Governments around the world have condemned North Korea for conducting its third nuclear test since 2006. Pyongyang confirmed the test hours after seismic sensors registered a possible underground explosion.
Pyongyang has offered to temporarily suspend nuclear tests in return for a promise from the US to call off joint military drills with South Korea. Washington has slammed the North Korean proposal as an "implicit threat."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is open to talks with South Korea. In his New Year's address, Kim said that US-South Korea naval exercises had increased the threat of nuclear war.
Washington has rejected North Korea's proposal to suspend nuclear tests if the US called off its annual military drills with South Korea. Nevertheless, analyst John Delury tells DW Pyongyang's move signals an opening.
Author Shin Eun-Mi is set to be deported from South Korea for "praising" Pyongyang in a recent lecture. The Korea Immigration Service says Shin's comments violated Seoul's national security law.
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