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Japan, U.S., S. Korea agree to deter N. Korea from provocation

Defense officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Friday to work together to deter North Korea from taking further provocative actions. The senior working-level officials from the three countries reaffirmed they will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state during their two-day meeting at the U.S. Defense Department, according to a joint statement.

U.S., China officials end meet, no new 6-way talks on N. Korea in view

U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korea's nuclear programs wrapped up three days of talks Thursday with no prospect in view of resuming six-nation talks on the issue. Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, told reporters that Beijing's wish to restart the multilateral talks on North Korean denuclearization could be discussed "in the next step."

Allies discuss ways to counter N. Korea's nuclear, missile threats

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States agreed to hone their combined defense capabilities through more joint drills, as North Korea intensifies nuclear and missile threats, the allies said Wednesday after bilateral military talks here. At the two-day Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD), the two countries shared the view that North Korea's recent provocations undermine stability of the peninsula and the region, they said in a joint statement.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 1) Diplomatic efforts under way for resumption of six-party talks SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Amid prolonged tension on the Korean Peninsula, a flurry of diplomatic moves have been under way to resume the six-party talks to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Specifically, Seoul, Washington and Beijing are intensifying diplomatic efforts as they wrestle to rein in North Korea's nuclear threats and find middle ground in reopening the long-stalled six-nation forum.

U.S., China in 'productive' talks after North Korea test threat

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China have held "productive" talks on North Korea, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test.

China issues rare public warning over N. Korea's nuclear threat

BEIJING, April 15 (Yonhap) -- China on Tuesday issued a rare public warning to North Korea not to carry out a nuclear test, saying it does not support the North's "threat of a nuclear test." "We do not support a joint military drill (between South Korea and the U.S.) nor support the threat of a nuclear test (by North Korea)," China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, when asked about the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

China issues rare public warning over N. Korea's nuclear threat

BEIJING, April 15 (Yonhap) -- In a rare public warning to its unruly ally North Korea, China on Tuesday urged the North not to carry out a nuclear test, saying it does not support Pyongyang's "threat of a nuclear test." The public warning by China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying came as tensions on the Korean Peninsula spiked again, with the North continuing to threaten additional missile and a "new form" of nuclear tests.

U.S., China envoys on N. Korea meet in New York

Top U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korean started talks at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York on Monday. Glyn Davies, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, are scheduled to hold talks through Tuesday in New York and then on Thursday in Washington.

S. Korea, China, Japan should unite to deter nuclear N. Korea: Seoul official

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Close cooperation among South Korea, China and Japan is crucial for resolving North Korea's nuclear crisis, Seoul's senior presidential secretary said Tuesday, vowing efforts to improve ties with the neighbors. The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear program -- involving the Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia -- has been dormant since late 2008, with Pyongyang recently threatening a "new form" of nuclear test.

Obama to visit Japan on April 23-25: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to South Korea on April 25, Malaysia on April 26 and the Philippines on April 28 before departing for Washington the following day, it said.
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