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  • North Korea sanctions resolution negotiations "moving": US envoy

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Negotiations with China on a new sanctions resolution against North Korea over its recent missile launch are progressing, although not as quickly as the United States would like, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

    July 26, 2017 10:34 am JST
  • US eyes targeting more China entities over N. Korea "fairly soon"

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States plans to blacklist additional entities in China and elsewhere "fairly soon" for their ties with North Korea's weapons programs, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.Asked if the next round of desig

    July 26, 2017 10:31 am JST
  • North Korea defies sanctions with 3.9% GDP growth

    SEOUL -- North Korea's economy grew an estimated 3.9% in 2016, marking its biggest increase in 17 years, as a strong mining industry and infrastructure investments overcame the impact of international sanctions.The North does not release economic st

    July 22, 2017 07:06 am JST
  • North Korea snubs the South's calls for dialogue

    SEOUL -- Despite repeated attempts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to resume a dialogue with North Korea, Pyongyang continues to show little interest in negotiating with anybody but the U.S.On Monday, the South Korean defense ministry proposed

    July 22, 2017 05:52 am JST
  • US to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- The United States will prohibit its citizens from traveling to North Korea as tourists starting from late next month, tour operators said Friday, amid high tensions between the two countries. The decision is expected to be announc

    July 21, 2017 10:30 pm JST
  • John Merrill

    US flexibility could ease tensions with North Korea

    The Chinese and Russian proposal for a freeze on large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises in return for a freeze on further North Korean nuclear and missile tests just might work -- if only Washington could give it a chance rather than dismi

    July 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • South Korea's Moon sets goal of nuclear deal with North by 2020

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday put forward a plan for his time in office that details a pivot to engagement with the North, as well as a raft of measures to address widening income inequality.Road to rapprochementMoon's new

    July 20, 2017 03:23 am JST
  • With offer of talks, Seoul puts ball in Pyongyang's court

    SEOUL -- South Korea's offer of military and humanitarian dialogue with the North could let Seoul take the lead in efforts to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs -- but only if the reclusive state shows an unusual willingness t

    July 19, 2017 02:01 am JST
  • China, Russia, North Korea testing Japan's composure

    TOKYO -- North Korea's enhanced ballistic missile capabilities have rocked the foundations of the Japan-U.S. alliance. They have also put Japan in a distressing situation -- and emboldened China and Russia to bring Japan even more discomfort.On July

    July 17, 2017 03:42 pm JST
  • South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea to ease tensions

    SEOUL (kyodo) -- South Korea on Monday proposed holding inter-Korean military talks on Friday to ease tensions along the border, South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said.In the proposal, South Korea wants to have the meeting at Tongilgak

    July 17, 2017 03:23 pm JST
  • Japan to warn of greater threat from North Korea in new report

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government sees the threat from North Korea rising to a new level as the reclusive nation makes steady progress in its nuclear and missile development program, according to a draft of a white paper on defense for 2017.In the 20

    July 17, 2017 03:49 am JST
  • US may press China on steel as trade deadline passes

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and China appear headed toward a heated confrontation over steel dumping and other trade issues as they cross a 100-day deadline set for Sunday.Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump first a

    July 17, 2017 03:46 am JST
  • China claims cuts to North Korean imports in first half

    BEIJING -- Chinese imports from North Korea fell 13.2% in the first half of the year, the country's customs authorities told a news conference Thursday.U.S. President Donald Trump, who is calling on Beijing to apply more pressure on Pyongyang, criti

    July 14, 2017 06:41 am JST
  • G-20's failure over North Korea bodes ill for the future

    HAMBURG/BEIJING Member countries left the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8 after blowing an opportunity to help defuse the dangerous situation brewing on the Korean Peninsula.While North Korea crowed about its July 4 test-firing of a

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang thumbs its nose and doubles down with ICBM launch

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL North Korea crossed another red line with its July 4 test-launch of what the U.S. claims was an intercontinental ballistic missile. This has put pressure on Washington and the rest of the world to change tactics in dealing with Nort

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US THAAD missile defenses hit test target as North Korea tension rises

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said on Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) similar to the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation's THAAD missile d

    July 12, 2017 06:43 am JST
  • Abe prods Xi to shut off North Korea's oil

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to halt petroleum exports to North Korea during the Group of 20 summit Saturday, multiple sources close to the Tokyo government revealed Tuesday.Because North Korea impor

    July 12, 2017 05:01 am JST
  • Trump says may take a while for US, China to deal with North Korea

    HAMBURG (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said it may take time to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, but expressed confidence that Washington and Beijing could eventually do so.Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Trump for

    July 9, 2017 12:05 am JST
  • US bombers conduct bombing drill in S. Korea in warning to North

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Two U.S. supersonic aircraft conducted a bombing drill in South Korea on Saturday, in a simulated attack on a North Korean missile launcher, the South Korean military said.Two B-1B Lancer strategic bombers flew from Anderson Air Bas

    July 8, 2017 07:13 pm JST
  • Two US bombers hold firing drills with South Korean forces

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- Two U.S. supersonic bombers conducted live-fire drills on Saturday in South Korea in a show of force following North Korea's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the South's military said.The pair of B-1B L

    July 8, 2017 02:59 pm JST