North Korea said Tuesday that it would stop disabling its nuclear facilities and consider restoring the Yongbyon reactor that can make material for atomic bombs, accusing the United States of violating a disarmament deal.
Nineteen South Korean Christian volunteers held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for six weeks returned home to an uncomfortable welcome Sunday, thanking their government for saving them from death.
North Korea said Sunday that it was not bound by a UN Security Council resolution imposing weapons-related sanctions on it and insisted that the country would ""bolster its war deterrent in every way.""
North Korean refugees may be trying out Russia as an escape route now that China is taking a harder line against them, a Seoul official said Tuesday after a second asylum seeker entered a consulate in Vladivostok.
U.S. and North Korean envoys staked out widely divergent positions at the start of six-party talks on the crisis over the North's nuclear arms programs Wednesday, underscoring the difficulty of a breakthrough.