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  • Japan pledges greater defense role in US alliance

    WASHINGTON -- Tokyo agreed to bolster its defense capabilities and strengthen its role in the country's security alliance with the U.S. at a bilateral meeting Thursday, while Washington in turn reiterated that its nuclear deterrence extends to Japan

    August 18, 2017 03:50 am JST
  • Brian Andrews

    Tokyo and Washington face critical alliance challenge

    The Asia-Pacific region is being confronted by large-scale geopolitical change and immediate security threats. The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of American strategic engagement in Asia and will be critical to maintain peace, prosperity and

    August 17, 2017 06:22 pm JST
  • Japan to deploy new land-based missile defense system

    WASHINGTON -- Japan is planning to deploy a new U.S.-developed ground-based missile defense system.The Defense Ministry is to provisionally request that the fiscal 2018 budget cover planning costs for installing the Aegis Ashore system, according to

    August 17, 2017 03:38 pm JST
  • China military criticises "wrong" US moves on Taiwan, South China Sea

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer sa

    August 17, 2017 03:07 pm JST
  • North Korean nuclear ICBM would cross 'red line,' says Moon

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea would be "crossing a red line" if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking a

    August 17, 2017 01:16 pm JST
  • Russia, Ukraine trade blame in likely tech leak to Pyongyang

    MOSCOW -- Evidence that Soviet rocket engines played a key role in North Korea's missile development has Russia and Ukraine each lobbing allegations that the other supplied those critical parts, deepening the tensions that might have produced the ap

    August 17, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • UN chief offers help mediating North Korea nuclear crisis

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday offered up his diplomatic muscle to help defuse tensions over North Korea's nuclear development, urging a political solution to the standoff that has escalated in recent weeks."F

    August 17, 2017 03:59 am JST
  • Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countr

    August 17, 2017 03:31 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Chasing North Korean diplomats in Manila

    I was given an intriguing assignment in early August -- to follow North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho around Manila and report on what he said while attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum there.It was not easy. Wait

    August 16, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • With strike at the ready, Pyongyang gives US next move

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has held off giving the final order for ballistic missile strikes near American territory until he sees how the U.S. responds to the latest threat -- a move that could open a window to dialogue.Kim

    August 16, 2017 06:21 am JST
  • US leans harder on China with trade probe threat

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. threat of an investigation into alleged intellectual property thefts reflects President Donald Trump's frustration with Beijing in trying to enlist its help to defuse the increasingly tense North Korea standoff.Trump authorize

    August 16, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • Japan Market Pulse

    North Korea prompts silent retreat from junk bonds

    TOKYO -- The threats arising from Pyongyang's provocations and the U.S. central bank's looming decision to shrink asset holdings are quietly sapping the appetite to invest in junk bonds, a trend that could ensnare Japanese equities.Signs of the shif

    August 16, 2017 04:48 am JST
  • Abe, Trump focus on thwarting Pyongyang's missile plans

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday agreed to work closely to prevent North Korea from firing off additional missiles, days after Pyongyang threatened to hit the waters off Guam.Speaking to reporter

    August 15, 2017 01:49 pm JST
  • North Korea's Kim holds off on Guam plan; U.S says it can intercept missile

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam while he watches the actions of the United States a little longer, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as Washington

    August 15, 2017 10:24 am JST
  • North Korea's Kim Jong Un says will watch US bit longer before acting: KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un received a report from his army on its plans to strike the area around Guam and said he will watch the actions of the United States for a while longer before making a decision, the North's official

    August 15, 2017 07:36 am JST
  • Japan tightens missile defenses as North Korea aims for Guam

    TOKYO -- Japan has deployed interceptor missiles in case North Korea goes through with its threat to fire missiles into waters near U.S. territory, but what happens next remains unclear on many levels.Pyongyang last Thursday threatened to fire four

    August 15, 2017 06:14 am JST
  • China bristles at US trade probe threat

    BEIJING -- China denounced Monday the threat of a trade probe by the Trump administration over alleged intellectual property thefts, arguing there was no future in a trade war.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the comments at a news co

    August 15, 2017 01:53 am JST
  • Military option on North is last resort, US tells Seoul

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is considering using force against North Korea only if no other options remain, America's military chief told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday, stressing that peaceful solutions remain the top priority.Gen. J

    August 15, 2017 01:51 am JST
  • Amid renewed N.Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China has appointed a new special envoy for the North Korean standoff, the foreign ministry said on Monday, a relatively low-profile diplomat now in charge of Asian affairs, amid renewed international concern over China's nuclea

    August 14, 2017 09:44 pm JST
  • South Korea's CDSs surge on Pyongyang missile tensions

    TOKYO -- South Korea's sovereign credit default swaps jumped Monday, amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.CDSs on South Korean five-year government bonds stood at 69.00 points on Friday, hitting their highest

    August 14, 2017 08:35 pm JST