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By Eric Talmadge THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Analysis: To launch or not? Either way, North Korea may gain

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — If, after all the fanfare, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t actually launch missiles toward Guam, many may write the whole episode off as another of the North’s seemingly endless bluffs. But from Pyongyang’s perspective and in the eyes of some U.S. military experts, Kim and his generals have already won this round.

North Koreans, in eye of storm, fete leader’s birthday

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — Unaware of reports his eldest son and current leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother was killed just days ago in what appears to have been a carefully planned assassination, North Koreans marked the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il on Thursday as they do every year, with dancing, special treats for children and reverential bows and bouquets of f

Rumours highlight the hidden lives of North Korean leaders

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — The killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother could be the best cloak-and-dagger thriller North Koreans will never get to hear. And if they did, they’d likely need some plot explainers few know Kim Jong Un even had a half-brother.

UN Security Council meeting sought over NKorea missile test

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called “serious military and security threats” and predicting more such tests.

N. Korea missile test adds to ‘Military First’ celebration

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea marked its “Military First” holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful and potentially game-changing submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.