Rappler's latest stories on North Korea
'If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,' an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson says in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea
'The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false,' he writes on Twitter, adding that he is 'well both mentally and physically'
Official North Korean news agency KCNA says Australian Alek Sigley had admitted 'he had been spying by collecting our internal information and sharing with others and repeatedly asked for our forgiveness'
Alek Sigley declines to answer questions on his arrival in Tokyo, but smiles broadly as he walked through the airport
Pyongyang's delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday, July 3, says the US continues to be 'obsessed with sanctions'
(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Alek Sigley is 'safe and well'
Takeaways from the weekend encounter of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
(UPDATED) Regional powerhouse China says renewed discussions between North Korea and the United States are of 'great significance'
5 things you need to know about the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula
(UPDATED) The impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula comes with negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington over the North's nuclear arsenal at a deadlock
Yuka Morinaga, wife of the missing Alek Sigley, says his disappearance in Pyongyang is 'very concerning' and there was not 'anything weird' last time they spoke
'The south Korean authorities would better mind their own internal business,' senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong-gun says, in a stinging rebuke to the North's neighbor days before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul
(UPDATED) Alek Sigley – who speaks fluent Korean and is one of only a handful of Western students living in Pyongyang – is believed to have been detained sometime in the last 3 days
South Korean President Moon Jae-in – who brokered talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last year – also urges Pyongyang to resume the dialogue to show its desire to denuclearize
With Beijing and Washington at loggerheads over trade, China is keen to remind Trump of its influence with nuclear-armed Pyongyang
(UPDATED) Kim Jong-un tells the Chinese president that his visit is an opportunity to demonstrate 'the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship before the world'
(3rd UPDATE) Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years
It will be the first time the South provides food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons of rice across the border
Xi, who will be the first Chinese president to visit Pyongyang in 14 years, pens a rare front-page opinion piece in North Korea's official newspaper, touting their 'irreplaceable' bond on the eve of this two-day trip
The timing is likely to raise eyebrows at the White House as it comes one week before the G20 summit in Japan, where US President Donald Trump expects to meet with Xi Jinping to discuss their trade war
Kim Yo-jong, who holds a powerful position in the reclusive state, delivers the message, and flowers, on her brother's behalf at a meeting with South Korean officials at Panmunjeom in the demilitarized zone
Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times
It will be the first such aid Seoul has provided Pyongyang since 2015 and follows the North's lowest recorded harvest for a decade, according to the United Nations
Kim Yong Chol is among North Korea's top leaders at a 'performance given by amateur art groups of the wives' of military officers, North Korea's official news wire KCNA says
The Chosun Ilbo says Kim Hyok Chol was executed by firing squad for 'betraying the supreme leader' after he was 'won over to the US' during pre-summit negotiations
Market activity remains a 'legal gray area' in the North and a 'source of further human rights violations,' says the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says
(UPDATED) A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry denounces US National Security Advisor John Bolton, calling him a 'war maniac' who developed various 'provocative policies' against the North
'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,' says US President Donald Trump
'This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,' says Pyongyang's permanent representative at the United Nations
From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says
The United States Justice Department has taken possession of the North Korea-registered bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest for allegedly taking part in illicit sanctions-busting activities
(3rd UPDATE) South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Pyongyang's latest move had 'an element of protest and is a pressuring action to steer the nuclear talks in a direction it desires'
This comes a day after Pyongyang appeared to have launched its first short-range missile in more than a year
'He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!' tweets US President Trump
The guards on both sides of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula are visibly no longer armed
Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February
Little progress has been made on North Korea's nuclear weapons one year since the historic summit between the two countries
The Washington Post quotes unidentified sources as saying that a US official was made to sign a pledge to pay $2 million in medical costs before being allowed to fly Warmbier back home from Pyongyang in 2017
'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump
Kim and Putin meet in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit – squarely aimed at countering US influence
North Korea 'needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,' Russian President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Russian and North Korean flags are flying from lamp posts on Vladivostok's Russky island, where the summit is to take place on a university campus
(UPDATED) 'I hope that during the talks...I will be able to have concrete discussions on resolving situations on the Korean Peninsula and on the development of our bilateral relationship,' says Kim Jong-un
(UPDATED) Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov says the focus of the first meeting between the two men 'will be on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula'
A dissident organization known as the Cheollima Civil Defense says it orchestrated the February 22 embassy raid to highlight illicit activities rampant in North Korea's foreign missions
(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is 'still in charge of the team' negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program
The Belt and Road Initiative has divided Europe, and Washington has called it a 'vanity project,' but a growing number of nations are signing up despite warnings about debt and opaque deals that favor Chinese firms
Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border
'Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin...Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,' the Kremlin says in a statement on its website