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  • Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, Malta visit

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Thursday for Italy to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and other counterparts before heading to Malta.Abe

    May 25, 2017 12:09 pm JST
  • Pyongyang's missile advances have the world looking to China and Russia for leverage

    TOKYO North Korea's heightened missile threat highlights the failure of U.S.-led international pressure to deliver a punishing blow to the program, suggesting that a breakthrough may hinge on cooperation from China and Russia.Kim Jong Un's regime ha

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A cybersecurity defector warns of North Korea's 'hacker army'

    SEOUL North Korea has an army of up to 3,000 trained hackers and is "100%" capable of having launched the "WannaCry" ransomware attack that has paralyzed businesses and government agencies since mid-May, according to a computer professor who defecte

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tighter sanctions, return to talks floated at UN meeting on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council took up North Korea's latest test of a medium-range ballistic missile at an urgent meeting Tuesday, only days after gathering about a separate missile launch."It is exactly one week since we gathered here

    May 24, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea on Tuesday amid tension over Pyongyang's latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China.The identity of the objec

    May 23, 2017 07:45 pm JST
  • North Korean defectors divided on Seoul detente

    SEOUL -- Days before Moon Jae-in was elected president of South Korea on May 9, about 300 people gathered at the national legislature to endorse the former human rights lawyer and advocate of dialogue and engagement with reclusive North Korea. Surpr

    May 23, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Symantec says 'highly likely' North Korean hacking group behind ransomware attacks

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Cyber security firm Symantec said on Monday it was "highly likely" a hacking group affiliated with North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry cyber attack this month that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide and d

    May 23, 2017 09:05 am JST
  • UN blasts Pyongyang's latest missile launch

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launch Monday and vowed to step up the pressure on Pyongyang in the face of its refusal to end banned weapons programs.A press statement called on the Nor

    May 23, 2017 07:10 am JST
  • North Korea risk could turn yen bulls into bears

    TOKYO -- Investors have responded to North Korean missile and nuclear tests largely by fleeing to the perceived safety of the yen, but that strategy could change if they see a greater risk of direct harm to Japan.North Korea has accelerated the pace

    May 23, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Seoul sounds alarm over North Korea's missile capabilities

    SEOUL -- South Korea's military said Monday that North Korea apparently acquired "meaningful data" from Sunday's missile test that puts its neighbors at greater risk of a successful strike.The launch of the Pukguksong-2 missile was hailed as a compl

    May 23, 2017 04:55 am JST
  • UN's North Korea sanctions monitors hit by 'sustained' cyber attack

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a "sustained" cyber attack by unknown hackers with "very detailed insight" into their work, according to an email warning seen by R

    May 23, 2017 04:46 am JST
  • Pyongyang's missile advances have world looking beyond US

    TOKYO -- North Korea's heightened missile threat highlights the failure of U.S.-led international pressure to deliver a punishing blow to the program, suggesting that a breakthrough may hinge on Chinese and Russian cooperation.Kim Jong Un's regime h

    May 23, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Fog of cyberwar spurs virtual arms race on Korean peninsula

    CANBERRA -- In Units 110 and 121 of North Korea's General Staff Reconnaissance Bureau, several thousand information technology experts are working on ways to disrupt the vital installations and systems of their enemy countries via the internet.About

    May 22, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • UN Security Council to meet Tuesday to discuss North Korea

    NEW YORK -- The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, following a North Korean ballistic missile launch on Sunday.The 15-member council took the decision Sunday at the request of Japan, the U.S. and South Korea.At the meeting

    May 22, 2017 10:25 am JST
  • Kim Jong Un orders production, deployment of new midrange missile

    SEOUL -- North Korea's Korean Central News Agency said Monday that the country has again successfully test-launched a Pukguksong-2 medium-range ballistic missile.The report apparently refers to a missile fired Sunday evening. According to the report

    May 22, 2017 09:43 am JST
  • North Korean leader gives final OK to new missile after successful test

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has approved the deployment of a new medium- to long-range ballistic missile, called Pukguksong-2, for military use following a successful test, the country's official media said Monday.A day after

    May 22, 2017 08:27 am JST
  • US stuck in deadlock over Pyongyang's continued provocation

    TOKYO -- North Korea's incessant missile tests may signal disregard for the stronger U.S. military presence, as President Donald Trump's strategy of applying pressure while seeking dialogue -- simply inherited from the prior administration -- looks

    May 22, 2017 04:38 am JST
  • UN Security Council to meet Tuesday on North Korea missile test

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss North Korea's latest missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea, diplomats said on Sunday.North Kor

    May 22, 2017 03:54 am JST
  • Japan eyes Aegis Ashore defense against Pyongyang's missiles

    TOKYO -- Japan appears likely to install a land-based version of the Aegis anti-missile system used by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, driven by North Korea's continued testing of missiles fired into nearby waters.The Aegis Ashore defense system wi

    May 22, 2017 01:05 am JST
  • North Korea fires another ballistic missile, flies about 500km

    SEOUL/TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea test-fired another ballistic missile on Sunday that flew about 500 kilometers, despite repeated international warnings against Pyongyang not to continue with military provocations.Japan's top government spokesman Y

    May 21, 2017 09:01 pm JST