US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Beijing to discuss North Korea situation - but does China have "more capacity to make a difference"?
When North Korea is threatening to launch missiles, targets unknown, there's a lot at stake.
Through her tears, a North Korean woman told me how she had to escape: risk death while running across the border or die of starvation.
- In March, North Korea launched what appeared to be two KN-02 missiles off its east coast
- The country routinely launches such short-range missiles in an effort to improve its arsenal
- North Korea recently withdrew two mid-range missiles believed to be capable of reaching Guam after moving them to its east coast earlier this year
South Korea claims that three short-range guided missiles have been fired by North Korea. The country routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches come during a period of diplomacy aimed at easing tensions.
– South Korea Defence Ministry
North Korea fired short-range guided missiles twice in the morning and once in the afternoon off its east coast. In case of any provocation, the Ministry will keep monitoring the situation and remain on alert.
South Korea has said it is to pull out all remaining workers from Kaesong Industrial zone in North Korea.
North Korea announced it would suspend operations at the shared zone earlier this month.
North Korea has demanded the removal of UN sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests in order to open up any dialogue with the US.
Pyongyang also said Washington must pledge not to engage in "nuclear war practice" with South Korea for it to extend lines of communication.
The North's National Defence Commission's statement, reported by the official KCNA news agency, said:
If the United States and the puppet South have the slightest desire to avoid the sledge-hammer blow of our army and the people ... and truly wish dialogue and negotiations, they must make the resolute decision.
Firstly, the sanctions resolutions by the UN Security Council that were fabricated with unjust reasons must be withdrawn.
The training area where the US helicopter crashed is about 15 miles from the border with North Korea.
The US military claimed one of its helicopters carrying Marines executed a hard landing near the North Korean border "while conducting routine flight operations".
A statement said the US Marine Corp. CH-53E Super Stallion had 21 people on board including five crew members, all of whom were taken to hospital.
Fifteen people have been released from hospital and six are in a stable condition.
"A comprehensive investigation will take place to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident", the statement added.
The South Korean media is reporting that the injured from the US military helicopter crash near the North Korean border are being taken to the hospital at Yongsan army base.
A statement is expected imminently from the US Marines following reports that an American military helicopter crashed near the North Korean border.
French news agency AFP said a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter was taking part in a joint drill with South Korean allies when the incident occurred but reported no casualties.
The Yonhap news agency said the helicopter came down in Cheorwon province, which borders North Korea.
President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on May 7 at the White House to discuss economic and security issues, including "countering the North Korean threat," the White House said.
– White House statement.
President Obama and President Park will also discuss a broad range of economic and security issues, including continued cooperation on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and countering the North Korean threat.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the stakes are too high for any "long festering territorial disputes" between North and South Korea not to be set aside.
Mr Kerry was speaking in Japan earlier: