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Southeast Asian ministers urge North Korea to rein in weapons programmes

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CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines Southeast Asian defence ministers on Monday expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes and urged the reclusive country to meet its international obligations and resume communications.

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'Nowhere to hide' - North Korean missiles spur anxiety in Japan fishing town 7:58am BST

ERIMO, Japan Ever since North Korea lobbed two missiles far above this windswept fishing town on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, seaweed farmer Mitsuyo Kawamura says she's been on edge.

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U.S. defence chief Mattis in Asia, will discuss North Korea crisis with allies 1:13am BST

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang's "reckless" provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defence chiefs in the Philippines.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says would travel to North Korea - NYT 22 Oct 2017

NEW YORK Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website on Sunday.

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China's Communist Party says still talking to North Korean counterpart 21 Oct 2017

BEIJING China's ruling Communist Party continues to hold talks and maintain contacts with its North Korean counterpart, a senior official said on Saturday, describing the two countries friendship as important for regional stability.

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Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea - officials 20 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China's president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping's consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.

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Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea - agency 20 Oct 2017

MOSCOW Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear programme, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, declaring that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported.

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Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation - Kerry 20 Oct 2017

GENEVA U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran towards nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Tehran, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said late on Thursday.

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South Korea stresses safety of Pyeongchang Olympics to diplomats, companies 20 Oct 2017

SEOUL South Korea's foreign ministry stressed the Pyeongchang Olympics will be safe from North Korean provocations in a briefing to diplomats and executives at foreign companies in the country on Friday, as concerns persist over tensions with the North.

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U.S. carrier patrols off Korean peninsula in warning to Pyongyang 20 Oct 2017

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN, Sea of Japan The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action.