International Relations

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, met with South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo on Thursday. © Reuters

Missile defense still an issue for US, South Korea

WASHINGTON -- American and South Korean officials have agreed to delay transferring control of joint wartime operations to the government in Seoul until it can better counter the North Korean threat, leaving the topic of missile defense untouched. ...

  • Minister-level TPP talks in homestretch, but hurdles remain

    SYDNEY -- Ministers from 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will meet here for three days starting Saturday to lay the groundwork for a basic agreement, but many differences still need to be resolved. Minister-level talks ...

  • Georgian president seeks continued sanctions on Russia

    TOKYO -- Economic sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis should not be relaxed anytime soon, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Friday. "Being tough and having a dialogue don't exclude each other," Margvelashvili told Th...

  • Ex-Japan PM Fukuda, China's Xi to meet Wednesday in Beijing: sources

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, diplomatic sources said Friday. As chairman of the nongovernmental Boao Forum for Asia, Fukuda will meet with Xi f...

  • 21 nations sign accord for China-led development bank

    BEIJING -- A total of 21 countries signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Friday for the establishment of a China-led multinational bank. Representatives from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as China, India and Mongolia, a...

  • U.S. to delay wartime operation control transfer to S. Korea until 2020

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea and the United States have agreed on delaying until mid-2020 the transfer of wartime operation control to South Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday. The agreement was finalized at the 46th annu...

  • Ex-finance chief Nukaga to meet with S. Korea's Pres. Park

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Former Japanese Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, a veteran legislator of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, is to meet with President Park Geun Hye later Friday, according to South Korea's presidential office. ...

  • N.Y. doctor tests positive for Ebola: report

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- A doctor in New York tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, the New York Times reported. Craig Spencer worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and return...

  • Nations pledge $78M for UN Ebola efforts

    UNITED NATIONS -- Countries have pledged $78 million so far to a United Nations trust fund to combat Ebola, but the sum is far short of what is needed to end the outbreak, according to U.N. officials. "There is a lot of fundraising activities goi...

  • UN investigator renews call to press North Korea on human rights

    UNITED NATIONS -- The top United Nations investigator on North Korea urged the international community to hold Pyongyang accountable for its dismal human rights record and not be swayed by "a few honeyed words" from the regime in recent weeks. No...

  • WHO once again discourages travel bans over Ebola

    GENEVA -- Restricting travel and trade is not the right response to the Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organization emergency committee reaffirmed Wednesday in its third meeting. Such action would weaken the economies of affected West African cou...

  • S. Korea unlikely to join China-led Asia bank: report

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea has bailed out of a plan to join a China-led multinational bank to finance infrastructure projects in Asia, a Seoul daily reported Thursday. The JoongAng Ilbo said South Korea initially expressed support for the devel...

  • Initial agreement expected on China's Asia development bank

    BEIJING -- Countries considering participation in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led initiative, will likely sign a memorandum of understanding this week, according to Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei. He made the announcemen...

  • Pyongyang looking to give economy a boost

    SEOUL -- North Korea's move to beef up ties with Russia was apparently prompted by a lack of progress on economic development, a priority as important as its nuclear program. To bolster economic development, Pyongyang set up in June a ministry ch...

  • Russia's rail project in North Korea gets rolling

    MOSCOW -- A Russian-led railway project has kicked off in North Korea, marking the latest effort between Moscow and Pyongyang to deepen ties. High-ranking officials from both sides held meetings this year, agreeing on economic cooperation across ...

  • Japanese delegation to prod North Korea on abduction probe

    TOKYO -- A Japanese fact-finding team heads to Pyongyang next Monday to try holding North Korea to its word on investigating scores of missing-persons cases, including state-sponsored abductions. The government delegation, Japan's first to North ...

  • Japan's Aso nudges Chinese vice premier on possible summit

    BEIJING -- Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso met with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Wednesday, urging a bilateral summit in November to further thaw ties. The two men spoke for a few minutes after the opening ceremony of the Asia-Paci...

  • Japan getting the lowdown on Ebola from US military

    TOKYO -- Japan sent five officials, including members of the Self-Defense Forces, to the headquarters of the United States Africa Command in Germany on Tuesday to collect information about the Ebola outbreak and help prevent the spread of the disease...

  • Ebola: Asia's biggest fear is fear itself

    This is the big one. For the three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola crisis -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the current outbreak of the deadly virus is heading for a catastrophe of unimaginable scale. With infection spreading ex...

  • Japan seeks to work with Asian countries on cyberdefense

    TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will strengthen collaboration with Asian countries in defending against cyberattacks, which are rapidly rising even in developing countries. The ministry aims to raise the cyberattack prepa...