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  • North Korean missile threat sparks fear, preparations in Japan

    TOKYO -- A deafening wail blared out in Oga, Akita Prefecture, in the northern part of Honshu, Japan's main island, at 9:33 a.m. on March 17. It was a siren meant to warn of an impending attack on the country.But it was only a test. The high-pitched

    March 29, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Malaysia inspects North Korean coal ship for possible U.N. sanctions breach -- Reuters

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysia briefly prevented a North Korean ship carrying coal from entering its port in Penang because of a suspected breach of United Nations sanctions, a port worker and Malaysian maritime officials told Reuters on Wednesd

    March 29, 2017 05:17 pm JST
  • Moscow plays the North Korea card

    MOSCOW -- Russia is seeking to deepen ties with the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly unconcerned by raised eyebrows in the international community. Russia maintains diplomatic ties with North Korea, and continues to support i

    March 28, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Trump's stiffening stance on Pyongyang causes concern in China

    BEIJING -- China has halted coal imports from North Korea since Feb. 19 in a bid to sever a financial source for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, saying the amount purchased in 2017 had neared the cap under U.N. sanctions imposed on the rec

    March 24, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • UN Security Council slams latest N. Korea missile, engine tests

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- The U.N. Security Council on Thursday blasted North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and an earlier ballistic missile engine test in defiance of U.N. resolutions.In a press statement, the 15-member council "strongly condemne

    March 24, 2017 08:46 am JST
  • Tillerson sets the tone for Trump in Asia

    BEIJING U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used his first official tour of Asia to reassure allies and open the door to constructive relations with China. And just as the secretary wrapped up the trip, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued yet a

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US, South Korea look to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korea agreed Wednesday to increase diplomatic economic pressure on North Korea in response to an apparent failed missile launch from the North's eastern coast.The rocket is said to have exploded seconds after it was fired

    March 23, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg

    Trump's North Korea credibility crisis

    Three dramatic developments over recent days involving U.S. President Donald Trump's two-month old administration underscore how the world, and particularly Asia, have neared a dangerous inflection point. The stakes are as high as war and peace.Firs

    March 22, 2017 05:20 pm JST
  • North Korean missile launch fails - U.S. military says

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- The U.S. military detected a failed North Korean missile launch attempt, with a missile exploding within seconds of its launch, a U.S. military spokesman said.South Korea said the apparent North Korean test launch on Wednesday mor

    March 22, 2017 12:53 pm JST
  • North Korea may have fired missiles: Japan government source

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea may have launched several missiles Wednesday morning, a Japanese government source said. The missiles, whose type was not immediately known, were possibly launched from an area near Wonsan in east North Korea at around 7

    March 22, 2017 11:59 am JST
  • North Korean businesses abroad struggle amid backlash

    JAKARTA -- North Korean businesses in Southeast Asia are suffering as people and governments sour on the country, with eateries closing and laborers facing deportation amid acrimony stemming from the killing of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother.Unit

    March 22, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • South Korea, U.S. nuclear envoys to meet Wed. over North Korean threat

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's and the United States' top nuclear envoys will meet Wednesday in Seoul to discuss a joint response to North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, South Korea's Foreign Ministry spokesman said T

    March 21, 2017 03:53 pm JST
  • Japan condemns North Korea's high-thrust engine test as ”unacceptable”

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday condemned North Korea's test of a new high-thrust engine that could be used in the development of a long-range ballistic missile."These repeated provocative acts are utterly unaccep

    March 21, 2017 03:01 pm JST
  • Malaysia says intercepted North Korean arms shipment to Thailand in 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysia intercepted and returned a shipment of North Korean military communications equipment sent to Thailand in 2011, the country's police chief said on Monday, amid growing scrutiny of the southeast Asian nation's deali

    March 20, 2017 10:45 pm JST
  • China not to join U.N. talks on treaty to ban nuclear arms

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China said Monday it will not participate in U.N. negotiations beginning next week in New York on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.China, one of the five major states possessing nuclear arms, sent its officials to a preparatory

    March 20, 2017 08:57 pm JST
  • North Korea rocket-engine test shows "meaningful" progress - South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North's goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States.The N

    March 20, 2017 06:46 pm JST
  • Korean Peninsula still suffering 'strife of princes'

    SEOUL -- A month has passed since North Korea's Kim Jong Nam was assassinated in Malaysia. There is strong suspicion the murder was committed by Pyongyang, and the South Korean government alleges North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Jong Nam's half-brot

    March 20, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Abe vows beef-up of defense, calls N. Korea missiles 'serious threat'

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reiterated his intention to strengthen Japan's defense capability, citing the "severe" security environment surrounding Japan, including North Korea's recent test-firing of missiles.Speaking at th

    March 19, 2017 01:27 pm JST
  • N.Korea's Kim Jong Un says engine test is 'new birth' of rocket industry

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea has conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was "a new birth" of its rocket industry, the reclusive North's official media

    March 19, 2017 11:45 am JST
  • Tillerson agrees with China tensions over N. Korea now very high

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday he agreed with China that tensions over North Korea are now very high, although sharp differences remain between Washington and Beijing over how best to rein in an increasingly a

    March 19, 2017 02:04 am JST