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.
Cyber security specialists Symantec and Kaspersky Labs say some code in an earlier version of WannaCry had also appeared in programmes used by a group said to be run by North Korea. The WannaCry ransomware attack infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide.
North Korea has announced that Sunday's missile launch tested a new type of rocket capable of carrying a "large-scale heavy nuclear warhead." The test led to an international outcry and a call for harsher sanctions.