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  • South Korea defense ministry 'intentionally dropped' THAAD units in report -- Blue House

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's Defence Ministry "intentionally dropped" mentioning that four more launchers had been deployed for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system in a report to President Moon Jae-in's top aides, his office said on

    May 31, 2017 01:27 pm JST
  • US successfully tests ICBM defense system amid rising North Korea tensions

    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Tuesday announced it had successfully conducted its first live-fire test against a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland. The test, conducted over the Pacific Ocean, aims to

    May 31, 2017 11:49 am JST
  • US, China mulling response to Pyongyang: American envoy

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. and China are discussing how to respond to Pyongyang's recurring military provocations, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday, expressing hope that an agreement can be reached this week."The talks are

    May 31, 2017 07:09 am JST
  • Japan could become missile target, Pyongyang warns

    SEOUL -- North Korea has warned that Japan could be targeted in a missile attack if it "persists in hostility" toward the North, while Tokyo is reaching out to neighbors in an effort to turn up the heat on Pyongyang.Although the North is currently o

    May 31, 2017 04:54 am JST
  • South Korea's Moon 'shocked' by undisclosed THAAD launchers

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday ordered an investigation into four additional launchers for a controversial American missile defense system, saying the Ministry of National Defense failed to tell the new administration about t

    May 31, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Kim Jong Nam murder trial progresses to higher court

    KUALA LUMPUR -- A Malaysian court approved on Tuesday moving the trial for the assassination in February of North Korea's Kim Jong Nam to a higher court capable of handling the case.Acting magistrate Harith Sham Mohamed Yasin granted the application

    May 30, 2017 09:38 pm JST
  • North's latest missile controlled by precision guidance system: state media

    SEOUL -- North Korea's state media said on Tuesday that the country has successfully test-fired a new missile controlled by a precision guidance system under the oversight of leader Kim Jong Un.The report did not say when the missile was launched. B

    May 30, 2017 03:27 pm JST
  • North Korea says missile fired by precision control guidance system

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea said Tuesday it has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile using what it called a precision control guidance system, hitting a planned target with an accuracy of 7 meters.A day after North Korea test-fired a balli

    May 30, 2017 09:32 am JST
  • US and Japan set cabinet-level 'two-plus-two' meeting for July

    TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan are closing in on a July date for key cabinet-level talks where top diplomatic and defense officials are expected to discuss the North Korean missile threat, says a Japanese government source.The Japan-U.S. Security Consu

    May 30, 2017 05:39 am JST
  • North Korea defies world again with missile launch

    SEOUL/TOKYO -- By firing its third missile in as many weeks Monday, the North Korean regime has defiantly signaled its intent to advance its ballistic and nuclear programs by taking advantage of the conflicting stances adopted by Western allies vers

    May 30, 2017 05:18 am JST
  • North Korean missile falls within Japan's exclusive economic zone

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea fired a ballistic missile Monday that is believed to have fallen into Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, in the latest in a series of weapons tests in defiance of the international community, the Japane

    May 29, 2017 02:18 pm JST
  • China's top diplomat in Tokyo for talks on North Korea

    TOKYO -- Japanese government officials will hold talks with China's top diplomat on North Korea during his three-day visit to Tokyo that starts today, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Japan's National Security Council chief Shotaro Yachi

    May 29, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • Japan protests N.Korea missile, warns of danger to planes, ships

    TOKYO (Reuters) --Japan has protested against North Korea's latest launch of a missile, which appears to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday."This ballistic missil

    May 29, 2017 07:17 am JST
  • N.Korea fires unidentified projectile from eastern region -S.Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea fired an unidentified projectile on Monday from the region of Wonsan on its east coast in an easterly direction, South Korea's military said, coming after a series of test-launches of missiles in recent weeks.The launc

    May 29, 2017 06:53 am JST
  • US to conduct first ICBM intercept test next week: official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States will test an existing missile defense system to try to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) next week, U.S. officials said on Friday, at a time when North Korea is trying to develop one.The

    May 27, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • WannaCry shows how North's hackers can punch above their weight

    TOKYO/SEOUL -- A growing mound of evidence links North Korea to a cyberattack that disabled computers around the world in recent weeks, a sign that even the isolated state's middling corps of hackers can do serious damage with access to more sophist

    May 27, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Abe pushing for more US deterrence in Asia

    TAORMINA, Italy -- By urging the U.S. to play a greater role in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be hoping that Washington will serve as a deterrent to both North Korea's missile development and China's maritime a

    May 27, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • US, Japan agree to turn up heat on North Korea

    TAORMINA, Italy -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed here Friday to ramp up pressure on North Korea for its continued missile tests, including through additional sanctions.North Korea is a global problem that

    May 27, 2017 01:57 am JST
  • Seoul lets humanitarian group contact North Koreans

    SEOUL -- A South Korean humanitarian organization can communicate with North Koreans, the Ministry of Unification here said Friday, in a possible key step toward President Moon Jae-in's goal of resuming talks with Pyongyang.The Korean Sharing Moveme

    May 27, 2017 12:37 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST