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South Korea has pledged a "strong response" to North Korea's aggressions, amid high tensions on the peninsula

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South Korea has pledged a “strong response” to North Korea’s aggressions, amid high tensions on the peninsula. Speaking to defence officials on Monday, President Park Geun-hye said that she took the series of threats from Pyongyang “very seriously”. North Korea announced on Saturday that it was entering a “state of war” with South Korea. On Sunday, the US...

affected a number of banks and broadcasters has said the North is to blame.

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South Korea has decided to raise its alert level to “vital threat” following reports that North Korea is preparing for a missile test. At least one ballistic missile with an estimated 2,000-mile (3,000 km) range is fuelled and ready for launch, US and South Korean sources say. Pyongyang has been making bellicose threats against South Korea, Japan and US bases in the region. The threat...

North Korea has declared "state of war" against South Korea in its latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US

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North Korea has declared “state of war” against South Korea in its latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US. A statement promised “stern physical actions” against “any provocative act”. North Korea has threatened attacks almost daily after it was sanctioned for a third nuclear test in February. North Korea has declared “state of war...

North Korea has threatened to shut down Kaesong Industrial Complex reiterating the state of war with South Korea

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North Korea has threatened to shut down Kaesong Industrial Complex it jointly operates with South Korea that stands as the last significant symbol of cooperation, after reiterating that it considered the Korean Peninsula back in “a state of war”. The eight-year-old Kaesong complex in the North Korean border town of the same name, is a crucial source of badly needed cash for the heavily sanctioned...

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye spoke in Daejeon, where the 46 sailors who died when the Cheonan warship sank on 26 March 2010 are buried

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North Korea has hit out at South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, a day after she urged Pyongyang to change course and abandon its nuclear goals. Warning her against “slandering”, North Korea told Park Geun-hye to behave with discretion to avoid “horrible disaster”. Park Geun-hye’s comments came as she marked three years since the deadly sinking of a South Korean war...

North Korea has shifted a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast

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North Korea has shifted a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kim Kwan-jin has announced. Kim Kwan-jin played down concerns that the missile could target the US mainland, and said North Korea’s intentions were not yet clear. Pyongyang earlier renewed threats of a nuclear strike against the US, though its missiles are not beli...

North Korea has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for reconciliation and an end to hostile military acts

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North Korea has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for reconciliation and an end to “hostile military acts”. The letter, published in North Korea’s state media, comes weeks before South Korea is due to hold joint military drills with the US. South Korea dismissed the letter as having a “hidden motive”. Correspondents say that tensions between North Korea and...

North Korea has accused South Korea of "arrogant obstructions" that led high-level talks to be cancelled

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North Korea has blamed the South for “arrogant obstructions” that led high-level talks to be cancelled. South Korea’s “deliberate disturbance” by changing the head of its delegation made “the talks between authorities abortive”, North Korea said. The planned talks, which followed months of raised tensions, were aborted after the two sides failed to agree...

Mount Kumgang resort is a joint tourism project that has been suspended since a South Korean tourist was shot dead there by a North Korean guard in 2008

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North Korea has proposed official talks with South Korea on normalizing commercial projects, weeks after operations at the joint Kaesong industrial zone were suspended. In a statement from state news agency KCNA, North Korea said the place and date could be “set by the South side”. Kaesong Industrial Complex, just inside North Korea, is a key source of revenue for Pyongyang. But it pu...

North Korea has warned foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to take evacuation measures in case of war

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In a new rhetoric, North Korea has warned foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to take evacuation measures in case of war. This comes amid growing concern that North Korea may be about to launch its fourth missile test. Pyongyang has been making bellicose threats against South Korea, Japan and US bases in the region. Japan has deployed defensive anti-missile batteries at three locations...

North Korea has announced it is ready to talk if UN sanctions against it are withdrawn and if the US and South Korea put an end to joint military drills.

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North Korea has announced it is ready to talk if UN sanctions against it are withdrawn and if the US and South Korea put an end to joint military drills. The conditions for dialogue were outlined in a statement from North Korea’s National Defence Commission and carried on official news agency KCNA. The UN imposed sanctions on North Korea after the country conducted its third nuclear test on...

North Korea announces it has ordered artillery and rocket units into "combat posture" to prepare to target US bases in Hawaii, Guam and the US mainland

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North Korea announces it has ordered artillery and rocket units into “combat posture” to prepare to target US bases in Hawaii, Guam and the US mainland. The announcement, carried by KCNA news agency, follows days of strong rhetoric from Pyongyang. The north Korean move came as South Korea marked the third anniversary of the sinking of the Cheonan warship, which left 46 sailors dead. S...

