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  • MOSCOW, Nov 19- Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, a day after holding talks with a personal envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Russia is also one of five countries involved in talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. But receiving the credentials of North Korea's new...

  • Research: Blacklisted NKorea firm selling overseas Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Companies in China and Russia have been marketing products of a blacklisted North Korean machine tool maker in possible violation of U.N. sanctions, U.S. researchers claimed Tuesday. The findings point to the difficulty of enforcing restrictions imposed by the U.N. Security Council to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

  • China's $350M bridge gets scant N. Korean welcome Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:23 AM ET

    TOKYO— The bridge was supposed to be a key link for trade and travel between China's underdeveloped northeast provinces and a much-touted special economic zone in North Korea— so key that Beijing sank more than $350 million into it. Beijing and Pyongyang have made no official comment. Foreign analysts have suggested the apparent lack of progress might...

  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Nov 10- Chinese and South Korean leaders on Monday signed a "substantial conclusion" of a free trade agreement that will sharply reduce barriers to commerce between the two trading giants, but leaves in place those on rice and automobiles. South Korea says the deal, which the neighbours negotiated for more than two years, will help its small and...

  • The agreement comes as South Korea has yet to decide whether to join the United States-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, aimed at slashing trade barriers between a dozen countries. China is the world's largest exporter and South Korea ranks seventh. South Korea already has free trade agreements with the United States and the European Union.

  • N. Korea frees 2 Americans after secret US mission Saturday, 8 Nov 2014 | 5:07 PM ET
    Flying over East Asia in January 2014, astronauts took this night image of the Korean peninsula. Dark North Korea is difficult to detect, between China and South Korea.

    North Korea released two Americans who had been accused of trying to subvert the country, after a secret mission by a top U.S. official.

  • Cramer: Politicians finally hear market cries Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:30 PM ET
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gestures while standing beside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official welcoming ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin Oct. 10, 2014.

    Chinese and German politicians on Friday acknowledged that a stimulus might be needed. Cramer thinks this is a step in the right direction.

  • Kim Jong Un rumor mill     Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for over a month. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses growing speculation as to his whereabouts after missing a key political meeting.

  • Kim Jong Un misses key event due to 'pulled tendon' Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 10:10 AM ET
    Kim Jong Un

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but hurt his leg taking part in a military drill. Reuters reports.

  • Where is Kim Jong Un?     Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    The "Squawk Box" crew and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discuss growing speculation over the absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Reuters is saying according to a source, Kim Jong Un has suffered a tendon injury.

  • Putin wants to control Russian web access: Reports Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 28, 2014 in Moscow.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may be taking censorship a step further by controlling Russia's access to the Internet itself.

  • Asia's new strongman: Thailand's General Prayuth Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:55 PM ET
    Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leaves the Government House as he leads a new cabinet to an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok September 4, 2014.

    Supreme leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha outlines his vision for a new Thailand.

  • Travelers heading to North Korea despite the risks Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 PM ET
    People applaud as they watch the unveiling ceremony for two statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    About 6,000 Westerns visit North Korea each year, although independent travel is nearly impossible.

  • Did Kim Jong Un’s money man defect with $5M? Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 9:50 AM ET
    Kim Jong Un

    Reports say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's slush fund manager attempted to defect with $5 million, according to the Global Post.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tracking China-North Korea relations     Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    While China doesn't like North Korea's provocative actions, the mainland is reluctant to fully implement U.N. sanctions on its ally, says Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation.

  • North Korea to be on Xi's agenda in Seoul: Pro     Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Victor Cha, Senior Adviser & Korea Chair at Center for Strategic & International Studies, outlines the issues that will likely be discussed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to South Korea.

  • 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.