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.
Pope Francis ended his visit to South Korea, urging Koreans to unite as "one people" and put their suspicions of each other to one side. The address came as the South launched a military drill with the US.
Activists dismiss North Korea's plans to conduct an internal investigation of the state's human rights record as "not credible" - but they say that the regime in Pyongyang is increasingly sensitive to outside criticism.
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.
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.
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