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

The U.S. and Chinese special envoys on North Korea will meet in New York on Monday and Tuesday for bilateral talks on the country's nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said Friday. Glyn Davies, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, will also hold a similar meeting in Washington on Thursday, the department said. It will be the first trip by Wu to the United States since October.

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.

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. 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.

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.

China vows 'unremitting' efforts to resolve N. Korea's nuclear standoff

BEIJING, April 10 (Yonhap) -- China vowed "unremitting" efforts Thursday to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, a day before South Korea's chief nuclear envoy visits Beijing for talks on ways to resume long-stalled talks on ending the North's nuclear program. "China has been in close communication with all sides of the six-party talks," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters, when asked about the planned visit by the South Korean envoy, Hwang Joon-kook, to Beijing this week.

S. Korea warns North against threatened nuke test

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea will pay an "unimaginable" price if it conducts another nuclear test, South Korea's foreign minister warned Thursday, urging Pyongyang to "choose the right path." "The international community including China is standing firmly united toward the principle of not tolerating North Korea's nuclear weapons," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said in a speech to a parliamentary forum hosted by the ruling Saenuri Party. "Chinese leader Xi Jinping expressed no tolerance toward North Korea's nuclear arms possession and further nuclear testing."

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.
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