North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.
South Korea and the U.S. will conduct annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.
North Korea said Thursday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.
North Korea suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.
The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a North Korean cargo ship that was seized by the US in May, saying it could be used to pay off some of the $500 million owed to them for their son's death.
North Korea slammed South Korea over its deployment of U.S. fighter jets, warning that it will test special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.
North Korea said that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
Report: North Korea executed a senior envoy involved in nuclear negotiations with the U.S. as well as four other high-level officials.
North Korea called John Bolton a "warmonger" after he described tests of short-range missiles as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.