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Associated Press in Seoul

But because of international sanctions imposed on the North, Russia won’t likely sell it readily, according to a South Korean military official.

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North Korea threatened today to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test after the approval of a landmark UN resolution on its human rights violations.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Thursday urged Japan to resolve the issue of “comfort women” forced into the wartime brothels for the Japanese military, according to the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul.

A firefighting helicopter working on search operations following the sinking of the passenger ferry Sewol crashed on Thursday in the southern city of Gwangju, killing two people.

South Korean military spokesman says shells fired into disputed waters were not an all out attack attempt by the North but merely warning shots

The following transcript of radio communications between the badly listing passenger ferry Sewol and the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Centre took place shortly before the vessel sank on Wednesday.

North Korea said yesterday it would elect members of its rubber-stamp parliament in March, which could provide a glimpse into any changes in the country's power elite after the execution of leader Kim Jong-un's uncle.

North Korea typically speaks with war-like rhetoric against such exercises because it considers them a rehearsal for invasion. But it has not made any harsh statements against the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills that began on Monday.

The powerful National Defense Commission headed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a statement through state media proposing high-level talks to ease tensions and promote peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting at Panmunjom, where the truce ending the 1950-53 Korean War was signed, is the first of its kind on the Korean Peninsula in more than two years.

South Korea has pointed the finger at Pyongyang in six cyberattacks since 2009, even creating a cyber security command centre in Seoul to protect the Internet-dependent country from hackers from the North.

Her national speech on Friday came four days after her inauguration as the country’s first female president. She already faces unusually low popularity ratings. Parliament is gridlocked over objections to her Cabinet nominations and her government restructuring plans.

A South Korean coastguard official says a fishing boat carrying three North Koreans has drifted south of the countries’ eastern maritime boundary.