N Korea threatens strike against UN rights office in Seoul

North Korea has threatened "merciless punishment" against South Korea if it goes ahead with plans to open a UN field office in Seoul for monitoring the North`s human rights record.

N Korea upgrades rocket launch site: US think-tank

Fresh satellite images show North Korea has completed upgrading its main satellite site to handle far larger rockets, suggesting a possible launch by the end of the year, a US think tank said Thursday.

N Korea moving 'further away' from denuclearisation: US envoy

The US diplomat in charge of North Korea policy on Monday said a speech by its foreign minister at the United Nations shows the country is moving further away from a return to six-country nuclear talks.

UN chief `deeply disturbed` by rights violations in N Korea

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said he was "deeply disturbed" by findings of "grave" human rights violations in North Korea from a UN-mandated inquiry, saying he hoped the report would raise international awareness.

N Korea should face ICC over crimes against humanity: UN probe

North Korea`s leaders should be brought before an international court for a litany of crimes against humanity that include exterminating, starving and enslaving its population, a UN team said.

N Korea recalls UNESCO envoy for purge: Report

North Korea`s deputy ambassador to UNESCO returned home on Monday after being recalled as part of a purge prompted by the execution of the once-powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un, a report said.

N Korea execution `ominous sign` of instability: John Kerry

The execution of the North Korean leader`s uncle is "an ominous sign" raising concerns about instability in a nation pursuing a nuclear arms drive, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Sunday.

US Vice Prez Joe Biden commends release of Merrill Newman by N Korea

The release of US veteran of the Korean War, Merrill Newman, on Saturday by North Korea has brought praises from United States Vice President Joe Biden.

Pyeongchang rejects N.Korea proposal to co-host 2018 Games

The organising committee for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea`s Pyeongchang (POCOG) has poured cold water on North Korea`s suggestion that it could co-host some of the Olympic skiing events at its Masik resort.

Panama finds explosives on N Korea-bound ship

Authorities in Panama say they have found more explosives aboard a North Korean-flagged ship detained in the Panama Canal for carrying undeclared arms from Cuba.

IAEA chief calls North Korea actions `troubling`

The UN atomic watchdog chief on Monday called North Korea`s drive to restart a nuclear site "troubling" and said his team could not detect whether the regime planned a new nuclear test due to a lack of access.

No immediate plans to quit N Korea embassy: Britain

Britain said on Friday it had no immediate plans to withdraw its diplomats from North Korea but said it was discussing its next moves with international partners, amid escalating nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

N Korea warns it cannot protect embassies after April 10

North Korea on Friday warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it was unable to guarantee their safety after April 10 and they should consider evacuating their missions amid soaring nuclear tensions.

N Korea N-test not an excuse for arms race: Russia

Nuclear tests by North Korea should not be used to justify a new round of arms race, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

Pak "regrets" that N Korea conducted nuclear test

Pakistan Tuesday regretted the atomic test conducted by North Korea, saying all countries should comply with their international obligations on nuclear issues.

S Korean aid group to send food aid to N Korea

A private South Korean aid group said it has been given a nod for food aid to the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Japan, US, S Korea united against N Korea’s N-threat

Japan, the United States and South Korea have reaffirmed in a senior level meeting in Tokyo that they will closely coordinate their stance against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

Japanese group heads for visit to kin`s burial site in N Korea

A group of 16 Japanese nationals arrived friday in Beijing en route to North Korea for a visit to graves near Pyongyang.

UN seeks review of N Korea, Iran aid

The head of the UN intellectual property agency says it has asked UN sanctions officials to review computer equipment it provided to Iran and North Korea.

China, S Korea, Japan warn N Korea on nuclear test

China, S Korea and Japan leaders warned that a fresh nuclear test by N Korea will be unacceptable.