. The World

    February 16, 2012

    In the Picture: Happy birthday, Kim Jong-il

     KCNA/AFP/Getty Images Let’s face it, equestrian statues have since ancient times been an effective way for...

  23. December 29, 2011

    Baffled by photo of North Korean notes

    From Dr Kim Ki-hwan. Sir, Let me first thank you for carrying my article “Reforms needed to promote Seoul as finance centre”...

  24. December 28, 2011

    Kim’s funeral draws tens of thousands

    Tens of thousands of North Koreans lined snow-covered streets in Pyongyang on Wednesday as former leader Kim Jong-il’s body...

  25. December 27, 2011

    Kim funeral an opportunity for successor

    North Koreans gathering in the run-up to the funeral of dictator Kim Jong-il on Wednesday will be able to shelter from the...

  26. December 19, 2011

    Profile: Kim Jong-eun

    For someone inheriting one of the world’s most strategically vital nuclear-armed states, very little is known about Kim...

  27. December 19, 2011

    North Korea faces tough survival battle

    With the death of Kim Jong-il, North Korea faces its toughest battle for survival since the collapse of Soviet economic...

  28. December 19, 2011

    Kim’s death is watershed moment for N Korea

    Until this weekend, any expert assessment inside or outside the US government would have stated that the most likely...

  29. December 19, 2011

    ‘Great Successor’ takes power in N Korea

    The death of Kim Jong-il threw the Korean peninsula into fresh uncertainty on Monday as the North Korean regime named the...

  30. November 15, 2011

    We need a fox to see the snares and a lion to scare the wolves

    Some kind readers occasionally suggest that I should be prime minister. I disagree. I recoil from the prospect of breakfast...

  31. November 3, 2011

    Dolphin imports highlight Korean divide

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has added Chinese dolphins, French poodles, and African aphrodisiacs to the luxury goods he...

  32. October 16, 2011

    US set for more nuclear talks with N Korea

    The US is preparing to embark on another round of direct talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, as...

  33. April 1, 2011

    Why writers can see the future

    In the Tintin comic book Destination Moon, written in 1952, Professor Calculus tells Tintin and Captain Haddock that he is...

  34. March 25, 2011

    Quarter of North Koreans starving, warns UN

    A quarter of North Korea’s 24m people are starving and the public food distribution system could run dry as early as May,...

  35. February 25, 2011

    Where to put forbidden gifts

    Sir David Tang, globetrotter, entrepreneur, and the man about too many towns to mention, divides his time between homes in...

  36. November 21, 2010

    Succession helps to explain show of prowess

    North Korea’s motives for parading its unexpected advances in uranium enrichment are murky. Still, the Hermit Kingdom’s...

  37. November 21, 2010

    Uranium revelation puts world on back foot

    North Korea’s surprise revelation of more than 1,000 centrifuges in a state-of-the-art uranium enrichment facility is a tour...

  38. September 21, 2010

    Heir-apparent faces steep learning curve

    Even if Kim Jong-il successfully uses next week’s party congress to anoint Kim Jong-eun, his third son, as his successor,...

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