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  • Congress OKs sanctions bill on North Korea, Russia, Iran

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The U.S. Congress passed a bill on Thursday aimed at tightening sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran, sending it to President Donald Trump for him to sign into law.In a bid to deter North Korea's development of nuclear wea

    July 28, 2017 10:41 am JST
  • No talks -- or missiles -- from North Korea on 'V-day'

    SEOUL -- Although North Korea snubbed requests by South Korea to hold a military dialogue on Thursday, which marked the 64th anniversary of Korean War armistice, it also refrained from a ballistic missile launch it had shown signs of preparing.With

    July 28, 2017 06:29 am JST
  • US general: North Korea ICBM threat advancing faster than expected

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, said on Thursday that North Korea's July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed its capabilities were advancing significantly and faster than many had

    July 28, 2017 04:42 am JST
  • North snubs South as Pyongyang remains fixated on Washington

    SEOUL Repeated attempts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to resume dialogue with North Korea have been met with silence as Pyongyang continues to show little interest in negotiating with anybody but the U.S.On July 17, the South Korean defense

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The honeymoon is over for the US and China

    WASHINGTON Despite recent shows of cooperation, Washington and Beijing seem once again to be drifting apart after failing to achieve much of substance on either trade or North Korea at a recent bilateral meeting.At the beginning of the meeting, held

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • John Merrill: End war games in South Korea to resolve nuclear impasse

    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 would give it a chance, rather than dism

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea missile test imminent say Washington, Seoul

    SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korea are watching Pyongyang closely amid signs that North Korea may launch another ballistic missile as early as Thursday local time.A July 27 launch would coincide with the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended t

    July 27, 2017 03:49 am JST
  • North Korea may cross ICBM threshold next year: US report

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- U.S. officials have warned that North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.The new confidential assessment by the P

    July 26, 2017 12:17 pm JST
  • 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