Governments around the world have condemned North Korea for conducting its third nuclear test since 2006. Pyongyang confirmed the test hours after seismic sensors registered a possible underground explosion.
At the first party congress in 36 years, North Korea's strongman Kim Jong Un should have announced a policy shift that would have brought his country out of its self-inflicted isolation, writes DW's Alexander Freund.
Sanctions are falling short and hurting the wrong people, the UN Rapporteur for Human Rights in North Korea told DW. Nonetheless, Marzuki Darusman sees reason to believe that the pressure is starting to pay off.
South Korea's unification ministry has confirmed that a group of defectors from the North had 'broken away.' The number of people in the group has not been specified.
Inaugurating the ruling Workers' Party congress, Kim hailed "unprecedented results" in the country's nuclear program. Pyongyang claims it tested a hydrogen bomb in January.
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