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S. Korea, China seek ways to resume nuclear talks with N. Korea

BEIJING, April 11 (Yonhap) -- The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and China held talks Friday to try to breathe new life into long-stalled multilateral talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program, following the North's recent threat of a "new form" of nuclear test. Hwang Joon-kook, Seoul's chief envoy to the six-party talks that also involve the United States, North Korea, Russia and Japan, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing. The meeting came on the heels of three-way talks with the U.S. and Japan in Washington earlier this week.

S. Korean envoy warns of 'grave' situation after N. Korea's nuclear threat

BEIJING, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy warned Friday of a "grave" situation on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea has threatened to conduct a fresh nuclear test, saying "closer and strategic cooperation" with China is essential in preventing further North Korean provocations. Hwang Joon-kook made the remarks upon his arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport ahead of talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, later in the day.

S. Korean envoy warns of 'grave' situation after N. Korea's nuclear threat

BEIJING, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy warned Friday of a "grave" situation on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea has threatened to conduct a fresh nuclear test, saying "closer and strategic cooperation" with China is essential in preventing further North Korean provocations. Hwang Joon-kook made the remarks upon his arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport ahead of talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, later in the day.

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.

North Korea denounces US 'double-standards'

North Korea on Friday accused the United States of hypocrisy for remaining silent over a South Korean missile test while condemning Pyongyang's recent launches. "The US double-dealing attitude and despicable mode of action has been brought to light," a spokesman for the North's powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) said in a statement. The statement, carried by the North's official KCNA news agency, comes at a time of elevated military tensions, with Pyongyang threatening a "new" type of nuclear test.

S. Korean envoy warns of 'grave' situation after N. Korea's nuclear threat

BEIJING, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy warned Friday of a "grave" situation on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea has threatened to conduct a fresh nuclear test, saying "closer and strategic cooperation" with China is essential in preventing further North Korean provocations. Hwang Joon-kook made the remarks upon his arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport ahead of talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, later in the day.

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.

S. Korea's nuke envoy departs for China to discuss N.K. issues

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new chief nuclear envoy left for China on Friday for talks with his counterpart over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the foreign ministry here said. Hwang Joon-kook, who was appointed Seoul's lead negotiator on the nuclear standoff last week, embarked on a two-day visit to Beijing for talks with Wu Dawei on how to persuade the North to give up its nuclear ambitions, according to the ministry.

Serious countermeasures would follow N. Korea's nuke test: official

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- The international community would come up with "grave countermeasures" to punish North Korea if it conducts another nuclear test in defiance of neighbors' serious concerns, a senior Seoul official said Friday. "Conducting a fourth nuclear test (in North Korea) constitutes a different level of provocation (from its previous three tests) symbolically and practically. And China is also keenly aware (of the seriousness of a new nuclear test)," the high-level diplomat very well versed in security affairs said on condition of anonymity.

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.
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