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.

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

North Korea detains Australian missionary

75-year-old arrested on Sunday

China hits back over N Korean refugees

UN urges Beijing to end its forced repatriations policy

UN panel urges action on N Korea abuses

Call for leader to be prosecuted at ICC

Kerry walks fine line as he pivots to Asia

Allies look for meat on the bones of US rebalancing

North Korea may now be more dangerous

Public purging of top leaders is not the last of the surprises we may see, writes Victor Cha

N Korea executes Kim uncle for treason

Pyongyang issues Jang ‘admission’ of coup plot

Kim’s purge suggests trouble is brewing

Pyongyang’s recent actions are all time-honoured North Korean provocations, says Robert Manning

N Korea purge raises stability fears

Public humiliation without precedent, says analyst

N Korea’s Kim ousts uncle, Seoul claims

Key adviser most significant departure in sweeping dismissals

North Korea takes aim at US over spying

Wiretaps part of US plan for ‘world domination’, says Pyongyang

N Korea signals openness to six-party talks

Rare emphasis on denuclearisation of peninsula

North Korea proposes high-level US talks

US wary over call to discuss easing of tensions

One of the tents at Cresto Ranch

Shortcuts: Travel news and inspiration

A ‘EuroVegas’ resort on the outskirts of Madrid, tented camps in southern Colorado and a ‘world-class’ ski area in North Korea

Why the game is up for the Kim dynasty

A lucid plea for policy makers to ease the pain of Korean unification

N Korean envoy visits China amid tensions

Beijing trip by Kim aide follows fresh international sanctions

N Korea replaces armed forces minister

Country’s leader Kim Jong-eun said to be cementing position

China banks rein in support for N Korea

Frustrated Beijing reduces financial lifeline to Pyongyang

Resentment at North Korea turns to alarm

Kim Jong-eun’s defiant stance on nuclear weapons dashes hopes of youthful reform

An illustration of Kim Dotcom, by Patrick Morgan
©Patrick Morgan

Kim Dotcom

Over salad and sandwiches in a £24m mansion in New Zealand, the web’s most wanted man says his crazy days are behind him

N Korea issues ‘ultimatum’ to Seoul

South Koreans burn portraits of the Kim family

China is urged to rein in Pyongyang

Kerry presses Beijing to use influence as Seoul offers North Korea dialogue

South Korea: fight or flight?

Should investors stand firm in the face of bellicose threats?

The perils of playing nuclear poker with a novice

Someone must talk to North Korea to find out who the world is dealing with

Seoul on alert over North Korea threat

South warns missile test expected this week

US delays missile test amid Korea tensions

Long-planned Minuteman III launch postponed to avoid ‘miscalculation’

Pyongyang must be kept talking

Lines of communication have to be left open to avert war

Calm in Korea is only a phone call away

Kim’s fears present Obama with an opportunity, writes Kishore Mahbubani

Seoul vows tough response to North Korea

Park tells military to retaliate over any provocation

North Korea tests the limits of a MAD world

If there is a state that might defy the logic of nuclear deterrence, it is Kim Jong-eun’s

White House takes N Korea threat seriously

Tensions escalate after US flies bombers over peninsula

Boards and CEOs: no one’s indispensable

It has been a bad few weeks for the cult of the Supreme Leader