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South Korea has repeatedly called for fresh talks to negotiate an official end to the Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953. North Korea said it would be willing to resume talks if Seoul "abandons its hostility."
South Korea has said it carried out its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test just hours after the North fired two ballistic missiles into the sea.
South Korea and the US are holding joint exercises, and a British naval strike force is due to dock in Busan in the coming weeks, as the international community pressures Pyongyang to adhere to UN resolutions.
After a long pause, North Korea is again testing the resolve of the international community by launching ballistic missiles. But what is Pyongyang's endgame?
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