North Korea

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. Read more

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. Read more

.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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia 29 April 2013. The meeting is to discuss bilateral cooperation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. The meeting is to discuss bilateral co-operation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front of a fountain as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, in Pyongyang on Thursday, April 25, 2013. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2-million troops.

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North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie, embalmed in Pyongyang. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2m troops.