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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

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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...

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 pledged physical counter-measures against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime

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North Korea has issued another warning, a day after announcing plans for a third nuclear test. In a statement, Pyongyang pledged “physical counter-measures” against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime. The threat came 24 hours after North Korea said it would proceed with a “high-level” nuclear test in a move aimed at “arch-enemy” the US. T...

North Korea has announced it will restore the key hotline with South Korea at Kaesong Industrial Complex

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North Korea has announced it will restore the key hotline with South Korea at Kaesong Industrial Complex, as the two countries discuss where to hold talks on the jointly-run industrial zone. Pyongyang said it would reopen a Red Cross hotline which it cut in March. It also invited officials to come to Kaesong for talks on Sunday on restarting operations at the factory zone, after the two sides agr...

Two medium-range ballistic missiles have been test-fired by North Korea, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks

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Two medium-range ballistic missiles have been test-fired by North Korea, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks. It is the first launch of a Nodong missile since 2009 and marks a step up from the short-range rockets Pyongyang has fired in recent weeks. The launches also came on the fourth anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean warship. Washington and...

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...

North Korea says it has missiles that can hit the United States mainland

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North Korea says it has missiles that can hit the United States mainland, in a statement two days after South Korea unveiled a missile deal with the US. The North Korean statement said US bases in “Japan, Guam and the US mainland” were within its “scope of strike”. It follows Seoul’s announcement on Sunday that it would almost triple the range of its own missile syst...

North Korea has announced it is proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test

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North Korea has announced it is proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test. In a statement carried by KCNA news agency, the top military body said the “high-level nuclear test” and more long-range rocket launches were aimed at its “arch-enemy”, the US. The statement gave no time-frame for the test. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009. The move...

South Korea and US annual military exercises will last until April 18

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South Korea and US joint military drills have begun, amid rare family reunions between North and South Korean relatives separated for decades. The annual military exercises will last until April 18. They will involve Key Resolve, a computer-based simulation, and Foal Eagle, which involves air, ground and naval drills. Pyongyang is opposed to the drills and had previously threatened to cancel the...

North Korea and South Korea have started in-depth talks on reopening joint-project Kaesong Industrial Complex

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North Korea and South Korea have started in-depth talks on reopening joint-project Kaesong Industrial Complex. The two Koreas agreed in principle to restart operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex after marathon negotiations over the weekend. South Korea says it wants assurances that Pyongyang will not unilaterally close the factory zone again. Work at the Kaesong zone has been suspended sin...

South Korea - US have annual military drills will take place from February 24 to April 18, despite anger from North Korea

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South Korea – US have annual military drills will take place from February 24 to April 18, despite anger from North Korea. Pyongyang warned against the planned drills last week, calling them “exercises of war”. Meanwhile, the US said it was disappointed that North Korea rescinded an invitation to a US envoy to discuss the release of jailed US citizen Kenneth Bae. Kenneth Bae has...

North Korea will no longer be rewarded for provocative behavior, said President Barack Obama at a joint news conference with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye

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North Korea will no longer be rewarded for provocative behavior, said President Barack Obama at a joint news conference with South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye. Flanked by President Park Geun-hye, Barack Obama told a White House briefing North Korea was more isolated than ever. Park Geun-hye is on her first foreign trip since taking office in February. Ahead of their meeting, US official...

US has raised allegations with China that a missile launcher seen in Pyongyang last week was of Chinese origin

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Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged strong ties with North Korea, amid serious tensions between the two Koreas in the wake of Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch. Hu Jintao’s promise came at a meeting with a Workers’ Party delegation headed by Kim Yong-Il in Beijing on Monday. It came as North Korea threatened “unprecedented action” against Seoul. Meanwhile the US says...

North Korea has accused the US and South Korea of attacks on its internet servers

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North Korea has accused the United States and its allies of attacks on its internet servers, amid tension on Korean peninsula. KCNA news agency said the “intensive and persistent” attacks coincided with US-South Korea military drills. Official sites such as KCNA, Air Koryo and Rodong Sinmun, the party newspaper, are reported to have been inaccessible on some occasions in recent days....

