Kim Jong-eun illustration by Ingram Pinn

Kim Jong Un became supreme leader of North Korea in December 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il. His grandfather, Kim Il-sung, led the country from its foundation in 1948 to 1994.

Since coming to power he has embarked on one of the most intensive reshuffles of top-level personnel in the country’s history.

Kim and country

Artifice and dissembling have long been daily requirements for those seeking to escape — or just survive — life in North Korea. Review by Simon Mundy

From left, Diana Bang, Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview'

The Interview — film review

Seth Rogen’s controversial movie is intermittently funny

Sony seeks delay releasing full results

Japanese group says computer systems are not fully restored

S Korea’s Park open to Kim Jong Un summit

‘No preconditions’ to a meeting with N Korean leader

FBI details North Korean attack on Sony

Comey says Pyongyang ‘got sloppy’ in cyber assault on studio

North Korea blasts US over new sanctions

Pyongyang reiterates denial of involvement in action against Sony

Why I didn’t download ‘The Interview’

Neither the US president nor a North Korean despot can make me watch a film if I don’t want to

North Korea farce packs US theatres

Controversial film ‘not actually a serious comedy’

Sony releases North Korea film online

Google Play, YouTube and Microsoft Xbox to stream The Interview

N Korea film to show in some US cinemas

Sony Pictures reverses decision after criticism from Obama and Hollywood

James Franco and Seth Rogen in a still from ‘The Interview’, the comedy North Korea does not find funny

North Korea knows the power of film

Pyongyang’s propaganda machine takes the big screen seriously

North Korea hit by internet shutdown

Outage seen as retaliation for cyber attack on Sony

North Korea threatens attacks on US

Pyongyang warns of strikes in response to hack allegations

Obama rebukes Sony for scrapping film

Pyongyang urges joint investigation after FBI accuses it of cyber attack

Crises are nothing new

My Christmas reading list includes accounts of financial dramas past, present and future

Sony hack a US ‘national security matter’

White House debates response to attack by ‘sophisticated actor’

Sony hack leaves US looking powerless

Saying North Korea is linked to attack exposes dilemma facing Washington

North Korea not amused by killing Kim

It has built a nuclear deterrent to protect its leaders’ claims to legitimacy, says Adam Cathcart

Crowd-pleasing is no substitute for wise regulation

It is in the nature of a crowd to turn on anyone who dissents from average opinion

Harsh lessons from Sony hack attack

Emails on Angelina Jolie may embarrass but hackers are a threat

Sony PlayStation online store hacked

Attack follows earlier hacking of Sony Pictures computer network

(L-R) Actors Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt and Jon Bernthal pose in front of a Sherman Tank during a photocall for the film 'Fury' at Bovington Tank Museum on August 28 2014 in Bovington, England

Sony Pictures calls in FBI on film leak

Illegal release coincided with hacking of studio’s internal networks

Kim under pressure to progress on economy

North Korean leader works to shore up position at home and pave way for US talks

UN calls for North Korea referral to ICC

Boldest move yet to hold leaders accountable for rights abuses

North Korea’s Kim resurfaces

Kim Jong Un is seen in public looking healthy and in good spirits

This picture taken from North Korean paper Rodong Sinmun on October 14, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an inspection tour of a newly-built housing complex in Pyongyang. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has finally resurfaced with the help of a walking stick after an unexplained and prolonged absence that fuelled rampant speculation about his health and even rumours of a coup in the nuclear-armed state. AFP PHOTO / Rodong Sinmun -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Rodong Sinmun" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----Rodong Sinmun/AFP/Getty Images

Kim resurfaces in N Korea

Official news story follows weeks of speculation over leader’s whereabouts

North and South Korea: best frenemies

The on-again-off-again Korean relationship has implications for the market

Kim absence raises doubts over his health

Rumours abound after N Korean leader’s retreat from public eye

North and South Korea trade warning shots

Exchange comes after meeting raised hopes of thaw in relations

North Korea officials make rare visit to South

Asia Games encourage resumption of dialogue

Kim Il Sung square, Pyongyang
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Burgers and BMWs show changing N Korea

Informal markets abound during FT visit to Pyongyang

Xi’s Seoul visit leaves Pyongyang in the cold

State trip reflects Beijing’s new stance towards Korean peninsula

North Korea fires two missiles into sea

China’s president plans to visit Seoul before Pyongyang

Vietnam riots hit global supply chain

Geopolitical tensions create problems for multinationals

North Korea in rare public apology

Officials reveal collapse of Pyongyang apartment block

Dynasties raise questions over democratic rights

Western leaders are consumed by fears they are losing touch with voters as getting elected has become a family trade

West looks for meaning in N Korean rockets

Test-firing of missiles coincides with joint S Korea-US exercises

North Korea: Glimmer of hope

Growing trade with China is gradually opening up the economy and giving the population a taste of freedom

N Korea leader wins 100% of assembly vote

Kim Jong Un publicly reaffirms his dominance over state apparatus

Korea reunions raise hopes of better ties

Meetings could calm tensions on the peninsula