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BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday mistrust between North Korea and the United States was the main hurdle to negotiations on the North's nuclear program as the Chinese defense minister held talks in Pyongyang.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A North Korean official will make a rare visit to Japan later this week to take part in a private forum on security issues and could have talks with negotiators for six-party nuclear talks, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
SEOUL (Reuters) - China's defense minister arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for unspecified talks at a time when North Korea is facing strong pressure to return to negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear weapons programs.
By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank has warned lenders to be on guard against counterfeit US$100 notes, in a move that could signal the latest irritant in the relationship between North Korea and Beijing, its most important ally.
By Frances Yoon SEOUL (Reuters) - It's not every day that a jazz-inspired pianist has to make a life or death decision about his art, and it is not every day a gifted musician flees North Korea.
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday.
North Korea's parliament will meet next month, Pyongyang said on Wednesday, offering a glimpse into the policy priorities of the secretive state amid a stand-off with regional powers over its nuclear arms program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is set to deploy ballistic missiles that could reach Alaska and remains a global security threat despite its failing economy, the head of the U.S. military in South Korea told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea agreed on Monday to start a formal round of free trade talks in June, dealing a blow to farmers and unionists demonstrating against the plans.
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Yoo Chang-sik gazes into a monitor in the North Korean capital but fails to recognize his sister on a video link from the South's capital, just 220 km (137 miles) away but separated by a fortified border for more than 50 years.