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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 »

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 »

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 »

US talking to North Korea 'directly,' Rex Tillerson says - ABC News

The Trump administration confirmed Saturday for the first time that it is in direct communication with North Korea over its government's escalating missile and nuclear programs. Interested in North Korea? Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to ...and more »

In Tillerson's China Stop, Questions on North Korea but Slim Chance of Clarity - New York Times

BEIJING — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is scheduled to arrive in Beijing early Saturday for a brief visit, amid confusing signals about President Trump's position on two questions looming over the confrontation with North Korea: Is America's ...and more »

Trump Administration Trying Direct Diplomacy With North Korea to Defuse Nuclear Crisis - New York Magazine

The Trump administration is communicating directly with the North Korean government, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed on Saturday. It was the first time anyone in the White House has acknowledged such efforts, though Tillerson did not say ...and more »

US In Direct Contact With North Korea: 'We Do Talk To Them,' Tillerson Says - NPR

Updated 3:45 p.m. ET Saturday. As the United States grapples with how to contend with North Korea's nuclear weapons program that has been fueling a worsening war of words, the rhetoric took a decisively cooler tone Saturday when Secretary of State Rex ...and more »

Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korea Sanction Squeeze -

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE. BEIJING — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was holding top-level talks in China Saturday as the United States looks to tighten an ...and more »

US Has 'Lines of Communication' with North Korea, Tillerson Says -

BEIJING, China — The United States has direct channels of communication with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday, adding that Washington was "probing" for potential dialogue with Pyongyang. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” ...and more »