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May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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China welcomes North Korea's decision to halt nuclear, missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:03 PM

China supports North Korea's decision to stop nuclear tests and to focus on developing the economy

SHOW OF FORCE. In this file photo, Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(2nd UPDATE) World powers hail the announcement, but analysts caution that the declaration was promising but limited

KIM JONG UN. The North Korean leader says they will no longer carry out nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests. File photo shows Kim attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

North Korea steps up tunneling at nuclear test site – monitor

Jan 12, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'These activities underscore North Korea’s continued efforts to maintain the Punggye-ri site’s potential for future nuclear testing,' says the respected 38North website

INCREASED ACTIVITY. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the undeground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

China, North Korea talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:44 PM

A brief report by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency says China wants to 'develop the traditional friendly relations between the two parties and countries'

ASEAN Chairman's Statement hits North Korea missile tests

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The ASEAN Chairman's Statement voices 'grave concern' over North Korea's 'recent provocative and threatening actions'

ASEAN SUMMIT. Leaders of ASEAN's 10 member-countries attend the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in the Philippines. Rappler photo

PH embassy releases contingency plan as Korea tensions rise

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Here is the full text of the contingency plan of the Philippine embassy in South Korea which includes information on when and how to evacuate

H-BOMB TEST. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the situation in the Korean Peninsula with Ambassador to Seoul Raul Hernandez and Foreign Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Russia, China urge freeze on North Korea missile tests and U.S. exercises

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The joint statement issued after a meeting between leaders Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Moscow follow an announcement by North Korea that it had test fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile

UN slaps sanctions on North Koreans amid U.S. warning

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

China Pyongyang s ally backs the sanctions but renews its appeal for dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula

G7 warns on North Korea

May 27, 2017 - 11:33 PM

North Korea must immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete verifiable and irreversible manner

U.S. would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop – Haley

May 17, 2017 - 8:53 AM

We are willing to talk but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there says US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley

Nikki R. Haley (center), United States Permanent Representative to the UN, speaks to journalists following closed-door Security Council consultations on the recent missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), March 8, 2017. Also addressing reporters with her were Koro Bessho (left), Permanent Representative of Japan; and Cho Tae-yul, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea. United Nations, New York Manuel Elias/UN Photo

UN Security Council condemns latest North Korea missile tests

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:12 AM

The condemnation comes as the US military says it has observed activity in North Korea that suggests Pyongyang may be gearing up for another nuclear test

Activity at North Korea nuclear site fuels test fears

Oct 07, 2016 - 1:00 PM

North Korea has already conducted two nuclear tests this year – in January and September – and experts say it is capable of carrying out a 3rd as soon as the order is given

North Korea won't submit to US nuclear 'blackmail'

Sep 10, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Gone are the days when the US could make a unilateral nuclear blackmail against the DPRK says the ruling party newspaper

'SUCCESSFUL' TEST. In this file photo, visitors walk past replicas of North Korean Scud-B missile (L) and South Korean Nike missiles (R) at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on September 5, 2016. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

UN to begin work on new North Korea sanctions

Sep 10, 2016 - 9:20 AM

The UN Security Council strongly condemns the test and agrees to begin drafting a new resolution under article 41 of the UN charter which provides for sanctions

NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS. The UN Security Council. File photo by Mark Garten/UN Photo

North Korea's latest nuclear test: 5 things to know

Sep 09, 2016 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED Here are some key questions around the blast and the isolated state s nuclear program

5TH NUCLEAR TEST. A South Korean official points to a map showing the epicenter seismic waves in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 9, 2016 following news of another nuclear test by North Korea. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

North Korea claims 'successful' nuclear warhead test

Sep 09, 2016 - 1:01 PM

5th UPDATE China says it firmly opposes the test while US President Barack Obama warns of serious consequences

'SUCCESSFUL' TEST. Visitors walk past replicas of North Korean Scud-B missile (L) and South Korean Nike missiles (R) at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on September 5, 2016. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

