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Coronavirus threatens North Korea chaos: analysts

Seoul - North Korea's self-imposed isolation in the face of the coronavirus epidemic raging in neighbouring China is its only method of protection from an outbreak that would wreak havoc given its crumbling health system, analysts say.

Former N. Korea diplomat to run in South's elections

Seoul - The highest-profile North Korean defector in the South declared himself a candidate for parliament Tuesday, in a move he said would demonstrate democratic freedoms in his new home.

Pyongyang still importing oil, cars, alcohol illegally: UN

New York - North Korea, which has been hit by a series of UN sanctions, is illegally importing more and more oil and continues to bring in luxury cars and alcohol, according to an annual report delivered Monday to the UN Security Council.

North Korea says may seek 'new path' of weapons build-up

Geneva - Pyongyang on Tuesday warned that it could seek a "new path" and accelerate its weapons programme, after Washington imposed fresh sanctions on North Korean companies amid stalled nuclear talks.

North Korean defector numbers to South lowest since 2001

Seoul - The number of North Koreans defecting to the South dropped to its lowest in nearly two decades last year, Seoul said Monday, continuing a downward trend as Pyongyang tightens controls on movement.

North Korea says will resume US talks if demands fully met

Seoul - North Korea said Saturday it had received Donald Trump's letter wishing a happy birthday to leader Kim Jong Un, but warned it would only return to nuclear talks if Washington fully accepts its demands.

Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul

Seoul - US President Donald Trump wished North Korea's Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said Friday -- with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman serenaded Pyongyang's leader.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

China calls for easing UN sanctions on N.Korea

New York - A Chinese-Russian resolution aimed at easing international sanctions on North Korea is a "timely" step in the "right direction," China's UN ambassador Zhang Jun said Friday.

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and threatened a demonstration of a "new strategic weapon" soon.

Kim Jong Un: North Korea ending test moratoriums

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that Pyongyang is abandoning its moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, state media reported Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim calls for 'military countermeasures'

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for "diplomatic and military countermeasures", state media said Tuesday, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to change its stance on stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for "offensive measures" to strengthen security ahead of a New Year speech that could flesh out the nuclear-armed nation’s threat to seek a "new way" forward after the expiration of its year-end deadline for...

North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned top ruling party officials of the "grave situation" facing the nuclear-armed state's economy and called for urgent corrective measures.

N. Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of US deadline

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has convened a key meeting of top ruling party officials, state media said Sunday, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to shift its stance on stalled nuclear talks.

Former US adviser warns of 'imminent' North Korea risk

Washington - Former US national security adviser John Bolton on Monday sharply criticized President Donald Trump's North Korea policy, warning that the Asian country posed an "imminent" threat.

N. Korea's Kim discusses bolstering military as deadline approaches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed strengthening his country's military capability with top military officials, state media reported Sunday, with Pyongyang's end-of-year deadline for the US to offer concessions approaching.

North Korea warns US could 'pay dearly' for rights criticism

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday warned Washington would only aggravate tensions and "pay dearly" for criticising Pyongyang over human rights, with nuclear negotiations between the two deadlocked.

US 'prepared for whatever' from NKorea: top Pentagon general

Washington - The Pentagon's top general said Friday the US military is ready for anything from North Korea in the face of Pyongyang's ominous promise of a "Christmas gift" if Washington does not act to ease tensions.

N.Korea envoy confirmed as Pompeo's number two

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday confirmed North Korea negotiator Stephen Biegun to be the State Department's number two, raising the possibility that the veteran Republican will become the acting top US diplomat next year.

China, S. Korea and Japan leaders to discuss N. Korea tensions

Bejing - Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leaders will discuss a potential free-trade deal and tensions over the North Korean nuclear issue when they meet in southern China next week, officials said Thursday.

Homeward bound? Deadline looms for North Korea's overseas workers

Seoul - The waitress at the North Korean restaurant in Beijing has no concerns about a deadline this weekend for Pyongyang's overseas workers to be returned. "I'll go home for the holidays," she says. "But I'll come back.

China, Russia press UN to ease N.Korea sanctions

Bejing - China on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to unanimously back its joint proposal with Russia to ease sanctions on North Korea, warning that dialogue to resolve nuclear tensions must not regress.

Russia, China make UN proposal to ease N.Korea sanctions

New York - Russia and China on Monday proposed easing sanctions against nuclear-armed North Korea, in response to steps the North takes towards denuclearization.

US envoy: N. Korea comments 'hostile and unnecessary'

Seoul - The top US representative in talks with North Korea on Monday slammed Pyongyang's demands as hostile and unnecessary as its end-of-year deadline approaches, but held open the door for fresh negotiations.

North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA

Seoul - North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching.

N. Korea says US 'foolish' for calling UN security meeting

Seoul - North Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday criticised the United States as "foolish" for convening a UN Security Council meeting over growing concern about short-range rockets fired from the isolated state.

US warns N.Korea of consequences for 'Christmas gift'

New York - The United States on Wednesday warned North Korea of consequences if it makes good on threats of a spectacular weapons test in the New Year, while offering flexibility if it stays in talks.

Pompeo hopes N.Korea abides by commitments

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope Tuesday that North Korea would not carry out a nuclear or long-range missile test while Pyongyang demands US concessions by year-end.
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