The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Internationally it is considered a totalitarian dictatorship.
After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, Korea was divided into two zones by the United States and the Soviet Union, Negotiations on reunification failed and in 1948 two separate governments were formed. The DPRK describes itself as a self-reliant socialist state. This page collates DW's latest content related to North Korea.
Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have criticized Pyongyang's recent "reckless" acts, reassuring allies in the region that under Donald Trump the US will stand up to its enemies with its allies.
A North Korean missile "blew up almost immediately" during a test launch, the US military has said. The failed launch comes a day after the North held a massive parade displaying apparently new missiles.