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  • White House says aware of North Korea launch, notes shorter range

    RIYADH (Reuters) --- The White House said on Sunday it was aware North Korea had launched a medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) and noted its range was shorter than recent tests. "We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM. This system, last t

    May 21, 2017 07:06 pm JST
  • Moon Jae-in's 'balance' strategy risks knocking region off kilter

    SEOUL -- After nine years of conservative rule, South Korea's new liberal president is vowing to talk with the unruly North in an effort to stabilize the peninsula. But one could argue Moon Jae-in's rise has itself become another destabilizing facto

    May 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • North Korea dismisses cyberattack allegations

    UNITED NATIONS -- A top North Korean diplomat denied Friday Pyongyang's involvement in the recent WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled computers in more than 150 countries, calling such accusations "ridiculous.""Whenever something strange happen

    May 20, 2017 07:20 am JST
  • Mattis: North Korea military solution would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and said Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution."W

    May 20, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • ASEAN seeking a role in North Korea diplomacy

    TOKYO -- A former top official from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Friday that the 10-member group could play a peace broker role in the ongoing crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program."I [would] like to see the appointmen

    May 19, 2017 11:53 pm JST
  • Interview

    North Korea capable of hacking with 'WannaCry' ransomware

    SEOUL -- North Korea is completely capable of launching the kind of global cyber attack using the "WannaCry" ransomware that has paralyzed businesses and government agencies around the world since last week, with up to 3,000 trained hackers ready to

    May 18, 2017 09:20 pm JST
  • Scott Snyder

    Trump-Moon friction points to watch out for

    The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took only four days for North Korea to test an intermed

    May 18, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • US tightens noose around North Korea

    TOKYO -- With the U.S. and North Korea locked in a dangerous face-off over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, U.S. forces are poised to bring the battle to Kim Jong Un.Two aircraft carrier strike groups and a nuclear submarine have been deplo

    May 18, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Japan, South Korea agree to revive 'shuttle diplomacy'

    TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea on Thursday agreed to arrange a summit between their leaders in the near future, as they look to get a handle on the North Korean threat and lingering historical disagreements.Moon Hee-sang, a special envoy from Seoul,

    May 18, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • North Korean ship arrives at Russia's Vladivostok

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- A North Korean ferry arrived at the port here on Thursday morning, marking the start of a new phase in Russo-North Korean ties and raising international eyebrows.The Mangyongbong, a cargo-passenger ferry, arrived at the port i

    May 18, 2017 12:55 pm JST
  • How a 'troublemaker' ended up in South Korea's Blue House

    Long before taking on the title of president, Moon Jae-in was called something rather less flattering: Moonjea, Korean for "troublemaker." The nickname, given to him by childhood friends, was perhaps fitting for a boy who had been suspended from sch

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Moon puts South Korea at center of a diplomatic shake-up

    SEOUL/TOKYO In his first days as president, Moon Jae-in has touched on possible changes in South Korea's diplomacy, most notably a softer approach toward North Korea. His counterparts in China, Japan and the U.S. are keeping a close eye on the new l

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump-Moon friction points to watch out for

    The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took only four days for North Korea to test an intermed

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Donald Trump's foreign policy shift is good news for ASEAN

    It was bound to happen. With one brief trans-Pacific phone call to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, U.S. President Donald Trump rewrote the playbook that has governed U.S.-Thai relations over the past decade.Trump is likely to reorient America

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump and Xi's deal-making could head down perilous path

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump, the erstwhile China hawk, has given observers whiplash with his quick friendly turn toward Beijing since taking office, engaging in diplomatic maneuvering that is aimed at reining in North Korea but could bring

    May 17, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • UN mulls tougher sanctions against North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council met for an urgent meeting Tuesday to discuss possible further sanctions in response to North Korea's continued breaches of U.N. resolutions against the reclusive country's illegal nuclear and ballistic mis

    May 17, 2017 09:45 am JST
  • North Korean missile said to pack 5,000km punch

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that the missile launched Sunday by North Korea can travel between 4,500 and 5,000km, conceivably putting Alaska within range of the Kim Jong Un regime.The new intermediate-range ballistic missile

    May 17, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • North Korea to be focus of planned US-South Korea summit

    SEOUL -- The leaders of the U.S. and South Korea are expected to discuss potential responses to North Korea's growing nuclear weapons capabilities at a summit in Washington at the end of June.The countries reached a tentative agreement on the summit

    May 17, 2017 05:10 am JST
  • USS Ronald Reagan leaves Yokosuka base

    TOKYO -- The USS Ronald Reagan sailed out of its home port in Japan on Tuesday, as Washington considers keeping two nuclear aircraft carriers in nearby waters to ramp up pressure on North Korea amid its continued military provocations.The U.S. Navy

    May 17, 2017 04:54 am JST
  • Pyongyang's hand suspected in global ransomware attack

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- A North Korean digital warfare cell may be behind the cyberattack that spread across the globe over the weekend, possibly aimed at disrupting society and raking in foreign currency.A researcher at Google found segments of code sh

    May 17, 2017 02:00 am JST