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US in Direct Communication With North Korea, Says Tillerson - New York Times

BEIJING — The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a ...and more »

On China's border with North Korea, a constricted economic lifeline is still a lifeline - Washington Post

DANDONG, China — The trucks still rumble across the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, and a nearby pipeline still pumps crude oil to keep the regime alive in Pyongyang. But here in the Chinese city of Dandong, at the center of this country's trade with ...and more »

Trump signed presidential directive ordering actions to pressure North Korea - Washington Post

Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across a broad spectrum of government agencies and led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, according to U ...and more »

Trump says North Korea talks are 'waste of time' - Financial Times

Donald Trump dismissed the prospect of talks with Pyongyang as pointless barely a day after his secretary of state said the US was using new channels of communication to weigh the possibility of negotiations with North Korea about its nuclear programme.and more »

On North Korea, China's interests are unchanged - The Interpreter

China's recent move to close North Korean businesses operating in China is undoubtedly welcome news to Australian and US policymakers. However, this is should not be seen as a shift in China's approach to North Korea. Rather, it is a tactical manoeuvre ...and more »

Did China just break its promise not to buy North Korean coal? - CNNMoney

China unexpectedly started buying coal from North Korea again last month, raising questions about its commitment to cracking down on trade with Kim Jong Un's regime. Beijing said in February that it would halt all coal shipments from North Korea ...and more »

Chinese-North Korean Relations: Drawing the Right Historical Lessons - 38 North

Starting in the mid-1970s, Pyongyang began reaching out to Washington to replace the Korean War armistice with a peace agreement. Yet, as declassified US records suggest, as Washington prepared to normalize relations with Beijing in the late 1970s, ...and more »

North Korean companies in China ordered to close - Financial Times

China has ordered North Korean companies operating within its borders to shut down as Beijing tightens the screws on Pyongyang amid the latest round of UN sanctions. China's ministry of commerce said in a statement late on Thursday that it was giving ...and more »

N. Korean Defector Urges Continued Global Pressure on Pyongyang - Voice of America

Ji Seong-ho escaped North Korea when he was 24 and "there were both North Korean and Chinese soldiers guarding the border, who would shoot people to death if caught." Today, more than a decade later, he is a human rights activist, calling on the ...and more »

North Korea and US 'in direct contact', says Tillerson - BBC News

The US is in "direct contact" with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. Mr Tillerson said Washington was "probing" the possibility of talks with Pyongyang, "so stay tuned". "We have lines of communications to Pyongyang," he said ...and more »