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May, 31, 2016

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An American detained in North Korea said he had spied against the country and asked for forgiveness at a media presentation Friday, nine days after a U.S. tourist was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion.
 
As Korean tensions rise, rival leaders get personal
Escalating military tensions on the divided Korean peninsula took an increasingly personal turn Friday, with the leaders of North and South each threatening the other's destruction.
 
North Korea claims progress made in missile development
North Korea said Thursday that it had successfully conducted a high-powered, solid-fuel rocket engine test, which if confirmed would be a major step forward in boosting its missile attack capability against South Korea and the United States.
 
A North Korean diplomat who killed two Chinese citizens in a car accident has paid compensation to the families of the dead, the mainland external affairs agency told AFP on Tuesday.
 
North Korea on Monday fired five short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast -- the latest in a series of launches ordered by leader Kim Jong Un amid rising military tensions.
 
North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Friday, just days after leader Kim Jong-Un promised a series of nuclear warhead tests and missile launches amid surging military tensions.
 
South Korea on Friday protested Tokyo's approval of updated high school textbooks that identify a cluster of small, Korean-controlled islets as part of Japanese territory.
 
N. Korea test fires two mid-range ballistic missiles
North Korea test fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Friday, just days after leader Kim Jong-Un promised a series of nuclear warhead tests and missile launches amid surging military tensions.
 
NK sentences US student to 15 years' hard labor
North Korea on Wednesday sentenced an American student who admitted stealing a propaganda banner from a hotel to 15 years' hard labor for subversive activities, state media said.
 
South Korean firms which operated factories in a now-shuttered joint economic zone in North Korea held a rally Wednesday near the border, demanding proper compensation from Seoul.
 
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