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North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this picture taken  last week and released by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

Xi Jinping, the president of North Korea’s last remaining significant ally, has put China forward as an honest broker to defuse regional tensio(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinpin told the annual forum in Boao, on the southern Chinese island province of Hainan, that  protectionism was on the rise internationally. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander F Yuan

China’s new president, Xi Jinping, promised that change and peaceful development would power his country’s economic rise and sustain growth wit(...)

A South Korean soldier patrols a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarised zone. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

China warned against "troublemaking" on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a miss(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises firing drills with the  North Korea People’s Army (KPA), in this still image taken from video footage released by the North's state-run television KRT yesterday

Even some at the Pentagon appeared to feel that the US may have overdone the rhetoric and provoked North Korea as the US trumpeted its annual w(...)

Saying he spoke as a friend, Fidel Castro wrote in Cuban state media that North Korea had shown the world its technical prowess and now it was time to remember its duties to others. Photograph: Marcelino Vazquez/Reuters

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned ally North Korea against war yesterday and described the tensions on the Korean peninsula as one of the(...)

A South Korean soldier looks to the north through a pair of binoculars at an observation post near the demilitarised zone that separates the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Office workers and shoppers throng the streets of Seoul. The bars and restaurants of downtown Jung-gu are crowded with people winding down for (...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises  North Korea People's Army firing drills, in this still image taken from video footage released yesterday by the North's state-run television KRT. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea has advised embassies to consider moving staff out of the country and warned it cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats after Apri(...)

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with US ambassador to Japan John Roos as they announce  a US-Japan agreement on the return of some of the US bases in Okinawa in Tokyo today. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

The United States and Japan have announced an agreement for the return to Japan of a US air base, taking a step to resolving an issue that has (...)

Army reservists salute the flag during a Foundation Day ceremony of the local reserve forces in Seoul today.  North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or US Pacific bases, South Korean media has reported. Photograph: Lim Hun-jung/Reuters

The United States would not be surprised if North Korea were to conduct a new missile test, White House spokesman Jay Carney has told reporters(...)

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