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U.S. preps for missile launch

WASHINGTON – Reacting to reports that North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a missile toward Hawaii, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he had ordered additional missile …


N. Korean missiles not immediate threat

WASHINGTON – North Korea’s missiles may be capable of hitting West Coast cities within three years, a top Pentagon official warned Tuesday, but are unlikely to be able to deliver …


Pentagon: NKorea missiles could threaten US

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s missiles could hit the United States in as few as three years if the reclusive rogue nation continues to ramp up its weapons system, Pentagon officials …


N. Korea vows bold nuke effort

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions with more defiance, promising Saturday to step up its nuclear bomb-making program by enriching uranium and threatening war on …


U.N. to consider N. Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS – The United States, China and other major powers reached agreement Wednesday on a draft U.N. resolution that condemns North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test and imposes additional …


Sentencing puts U.S. goals in peril

SEOUL, South Korea – In seeking the release of two American TV journalists sentenced to 12 years of hard labor Monday by North Korea, the Obama administration faces difficult negotiations …


N. Korea sentences journalists to 12 years

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation …


U.S. may go solo on N. Korea sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea – The United States has told South Korea that it will impose its own financial sanctions on the North apart from punishments the U.N. has been mulling …


Kim Jong Il’s son will lead

SEOUL, South Korea – Kim Jong Il’s youngest son – a 26-year-old who reportedly enjoys skiing and studied English, German and French at a Swiss boarding school – was named …


Experts say N. Korea readying missile tests

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea was preparing to launch a medium- and a long-range missile, following up on its nuclear test last week, reports and experts said today. South …


Gates open to seeking more missiles

FORT GREELY, Alaska – Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t ruling out spending more on missile defense than what he’s asked for in next year’s budget if North Korea or other …


Donald Kirk: Pressure the key on North Korea

The confrontation on the Korean peninsula gives every appearance of reaching critical mass. The war clouds wafting from North Korea carry the danger of a violent episode if not of …


In brief: Reports say N. Korea moves missile

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has shifted its most advanced long-range missile – capable of reaching Alaska – to a new west coast launch site near the border with …


World in brief: Insurgents kill 13 in northwest city

Insurgents used an array of tactics to kill 13 people across northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, ambushing police officers with small-arms fire, detonating explosives planted in a crowded market and attacking …


U.S., South Korea put troops on higher alert

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean and U.S. troops facing North Korea boosted their alert level today to the highest category since 2006, after the communist regime threatened military strikes …


N. Korea says it won’t tolerate ship searches

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned South Korea and the United States today that Seoul’s participation in a U.S.-led program to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass …


N. Korea’s second nuke looks little improved

TOKYO – North Korea’s detonation of a nuclear device Monday appears not to have been a significant technical advance over its first underground test three years ago. But it has …


Korea says it tested nuke

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea announced today it successfully carried out a second underground nuclear test, less than two months after launching a rocket widely believed to be a …


North Korea rejects six-party talks

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea vowed today to bolster its nuclear deterrent and boycott six-party talks aimed at its denuclearization in protest of a U.N. Security Council statement condemning …


Navy destroyers positioned for N. Korea rocket launch

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. Navy destroyers, including one capable of intercepting missiles, were moved out of a South Korean port Monday amid expectations that North Korea might launch a rocket …


North Korea to open border to workers

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea agreed today to allow South Koreans working in a joint industrial zone in North Korea to cross the border after Pyongyang’s move to cut …


North Korea’s Kim re-elected to parliament

SEOUL, South Korea – Kim Jong Il was unanimously re-elected to North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament, state media said today, in elections closely watched for signs of a political shift or …


N. Korea to launch satellite

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said today it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the U.S. …


World in brief: Seoul: N. Korea deployed missile

North Korea recently deployed a new type of medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching northern Australia and the U.S. territory of Guam, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said today. The report …


Clinton warns North Korea

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned North Korea on Sunday that it needs to live up to its commitments to dismantle its nuclear …


North Korea calls past deals with South ‘dead’

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea declared all military and political agreements with South Korea “dead” today, toughening its stance while accusing Seoul of pushing the peninsula to the brink …


North Korea claims plutonium ‘weaponized’

BEIJING – North Korean officials claim they have “weaponized” their stockpile of plutonium, a U.S. scholar said Saturday, in a development that could severely complicate talks to end the regime’s …