Pyongyang residents were visibly moved as they learned of North Korea's latest nuclear test. Meanwhile, South Korea and governments around the world were less enthusiastic. Will the UN find an effective deterrent where sanctions have failed?
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the first talks with the North in two years were a good start. He said the next step was to get the North to talk nuclear disarmament.
South and North Korea have agreed that Pyongyang will send a 140-strong orchestra to perform at next month's Winter Olympics. The agreement has come as the two sides continue to hold rare working-level talks.
North Korea made significant strides in the development of its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs in 2017. In a New Year's speech, the country's leader said it can now start focusing on mass production.
If South Korea and North Korea were to compete alongside one another at the Winter Olympics it would be an historic first with powerful symbolic and political connotations. That’s the host nation’s thinking at least.
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