North Korea

A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of US Ambassador to Seoul Mark Lippert, during a rally in Seoul on March 6, 2015. South Korea has reacted with shock and a little shame to a violent knife attack on Lippert that jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

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A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of Mark Lippert, US Ambassador to Seoul, during a rally in Seoul. South Korea has reacted with shock after Mr Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant. The attack has jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

A South Korean soldier bows during a fourth anniversary event marking the bombing of Yeongpyeong island by North Korea in 2010.

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A South Korean soldier bows during a fourth anniversary event marking the bombing of Yeongpyeong island by North Korea in 2010.

A North Korean soldier looks through binoculars along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong...A North Korean soldier looks through binoculars along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, September 8, 2014.

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A North Korean soldier looks through binoculars along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are girding for the possibility of floods, which, after weeks of drought, have already caused some damage across wide swaths of the nation.

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North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm on Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are preparing for the possibility of floods

A female North Korean soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong.

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A soldier uses her mobile phone next to a sentry box on the banks of the Yalu River, near the town of Sinuiju, North Korea, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

North Korean female soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

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Female North Korean soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang...Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang March 31, 2014. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.  North Korea declared a no-sail warning on Monday for areas off its west coast near a disputed border with South Korea and has notified the South that it will conduct firing drills, a South Korean government official said. The warning comes amid heightened tensions surrounding the North after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang for its mid-range missile launches last week, just as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States met to discuss the North's arms programme.

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Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they land onshore during a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang. The drill is part of the two countries’ annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.

Soldiers of the South Korean army's special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200 kilometers east of Seoul, 08 January 2014. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

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Soldiers of the South Korean army’s special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200km east of Seoul. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un gestures (front, 2nd R) while watching the finals of the   Torch Cup soccer match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People's Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) August 29, 2013.

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A smiling Kim Jong-eun, the North Korean leader, (front, second right) watches the final of the Torch Cup football match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People’s Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang on Thursday

North Korea Armistice

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Two North Korean schoolchildren bow and pay their respects to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, whose bodies lie embalmed in the mausoleum, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, on Thursday, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Combination photograph of China's Li Shixin performing a dive at the men's 1m springboard final at World Swimming Championships in Barcelona...A combination photograph shows China's Li Shixin performing a dive at the men's 1m springboard final during the World Swimming Championships at the Montjuic municipal pool in Barcelona July 22, 2013. Li finished first in the event and took the gold medal. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT DIVING)

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North Korean girls perform with hoops on Monday in Pyongyang. North Korea has revealed a new rendition of the Arirang mass games, the song-and-dance ensemble. This year’s performance was timed to debut for the 60th anniversary on Saturday of the end of the Korean war, and features new scenes focusing on leader Kim Jong Un’s directives. 

At dusk, the setting sunlight is reflected on the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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At dusk, the setting sunlight is reflected on the Taedong river in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday. 

View of a cargo ship in the Panama Bay in Panama City on July 18, 2013. Panama on Wednesday officially requested UN inspectors scrutinize the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. North Korea said Wednesday that Cuban arms seized from the Pyongyang-flagged ship near the Panama Canal were part of a legitimate deal.

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A cargo ship passes through the Panama Bay in Panama City on Thursday. Panama on Wednesday requested for UN inspectors to scrutinise the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. 

South Korean soldiers stand at a military checkpoint leading to North Korea's Kaesong joint industrial complex, in the border city of Paju early on July 10, 2013. South Korean delegates left for North Korea for talks on reopening a joint industrial zone on July 10, with the two sides remaining wide apart over who was to blame for the closure

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South Korean soldiers stand at a military checkpoint leading to North Korea’s Kaesong joint industrial complex, in the border city of Paju early on Wednesday. On the same day, South Korean delegates left for North Korea for talks on reopening a joint industrial zone, with the two sides remaining wide apart over who was to blame for the closure.

Commuters ride on a subway train at Yonggwang station, or "glory station," in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Commuters ride on a subway train at Yonggwang station, or “glory station”, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Foreign visitors are allowed to take only a train between Puhung station and Yonggwang station, on Pyongyang’s north-south Chollima line

South Korea Koreas Tension

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Protesters at an anti-North Korea rally denounce the cancellation of North and South Korea’s talks in downtown Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday. 

.A North Korean worker checks his mobile phone as a soldier stands in front along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, June 7, 2013. China told a North Korean delegation that visited Beijing late last month that North Korea should stop conducting nuclear tests and focus on economic development, a source with knowledge of the talks told Reuters.

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A North Korean worker checks his mobile phone as a soldier stands in front along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong on Friday. China told a North Korean delegation that visited Beijing late last month that North Korea should stop conducting nuclear tests and focus on economic development, a source with knowledge of the talks told Reuters.

A South Korean bows before a gravestone of her relative who died for the country on the eve of South Korea's Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

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A woman bows before the gravestone of a relative at the National Cemetery in Seoul on the eve of South Korea’s Memorial day on Wednesday

A North Korean soldier looks at a North Korean man (R) carrying his tools at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul May 22, 2013. North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a "special envoy" of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported.

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A North Korean soldier watches a North Korean man carrying his tools at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55km north of Seoul on Wednesday. North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a ‘special envoy’ of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported.

Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul in this May 2, 2013 picture provided by Yonhap. The two Koreas remain technically at war under a mere truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-53 conflict and North Korea, angry at U.N. sanctions and joint South Korean-U.S. military drills, has threatened both countries with nuclear attack in recent weeks.

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Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul. The two Koreas technically remain at war under a truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-1953 conflict. North Korea is angry at UN sanctions and joint South Korean-US military drills, and has recently threatened both countries with nuclear attack.