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U.N. Security Council Hits N. Korea with Toughest Ever Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously imposed its toughest ever sanctions on North Korea, placing a cap on its key coal exports after the state's defiant nuclear tests.

The new sanctions resolution, which was spearheaded by the United States and came after three months of tough negotiations with fellow veto-wielding council member China, passed by a 15-0 vote.

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Denuclearizing N. Korea a 'Lost Cause,' U.S. Intel Chief Says

Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a "lost cause," America's top intelligence official said Tuesday, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing U.S. policy.

The United States has always maintained it cannot accept North Korea as a nuclear state and, under President Barack Obama, has made any talks with the North conditional on Pyongyang first making some tangible commitment towards denuclearisation.

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U.N. Security Council Condemns N. Korea Failed Missile Launch

The U.N. Security Council on Monday denounced North Korea's latest test of a powerful missile that one leading US expert warned could be put into operational service as early as next year.

North Korea test-fired the medium-range Musudan -- capable of hitting U.S. bases as far away as Guam -- on Saturday.

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N. Korea Soldier Defects to S. Korea across Border

A North Korean soldier walked across one of world's most heavily fortified borders on Thursday and defected to the South, military authorities said.

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U.N.: Floods Kill 60, Displace 44,000 in N. Korea

Flooding following heavy rain has killed 60 people and left over 44,000 homeless in North Korea, the United Nations said Tuesday, after the country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst-ever flood.

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S. Korea-U.S. Military Drill Shadowed by N. Korea Threats

South Korea and the United States kicked off large-scale military exercises on Monday, triggering condemnation and threats of a pre-emptive nuclear strike from North Korea.

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N. Korea Accuses U.S. of Seeking 'Preemptive Nuclear Strike'

North Korea has accused Washington of planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike, after the U.S. announced it would deploy its B-1 bomber in the Pacific for the first time in a decade.

The strategic aircraft were to be deployed on Saturday on the U.S. island of Guam, the U.S. military said last month, describing the operation as a routine rotation with the B-52 bomber.

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N. Korea Warned of 'Real Consequences' over Weapons Program

The United States warned North Korea Tuesday that it faces "real consequences" over its internationally condemned nuclear and missile tests, which have inflamed tensions in East Asia.

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N. Korea Says Missile Tests Simulated Nuclear Strike on South

North Korea said Wednesday its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on U.S. targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

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N. Korea Test-Fires Three Ballistic Missiles

North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles on Tuesday, in further defiance of the international community and in apparent reaction to the planned deployment of a U.S. defense system in the South.

The launches drew swift condemnation from the United States and Japan, who vowed a coordinated response to Pyongyang's repeated violations of UN sanctions that bar it from weapons tests.

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