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  • ASEAN forum rebukes Pyongyang over missile, nuclear programs

    MANILA -- Foreign ministers attending a regional forum hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, the chairman's statement released Tuesday shows.A similar state

    August 9, 2017 06:55 am JST
  • Trump warns North Korea will be met with 'fire and fury' if threatens US

    BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea it would be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the United States.Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its

    August 9, 2017 06:43 am JST
  • Thailand hosts Tillerson, shows unity on Pyongyang sanctions

    BANGKOK -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Thailand on Tuesday and met with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, becoming the highest-ranked American official to travel to the kingdom after the military regime took power in a 2014 coup.Th

    August 9, 2017 12:10 am JST
  • North Korea sticks to its nuclear dreams despite China's warnings

    MANILA -- The relationship between China and North Korea is not quite as special as it once was. Chinese President Xi Jinping has often referred to their "blood ties," forged when the two sides fought against the U.S. in the Korean War. More recentl

    August 8, 2017 07:15 pm JST
  • Japanese defense report highlights stepped-up threat from Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- Japan's 2017 defense white paper upgrades its threat assessment for North Korea from last year's, citing continuing development of nuclear and ballistic missile technologies.Destabilizing factors affecting security in the Asia-Pacific regio

    August 8, 2017 10:35 am JST
  • US softens North Korea terms, offering both carrot and stick

    MANILA -- The U.S. appears to have lowered the bar for talks with North Korea while keeping a threat of military action on the table in what is seen as an effort to achieve a breakthrough in the increasingly tense standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear a

    August 8, 2017 04:59 am JST
  • China, Japan top diplomats tackle maritime matters, Pyongyang

    MANILA -- The Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers on Monday met for the first time since Japan's recent cabinet reshuffle, with their 50-minute talk covering Beijing's development of military bases in the South China Sea and the new United Nation

    August 8, 2017 04:46 am JST
  • US, Japan, Australia urge ASEAN to 'maximize pressure' on North Korea

    MANILA -- U.S., Japan and Australia on Monday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to exert more pressure on North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and to make sure a planned code of conduct for maritime disputes is legally binding.In a

    August 8, 2017 12:11 am JST
  • North Korea says nuclear arms aimed only at US

    MANILA -- North Korea's foreign minister said Monday that its nuclear arms were aimed only at the U.S., not the rest of the world, and accused America of being the "origin of crisis."In his speech at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Region

    August 7, 2017 11:17 pm JST
  • North Korea vows 'thousands-fold' revenge on US over sanctions

    MANILA -- North Korea on Monday lashed out at the U.N. Security Council's tougher new sanctions, saying the resolution infringes on its sovereign right to engage in normal trade and other economic activities.Pyongyang vowed to exact "thousands-fold"

    August 7, 2017 08:10 pm JST
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    Washington and Beijing on dangerous collision course over North Korea

    Now that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy of pressuring China to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has failed, Washington's options are narrowing. The recent passage of a set of sanctions against Pyongyang by the United Nation

    August 7, 2017 08:10 pm JST
  • Japan, US, South Korea meet over North Korea's weapons programs

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea began a meeting Monday in Manila at which they are expected to agree to apply "maximum pressure" on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

    August 7, 2017 01:38 pm JST
  • North Korea rejects Seoul's 'insincere' talks offer

    MANILA -- The foreign ministers of the two Koreas met in the Philippine capital on Sunday evening amid rising tensions on the peninsula over the North's testing of long-range missiles, the South Korean government said Monday.South Korean Foreign Min

    August 7, 2017 12:33 pm JST
  • South Korea, US agree to apply pressure, sanctions on North - Blue House

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to cooperate and apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday, the South's presidential office said.During the

    August 7, 2017 11:54 am JST
  • China says hopes North and South Korea can make contact soon

    MANILA (Reuters) -- China's foreign minister on Monday said his country supported initiatives put forward by South Korea to handle tensions on the Korean peninsula and Beijing was ready to see contact made soon between the North and South on the iss

    August 7, 2017 11:51 am JST
  • North Korea foreign minister says South Korea approach lacks sincerity -Yonhap

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in a meeting on Sunday that Seoul's proposal to improve ties with the North "lacks sincerity", the South's Yonhap News Agency reported on M

    August 7, 2017 11:25 am JST
  • ASEAN alarmed by China's militarized South China Sea islands

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian countries have expressed concern over China's militarized artificial islands in the South China Sea but have reserved their opinions on whether a code of conduct for the disputed waters should be legally binding.Foreign min

    August 7, 2017 01:42 am JST
  • Beijing counsels caution to North Korea, endorses tough UN sanctions

    MANILA -- China on Sunday counselled its belligerent ally North Korea to cease long-range missile launches and nuclear testing after endorsing a United Nations' resolution for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang the previous day.Foreign Minister Wang Yi

    August 6, 2017 09:01 pm JST
  • Chinese, North Korean foreign ministers hold talks at Manila meeting

    MANILA (Reuters) -- The foreign ministers of China and North Korea started bilateral talks in Manila on Sunday ahead of a regional security meeting, a day after the United Nations Security Council agreed tough sanctions on Pyongyang over its missile

    August 6, 2017 03:15 pm JST
  • China says sanctions needed on North Korea, but not final aim

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday sanctions are needed against North Korea but are certainly not the final aim, which is still to resolve the issue via talks, according to a statement from China's Foreign Ministry.

    August 6, 2017 01:22 pm JST