Rappler's latest stories on Korean peninsula
(UPDATED) Analysts say Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners
North Korea's state media says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised a fresh test of a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' system
No further details are immediately available but these are the latest to be fired since July. Previous launches have been identified as short-range missiles.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the 'newly developed' system was a 'great weapon'
(UPDATED) South Korea says its military is 'tracking the movement in the North in case of additional launches, with firm readiness'
(UPDATED) The South Korean military says the projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon of Kangwon Province into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan
KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, says Kim watched the launches, which verified the 'war capacity' of the 'new-type tactical guided missiles'
The rising temperature on the peninsula threatens to derail putative negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, with the North saying the combined drills are a 'flagrant violation' of the process
North Korea carries out a third test in 8 days – two short-range projectiles from its east coast – in the early hours of Friday, says the South's military
North Korea's warning on Sunday, December 16, comes days after the US said it was imposing sanctions on 3 senior North Korean officials over human rights abuses
South and North Korea have agreed to take measures to ease military tensions on their border at a meeting in Pyongyang in September between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un
'A new chapter in history is open here today,' says South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon
The office is a significant move in thawing relations between the two countries, and follows a meeting this month between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and a South Korean presidential envoy
Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'
What 'denuclearization of the Korean peninsula' actually means to both sides may differ widely
'US Forces Korea (USFK) is a matter of the South Korea-US alliance. It has nothing to do with signing a peace treaty,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in
'Of course everyone is relieved because we were all looking at the prospects of a nuclear encounter in our backyard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in
(3rd UPDATE) The visit, described by many as a cultural charm offensive by the South, comes as a diplomatic thaw quickens on the peninsula after months of tensions
(UPDATED) Kim Yong-Nam is expected to arrive on Friday, February 9, for a 3-day visit related to the Winter Olympics
The build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the North's escalating nuclear and missile tests
During his bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, the Philippine President cautions North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that it's not in his country's interest for him to 'swagger around and threaten the world'
The flight was to 'demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats'
This alert level covers nearly 70 000 Filipinos in Guam and the Northern Marianas a group of islands that includes Saipan
It s time for human rights groups to encourage the government of South Korea to examine its repressive laws
UPDATED A classified transcript obtained by Rappler via US based The Intercept shows that President Rodrigo Duterte views North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the madman of this generation
6th UPDATE New South Korean President Moon Jae In also condemns the test as a reckless provocation that poses a grave challenge to the international community
South Korea s new President Moon Jae In and US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone for the first time since Moon s inauguration
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says it was US President Donald Trump who told him to seek the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping
3rd UPDATE Duterte speaking to Xi referred to China s important role in promoting peace [in] the Korean Peninsula says the DFA
The conversation comes amid growing concerns that Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear or missile test to mark the 85th anniversary on Tuesday of the founding of its Korean People s Army
It is the second failed launch in less than a week of the intermediate range Musudan missile
Speculation that Pyongyang is preparing a show of force has been linked to Monday s October 10 anniversary of the founding of the North s ruling Workers Party
Seoul police say the hackers were also able to plant malicious code into the computers in an attempt to use them as zombie machines
The 3 North Korean women are the latest to defect to South Korea
The declaration comes after a meeting between Uganda s President Yoweri Museveni and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun Hye
Seoul s unification ministry declines to elaborate on the new defection citing the workers safety
The restaurants are reportedly located in China and the United Arab Emirates
UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye also warns Pyongyang that the international community is ready to respond with even stronger sanctions
UPDATED We are closely monitoring the situation and standing ready says Seoul s Joint Chief of Staff
UPDATED It comes just days after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the country s nuclear arsenal to be placed on standby for use at any moment in response to tough new UN sanctions
Pyongyang again launches a vitriolic attack on South Korean President Park Geun Hye
The shutdown of the Kaesong industrial complex takes a heavy toll on over 120 businesses
It was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty says a US State Department spokesman
3rd UPDATE Seoul says it does not want its investment in the Kaesong park to be used for Pyongyang s nuclear program
UPDATED NATO says Pyongyang s move is a blatant breach of 5 UN resolutions
The meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom marks the first inter governmental interaction since August
UPDATED The annual Ulchi Freedom exercise which the defense ministry said would run through August 28 is largely computer simulated but still involves 50 000 Korean and 30 000 US soldiers
South Korea threatens harsh retaliation after blaming North Korea for landmine blasts that maimed two soldiers on border patrol