SEOUL Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin arrived in North Korea on Monday, North Korean state media reported, in the first visit by a high-ranking Chinese official since February, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea test-fired a missile that failed immediately after launch early on Thursday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, hours after the two countries agreed to step up efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile threats. | Video
MOSCOW Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday it viewed with regret an announcement by Washington that it would deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea as quickly as possible, Interfax news agency reported.
TOKYO Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday Tokyo condemns North Korea's failed missile launch and is lodging a stern protest against Pyongyang for the action.
SEOUL North Korea fired what is believed to be an intermediate-range missile early on Thursday but it failed immediately after launch, South Korea's military said.
WASHINGTON The United States and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to step up military and diplomatic efforts to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, saying they posed a "grave" security threat following repeated tests this year. | Video
WASHINGTON In spite of the apparent failure of another North Korean missile test at the weekend, the country's aggressive testing schedule could see its Musudan intermediate ballistic missile entering operational service sometime next year - much sooner than expected, a leading U.S. expert said on Monday. | Video
UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned a failed ballistic missile test by North Korea, saying it fueled tensions and contributed to the Asian state's development of a nuclear weapons system.
WASHINGTON The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday he was confident the United Nations would make "significant" progress on tougher sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program, despite apparent differences with China over targeting coal exports.
WASHINGTON An increase in activity at a North Korean satellite launch site could indicate preparations for a new test or other activities, a U.S.-based monitoring group said on Saturday.
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