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kim jong un may order mid-range missile launch


north korea’s kim jong un will most likely order the launch of a musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (irbm) instead of a long-range one, south korean military officials said monday. the news comes hours after u.s. president donald trump and south korean acting president hwang kyo-ahn vowed to strengthen their defenses to combat north korea’s nuclear threat.…






seoul says north korea has fired its security chief


seoul, south korea — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, according to rival south korea's government on friday.jeong joon hee, spokesman for the unification ministry, said the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country's leadership by causing more fear into the ruling elite. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how the south's government obtained the information.there's a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, said jeong.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information abou






seoul says north korea has fired its security chief


seoul, south korea (ap) — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, according to rival south korea’s government on friday.jeong joon hee, spokesman for the unification ministry, said the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country’s leadership by causing more fear into the ruling elite. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how the south’s government obtained the information.there’s a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, said jeong.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information






seoul says north korea has fired its security chief


seoul, south korea — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, the government of rival south korea said friday.jeong joon hee, spokesman for the unification ministry, said the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country's leadership by causing more fear in the ruling elite. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how south korea obtained the information.there's a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, jeong said.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information about the secretive, au






seoul says north korea has fired its security chief


seoul, south korea — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, according to rival south korea's government on friday.jeong joon hee, spokesman for the unification ministry, said the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country's leadership by causing more fear into the ruling elite. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how the south's government obtained the information.there's a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, said jeong.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information abou






seoul says north korea has fired state security chief


seoul, south korea — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, the government of rival south korea said friday.the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country's leadership by causing more fear in the ruling elite, said jeong joon hee, spokesman for seoul's unification ministry. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how south korea obtained the information.there's a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, jeong said.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information about the secretive






seoul says north korea has fired its security chief


seoul, south korea (ap) — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, the government of rival south korea said friday.jeong joon hee, spokesman for the unification ministry, said the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country’s leadership by causing more fear in the ruling elite. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how south korea obtained the information.there’s a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, jeong said.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information about the secretiv






seoul says north korea has fired its security chief


seoul, south korea (ap) — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, according to rival south korea’s government on friday.jeong joon hee, spokesman for the unification ministry, said the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country’s leadership by causing more fear into the ruling elite. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how the south’s government obtained the information.there’s a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, said jeong.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information






seoul says north korea has fired state security chief


seoul, south korea (ap) — north korea fired its state security minister last month, presumably over corruption, abuse of power and torture committed by his agency, the government of rival south korea said friday.the sacking of kim won hong, who had been seen as close to leader kim jong un, might cause instability in the country’s leadership by causing more fear in the ruling elite, said jeong joon hee, spokesman for seoul’s unification ministry. north korea has not said anything about kim wong hong, and jeong did not say how south korea obtained the information.there’s a possibility that kim won hong will face stronger punishment as the investigation into his actions is ongoing, jeong said.south korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in north korea as information about the secr






4 reasons n. korea looms over us defense chief's asia trip


tokyo — north korea will be casting a dark — and nuclear — shadow over u.s. defense secretary jim mattis' first foray abroad.when mattis calls on south korea and japan from wednesday he will be visiting washington's two staunchest allies in asia. both host tens of thousands of american troops and both will be looking for re urances the new administration in the u.s. is not going to drop the ball on north korea.north korea, racing ever closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the u.s. mainland, is without doubt already one of the biggest security challenges on new president donald trump's plate. lately, pyongyang has been taking a wait-and-see stance toward washington, hoping trump might be willing to roll back america's "hostile policies."don't expect that to last long.i






4 reasons n. korea looms over us defense chief’s asia trip


tokyo (ap) — north korea will be casting a dark — and nuclear — shadow over u.s. defense secretary jim mattis’ first foray abroad.when mattis calls on south korea and japan from wednesday he will be visiting washington’s two staunchest allies in asia. both host tens of thousands of american troops and both will be looking for re urances the new administration in the u.s. is not going to drop the ball on north korea.north korea, racing ever closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the u.s. mainland, is without doubt already one of the biggest security challenges on new president donald trump’s plate. lately, pyongyang has been taking a wait-and-see stance toward washington, hoping trump might be willing to roll back america’s “hostile policies.”don’t expect that to last l






