North Korea

Pompeo's North Korea trip suggests a hard road for denuclearization

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean charges that he used "gangster-like" diplomacy in negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday after meeting his Japanese and South Korean counterparts that he would continue to pursue denuclearization talks with North Korea.

Trump, Kim make pledge on denuclearization

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

Global Politics

For some in Singapore, the Trump-Kim summit isn't a big deal

The city-state of Singapore is preparing to host a much-hyped summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in just a few days. If you imagined there’d be a buzz in the air leading up to the on-again, off-again meeting that’s dominated global headlines for weeks, some people aren't feeling it.

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Conflict & Justice

No go on Noko

North Korean-madejeans were to go on sale at a department store in Sweden. The store changed its mind. We talk with one of the NoKo Jeans entrepreneurs.

Arts, Culture & Media

Champion North Korean boxer

While few enter North Korea at own their risk, many more escape. Not all flee for political or human rights. One refugee defected for the love of boxing. Champion Choi Hyun Mi is making a name for herself in South Korea. Jason Strother has the story.

Global Politics

North Korea's failing currency

The North Korean government recently knocked two zeros off its currency, the won. And it ordered citizens to turn in their old cash savings. The move caused panic and riots. Katy Clark talks with Marcus Noland who is an expert on North Korea's economy.

Global Politics

Japan's North Korean schools

North Korea funds 10 high schools in Japan. These schools cater to students of Korean descent living in Japan, and the schools aren't popular with the Japanese government. Reporter Akiko Fujita explains.

Global Politics

Geo answer

On today's Geo Quiz we were searching for a towering bronze statue. It was unveiled this weekend to mark Senegal's 50 years of independence from France. Tidiane Sy reports for the BBC World Service's Network Africa.

Global Politics

Kim Jong Il, 'fashion icon'

A North Korean website says the ?Dear Leader? began a global fashion trend with his zippered jumpsuits. Many North Koreans believe it. North Korea watcher and author Barbara Demick explains how authorities there have mastered the art of propaganda.