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  • North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday that North Korea must take concrete steps toward scrapping its nuclear program, such as submitting to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.In

    March 17, 2018 03:16 am JST
  • Nuclear-free North Korea is nonnegotiable, Moon tells Trump

    SEOUL -- South Korea will not compromise with North Korea on denuclearization, President Moon Jae-in told U.S. counterpart Donald Trump by telephone Friday in a likely attempt to ease American concerns over Seoul relaxing pressure on Pyongyang.Moon

    March 17, 2018 03:09 am JST
  • South Korea seeks high-level talks with the North this month

    SEOUL -- South Korea said Friday that it will propose holding high-level talks with North Korea within the month to lay the groundwork for their summit meeting slated for late April.The summit -- preceding a separate, historic one expected by May be

    March 17, 2018 02:50 am JST
  • North Korea earned nearly $200m evading export bans: UN report

    NEW YORK -- North Korea overcame international sanctions to export nearly $200 million in commodities such as coal between January and September 2017 as well as continue importing oil, according to a United Nations report published Thursday.Despite

    March 17, 2018 12:33 am JST
  • Sweden says happy to help on North Korea amid summit speculation

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- Sweden is happy to help with problems on the Korean peninsula but it is up to the parties involved to try to find a way forward, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstom said on Friday.She spoke a day after North Korea's foreign minis

    March 16, 2018 09:54 pm JST
  • Japan's top diplomat visits US to sync up North Korea policy

    TOKYO -- Japan's chief diplomat is traveling to Washington to discuss the allies' approach to North Korea ahead of expected talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Foreign Minister Taro Kono will speak Friday wi

    March 16, 2018 01:50 am JST
  • North Korea foreign minister to talk with Swedish counterpart

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was on Thursday en route to Sweden, which represents U.S. interests in Pyongyang, for talks with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom, the Scandinavian country's Foreign Ministry said.T

    March 15, 2018 09:33 pm JST
  • South Korea quietly weighs economic cooperation with North

    SEOUL -- South Korea is considering a resumption of economic projects with North Korea, but officials are choosing their words carefully since Pyongyang is still subject to international sanctions and the U.S. is still insisting on "maximum pressure

    March 15, 2018 06:14 pm JST
  • What to expect from a Trump-Kim summit

    SEOUL Both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are taking a major gamble with their planned summit by May that could end the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development, or could exacerbate regional tensions

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea's cybertroops span the globe in quest for cash

    TOKYO -- How good are Kim Jong Un's hackers?While the world prepares for an unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, and while analysts discuss the chances of denuclearization, there is much more to Nort

    March 15, 2018 09:50 am JST
  • Tillerson exit prompts tougher line on North Korea and trade

    WASHINGTON -- With the abrupt departure of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, the U.S. is expected to pursue an even harder line on issues such as the situation in North Korea and trade policy.Taking the place of Tillerson, who was ousted on Tuesd

    March 15, 2018 05:41 am JST
  • Kim Jong Nam murder trial hears how Vietnamese accused was recruited

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- A Vietnamese woman who introduced her compatriot to the North Korean masterminds behind the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader, believes she was duped, a Malaysian court he

    March 14, 2018 11:06 pm JST
  • John Merrill and John Burton

    Trump is right to meet Kim

    Donald Trump's decision to fire Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State may fuel concerns that the U.S. president has weakened his team in the run-up to the crucial summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Much of the commentary in the U.S. on t

    March 14, 2018 12:41 pm JST
  • Hitoshi Tanaka

    Sanctions maximize chances of success at Trump-Kim summit

    The proposed summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lacks nothing in political and historic importance. If realized, this would be the first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. presi

    March 14, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Abe calls on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization after Pyongyang expressed readiness to hold talks on its nuclear and missile programs with the United States."It is e

    March 13, 2018 03:20 pm JST
  • US vows to keep maximum pressure on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. will maintain "maximum pressure" on North Korea until the country takes concrete steps toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, told reporters Monda

    March 13, 2018 10:53 am JST
  • Xi shows high hopes for North Korea summits

    BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed hope for success Monday in upcoming talks expected between North and South Korea as well as between Pyongyang and Washington, while making clear that Beijing will keep playing an active role in tackl

    March 13, 2018 05:20 am JST
  • Kim's 'special message' for Trump sets media abuzz

    SEOUL -- Speculation is swirling over what "special message" a South Korean envoy delivered to U.S. President Donald Trump from North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, with guesses ranging from an invitation to set up an embassy in Pyongyang to a suggestio

    March 13, 2018 05:06 am JST
  • Japan and South Korea agree to keep heat on the North

    TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea will maintain maximum pressure on North Korea until the country ends its nuclear and missile programs, despite Pyongyang's recent moves toward the negotiating table, senior officials affirmed Monday.Suh Hoon, director

    March 13, 2018 04:44 am JST
  • China's Xi says looks forward to smooth US-North Korea talks

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China is looking forward to smooth talks between the United States and North Korea, President Xi Jinping told the head of South Korea's National Security Office on Monday, state media said.Chung Eui-yong is visiting China to dis

    March 12, 2018 08:40 pm JST