us defence chief mattis visiting south korea and japan


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr mattis flew in to osan air base south of seoul us defence secretary james mattis is in south korea on the first foreign trip by a senior official in the trump administration.mr mattis is expected to use the visit to re ure seoul of continuing us commitment to security deals in the face of threats from north korea.while paigning, donald trump accused south korea and japan of not paying enough for us military support.he also suggested they could be allowed to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.both japan and south korea rejected this idea.on the paign trail, mr trump also said he was willing to talk to north korean leader kim jong-un, contradicting longstanding us, south korean and japanese policy.image copyrightreutersimage caption north korea has bee






us defence chief mattis visiting south korea and japan


image copyrightreutersimage caption mr mattis flew in to osan air base south of seoul us defence secretary james mattis is in south korea on the first foreign trip by a senior official in the trump administration.mr mattis is expected to use the visit to re ure seoul of continuing us commitment to security deals in the face of threats from north korea.while paigning, donald trump accused south korea and japan of not paying enough for us military support.he also suggested they could be allowed to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.both japan and south korea rejected this idea.on the paign trail, mr trump also said he was willing to talk to north korean leader kim jong-un, contradicting longstanding us, south korean and japanese policy.image copyrightreutersimage caption north korea has bee






us defence chief mattis visiting south korea and japan


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption as a soldier gen mattis earned the nickname "warrior monk" because he never married or had children us defence secretary james mattis is in south korea on the first foreign trip by a senior official in the trump administration.mr mattis is expected to use the visit to re ure seoul of continuing us commitment to security deals in the face of threats from north korea.while paigning, donald trump accused south korea and japan of not paying enough for us military support.he also suggested they could be allowed to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.both japan and south korea rejected this idea.on the paign trail, mr trump also said he was willing to talk to north korean leader kim jong-un, contradicting longstanding us, south korean and japanese policy.






galaxy agrees to deal for french midfielder romain alessandrini


the galaxy finally got its man sunday, completing a deal to acquire midfielder romain alessandrini from french club marseille.although the galaxy declined to comment on the transfer sunday, the team is expected to call a news conference for the middle of this week to introduce alessandrini, who will ume one of the galaxy’s two vacant designated-player spots.terms of the contract or the transfer price the galaxy paid marseille were not released. but if alessandrini joins giovani dos santos as a designated player, that would leave one additional vacancy, a hole the team is expected to fill by re-signing defender jelle van damme.the acquisition of alessandrini, a speedy 27-year-old winger, completes an off-season makeover of the galaxy’s midfield.  earlier this month the team signed national






galaxy agrees to deal for french midfielder romain alessandrini, report says


marseille midfielder romain alessandrini appears to be heading to the galaxy.the galaxy declined to comment publicly on the reported transfer, but the team did not deny it. if the deal goes through, as french sporting newspaper l’equipe suggests it will, alessandrini is expected to fill one of the team’s two vacant designated-player spots.“we’re not in a position to make anything formal yet,” a team spokesman said.the signing of the speedy 27-year-old winger would complete an offseason makeover of the galaxy’s midfield.  earlier this month the galaxy signed national team midfielder jermaine jones, 35, and acquired joao pedro, 23, from portugal. both players were signed with targeted allocation money (tam), meaning their individual salaries will not count for more than $481,000 against the






us warns north korea against nuclear attack | north korea news


the us defence secretary warned north korea on friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if pyongyang chose to use nuclear weapons."any attack on the united states, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming," defense secretary james mattis said on a visit to south korea,  one of america's closest allies.the remarks e as concern from its opponents mounted that north korea could be readying a new ballistic missile test, in what could be an early diplomatic challenge for president donald trump's administration.al jazeera’s harry fawcett, reporting from seoul, said: "there is a great deal of focus as to potential change in us policy towards north korea and towards the alliance here in south kor






us warns north korea against nuclear attack | north korea news


the us defence secretary warned north korea on friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if pyongyang chose to use nuclear weapons."any attack on the united states, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming," defense secretary james mattis said on a visit to south korea,  one of america's closest allies.the remarks e as concern from mounted that north korea could be readying a new ballistic missile test, in what could be an early diplomatic challenge for president donald trump's administration.al jazeera’s harry fawcett, reporting from seoul, said: "there is a great deal of focus as to potential change in us policy towards north korea and towards the alliance here in south korea as well."no






