UN Security Council diplomats were negotiating a draft statement that would push for tough sanctions on North Korea to be enforced worldwide after Pyongyang's latest test-firing of medium-range missiles.
China and Russia on Friday rapped US plans to put a missile defence system on the Korean peninsula, less than 24 hours after Pyongyang twice tested projectiles thought to be capable of reaching American territory.
North Korea today said that it wanted to set up a meeting - in Seoul if necessary - between a dozen recent defectors and their parents to prove Pyongyang's claim that the former were abducted by South Korea.
Democratic People`s Republic of North Korea has warned of military attack on Seoul`s presidential palace unless South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologises for `treason` and publicly executes officials responsible for what Pyongyang says are plans to attack its leadership.
North Korea said Thursday it would dispose of all assets left behind by South Korean firms involved in two now-shuttered joint projects, further raising already elevated tensions on the divided Korean peninsula.