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N. Korea to resume programs with South

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea agreed today to lift border restrictions with South Korea to allow reunions of separated families and restart stalled tourism ventures in its latest gesture …


Bill Clinton’s role evolving

WASHINGTON – The diplomatic mission to rescue two American TV journalists jailed in North Korea lasted less than two days. But in the brief time that former President Bill Clinton …


Editorial: More gained in Korea than release of journalists

This commentary from the Los Angeles Times is presented in place of the customary Spokesman-Review editorial. As soon as the images of former President Bill Clinton alongside North Korean leader …


Bill Clinton in North Korea to seek journalists’ release

WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton flew to North Korea on Monday to negotiate the release of two American journalists who have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, …


World in brief: Security Council targets N. Koreans

United Nations – The U.N. Security Council on Thursday banned travel and froze assets of 10 North Korean individuals and businesses linked to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, …


S. Korea says North’s missiles getting better

SEOUL, South Korea – The ballistic missiles that North Korea test-fired this weekend were likely capable of striking key government and military facilities in South Korea, a defense official said …


North Korea says U.S. plans strike

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea criticized the U.S. today for positioning missile defense systems around Hawaii, calling the deployment part of a plot to attack the regime and saying …


U.S. preps for missile launch

WASHINGTON – Reacting to reports that North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a missile toward Hawaii, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he had ordered additional missile …


N. Korean missiles not immediate threat

WASHINGTON – North Korea’s missiles may be capable of hitting West Coast cities within three years, a top Pentagon official warned Tuesday, but are unlikely to be able to deliver …


Pentagon: NKorea missiles could threaten US

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s missiles could hit the United States in as few as three years if the reclusive rogue nation continues to ramp up its weapons system, Pentagon officials …


N. Korea vows bold nuke effort

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions with more defiance, promising Saturday to step up its nuclear bomb-making program by enriching uranium and threatening war on …


U.N. to consider N. Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS – The United States, China and other major powers reached agreement Wednesday on a draft U.N. resolution that condemns North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test and imposes additional …


Sentencing puts U.S. goals in peril

SEOUL, South Korea – In seeking the release of two American TV journalists sentenced to 12 years of hard labor Monday by North Korea, the Obama administration faces difficult negotiations …


N. Korea sentences journalists to 12 years

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation …


U.S. may go solo on N. Korea sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea – The United States has told South Korea that it will impose its own financial sanctions on the North apart from punishments the U.N. has been mulling …


Kim Jong Il’s son will lead

SEOUL, South Korea – Kim Jong Il’s youngest son – a 26-year-old who reportedly enjoys skiing and studied English, German and French at a Swiss boarding school – was named …


Experts say N. Korea readying missile tests

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea was preparing to launch a medium- and a long-range missile, following up on its nuclear test last week, reports and experts said today. South …


Gates open to seeking more missiles

FORT GREELY, Alaska – Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t ruling out spending more on missile defense than what he’s asked for in next year’s budget if North Korea or other …


Donald Kirk: Pressure the key on North Korea

The confrontation on the Korean peninsula gives every appearance of reaching critical mass. The war clouds wafting from North Korea carry the danger of a violent episode if not of …


In brief: Reports say N. Korea moves missile

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has shifted its most advanced long-range missile – capable of reaching Alaska – to a new west coast launch site near the border with …


World in brief: Insurgents kill 13 in northwest city

Insurgents used an array of tactics to kill 13 people across northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, ambushing police officers with small-arms fire, detonating explosives planted in a crowded market and attacking …


U.S., South Korea put troops on higher alert

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean and U.S. troops facing North Korea boosted their alert level today to the highest category since 2006, after the communist regime threatened military strikes …


N. Korea says it won’t tolerate ship searches

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned South Korea and the United States today that Seoul’s participation in a U.S.-led program to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass …


N. Korea’s second nuke looks little improved

TOKYO – North Korea’s detonation of a nuclear device Monday appears not to have been a significant technical advance over its first underground test three years ago. But it has …


Korea says it tested nuke

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea announced today it successfully carried out a second underground nuclear test, less than two months after launching a rocket widely believed to be a …


North Korea rejects six-party talks

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea vowed today to bolster its nuclear deterrent and boycott six-party talks aimed at its denuclearization in protest of a U.N. Security Council statement condemning …


Navy destroyers positioned for N. Korea rocket launch

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. Navy destroyers, including one capable of intercepting missiles, were moved out of a South Korean port Monday amid expectations that North Korea might launch a rocket …


North Korea to open border to workers

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea agreed today to allow South Koreans working in a joint industrial zone in North Korea to cross the border after Pyongyang’s move to cut …


North Korea’s Kim re-elected to parliament

SEOUL, South Korea – Kim Jong Il was unanimously re-elected to North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament, state media said today, in elections closely watched for signs of a political shift or …


N. Korea to launch satellite

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said today it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the U.S. …