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Lavrov says US will not strike North Korea

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that the United States would not carry out a strike on North Korea because it knows Pyongyang has nuclear bombs.

North Korean FM at UN launches tirade against Trump

New York - North Korea's foreign minister assailed US President Donald Trump at the United Nations on Saturday, deriding him as a "mentally deranged" leader whose threats had increased the chances of military confrontation.

US warplanes fly off North Korea coast in new show of force

Washington - US bombers and fighter escorts flew off the coast of North Korea on Saturday in a show of force against its nuclear weapons program, escalating already sky-high tensions.

Pyongyang mounts show of support for leader Kim

Pyongyang - Tens of thousands of Pyongyang residents were gathered in the capital's Kim Il-Sung Square Saturday to laud leader Kim Jong-Un's denunciation of US President Donald Trump.

3.5-magnitude quake rattles N. Korea near nuclear test site

Bejing - A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake which hit North Korea near the country's nuclear test site Saturday was likely an aftershock from the hermit state's missile test on September 3, a nuclear test ban watchdog and other experts said.

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

Seoul - North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.

Petrol prices pumped up in Pyongyang

Pyongyang - Petrol prices are being pumped higher in Pyongyang in the wake of United Nations sanctions restricting exports of oil products to nuclear-armed North Korea.Retail prices have gone up around 20 percent in two months, AFP saw in the capital.

Russia's Lavrov says US, N.Korea in 'kindergarden fight'

New York - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday described the rhetoric between leaders of the United States and North Korea as a "kindergarden fight between children" and urged calm.

A-bombs and H-bombs explained

Paris - The world's nuclear arsenals are comprised mainly of two types of warheads -- atomic bombs, also called A-bombs, and the more powerful hydrogen or H-bombs.

'Madman' N. Korea leader to be 'tested like never before': Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday warned "madman" North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he would be "tested," the latest in an exchange of insults between the two.

'Mentally deranged US dotard' and other North Korean insults

Seoul - America's President is many things to many people but "mentally deranged US dotard" is perhaps the most memorable of names to have yet been coined for the billionaire reality television star-turned world leader.

Kim's words find rapt audience in Pyongyang

Pyongyang - An expectant hush fell on the crowd as the giant screen outside Pyongyang's main train station went black on Friday afternoon.

Blown apart: the divided world of taekwondo

Pyongyang - As time ticked away in the final bout of the taekwondo championships in Pyongyang, the North Korean women fighters counted down anxiously, leaping up to hug each other tearfully when their compatriot secured the team sparring gold and the title of worl...

Kim vows to make Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening N Korea: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Friday mocked Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" -- and warned he will make the US president "pay dearly" for threatening the destruction of his country at the United Nations.

Russia at UN slams 'military hysteria' over N. Korea

New York - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday took an indirect swipe at the United States, telling the United Nations that "military hysteria" over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests would lead to "disaster.

France 'to stay home' if no Korea security guarantee

Paris - France will not attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang if the current international stand-off over North Korea's atomic weapons programme worsens and security cannot be guaranteed, the country's sports minister said Thursday.

EU agrees on new sanctions against N.Korea: sources

Brussels - The EU agreed Thursday on new sanctions against North Korea, diplomatic sources told AFP, as the international community steps up efforts to punish the pariah state for its nuclear weapons programme.

Trump says US to target firms doing business with N. Korea

New York - US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime.

Moon at UN: S. Korea not seeking collapse of N. Korea

New York - South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Thursday he did not seek North Korea's collapse, using an address to the United Nations to urge a scaling down of sky-high tensions.

The spy who came in from the North

Gwangju - Condemned to death twice, former spy Seo Ok-Ryol spent three decades in prison, most of it in solitary confinement. Now aged 90, the only thing he wants to do before he dies is go home -- to North Korea.

N. Korea shrugs off Trump threat as 'dog's bark'

Seoul - North Korea's foreign minister has brushed aside US President Donald Trump's fiery threat to destroy his nation, comparing it to a "dog's bark" and suggesting Pyongyang would not be deterred by the rhetoric.

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea to be over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the table.

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the tableAddressing the UN General Assembly, Abe said "there is not much time left" to tak...

Merkel says in 'clear disagreement' with Trump over N. Korea

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she was in "clear disagreement' with US President Donald Trump over his threat to destroy North Korea."I am against such threats," Merkel said in an interview with the radio station Deutsche Welle.

China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Wednesday at US President Donald Trump's veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, countering that the United States was a greater threat to sovereignty.

Trump's North Korea talk 'counterproductive': analysts

Seoul - With his threats to "totally destroy" North Korea, Donald Trump is playing into Pyongyang's hands by offering justification for a nuclear weapons programme it insists is for self-defence, analysts say.

Trump issues stark threats to North Korea and Iran at UN

New York - President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the United States is ready to "totally destroy" North Korea and vowed to confront Iran's "murderous regime" over its weapons program.

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

New York - The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the "vicious cycle" on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday.

N.Korea crisis boosts Japan's hawkish PM: analysts

Toukyo - The North Korea crisis has been like "divine aid" for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, experts say, burnishing his nationalist credentials and possibly tempting him into a snap election.

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.
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