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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.

US, allies warn N. Korea amid reactor fears

The United States and its allies warned North Korea on Monday against provocations as researchers reported potential radiation risks due to problems at the regime's main nuclear complex. The United States, South Korea and Japan, meeting in Washington after a new period of tension, condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests and called again for an end to the regime's nuclear weapons program.

U.S. to deploy more destroyers around Japan to deal with North Korean threats

Tokyo, Apr 6 (EFE).- The United States will deploy two more destroyers equipped with anti-missile systems in Japan prior to 2017 in response to the recent provocations by North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Tokyo. In response to North Korea's "pattern of provocative and destabilizing actions" that violate U.N. resolutions, Hagel - at a Tokyo press conference with Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera - said that Washington will move to provide more protection against those threats, raising the size of the U.S. anti-missile fleet deployed in Japan to seven.

Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will strike any North Korean ballistic missile that threatens to hit Japan in the coming weeks after Pyongyang recently fired medium-range missiles, a government source said on Saturday. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which took effect on Thursday and runs through April 25, the day that marks the founding of North Korea's army, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Senior N. Korean diplomat no show at Beijing airport

BEIJING, April 5 (Yonhap) -- A senior North Korean diplomat in charge of talks to normalize relations with Japan did not arrive in Beijing on Saturday, despite a Japanese media report that Pyongyang and Tokyo would hold informal high-level talks here over the weekend. North Korean delegation, including Ambassador Song Il-ho, the North's chief negotiator in the normalization talks with Japan, did not show at the Beijing Capital International Airport on Saturday, and no flight between Pyongyang and Beijing was scheduled for Sunday.

Cargo ship sinks off S. Korea, killing 2 N. Korean sailors

YEOSU/SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- A Mongolian-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of South Korea's southern city of Yeosu on Friday, killing two of 16 North Korean crew members on board and leaving 11 missing, the Coast Guard and Seoul's unification ministry said. The 4,300-ton Grand Fortune 1 ran aground at around 1:19 a.m., some 74 kilometers off the coast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, after sending a rescue signal, according to officers.

Cargo ship sinks off S. Korea, killing 2 N. Korean sailors

YEOSU/SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- A Mongolian-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of South Korea's southern city of Yeosu on Friday, killing two of 16 North Korean crew members on board and leaving 11 missing, the Coast Guard and Seoul's unification ministry said. The 4,300-ton Grand Fortune 1 ran aground at around 1:19 a.m., some 74 kilometers off the coast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, after sending a rescue signal, according to officers.

South Korea extending ballistic missile range to counter North's threat

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km (310 miles) and will try to extend the range to 800 km so it can strike any site in North Korea, its defense ministry said on Friday, days after Pyongyang fired a mid-range missile. The new missiles are intended to counter the threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, but the move is likely to rattle the North, hit with U.N. sanctions for its own missile tests.

Cargo ship sinks off S. Korea, killing 2 N. Korean sailors

YEOSU/SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- A Mongolian-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of South Korea's southern city of Yeosu on Friday, killing two of 16 North Korean crew members on board and leaving 11 missing, the Coast Guard and Seoul's unification ministry said. The 4,300-ton Grand Fortune 1 ran aground at around 1:19 a.m., some 74 kilometers off the coast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, after sending a rescue signal, according to officers.

S. Korea tests missile bringing entire North in range

South Korea said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload to any part of North Korea. The launch was carried out March 23, just two days before North Korea test fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan. The announcement of the test is likely to fuel the current tensions on the Korean peninsula which saw the two rivals fire hundreds of live shells into each other's territorial waters earlier this week.
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