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North Korea's nuclear pledge adds momentum to South's preparations for summit

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's preparations for its first summit with North Korea in more than a decade are in full swing this week, officials said on Sunday, a day after the North's pledge to end its nuclear tests raised hopes but also scepticism.

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North Korea's Kim suspends nuclear, missile test

North Korea's Kim suspends nuclear, missile test        

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Trump praises North Korea's 'progress' as expert warns against optimism

Korean-American expert says Pyongyang’s suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests are ‘not a denuclearization statement’Donald Trump has saluted Pyongyang’s suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests ahead of planned talks with th

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Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, the shrine said on Saturday, prompting criticism from Seoul as it is seen in the two Koreas and China as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.

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North Korea's nuclear pause: grist for both doves and hawks | Robert E Kelly

A win for security, but real acid test of Pyongyang’s intentions is whether it will give up the weapons it has already builtNorth Korea has announced it will cease testing nuclear devices and missiles, and promised to shut down its primary nuclear test

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Koreas set up hotline between leaders ahead of summit

North and South Korea have installed a telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

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Russia says will not offer to host Trump meeting with North Korea's Kim: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian will not offer to host a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to the RIA news agency.

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How North Korea's Hackers Became Dangerously Good

North Korea’s fingerprints have appeared recently in some surprisingly sophisticated cyberattacks, including on central banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. Pyongyang is cultivating elite hackers much like other countries train Olympic athletes.

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Kim Jong-un's wife makes first public appearance as first lady – video

Ri Sol-ju, the wife of North Korea's leader, made her first public appearance as first lady last weekend at a ballet performance by a visiting Chinese troupe. Kim Jong-un's decision to give his wife the title is widely seen as a major boost to her status

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South Korea says it's ready for peace if North Korea denuclearizes

The rival Koreas have technically been at war for decades.        

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What's bringing Kim Jong Un to the table

North Korea's relationship with the world seems to be changing for the better. But how did we get here?

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South Korea’s cosmetic surgery industry faces backlash as ‘cultural violence against women’

Academics, artists and rights groups are uniting in South Korea to fight what they see as the scourge of plastic surgery - which they describe as a form of cultural violence against women.

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Trump says it's possible summit with North Korea's Kim won't happen

Donald Trump hopes to hold a summit meeting with Kim Jong Un but it is possible that such a meeting may not happen.

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Is World War 3 coming, is the UK at war and which side has the best chances? How Russia vs USA tension over Syria could spark global conflict

THE world is currently on high alert with tensions between the US and Russia over Syria boiling over. Adding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions into the mix, an all-out war could be on the cards – but just who would win if World War 3 broke out?

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The Two Koreas Are Technically Still at War With Each Other. That Could End Soon

No peace treaty has been signed to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the war

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What's behind North Korea's surge of friendly visitors?

Smiling foreign diplomats, singers, acrobats and tourists have all appeared in state media in recent weeks.

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Trump, Japan's Abe seek consensus on North Korea amid strains

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek common ground on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge on Tuesday amid fears in Tokyo that Trump might be prone to make too many conc

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No missiles but ballet as North Korea's Kim puts on a show

SEOUL (Reuters) - Kim Jong Un hobnobbed with a visiting Chinese ballet troupe as he capped a weekend of celebrations in the North Korean capital that conspicuously lacked a show of military might that marked many previous festivals.

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In daytime discos, South Korea's elderly find escape from anxiety

SEOUL (Reuters) - A discotheque hidden among the back alleys of eastern Seoul is packed with hundreds of grey-haired couples on a Monday afternoon, dancing to local hits from the 1960s in a basketball court-sized hall.

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North Korea is celebrating a major holiday today — Here's a guide to its other important holidays

Reuters/KCNA Though North Korea is widely seen as a regime notorious for its human-rights violations and bellicose rhetoric, like other countries, it observes several national and traditional holidays. North Korea's official holidays range from the birthd

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South Korea's national security adviser in U.S. to meet Bolton: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea's national security adviser was in Washington on Wednesday for his first meeting with his new American counterpart, John Bolton, U.S. officials said, amid preparations for separate U.S. and South Korean summits with Nort

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North Korea's rubber stamp parliament convenes in leader's absence

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly convened on Wednesday where state finances were discussed, North Korean state media reported on Thursday, while leader Kim Jong Un appeared to be absent from the proceedings.

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