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  • China leader snubs North Korea in visit to Seoul Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival Thursday in South Korea for a summit simultaneously snubs nuclear-armed North Korea, bolsters an already booming trade relationship with Seoul and sends Washington and Tokyo a message of Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

  • July 2- North Korea has handed Japan names of at least 10 Japanese nationals who are said to be living in that country, including those believed to have been abducted by Pyongyang agents, the Nikkei reported.

  • Chinese leader's Seoul visit snubs North Korea Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 4:26 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Xi Jinping's first visit to the Korean Peninsula as China's president is to Seoul, not Pyongyang, meaning that North Korea's best friend has snubbed it for its most bitter rival.

  • North Korean ship symbolizes hopes for Japan ties Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 2:25 AM ET

    Wonsan, a sleepy port on North Korea's east coast, is gearing up for a busy summer and, if talks with Japan go as North Korea hopes, maybe a return to livelier days.

  • N. Korea's Kim guides rocket firing drills Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea said Monday that leader Kim Jong Un guided the test launches of tactical ballistic rockets aimed at U.S. and South Korean forces, the second such launch drill reported in state media in three days. The latest launch likely refers to suspected Scud missile launches that Seoul officials say the North fired a day earlier.

  • SEOUL, June 27- North Korea's closed economy rose last year at a slightly slower pace compared to 2013, South Korea's central bank data showed on Friday, even as the United Nations toughened sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Reclusive North Korea does not release economic data.

  • N.Korea's economy grows in face of sanctions Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, June 27- North Korea's closed economy rose last year at a slightly slower pace compared to 2013, South Korea's central bank data showed on Friday, even as the United Nations toughened sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes.

  • UPDATE 1-North Korea renews threat of nuclear test Saturday, 10 May 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    SEOUL, May 10- North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

  • North Korea renews threat of nuclear test Saturday, 10 May 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    SEOUL, May 10- North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

  • A new report suggests fake products, such as Marlboro cigarettes and Viagra pills, are keeping North Korea's economy alive. The 'Street Signs Asia' team discuss.

  • Fake Viagra? Inside North Korea's growing economy Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 12:11 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a session of the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's parliament, in Pyongyang on April 9, 2014.

    Amid talk of new sanctions as North Korea threatens nuclear weapons testing, fresh data reveal how the country's market economy is growing.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold talks in Washington next week aimed at finding ways to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

  • CNBC's Tyler Mathisen reports North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds as part of a counter drill into South Korean waters. South Korea fired back.

  • Is Kim's hairdo the new must-do in North Korea?     Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:55 PM ET

    An unconfirmed report about male North Korean students getting their hair done just like their leader Kim Jong Un has gone viral online. CNBC's Asia Squawk Box team discuss.

  • *U.S. Navy commandos storm vessel in international waters. President Barack Obama and requested by the Libyan and Cypriot governments, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said. "The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company.

  • North Korea fires 2 more missiles amid US drills Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 6:05 PM ET
    South Korean Army's 130mm multiple rocket launchers fire live rounds during an exercise against possible attacks from North Korea in Goseong, South Korea, Monday, March 3, 2014. North Korea fired two additional suspected short-range missiles into the sea Monday amid ongoing military exercises between Seoul and Washington, which the North calls a preparation for an attack, South Korean officials said.

    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Monday amid ongoing annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington.

  • The strategic North Korean mineral China covets Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 1:36 PM ET
    A front loader shifts soil containing rare earth minerals to be loaded in Lianyungang, China, which accounts for about 90 percent of the world's rare earth production.

    With investor worries about spillover effects on commodities by a slowing Chinese economy, Beijing has its eye on a key resource—rare earth minerals in North Korea.

  • SEOUL, Feb 20- South Korea has stepped up disinfection of citizens returning from North Korea after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs in the communist state.

  • UN panel says North Korea's Kim may face charges Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 6:27 PM ET
    People watch a television broadcast on North Korea.

    North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice, U.N. investigators said.