North Korea sanctions announced by Hilary Clinton on her visit to South Korea's DMZ Wednesday are a display of solidarity to ease South Korean concerns about the American commitment.
China will accept the results of an international investigation blaming North Korea.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a brief visit to South Korea, agreed with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak that 'strategic patience' should guide relations in wake of North Korean sinking of a South Korean Navy ship in March.
It's 'obvious' North Korea was involved in the sinking of the Cheonan warship in March, South Korea's foreign minister said Wednesday.
UN undersecretary-general Lynn Pascoe said today that North Korea is 'not eager to return to six-party talks,' but others say Kim Jong-il appears ready for renewed dialogue.
North Korea has said it will release US missionary Robert Park, who crossed into North Korea on Christmas Eve bearing a message of 'peace and goodwill' for Kim Jong-il. North Korean officials said the young American had retracted his views of the North as a repressive place.
North Korea has requested a formal peace treaty with the US, with which it has technically been in a state of war for over half a century.
Obama is expected to receive a warm welcome in South Korea, where top issues on agenda are North Korea talks and a free trade agreement.
Secretary of Defense Gates reassured jittery South Korea of firm US commitment to deterring North's conventional forces and confronting its nuclear threat.
Thursday’s tests were expected; what’s at issue now is whether Pyongyang will send a long-range missile toward Hawaii on July 4.