Relations between North Korea and China seem to be tense after the crew of a Chinese fishing boat were taken hostage in North Korea.
Tomorrow the ground of the North Korean capital will shake as the nations celebrates the birthday of its founder - last year I witnessed it.
Through her tears, a North Korean woman told me how she had to escape: risk death while running across the border or die of starvation.
North Korea has angrily denied reports by the "reptile media" that Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a former lover to protect the dignity of his wife.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said they were an "unpardonable hideous provocation hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership," adding, "Those who commit such a hideous crime ... will have to pay a very high price."
KCNA cited reports, including one in Japan's Asahi newspaper, that claimed several members of the North's Unhasu Orchestra were executed by firing squad in August for filming themselves having sex.
Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju is a former member of the orchestra, AFP reported.
Asahi claimed the rare execution of state performers, including a singer rumoured to be his former girlfriend, had been ordered to squash rumours of Ri's decadent lifestyle while she was an entertainer.
In March the former professional basketball football returned saying that the North Korean dictator, "wanted President Obama to call."
Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has pledged to tell America "very good things" about North Korea after meeting again with leader Kim Jong-un.
Having dined with Kim for a second time in Pyongyang, Rodman said the young leader "wants to change things around the world".
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has dined with Kim Jong-un on his second visit to North Korea, the nation's official news agency KCNA has said.
The brief report by KCNA said the pair watched a basketball game together and held a "cordial talk". Kim is said to have invited Rodman to return "any time".
Dennis Rodman has landed in North Korea where he will visit his "friend" Kim Jong-un.
It is the second time the former basketball player has visited the country and his trip comes days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a US envoy, who had hoped to bring home an American missionary jailed there.
The former NBA player's visit comes days after a US envoy was rejected entry to North Korea in a bid to bring home American missionary Kenneth Bae who is jailed in the country.
Speaking to reporters at Beijing airport before leaving for Pyongyang, Rodman was asked whether he would seek Bae's release, he said: "I'm not going to talk about that."
He added: "I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league over there. I have not been promised anything. I am just going there as a friendly gesture."
Rodman had previously asked the dictator to "do me a solid" and release Bae, who was arrested in November and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for what Pyongyang described as hostile acts against the state.
There have been reports that a rumoured ex-girlfriend of the North Korean leader dictator Kim Jong-un has been executed by firing squad.
Singer Hyon Song-wol was best known for her 2005 song Excellent Horse-Like Lady:
The singer was believed to have been executed with several other performers on charges of pornography and for being political dissidents after some of them had bibles in their possession.
The former girlfriend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been executed by firing squad, South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reports.
Singer Hyon Song-wol was apparently among several performers executed on August 20 for violating North Korea's laws against pornography.
They were accused of selling videotapes of themselves having sex and some allegedly had bibles in their possession, meaning they were treated as political dissidents, the newspaper reports.
Kim and Hyon met about 10 years ago before either of them were married but the dictator's father, Kim Jong-il, demanded that his son end the relationship.
A Chinese source told the paper: "They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on."
The families of the executed appear to have been sent to prison camps under North Korea's law of guilt by association, the source added.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has visited the construction site of a multi-million pound ski resort project.
He ordered the country's military to start work on a “world-class” ski resort, as rivals South Korea build their own site to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Describing the resort as a “gigantic patriotic work’’, Mr Kim has said he wanted the facility – with 69 miles of multilevel ski runs, a hotel, heliport and cable cars – completed by the end of the year.
On Thursday, the UN launched an urgent appeal for $98 million (£63 million) to meet critical humanitarian needs in North Korea for the rest of 2013.