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A visit to North Korea by representatives of several South Korean religious bodies is a sign tensions may be easing between the two nations.
Advocacy groups are calling for North Korea to step down from the presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.
The international community has been accused of "silence" towards the plight of millions of North Koreans facing starvation and severe malnutrition.
The National Council of Churches in Korea has been threatened with legal action by the Seoul government after sending food aid to starving North Koreans.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has implied that the UK should be ready for military action against Iran. He made the comments at the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war.
The WCC has said that "force and military power will not resolve the problems" in its statement of concern over tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea’s health care system is in a terrible state of disrepair, and aid is urgent, a new Amnesty International report has found.
The European Parliament has passed a resolution which calls on the EU to support the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea.
South Korea's national church council is marking the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the 1950 to 1953 Korean War with a week of national reconciliation.
The World Council of Churches has urged the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to hold bilateral talks within the context of resumed Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear programme.