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North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of U.S. summit

May 24, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Pyongyang announced its plan to 'completely' dismantle the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, inviting some foreign journalists to witness the destruction

MEDIA WITNESSES. This picture taken on May 23, 2018 and released by South Korean news agency News1 via Dong-A Ilbo shows South Korean journalists arriving at North Korea's Kalma airport in Wonsan. Photo by News1 / AFP

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South Korean president asks UN to verify closure of North's test site

May 02, 2018 - 10:48 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also asks for UN support to 'transform the demilitarized zone into a peace zone' between the two Koreas

CLOSURE? 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 underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

North Korea's nuclear declaration: What it does and does not mean

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Here are some questions and answers on the latest developments on North Korea's nuclear declaration

MISSILE. This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on March 7, 2017 shows ballistic missiles being launced during a military drill from an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by KCTV/AFP

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

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Tillerson in China to pile pressure on North Korea

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The visit comes as relations between the two superpowers appear to be improving after months of tensions over how to handle North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's nuclear provocations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

3.5-magnitude earthquake rattles North Korea near nuclear test site

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:26 PM

It comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions

EARTHQUAKE IN NORTH KOREA. People watch a television news screen showing a map of the epicenter of an earthquake in North Korea, at a railway station in Seoul on September 23, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

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Sep 08, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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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

PH hits North Korea over 'provocative' H-bomb test

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED The Department of Foreign Affairs assures Filipinos in Seoul that it is ready to help with evacuation if the situation further escalates

Photo from DFA

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

Tillerson brings tougher North Korea line to a wary China

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:55 PM

China is the last country with significant leverage over the isolated North Korean regime headed by Kim Jong Un and Tillerson is expected to press it to use that clout

TALKS. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in the Reagan Building on March 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

Top UN court to decide fate of Marshall Islands' epic nuclear case

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The UN s highest court will rule on whether to take up a case brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race

The mushroom cloud of a 1945 nuclear bomb test at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. AFP photo/STF

US, Japan scramble for 'strongest' sanctions against North Korea

Sep 11, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The United States may launch its own sanctions in response to the provocative and unacceptable behavior by the North Koreans

South Korean president to meet opposition after nuke test

Sep 11, 2016 - 3:12 PM

An unidentified presidential official says South Korean President Park Geun hye would seek cooperation from both her conservative ruling party and liberal opposition parties for her handling of the nuclear threat

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

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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

US, North Korea trade barbs over nuclear weapon tests

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:22 PM

Ri Yong Ho Pyongyang s newly appointed foreign minister accuses the US of being behind the failure of the long dormant 6 party talks on the country s nuclear program

RI YONG-HO. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho (L) arrives to attend the 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Retreat Session in Vientiane, Laos, July 26, 2016. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

No 'imminent' signs of North Korea nuclear test – US think tank

May 11, 2016 - 8:53 AM

South Korean officials and North Korea watchers elsewhere earlier warn of a high possibility that Pyongyang might – as a show of strength – carry out a test in the run up to or during the North Korean conclave

UN Security Council readies N. Korea missile test reply

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:15 AM

North Korea has now made 3 bids in two weeks to test fly a Musudan missile which is capable of striking US bases on the Pacific island of Guam

REPLY TO NORTH KOREA. Members of the Security Council at a 2014 summit held at United Nations, New York. File photo by Mark Garten/UN Photo

UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

Apr 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM

We are here to honor the victims The best tribute to them is action to ban and to stop nuclear testing says Ban Ki moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addresses a press conference on April 26, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. / AFP PHOTO / Dieter Nagl

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. /

South Korea's Park says North preparing nuclear test

Apr 18, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Her remarks follows South Korean media reports in which unnamed government and intelligence officials spoke of a spike in activity at the North s Punggye ri nuclear test site

In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye issues a statement to the nation from the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, January 13, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/EPA

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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N. Korean leader hails solid-fuel rocket success

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The North is already understood to use solid fuel for its short range road mobile ballistic missiles but not for medium range or untested long range missiles

HISTORIC? A picture made available by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 23, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watching a test-fire of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launcher during an inspection tour on March 22, 2016. Handout photo by KCNA/EPA

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Philippines hails UN sanctions vs North Korea

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The Philippines says it wants North Korea to undertake concrete steps toward denuclearization as Pyongyang faces its toughest UN sanctions so far

FIRING DRILL. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party, shows a North Korean military missile firing drill at an unknown location in North Korea. According to media reports quoting South Korea's defense ministry on March 3, 2016, North Korea has fired 'several' short-range missiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 10 am (0100 GMT) on March 3, 2016. Photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Hollande acknowledges impact of nuclear testing in Pacific

Feb 23, 2016 - 3:21 PM

UPDATED Hollande also promises a review of the victim compensation process

WELCOME TO TAHITI. French President Francois Hollande (R) together with French minister for Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin (R) greet inhabitants as they visit the market in Papeete, the capital of the French Polynesian island of Tahiti on February 22, 2016, during a two-day visit. Gregory Boissy/AFP

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

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The advance toward space is North Korea s strategic goal says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

MORE ROCKET LAUNCHES. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers Party, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing a multiple-rocket launching drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Obama signs North Korea sanctions – White House

Feb 19, 2016 - 10:12 AM

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the White House hopes the sanctions will serve to increase pressure on North Korea

NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS. US President Barack Obama sign new sanctions against North Korea to punish the reclusive Asian nation for its provocative recent nuclear test and rocket launch. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Japan slaps new sanctions on North Korea

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:50 PM

North Korean citizens and ships are barred from entering Japan