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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled his intention to drive closer engagement with the North. In a recent speech in Berlin, he said dialogue with the North was more…

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North Korea missile: US says it will use military force 'if we must'

The US has said that it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”. Describing the North’s latest missile test as a sharp military escalation, the US ambassador to the United Nations said the US will table a new resolution against Pyongyang. Ambassador Nikki Haley also threatened to use trade restrictions. The missile launch, the latest in a series of tests, was in defiance of a ban by the UN Security Council. North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution,” Ms…

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North Korea missile launch: Trump berates China on trade

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump has criticised China following North Korea’s test of a long-range missile, condemning it for increasing trade with Pyongyang. “So much for China working with us,” the US president tweeted. The US and South Korea conducted a ballistic missile fire exercise in the Sea of Japan in response to the North. China and Russia have urged both sides to stop flexing their military muscle and said they oppose any attempts at regime change in North Korea. “It is perfectly clear to Russia…

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North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge freeze in launches

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russia and China have urged North Korea to “freeze” its missile and nuclear programmes after it claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises. North Korea said its missile could hit anywhere in the world. But while Pyongyang appears to have made progress, experts believe the device cannot accurately hit a target. Despite the North Korean claim, both the US and Russia said the missile presented no…

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North Korea hails 'successful ICBM' test

North Korea says it has successfully tested a long-range “intercontinental” missile. It is the first time North Korea has claimed to have successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which could potentially have the range to reach the US mainland. Earlier the US said a missile landed in the Sea of Japan but that it did not pose a threat to North America. North Korea has increased the frequency of its missile tests, raising tensions. An announcement on North Korea state television said it had launched a Hwasong-14 missile, overseen…

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North Korea claims CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un

US and South Korean agents are plotting to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, North Korean state media report. A statement by the ministry of state security said a “terrorist group” backed by the CIA and South Korea’s intelligence agency had entered the country in order to prepare an attack with a bio-chemical substance. It said North Korea would find and “mercilessly destroy” the terrorists. The claims come amid high tensions in the region. US President Donald Trump has promised to “solve” North Korea and stop it developing nuclear weapons….

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Arsenal FC team news: Predicted Gunners XI to face Tottenham in the north London derby

Friday, April 28, 2017 Arsenal go into Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham knowing defeat to their rivals will create history. If the Gunners lose, their run of 21 straight seasons where they have finished above Spurs will come to and end. Manager Arsene Wenger will want to do all he can to delay what seems almost inevitable, but he’s been dealt a selection dilemma just ahead of the fixture. Star centre-back Laurent Koscielny is currently given a 60 per cent chance of starting the clash at White Hart Lane,…

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