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  • Oil sanctions will hurt North Korea, but may not force talks

    SEOUL/BEIJING -- The United Nations Security Council hopes to slash North Korea's oil supply by one-third through the sanctions passed Sept. 11 in response to the country's latest nuclear test. But even as the North grows concerned about being cut o

    September 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors to resume Russian output of Pajero Sport

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors said Tuesday it will resume producing the Pajero Sport in Russia, beginning in November. The Japanese automaker halted production of the sport utility vehicle in 2015 during a downturn in the Russian economy. But now that

    September 20, 2017 03:40 am JST
  • Japan, Russia agree to work on North Korea at UN Security Council

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov affirmed Monday in New York that Japan and Russia will work together, including at the U.N. Security Council, in addressing the threat from North K

    September 19, 2017 07:09 am JST
  • Western powers urge Myanmar's Suu Kyi to push for end to violence

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims, while her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the pr

    September 19, 2017 06:52 am JST
  • China, Russia must take direct action against North Korea: Tillerson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch. "China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless

    September 15, 2017 10:12 am JST
  • North Korea fires another missile over Japan, drawing strong condemnation

    TOKYO -- North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese archipelago on Friday, the second such launch within a month, prompting strong condemnation from Tokyo. This is an action "that cannot be tolerated," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had

    September 15, 2017 07:14 am JST
  • North Korea smuggles coal via China, Russia: US official

    MOSCOW -- China and Russia are suspected of letting North Korea smuggle coal out of the country for export in violation of United Nations Security Council sanctions, a U.S. Treasury Department official told a congressional hearing Tuesday. Despite b

    September 15, 2017 05:26 am JST
  • Tristan Kenderdine

    Caspian Sea is China's best bet for Belt and Road

    Most attention on China's Belt and Road Initiative has so far centered on northern rail routes through Russia and Central Asia and investments in Mediterranean and Indian Ocean seaports. But policymakers in Beijing have long dreamt of an alternative

    September 14, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors plans 40% more Chinese dealerships

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors looks to expand its sales network in China by 40% to 300 locations during the fiscal year that ends in March under a strategy to boost investment in emerging economies as sales in more mature markets top out.The Japanese a

    September 14, 2017 06:51 am JST
  • Trump administration orders purge of Kaspersky products from US government

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and th

    September 14, 2017 05:16 am JST
  • Latest UN sanctions go after North Korea's oil supply

    NEW YORK -- The United Nations imposed the first-ever cap on petroleum shipments to North Korea as part of the latest batch of sanctions, laying the groundwork for a full embargo if Pyongyang's provocations continue.The U.S.-led sanctions approved M

    September 13, 2017 04:05 am JST
  • Trump says UN North Korea sanctions only small step

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the latest U.N. sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear program.The U.N. Security

    September 13, 2017 03:08 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Abe push to promote Russian ties slow going

    A little over a year ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delighted his audience at the Russian-hosted Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, by promising to return each year to oversee implementation of an eight-point plan for Japan-Russia econo

    September 12, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Nagging doubts accompany tougher sanctions on North Korea

    TOKYO -- North Korea's anxious neighbors on Tuesday cautiously welcomed the passage of new United Nations sanctions against the regime. But while the ink is barely dry on the Security Council resolution, experts are already questioning the effective

    September 12, 2017 02:35 pm JST
  • Japan's PM welcomes new UN sanctions on North Korea

    TOKYO -- The new sanctions on North Korea adopted by the U.N. Security Council were welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said the international community has shown a united front against the increasingly belligerent country.By tighteni

    September 12, 2017 10:38 am JST
  • North Korea oil embargo just another hardship in country used to shortages

    TOKYO -- The latest attempts to rein in an increasingly belligerent North Korea center around a U.S.-led push for a ban on oil exports to the country.Whether an oil embargo would bring about a quick end to the regime's provocations is unclear, but i

    September 11, 2017 01:37 pm JST
  • China's CEFC invests $9.1bn in Rosneft as Glencore, Qatar cut stakes

    MOSCOW/BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese conglomerate CEFC will buy a 14.16 percent stake in Russian oil major Rosneft for $9.1 billion from a consortium of Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority, strengthening the energy partnership between Moscow

    September 9, 2017 11:47 pm JST
  • Abe, Putin greenlight 5 projects on disputed islets

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Japan and Russia will kick off economic cooperation in disputed territory north of Hokkaido with projects including aquaculture and package tours, the two sides agreed Thursday, bringing the long-discussed effort a step closer

    September 8, 2017 05:43 am JST
  • US seeks to tighten North Korea's choke collar

    NEW YORK/SEOUL -- From an oil embargo to a travel ban on leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. has proposed harsh and comprehensive new United Nations sanctions as it seeks the toughest possible measures against North Korea for its continued nuclear and miss

    September 8, 2017 04:39 am JST
  • Russia's Putin says row with Exxon over Sakhalin-1 is resolved

    VLADIVOSTOK (Reuters) -- A dispute with U.S. major ExxonMobil over the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project has been resolved, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.Speaking at a conference in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, he s

    September 7, 2017 04:31 pm JST