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French missile expert to head U.N. panel on N. Korea sanctions

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a French missile expert to lead the eight-member panel of experts investigating North Korean sanctions violations, it was announced in a letter addressed to the president of the Security Council. Erik Marzolf, who has served on the panel since it was first formed in 2009, replaces outgoing Martin Uden, a former British ambassador to Seoul, who has been the coordinator of the panel since he took up the post in 2012.

French missile expert to head U.N. panel on N. Korea sanctions

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a French missile expert to lead the eight-member panel of experts investigating North Korean sanctions violations, it was announced in a letter addressed to the president of the Security Council. Erik Marzolf, who has served on the panel since it was first formed in 2009, replaces outgoing Martin Uden, a former British ambassador to Seoul, who has been the coordinator of the panel since he took up the post in 2012.

N. Korea problem more challenging under its young leader: Burns

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 8 (Yonhap) -- A top U.S. diplomat said Tuesday the North Korea issue has become more annoying since Kim Jong-un took the helm of the communist nation about two years ago. "The North Korea challenge has vexed every administration since Truman, but it has become even more acute under the erratic leadership of Kim Jong-un," Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said at a New York forum to mark the launch of Asia Society Policy Institute.

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 after 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.

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 after the North threatened 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.

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.

Radioactivity risk at N.Korea nuke site: US think tank

North Korea's main nuclear site appears to have suffered water supply problems that could lead to an escape of radioactivity in an accident, a US think tank said Monday. Citing recent satellite images, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said the Yongbyon complex seems to be struggling to ensure a stable water supply following heavy rain and floods last summer. The problems pose particular risks for North Korea's first light water reactor which is near completion, it 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.

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.

Japan, U.S., S. Korea agree to cooperate on N. Korea nuke threat

Japan, the United States and South Korea reaffirmed their cooperation Monday in dealing with a recent threat by North Korea that it could conduct "a new form" of nuclear test, a Japanese official said. The agreement reached in a three-way meeting involving senior diplomats in Washington was part of efforts to address Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that were pledged in a trilateral summit last month in the Netherlands.
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