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Stealth jets, other aircraft fly in U.S., South Korean drills

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise. The war games come a …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

U.S. declares North Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

Trump seeks billions of dollars to counter North Korean missiles

The Trump administration is seeking nearly $6 billion in emergency spending to pay for urgent missile defense improvements to counter the nuclear threat from North Korea, increased U.S. troop levels …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Trump strikes hard line against North Korea in Japan

President Donald Trump struck a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program Monday and urged Japan to do the same as he closed out two days of talks, dinner …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Securing North Korean nuclear sites would require a ground invasion, Pentagon says

The only way to locate and secure all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of U.S. ground forces, and in the event of …


Not just China: U.S. seeks Russia’s help, too, with North Korea

China’s increasingly icy posture is thrusting Russia forward as North Korea’s preferred diplomatic partner, forcing the Trump administration to turn to Moscow for help in isolating the rogue, nuclear-armed nation.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of threatening ‘catastrophe’

On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

In Asia, Trump to warn North Korea but not likely visit DMZ

President Donald Trump is not planning to visit the border between North and South Korea known as the Demilitarized Zone when he visits Asia next month.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Chinese power over North Korea? It’s more myth than reality

The notion of Chinese power over the North – that the countries are as “close as lips and teeth,” according to a cliche recorded in the 3rd century – is …


Uganda expels North Korea military experts over U.N. sanctions

Uganda has expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North Korean companies, including its top arms dealer, as African nations face growing pressure to comply with U.N. sanctions over …


U.S., Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if …


Tillerson: North Korea diplomacy continues until 1st ‘bomb drops’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.”


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

As Trump threatens North Korea, is U.S. practicing for war?

Does the ominous rhetoric from President Donald Trump and repeated flights by U.S. strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula mean Washington is readying for what many feel is unthinkable – …


Video shows North Korean motionless on gurney after attack

A Malaysian airport security video shows the poisoned half brother of North Korea’s leader apparently unconscious on a gurney and being pumped with oxygen by medical attendants as they wait …


Abe says Japan fully behind U.S. on pressuring North Korea

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

North Korea’s leader boosts his family’s power by promoting his younger sister

Kim Jong Un has taken another key step to consolidate his family’s control over North Korea, elevating his younger sister to the powerful political bureau of the ruling Workers’ Party …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

U.S. Customs vows to block imports made by North Korea workers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it is ready to block U.S. imports of seafood – as well as any other goods – produced by North Korean laborers who work …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to anti-nuclear campaign group

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a group of mostly young activists pushing for a global treaty to ban the cataclysmic …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Trump says envoy ‘wasting his time’ talking to North Korea

President Donald Trump says his chief diplomat is “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea about its nuclear and missile programs.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Tillerson says U.S. has direct channels to talk to North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nuclear …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Senate on track to pass $700 billion defense policy bill

The Senate is on track to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility …


Tillerson vows ‘peaceful pressure campaign’ against North Korea

The U.S. seeks a peaceful resolution but is prepared to use military force if diplomatic efforts cannot end the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear-weapons program, Secretary of State …


Trump advisers warn North Korea to give up weapons programs

Top advisers to President Donald Trump on Sunday warned North Korea to give up its missile and nuclear weapons programs and to quit making threats against the U.S. and its …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

U.N. takes up North Korea after latest missile launch

North Korea conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile Friday, sending an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over U.S. ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that …


South Korea conducts cruise missile drill amid North Korea threats

South Korea said Wednesday it conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile it says will strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event …


North Korea lashes out over ‘vicious’ UN sanctions

North Korea on Tuesday condemned the U.N. Security Council’s decision to impose tougher sanctions and doubled down on its warning that the United States would “suffer the greatest pain” it …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

U.N. approves watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to vote late Monday on a new, watered-down sanctions resolution against North Korea that eliminates initial U.S. demands to ban all oil imports to …


McCain to North Korea: Aggression will lead to ‘extinction’

Sen. John McCain says the U.S. needs to step up actions against North Korea and send a message to leader Kim Jong Un that aggressive acts will lead to his …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

North Koreans celebrate holiday with familiar routines

North Koreans on Saturday celebrated another public holiday with familiar routines, laying flowers and bowing in front of statues and portraits of past leaders while the outside world kept a …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

China says Trump’s trade threat over North Korea ‘unacceptable’

BEIJING – China on Monday criticized President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. trade with countries that deal with North Korea and rejected pressure to do more to halt …