Nuclear weapons not a toy, says North Korea`s China envoy

 North Korea`s nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang`s ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy.

North Korea says no interest in Iran-style nuclear deal

North Korea said today it had no interest in following Iran down the path of nuclear dialogue, insisting it was already a nuclear weapons state and therefore beyond any logical comparison with Tehran.

North Korean polls see 99.97 percent participation: State media

Local elections in North Korea saw a massive 99.97 per cent voter participation rate on Sunday, state media reported.

North Korea rehearsing for massive military display: South

North Korea has already begun gathering military hardware at an airport near the capital Pyongyang, in preparation for a massive parade in October, the South`s defence ministry said Friday.

Two Koreas fail to reach deal in Kaesong wage row talks

Rare talks between North and South Korean officials on Thursday over a protracted wage dispute at the jointly operated Kaesong industrial zone in the North ended today without any agreement, according to Yonhap news agency.

Two Koreas to hold talks on industrial park wage issues

 A committee running a joint industrial park between North Korea and South Korea will next week hold a meeting to resolve a wage dispute after Pyongyang unilaterally decided to hike the minimum wage, Seoul`s ministry of unification said on Thursday.

North Korea rejects reports of high-level defections

North Korea responded angrily Thursday to reports in the South Korean media about a recent spate of high-level defections and executions, calling them Nazi-style propaganda aimed at tarnishing Pyongyang`s image.

Japan frustrated over slow pace of North Korea abduction probe

Tokyo voiced its frustration on Friday a year after North Korea said it had started re-investigating the fate of Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang`s spies decades ago, with no new leads in sight.

Pyongyang to foreigners: Don't bring subversive media, porn

North Korea has warned foreigners living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks with its citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a note, cracking down on what the isolated country called "undesirable content".

Lattes and Mars bars on sale at North Korea's gleaming new airport terminal

Designer shirts, duty-free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang`s new airport terminal released by state media on Thursday.

Pyongyang sentences two South Korean detainees to life
Pyongyang sentences two South Korean detainees to life

 North Korea on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment two detained South Koreans accused of spying for Seoul`s intelligence agency.

China says willing to help drought-hit North Korea

China`s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the government was willing to help drought-stricken North Korea, after the isolated country said it was suffering its worst drought in a century.

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 yrs
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 yrs

North Korea said on Tuesday it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding chronic food shortages in the reclusive country where almost one third of children under five are stunted due to malnourishment.

North Korea fires three short-range missiles into East Sea

 North Korea fired three short-range missiles into the East Sea on Sunday, South Korea`s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel, tourist hub, catches fire

A section of the Koryo Hotel, one of the oldest and best known hotels in Pyongyang, caught fire on Thursday, sources who witnessed the fire in the North Korean capital told Reuters.

North Korea to hold local elections in July

 North Korea will hold local elections in July, state-owned KCNA agency reported on Tuesday.

North Korea developing new satellite, defends space program

North Korean space agency officials say the country is developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and are defending their right to conduct rocket launches whenever they see fit, despite protests by the United States and others that the launches are aimed primarily at honing military-use technologies.

US disputes North Korea's capacity to miniaturise nuke weapons

The US on Wednesday cast doubt on Pyongyang's claimed capacity to miniaturise and diversify its stockpiled nuclear weapons.

Seoul to allow women activists to march from North to South Korea

South Korea will allow an international women`s group to enter the country on a planned march from North Korea by crossing the heavily-fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ), South Korean government officials told Reuters on Friday.

North Korea informs South of firing drills in Yellow Sea

 North Korea informed South Korea Wednesday of its plans to conduct live-fire drills north of their disputed sea border amid high tensions over Pyongyang`s recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test.