The Listening Post

'Defector TV': A new genre of South Korean reality TV

How North Korean escapees are becoming the stars of a new genre of TV programming in South Korea.

North Korea

North Korea tests new 'hi-tech tactical' weapon

Any weapons testing could influence direction of stalled diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang over nuclear arms.

North Korea tests new 'hi-tech tactical' weapon

North Korea

North Korea hiding missile bases in remote areas: report

US think-tank names at least 13 secret bases, raising doubts over Donald Trump's signature foreign policy initiative.

North Korea hiding missile bases in remote areas: report

North Korea

2nd Trump-Kim summit early next year, US president says

Pyongyang has complained that Washington hasn't made concessions in return for its moves towards denuclearisation.

2nd Trump-Kim summit early next year, US president says

North Korea

US, South Korea hold small-scale drills before N Korea talks

Exercises taking place days before talks on North Korea denuclearisation and planned second Trump-Kim summit.

US, South Korea hold small-scale drills before N Korea talks

Asia Pacific

North Korea warns of return to nuclear policy

Pyongyang expresses frustration over the slow progress of the lifting of sanctions while US insists on denuclearisation.

North Korea warns of return to nuclear policy

North Korea

No-fly zone, military-drill ban near Korea border take effect

Deal includes halt to 'all hostile acts' and gradual removal of landmines and guard posts in the Demilitarised Zone.

No-fly zone, military-drill ban near Korea border take effect

North Korea

HRW: Sexual violence part of 'ordinary life' in North Korea

New report finds unwanted sexual contact and violence widespread and perpetrators rarely brought to justice.

HRW: Sexual violence part of 'ordinary life' in North Korea

North Korea

North Korea prepares nuclear test site for inspectors

Pyongyang says it dismantled Punggye-ri site in May, but did not allow international inspections at the time.

North Korea prepares nuclear test site for inspectors

North Korea

'Absolutely certain' North Korea will denuclearise: US

Stephen Biegun, visiting South Korea, reiterates commitment to work together to end North's nuclear programme.

Visiting Seoul, US envoy seeks to boost denuclearisation push

Nuclear weapons

Nuclear ban treaty may come into force in 2019: ICAN

Treaty aims to stigmatise nuclear weapons as previous ones marginalised landmines and cluster munitions.

Nuclear ban treaty may come into force in 2019: ICAN

Vatican

Pope ponders landmark visit to North Korea after Kim invitation

Invitation to visit was relayed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in during meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Pope ponders landmark visit to North Korea after Kim invitation

Asia Pacific

US opposed to Koreas' plan for no-fly zone over border

US and S Korea insist they are on the same page on dealing with N Korea but there are signs of disagreement.

US opposed to Koreas' plan for no-fly zone over border

South Korea

Visiting Vatican, South Korean president says confident of peace

Moon Jae-in to meet Pope Francis on Thursday; expected to extend invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea.

Netherlands

'They give me food, a place to sleep': Netherlands' North Koreans

There are 91 North Koreans in the Netherlands but many are not accepted as refugees and fear deportation to South Korea.

'They give me food, a place to sleep': Netherlands' North Koreans