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  • Invisible weapons pose constant threat to cybersecurity

    TOKYO -- Cyberspace is a battlefield where countries, big or small, compete to obtain intelligence to attack others. Last month, it was ordinary citizens and businesses that fell victim to invisible cyber weaponry.An international conference on info

    June 6, 2017 11:19 am JST
  • North Korean coal exports hit zero, Security Council reports

    NEW YORK -- North Korea exported no coal in April, according to a report released this weekend by the U.N. Security Council committee on the country's sanctions, indicating that China is strictly implementing punitive measures against the rogue nati

    June 6, 2017 06:35 am JST
  • An animated look at how Asia has changed over 50 years

    Asia has changed considerably since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations came together as a political bloc in August 1967. But how can we get a sense of the pace and direction of that change? Inspiration comes from the Gapminder Foundation,

    June 5, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • N. Korea denounces new U.N. sanctions imposed over missile launch

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Sunday denounced the new sanctions imposed two days earlier by the U.N. Security Council after Pyongyang conducted a ninth ballistic missile test this year in defiance of earlier U.N. resolutions.On Friday, the U.N.

    June 4, 2017 10:48 pm JST
  • Shangri-La Dialogue focuses on terrorism in SE Asia

    SINGAPORE -- In the wake of the Manchester and London attacks, pipe bombs in Bangkok, suicide bombings in Jakarta, and a besieged city in the southern Philippines, Southeast Asian nations harbor few doubts about the likelihood of more terrorism ahea

    June 4, 2017 09:13 pm JST
  • North Korea pressures Moon to deliver on 2007 promises

    TOKYO -- North Korea continues to make provocative acts as it test-fires ballistic missiles despite fierce criticism from the international community. At the same time, Pyongyang has continued calling for new South Korean President Moon Jae-in to im

    June 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan, South Korea to keep sharing military intelligence

    SINGAPORE -- Tomomi Inada met with Han Min-koo here on Saturday in the first Japan-South Korea ministerial meeting since Moon Jae-in became South Korea's president last month.After the defense chiefs met, Japan's Inada said both agreed to keep in pl

    June 4, 2017 01:25 am JST
  • China avoids full confrontation with US

    SINGAPORE -- China and the U.S. did some verbal sparring here on Saturday during the 16th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.It was up to He Lei, vice president of the Academy of Military Science of the Chinese People's Libe

    June 4, 2017 12:36 am JST
  • Mattis urges China to act on North Korea threat

    SINGAPORE -- James Mattis, the U.S. defense secretary, urged China to act against North Korea's nuclear program, describing the Kim Jong Un regime as a "clear and present danger" to U.S. national security.Mattis also spoke to the threat of terrorism

    June 4, 2017 12:21 am JST
  • North Korea called an immediate threat to region

    SINGAPORE -- Japan, South Korea and the U.S. on Saturday agreed to step up pressure on North Korea. The agreement came on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue.Tomomi Inada, Japan's defense minister; James Mattis, U.S. secretary of defense

    June 4, 2017 12:13 am JST
  • Mattis dials up US pressure on China over North Korea, South China Sea

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- The United States is encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijing's militarisation of islands in the South China Sea, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday.The comme

    June 3, 2017 01:52 pm JST
  • UN expands North Korea sanctions under US-China deal

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend North Korean sanctions to four entities and 14 individuals believed to provide support for Pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons programs."The Security Council is sendi

    June 3, 2017 07:32 am JST
  • Mattis says U.S. committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he arrived in Singapore for the region's premier security forum.Mattis, who is making his second visit to the

    June 3, 2017 05:15 am JST
  • UN eyes additional sanctions on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council may extend asset freezes and other sanctions to another 14 individuals and four organizations in North Korea, based on a proposal by the U.S. and China.The council, which is weighing new sanction

    June 2, 2017 06:44 am JST
  • U.S. sanctions more people, firms over North Korea arms -Treasury

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States on Thursday blacklisted nine companies and government institutions, including two Russian firms, and three people for their support of North Korea's weapons program, the Treasury Department said in a stateme

    June 2, 2017 01:53 am JST
  • International discord is music to North Korea's ears

    SEOUL Emboldened by rifts in the international community, North Korea has made it clear that it intends to push ahead with its nuclear and missile programs, firing its third missile in as many weeks on May 29.The launch of the suspected Scud missile

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump's G-7 debut makes waves with allies

    TAORMINA, Italy At a summit in the Sicilian town of Taormina on May 26 and 27, the stage was set for America's newish president, Donald Trump, to make his G-7 debut.It was not a roaring success. While the Group of Seven leaders managed to agree on d

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia: Cyberattacks are a wake-up call for Asia

    The "WannaCry" malware unleashed on May 12 that locked up over 300,000 computer systems in 150 countries for ransom was the mother of all cyberattacks in terms of geographic sway and sophistication. It unveiled a new era of hyperglobalized threats t

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US-North Korea tensions inching toward breaking point

    TOKYO -- Amid repeated military provocations by North Korea, the U.S. made the unusual decision to dispatch two aircraft carriers to the Sea of Japan this week, while also announcing that it successfully carried out a missile-intercept test.North Ko

    June 1, 2017 07:29 am JST
  • Possible Japan-China summit seen for July

    TOKYO -- Japan's Shinzo Abe and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi agreed Wednesday to work toward a bilateral summit and other high-level talks in July, when the Group of 20 leaders congregate in Germany.The two met for about 50 minutes at the pri

    June 1, 2017 02:05 am JST