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North Korean defectors down as border tightened: Seoul

In the six months to June, 593 Northerners entered South Korea, down 20.8 per cent from the same period in 2016, statistics compiled by Seoul's Unification Ministry showed.

No girls allowed: Japan's men-only island gets UNESCO nod

The tiny landmass of Okinoshima is permanently manned by a Shinto priest who prays to the island's goddess, in a tradition that has been kept up for centuries.

Amid tensions, US files bombers over Korean Peninsula in show of force

US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea on Saturday, flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang's latest missile test, the South's defence ministry said.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull warns Asian leaders of 'coercive China'

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull warns Asian leaders of 'coercive China'

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has used a key speech on security in Singapore to warn the Asian countries against a "coercive China" and said small powers will unite against Beijing if it tries to bully neighbours.

Russia, China urge caution in countering North Korea's N programme

Moscow and Beijing also favour measures that would counter North Korea's nuclear programme, but at the same time not hamper a political settlement in the region, Lavrov said.

South Korea military fires warning shots at object flying near border with North Korea

South Korea has repeatedly accused the North of flying suspected spy drones across the tense border. 

North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

North Korea`s deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks between the pair.

North Korea seeks Southeast Asian support in row with US

North Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a "nuclear holocaust", according to a letter obtained by AFP.

Xi Jinping urges 'restraint' over North Korea as US carrier approaches

Xi Jinping urges 'restraint' over North Korea as US carrier approaches

The US leader has repeatedly called on China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, as tensions in the region soar amid speculation it will conduct another nuclear test.

Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump discuss North Korea amid rising tensions

Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump discuss North Korea amid rising tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump on Monday discussed North Korea over the telephone amid heightened tensions surrounding the country.

Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump discuss N Korea amid rising tensions

Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump discuss N Korea amid rising tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump on Monday discussed North Korea over the telephone amid heightened tensions surrounding the country.

China urges Korea peninsula denuclearisation

China urges Korea peninsula denuclearisation

"China is firmly supporting the denuclearisation of the area in the name of stability and peace", Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters.

China dismisses reports of putting bombers on 'high alert' to counter North Korea

China dismisses reports of putting bombers on 'high alert' to counter North Korea

Refuting the reports of Beijing putting its air force bombers on "high alert" after tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

China puts bombers on 'high alert' amid tensions in Korean peninsula

China puts bombers on 'high alert' amid tensions in Korean peninsula

China on Wednesday put its land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers "on high alert" and the US sees it as evidence that Beijing is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defense official told CNN.

China seriously concerned over North Korea's nuclear programme

China seriously concerned over North Korea's nuclear programme

China, a close ally of North Korea, today expressed serious concern over Pyongyang's plans to step up its nuclear and missile programmes.

China says Donald Trump initiated phone call with Xi Jinping

China`s Foreign Ministry said U.S. President Donald Trump initiated a telephone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, an exchange in which the two discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula.

China's Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump ''peaceful resolution'' needed on North Korea

China's Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump ''peaceful resolution'' needed on North Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the situation in North Korea with U.S President Donald Trump on a telephone call on Wednesday, China`s state broadcaster said.

Japanese, US navies plan joint show of force towards North Korea

Japan`s navy plans a joint show of force with the U.S. Navy`s USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group as it steams towards the Korean peninsula aimed at deterring secretive North Korean regime from further missile tests, two sources said.

Donald Trump seeks options for eliminating North Korea nuke threat

Donald Trump seeks options for eliminating North Korea nuke threat

As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula on Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat.

US Navy sends strike group to Korean peninsula in show of force against North Korea's nuclear weapons

US Navy sends strike group to Korean peninsula in show of force against North Korea's nuclear weapons

The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea`s "reckless" nuclear weapons programme.