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US pushes UN to maintain sanctions pressure on NKorea

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday urged UN member-states to keep tough economic sanctions fully in place on North Korea and maintain pressure on Kim Jong Un to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Russia, China urge delay as US seeks to cut off oil to N.Korea

New York - Russia and China on Thursday put a six-month hold on a request from the United States to the UN Security Council to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea, diplomats said.

US troop remains to be repatriated soon from N. Korea: Pompeo

Washington - The repatriation of remains of US troops killed during the Korean War should begin shortly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, starting a process agreed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

Daejeon - Table tennis players from North and South Korea played alongside each other at an international tournament Tuesday, winning their matchups in the latest instalment of Korean sporting diplomacy.

N. Korea's Kim lambasts officials during 'field guidance' visits

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated officials during inspections of a factory, power station and holiday camp, state media reported Tuesday, with analysts saying the reports show nuclear-armed Pyongyang's desire to focus on economic development.

N. Korea, US hold talks on war dead repatriation

Seoul - North Korean and US military officials met at the inter-Korea border Sunday to discuss repatriation of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War, a report said.

US cyberthreat at 'critical point': US intelligence chief

Washington - The threat of cyberattacks against the US is at a "critical point," the country's intelligence chief has warned, branding Russia the most "aggressive foreign actor" ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin.

S. Korea's Moon optimistic on US-N. Korea diplomatic thaw

Fpo - South Korean president Moon Jae-in said Friday he is confident a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Pyongyang will continue, despite "bumps and bruises" on the path to denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

Washington - US President Donald Trump once more signalled his optimism on Thursday about efforts to end the nuclear standoff with North Korea, as he took the extraordinary diplomatic step of tweeting out a letter from Kim Jong Un.

US asks UN to cut off oil products to North Korea

New York - The United States asked the UN Security Council on Thursday to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of violating sanctions with illegal imports of fuel, according to documents seen by...

Progress in North Korea but long road ahead: UN aid chief

Seoul - North Korea has made "lots of progress" in providing food and medical services to its people in recent years but the impoverished state still has a long, tough road ahead, the UN humanitarian chief said Thursday.

'Clear evidence of need' in N. Korea: UN aid chief

Seoul - The United Nations' humanitarian chief said Wednesday he had seen "clear evidence" of need in North Korea -- where one fifth of children are malnourished -- during a rare trip.

S. Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

Seoul - South Korea approved a rare screening of North Korean movies at a local film festival on Tuesday, as a diplomatic thaw gains pace following two landmark summits between their leaders.

UN urges probe into N. Korea waitress 'defectors'

Seoul - A dozen North Korean waitresses involved in a high-profile "defection" case two years ago did not know where they were going, the top UN human rights official on North Korea said Tuesday.

Did N. Korea's Kim put potatoes over Pompeo?

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pyongyang's state media implied Tuesday.

Trump has 'confidence' N.Korea will honor denuclearization 'contract'

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Monday he has "confidence" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will honor the denuclearization "contract" they signed, but that China may be seeking to undermine a deal.

N. Korea talks sidelining human rights: UN rapporteur

Seoul - The North Korean talks process with the US and the South is sidelining the human rights of Pyongyang's oppressed citizens, the UN's top official on the issue said Monday.

Pompeo insists North Korea talks 'very productive'

Pyongyang - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Saturday that two days of talks with his North Korean counterpart on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal had been "very productive".

Pompeo in N. Korea to seek 'details' on denuclearisation

Pyongyang - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang Friday to press Kim Jong Un for a more detailed commitment to denuclearisation following the North Korean leader's historic summit with President Donald Trump.

Pompeo to seek 'details' on denuclearisation in N. Korea

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was en route to Pyongyang Friday to press Kim Jong Un for a more detailed commitment to denuclearisation following the North Korean leader's historic summit with President Donald Trump.

Taiwan businessman indicted over North Korea oil sales

Taipei - A Taiwanese businessman has been indicted over illegal oil sales to North Korea, prosecutors said Thursday, flouting UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed regime.

Trump says N. Korea talks 'going well,' lashes critics

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Tuesday talks with North Korea were making progress despite reports Kim Jong Un's regime had stepped up its nuclear program after the two leaders held a historic summit.

Basketball diplomacy: S. Korea teams arrive in Pyongyang

Seoul - A high-level South Korean delegation arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday with dozens of basketball players as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's favourite sport becomes the latest effort at athletic diplomacy between the neighbours.

US envoy Pompeo to return to North Korea this week

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads back to North Korea this week to flesh out the bare bones nuclear agreement between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un.

N. Korea's Kim asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions: report

Apo - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appealed to China's Xi Jinping to help end sanctions against Pyongyang following his landmark summit with US President Donald Trump, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday, citing multiple unnamed sources in the two co...

Reports of hidden N.Korea nuclear efforts raise questions in US

Washington - Reports that North Korea intends to secretly maintain some of its nuclear stockpile and production facilities raised questions Sunday about President Donald Trump's insistence that the North was "no longer a nuclear threat," after his historic summit i...

Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on N. Korea

Apo - US Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Friday to maintain and strengthen the US security alliance with Japan amid fears that talks with North Korea could water down Washington's longstanding security commitments in the region.

US-Japan alliance 'cornerstone' of regional stability: Mattis

Apo - The US-Japan alliance is vital to peace in Asia and Washington remains committed to the partnership as it pursues diplomacy with North Korea, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in Tokyo Friday.

Kim Jong Nam murder not a prank: prosecutors

Shah Alam - The assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader was not a prank, Malaysian state prosecutors said Thursday, insisting it was a "carefully planned and executed" murder using a UN-banned poison.

Koreas to field joint teams at Asian Games

Jakarta - North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports -- canoeing, rowing and women's basketball -- at the Asian Games, organisers said Thursday, in the latest sign of thawing tensions.
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