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  • North Korea allows South Korea reporters to visit nuclear site

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea has accepted a list of South Korean reporters to visit their nuclear testing site after a days-long tug of war with Seoul, South Korea's unification ministry said on Wednesday.North Korea invited a handful of media fro

    May 23, 2018 11:00 am JST
  • Trump says June summit with Kim Jong Un may be postponed

    NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his scheduled June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may happen at a different time, signaling that it will be postponed if conditions are not met. The president personally g

    May 23, 2018 06:27 am JST
  • Border town thrives as China eases up on North Korea trade

    DANDONG, China -- North Korean goods and workers are turning up in growing numbers on the Chinese side of the border, in defiance of United Nations sanctions, a sign that Beijing is softening its crackdown on smuggling activity."This shellfish is fr

    May 23, 2018 03:06 am JST
  • US deploys missile destroyer fitted with latest technology to Japan

    YOKOSUKA -- The U.S. Navy deployed a guided missile destroyer fitted with a state-of-the-art Aegis system to Japan on Tuesday, strengthening East Asia's missile defense capabilities.The arrival of the destroyer USS Milius is a part of the navy's str

    May 22, 2018 08:33 pm JST
  • White House warns Kim not to 'play' Trump on summit

    NEW YORK/SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have toughened their stance toward North Korea, casting further doubt on next month's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un."It would be a great

    May 22, 2018 11:12 am JST
  • Japan gains help in crackdown on North Korean smugglers at sea

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is working with Asian neighbors as well as faraway countries like Canada and the U.K. to clamp down on North Korean smuggling to ensure that United Nations sanctions continue to pressure the Pyongyang regime.To gain

    May 22, 2018 01:30 am JST
  • China up close

    Is Xi Jinping the scriptwriter of the Trump-Kim summit?

    TOKYO -- A Chinese diplomatic source said last week that "Xi Jinping will be the maestro of the U.S.-North Korean summit, even in absentia." It was a difficult concept to digest. That the Chinese president will be pulling the strings of the historic

    May 21, 2018 08:00 am JST
  • South Korea and US to work closely on summit after Pyongyang's about-face

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday to ensure that the North Korea-U.S. summit remains on track after North Korea threatened to pull out of the high-level talks.Moon and Tr

    May 20, 2018 03:17 pm JST
  • Pacific island leaders pledge action toward North Korea denuclearization

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- The leaders of 16 Pacific island nations and territories, as well as Japan, Australia and New Zealand, adopted a declaration at the end of a two-day summit Saturday committing to concrete action toward denuclearization of the Kor

    May 19, 2018 11:26 pm JST
  • Trump nominates Pacific commander Harris as US ambassador to Seoul

    WASHINGTON(Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, as U.S. ambassador to South Korea ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled next month but since ca

    May 19, 2018 07:42 am JST
  • North Korea not accepting South Korea list of reporters to visit nuke site

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea has not accepted South Korea's roster of journalists who are planning to attend a ceremony for dismantling the Punggye-ri nuclear test site next week, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday.It comes just days after Nor

    May 18, 2018 07:35 pm JST
  • Trump says Kim would stay in power in nuclear deal

    NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the denuclearization of North Korea would not follow the path of Libya, which resulted in the downfall of its leader Moammar Gadhafi. Trump said instead that a deal with the U.S. would al

    May 18, 2018 04:39 am JST
  • Is Kim a reformer? Leader looks to Vietnam and China for ideas

    SEOUL/BEIJING -- Hoping that the June 12 summit with the U.S. will help ease international sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is drawing on Chinese and Vietnamese experience with introducing market forces into previously closed economies.A N

    May 18, 2018 03:37 am JST
  • North Korea says won't hold talks with South unless 'issues resolved': KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea won't sit down for talks with South Korea unless issues that led to the suspension of a high-level meeting this week are resolved, the Korean Central News Agency said.Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea's Committee fo

    May 17, 2018 09:11 pm JST
  • Moon seeks to narrow gap between US and North Korea ahead of summit

    SEOUL -- The Blue House, South Korea's presidential office, on Thursday urged Washington and Pyongyang in a statement to show respect for each other. The office held a National Security Council meeting the same day, to discuss South Korean President

    May 17, 2018 02:33 pm JST
  • Trump wants more than just a photo op when he meets Kim

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL As next month's meeting in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approaches, the U.S. is considering a joint statement that would include verifiable agreements on denuclearization and decl

    May 17, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • With China back in its corner, North Korea ups the ante

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- After recent diplomatic moves to reaffirm China's support, Pyongyang has upped the ante just weeks ahead of the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.For now, the U.S. side has pla

    May 17, 2018 05:17 am JST
  • White House: US still hopeful for North Korea summit

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States is still hopeful about a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but also prepared for a tough negotiation process, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday."We're still hopeful th

    May 16, 2018 10:17 pm JST
  • South Korea Inc. Q1 profit jumps 10%, thanks to Samsung

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics led a 10% jump in South Korea Inc.'s earnings in the first quarter from a year ago, with the company accounting for more than one-third of total operating profit of listed entities, the stock exchange operator said Wedne

    May 16, 2018 09:33 pm JST
  • North Korea throws Trump summit into doubt

    SEOUL -- North Korea on Wednesday said it will consider canceling its summit with the U.S. next month if Washington insists that it give up its nuclear weapons without the Kim Jong Un regime receiving security guarantees.Kim Kye Gwan, first vice for

    May 16, 2018 02:38 pm JST