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UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging U.S.

North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump’s new administration.


Defense Secretary Mattis makes 1st trip to Asia; North Korea plans unclear

Other than a tweet, President Donald Trump hasn’t said how he’ll stop North Korea from threatening America with a nuclear weapon. And as his Pentagon chief visits key allies in …


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North Korean media covers Trump’s inauguration with brief mention two days late

Generally speaking, North Korean state media isn’t the best outlet to read if you want to keep up on international events. The Hermit Kingdom’s official news outlets offer a limited, …


Charles Krauthammer: Cold War relic, present-day threat

If North Korea can miniaturize their weapons to fit on top of the rocket and control re-entry, they’ll be able to push a button in Pyongyang and wipe out an …


Trump’s slim North Korea options: diplomacy, sanctions, force

Donald Trump says he is confident North Korea won’t develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. But his options for stopping the reclusive communist country are slim: …


U.S. military official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, adding that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on …


Dana Milbank: Chaos is Trump’s consistent policy

But for all the promises Trump is breaking, there is one he has kept without wavering: his vow to be unpredictable.


U.N. further tightens North Korea sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has voted to tighten sanctions on North Korea in response to their fifth and largest nuclear test.


U.S. warns ‘overwhelming’ response to any N. Korea use of nukes

The United States warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “overwhelming” U.S. response as it sought …


North Korea shows no sign of wanting to talk about releasing two Americans

North Korea is holding two U.S. citizens as “prisoners of war,” regime officials have told Americans lobbying for their release, as the months drag on with no word about the …


U.S., Japan, South Korea condemn nuke test by North Korea

The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday roundly condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state.


Analysis: What would happen if North Korea gets the bomb?

Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for …


U.S. flies bombers over South Korea in show of force against North

The United States on Tuesday sent nuclear-capable supersonic bombers streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent nuclear test and …


After nuclear test, a new push to stop North Korea sending workers abroad

SEOUL, South Korea – As the international community looks for new ways to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, one area is emerging as the next front to …


Rhetoric or real? N. Korea nuclear test may be a bit of both

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s latest nuclear test, its most powerful to date, is a game-changer … according to North Korea. As with anything reported by Pyongyang, an authoritarian …


Obama calls North Korea’s latest nuclear test a ‘grave threat’ to international stability

President Barack Obama called North Korea’s latest nuclear test a “grave threat” to regional security and international stability and again vowed to take “additional significant steps,” including sanctions, against the …


U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile tests

The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches and threatening “further significant measures” if it refuses to stop its nuclear and missile tests.


South Korea says North Korea fires 3 medium-range missiles

North Korea on Monday fired three medium-range missiles that traveled about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan in an apparent show of force timed to coincide with the …


Japanese Defense Ministry seeks record $51 billion budget

Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high 5.17 trillion yen ($51 billion) budget for the 2017 fiscal year to bolster missile defense capability amid an escalating North Korean threat and …


North Korea’s Kim praises submarine launch test as a success

A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 310 miles, the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting …


North Korea fires submarine-launched missile, South Korea says

North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against the start of annual South Korea-U.S. military drills, Seoul’s military said.


Seoul says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the sea

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, the fourth reported weapons launch the North has carried out in about two weeks.


North Korea says U.S. has crossed red line, warns of vicious showdown

North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on …


N. Korea vows to end diplomat communication channel with US

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Monday it will end a diplomatic communication channel with the United States and hinted at harsher punishment for Americans detained in the country …


North Korea’s missile likely failed after launch from submarine

North Korea fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast on Saturday, the U.S. and South Korea said, the latest in a string of tests …


U.S. punishing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses

The U.S. imposed sanctions Wednesday on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and 10 other top officials for human rights abuses in an escalation of Washington’s effort to isolate the …


U.N. condemns latest North Korean missile launches

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned two North Korean ballistic missile launches this week, calling them a “grave violation” of a ban on all ballistic missile activity that …


North Korea makes apparent progress with midrange missile

North Korea took a significant step Wednesday in the development of a powerful ballistic missile intended to reach U.S. bases in the Pacific, launching one of the weapons about 620 …


South Korea says North Korea fired two midrange missiles

In a remarkable show of persistence, North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected powerful new Musudan midrange ballistic missiles, U.S. and South Korean military officials said, its fifth and sixth …