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Chinese raids hit North Korean defectors' 'Underground Railroad'

17 Jun 2019

SEOUL A decade after leaving her family behind to flee North Korea, the defector was overwhelmed with excitement when she spoke to her 22-year-old son on the phone for the first time in May after he too escaped into China.

Trump and Kim one year on - A 'beautiful letter', stalled diplomacy

12 Jun 2019

SEOUL A year after President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met for the first time, they appear committed to a personal bond upon which hopes for peace seem to rest despite a stalemate in efforts to get Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons. | Video

North Korea to pause 'Mass Games' after leader Kim complains - tour agencies

05 Jun 2019

SEOUL Days after this year's "Mass Games" debuted before North Korea's top leadership, the huge pageant has been put on hold after leader Kim Jong Un expressed his dissatisfaction, foreign tour groups said on Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim visits factories linked to missile launches

01 Jun 2019

SEOUL The factories have innocuous names, but analysts say several ostensibly civilian facilities visited by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently are also used to build ballistic missile launchers and other weapons.

North Korea's Kim visits factories linked to missile launches

01 Jun 2019

SEOUL, June 1 The factories have innocuous names, but analysts say several ostensibly civilian facilities visited by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently are also used to build ballistic missile launchers and other weapons.

North Korea says Bolton's missile comments 'more than ignorant' - KCNA

27 May 2019

SEOUL U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is "more than ignorant" to argue that North Korea's recent missile tests violated U.N. resolutions, the North's foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Hundreds of foreign companies attend North Korea trade fair despite sanctions

21 May 2019

SEOUL An international trade fair in North Korea this week may be the largest such event on record, analysts said on Tuesday, with hundreds of Chinese and other foreign vendors taking part despite sanctions pressure.

'Missiles like these will start the war': North Korea tests showcase growing capability

10 May 2019

SEOUL North Korea's second missile test on Thursday signals it is serious about developing new, short-range weapons that could be used early and effectively in any war with South Korea and the United States, analysts studying images of the latest launches say. | Video

North Korea's Kim orders stronger strike power; U.S. still open to talks

10 May 2019

SEOUL The leader of North Korea ordered its military to boost its strike capability as he directed another missile firing, state media said on Friday, as tensions grew over tests that appeared to show development of a new advanced missile system. | Video

North Korea fires more missiles, U.S. announces ship seizure as tensions mount

10 May 2019

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday in its second such test in less than a week, and the United States said it had seized a North Korean cargo ship as tensions again mounted between the two countries. | Video

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