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  • 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 co

    February 7, 2016 12:53 pm JST
  • 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 i

    February 7, 2016 12:07 pm JST
  • 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

    February 7, 2016 11:43 am JST
  • Chronology of major events related to N. Korean missile issue

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The following is a chronology of events related to the North Korean missile issue.August 1998 -- North Korea test-fires an intermediate-range Taepodong-1 ballistic missile, part of which flies over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean.J

    February 7, 2016 11:30 am JST
  • North Korea says to make special announcement after rocket launch

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea' state television said on Sunday it would make a special announcement at noon (0330 GMT), after South Korea said the North had launched a long-range rocket. North Korea, which says its rocket programme is aimed at

    February 7, 2016 11:22 am JST
  • North Korea rocket launch to worsen tensions - China's Xinhua

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday will worsen tensions on the Korean peninsula, China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary. The Korean peninsula cannot be nuclearised or descend into war, the com

    February 7, 2016 10:36 am JST
  • North Korean rocket may have failed - Yonhap

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's long-range rocket launched on Sunday may have failed, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said. Earlier, South Korean media had reported that the rocket appeared to have successfully separated the first and second s

    February 7, 2016 10:30 am JST
  • US, Japan, South Korea ask for emergency UN meeting on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday to discuss the North Korean rocket launch, council diplomats said. Speaking to Reuters on c

    February 7, 2016 10:19 am JST
  • U.S. tracks North Korean rocket, sees no threat to U.S. or allies

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. authorities are tracking a North Korean rocket launch and do not believe it poses a threat to the United States or its allies, U.S. defense officials said on Saturday. "We can confirm ... that we have detected a laun

    February 7, 2016 10:15 am JST
  • North Korea launches long-range rocket in defiance of international warnings

    TOKYO/SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday in defiance of international warnings, in a move widely viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test. It is the first time since December 2012 that North Korea has conducted

    February 7, 2016 09:55 am JST
  • North Korea launches long-range rocket: Abe

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket widely viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test, in defiance of international warnings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

    February 7, 2016 09:52 am JST
  • Pyongyang provocation

    North Korea launches long-range missile

    SEOUL -- North Korea launched a long-range missile from its Tongchang-ri site on Sunday, according to the Japanese government. Pyongyang this month notified international agencies that it would launch an earth observation satellite -- widely con

    February 7, 2016 09:41 am JST
  • Japan, US, South Korea mull financial sanctions on North Korea

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan, the United States and South Korea are considering slapping financial sanctions on North Korea for conducting a fourth nuclear test last month, diplomatic sources said Saturday.The move comes amid escalating international tens

    February 7, 2016 07:13 am JST
  • North Korea

    UN Security Council talks on sanctions at a standstill

    NEW YORK/BEIJING -- A month after North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test, talks on new sanctions against the reclusive state remain deadlocked at the U.N. Security Council, leaving some council members increasingly frustrated. The stalema

    February 7, 2016 02:21 am JST
  • North Korea

    Tensions rise as expected missile launch draws near

    SEOUL -- North Korea is threatening to launch a ballistic missile, possibly today, that could have a longer range than any missile the reclusive state has yet fired. As a result, Northeast Asia is on edge. The missile could show that North K

    February 7, 2016 02:13 am JST
  • North Korea moves forward start of rocket launch period to Sunday

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government said Saturday that North Korea has brought forward the start of the period during which it plans to launch a rocket by one day to Sunday. Pyongyang has notified the International Maritime Organization of

    February 7, 2016 12:06 am JST
  • Obama, Xi discuss response to North Korea amid gap at UNSC

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday spoke on the telephone about how to respond to North Korea's recent nuclear test and a planned rocket launch, the two countries said, amid differences betwe

    February 6, 2016 11:39 am JST
  • China-North Korea

    Trade still high despite dropping for second year

    BEIJING -- Trade between China and North Korea amounted to $5.51 billion in 2015, as the economic giant continues to prop up its neighbor's economy despite pressure from the U.S. and others not to do so. About 90% of North Korea's trade is with

    February 5, 2016 04:20 am JST
  • Northeast Asia security

    Pyongyang tunes out Beijing

    BEIJING -- China on Wednesday had some stern words for North Korea, after Pyongyang announced plans to launch a rocket it claims will carry a satellite. Yet Beijing has also resisted imposing tough sanctions on the North, such as a ban on oil sh

    February 4, 2016 04:45 pm JST
  • Adm. James Stavridis: Transparency and collaboration will reduce military tension in Asia

    We are at the start of a dangerous arms race in Asia as nations in the region respond to rising and more assertive military power in China and growing instability on the Korean Peninsula. And the American "Pacific pivot" is failing to gain traction

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST