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US scraps UN meeting on North Korea human rights

New York - The United States has dropped a bid to hold a UN Security Council meeting on North Korea's human rights record after failing to garner enough support for the talks, diplomats said Friday.

China urges US, N. Korea to address each other's 'concerns'

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korea's foreign minister Friday that he hoped Pyongyang and Washington will address each other's concerns so peace talks on the Korean peninsula "continue to make positive progress".

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Auckland - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Auckland - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearisation: South Korea president

Seoul - US President Donald Trump will grant North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un his wishes if he delivers on denuclearisation, the South Korean president said Sunday, following talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea's Kim in January or February

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he hoped to organize a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in early 2019, perhaps as soon as January or February.

Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea's Kim in January or February

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he hoped to organize a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in early 2019, perhaps as soon as January or February.

North Korean soldier defects to South across border

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South's military said.

N. Korean soldier defects across border: South's military

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the eastern land border on Saturday, the South's military said.

Trump reaffirms second North Korea summit plan

Buenos Aires - US President Donald Trump reaffirmed Friday in a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that he wants a second summit with North Korea's leader, the White House said.

N.Korea FM in Vietnam for lessons on economic reform

Hanoi - North Korea's foreign minister kicked off an official visit to Vietnam Friday as the hermit nation seeks to learn lessons from the one-party state's post-war economic reform that has transformed the communist nation into one of Asia's fastest growing e...

Two Koreas start landmark journey for railway reconnection

Seoul - A South Korean train crossed into North Korea on Friday for the first time in a decade -- packed with engineers on a mission to upgrade the North’s dilapidated rail tracks and create a linked, cross-border network.

French civil servant charged with treason for spying for N.Korea

Paris - A senior French civil servant, Benoit Quennedey, has been charged with treason and spying for North Korea, a judicial source said Thursday.

North Korea urges UN to oppose meeting on human rights

New York - North Korea is urging UN Security Council members to block a US bid to hold a meeting on Pyongyang's human rights record, saying it would run counter to recent peace moves.

French Senate official accused of spying for North Korea

Paris - France's Senate said Tuesday it had suspended a senior French civil servant arrested on suspicion of spying for North Korea.

French Senate official arrested for 'North Korea spying': sources

Paris - Intelligence agencies have arrested a senior French civil servant on suspicion of spying for North Korea, a judicial source in Paris said.

North, South Korea join hands to win UNESCO status for wrestling

Paris - North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted a joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as one of the world's most treasured cultural practices.

North, South Korea win heritage status with joint wrestling bid: UNESCO

Paris - North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted their joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as part of the world's cultural heritage.

Doggy diplomacy: S. Korea unveils newborn Northern pups

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife have been pictured cuddling a litter of puppies whelped by one of the dogs given to them by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a symbol of the strengthening ties between the two countries.

Hand in hand, Koreas seek to end UNESCO wrestling

Andong - North and South Korea have long grappled over their joint symbols at the United Nations culture organisation UNESCO, but they could share the honours this week when twin applications for traditional Korean wrestling come up for consideration.

UN grants sanctions exemption for Korea railway survey

Seoul - The UN Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption for the two Koreas to jointly conduct a survey on reconnecting railways across their border, a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said Saturday.

Two Koreas connect DMZ road across border: Seoul

Seoul - North and South Korea have connected a road across their shared border for the first time in 14 years, Seoul's defence ministry said Thursday in the latest reconciliation gesture between the neighbours.

US, South Korea scale back military exercise

Washington - The United States and South Korea have scaled down a joint military exercise scheduled for the spring of 2019 to facilitate nuclear talks with North Korea, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Inter-Korean rapprochement must not outpace denuclearization: US

Washington - Any rapprochement between North and South Korea must move forward "in tandem" with efforts to denuclearize the peninsula, and cannot come sooner, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.

N. Korea defector soldier is general's son: report

Apo - The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper.

N. Korea swiftly expels US citizen amid nuclear talks

Seoul - North Korea said Friday it had expelled a US citizen who tried to enter illegally, an unusually swift resolution of a case that could have further complicated reconciliation moves between the two countries.

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon", Pyongyang's state media reported Friday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearisation talks.

North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of a "high-tech" new weapon, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday according to Yonhap news agency.

S.Korea says too early to restart industrial zone with North

Washington - South Korea said Thursday it would not restart an industrial zone with North Korea until its neighbor moves to give up nuclear weapons, although it voiced hope for progress.

Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely in New Year, won't accept broken promises

Fpo - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will likely meet again after New Year, the US vice president said Thursday, but insisted his government would not repeat past mistakes where "promises are broken.
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