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North Korea says won’t hold talks with ‘incompetent’ South unless differences settled

SEOUL: North Korea’s chief negotiator called the South Korean government “ignorant and incompetent” on Thursday, denounced US-South Korean air combat drills and threatened to halt all talks with the South unless its demands are met. The comments by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country, were the latest in a string of inflammatory statements marking a drastic change in tone after months of easing tension with plans for denuclearisation and a summit scheduled with the…

North Korea says willing to hold talks with US and halt nuclear pursuit while negotiations last: South

SEOUL: North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization and will suspend nuclear tests while those talks are under way, South Korea said on Tuesday after a delegation returned from the North where it met leader Kim Jong Un. North and South Korea, still technically at war but enjoying a sharp easing in tension since the Winter Olympics in the South last month, will also hold their first summit in more than a decade next month at the border village of Panmunjom, the head of the delegation,…

North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as US submarine docks in South

SEOUL: North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed toward Korean waters and as top envoys for North Korea policy from South Korea, Japan and the United States met in Tokyo. Fears have risen in recent weeks that North Korea would conduct another nuclear test…

N Korea warns Seoul over twisting peace deal

SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday accused the South of misrepresenting their agreement to defuse tensions and warned the hard-won deal was being undermined by claims Pyongyang had made an apology for border landmine blasts.

Senator’s son gunned down in South Waziristan

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: A son of senator was gunned down in firing by unidentified armed men today, ARY News reported. The incident took place in Tank area of South Waziristan where armed culprits opened fire on the son of Senator Saleh Shah Qureshi, leaving him dead. The victim was coming from Wana when he was targeted on his way. Police have begun search for the attackers and cordoned off the adjoining areas. Meanwhile, militants fired rockets at Levies check post in Kurram Agency, leaving two levies personnel at the check…

UN says 50,000 children face death in South Sudan as launches aid plan

JUDA:  Tens of thousands of children in South Sudan could die this year without assistance from aid agencies, the United Nations said on Saturday, as it appealed for more than $1 billion to help those hit by six months of civil war. Fighting that erupted in December has driven 1.5 million people from their homes, and seven million were at risk of starvation and disease, said Toby Lanzer, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan. "Unless fighting ends and people can return to their homes and resume their livelihoods,…