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.
North Korea has fired dozens of artillery shells into the sea near its disputed maritime border with the south. The live-fire drill comes a day after it launched two ballistic missiles from a base near the border.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's South Korea visit sends out a number of messages not only to North Korea but also to Japan and the US, analyst Aidan Foster-Carter tells DW.
Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Sunday, according to South Korea's military. It comes a day after the North condemned a planned joint naval exercise between the US and South Korea.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to travel to South Korea on Thursday. DW takes a look at the economic and political ties between the two neighbors, and their mutual interests in the fate of North Korea.
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