Fresh satellite images show North Korea has completed upgrading its main satellite site to handle far larger rockets, suggesting a possible launch by the end of the year, a US think tank said Thursday.
The US diplomat in charge of North Korea policy on Monday said a speech by its foreign minister at the United Nations shows the country is moving further away from a return to six-country nuclear talks.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said he was "deeply disturbed" by findings of "grave" human rights violations in North Korea from a UN-mandated inquiry, saying he hoped the report would raise international awareness.
The organising committee for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea`s Pyeongchang (POCOG) has poured cold water on North Korea`s suggestion that it could co-host some of the Olympic skiing events at its Masik resort.
The UN atomic watchdog chief on Monday called North Korea`s drive to restart a nuclear site "troubling" and said his team could not detect whether the regime planned a new nuclear test due to a lack of access.
Britain said on Friday it had no immediate plans to withdraw its diplomats from North Korea but said it was discussing its next moves with international partners, amid escalating nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.
North Korea on Friday warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it was unable to guarantee their safety after April 10 and they should consider evacuating their missions amid soaring nuclear tensions.