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S. Korea joins international fleet review in China

BEIJING, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will send two warships to an international fleet review in China, an official at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing said Monday. About 30 warships from 10 nations, including China, Australia, India and Pakistan, will join the fleet review to be held in China's eastern port city of Qingdao next week, the official said. South Korea will send a 4,500-ton destroyer and a 2,300-ton frigate to the naval ceremony, the official said on condition of anonymity.

S. Korea joins international fleet review in China

BEIJING, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will send two warships to an international fleet review in China, an official at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing said Monday. About 30 warships from 10 nations, including China, Australia, India and Pakistan, will join the fleet review to be held in China's eastern port city of Qingdao next week, the official said. South Korea will send a 4,500-ton destroyer and a 2,300-ton frigate to the naval ceremony, the official said on condition of anonymity.

N. Korea vows to take 'self-defense' measure against U.S. hostility

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened to take self-defense measures against what it claims is Washington's hostility toward it, the North's state news agency said Friday. North Korea has frequently accused the U.S. of harboring hostile policy toward Pyongyang and plotting with South Korea to invade the North, a charge denied by Washington.

S. Korea warns N. Korea not to conduct 4th nuke test

A senior South Korean diplomat on Friday warned North Korea against carrying out another nuclear test, saying the international community would come up with "grave countermeasures" to punish it, according to Yonhap News Agency. "North Korea is very mistaken if it thinks that it can get away with conducting a fourth nuclear test," the diplomat was quoted as saying.

Chinese envoy says U.S. is giving 'mission impossible' on N. Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The top Chinese envoy here accused the U.S. Thursday of blackmailing Beijing with regard to the North Korea issue. "We are very often told that China has such an influence over DPRK and we should force the DPRK to do this or that, otherwise the U.S. would have to do something that will hurt China's security interests," Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to Washington, said at a conference on bilateral cooperation hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace. The U.S. is giving China a "mission impossible," he stressed.

U.N. panel to push for ICC trial of N. Korean regime

A U.N. commission that released a scathing report in February on North Korea's human rights abuses will push for Kim Jong Un's regime to be brought before the International Criminal Court, U.N. representative Marzuki Darusman said Thursday. "The matter is now being placed on the international law track," Darusman, a senior Indonesian jurist and member of the commission, said in a press conference at the Japan National Press Club.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2) Choe Ryong-hae makes meteoric rise in N. Korean power shift SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Choe Ryong-hae, a top military official, has become a truly influential figure second to only North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 9 when the newly launched North Korean parliament elected him as new vice chairman of the communist country's most powerful body, National Defense Commission (NDC), during its first session.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 3-9, 2014. 3 The National Martial Art Championship for Mangyongdae Prize opened with due ceremony at the Taekwon-Do Hall. 3 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is presented with a gift by the Maritime Territorial Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. 3 Vol. 3 of "Collection of Kim Il-sung's Anecdotes," a cycle of revolutionary anecdotes, is published in the DPRK (North Korea).

China summons N. Korean ambassador over nuclear threat: source

BEIJING, April 8 (Yonhap) -- China recently summoned the North Korean ambassador in Beijing to warn Pyongyang against provocations after the North's threat to carry out another nuclear test, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae-ryong was summoned by China's foreign ministry and received a message that China would "clearly oppose any nuclear tests and medium- and long-range missile tests by North Korea," the source briefed on the matter said.

China summons N. Korean ambassador over nuclear threat: source

BEIJING, April 8 (Yonhap) -- China recently summoned the North Korean ambassador in Beijing to warn Pyongyang against provocations since the North's threat to carry out another nuclear test, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae-ryong was summoned by China's foreign ministry and received a message that China would "clearly oppose any nuclear tests and medium- and long-range missile tests by North Korea," the source briefed on the matter said.
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