North Korea test-fired seven surface-to-air missiles off its east coast on Thursday and its leader Kim Jong-un appeared to have been an observer.
Tests underway to confirm identity of body parents believe is their son who first made a distress call from the sinking South Korean passenger ferry Sewol
South Korean exports grew by an annual 7.1 per cent last month, beating forecasts and pointing to Asia's fourth-largest economy sustaining momentum into the new year. However, there are increasing concerns about the impact of a weak Japanese yen.
A US government agency has said North Korea has a nuclear weapon it can mount on a missile, adding an ominous dimension to threats of war by Pyongyang.
Substitute Son Heung-min prodded home a 96th minute winner to give South Korea a precious 2-1 win over Qatar in Seoul on Tuesday and put them in sight of another World Cup finals appearance.