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Sep 09, 2016 - 12:37 PM

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North Korea carries out 'biggest ever' nuclear test – Seoul

Sep 09, 2016 - 9:07 AM

5th UPDATE South Korea s President Park Geun Hye: Kim Jong Un s regime will only earn more sanctions and isolation and such provocation will further accelerate its path to self destruction

South Korea's Park says North ready for nuclear test

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye also warns Pyongyang that the international community is ready to respond with even stronger sanctions

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on April 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said on April 24, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases.  / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Preparations in 'final stages' for North Korea nuclear test – report

Apr 17, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Numerous analysts have suggested the regime might carry out a 5th nuclear test as a display of defiance and strength just before the congress opens

N. Korea slams 'evil' South president

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:51 AM

The Korean language version of the same statement uses even stronger language calling South Korean President Park Geun Hye Obama s prostitute who sold Korea s national interests to foreign forces

NUCLEAR SUMMIT. South Korean President Park Geun-hye (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) meet bilaterally in Washington DC, USA, March 31, 2016, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. File photo by EPA

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US secretly agreed to North Korea talks before nuke test – report

Feb 22, 2016 - 6:27 PM

It was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty says a US State Department spokesman

epa05147257 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 January 2016 and released by North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a ceremony at the meeting hall of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on 07 February 2016, just hours after South Korea's Defense Ministry said the reclusive country moved forward its time frame for the launch. The rocket was launched from a facility in north-western North Korea, South Korean media reported citing the South Korean military. North Korea has said the launch would send a satellite into orbit. South Korea and the United States believe that is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile, which is banned by multiple UN Security Council resolutions. EPA/RODONG SINMUN SOUTH KOREA OUT

Japan slaps new sanctions on North Korea

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:50 PM

North Korean citizens and ships are barred from entering Japan

South Korea shutters joint industrial park after N.Korean rocket

Feb 10, 2016 - 5:45 PM

3rd UPDATE Seoul says it does not want its investment in the Kaesong park to be used for Pyongyang s nuclear program

epa05152296 (FILE) An undated file picture released on 06 December 2011 shows a general view of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong. South Korea said on 10 February 2016 that it was suspending its participation in a jointly run industrial park on the border with North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's nuclear test and rocket launch, a news report said. On 06 January North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test since 2006. It launched a long-range ballistic missile and sent a satellite into orbit. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

US, allies press China to back strong resolution over N. Korea nuclear test

Jan 16, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Japan South Korea and the US are aiming to help adopt a UN resolution with the strongest possible contents at the earliest timing

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Jan 11, 2016 - 7:02 PM

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Jan 08, 2016 - 5:56 PM

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New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test site

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Concern has been building over the past week that the North is preparing to conduct a fourth test in the face of stern international opposition

First radioactive traces from N. Korea nuke test

Apr 23, 2013 - 6:46 PM

The discovery could not help the CTBTO determine if Pyongyang used plutonium or uranium in the blast

Kerry looks to press China on NoKor

Apr 13, 2013 - 8:49 AM

Teducing tensions would require cooperation from all sides and in particular China an ally of North Korea

‘DEEPENING COOPERATION.’ China says US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss “sensitive issues” with Chinese officials in his Beijing visit aimed at deepening ties between the two countries. AFP/Bulent Kilic

Rappler Newscast | February 12, 2013

Feb 12, 2013 - 9:02 PM

Team PNoy and United Nationalist Alliance kick off the national campaigns for the 2013 elections | Performance and trust ratings of the country’s top officials drop in the latest Pulse Asia survey | North Korea conducts its third nuclear test

N. Korea military meet hints at nuclear test

Feb 03, 2013 - 12:05 PM

North Korea s Kim Jong Un chaired a meeting that discussed a looming great turn in military capability fuelling expectations of an imminent nuclear test

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

US envoy: 'Very strong consensus' with China on N. Korea

Jan 25, 2013 - 9:45 PM

US and China have achieved a very strong degree of consensus on North Korea s plan for another nuclear test

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones