South Korea, China and Japan woke up Friday to a new and uncertain diplomatic reality, after US President Donald Trump canceled what many considered to be the best chance of striking a deal for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
After an overnight train ride to remote mountains in North Korea, CNN's Will Ripley and Tim Schwarz witnessed North Korean officials detonate explosives at their nuclear test site, apparently destroying decades of work.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen accused China of "serial acts of suppression" and "dollar diplomacy" after Burkina Faso became the second country in a month to break off diplomatic ties with the island in favor of Beijing.
North Korea says Kim Jong Un is still willing to meet Donald Trump "at any time and in any way," after the US President abruptly canceled what would have been a historic summit between the two leaders scheduled for June.
To Kim Jong Un, May 24 should have been a diplomatic triumph. The North Korean leader had just opened the doors of his isolated country to the world, allowing foreign journalists to observe what had deemed a crowning achievement in Pyongyang's nuclear quest.
North Korea destroyed at least three nuclear tunnels, observation buildings, a metal foundry and living quarters at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Thursday, in a process observed by invited international journalists.
In comments likely to frustrate the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said their countries will stand by the existing nuclear accord with Iran, even as the US has withdrawn and expects its European allies to follow suit.