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The planned venue for the Koreas' first high-level meeting, at the Grand Hilton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea - the talks have now been scrapped

North and South Korea ditch breakthrough talks set for this week - because they can't agree who should lead delegations

Meeting promised a cool in relations after a tense few months on the peninsula

North Korea's chief delegate Kim Song-Hye (right) and her South Korean counterpart Chun Hae-Sung (left) at the end of the inter-Korean talks

North and South Korea announce diplomatic breakthrough with talks set for this week

Meeting could cool relations after a tense few months

North and South Korea agree to meet for talks

The talks will be the Koreas' first government-level negotiations since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February

Eric Holder authorised the seizure of the phone records of AP reporters

US media snubs peace talks with Attorney General, Eric Holder, over snooping row

Efforts by the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, to smooth American media feathers ruffled by recent revelations of aggressive snooping by the government on reporters hit a snag, as major news organisations turned down an invitation to meet with him.

North Korea sanctions 'hit humanitarian aid'

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences.

The fishing village at Dalian Bay, where a Chinese fishing boat was detained

Kim Jong-un tries to rebuild bridges with release of Chinese hostages

Fishermen freed as speculation grows that Beijing may be planning for regime change

China urges North Korea to release fishing boat crew

China is urging North Korea to release a Chinese fishing boat whose owner says it was seized by gun-toting North Koreans earlier this month and held for ransom, in the latest irritant in relations between the neighboring allies.

South Koreans watch TV news showing a footage of North Korean missiles

North Korea launches missiles into eastern waters, according to the South

US State Department urges Kim Jong-Un's reclusive government to 'exercise restraint'

North Korea 'fires three missiles' as nuclear programme slows down, according to UN

North Korea is still trying to import and export nuclear and ballistic missile-related items but financial and trade sanctions are slowing progress on development of their prohibited weapons, UN experts say in a new report.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 15 May 2013

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Pakistan’s nuclear weapons mastermind AQ Khan denies advising North Korea and Iran

AQ Khan, the mastermind of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, has denied any involvement in similar programmes in North Korea and Iran, insisting that the two states have acquired any knowledge in the field from Western sources.

Kenneth Bae, the tour operator held in a North Korean jail

North Korea: Pyongyang ups ante with 15-year sentence for US tour operator

Kenneth Bae could  be used as bargaining chip in nuclear standoff with Washington

American sentenced to 15 years hard labour by North Korea for alleged crimes against the state

Kenneth Bae charged with "committing crimes aimed at toppling the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with hostility towards it"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) talking with officials of the Ministry of People's Security in Pyongyang. Kenneth Bae (left) who has been detained for nearly six months in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state

North Korea sentences American Kenneth Bae to 15 years' hard labour

An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labour” for unspecified crimes against the state.

North Korea to build replicas of Big Ben and Eiffel Tower for big-budget Pyongyang theme park, despite a food crisis that has left 2% of children suffering 'chronic malnutrition'

Country-wide building projects believed to represent an end to decades of austerity in North Korea, with the government using the slogan 'no more belt-tightening'

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