Jonathan Thatcher

North Korea ready to fight if attacked

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has told his military it may have to go to war, but only if the South attacks first.

Seoul blames North Korea for torpedoed ship

South Korea accused the reclusive North on Thursday of torpedoing one of its warships, heightening tension in the region.

North Korea ‘ready to return to nuclear talks’

North Korea on Tuesday signalled it could return to nuclear disarmament talks it had declared dead six months ago.

Hermit North Korea reopens border with South

North Korea said on Monday it would reopen its border with the South, ending a self-imposed blockade on a vital source of income for its leaders.

Clinton, US journalists leave North Korea after pardon

Bill Clinton left North Korea on Wednesday with two American journalists, having secured their release in a meeting with the hermit state's leader.

North Korea conducts nuclear test, faces isolation

North Korea said it successfully conducted a nuclear test on Monday, a move certain to further isolate the prickly state.

North Korea readies missile

North Korea has put a long-range missile in place for a launch the US warned would violate UN sanctions already imposed on the reclusive state.

North Korea steps up warnings against South

North Korea on Tuesday accused the South of driving the divided peninsula back into war.

North Korea plans to close land border with South

North Korea said on Wednesday it will close its land border with the South from next month, largely putting a stop to the few exchanges that exist.

US, South Korea trade talks go to the brink

United States and South Korean negotiators on Sunday struggled to seal a major trade deal with a deadline just hours away and neither side daring to predict the outcome. They face a 4pm GMT deadline -- noon in Washington and 1am on Monday in Seoul -- to reach what would be the largest US trade pact in 15 years.

Optimism as N Korea readies for nuclear talks

North Korea heads into talks with the region's main powers this week with signs the impoverished state may be ready to agree to an initial deal over demands it stop building a nuclear arsenal in exchange for aid. But diplomats and analysts say there is no chance the North will agree to completely give up its atomic weaponry at the six-way talks.

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