North Korea

US adds North Korea to list of state sponsors of terror

In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger "very large" additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday.

Mr Trump blamed the country's nuclear programme, and support for what he called international acts of terrorism.

While announcing the decision, the US president said it "should have happened a long time ago".

Mr Trump said that North Korea had "repeatedly supported international acts of terrorism" and added that the regime must act lawfully and also cease its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea nuclear threat 'accelerating'

Mr Mattis warned it would face a "massive military response" if it used nuclear weapons.

Separately, North Korea released a South Korean fishing boat which it said had been found in North Korean waters illegally.

The crew of 10 were released on Friday evening, South Korean officials said.

It comes at a time of heightened tension in the region, with both sides running a series of military exercises.

North Korea to release captured South Korean fishermen

The vessel and its crew will be released "at the military boundary in the East Sea," North Korean state news agency KCNA reports.

The decision was made after the crew apologised for the "offence", it adds.

It comes at a time of heightened tension in the region with both sides running a series of military exercises.

North Korea said the release of the fishing vessel, due later on Friday, follows an admission of wrongdoing from those on board, who it said had "repeatedly asked for leniency".

Japan PM promises 'firm' action on North Korea

Mr Abe had said he called the election a year early in order to increase his mandate amid a number of "crises" facing the country.

Among them was the increasing threat from Pyongyang.

The initial exit polls suggested Mr Abe had done just that, retaining his two-thirds "super-majority".

This is vital to his ambition to revise Japan's post-war pacifist constitution - enacted by the country's American occupiers in 1947 - Article 9 of which calls for the complete renunciation of war.

North Korea urges Australia to distance itself from US

The note denounces the US president's warning that America would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said the letter had been sent to other nations.

He said it demonstrated that diplomatic pressure on North Korea was working, despite the document being "basically a rant" consistent with earlier rhetoric.

The one-page letter was sent via North Korea's embassy in Indonesia and attributed to the Foreign Affairs Committee of Pyongyang's Supreme People's Assembly.

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

The series - due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter - has been shelved.

In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it said would be a new "bold and provocative" drama series.

Titled Opposite Number, the programme's plot involved a British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in North Korea.

The production firm involved - Mammoth Screen - subsequently had its computers attacked.

The project has not moved forward because of a failure to secure funding, the company says.

 

'Hair on fire'

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea's airspace.

The White House dismissed the statement as "absurd". The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.

A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal misunderstandings.

Mr Ri's comments were a response to Mr Trump's tweet that the North Korean leadership would not "be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric.

US expands travel ban to include N Korea

The White House said the restrictions follow a review of information sharing by foreign governments.

Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation late on Sunday.

"Making America safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Mr Trump said.

The restrictions on Venezuelans apply only to government officials and their family members.

China limits oil, bans textile trade to N Korea

China is North Korea's most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency.

The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang's income, while China's oil exports are the country's main source of petroleum products.

The tougher stance follows North Korea's latest nuclear test this month.

The United Nations agreed fresh sanctions - including the textiles and petroleum restrictions - in response.

North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North.

The president also said China's Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang.

It comes less than two weeks after the UN approved new sanctions against the country over its latest nuclear test.

Tensions have risen in recent weeks over the North's continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests, despite pressure from world powers to stop.