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‘Putin ready for summit with Kim’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after holding talks with Kim’s special envoy.Russia confirmed that it is ready for contact with North Korea at various levels, includin...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:33

S. Korea warns N. Korea against provocations

South Korea warned North Korea to stop provocations against Seoul, saying they would eventually lead to the communist country's self-destruction.The warning by the defense ministry came hours after Pyongyang said that South Korea "should never forget the lesson from the bitter defeat" in t...

Updated : 2014.11.21 13:52

Former first lady's aides in talks with N. Korea over her trip plan

North Korea agreed Friday to former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho's plan to make an overland trip to the communist country, one of her aides said.The North also promised to allow the wife of late former President Kim Dae-jung to stay at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, ac...

Updated : 2014.11.21 10:21

N. Korea, Russia seek to improve military ties

Top North Korean and Russian military officials held talks in Moscow on ways to improve defense ties between the former communist allies, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday.No Kwang-chol, vice chief of the General Staff of the North's Army, met with his Russian counterpart, as No is a...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:35

U.S. calls N. Korea's nuclear test threat 'cause of great concern'

North Korea's threat to conduct a nuclear test in anger over a U.N. human rights resolution is a "cause of great concern," the State Department said Thursday, urging Pyongyang to take steps to give up its nuclear program.The North's foreign ministry formally issued the nuclear threat earli...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:29

Russian FM: Putin ready for summit with N.K. leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Moscow's top diplomat said Thursday after holding talks with Kim's special envoy.Russia confirmed that it is ready for contact with North Korea at various levels, including the highest level, F...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:28

‘Russia’s top envoy to Pyongyang transferred to Seoul’

Russia’s ambassador to North Korea has been named as the country‘s top envoy to South Korea, diplomatic sources said Thursday, raising hopes that the move would help promote cooperative projects among the three nations.Alexander Timonin, Russia’s top envoy to Pyongyang, is likely to rep...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:35

N.K. vows action against U.N. rights move

North Korea continued its scathing verbal attacks Thursday against the adoption of a landmark U.N. resolution on its grave human rights record, again threatening a fresh round of nuclear tests.A U.N. committee on Tuesday approved the text condemning the “longstanding and ongoing systemati...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:33

N.K. threatens nuke test after U.N. resolution on human rights

North Korea continued scathing verbal attacks Thursday against the adoption of a landmark U.N. resolution on its grave human rights record, again threatening a fresh round of nuclear testing.A U.N. co...

Updated : 2014.11.20 12:41

S. Korea set to mark anniversary of NK shelling of border island

South Koreans are poised to pay tribute to soldiers killed in North Korea's artillery shelling of a western border island four years ago, officials said Thursday, as tensions continue to run high along the sea border.   On Nov. 23, 2010, the North fired some 170 rounds of artillery at t...

Updated : 2014.11.20 11:31

N. Korea slams U.N. resolution on its human rights

North Korea lashed out at a United Nations resolution on the country's human rights on Thursday, vowing to intensify its nuclear weapons deterrence in the face of what it claims is growing hostility toward the country.The reaction from the North came two days after a U.N. committee passed ...

Updated : 2014.11.20 09:55

U.S. says U.N human rights resolution sends clear message to N. Korea

A U.N. human rights resolution on North Korea sends a clear message to Pyongyang that the international community is paying attention to the problem and those most responsible must be held accountable, the State Department said Wednesday.The resolution, which calls for referring North Kore...

Updated : 2014.11.20 09:51

N.K. nuclear reactor remains shut down amid signs of preparations to restart reprocessing facility: report

North Korea's main nuclear reactor is believed to have been shut down for more than two months amid signs Pyongyang may be preparing to restart the nearby reprocessing facility to extract weapons-grade plutonium from spent fuel, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday.Satellite imagery shows that...

Updated : 2014.11.20 09:46

U.N. rights resolution to have limited impact on cross-border ties: experts

The passage of a U.N. draft resolution referring North Korea’s human rights record to the International Criminal Court would have limited impact on inter-Korean relations as the rights issue is now o...

Updated : 2014.11.19 21:32

N.K. WMDs carry catastrophic potential

Bruce BennettEstimates of weapons of mass destruction threats usually focus on the quantity of weapons an adversary possesses. But it’s really the potential for mass destruction that’s important. In...

Updated : 2014.11.19 21:26