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No response from North Korea as proposed talks loom: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea has not responded to South Korea's offer to hold military talks Friday, Seoul said, dimming prospects of any ease in tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

US locked in 'slow-going' talks with China on N.Korea sanctions

New York - Despite a push to quickly slap new UN sanctions on North Korea, the United States is bogged down in "slow-going" negotiations with China on a response to Pyongyang's first ICBM launch, diplomats said Wednesday.

Surf's up! N. Korea tourism agency tries to woo foreigners

Seoul - North Korea's tourism agency has launched a website offering holiday options ranging from surfing to rice planting, despite strong US warnings to avoid travel to a nation where several trips have ended in jail.

NKorea 'clearly' has range to hit US: general

Washington - North Korea "clearly" has the range to hit parts of the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile -- but not with much accuracy, a top US general said Tuesday.

Japan says time for pressure, not dialogue with N.Korea

New York - Japan on Monday downplayed South Korea's offer to hold military talks with North Korea, saying the priority should be piling pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions."This is not a time for dialogue.

EU raises prospect of new sanctions against North Korea

Brussels - European Union member states agreed Monday to consider imposing new sanctions on North Korea after it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

S. Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

Seoul - South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with North Korea, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

N. Korea likely has more plutonium than previously thought: monitor

Seoul - New images of North Korea's main nuclear facility show that the isolated regime has apparently produced more plutonium for its weapons programme than previously thought, a US monitor said, as tensions soar over Pyongyang's ambitions.

China says upholds UN sanctions as North Korea trade rises

Bejing - China insisted Thursday it was abiding by UN sanctions on North Korea despite a jump in its trade with the nuclear-armed nation that comes amid growing US calls for Beijing to rein in its neighbour.

US vows to press China to enforce NKorea sanctions

Washington - The United States will crank up pressure on China to ensure that it implements sanctions against North Korea over its missile tests, Washington's ambassador to the United Nations pledged Sunday.

N. Korea warns of nuclear 'tipping point' over US bomber drill

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war.

US and North Korea need to talk -- but how?

Washington - After North Korea's shock demonstration that it can strike the American mainland with an intercontinental missile, US officials say their focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to avert a catastrophic conflict.

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

Seoul - US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea Saturday, flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang's latest missile test, the South's defence ministry said.

Putin warns against 'losing cool' on North Korea

Hamburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday underlined the importance of staying calm in the North Korea crisis, saying nuclear-armed Pyongyang should be dealt with in a "pragmatic" manner."The North Korea nuclear problem is very serious.

Explosions in sky as Pyongyang celebrates ICBM launch

Pyongyang - Fireworks lit up the sky over Pyongyang's Juche Tower as North Korea celebrated its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a milestone in its decades-long weapons drive.

Mattis slams N.Korea 'provocation' but says focus on diplomacy

Washington - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Thursday slammed North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile as a "provocation," but stressed the United States seeks a diplomatic solution to the standoff.

Russia blocks UN statement calling for N. Korea sanctions

New York - Russia on Thursday blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for "significant measures" in response to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Trump weighs 'severe' response to N. Korea ICBM test

Varsovia - President Donald Trump said Thursday he was considering a "pretty severe" response to North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test, even as his defense secretary said the United States is still seeking a diplomatic solution to the standoff.

N.Korea says 'piece of cake' to wipe out South: state media

Seoul - Pyongyang warned it would be a "piece of cake" to destroy "gangster" South Korea, state media reported Thursday, as it raged against Seoul for a joint missile drill with the US following its landmark intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

China warns 'words and deeds' can raise N.Korea tensions

Bejing - China on Thursday warned against "words and deeds" that could heighten tensions over North Korea, after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that Kim Jong-Un dubbed a gift to "American bastards".

China warns against 'words and deeds' that raise North Korea tensions

Bejing - China on Thursday warned against "words and deeds" that could heighten tensions over North Korea, after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that Kim Jong-Un dubbed a gift to "American bastards".

To talk or not to talk to North Korea?

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea has muscled its way onto the agenda of the G20 leaders' annual summit in Germany Thursday, with Pyongyang's first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile set to dominate discussions.

Could America shield Alaska from a N.Korean missile?

Washington - It is every Alaskan's nightmare: finding themselves within range of a North Korean missile. As that fear came one step closer to reality this week, America's ability to block an incoming attack is under scrutiny.

Traders say business as usual at China-N.Korea border

Dandong - Trucks still line up bumper-to-bumper on the "Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge" to bring goods from North Korea into China even as Beijing faces massive pressure to strangle its Communist ally economically.

US leads sanctions push after NKorea 'escalation'

New York - The United States pushed for tougher sanctions on North Korea at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, warning the isolated regime's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had drastically narrowed the path for diplomacy.

N.Korea seeks 'driver's seat' with ICBM test: analysts

Seoul - Newly equipped with an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea is looking to put itself in the "driver's seat" for any future negotiations with Washington, analysts say -- but may at the same time be pushing such talks further away.

US to seek new UN sanctions after N.Korea 'escalation'

New York - The United States will present to the UN Security Council a draft resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea after it launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday.

Pentagon is confident it can stop N Korean ICBM

Washington - The Pentagon is confident it can protect the United States against an incoming North Korean rocket, an official said Wednesday following Pyongyang's first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Trump takes aim at China over North Korea

Washington - US President Donald Trump lashed out at China Wednesday, pointing to a surge in its trade with North Korea as evidence that US reliance on Beijing to rein in Pyongyang was misplaced.

China walks a tightrope with Trump over North Korea

Bejing - The US and Chinese presidents face an awkward encounter at the G20 summit this week as rising tensions over how to deal with North Korea threaten to shatter the already-crumbling facade of their friendly rhetoric.
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