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Japan, U.S., S. Korea warn North of sanctions for any new nuke test

Japan, the United States and South Korea warned North Korea on Monday of additional sanctions if it conducts another nuclear test, while agreeing to cooperate in dealing with North Korea's nuclear threat. "We made it clear we would make North Korea pay the corresponding cost if it pushes ahead with a nuclear test," Hwang Joon Kook, a South Korean diplomat, told reporters after meeting his Japanese and U.S. counterparts in Washington.

North Korea tells world 'wait and see' on new nuclear test

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26. Its first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months.

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.

U.S., Japan, South Korea to discuss North Korea nuclear weapons program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week to seek ways to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, just days after Pyongyang warned of a "new form" of nuclear test. The talks next Monday in Washington will follow on from a trilateral summit involving the United States and its two main Asian allies hosted by President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25.

Chinese media tells N. Korea to 'abandon illusions' about nuclear weapons

BEIJING, April 3 (Yonhap) -- China's state-run newspaper called on North Korea Thursday to "abandon illusions" about its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons, warning that a fresh nuclear test would only deepen isolation. The Global Times published the editorial days after North Korea threatened to carry out a "new form" of nuclear test, more than a year after its third nuclear test heightened tension and strained ties with its key ally China.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 307 (April 3, 2014)

FOREIGN TIPS U.N. fund gives US$6.5 mln to its partners in N. Korea SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The United Nations humanitarian fund created to speed up relief efforts around the world has given US$6.5 million to its partners operating in North Korea, a U.S. radio report said. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided the money to the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization and the U.N. Population Fund, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia said on April 1.

N. Korea warns Japan over de facto embassy in Tokyo

BEIJING, April 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea warned Japan against selling a property in Tokyo that serves as the North's de facto embassy during their first high-level talks in more than a year, the chief Pyongyang delegate said Tuesday, adding that there would be "no need" for progress in bilateral talks unless Japan addresses the issue.

N. Korea ready to discuss abductions of Japan nationals

North Korea has become open to discussing the issue of its abductions of Japanese nationals as the two countries agreed Monday to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, in Beijing, Japan appears to have demanded that North Korea reinvestigate the whereabouts of nationals Pyongyang agents abducted decades ago and allow all victims to return home. North Korea, which admitted in 2002 to having abducted 13 Japanese, has repeatedly said the issue has been settled.

N. Korea open to discussing abductions of Japan nationals: Japan

North Korea appeared open to discussing the issue of its past abductions of Japanese nationals, a senior Japanese official said after two days of talks with the country in Beijing. North Korea "did not appear to reject discussions" on the abduction issue, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at the Foreign Ministry, told journalists after the talks with Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador for talks to normalize relations with Japan.

N. Korea announces live-fire drill, driving up tensions

North Korea announced a live-fire drill Monday near its disputed maritime border with South Korea, further ratcheting up tensions a day after threatening a "new form" of nuclear test. There was a swift response from the South Korean military, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) warning of immediate retaliation if any ordinance is fired across the border. The precise nature of the exercise was unclear, but the Yellow Sea border is an extremely sensitive region that has been the scene of brief but bloody clashes in the past.
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