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  • US-South Korea military drills about to begin

    SEOUL -- U.S. and South Korean forces on Monday will start annual joint military exercises that assume potential armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The largely computer simulated Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills will last until Aug. 31.The U.S. ha

    August 20, 2017 01:12 am JST
  • South Korea, US gear up for war games to counter North Korea threat

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- In air conditioned bunkers and at military bases across South Korea, it is with keyboards - not tanks - that South Korean and the U.S. forces will launch military exercises on Monday, denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for wa

    August 19, 2017 07:35 pm JST
  • By sending general to China, US shows off military ties

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. uniformed officer's visit to China has helped to highlight military cooperation between the two countries, sending a subtle message to Pyongyang that Beijing's support may be not available in the event of American

    August 19, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • Japan confirms US backing on North Korea, yet fears being left out

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. remains ready to give Japan all military backup needed to curb the growing North Korean threat, defense chiefs and top diplomats agreed Thursday, though Tokyo worries its interests could leave the picture if Washington cuts a

    August 19, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Top Japan, US officials reaffirm importance of extended nuclear deterrence

    WASHINGTON -- The Japanese and American foreign policy and defense chiefs discussed the bilateral alliance and responses to North Korea on Thursday at their first Security Consultative Committee meeting since Donald Trump became U.S. president. Japa

    August 18, 2017 06:46 am JST
  • North Korea tells UN chief nuclear program not up for negotiation

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- North Korea's nuclear weapons program will never be up for negotiation as long as the U.S. government's "hostile policy and nuclear threat continue," Pyongyang's deputy U.N. ambassador told United Nations Secretary-Genera

    August 18, 2017 06:23 am JST
  • New US ambassador calls Japan alliance 'ironclad'

    TOKYO -- The new U.S. ambassador to Japan described the alliance between the two nations as "ironclad" upon his arrival here Thursday afternoon, reaffirming Washington's commitment to protect its allies.America's ability to defend itself and its all

    August 18, 2017 06:21 am JST
  • Russian-North Korean company draws up war contingency plan

    MOSCOW -- A Russian-North Korean joint venture near the shared border has put together an evacuation plan for Russian personnel, likely at Moscow's behest, in case the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea go nuclear.RasonConTrans chief Ivan Ton

    August 18, 2017 05:35 am JST
  • Japan pledges greater defense role in US alliance

    WASHINGTON -- Tokyo agreed to bolster its defense capabilities and strengthen its role in the country's security alliance with the U.S. at a bilateral meeting Thursday, while Washington in turn reiterated that its nuclear deterrence extends to Japan

    August 18, 2017 03:50 am JST
  • Brian Andrews

    Tokyo and Washington face critical alliance challenge

    The Asia-Pacific region is being confronted by large-scale geopolitical change and immediate security threats. The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of American strategic engagement in Asia and will be critical to maintain peace, prosperity and

    August 17, 2017 06:22 pm JST
  • Japan to deploy new land-based missile defense system

    WASHINGTON -- Japan is planning to deploy a new U.S.-developed ground-based missile defense system.The Defense Ministry is to provisionally request that the fiscal 2018 budget cover planning costs for installing the Aegis Ashore system, according to

    August 17, 2017 03:38 pm JST
  • China military criticises "wrong" US moves on Taiwan, South China Sea

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer sa

    August 17, 2017 03:07 pm JST
  • North Korean nuclear ICBM would cross 'red line,' says Moon

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea would be "crossing a red line" if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking a

    August 17, 2017 01:16 pm JST
  • Russia, Ukraine trade blame in likely tech leak to Pyongyang

    MOSCOW -- Evidence that Soviet rocket engines played a key role in North Korea's missile development has Russia and Ukraine each lobbing allegations that the other supplied those critical parts, deepening the tensions that might have produced the ap

    August 17, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • UN chief offers help mediating North Korea nuclear crisis

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday offered up his diplomatic muscle to help defuse tensions over North Korea's nuclear development, urging a political solution to the standoff that has escalated in recent weeks."F

    August 17, 2017 03:59 am JST
  • Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countr

    August 17, 2017 03:31 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Chasing North Korean diplomats in Manila

    I was given an intriguing assignment in early August -- to follow North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho around Manila and report on what he said while attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum there.It was not easy. Wait

    August 16, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • With strike at the ready, Pyongyang gives US next move

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has held off giving the final order for ballistic missile strikes near American territory until he sees how the U.S. responds to the latest threat -- a move that could open a window to dialogue.Kim

    August 16, 2017 06:21 am JST
  • US leans harder on China with trade probe threat

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. threat of an investigation into alleged intellectual property thefts reflects President Donald Trump's frustration with Beijing in trying to enlist its help to defuse the increasingly tense North Korea standoff.Trump authorize

    August 16, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • Japan Market Pulse

    North Korea prompts silent retreat from junk bonds

    TOKYO -- The threats arising from Pyongyang's provocations and the U.S. central bank's looming decision to shrink asset holdings are quietly sapping the appetite to invest in junk bonds, a trend that could ensnare Japanese equities.Signs of the shif

    August 16, 2017 04:48 am JST