Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dallae”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favourite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she does not inhale. Photo Wong Maye-E/AP.
School children cheer as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives to attend “We Are the Happiest in the World”, a performance of schoolchildren to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean Children’s Union (KCU) in Pyongyang
North Koreans grip hands of their South Korean relatives as they bid farewell after a separated family reunion meeting at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North’s southeastern coast on Thursday
South Korean Lee Sun-Gyu, 85, smiles with her North Korean husband Oh In-Se, 83, during a separated family reunion meeting at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North’s southeastern coast on Tuesday
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An KUH-1 Surion helicopters hover during the South Korea and U.S. joint military exercise at the Seungjin firing drill ground on Friday in Pocheon, South Korea. South Korea and U.S. military held a joint live fire military exercise at the Seungjin firing drill ground
An anti-North Korean activist holds a defaced North Korean flag as he stands on the Unification Bridge that leads to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in Paju on Monday
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A North Korean soldier watches as fireworks explode, today in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of celebrations for the 62nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
South Korean marines aim their machine guns after they landed on the beach during a landing exercise in Taean, South Korea on Monday. South Korean navy and marine held a joint landing drill on the west coast on Monday improving their military readiness to protect the Korean Peninsula
Soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army carry coffins containing remains of soldiers of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) who died in the 1950-53 Korean War, at the Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, Liaoning province, China on Friday
A dog owner prepares her poodle backstage at a dog show in Seoul. Some 2,000 dogs took part in the three-day show organised by the Korea Kennel Federation which was celebrating its 58th anniversary
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South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea. North Korea warned on Tuesday that a South Korean official would pay a high price for saying the North “must disappear soon” in an escalation of rhetoric between the rivals
Chinese honour guards lift caskets containing the remains of Chinese soldiers during the handing over ceremony of the remains at the Incheon International Airport on Friday. The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War were transferred from a temporary columbarium in South Korea to the airport on Thursday to be returned to China.
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.
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.
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.