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  • United Nations bans key N.Korea exports over missile tests

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang's two July intercontinental ba

    August 6, 2017 01:09 pm JST
  • ASEAN firmly condemns North Korean missile tests

    MANILA -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged North Korea on Saturday to desist from raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the isolated communist nation successfully tested two long-range missiles l

    August 5, 2017 07:44 pm JST
  • UN resolution would slash North Korea exports by a third

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- A draft U.N. Security Council resolution would introduce a blanket ban on North Korea's trade of major products such as coal and seafood that would slash the country's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third, a council diplom

    August 5, 2017 07:01 am JST
  • Air France expands North Korea no-fly zone after missile miss

    PARIS (Reuters) -- Air France-KLM has expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea after one of its jets flew past the location where an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) splashed down 10 minutes later, an airline spokesman said on Thursday.Air

    August 4, 2017 09:37 am JST
  • UN close to deal on additional sanctions against North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. and China appear to be nearing agreement on a new Security Council resolution slapping further sanctions on North Korea for its continued development of missile and nuclear weapons programs."We are making collectively some

    August 4, 2017 03:04 am JST
  • ASEAN shows little sign of closing ranks on North Korea

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Troubled as they are by North Korea's missile development, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have hesitated to take joint action to dial up the pressure further.ASEAN foreign ministers are expected to express "gra

    August 4, 2017 02:35 am JST
  • The US heartland is safe from North Korean missiles -- for now

    SEOUL With its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, North Korea has shown that its technology is getting dangerously good. Good enough to put North American cities at real risk? Not yet, experts say.On July 28, less than a month after Py

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan, US seek partners at ASEAN forum to lean on North Korea

    MANILA -- With North Korea slated to take part in the ASEAN Regional Forum next week, Japan and the U.S. will look to coordinate with other participants to put pressure on the rogue state to halt its missile provocations.The Philippines, this year's

    August 3, 2017 07:12 am JST
  • Trump trade threats come at awkward time for Xi

    BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is eager to avoid friction with the U.S. on trade ahead of a Communist Party leadership reshuffle this fall, but he lacks good options for meeting Washington's demands to deal more firmly with North Korea. Xi

    August 3, 2017 07:02 am JST
  • Without leverage, US struggles to break North Korea impasse

    WASHINGTON -- While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested an eventual dialogue with North Korea and stressed that Washington is neither an enemy nor a threat to Pyongyang, the Trump administration is growing increasingly frustrated wit

    August 3, 2017 06:37 am JST
  • Japan seeks talks with China, others on North Korea

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is arranging meetings with the top diplomats of the U.S., China and South Korea to reinforce cooperation on sanctions against North Korea.The discussions will take place on the sidelines of the series of ASEAN foreig

    August 3, 2017 04:48 am JST
  • Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but calls it 'flawed'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday but he criticized the legislation as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy, saying he could make "far better deals" with governm

    August 3, 2017 04:46 am JST
  • North Korea's 'overconfidence' frustrates neighbors

    TOKYO -- Shrugging off mounting international criticism, North Korea went ahead with another intercontinental ballistic missile test last week.The late night launch differed from those of the past in that it was meant to display the country's abilit

    August 2, 2017 11:13 am JST
  • Tillerson says US wants North Korea dialogue 'at some point'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States does not seek to topple the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point, but only on the understanding that it can never be a nuclear power, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

    August 2, 2017 06:12 am JST
  • US, Russia, China play blame game on Pyongyang missile test

    TOKYO -- China and Russia have exchanged pointed remarks with the U.S. on who should be blamed for North Korea's ongoing nuclear and missile development, as their growing rift hurts the global community's chances of reaching an effective solution to

    August 2, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • Situation urgent for US, allies after North Korean ICBM test

    TOKYO -- North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile has forced the U.S. and its allies into crisis mode.After several months chasing a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea's arms programs, the administrati

    August 2, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • North Korean ICBM appears to have failed on re-entry: US expert

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Video of North Korea's latest missile test appears to show it breaking up before landing, indicating that Pyongyang may not yet have mastered re-entry technology needed for an operational nuclear-tipped missile, a think tank

    August 1, 2017 06:37 am JST
  • China's UN envoy deflects American criticism on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- Responsibility for defusing the North Korean nuclear issue rests with Washington and Pyongyang, and not with Beijing, Chinese U.N. envoy Liu Jieyi said at a news conference Monday wrapping up China's presidency of the Security Coun

    August 1, 2017 06:23 am JST
  • Abe, Trump agree to further steps on North Korea 'threat'

    TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday and agreed to "take further actions on North Korea" in light of its intercontinental ballistic missile launch on July 28th.The two spoke on the phone for 52

    July 31, 2017 01:28 pm JST
  • China says no link between N.Korea and China-U.S. trade

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- There is no link between North Korea's nuclear programme and China-U.S. trade, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump said China had done nothing for the United States on North Korea.Trump, i

    July 31, 2017 12:45 pm JST