Democracy, DPRK style: North Korea holds ‘election’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s ruling Workers’ Party has an iron grip on the country, but every five years it holds a so-called election for the rubber stamp legislature, known as the Supreme People’s Assembly. And in keeping with one of Pyongyang’s most enduring slogans — “Single-minded unity” — there is only one approved name on each of the ballot papers.

Carnations for North Korean mothers, wives -and tutors

Customers arrive at a flower shop in a central Pyongyang square to purchase bouquets of roses or carnations on International Women’s Day.

North Koreans mark national tree planting day

North Koreans plant trees at Pyongyang’s Munsu Hill one day ahead of the country’s tree planting day.

Pyongyang offered to close nuclear complex: foreign minister

The United States and North Korea put forward starkly different accounts over the breakdown of a high-stakes summit in Hanoi. “Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that,” Trump said before flying back to Washington. But in an exceptionally rare meeting with reporters, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho summoned the press in Hanoi at midnight and denied that Pyongyang was only seeking a complete deal.

Chairman Kim favorable to US liaison office in North Korea

Kim Jong Un would welcome Washington opening a liaison office in Pyongyang, he says at a summit with US President Donald Trump.

North Koreans read about Trump-Kim summit

North Koreans on the streets of Pyongyang read newspaper reports about Kim Jong Un’s trip to meet US President Donald Trump for a second summit. IMAGES

North Koreans read about Kim’s trip to Vietnam

North Koreans on the streets of Pyongyang read newspaper reports about Kim Jong Un’s trip to Vietnam, where he is due to meet US President Donald Trump for a second summit. IMAGES

Kim Jong Un departs North Korea for Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departs Pyongyang for his second summit with US President Donald Trump in Vietnam. IMAGES