The handover would grant South Korea full control of its military in the event of a conflict. But the transfer might be delayed yet again.
North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast as Japan and South Korea took a first step toward mending strained ties.
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Beijing on Tuesday dismissed the UN effort, which details crimes including extermination, enslavement, and torture, as 'unreasonable criticism.'
North Korea backed off its threat to block reunions of families split by the Korean War, after Secretary of State Kerry refused to budge on planned military exercises with South Korea.
North Korea is home to one of the world's largest rare earth mineral deposits, but its policy of isolation has long deterred foreign investment.