North Korean head of state Kim Yong Nam will travel to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, making him the highest-ranking North Korean official to ever visit the South, both countries confirmed on Monday.
North Korea releases first photos of the Hwansong-15 missile which is capable of reaching all parts of the U.S. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley: "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed." Haley went on to say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared the completion of the country's nuclear force after the successful launch of a long-range missile capable of reaching all parts of the United States, making it the country's third and most advanced test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. (more)
North Korea may be preparing to carry out a ballistic missile launch in the next few days, Japanese officials say, citing radio signals which have in the past preceded missile launches. North Korea has not carried out any missile launches since mid-September.
Video has been released which shows the dramatic moment a North Korean soldier was fired at as he raced towards the demilitarized zone and ran across the border to defect to the South. The soldier was severely injured but is now recovering. The footage was released by the UN Command, which is the unified command for U.S. and South Korean military forces.
The United States, citing the threat from North Korea's unannounced missile launches, has banned U.S. airlines from flying over a large part of the Sea of Japan. It comes just months after a missile came relatively close to an airliner with hundreds of people on board.
Six military planes, including two heavy bombers from the United States, have flown over the Korean Peninsula and carried out a firing drill in the latest show of force against North Korea, U.S. officials say. (more)
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that has flown over northern Japan, less than two weeks after the country carried out its sixth nuclear test, Japanese and South Korean officials say. Residents in Japan were briefly warned to seek shelter. (more)
North Korea is preparing to carry out another test of a long-range ballistic missile, the South's spy agency told lawmakers on Monday. It added that the North is also capable of carrying out another nuclear test if it wishes to do so.