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S. Korea Passes Bill on N. Korean Human Rights

South Korea's parliament on Wednesday passed long-delayed legislation addressing the human rights situation in North Korea -- a move likely to anger Pyongyang with tensions already running high on the divided Korean peninsula.

The bill, first proposed in 2005 but stalled for more than a decade by rival party bickering, has modest aims, including funding for civil activist groups and the creation of an official archive to track and detail rights abuses in the North.

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New N. Korean Rocket Turns Enemy Tanks into 'Boiled Pumpkin'

North Korea on Saturday boasted of a newly developed anti-tank weapon that its leader said was so powerful it could turn the most heavily armored enemy tanks into "boiled pumpkin".

Pyongyang's state media said leader Kim Jong-Un had watched tests of the portable, laser-guided rocket and declared it had the "longest firing range in the world", and was "as accurate as a sniper's rifle".

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N. Korea Warns of Preemptive Strikes against U.S., S. Korea

North Korea on Tuesday lashed out at an upcoming joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise, warning it would attack the South and the U.S. mainland in case of any armed provocation.

The South and its close U.S. ally will next month hold their largest-ever annual exercise in response to the North's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, Seoul's defense ministry has announced.

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N. Korea Confirms New Military Chief after Reported Execution

North Korean state media on Sunday confirmed the country has a new military chief following earlier reports in Seoul that the former holder of the post had been executed.

Ri Myong-Su, former People's Security Minister, was referred to as "chief of the Korean People's Army General Staff" when the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on an army exercise guided by leader Kim Jong-Un.

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Pentagon: N. Korea Lacks Technology for Anti-U.S. Nuclear Strike

North Korea is committed to striking the United States with a nuclear-armed missile, but it can't do so without outside help, due to shortfalls in its own technology, the Pentagon said Friday.

The report to Congress was written prior to a fourth nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang last month and the launch of a satellite-bearing rocket earlier this month.

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U.S. Deploys more Patriot Missiles in S. Korea

The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, U.S. Forces Korea said Saturday.

The move came as the two allies plan to start detailed discussions on bringing in an advanced, high-altitude U.S. missile defense system opposed by China as early as next week.

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Report: N. Korea's Army Chief of Staff Executed

North Korea's army chief of staff has been executed, South Korean media reported Wednesday, in what would amount to the latest in a series of purges and executions of top officials by leader Kim Jong-Un.

Ri Yong-Gil, Chief of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Staff was executed earlier this month for forming a political faction and corruption, Yonhap news agency said, citing a source familiar with North Korean affairs.

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North Korea Has Restarted Plutonium Reactor, Says U.S. Spy Chief

North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor that could provide fuel for nuclear weapons, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday.

"We further assess that North Korea has been operating the reactor long enough so that it could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor's spent fuel within a matter of weeks to months," he said.

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Obama, Abe, Park Back U.N. Resolution on N.Korea

President Barack Obama spoke to two key Asian allies late Monday, garnering support for strong action against North Korea in response to recent nuclear and missile tests.

The White House said Obama had spoken to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to weigh the next steps, including a U.N. Security Council resolution that would bring new sanctions.

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UK Summons N. Korean Ambassador over Rocket Launch

Britain summoned North Korea's ambassador Monday to condemn Pyongyang's announcement that it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.

The move announced Sunday was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test and was swiftly criticized by the U.N. Security Council.

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