Rappler's latest stories on Pyongyang
In a unanimous decision, the Constitutional Court said 'it is difficult to conclude that it is possible for the deal to violate the victims' basic rights'
(3rd UPDATE) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the North fires two 'unidentified projectiles' on the day of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US
(UPDATED) Analysts say Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners
'I don't think we're ready for that,' Trump tells reporters when asked about visiting Pyongyang for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Pak Jong Chon's promotion may suggest a new military focus on weapons development, says a North Korean defector and researcher in Seoul
The Supreme People's Assembly, the North's rubber-stamp parliament, approves a series of constitutional changes to ensure what the legislature's head Choe Ryong-hae called Kim's 'monolithic guidance'
(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
Despite North Korea saying its missile launches are a 'solemn warning to the South Korean warmongers', a Pentagon official says there is 'no adjustment or change in plans'
(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the two devices were fired from the Wonsan area on the east coast at dawn and flew around 250 kilometers
(3rd UPDATE) Seoul's National Security Office of the presidential Blue House says both of the two missiles are 'analyzed' to be 'new type of short-range ballistic missiles'
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'
(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Alek Sigley is 'safe and well'
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
(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
(3rd UPDATE) Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years
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
This comes after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the 'systematic, widespread, and gross' human rights violations in isolated North Korea
The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military
Leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in will discuss issues including 'practical measures' to denuclearize the flashpoint peninsula
South Korea shelves it plan to open a liaison office in the north after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel his trip to Pyongyang
The relatives burst into tears when a loudspeaker announcement in a banqueting hall at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort declared: 'The reunion is over.'
The two sides 'agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned,' the joint statement says, without giving a precise date
(3rd UPDATE) 'As long as the US does not show in practice its strong will to remove our concerns, there will be no case whereby we will move forward first unilaterally,' says North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho
North Korea has flouted the cap on exports of coal, petroleum, weapons, and other products through illegal ship-to-ship transfers, rendering the sanctions hailed by UN 'ineffective'
Table tennis has long had an unusual impact in foreign affairs, most notably in the 'ping-pong diplomacy' of the 1970s between China and the US.
The ruling PDP-Laban says this is the 'first-ever visit by a Philippine political party to the North Korean capital' of Pyongyang
Linking up the two systems – and modernizing the North's aging rail infrastructure – would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia, and on to Europe
The announcement comes a day after the White House reveals that the historic June 12 meeting between the US and North Korean leaders will take place in a luxury hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa
(UPDATED) Officials say General Kim Yong-Chol will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Wednesday, May 30, or Thursday, May 31
Dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12
(UPDATED) The release of the 3 had been expected as a goodwill gesture amid preparations for a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
His visit comes as rumors fly over 3 US citizens being held in the North, with suggestions they may have been moved in preparation for a release
Kim's trip to Dalian is his second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the Cold War-era allies to mend relations that have chilled as Beijing has supported UN sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear activities
The Peace House in Panmunjeom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, was where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Friday for a historic summit
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
The line links the presidential Blue House in Seoul with the Pyongyang office of the nuclear-armed North's State Affairs Commission, which Kim Jong-un chairs
North Korea state media refers to her as the 'respected First Lady' – the first time the title has been used in more than 40 years, and with the addition of an adjective usually reserved for the country's leaders
'In order to enhance dialogue, the topics that both sides have agreed upon will be discussed,' says South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha
The 120-member group is performing ahead of an inter-Korean summit on April 27
The meeting comes days after Kim Jong Un made his international debut with a surprise trip to China to meet President Xi Jinping for the first time
Each will send a 3-member delegation to the border truce village of Panmunjeom for talks aimed at paving the way for a rare summit in late April
In the latest step in an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula, the most senior South Koreans travel North to meet leader Kim Jong Un
Pyongyang has long expressed its desire to talk without preconditions, while Washington insists that the isolated regime disarm first
North Korea's mission to the United Nations releases a statement complaining of 'reckless remarks' by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the Munich Security Conference last week
North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington
(2nd UPDATE) The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, says Kim was willing to meet the South's leader 'at the earliest date possible'
Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War