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  • Trump replaces McMaster, taps Bolton as national security adviser

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran

    March 23, 2018 08:49 am JST
  • North Korea's cybertroops hack the world for cash

    TOKYO How good are Kim Jong Un's hackers?While the world prepares for an unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, and while analysts discuss the chances of denuclearization, North Korea's clandestine act

    March 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea's rubber stamp parliament to hold meeting April 11: KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, the isolated state's decision-making rubber stamp parliament, will hold a meeting on April 11, the North's Central News Agency said on Thursday.The decision to hold the rare meeting, which

    March 22, 2018 06:51 am JST
  • Japan and Russia agree to work on nuclear-free North Korea

    TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed to cooperate toward denuclearizing North Korea, though their meeting also highlighted rifts over the specifics of achieving that goal.During their roughly four

    March 22, 2018 03:35 am JST
  • South Korea's Moon floats 3-way summit with Kim and Trump

    SEOUL -- South Korea could hold a trilateral summit with North Korea and the U.S. to cement any results of bilateral talks, President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday, marking the first time he has raised such a possibility.The South Korean president is t

    March 22, 2018 02:46 am JST
  • North Korean, South Korean, U.S. delegates had constructive meeting, host Finland says

    VANTAA, Finland, (Reuters) -- Informal talks held in Finland between North Korean, South Korean and U.S. delegates ended on Wednesday, the Finnish foreign ministry said, describing the talks as constructive.Some 18 delegates from the three countries

    March 21, 2018 11:00 pm JST
  • Moon indicates possibility of three-way summit with US and North Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In said Wednesday that a trilateral summit with the United States and North Korea may be held, depending on the results of their separate summits due to take place in the coming months.Moon's remarks

    March 21, 2018 03:22 pm JST
  • US and South Korea shorten joint military drills

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- This year's annual U.S.-South Korea military exercises will start April 1 and run a month or so, roughly half their previous length, likely to avoid provoking North Korea ahead of planned bilateral summits with Pyongyang.The dril

    March 21, 2018 04:51 am JST
  • Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

    MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Vladimir Putin on his re-election, a week after the United States took a harder stance toward Russia, and said they would likely meet soon to discuss the arms race and cr

    March 21, 2018 04:32 am JST
  • South Korea to stage goodwill concerts in Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- A South Korean musical troupe with 160 or so members will perform in North Korea from late March to early April in an effort to keep the atmosphere of reconciliation alive past last month's Winter Olympics in the South.An agreement was reac

    March 21, 2018 04:26 am JST
  • North Korea denuclearization not on the agenda in Helsinki talks: Finland

    HELSINKI (Reuters) -- Denuclearization is not on the agenda of a meeting in Finland between delegations from North Korea, South Korea and the United States, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said on Tuesday.Choe Kang Il, a deputy director general

    March 21, 2018 04:06 am JST
  • South Korea and US to hold joint military drills on April 1: Seoul

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea plans to hold its annual joint military drills with the United States on April 1 after delays during the Winter Olympics and Paralmypics, Seoul's defence ministry said on Tuesday.Seoul said in January it had agreed wit

    March 20, 2018 11:01 am JST
  • Mediation with North Korea boosts Moon's popularity

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has reached its highest point since December as his efforts to broker a historic U.S.-North Korea summit have won over even some conservative skeptics.A Gallup Korea poll released Friday

    March 20, 2018 02:01 am JST
  • Japan, US, South Korea security advisers to coordinate on North Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Top national security advisers of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed in their meeting in San Francisco to work closely together in seeking the denuclearization of North Korea, the Japanese government said Monday.The tri

    March 19, 2018 11:28 am JST
  • Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

    SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) -- A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean sum

    March 18, 2018 07:09 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia says gravely concerned about North Korea weapons

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Australia said on Sunday they held "grave concerns" about escalating tensions caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes."We strongly urge the DPRK to immediately and ful

    March 18, 2018 03:32 pm JST
  • Sweden, North Korea talks end, may help pave way for Trump-Kim encounter

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- The North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on the security situation on the Korean peninsula which may help prepare the way for a planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump an

    March 18, 2018 07:24 am JST
  • North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday that North Korea must take concrete steps toward scrapping its nuclear program, such as submitting to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.In

    March 17, 2018 03:16 am JST
  • Nuclear-free North Korea is nonnegotiable, Moon tells Trump

    SEOUL -- South Korea will not compromise with North Korea on denuclearization, President Moon Jae-in told U.S. counterpart Donald Trump by telephone Friday in a likely attempt to ease American concerns over Seoul relaxing pressure on Pyongyang.Moon

    March 17, 2018 03:09 am JST
  • South Korea seeks high-level talks with the North this month

    SEOUL -- South Korea said Friday that it will propose holding high-level talks with North Korea within the month to lay the groundwork for their summit meeting slated for late April.The summit -- preceding a separate, historic one expected by May be

    March 17, 2018 02:50 am JST