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  • Asia-Pacific press freedom takes another step back

    HONG KONG -- Freedom of the press is eroding all across the globe, according to the latest findings by watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders. While relatively speaking, the Asia-Pacific region is not as bad as others, like the Middle East

    April 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, the South Korean and U.S. militaries said, defying warnings from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China, which have tried for years to rein in its arms

    April 29, 2017 11:55 am JST
  • Japan protests latest North Korea missile launch

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan has protested to North Korea over the country's latest ballistic missile launch, the Japanese government's top spokesman said on Saturday morning."We absolutely cannot accept these repeated provocative acts, and have issued a

    April 29, 2017 09:06 am JST
  • South Korea stumped by Trump demands on THAAD

    SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump's comments that South Korea should pay for the deployment of a U.S. missile shield system have sparked confusion in Seoul and among candidates in the country's upcoming presidential election."I informed South Kor

    April 29, 2017 06:33 am JST
  • North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, appears to have failed -- South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from a region north of its capital, but it appears to have failed, South Korea's military said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state's main

    April 29, 2017 06:22 am JST
  • US threatens North Korea, courts China

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The U.S. is pushing for tougher sanctions on North Korea and has deployed military assets near and on the Korean Peninsula, while also making conciliatory gestures toward China to secure its cooperation in dealing with the rogu

    April 29, 2017 06:01 am JST
  • Japan's Kishida urges China to expand role in North Korea issues

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday urged China to play a greater role in reining in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Japanese officials said.In a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi i

    April 29, 2017 04:52 am JST
  • US urges countries to act before 'North Korea does'

    UNITED NATIONS -- Taking a tone of urgency, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday pressed the international community to sever diplomatic and financial ties with North Korea to block its nuclear weapons program."For too long, the internati

    April 29, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • South Korea paying for THAAD 'impossible' - presidential frontrunner's aide

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defense system would be an "impossible option," a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on

    April 29, 2017 03:11 am JST
  • China warns situation with North Korea at 'critical point'

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- China warned on Friday that the situation with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is at a "critical point" and said dialogue and negotiations are the only "practical" way to end tensions.Speaking

    April 29, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • ASEAN airs 'grave concern' over North Korea missile tests

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday became the latest body to voice anxiety over rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. In a statement, ASEAN foreign ministers expressed their "grave concern over the escalation of tensio

    April 28, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • US warns of possible conflict with North Korea, China says situation could escalate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said a major conflict with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.T

    April 28, 2017 12:57 pm JST
  • Trump spurns Taiwan leader's suggestion of another call

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president's suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beij

    April 28, 2017 11:37 am JST
  • Kim Jong Un's volatile brinkmanship may hide careful calculation

    TOKYO -- Kim Jong Un might look like he is merely stoking tensions to intensify his threat to the outside world. But this seemingly volatile leader has a reason to restrain himself and resort only to political brinkmanship. Despite anticipation by t

    April 28, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Robert A. Manning

    The irony of strategic patience with North Korea

    One measure of just how preoccupied Washington is with Kim Jong Un was an unusual Trump event: Inviting all 100 U.S. senators to the White House Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea presented by his secretaries of state and defense and the direct

    April 28, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • China warned North Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test: Tillerson

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly C

    April 28, 2017 08:42 am JST
  • Top South Korean presidential nominee talks Pyongyang threat

    SEOUL -- South Korea and the U.S. could scale back their joint military drills if North Korea freezes its nuclear program, South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in said Thursday in a televised debate.The countries conduct joint exercises i

    April 28, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • US strategy on Pyongyang to center on sanctions, pressure

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. plans to deploy a mix of tougher sanctions and diplomatic pressure to stop North Korea's nuclear development, the Trump administration said in a statement spelling out its policy toward the rouge state. According to the docume

    April 28, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Denuclearization before talks, South Korea's Ahn says

    SEOUL -- North Korea needs to take action toward giving up its nuclear weapons before any dialogue with the South takes place, Ahn Cheol-soo, the centrist People's Party candidate in the presidential election, told The Nikkei in a written interview.

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Tokyo to push for TPP without US, says Aso

    TOKYO -- Japan wants to convince 10 other Pacific Rim countries to enter into the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday.In a reversal of earlier reticence about a TPP minus the U.S., Japan n

    April 27, 2017 09:00 pm JST