A cargo ship passes through the Panama Bay in Panama City on Thursday. Panama on Wednesday requested for UN inspectors to scrutinise the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. Read more
South Korean soldiers stand at a military checkpoint leading to North Korea’s Kaesong joint industrial complex, in the border city of Paju early on Wednesday. On the same day, South Korean delegates left for North Korea for talks on reopening a joint industrial zone, with the two sides remaining wide apart over who was to blame for the closure.
A man wearing a traditional Korean Hanbok costume adjusts his gat, a hat, while waiting for a group photo to be taken after a Coming of Age Day ceremony at Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul on Monday. The ceremony marks the entrance of boys and girls into adulthood at the age of 19, and reminds them of their individual responsibilities as young men and women. Read more
Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul. The two Koreas technically remain at war under a truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-1953 conflict. North Korea is angry at UN sanctions and joint South Korean-US military drills, and has recently threatened both countries with nuclear attack.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. The meeting is to discuss bilateral co-operation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.
South Korean army reservists raise their hands to adopt a resolution against North Korea during a rehearsal for their Foundation Day ceremony at a gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, on April 5 2013. AP/Ahn Young-joon
About 1,000 reservists denounced North Korea for escalating the threat for war. North Korea has been railing against US-South Korean military exercises that began in March and will continue until the end of April. The allies insist the exercises in South Korea are routine, but the North calls them rehearsals for an invasion and says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself. Read more