While it is a significant symbolic gesture, analysts are skeptical that closing the Punggye-ri underground nuclear testing complex constitutes irreversible denuclearization progress.
Experts suggest the security guarantee would need to be backed by a peace treaty ending the 1953 Korean War.
Officials describe step as 'initial' response to Beijing's's island-building in disputed sea.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in was more optimistic than US President Donald Trump about prospects for the US- North Korea nuclear summit, following their meeting in Washington on Tuesday.
The Philippines says it’s talking to Beijing about reports of Chinese missiles and bombers in the South China Sea but calls the other side a friend.
This month marks 20 years since the end of the Suharto dictatorship.
Despite his own doubts, Trump, after talks with South Korean President Moon, says there’s a good chance his meeting with Kim Jong Un will occur.
Details of pact are still being worked out, but US news accounts say that as part of accord ZTE could pay additional penalties beyond $1.2 billion fine.
A possible trade war between China and the US has been put on hold, but many deep differences remain, agreement unlikely to resolve bigger differences.
North Korea threatens to end cooperation with the South while also casting doubt about participating in the nuclear summit with the US.
As officials from the two countries try to get along, tourists keep bringing up a Sino-Vietnamese dispute over South China Sea sovereignty.
What was to be routine consultation may now be an emergency mediation session after North Korea threatens to pull out of upcoming summit