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  • North Korean midrange missile tests fail: Seoul

    SEOUL -- A pair of North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile launches apparently failed Thursday, South Korean military sources say.A projectile thought to be a Musudan missile was fired around 6:40 a.m. near the eastern coastal city of Wons

    April 29, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • North Korea's Kim seen consolidating power at May congress

    SEOUL -- The upcoming congress of the Workers' Party of Korea has attracted much speculation, with some anticipating economic reforms and a generational change in the top ranks alongside Kim Jong Un's efforts to drive home his status as the North's

    April 28, 2016 03:43 am JST
  • North Korea says no plans to halt nuke tests even if US stops drills

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea has no plans to suspend nuclear tests even if the United States stops its annual military exercises with South Korea, an aide to North Korea's foreign minister said Tuesday. "As to our proposal last year to halt nu

    April 26, 2016 03:57 pm JST
  • North Korean Musudan missile remains ready to be launched: Yonhap

    SEOUL (Kyodo) --A North Korean intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile remains ready to be launched, after the launch of another missile of the same type failed, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, citing a South Korean government official.

    April 26, 2016 12:30 pm JST
  • North Korea's sub-based missile could be ready by 2020: US institute

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- North Korea could have a submarine-launched ballistic missile system ready by 2020 using solid fuel which is more reliable than liquid, a U.S. institute said Monday. The use of solid fuel shortens the range of future SLBMs

    April 26, 2016 09:05 am JST
  • North Korea launches missile from submarine

    SEOUL (Dow Jones) -- North Korea appeared to have launched a missile from a submarine during a weekend test launch off its east coast, South Korea's defense ministry said, the latest attempt by Pyongyang to bolster its strategic military capabilitie

    April 24, 2016 08:00 pm JST
  • North Korea appears to fire submarine-launched missile

    SEOUL (AP) -- North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defense officials said, Pyongyang's latest effort to expand its military might in the face of pressure by its

    April 23, 2016 08:59 pm JST
  • Pyongyang defends its 'nukes with nukes' response

    SEOUL -- North Korea's foreign minister tried to justify his nation's nuclear testing as the only response to the nuclear threat from the U.S. in a speech Thursday at the United Nations. "We were left with only one choice, which was to respond t

    April 23, 2016 03:03 am JST
  • In Cambodia, North Korea taps its artistic side for cash

    PHNOM PENH -- Nearly three months after conducting its latest nuclear test, economic sanctions are making it harder for North Korea to sell everything from coal to cold noodles. A recent trip to Cambodia revealed how the regime of Kim Jong Un, d

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • In Cambodia, North Korea taps its artistic side for cash

    PHNOM PENH Nearly three months after conducting its latest nuclear test, economic sanctions are making it harder for North Korea to sell everything from coal to cold noodles. A recent trip to Cambodia revealed how the regime of Kim Jong Un, de

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • US says North Korean remittances at risk if it conducts nuclear test

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A fifth North Korean nuclear test could trigger new sanctions including an effort to choke off hard currency earnings by its workers abroad, the top U.S. diplomat for the Asia-Pacific region said on Tuesday. "Like a regi

    April 20, 2016 01:20 pm JST
  • N. Korea to replace ambassador to Germany: S. Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- A South Korean official on Wednesday confirmed a local news report that North Korea will replace Ambassador to Germany Ri Si Hong. "It's true," Jeong Joon Hee, spokesman of the South Korean Unification Ministry, said concerning

    April 20, 2016 12:10 pm JST
  • North Korea's ICBM development 'big concern': US general

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The U.S. military views North Korea's development of an intercontinental ballistic missile as a "big concern," the Army general picked to be the next commander of American forces in South Korea said Tuesday. Speaking at a c

    April 20, 2016 09:15 am JST
  • Trilateral meeting yields tough response to Pyongyang threats

    SEOUL -- Japan, the U.S. and South Korea agreed Tuesday to ramp up pressure on North Korea and to impose even harsher sanctions on the reclusive state -- seen on its way to a fifth nuclear test -- if it makes further provocations. Japanese Vice

    April 19, 2016 11:30 pm JST
  • North Korea preparing to conduct 5th nuclear test: South Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday signs have been detected lately indicating that North Korea has been preparing to conduct its fifth nuclear test, according to the South Korean presidential office. "We are i

    April 18, 2016 12:45 pm JST
  • North Korea's chest-thumping seen continuing until May congress

    SEOUL -- North Korea demonstrated its bullheaded commitment to arms development Friday through what is thought to have been an attempted missile launch, and the country is not expected to ease up on such provocations before the Workers' Party congre

    April 16, 2016 03:13 am JST
  • North Korea's missile launch on key anniversary day fails

    SEOUL/BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Friday tried but failed to fire what is presumed to be its intermediate-range ballistic missile Musudan for the first time from its east coast, South Korean and U.S. officials said. The failed attempt took

    April 15, 2016 04:08 pm JST
  • North Korea may resort to ultimate scare tactic

    TOKYO -- A series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests by North Korea's regime this year have tested the patience of the international community, but the scare tactics have failed to achieve regime's goal of bringing the world's major powers to th

    April 14, 2016 08:00 pm JST
  • G-7 meeting sees consensus on Asian issues, but China cooperation is key

    HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading countries gathered in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on April 10-11. The first such meeting in Asia in eight years came at an apt time, amid rising tensions and rivalry in the reg

    April 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Hiroshima G-7 meeting sees consensus on Asian issues, but China cooperation is key

    HIROSHIMA, Japan Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading countries gathered in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on April 10-11. The first such meeting in Asia in eight years came at an apt time, amid rising tensions and rivalry in the regi

    April 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST