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  • Seoul-Tokyo rapprochement hitting snags old and new

    TOKYO -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's criticisms of Japan on the issue of wartime "comfort women" and his push for dialogue with Pyongyang could make for a strained discussion when he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold their first f

    June 29, 2017 11:20 am JST
  • US-China talks over North Korea go nowhere, slowly

    WASHINGTON High-level talks between the U.S. and China have only underscored the deep rift between the two sides over how to handle North Korea, with Beijing refusing to put additional pressure on Pyongyang."Talk is not enough when it comes to incre

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: China must turn up the heat on North Korea

    Top diplomats and defense officials from the U.S. and China discussed the problem of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in their inaugural Diplomatic and Security Dialogue -- a new framework for comprehensive bilateral talks -- in Washington

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Moon faces delicate balancing act in meeting with Trump

    SEOUL -- While South Korean President Moon Jae-in remains adamant that sanctions alone will not curb North Korea's nuclear program, his failed attempts to re-establish a dialogue with Pyongyang have stirred concerns in the U.S.Moon visits President

    June 28, 2017 01:27 pm JST
  • China among worst human trafficking offenders, US says

    NEW YORK -- China has been demoted to a list of countries failing to meet minimum standards for the prevention of human trafficking, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the U.S. State Department.This year's downgrade follows three cons

    June 28, 2017 03:20 am JST
  • North Korea can now target Japan with a nuclear missile

    TOKYO -- One of North Korea's missile test-firings in May suggests that the country's ballistics development program is nearly complete.On May 14, Pyongyang launched an intermediate-range missile, what it calls a Hwasong-12. The projectile reached a

    June 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tracking how China is turning Asia red

    TOKYO -- Since the end of World War II, the U.S., a self-styled missionary of democracy, has held sway in Asia. But now, on the economic front, the U.S.-led regional order is unraveling in the face of China's rapid rise, and the communist country is

    June 24, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • North Korea tests rocket engine: US official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.The United St

    June 23, 2017 07:50 am JST
  • Sino-American security dialogue highlights deep divide

    WASHINGTON -- With Beijing refusing to take additional steps to pressure North Korea, high-level talks between the U.S. and China have brought into sharp relief the deep rifts between the two sides over the handling of the rogue state. "Talk is not

    June 23, 2017 06:08 am JST
  • North Korean diplomat offers compromise to halt nuclear tests

    NEW DELHI -- North Korea's ambassador to India says his country may halt its nuclear and missile tests "temporarily" if the U.S. and South Korea cease their joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula.Under certain circumstances, "we are will

    June 23, 2017 02:35 am JST
  • Manning and Przystup

    Moon-Trump summit: How to avoid a train wreck

    U.S. President Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in, South Korea's new progressive president, will meet later this month. Summits tend to be neatly scripted and choreographed, and by definition, successful. But this one may be different. The combination of

    June 22, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • US, China agree to restrain business with North Korea

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. on Wednesday said that it and China has agreed to restrain companies from their two nations from doing businesses with North Korean entities now under United Nations sanction.The announcement came after the first meeting under

    June 22, 2017 02:27 pm JST
  • In high-level talks, U.S. asks China to do more to rein in North Korea

    WASHINGTON(Reuters) -- The United States pressed China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programs during a round of high-level talks in Washington on Wednesday.The meeting of top U.

    June 22, 2017 08:08 am JST
  • China needs to exert 'much greater pressure' on North Korea, says US

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States said Wednesday that China has a responsibility to exert much greater pressure on North Korea to prevent escalating tensions with a government that ignores the law and "provokes and provokes and provokes."U.S. dip

    June 22, 2017 06:44 am JST
  • South Korea eyes North as co-host for 2018 Olympics

    SEOUL -- North Korea could host some of the events associated with the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korea's culture minister said Tuesday.Do Jong-hwan, minister of culture, sports and tourism and Seoul's point man on the Olympics, propose

    June 22, 2017 05:19 am JST
  • Analysts worry A-share MSCI inclusion could hurt South Korean shares

    SEOUL -- Analysts in South Korea are keeping an eye on the benchmark stock index, the Kospi, for signs of a capital outflow following news that MSCI would shave the weighting of local equities in its emerging markets index to make way for China's do

    June 21, 2017 10:26 pm JST
  • US destroyer crash casts shadow on North Korea deterrence

    TOKYO -- With a U.S. Navy destroyer out of commission after a deadly crash Saturday, Japanese officials are raising concerns over the potential impact on missile defenses against North Korea."We need the deterrence provided by the U.S. military in d

    June 21, 2017 07:24 pm JST
  • US student's death makes Trump-Kim meeting less likely

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is less likely than it was last month when Trump said he would meet Kim under the right circumstances, a Trump spokesman said Tuesday. Referring

    June 21, 2017 08:44 am JST
  • Trump says China tried but failed to help on North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese efforts to persuade North Korea to rein in its nuclear program have failed, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American student who had been detained by Pyongya

    June 21, 2017 06:46 am JST
  • Washington, Seoul face growing rift over North Korea

    SEOUL -- Ties between the U.S. and South Korea have cooled after a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested scaling back joint military exercises, even as Washington ramps up its rhetoric on Pyongyang over the death of a colle

    June 21, 2017 02:25 am JST