• North Korea's Kim repeats to China his willing to resume talks

    North Korea's Kim repeats to China he willing to resume talks

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-il told his neighbor and biggest patron China on Friday that he was willing to return to stalled nuclear talks without precondition, China's Xinhua news agency reported, following a similar pledge to Russia.
  • Two Koreas trade fire

    North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire near their disputed sea border on Wednesday, highlighting instability along a heavily armed frontier for the second time in three months.
  • North Korea calls for peace treaty to replace armistice

    North Korea said on Monday it wants to reach a peace treaty quickly to replace the ceasefire that ended the 1950-53 Korean War in order to build trust with the United States and revive dormant nuclear disarmament talks.
  • Any North Korea meeting must lead to six-way talk: U.S.

    The United States wants any bilateral contacts with North Korea to result in the resumption of stalled six-country nuclear negotiations, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Monday.
  • U.S. permits visit by North Korean official

    The United States said on Friday it would allow a senior North Korean official to visit this month, a move analysts said could be a first step toward talks between the two on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs.
  • North Korea invites U.S. envoy for talks: report

    North Korea has renewed an invitation to U.S. special envoy Stephen Bosworth to visit Pyongyang, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported, in a signal that it wants to return to nuclear talks, albeit on Pyongyang's terms.
  • China urges neighbors, U.S. to talk to North Korea

    North Korea wants to ease a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told East Asian neighbors at a summit focused on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and regional integration.
  • North Korea not near restoring nuclear plant: South

    South Korea's foreign minister said on Thursday there were no signs that the North was in the final stages of restoring an aging nuclear plant, knocking down a report that operations could soon resume at the facility.
  • North Korea says ready to return to nuclear talks

    North Korea on Tuesday signaled it could return to nuclear disarmament talks it had declared dead six months ago, but a report it was near restoring its atomic plant underlined the secretive state would keep the stakes high.
  • North Korea says strives for nuclear-free peninsula

    North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons if its national sovereignty were respected and it did not face a nuclear threat, the country's ambassador to Britain said Monday.
  • South Korea says supports U.S. talks with North

    South Korea said on Saturday it would support direct talks between the United States and North Korea so long as they were aimed at advancing multilateral negotiations on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs.
  • Bosworth will not go to North Korea if he visits Asia

    U.S. special envoy Stephen Bosworth will not visit North Korea if he goes to Asia soon nor does he have plans to meet North Korean officials elsewhere in the region, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
  • North Korea invites U.S. envoy for nuclear talks: reports

    North Korea has invited the U.S. envoy overseeing ties with the prickly state to visit for nuclear talks next month, South Korean media said on Tuesday, reaching out to Washington as the United States pushes sanctions against Pyongyang.
  • U.S. presses sanctions to end N.Korea atomic plans

    A U.S. official charged with enforcing U.N. sanctions on North Korea sought South Korea's continued support during talks on Monday even as Pyongyang makes conciliatory moves after months of military grandstanding.
  • Clinton visit unlikely to change North Korea

    The United States is playing down talk of a breakthrough with Pyongyang after former U.S. President Bill Clinton flew to North Korea this week to win the release of two jailed American journalists.
  • U.S. ready for talks and sanctions for North Korea

    The United States is ready to hold talks with North Korea if the conditions are right but will also press U.N. sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests, a senior envoy for Asia said on Saturday.
  • North Korea may pay price but door open to talks: U.S.

    North Korea will pay a price for its latest nuclear test if it does not reverse course but the door remains open to talks on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
  • Obama says North Korea nuclear test a grave concern

    President Barack Obama said on Monday that nuclear and missile tests conducted by North Korea were a grave concern to all nations and a legal violation that warranted action by the international community.
  • U.S. envoy in China seeking North Korea strategy

    The U.S. envoy for North Korea began a swing through Asia on Thursday to seek support from regional powers to rein in North Korea, which may be preparing to rattle security with a second nuclear test.
  • China urges big picture view in North Korea talks

    China said on Thursday the possibility of North Korea conducting a second nuclear test was hypothetical, so it could not say how it would affect relations.