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  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo, released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), April 13, 2017.

    Several political analysts say North Korea will likely not cross a red line as the U.S. and China find a way to step up pressure.

  • A costumed reveller wearing a mask depicting Munch's famous painting 'The Scream'

    Stocks may be in for a deeper pullback, now that the so-called fear index is finally breaking higher.

  • Risk of miscalculation on the Korean peninsula spirals

    Tensions continue to mount on the Korean peninsula.

  • In this file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talks with officials at the ballistic rocket launch drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location.

    Rising tensions between Pyongyang and Washington are sounding the alarm about miscalculation risks on both sides, according to experts.

  • North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test as early as Saturday

    April 15 marks the birthday of North Korea's founding father Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-un could use the celebration as a reason to test another nuclear missile.

  • Analysts said the impact of a full oil embargo on Pyongyang would be so damaging that China, which opposes any measures that could fuel instability in North Korea, would be unlikely to take that step or agree to such a measure in the United Nations Security Council, where it has a veto as a permanent member. "If China cuts off oil supply, North Korea would not survive on...

  • DANDONG, China, April 13- Despite heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and North Korea warning of a nuclear strike against any sign of U.S. aggression, there were few signs of strain on Thursday on the main border post between China and the reclusive nation. In Dandong, through which about three-quarters of China's trade with North Korea flows, long queues of...

  • DANDONG, China, April 13- Despite heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and North Korea warning of a nuclear strike against any sign of U.S. aggression, there were few signs of strain on Thursday on the main border post between China and the reclusive nation. In Dandong, through which about three-quarters of China's trade with North Korea flows, long queues of...

  • April 13- Hong Kong stocks pulled back on Thursday in thin trading as investors were reluctant to stake out positions amid simmering geopolitical tensions. South Korea said on Thursday it believed it would be consulted by the United States before any possible pre-emptive U.S. strike against Pyongyang. Most sectors in Hong Kong retreated at the close, with...

  • BEIJING, April 13- China did not import coal from North Korea in March, customs data showed, as it bids to comply with United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. In a news briefing, the General Administration of Customs said China has not imported North Korean coal since Beijing issued a ban on the imports on Feb. 18.

  • *N.Korea risk eyed as Pyongyang tells of "big, important" event. *China spat seen knocking 0.2 pct pts off GDP in year ahead- BOK. SEOUL, April 13- South Korea's central bank raised its growth outlook for this year and kept interest rates unchanged at a record low for a 10th straight month on Thursday, while its governor shifted policy to a more hawkish stance.

  • North Korea's next step

    John Park, Asian security analyst at the Harvard Kennedy School, says Kim Jong-un appears to be preparing for a sixth nuclear test in North Korea.

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- Despite sending a naval force to the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, banning its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say. President Donald Trump has...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang.

    North Korea may undertake more nuclear activity as early as Saturday in response to Washington's newfound aggressive stance on the rogue nation.

  • BEIJING, April 13- China's coal imports in March rose 12.2 percent from a year ago, customs data showed on Thursday, reflecting strong consumption from power stations. Quarterly data on North Korean imports plunged as China's ban on imports took effect. In a news briefing, the customs agency said China has stopped issuing permits for importing coal from North...

  • *N.Korea risk eyed as Pyongyang tells reporters to prepare for "big, important" event. SEOUL, April 13- South Korea's central bank raised its growth outlook for this year and kept interest rates unchanged at a record low for a 10th straight month on Thursday, while its governor shifted policy to a more hawkish stance. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Baekdu Mountain Architecture Research Institute in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on March 11, 2017.

    China's imports from North Korea in the first quarter of 2017 rose 18.4 percent in yuan value from a year ago, Chinese customs said.

  • BEIJING, April 13- China's imports from North Korea in the first quarter of 2017 rose 18.4 percent in yuan value from a year ago, while exports to North Korea jumped 54.5 percent in yuan value terms, the customs said on Thursday in a press conference. China's total trade with North Korea was worth 8.4 billion yuan in the January to March period. China's trade surplus...

  • *Pyongyang tells reporters to prepare for "big, important" event. SEOUL, April 13- South Korea's central bank kept interest rates unchanged for a 10th straight month on Thursday, wary of geopolitical risks around North Korea and ahead of a much-anticipated U.S. All 21 analysts surveyed in a Reuters poll before the decision forecast the Bank of Korea would leave the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- Despite sending a naval force to the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, banning its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say. President Donald Trump has...