12 May, 2017
North Korea said on Thursday (11 May) that it will seek extradition of the "criminals" involved in the alleged plot to assassinate their supreme leader Kim Jong-un.
They also named a South Korean agent named Jo Ki Chol and a "secret agent" named Xu Guanghai, director general of the Qingdao NAZCA Trade Co Ltd, who allegedly met Kim in Dandong on North Korea's border with China.
It was believed that the relationship between China and North Korea had reached new lows in recent weeks as many feared that Pyongyang was prepping for a sixth nuclear test.
U.S. President Donald Trump earlier on Friday condemned the ballistic missile launched by North Korea, saying that it has disrespected the wishes of China.
It comes as the hermit state announced it will carry out a sixth nuclear test - despite the rest of the world warning against it.
While a travel warning already was in effect for U.S. nationals, the State Department offered a more detailed statement about the pitfalls of heading to North Korea.
"According to what I understand, the North Korean side will send an official delegation to relevant events at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that will shortly be taking place", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news conference, per the Washington Post.More news: Levee breaks in Arkansas as record flooding continues to plague the region
If the dispute between the USA and North Korea escalated into military action, it would adversely impact New Zealand exporters.
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The South Korean intelligence service said the charge was "groundless".
After defeating the occupying Japanese empire in 1945, the US occupied the southern part of the Korean Peninsula (today's South Korea), while the USSR (today's Russia) occupied the northern part (today's North Korea). North-Russia ties had been strong for almost half a century before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
In a televised inaugural speech, Moon said he will be on the move for peace on the Korean Peninsula, vowing to visit Pyongyang if conditions are created.
Long before Russian Federation hinted that it would replace some of China's fuel supplies to North Korea if Beijing cuts the exports, Moscow sought closer cooperation with Pyongyang, raising eyebrows in China in the process.