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.
North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the US into the Sony Pictures hacking scandal. The release of a film about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was cancelled following a cyber attack.
South Korea's constitutional court has ordered that a leftist political party be dissolved amid claims it has "pro-North Korea" views. A court petition was raised last year to disband the Unified Progressive Party.
Kim Jong-un is going to assume greater powers with the end of the three-year mourning period for his father, but analysts warn that mounting pressures - domestic and international - could hasten North Korea's collapse.
US officials have concluded that N. Korea is behind the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, a move that led to the cancelation of the movie "The Interview." In a DW interview, James Lewis explains the reasons behind the hack.
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