International condemnation hasn't put North Korea off celebrating its successful rocket launch on Wednesday. Pyongyang believes the launch is evidence that North Korea is a world power.
North Korea has test fired two short-range missiles off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korean media has reported. Meanwhile Pyongyang has agreed to release detained Australian missionary John Short.
The annual joint military drills between the US and South Korea have begun. North Korea sees them as a provocation, calling them rehearsals for an invasion, but has toned down its rhetoric.
The first batch of South Koreans allowed to pay a rare visit to relatives in North Korea has returned home after an emotional goodbye. For many, it was the last reunion they will experience.
US and South Korean troops have kicked off joint military exercises. Pyongyang has protested but it wasn’t immediately clear what effect this would have on a recent thawing of relations between the North and South.
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