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Elite North Korean defector says more diplomats waiting to defect to Seoul - Yonhap

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SEOUL More high-level North Korean diplomats are waiting to defect to South Korea from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang's former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

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U.S. blacklists North Korean officials over rights abuses 11 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury Department has added seven senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, to its sanctions list because of human rights abuses and censorship by the communist nation.

U.S. deploys high-tech radar amid heightened North Korea rhetoric - official 11 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON A high-tech sea-based U.S. military radar has left Hawaii to monitor for potential North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test launches, a U.S. defence official said on Wednesday.

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Trump secretary of state choice to say Russia must be held to account 11 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Wednesday will voice concerns about Russia's actions on the world stage and say China must help pressure North Korea to reform.

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Japan, South Korea 'comfort women' feud flares amid Pyongyang missile fears 11 Jan 2017

TOKYO A South Korean political vacuum and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's concerns about his conservative political base have rekindled a feud over wartime history, just as tension over North Korea makes cooperation between the U.S. allies as vital as ever.

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U.S. says might not shoot down North Korean ICBM, eyeing intel 11 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. military might monitor a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test and gather intelligence rather than destroy it, as long as the launch did not pose a threat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday.

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North Korea says can test-launch ICBM at any time - official news agency 09 Jan 2017

SEOUL North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying a hostile U.S. policy was to blame for its arms development. | Video

UPDATE 4-N. Korea says can test-launch ICBM at any time -official news agency 09 Jan 2017

SEOUL, Jan 8 North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying a hostile U.S. policy was to blame for its arms development.

UPDATE 1-North Korea says can test-launch ICBM at any time- KCNA 08 Jan 2017

SEOUL, Jan 8 North Korea said on Sunday it can test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying the United States' hostile policy was to blame for its arms development.

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Nuclear, missile tests show 'qualitative' improvement in North Korea capabilities - U.S. 06 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday North Korea had demonstrated a "qualitative" improvement in its nuclear and missile capabilities after an unprecedented level of tests last year, showing the needed to sustain pressure on Pyongyang to bring it back to disarmament negotiations.