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White House: NK nuke test threat shows it's not serious on dialogue

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 21 (Yonhap) -- White House officials said Monday North Korea's threat of another nuclear test will do little to change Washington's approach toward the communist regime, as it only demonstrates lack of its willingness for meaningful talks. They said North Korea should discontinue a pattern of provocative steps if it wants dialogue.

U.S., China bridge 'differences' on resuming nuclear talks with N. Korea

BEIJING, April 21 (Yonhap) -- The top nuclear envoys of the United States and China held in-depth talks last week, bridging their differences on ways to resume long-stalled nuclear talks with North Korea, according to China's foreign ministry Monday. China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks three days after U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies held three rounds of talks with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei in New York and Washington last week.

N. Korean nuclear site shows increased activities

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has increased activities at its underground nuclear site and covered one of its tunnels with a screen, military sources said Monday, in what could be preparations for another atomic test ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia trip.

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) -- 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.

S. Korea, U.S., Japan lower bar for nuclear talks with N. Korea

BEIJING, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, the United States and Japan have agreed to lower the bar on conditions for resuming long-stalled nuclear talks with North Korea, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Monday, saying Pyongyang must show its sincerity through the same pledges it made in a scuttled aid-for-disarmament deal with the U.S. more than two years ago.
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