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  • China's defense budget nearly three times Japan's. TOKYO, Aug 29- Japan's defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China.

  • A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region.

  • NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion' Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation and a constructive management of differences, during a phone call in which Iran and North Korea were discussed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • North Korea vital to China's success     Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Heesun Wee discusses China's trade subsidies for North Korea and their impact on the region's economy.

  • Emerging crisis? China's North Korea dilemma Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, meets with late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, front right, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    Amid reports of more executions and political tension in North Korea, the regime is moving forward on economic policies, increasingly tied to China.