A day after Pyongyang says it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, the UN Security Council has called the test "a clear threat to international peace and security". The UN is likely to impose further international sanctions on North Korea.
Bilateral trade between the Asian economic powerhouse and its isolated neighbor dropped to its lowest level in nine months, indicating that UN sanctions against North Korea are beginning to take a toll.
Washington is at a turning point in its North Korea policy, with a new terror blacklisting and a more aggressive sanctions regime that is drawing the ire of China and further isolating the embattled regime in Pyongyang.
After a nine-year hiatus, the US has redesignated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move comes amid ongoing unease over Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions.
The UN Command has released a video showing the dramatic scenes at the border as a North Korean soldier defected. As they tried to stop him, the soldier's colleagues may have violated the terms of the Korean War truce.
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