North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has delivered a rare televised address to mark the new year.
On South Korea
It is time to end abuse and slander that is only good for doing harm and anything to hinder reconciliation and unity should not happen anymore. South Korean authorities should stop reckless fratricidal confrontation and fuss about 'North Korean sympathisers' while listening to the voice of people demanding the democratic unification and independence. They should come forward to improve North-South ties.
On military aggression
Dangerous circumstances are being established, which could make a minor military collision spark an all-out-war. If a war breaks out on this land, it will bring a tremendous nuclear disaster. Even the United States will never be safe.
On his executed uncle
Our party took firm measures to get rid of a faction of sewage that permeated the party. Our unity strengthened hundredfold and party and revolutionary lines became much more solid by purging the anti-party and anti-revolutionary faction.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un used his New Year message to hail the elimination of "factional filth" following the execution of his uncle.Read the full story ›
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed his "great satisfaction" after visiting the country's first ski resort for New Year.
During the visit he rode on one of the new chair lifts at the luxury Masik Pass Ski Resort in Wonsan, in the east of the country.
Kim Jong-un, who studied in the Swiss capital Berne and is believed to have enjoyed skiing in the Alps, also looked around a hotel and rental shops at the resort.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was reportedly "very drunk" when he ordered the deaths of two aides close to his executed uncle, according to reports in the Japanese media.
The leader ordered the executions after they failed to hand over business to the military which left Kim "upset".
The aides were reportedly close to Kim's uncle Jang Song-thaek who was stripped of all his powers and executed after claims that he attempted to "overthrow the state".
The pair are believed to be among eight of Jang's aides to have been executed since the purge.
Just days after his uncle was executed for treason North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been pictured 'giving field guidance' to a fisheries station.
Jang Song Thaek is widely credited with helping Kim Jong-un to power following the death of Kim Jong-il two years ago.
Authorities said Jang was executed immediately after a military tribunal had decided his fate.
In the latest pictures Kim looks in a jovial mood as he walked between huge piles of frozen squid.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "reckless" and "insecure" after the execution of his powerful uncle, according to an ABC News interview.
The execution of Jan Song Thaek, who was considered the second most powerful man in the secretive country, showed why the world must make a united stand against North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Mr Kerry said in the interview taped for Sunday broadcast on ABC's "This Week" program.
Mr Kerry said the nature of "this ruthless, horrendous dictatorship" and Kim's insecurities raised the stakes for China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to "stay on the same page" and push ahead on denuclearization.
"To have a nuclear weapon potentially in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong Un just becomes even more unacceptable," Kerry told ABC.
The execution of the uncle of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un is further evidence of the "extreme brutality" of the country's regime, Downing Street has said.
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman told reporters at a daily Westminster press briefing: "If this is confirmed, it is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime."
Kim Jong-un's executed uncle has been edited from official documentaries about the North Korean leader's life.
Jang Song-thaek, previously considered the second most powerful man in the country, could be seen in the background of a documentary on Kim's military inspection trips that aired on October 28.
However, when the documentary was repeated on Saturday Jang had vanished - he had been cut out of the shot.
Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.
In an unusually detailed announcement, the official news agency KCNA said Jang had been tried for "such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state".
It called him a "traitor to the nation for all ages" and "worse than a dog".