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.
Navy vessels from North and South Korea have exchanged fire, though without inflicting damage or causing injury. The altercation occurred after a ship from the North crossed into southern waters.
Rumor and counter-rumor swirl as three of Pyongyang's most senior representatives hold out of the blue talks with South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won.
A North Korean shell has reportedly landed in South Korean territory. The incident prompted the South's military to respond with rifle fire, according to the defense ministry in Seoul.
For the second time in less than a month, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has failed to attend a national event. The young leader's sudden absence from the public eye has fueled speculation about his grip on power.
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