North Korea-US relations

What is life like after you defect from North Korea?

North Korea's most famous defector Thae Yong-Ho talks about Kim Jong-un's priorities
As North Korea successfully tests a major new weapon, we speak to its most famous defector, Thae Yong-Ho. He was North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UK. An established member of North’s political establishment, he had previously held other diplomatic posts in Denmark and Sweden. Then in 2016 he made the monumental - and extremely dangerous - decision to defect to South Korea. He remains the highest-ranking diplomat in recent years to defect from North Korea. In a wide-ranging interview he told World Update's Dan Damon about the mindset of other high-ranking members of the North Korean regime and whether they do still believe in the idea of a socialist system.

(IMAGE: A video-grab from AFPTV footage of Thae Yong-Ho at the North Korean Embassy in London, November 2014 CREDIT:  AFP PHOTO / AFPTV / KATIE SCHUBAUBRKATIE SCHUBAUBR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea claims test of ‘new weapon’

It's the first such test since US - North Korea talks ended without agreement
North Korea says its leader, Kim Jong-un, has overseen the test of what it describes as a "new type of tactical guided weapon with a powerful warhead". The state news agency quoted Mr Kim as saying the weapon had weighty significance in increasing North Korea's military power.

It is the first such test since talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended without agreement.

So, what is the weapon they claim to have tested and how will it impact the ongoing denuclearisation talks? Jenny Town is a Korea specialist at the Stimson think-tank and managing editor of 38 North, a website which analyses North Korea.

(Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing the flight drill of combat pilots. Credit: AFP)