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North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'

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SEOUL/NEW YORK North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. | Video

Russia tells North Korea, U.S. 'hot heads' to calm down

UNITED NATIONS Russia's foreign minister said on Friday the leaders of North Korea and the United States should tone down their bellicose rhetoric and warned that a collapse of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers would only embolden Pyongyang.

2:06pm EDT

IOC ready to provide North Korean athletes with gear for Games

GENEVA The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday it was helping North Korea prepare its athletes for the winter games in South Korea next February and would cover costs of their equipment if needed.

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Trump, South Korea's Moon agree to boost defenses: White House

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to strengthen their defense posture amid rising tensions with North Korea, the White House said on Friday.

12:06pm EDT

A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying

SEOUL/TOKYO Detonating a nuclear-tipped missile over the Pacific Ocean would be a logical final step by North Korea to prove the success of its weapons program but would be extremely provocative and carry huge risks, arms control experts said on Friday.

10:51am EDT

U.S. takes North Korea threat of H-bomb test seriously, Trump official says

WASHINGTON It would be a "game-changer" if North Korea conducts a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific and the United States is taking the threat seriously, but it does not give "too much credence" to Pyongyang taking such action, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

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North Korea says sanctions block imports of athletes' gear

GENEVA North Korea has protested to three international sporting federations that requests to buy sports equipment for its athletes were being denied due to U.S.-led sanctions, letters obtained by Reuters on Thursday showed.

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Tillerson stresses diplomacy on North Korea amid threats: ABC

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday acknowledged that escalating tensions with North Korea were challenging but said diplomatic efforts will continue amid harsh rhetoric and threats of military confrontation.

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In South Korea, daily stresses outweigh North Korea missile worries

SEOUL Soon after North Korea tested its sixth and largest nuclear bomb earlier this month, You Jae-youn, a 32-year-old South Korean office worker, swiftly put the news behind her to focus on more immediate worries. | Video

7:28am EDT

Trump says North Korea's Kim 'will be tested like never before'

WASHINGTON North Korea's Kim Jong Un "will be tested like never before," U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday as the two leaders continued to trade insults and Pyongyang threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

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