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  • War of words continues at UN as North Korea responds to Trump jibes

    NEW YORK/TOKYO -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has warned that his country's targeting of the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after a running war of words between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang's supreme leader Kim Jo

    September 24, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • North Korea says rockets to US mainland 'inevitable'

    UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- North Korea said on Saturday targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr. Evil President" Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", further escalating rhetoric over the Nort

    September 24, 2017 07:04 am JST
  • China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China said on Saturday it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang's la

    September 23, 2017 11:53 pm JST
  • USGS says cannot confirm if North Korea quake natural or manmade

    The U.S. Geological Survey said on Saturday it could not conclusively confirm whether a magnitude 3.5 earthquake detected in North Korea was manmade or natural.USGS put the epicentre of the quake 22 km (14 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, Nort

    September 23, 2017 09:31 pm JST
  • US army probes fake evacuation orders sent to US military, families in South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- The U.S. military said on Saturday it has opened an investigation into fake mobile phone alerts and social media messages advising U.S. military personnel and their families to evacuate the Korean Peninsula.The phony messages, whi

    September 23, 2017 08:56 pm JST
  • China says small North Korean quake 'suspected explosion', South Korea says likely natural

    BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) -- China said a magnitude 3.4 earthquake detected in North Korea on Saturday was a "suspected explosion", raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test just weeks after its last one.An official at S

    September 23, 2017 08:38 pm JST
  • North Korea sanctions rattle Russian, Chinese businesses

    KHABAROVSK, Russia -- As the U.S. exerts more pressure on Pyongyang, economic exchanges between Russia and North Korea, which the government of Vladimir Putin had sought to use as a diplomatic bargaining chip, are beginning to ebb.In late August, Vl

    September 23, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Washington, Beijing team up to hit North Korea in the wallet

    NEW YORK/BEIJING -- The U.S. and China are cracking down harder on financial dealings involving North Korea, seeking to turn up pressure on the country by freezing it out of the dollar- and yuan-based financial systems.U.S. President Donald Trump si

    September 23, 2017 07:18 am JST
  • Lavrov urges peaceful resolution to Trump-Kim 'kindergarten fight'

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov called for a cooling of "hotheads" on the North Korean nuclear issue Friday and urged those involved to instead seek a peaceful solution, possibly through the mediation of "neutral European co

    September 23, 2017 06:09 am JST
  • Behind fevered rhetoric, Kim seeks parity with Trump

    SEOUL -- The verbal sparring and muscle-flexing by North Korea and the U.S. have entered uncharted territory in recent days as Pyongyang pushes Washington to negotiate as a peer and a fellow nuclear power.Even footingIn an address Tuesday to the Uni

    September 23, 2017 05:55 am JST
  • US takes North Korea threat of H-bomb test seriously, Trump official says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- It would be a "game-changer" if North Korea conducts a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific and the United States is taking the threat seriously, but it does not give "too much credence" to Pyongyang taking such action, a seni

    September 23, 2017 01:29 am JST
  • North Korea has world worrying about an H-bomb test

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday vowed to seriously consider taking the "highest level of hard-line" action in its history. But analysts believe he is really playing for time, hoping the international community runs out of sanction

    September 22, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Full text of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's response to Trump on Sept. 22

    The full text of the statement reads:The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is i

    September 22, 2017 03:15 pm JST
  • North Korea's nuclear weapons program since 1984

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Sept. 21 to expand sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear weapons program, less than two weeks after the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved sanctions over the

    September 22, 2017 02:21 pm JST
  • Abe, Trump agree to put maximum pressure on North Korea

    NEW YORK -- Japan and the U.S. will do their utmost to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile ambitions, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after a meeting here with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. "I was able to reaff

    September 22, 2017 02:13 pm JST
  • North Korea's Kim says will make 'deranged' Trump pay dearly for UN speech

    SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted U.S. President Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over

    September 22, 2017 10:20 am JST
  • China says pressure, talks both key to dealing with North Korea: Japan

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- China believes pressure and dialogue are both important in dealing with North Korea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday, according to a Japanese official. Wang's remark contrasted with

    September 22, 2017 09:55 am JST
  • Dialogue still the way forward on North Korea: Chinese, Russian foreign ministers

    UNITED NATIONS -- The foreign ministers of Russia and China took the stage Thursday at the General Assembly to push again for a return to dialogue with North Korea over its illegal nuclear weapons program, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump

    September 22, 2017 06:49 am JST
  • Trump announces fresh sanctions on North Korea

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday announced new unilateral sanctions on corporations, banks and individuals that deal with North Korea in order to "cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop th

    September 22, 2017 05:17 am JST
  • Abe vents anger at North Korea in fiery UN speech

    UNITED NATIONS -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is deeply alarmed by North Korea's nuclear development and the world's inability to block it, making his frustration plainly clear in a U.N. speech devoted almost entirely to the topic.Past attempts to res

    September 22, 2017 04:22 am JST