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  1. March 11, 2014

    North Korea: Glimmer of hope

    As a young radio announcer in the North Korean city of Hyesan, Park Ju-hui used to tread gingerly through streets strewn...

  2. March 3, 2014

    North Korea frees Australian missionary

    SEOUL, March 3 – North Korea freed an Australian missionary who had been jailed for promoting Christianity on Monday,...

  1. February 20, 2014

    South Korea has lost the North to China

    A poor country triples its trade volume in six years. Exports to its main partner soar fivefold. This is a rare feat for a...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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...

  4. December 9, 2013

    North Korea confirms purge of top adviser

    North Korea’s state news agency has confirmed the purge of supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle and top adviser, accusing him...

  5. September 6, 2013

    The North Koreans making it down south

    Kim Dae-sung’s seafood noodles are getting cold as he extols the virtues of capitalism. With his sharp suits and Hyundai...

  6. August 28, 2013

    Keep up the pressure on Pyongyang over human rights

    As the world contemplates intervening in Syria over alleged chemical weapons attacks on civilians, spare a thought for the...

  7. August 15, 2013

    South Korea urges Japan to make amends to second world war sex slaves

    Aged only 14, Kim Bok-dong had never ventured more than a few kilometres from the southern Korean town of Yangsan when she...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. May 2, 2013

    The threats to Asia’s fragile balance of power

    There are three big things going on in east Asia. The most visible and disruptive is the rise of China. The second is a...

  11. 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...

  12. beyondbrics

    April 22, 2013

    Further reading: battered Brazil

    Monday’s picks from beyondbrics: Brazil’s boom has peaked; how to respond to a ‘three-speed world’; missing Kim Jong-il; the...

  13. April 15, 2013

    N Korea issues ‘ultimatum’ to Seoul

    North Korea marked the anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s birth on Monday with low-key celebrations instead of the missile test...

  14. April 11, 2013

    Kuroda’s bazooka crimps South Korean stocks

    Kim Jong-eun’s nuclear weapons may be the focus of attention on the Korean peninsula, but the greater worry for its...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    April 5, 2013

    Korean tensions

    South Korean army reservists raise their hands to adopt a resolution against North Korea during a rehearsal for their...

  16. The World

    April 4, 2013

    FT podcast: World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

    Is war with North Korea imminent? In the last two weeks, tension on the Korean peninsula has risen dramatically, as North...

  17. beyondbrics

    April 4, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Korea crisis: investors hold their nerve * Apple bars China app for ‘illegal’ content * Turkey nears decision on $20bn...

  18. beyondbrics

    April 4, 2013

    Korea crisis: investors hold their nerve

    embed5 The South Korean stock market fell sharply on Thursday in response to the latest escalation in tensions with...

  19. February 12, 2013

    Timeline: North Korea’s nuclear history

    1950s: North Korea begins nuclear research, focused on energy generation, with assistance from the Soviet Union. 1959: Plans...

  20. The World

    February 8, 2013

    Size isn't everything with North Korean nuclear tests

    South Koreans protest this week about a possible North Korean nuclear test. (AP) This is turning out to be a rather fraught...

  21. January 9, 2013

    Judge Kim on his actions, not his words

    It is a mug’s game trying to interpret the propaganda coming out of North Korea. One minute Pyongyang is about to turn Seoul...

  22. 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...

  23. The World

    October 25, 2012

    Ai Weiwei, in the style of Gangnam

    Ok, it’s not classic World blog material, but the continuing rise of Gangnam Style, South Korea’s biggest musical export, is...

  24. September 18, 2012

    Russia writes off most of N Korea’s debt

    Russia has agreed to write off 90 per cent of North Korea’s $11bn in decades-old debt in a sign that Moscow and Pyongyang...

  25. September 2, 2012

    Moonies founder dies at 92

    When shells rained down on Heungnam labour camp in North Korea in 1950, Jesus Christ appeared to deliver a warning to a...

  26. August 14, 2012

    Japan to reopen talks with North Korea

    The Japanese government will hold talks with North Korea for the first time in four years with the aim of retrieving the...

  27. August 2, 2012

    North Korean athletes credit Kim for string of wins

    North Korea’s Olympic campaign got off to an inauspicious start when its women footballers walked off the pitch before a...

  28. May 12, 2012

    The List: Five literary leaders

    One of the sources for Sacha Baron Cohen’s film The Dictator, released this week, is reported to have been Saddam Hussein’s...

  29. May 10, 2012

    Call for action over N Korea arm sales

    US and UK officials are seeking stronger action against North Korean arms sales in the Middle East and Africa, amid fears...

  30. May 1, 2012

    Mobile phones help weaken N Korean isolation

    Every week, Mrs Ri, a North Korean defector now living in Seoul, receives a call from her family back home. For her it is a...

  31. beyondbrics

    April 16, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Egypt in turmoil after candidates blocked * Australia easing Myanmar sanctions * Briton killed after threat to expose Bo...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. The A-List

    April 12, 2012

    Worry more about North Korea than about Iran

    Once again, it’s the veil of secrecy that makes North Korea so dangerous. From the moment we learned that Kim Jong-il had...

  35. March 25, 2012

    Obama visits Korean border ahead of nuclear talks

    As Barack Obama scanned the North Korean landscape through his binoculars on Sunday, the US president could at least feel...

  36. March 9, 2012

    Chinese ridicule greets North Korea’s blog

    When a microblog account opened to spread North Korean propaganda on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, it tried...

  37. FT Alphaville

    March 1, 2012

    N Korea agrees to suspend nuclear tests

    North Korea agreed on Wednesday to suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and its activities at a key nuclear...

  38. February 29, 2012

    Tesco’s Great Helmsman must re-educate Comrade Lee

    Punchy stuff. The chairman of Tesco in South Korea – the retailer’s largest market outside the UK – has accused the country...

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