Nuclear weapons

North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is all we know

Pyongyang accuses Washington of plotting a 'decapitation strike', and sees in nuclear weapons a powerful deterrent.

Asia Pacific

The trio behind North Korea's 21st-century missiles

Laughing men surrounding Kim Jong-un in photos are serious technocrats who have vastly improved the North's arsenal.

The trio behind North Korea's 21st-century missiles

North Korea

North Korea on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: US

DIA chief says if left unchecked, it's only a matter of time before Pyongyang can strike the US with a nuclear missile.

North Korea on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: US

United States

US military chief warns against war with North Korea

Military action on the Korean peninsula would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale', Pentagon chief James Mattis says.

War with North Korea would be tragic: US military chief

Nuclear weapons

Trump passes up chance to 'rip up' Iran nuclear deal

He called it the 'worst deal ever' while campaigning, but Donald Trump will extend nuclear deal at least 120 more days.

Trump passes up chance to 'rip up' Iran nuclear deal

North Korea

US: Ready for N Korea talks if it halts weapons tests

American envoy to the UN says direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang are possible if it stops firing missiles.

US: Ready for N Korea talks if it halts weapons tests

CIA

CIA creates 'Mission Center' on North Korea threat

US intelligence agency creates new entity to address ballistic and nuclear threats posed by Pyongyang.

CIA creates 'Mission Center' on North Korea threat

Asia Pacific

North Korean state media lashes out at main ally China

In rare rebuke, N Korean news agency accuses China's media of 'dancing to the tune of the US' amid rising tensions.

North Korean state media lashes out at main ally China

Asia Pacific

Activity at North Korea nuclear site resumes: monitor

Satellite images show workers present at Punggye-ri facility as tensions remain high over fears of sixth nuclear test.

Activity at North Korea nuclear site resumes: monitor

Middle East

Iran: Khamanei rebuffs Rouhani over detente with West

Supreme leader denounces Rouhani's comments suggesting risk of war with the West has disappeared since he took office.

United States

US naval group holds drills as N Korea ramps up threats

USS Carl Vinson strike group carries out exercises with South Korean navy as North's media warns 'stop running wild'.

North Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences'

Nuclear weapons

Philippines leader says N Korea 'wants to end world'

Rodrigo Duterte says North Korean leader Kim wants to 'finish everything' and 'drag us all down' in a nuclear war.

Philippines leader says N Korea 'wants to end world'

Inside Story

China welcomes US 'path of dialogue' for North Korea

Chinese leaders say they are glad Washington is open to resolving tensions with Pyongyang through talks.

Asia Pacific

North Korea threatens to sink approaching US carrier

Rhetoric rises as Pyongyang also warns Australia of a nuclear attack if it joins any US strike on the communist nation.

North Korea threatens to sink approaching US carrier

Asia Pacific

N Korea warns of 'full-out war' with nuclear weapons

US naval strike group set to arrive off peninsula amid concerns North Korea is preparing for a sixth nuclear test.

North Korea: 'US has now gone seriously mad'