North Korea has announced it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point

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North Korea has announced it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point. The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month. Earlier, Pyongyang said it had a right to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear strike and was pulling out of the armistice which ended the K...

Kenneth Bae was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist and he was accused of anti-government crimes

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North Korea announces it has sentenced US citizen Kenneth Bae, aka Pae Jun-ho, to 15 years of hard labor. The announcement, from state news agency KCNA, said Pae Jun-ho, known in the US as Kenneth Bae, was tried on April 30. Kenneth Bae was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist. Pyongyang said he was accused of anti-government crimes. The move comes amid high tensions between Nor...

South Korea and the US have signed a new military plan to counter what officials call North Korean provocations

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South Korea and the United States have signed a new military plan to counter what officials call North Korean “provocations”. The plan provides for a joint response between South Korea and the US in the event of an incursion or a limited attack from North Korea, officials say. Help from the US – which has 28,000 troops in South Korea – during minor skirmishes was previousl...

South Korea has proposed working-level talks with North Korea on reopening the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex

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South Korea has proposed working-level talks with North Korea on reopening the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex. Seoul made the proposal a day after Pyongyang said South Korean officials could visit the closed complex to inspect and maintain equipment. Work at the factory park, which was a rare symbol of North-South co-operation, was halted in April amid high regional tensions. Attempts to...

The US and South Korea have begun annual military drills amid high tensions with North Korea following the UN sanctions vote

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The United States and South Korea have begun annual military drills amid high tensions with North Korea following the UN sanctions vote. Pyongyang has strongly condemned the exercises, threatening to scrap the armistice that ended the Korean War. Seoul says North Korea also appears to have carried out a threat made last week to sever a cross-border hotline. The drills come days after the UN appro...

North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold reunions for families separated after the Korean War in February

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North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold reunions for families separated after the Korean War in February, following calls from Pyongyang to improve ties. If held, they would be the first reunions since 2010. In September, North Korea cancelled a planned reunion, blaming “hostility” from South Korea. The move comes ahead of annual US-South Korea military drills later this month...

North Korea has announced it severs Kaesong military hotline with South Korea

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North Korea has announced it severs another military hotline with South Korea. The hotline is used to facilitate the travel of South Korean workers to a joint industrial complex in Kaesong, North Korea. Pyongyang has been angered by fresh UN sanctions following its February 12 nuclear test and US-South Korea military drills. In recent weeks its habitually fiery rhetoric has escalated, with multip...

The North Korean rocket launch has failed on Friday morning

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The North Korean rocket launch has failed on Friday morning, Pyongyang officials have confirmed. The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday. The US, Japan and South Korea say it flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into waters off the Korean peninsula. North Korea said its...

North Korea announces it has put missile units on stand-by to attack US targets in response to US stealth bomber flights over the Korean peninsula

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North Korea announces it has put missile units on stand-by to attack US targets in response to US stealth bomber flights over the Korean peninsula. State news agency KCNA said leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a late-night meeting of top generals. The time had come to “settle accounts” with the US, KCNA quoted him as saying, with the B-2 flights an “ultimatum”....

North Korea has increased its warlike rhetoric following fresh UN sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test in February

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The US has urged China to use all its leverage to help rein in North Korea’s “destabilizing” actions. US Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea, where he is expected to call on China to evoke “a sense of urgency” in its talks with North Korea. Pyongyang has ratcheted up tensions in the region, threatening nuclear strikes against South Korea and the US. A lea...

The US and South Korea have responded coolly to North Korea's offer of high-level talks with Washington

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The United States and South Korea have responded coolly to North Korea’s offer of high-level talks with Washington. North Korea will be judged “by its actions and not its words”, a US spokeswoman said. The North proposed talks on “regional peace” with the US on Sunday, but said there should be no “preconditions”. Last week, planned talks between Pyongyang...

North Korea has announced an apparently successful launch of a long-range rocket defying international warnings

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North Korea has announced an apparently successful launch of a long-range rocket defying international warnings. The rocket, launched at 09:49 local time, appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas. North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit; the US confirmed an object had been put into space. South Korea, the US and Japan have condemned the...

Dennis Rodman, who recently visited North Korea, says Kim Jong-un doesn't want war with the United States

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Former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who recently visited North Korea, says Kim Jong-un doesn’t want war with the United States. Kim Jong-un just wants President Barack Obama to call him. Dennis Rodman, the highest-profile American to meet Kim Jong-un since he took power in North Korea in December 2011, says Barack Obama and Kim share a love of basketball, so “let’s start there”. The...