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  • North Korea releases American detainee on humanitarian grounds-KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea said on Thursday it has released American Otto Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds" after he had been held prisoner for 17 months.Warmbier, an American university student said to be in a coma according to his family, was

    June 15, 2017 01:18 pm JST
  • Regional luminaries push back against protectionism

    Protectionist and anti-globalist attitudes are taking root in the U.S. and Europe. So how should Asian countries -- which have built their economies through trade -- respond? This was the pressing question at Nikkei's 23rd International Conference o

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China and Russia soften the bite of North Korea sanctions

    MOSCOW/BEIJING North Korea is refusing to stop firing missiles until the U.S. and its allies make the "right choices." And with China and Russia continuing to trade with Pyongyang despite an international clampdown, the regime has less incentive to

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Peter S. Kim

    Refusal to engage with North Korea risks nuclear terrorism

    Moon Jae-in, the newly elected president of South Korea, takes over at a time when the geopolitical risks surrounding the Korean Peninsula have never been higher. U.S. President Donald Trump has set off a chain of events by suggesting the possibilit

    June 15, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • High-level US visit leads North Korea to free student in coma

    WASHINGTON/CINCINNATI (Reuters) -- Otto Warmbier, an American university student held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months and said by his family to be in a coma, was medically evacuated from the reclusive country after a rare visit there from a hi

    June 14, 2017 02:27 pm JST
  • U.S. blames North Korean government for cyber attacks since 2009

    WASHINGTON/TORONTO (Reuters) -- The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubbed "Hidden Cobra," saying the group was part of the North Korean government and that more attacks were likely.The joint al

    June 14, 2017 05:10 am JST
  • U.S. weighs sanctions on countries doing business with North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States is weighing imposing sanctions on countries that do business with North Korea and looking for ways to revive strained relations with Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.At a committ

    June 14, 2017 03:08 am JST
  • North Korea releases U.S. student held for 17 months

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a U.S. university student held captive there for 17 months, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati

    June 14, 2017 01:07 am JST
  • Ex-NBA star Rodman arrives in North Korea to 'open door'

    BEIJING/PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Former U.S. basketball superstar Dennis Rodman on Tuesday arrived in North Korea, saying he will try to "open the door" at a time when regional tensions remain high over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. "I'm sur

    June 13, 2017 09:41 pm JST
  • Trump open to direct talks with North Korea, says ex-aide

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump is ready to go the extra mile to understand his rivals, which is why he is open to direct dialogue with North Korea, according to the former head of policy implementation on Trump's transition team."I think we ha

    June 13, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • North-South Korea joint event to be called off

    SEOUL -- A jointly organized event in Pyongyang to commemorate the 17th anniversary of a summit between North and South Korean leaders looks likely to fall through, a South Korean civic group said Friday.The group had not received an invitation from

    June 10, 2017 07:33 am JST
  • Japan needs ability to strike enemy bases, says ruling party

    TOKYO -- Japan's ruling party will suggest giving the country the capacity to strike enemy bases, as well as forming a cyber-offense team, spurred by North Korea's advancing nuclear and ballistic missile development.These points are included in a dr

    June 9, 2017 11:31 am JST
  • Behind Pyongyang's missile-testing binge

    SEOUL -- North Korea launched several cruise missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, marking a fourth straight week of tests involving five different types of projectiles in a likely effort to showcase its military might.The missiles were fired

    June 9, 2017 02:07 am JST
  • Comment

    Dealing with a nuclear North Korea: Expect the unexpected

    TOKYO -- When faced with a crisis never before experienced, people tend to underestimate the seriousness of the situation and think things won't become too bad. In social psychology, this is called normalcy bias.We already may have defaulted to this

    June 8, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • North Korea sanctions don't stop trade with China, Russia

    MOSCOW/BEIJING -- China and Russia are continuing to trade commodities with North Korea, weakening the effectiveness of international sanctions against Pyongyang and risking the wrath of the U.S.Since January, China's imports of iron ore from North

    June 8, 2017 01:11 pm JST
  • North Korea fires surface-to-ship cruise missiles

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea test-fired Thursday what appeared to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles that traveled about 200 kilometers off its east coast, South Korea's military said.South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles, not tho

    June 8, 2017 11:02 am JST
  • No immediate impact on Japan security from North Korea missiles: government

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan does not view North Korea's launch Thursday morning of surface-to-ship missiles into the Sea of Japan as having an immediate impact on national security, the country's foreign minister said.Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told

    June 8, 2017 10:17 am JST
  • US defense chief tells China to get tough on Pyongyang

    SINGAPORE U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called on China to help stymie North Korea's nuclear ambitions, describing the Kim Jong Un regime as a "clear and present danger" to U.S. national security.Speaking on June 3 at the 16th Asia Security Su

    June 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Experts call for larger Chinese role in taming Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- Defense experts gathered here at the Future of Asia conference agreed that China needs to be more involved in pressuring North Korea to stop its nuclear tests and missile launches, but differed on how to do it."It seems more difficult to re

    June 6, 2017 07:57 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Thai Deputy PM: Recent global changes present chance to 'reorder' the world

    TOKYO -- Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said that the world has recently undergone enormous changes, as evidenced by rising protectionism and increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Speaking at the annual Future of Asia conferenc

    June 6, 2017 11:29 am JST