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North Korea Holds Peace Talks With South Korea in First Interaction Since August

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Pyongyang wants the resumption of tourist trips to the country, while Seoul will ask for family reunions

U.N. chief Ban says 'positive signs' from Pyongyang on North Korea visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was discussing with North Korea the dates for his visit to the isolated state but no decision has been made in his first public comments on the trip since news reports last week said he would go soon.

South Korea Holds Live-Fire Drill Near Disputed Border With North

South Korea conducted artillery exercises on Monday near a disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea, despite Pyongyang's promise to retaliate for the drill, media reported.

Seoul to Conduct Border Live-Fire Drills Despite Pyongyang Threats

According to South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman, Seoul will conduct live-fire artillery exercises on the border with North Korea on the fifth anniversary of the largest armed incident between the two nations despite threats from Pyongyang.

North Korea threatens South Korea ahead of island shelling anniversary

SEOUL (Reuters) - Five years after North Korea fired shells onto a South Korean island, Pyongyang vowed on Sunday to retaliate mercilessly should Seoul holds fire drills near the border on the anniversary.

U.N. panel condemns N. Korea for gross human rights abuses

Humanitarian committee points to Pyongyang's use of torture, rape and public executions; supports possible referral to The Hague

U.N. panel condemns North Korea abuses, Pyongyang cites U.S. 'plot'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations General Assembly committee on Thursday condemned what it said were rampant and planned human rights abuses in North Korea, but Pyongyang denounced the accusation as a hostile plot organized by the United States and its allies.

North Korean Media Confirms UN Chief’s Visit to Pyongyang

The North Korean state news agency KCNA confirmed that Ban Ki-moon will visit Pyongyang on Monday for four days.

South Korea on alert for sign of North Korea missile test

South Korea said Monday it was “closely watching” for any signs of an imminent North Korean missile test after Pyongyang reportedly issued a no-sail zone off its east coast. The South’s Yonhap news agency had quoted a government source on Sunday as saying the North had imposed the no-navigation zone off the coastal city of

U.N. mum over report Sec-Gen Ban to visit North Korea this week

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea's capital Pyongyang this week, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Monday, though there was no confirmation from either the United Nations or the South Korean foreign ministry.

UN Chief Always Ready to Promote Inter-Korean Dialogue

The United Nations said it was unable to confirm the reports claiming that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to visit Pyongyang, stressing that the UN chief was always ready to help enhance dialogue on the Korean peninsula.

U.N. chief ready to help Korean peace, no comment on Pyongyang visit

(Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has always said he is ready to play a role to help dialogue and peace on the Korean peninsula, the U.N. spokesman's office said in a statement on Monday.

U.N. chief to visit North Korea this week: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, this week, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Monday, quoting a U.N. source.

South Korea, Russia Cooperate to Resolve North Korean Nuclear Issue

Seoul and Moscow continue cooperation on the Pyongyang's nuclear issue, and South Korea expects Russia's constructive role in this regard, South Korean ambassador to Russia, Park Ro-byug, told Sputnik.

Seoul Seeks Pyongyang Rail Link Restoration – South Korean Envoy

Seoul has offered Pyongyang to restore the inter-Korean railway in hopes that it then will be connected with Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway to Europe.

High-Powered Russian Military Delegation Arrives in Pyongyang

A Russian military delegation arrived in Pyongyang on Monday for talks with the command of the Korean People’s Army, Russian media reported on Tuesday.

S Korea Calls on Pyongyang to Come to Denuclearization Talks With Sincerity

South Korean Ambassador to Russia Park Ro-Byug said that North Korea will participate in talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea to offer flight tours over capital in Soviet-era helicopter

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will offer helicopter sightseeing tours of its capital, Pyongyang, starting from this month, tourist agencies specializing in trips to the isolated country told Reuters on Thursday.

East Asian Diplomacy: U.S.-Dominant Status Quo Losing To China's Proactive Change In Pivotal Korea

Korean peninsula denuclearization will not be negotiable until Pyongyang's sense of security is enhanced, and the party in the best position to provide the security is China. China should be encouraged to revive a defense treaty executed with Pyongyang in the 1960s. As an inducement--indeed, presumptive sine qua non--the U.S. should withdraw forces from South Korea.

Washington, Seoul Agree to Strenghten Defence Against Pyongyang 'Threat'

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo agreed to enhance defense capacity amid what they deemed North Korea's "continuing threat," the joint statement read on Monday.

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