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Escapee is prepare to risk execution to expose South Korean discrimination

Kim Jong-un walks past tombstones at the opening of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters in Pyongyang

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The veterans are in the country to  find the remains of an aviator killed in the war

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Pyongyang invites US for talks to 'ease tension on Korean peninsula'

Talks aim at cooling relations after leader Kim Jong-un threatened nuclear war earlier this year

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

North Korea sanctions 'hit humanitarian aid'

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

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.

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