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  • North Korea may hold military parade on day before Olympics open

    SEOUL -- North Korea appears to be readying a military parade for Feb. 8, a day before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Korean People's Army.Yonhap News Agency reported Th

    January 19, 2018 06:12 am JST
  • South Koreans divided over Moon's push for unified Olympic team

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has encountered an unexpected backlash against his effort to ease tensions on the peninsula through the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Pyongyang and Seoul agreed Wednesday to form a combined women

    January 19, 2018 04:56 am JST
  • Mattis told foreign ministers of North Korea war plan: source

    VANCOUVER (Kyodo) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told participants in a 20-nation ministerial meeting on North Korea that the United States has already prepared a war plan for the North in case diplomatic efforts fail, a source from one of the

    January 18, 2018 01:55 pm JST
  • Ship inspections aim to thwart sanctions-dodging North Korea

    VANCOUVER, Canada/WASHINGTON -- A broad agreement Tuesday to increase inspections of vessels suspected to be smuggling oil to North Korea represents a victory for the hard-line, pressure-oriented approach favored by the U.S. and Japan."We must put a

    January 18, 2018 08:05 am JST
  • Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States."Ru

    January 18, 2018 06:29 am JST
  • North Korea pulling out all the stops on Olympic diplomacy

    SEOUL -- North Korea is embarking on what appears to be tactical maneuvering designed to gain concessions from South Korea, agreeing to a host of cooperative efforts for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, including organizing a joint women's hockey

    January 18, 2018 06:04 am JST
  • Russia: North Korea summit undermines UN, aggravates situation

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.Twenty nations hosted by the United States and Canada

    January 18, 2018 04:14 am JST
  • Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony,

    January 17, 2018 10:34 pm JST
  • Moody's warns of ongoing risks on Korean Peninsula despite dialogue

    TOKYO -- Despite tentative signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations recently, Moody's Investors Service reminded investors Wednesday that "nothing has changed" in terms of the fundamental tensions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons.The

    January 17, 2018 07:05 pm JST
  • North Korea offers to also send delegation to Paralympics

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Wednesday offered to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Paralympics in South Korea, as the two Koreas held vice ministerial talks regarding the North's plan to join the Winter Olympics."At the talks held in the morn

    January 17, 2018 06:33 pm JST
  • Twenty nations accept stricter North Korea maritime checks

    VANCOUVER, Canada/WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats from 20 countries on Tuesday agreed to enforce more rigorous inspections of vessels at sea to prevent smuggling into North Korea, the U.S. and Canada said in a joint statement.The representatives, includ

    January 17, 2018 02:05 pm JST
  • Olympics an opportunity to break North Korean standoff: UN chief

    UNITED NATIONS -- As North and South Korean athletes prepare to meet on the ice at the upcoming Winter Olympics, signs of a thaw between the two countries provide hope for a peaceful resolution to Pyongyang's nuclear issue, U.N. Secretary-General An

    January 17, 2018 07:29 am JST
  • Japan warns on falling for North Korean charm offensive

    VANCOUVER, Canada -- As top diplomats from 20 countries met here Tuesday to discuss the North Korea crisis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono pushed for continued pressure on Pyongyang, arguing that it is trying to buy time with recent dialogue.Th

    January 17, 2018 06:19 am JST
  • US-led meeting says sanctions pressure on North Korea must be maintained

    VANCOUVER (Reuters) -- Sanctions pressure must be maintained on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program and the world should not be fooled by its current charm offensive in engaging South Korea, participants at a 20-nation mee

    January 17, 2018 03:45 am JST
  • Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.It was not immediately

    January 16, 2018 08:45 pm JST
  • Japan, Canada vow to 'maximize pressure' on North Korea through Vancouver talks

    VANCOUVER (Kyodo) -- Japan and Canada agreed Monday that the international community needs to demonstrate solidarity to "maximize pressure" on North Korea through a foreign ministerial meeting Tuesday on addressing North Korea's nuclear and missile

    January 16, 2018 05:24 pm JST
  • Xi tells Trump easing of Korean Peninsula tensions should continue

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday there have been positive developments on the Korean Peninsula and all sides should keep the "hard-won momentum" for the easing of the situation, official med

    January 16, 2018 02:34 pm JST
  • Robert A. Manning

    Trump impatience could yet trigger war

    Do the recent conciliatory talks between North and South Korea portend a new opening for diplomacy in the peninsula's security crisis, or is a U.S. military strike on North Korea, one with likely catastrophic consequences, still looming?The respite

    January 16, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • North Korea tries to play 'peace Olympics' for all it's worth

    SEOUL -- North Korea appears to be taking advantage of host South Korea's desire for the success of the Winter Olympics next month to make a splash on the international stage and possibly gain breathing room amid U.S.-led pressure over its nuclear w

    January 16, 2018 05:34 am JST
  • North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons

    January 15, 2018 09:06 pm JST