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North Korea may get plutonium from restarted reactor in weeks: U.S.

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WASHINGTON North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test last month and launched a long-range rocket on Saturday, could begin to recover plutonium from a restarted nuclear reactor within weeks, the director of U.S. National Intelligence said on Tuesday.

North Korea satellite in stable orbit but not transmitting: U.S. sources

WASHINGTON North Korea's recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but not yet transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said of a launch that has so far failed to convince experts that Pyongyang has significantly advanced its rocket technology.

North Korean shipping firm skirts U.N. sanctions, gets port access

UNITED NATIONS A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company continues to evade sanctions through its use of foreign-flagged ships, name changes and other means of obfuscation, according to a new report by United Nations monitors.

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North Korea turns to 'old workhorse' rocket to repeat past success

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea's weekend rocket launch repeated earlier success rather than breaking new ground, using a nearly identical design from a 2012 launch, experts said, adding the reclusive country probably remained years from building a long-range nuclear missile.

World, 8:52am EST

North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

WASHINGTON North Korea's latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul. | Video

South Korea says working with U.S., Japan on 'strong' North Korea sanctions

SEOUL/WASHINGTON South Korean President Park Geun-hye spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, agreeing to work for "strong and effective" U.N. sanctions against North Korea following its weekend rocket launch.

U.S., South Korea, Japan military chiefs to consult on North Korea: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON The United States' top military commander will discuss North Korea's latest satellite launch with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts this week as part of efforts to strengthen military ties between the three countries, U.S. defense officials said on Monday.

U.S. urges China to increase sanctions pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON China agrees any new U.N. resolution on North Korea will include additional sanctions and go beyond previous steps, but Washington is urging Beijing to put even more pressure on Pyongyang after its recent nuclear test and rocket launch, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

World, China, United Nations, 08 Feb 2016

Obama: North Korea rocket launch concerning but not a surprise

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama said he was concerned but not surprised about North Korea's rocket launch over the weekend, saying his administration is pressing China and working with South Korea to pressure North Korea's regime and block its efforts.

World, China, South Korea, 08 Feb 2016

North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. | Video

World, 08 Feb 2016