International Relations

Abe, Obama aim for adoption of firm UNSC resolution on N. Korea

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday they will aim for a speedy adoption of a strong U.N. Security Council resolution over North Korea's recent nuclear test and de-facto missile launch. ...

  • Pyongyang provocation

    U.S. urges China to increase sanctions pressure on North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- China agrees any new U.N. resolution on North Korea will include additional sanctions and go beyond previous steps, but Washington is urging Beijing to put even more pressure on Pyongyang after its recent nuclear test and rock...

  • North Korea

    South threatens more penalties in joint industrial zone

    SEOUL -- South Korea seeks to turn up the pressure on North Korea with more sanctions, including a scaled-back presence at a jointly run industrial park, in addition to the potential deployment of a land-based missile defense system. Unification ...

  • North Korea

    Posturing for party convention a serious threat to security in Korean Peninsula

    SEOUL -- North Korea's launch of what is believed to be a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday has been met with unanimous condemnation, but raises questions over just what the international community is able to do in order to keep the country's op...

  • Food and agriculture trade

    TPP to help protect brands, lower nontariff barriers

    SYDNEY/TOKYO -- The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a comprehensive free trade agreement spanning parts of the Asia-Pacific, is expected to lower tariffs on food and agricultural products. The pact could also bring food producers broader benefits by prote...

  • Japan to extend $1m in aid to Taiwan for deadly quake

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan said Monday it will extend $1 million in aid to Taiwan for disaster relief and reconstruction following Saturday's deadly earthquake that rocked the south of the island. Japan will offer the aid to the Red Cross Society of...

  • UN Security Council condemns North Korea launch, vows action

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's latest rocket launch and promised to take punitive steps, while Washington vowed to ensure the 15-nation body imposed "serious consequences" on...

  • North Korea

    Containment falls short as nuclear threat grows

    TOKYO -- North Korea once again has defied the international community by conducting what many think was a missile test Sunday, after carrying out a nuclear test just last month. The nation's continued arms development could create a hole in the U.S....

  • Pyongyang provocation

    Latest rocket may bring continental US within range

    TOKYO -- North Korea took another step toward its goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, with the range of the rocket launched Sunday estimated at up to 13,000km. Along with upgrading its l...

  • South Korea and US to begin formal talks on missile defense system

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Dow Jones) -- Hours after a North Korean long-range rocket launch, Washington and Seoul said they were in consultations over the deployment of an advanced missile defense shield in South Korea. The potential deployment of a Term...

  • UN Security Council holds emergency session on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council began an emergency meeting on North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday and diplomats said they expected the 15-nation body to condemn Pyongyang and redouble efforts to agree on new sanction...

  • Japan eyes tightening sanctions in wake of North Korea rocket launch

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed his government on Sunday to swiftly consider tightening Japan's unilateral sanctions on North Korea following Pyongyang's rocket launch earlier in the day. Japan also lodged a protest with Nor...

  • North Korea launches long-range rocket in defiance of international ban

    TOKYO/SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket in defiance of repeated international warnings, in a move widely viewed as a banned test of ballistic missile technology, a month after its fourth nuclear test unleashed a barr...

  • South Korea says will discuss new missile defence with US

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea said on Sunday it and the United States would begin discussion on deploying an advanced missile-defence system to South Korea to counter the growing threat of North Korea's weapons capabilities. U.S. military offici...

  • China voices "regret," seeks "calm" after N. Korea's rocket launch

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China on Sunday voiced "regret" and sought "calm" response after North Korea launched what it calls a satellite, in a move widely viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test despite repeated international warnings. Foreign Min...

  • U.N. Security Council to hold emergency meeting on North Korea launch

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean rocket launch as requested by United States, Japan and South Korea, the U.N. press office said. The closed-door c...

  • Vietnam power struggle

    How southern roots, and perhaps China, dashed Dung's hopes

    HANOI -- The Vietnam War ended 41 years ago, but the latest Communist Party leadership contest showed the north-south division is still a factor in the country's politics. And behind the scenes lurked China, which may not have wielded direct influenc...

  • North Korea announces "successful" launch of satellite

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea said Sunday it "successfully" put an Earth observation satellite into orbit. The announcement, made through a special program of North Korea's official broadcaster, said it was an "epoch-making" achievement. The cou...

  • North Korea rocket appears to put object into orbit - Yonhap

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's long-range rocket launched on Sunday appears to have put an object into space orbit, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a South Korean military official. South Korea's defence ministry could not im...

  • South Korea's Park says North Korea's rocket 'unforgivable', urges U.N. sanctions

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday was "an unforgivable act of provocation" and called on the U.N. Security Council to swiftly adopt strong sanctions. Park said the North ...