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Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says

Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says

North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programmes ease.

Olympic flame stops in Seoul on journey to Pyeongchang

Olympic flame stops in Seoul on journey to Pyeongchang

Cheering crowds welcomed the Olympic flame to a freezing Seoul on Saturday, where the torch will be paraded for four days before making its way to Pyeongchang for the start of the Winter Games.

N. Korea to send athletes, cheer squad to Winter Olympics

N. Korea to send athletes, cheer squad to Winter Olympics

Seoul proposed inter-Korean military talks to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula and a reunion of family members in time for February's Lunar New Year holiday, said South Korea's vice unification minister Chun Hae-sung.

IOC extends North Korea's Winter Olympics deadline

IOC extends North Korea's Winter Olympics deadline

The International Olympic Committee has "extended the deadline" for North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics, it announced on Monday.

North Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks

North Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks

The two Koreas agreed on Friday to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years and are expected to discuss the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

North and South Korea agree to first talks in two years

North and South Korea agree to first talks in two years

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to hold their first talks in more than two years, hours after Seoul and Washington decided to defer joint military exercises which always infuriate Pyongyang until after the Winter Olympics.

North Korea reopens border hotline as Trump boasts of "bigger" nuclear button

North Korea reopens border hotline as Trump boasts of "bigger" nuclear button

North Korea reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, hours after US President Donald Trump appeared to mock the North's leader by saying he has a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear button than he does.

Hong Kong ship crew questioned in S. Korea for oil transfer to North

Hong Kong ship crew questioned in S. Korea for oil transfer to North

The crew of a Hong Kong-registered ship have been detained for questioning in South Korea since their tanker was impounded in November for transferring oil to a North Korean vessel and breaching UN sanctions, customs officials said Saturday.

South Korea seizes Hong Kong ship for oil transfer to North Korea

South Korea seizes Hong Kong ship for oil transfer to North Korea

South Korea briefly seized and inspected a Hong Kong-registered ship in November for transferring oil products to a North Korean vessel and breaching UN sanctions, a foreign ministry official said Friday.

US sanctions N.Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate

US sanctions N.Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate

The United States announced sanctions on two of North Korea's most prominent officials behind its ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tension between Washington and Pyongyang.

UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on N.Korea over missile test

UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on N.Korea over missile test

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its Nov. 29 intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad.

UN to vote on new N Korea sanctions targeting oil

UN to vote on new N Korea sanctions targeting oil

The UN Security Council will vote Friday on a US-drafted resolution ramping up sanctions on North Korea by restricting oil supplies vital for Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.