The UN human rights council has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea for the first time

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The United Nations human rights council has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea for the first time. The UN council unanimously voted for the probe, which will examine allegations of prison camps, slave labor and food deprivation in North Korea. North Korea denounced the resolution as a political ploy. It is highly unlikely the team will be granted access to North Korea, so t...

Officials from North Korea and South Korea are holding talks on reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex

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Officials from North Korea and South Korea are holding talks on reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The two sides sat down together on Saturday at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone. Work at the Kaesong industrial park was halted in April amid high regional tensions. Kaesong, a major source of income for North Korea, was seen as a symbol of inter-Korean ties, and corre...

North Korea has blocked the entry of South Korean workers into joint Kaesong industrial zone

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North Korea has blocked the entry of South Korean workers into joint Kaesong industrial zone, in a move seen as further escalating tensions. South Korean workers were being allowed to leave Kaesong Industrial Complex but not cross into it from the South, Seoul’s Unification Ministry confirmed. The Kaesong zone at North-South border, which is a money-maker for North Korea, is seen as a key b...

North Korea and South Korea have begun talks on resuming the reunions of families separated by the Korean War in 1950-53

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North Korea and South Korea have begun talks on resuming the reunions of families separated by the Korean War in 1950-53. Korean Red Cross officials met at the border village of Panmunjom in an attempt to restart the reunions last held in October 2010. The two sides remain technically at war because the conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace deal. The talks come as the two countries last...

North Korea and South Korea are holding their first high-level talks since 2007

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North Korea and South Korea are holding their first high-level talks since 2007. The meeting – requested by Pyongyang – is taking place at the border village of Panmunjom. No agenda has been set but the issue of family reunions planned for later this month is expected to be discussed. Pyongyang has threatened to cancel the reunions because of the annual military exercises South Korea...

North Korea has made an insulting attack on South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, following her recent comments on its nuclear program

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North Korea has made an insulting attack on South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, following her recent comments on its nuclear program. A North Korean spokesman accused Park Geun-hye of “blabbering” like a peasant woman and described her as a “faithful servant and stooge of the United States”. Park Geun-hye had warned on Monday that North Korean nuclear devices could end...

North Korea is holding large-scale military drills amid heightened tensions on the peninsula

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North Korea is holding large-scale military drills amid heightened tensions on the peninsula, South Korea says. The move comes after the North Korea threatened to scrap the 60-year truce which ended the Korean War. Later on Thursday, the UN Security Council will vote on a resolution imposing tighter sanctions on Pyongyang following its recent nuclear test. Meanwhile, Australia has put on hold pla...

Pyongyang vowed to restart facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex in April, amid high regional tensions

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...uclear complex in April, amid high regional tensions. The reactor can produce plutonium, which North Korea could use to make nuclear weapons. Analysts believe North Korea already possesses between 4 and 10 nuclear weapons, based on plutonium produced at the Yongbyon reactor prior to mid-2007, when the facility was closed down. The report, which was published on the 38 North website on Wednesday, w...

North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri has warned of strikes against South Korea’s islands and advised residents to leave

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North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri has warned of strikes against South Korea’s islands and advised residents to leave. The Uriminzokkiri website, linked to the regime, mentioned targets including Yeonpyeong island, which was attacked by Northern forces in 2010. Pyongyang has made a series of threats since its last nuclear test in February prompted the UN to tighten sanctions. The US sa...

The US is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in what it says is a response to escalating North Korean rhetoric

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The US is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in what it says is a response to escalating North Korean rhetoric. US officials said the B-52 flights demonstrated “extended deterrence capabilities” amid rising tension on the peninsula. B-52, which can also carry conventional weapons, flew on March 8, with another mission set for Tuesday. Regional tension remains high f...

South Korea's new elected President Park Geun-hye spoke of a grave security challenge from North Korea but called for trust-based dialogue

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South Korea’s new elected President Park Geun-hye spoke of a “grave” security challenge from North Korea but called for “trust-based dialogue”. Park Geun-hye, the ruling Saenuri Party candidate, defeated her liberal rival Moon Jae-in in Wednesday’s election. Speaking after a visit to honor late leaders, she pledged again to “open a new era” on the K...