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China voices support for Park's proposal on unification with N. Korea

BEIJING, April 3 (Yonhap) -- China voiced support Thursday for a package of proposals by South Korean President Park Geun-hye, which laid out a road map for how the two Koreas should work toward reunification. Park unveiled the proposals last week during a speech at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, calling for bolstering exchanges with North Korea as the initial step toward building trust between the two sides in order to lay the groundwork for reunification.

N. Korea prepares missile launch, but no imminent sign of atomic test

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has imposed a no-sail zone in the East Sea for domestic vessels in a move seen as preparations for additional missile launches, military officials said Tuesday, though Pyongyang has not shown any imminent sign of a nuclear test. The latest move follows the North's live-fire drill held near the tense western sea border on Monday, which prompted South Korea to fire hundreds of shells in response to shots that fell in its waters.

N. Korea prepares missile launch, but no imminent sign of atomic test

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has imposed a no-sail zone in the East Sea for domestic vessels in a move seen as preparations for additional missile launches, military officials said Tuesday, though Pyongyang has not shown any imminent sign of a nuclear test. The latest move follows the North's live-fire drill held near the tense western sea border on Monday, which prompted South Korea to fire hundreds of shells in response to shots that fell in its waters.

S. Korea says no imminent sign of N. Korea's nuclear test

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Monday that there is no indication that North Korea's possible nuclear test is imminent, a day after Pyongyang threatened to carry out a "new form" of nuclear test. The North issued the latest threat on Sunday in response to a U.N. condemnation of its recent ballistic missile launches. North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast last week, a move Seoul and Washington say violated U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban all ballistic missile tests by the North.

N. Korea vows not to rule out a new nuclear test

North Korea vowed not to rule out a "new form" of nuclear test Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul's joint military drills with Washington. Pyongyang has carried out a series of rocket and short-range missile launches in recent weeks which have prompted stern reactions from South Korea and the United States. On Wednesday it upped the ante by test-firing two mid-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan, sparking condemnation from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

North Korea condemns U.N., threatens a 'new form' of nuclear test

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea threatened on Sunday to conduct what it called "a new form of nuclear test", raising the level of rhetoric after members of the United Nations Security Council condemned the North's recent ballistic missile launch.

UN Security Council condemns NKorea missile launch

The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile tests and agreed to quickly consult on an appropriate response, its rotating president said. "Security Council members condemn this launch as a violation of Security Council resolutions," Luxembourg's ambassador Sylvie Lucas told reporters after a closed-door debate of less than an hour. The condemnation did not amount to a formal statement from the 15-member council. Instead Lucas said members had requested that she read out the remarks as agreed by all participants.

U.S., Japan to "isolate" North Korea over missiles: State Dept.

The United States and Japan are working together to "isolate" North Korea in the hope of forcing it to denuclearize, U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said Wednesday following the North's test-firing of mid-range ballistic missiles. "We and Japan are committed to the goal of denuclearization on the peninsula, to working together to isolate North Korea towards that end," Harf told a press briefing as Pyongyang fired two Rodong missiles into the Sea of Japan earlier Wednesday.

S. Korea, US launch massive landing drill amid tensions

Nearly 15,000 South Korean and US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill Thursday, the largest for two decades, a day after North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles. Code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons"), the exercise on the South's southeastern coast will last until April 7 and involve around 10,000 US troops. "The scale of this year's Ssang Yong is greater than any others in the past," a US military spokesman told AFP. The US forces will include 7,500 marines belonging to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Okinawa, Japan.

N. Korea slams Park for speech on nuclear weapons

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap)-- North Korea lashed out at South Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday for being ignorant about its nuclear program and called her "a faithful servant and stooge" of the United States. The North's denouncement was in response to Park's speech made earlier in the week at a global nuclear summit in The Hague, during which she called for ending North Korea's nuclear program as the first step toward realizing a nuclear-free world.
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