North Korea

  • 12 Sep 2023

    A meeting of two isolated leaders, usually too afraid of leaving home. North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un left his country by armoured train for the first time in four years to meet President Putin in Eastern Siberia. 

  • 12 Jun 2018

    Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, and Ned Price, who served as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council spokesperson, discuss the Singapore summit.

  • 12 Jun 2018

    How does today’s meeting compare with other peace summits between world leaders? Think Nixon in China, or Reagan and Gorbachev. But North Korea is not a great power, just an impoverished country with a nuclear weapon and a history of cheating on diplomatic deals. So was this the beginning of a real shift in world…

  • 12 Jun 2018

    By coming to Singapore and holding this summit Donald Trump has shown he is prepared to gamble in the cause of peace, and if nothing else he has transformed the rhetoric from dark threats about nuclear annihilation to warm words about friendship and new beginnings. The President left with the deal he acclaimed light on…

  • 11 Jun 2018

      With minimal preparation, there are just hours to go. Officials from North Korea and the United States have spent the day huddled in a Singapore hotel ahead of tomorrow’s historic summit, while the leaders themselves were taking it far easier. Kim Jong-un went out on a late night city tour, while Donald Trump, emerging…

  • 27 May 2018

    The US North Korea summit is definitely back on. Possibly. Donald Trump insists everything is going really well. Kim Jong Un is apparently totally on board too. We’ll be asking a top Korea diplomacy expert what to make of it all.

  • 26 May 2018

    Leaders from the North and South Korea meet again on the border for a surprise second summit. Could peace in the peninsula – and Donald Trump’s planned talks with Kim Jong Un – all be back on again?

  • 24 May 2018

    Joining me over the internet from Washington is Mark Fitzpatrick from the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He’s written extensively on North Korea’s nuclear programme.

  • 24 May 2018

    Next month’s summit with the North Koreans was supposed to be a foreign policy triumph for President Trump. He said his threats of military action, often in tweets aimed the leader he mocked as “little rocket man”, coupled with sanctions, had driven Kim Jong-un to discuss abandoning his nuclear ambitions. But today – after the…

  • 16 May 2018

    North Korea has suspended talks with South Korea and threatened to cancel an historic summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump, saying it wasn’t interested in a one-sided demand to give up its nuclear weapons. Mr Trump said he hadn’t been notified about any threat and would still insist on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

  • 2 May 2018

    It’s one of the world’s longest-running conflicts, but could it finally be coming to an end?

  • 29 Apr 2018

    North Korea has told its southern neighbour that it will allow inspectors to confirm that its is abandoning its nuclear test site. The move follows talks between Kim Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart.

  • 28 Mar 2018

    There was a special armoured train, a formal welcoming ceremony and a troop review at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, before a banquet with President Xi and his wife. Yet according to state media, the surprise trip to China by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was just an “unofficial visit”.  

  • 2 Jan 2018

    South Korea has offered to enter talks with North Korea – after Kim Jong Un indicated he would be open to negotiations. And the reason the nuclear standoff suddenly looks less intractable? Pyongyang wants to take part in the Winter Olympics – which open next month in South Korea. But could it all be an…

  • 22 Nov 2017

    Dramatic footage has emerged showing the defection of a North Korean soldier under a hail of gunfire from his former comrades. The officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds as he fled towards South Korea.