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N. Korea Lauds China Ties as Xi Wraps Up Trip

North Korea lauded its ties with historic ally China on Friday as Xi Jinping wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock in their negotiations with US President Donald Trump.

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Russia, China, Block US Effort to Halt North Korea Fuel Deliveries

Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea, which Washington accuses of exceeding its annual ceiling for 2019, diplomatic sources said.

Moscow and Beijing said more time was needed to study the US request, which was backed by 25 UN members including Japan, France and Germany, according to the sources. 

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US Accuses North Korea of Breaching UN Fuel Cap

The United States is accusing North Korea of breaching a UN-imposed ceiling on fuel imports by carrying out dozens of ship-to-ship transfers this year, according to a report obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

Backed by 25 countries including Japan, France and Germany, the United States asked a UN sanctions committee to rule that the annual cap of 500,000 barrels had been exceeded and order all countries to immediately halt fuel deliveries to North Korea.

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North Korean Leader's Brother was CIA Informant, Wall St Journal Says

Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, was a CIA informant, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

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North Korea Seeing Worst Drought in a Century

North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, official media reported Friday, days after the World Food Programme expressed "very serious concerns" about the situation in the country.

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N. Korea Demands Return of Detained Cargo Ship

North Korea on Tuesday demanded the return of a cargo ship seized by Washington last week for violating international sanctions, calling it an "illegal act of robbery".

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70 Countries Urge North Korea to Scrap Nuclear, Ballistic Weapons

Seventy countries urged North Korea on Friday to scrap its nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and related programs, decrying the "undiminished threat" posed to world peace.

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North Korea Fires Short-Range 'Projectiles' into Sea, Says Seoul

North Korea launched unidentified projectiles into the sea Saturday, the South Korean military said, in what could be Pyongyang's first short-range missile launch for more than a year as it seeks to up pressure on Washington with nuclear talks deadlocked.

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Moscow and Pyongyang, a Timeline of Relations

North Korea's close relationship with the Soviet Union cooled in the 1990s under a new Russian power, but were revived in the 2000s as Moscow sought support amid a new standoff with the West. 

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Kim, Putin Vow to Seek Closer Ties at First Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to seek closer ties as they met face-to-face Thursday for the first time.

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