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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. April 5, 2014

    Japan orders military to strike new North Korea missile launches

    TOKYO, April 5 – Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by...

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    As manufacturing conglomerates’ contribution to the economy decreases, South Korea is ...
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  1. March 31, 2014

    Tensions rise as Koreas exchange military fire

    North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Monday in the most serious escalation in tensions on the Korean peninsula...

  2. March 28, 2014

    Korea defector scandal heightens debate over intelligence agency

    A scandal surrounding the prosecution for espionage of a North Korean defector has shone a light on South Korea’s...

  3. March 26, 2014

    N Korea fires missiles in defiance of three-way summit

    SEOUL, March 26 – North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the US said, a...

  4. March 23, 2014

    North Korea in fresh rocket launch

    SEOUL – North Korea launched short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast for a second straight day on Sunday – 16...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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,...

  8. February 27, 2014

    North Korea fires missiles into sea off east coast

    North Korea on Thursday fired four short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast, Seoul said, in an apparent response...

  9. February 20, 2014

    Korea family reunions raise hopes of thawing relations

    More than 300 members of families divided by the inter-Korean border were reunited on Thursday, in a rare meeting that has...

  10. February 19, 2014

    North Korea detains Australian missionary

    North Korea has detained an Australian missionary who was visiting the country as part of a Chinese tour group, according to...

  11. February 17, 2014

    South Korean politician jailed for 12 years for rebellion plot

    A South Korean court has sentenced a leftwing lawmaker to 12 years in prison for plotting an insurrection in support of...

  12. February 5, 2014

    North and South Korea agree cross-border family reunions

    Seoul and Pyongyang have agreed to hold reunions later in February of family members separated since the Korean war, amid a...

  13. February 2, 2014

    North Korea envoy warns on US-South Korea military exercise

    North Korea is stepping up pressure on the US and South Korea to cancel a major military exercise due to begin next month,...

  14. The A-List

    January 30, 2014

    Asia enters an age of increasing uncertainty

    Long regarded as a region of unbounded promise and rising prosperity, Asia has been sometimes the lone bright spot on a...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    December 19, 2013

    Dennis Rodman on route to Pyongyang

    Petar Kujundzic/Reuters Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman talks to the media at the Beijing International Airport...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. The A-List

    December 16, 2013

    North Korea is an Asian hybrid of Orwell and Hobbes

    North Korea’s formerly powerful number two, the ill-fated Jang Song Thaek, was very publicly and brutally executed, along...

  19. 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...

  20. December 9, 2013

    North Korean public purge raises fears over instability

    As Kim Jong Un escorted his father's coffin through the snowy streets of Pyongyang, seven older men walked with him,...

  21. 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...

  22. December 7, 2013

    N Korea frees 85-year-old US war veteran

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old Merrill Newman on Saturday, ending the saga of the US...

  23. November 30, 2013

    North Korea: American tourist has confessed to ‘hostile acts’

    North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly US tourist detained for more than a month has apologised for...

  24. November 5, 2013

    Rapprochement with Pyongyang remains elusive

    This spring, global media were transfixed by an apparent crisis on the peninsula, as Pyongyang responded to a US-South...

  25. beyondbrics

    October 17, 2013

    London headlines

    * Relief rally sweeps across Asia * Africa turns to sukuk to fund infrastructure * IBM blames China for slide in revenues *...

  26. October 14, 2013

    Kaesong reopening offers no quick fix

    A month after Seoul and Pyongyang struck a breakthrough deal to reopen the only inter-Korean joint economic project, Park...

  27. October 10, 2013

    North Korea names fourth army chief in 15 months

    North Korea has confirmed the appointment of its fourth army chief in 15 months, the latest change in an unusually sweeping...

  28. September 16, 2013

    Kaesong reopens amid easing of Korean tensions

    North and South Korea on Monday resumed operations at the Kaesong industrial complex in a sign of improving inter-Korean...

  29. September 5, 2013

    South Korean court accuses lawmaker of plotting armed rebellion

    A South Korean lawmaker appeared in court on Thursday accused of plotting an armed rebellion, in a case that has heightened...

  30. September 3, 2013

    US basketball star Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

    Dennis Rodman, the former US basketball player, was expected to begin his second tour of North Korea on Tuesday, days after...

  31. FT Photo Diary

    August 29, 2013

    North Korean leaders at the football

    KCNA/Reuters A smiling Kim Jong-eun, the North Korean leader, (front, second right) watches the final of the Torch Cup...

  32. 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...

  33. August 21, 2013

    North Korean defector prevented from going home by the South

    Son Jong-hun fled North Korea fearing for his life in 1998, after spending three months in a freezing prison cell without...

  34. August 14, 2013

    Seoul and Pyongyang sign plan to reopen Kaesong complex

    Seoul and Pyongyang have signed a preliminary plan to revive the stalled inter-Korean co-operation project at Kaesong, South...

  35. August 7, 2013

    North Korea raises hopes for resumption of Kaesong project

    North Korea has promised to drop restrictions against operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, reviving hopes for the...

  36. FT Photo Diary

    July 25, 2013

    North Korean truce anniversary

    Jason Lee/Reuters North Korean senior military officials arrive for the opening ceremony of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters...

  37. FT Photo Diary

    July 25, 2013

    Keeping cool in North Korea

    Wong Maye-E/AP A guide shields her face from the sun while touring the park surrounding the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in...

  38. 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...

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