mattis warns north korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use


image copyrightapimage caption mr mattis has been holding talks with his south korean counterpart, han min-koo the us defence secretary james mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by north korea would be met with an "effective and overwhelming" response. mr mattis spoke in south korea, where he had been reaffirming us support, before flying to tokyo.he also reconfirmed plans to deploy a us missile defence system in south korea later this year.north korea's repeated missile and nuclear tests and aggressive statements continue to alarm and anger the region.the us has a considerable military presence in south korea and japan, as part of a post-war defence deal. there are just under 28,500 us troops in the country, for which seoul pays about $900m (£710m) annually.president donald trump h






new pentagon chief seeks to re ure nervous asian allies


washington — by visiting japan and south korea on his first official overseas trip, defense secretary jim mattis is seeking to reinforce key alliances after president donald trump's paign-trail complaints that defense treaties disa ntaged the united states.the visits also reflect the urgency of concerns on both sides of the pacific about north korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. mattis, a retired four-star marine general, inherited a north korea problem that has grown more worrisome as the communist nation's leader, kim jong un, claims progress toward fielding a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the united states. former secretary of state john kerry said in early january the u.s. may need "more forceful ways" of dealing with north korea if it develop






pentagon boss makes 1st trip to asia; nkorea plans unclear


washington — other than a tweet, president donald trump hasn't said how he'll stop north korea from threatening america with a nuclear weapon. and as his pentagon chief visits key allies in asia, neither trump nor his gop allies in congress seem settled on any plan.the fight against the islamic state group is the new administration's top national security priority, but defense secretary jim mattis chose south korea and japan for his first official overseas trip. departing wednesday, mattis will look to re ure the nations on the front line against north korea.americans are seeking re urance, too. concern has surged on both sides of the pacific about the north's weapons programs, after leader kim jong un warned in his annual new year's address that the country is in the final stages of readi






new pentagon chief seeks to re ure nervous asian allies


washington (ap) — by visiting japan and south korea on his first official overseas trip, defense secretary jim mattis is seeking to reinforce key alliances after president donald trump’s paign-trail complaints that defense treaties disa ntaged the united states.the visits also reflect the urgency of concerns on both sides of the pacific about north korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. mattis, a retired four-star marine general, inherited a north korea problem that has grown more worrisome as the communist nation’s leader, kim jong un, claims progress toward fielding a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the united states. former secretary of state john kerry said in early january the u.s. may need “more forceful ways” of dealing with north korea if it de






trump's iran salvos - chicago tribune


iran fired off another ballistic missile test sunday, and president donald trump fired back with a twitter salvo.in a thursday tweet, trump said, "iran has been formally put on notice for firing a ballistic missile. should have been thankful for the terrible deal the u.s. made with them!"in a follow-up, he added, "iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the u.s. e along and gave it a lifeline in the form of the iran deal: $150 billion."iran harrumphed back that "this is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened" the country.on friday, more incoming: the trump administration announced new economic sanctions against several iranian officials and entities involved in tehran's missile testing program. that builds on previous sanctions imposed by the obama adm






politics, migration dominate visual art fair in india


new delhi — it's no surprise that irical portraits of donald trump, vladimir putin and kim jong un are the centerpiece of the india art fair, the annual feast of visual arts where politics took center stage this year, including groundbreaking projects on migration and idly changing urban landscapes in south asia.titled "peace owners," the work of nepali artist sunil sigdel uses buddhist motifs on the faces of the three global leaders."artists are responding to the global political climate," said dina bangdel, curator of nepal art council in new delhi. "we are also looking at agriculture and perhaps the disintegration of the rural community with urbanization. artists are speaking in a nepali voice but in the broader context of south asia."bangdel said the work of her artists reflects both t






politics, migration dominate visual art fair in india


new delhi (ap) — it’s no surprise that irical portraits of donald trump, vladimir putin and kim jong un are the centerpiece of the india art fair, the annual feast of visual arts where politics took center stage this year, including groundbreaking projects on migration and idly changing urban landscapes in south asia.titled “peace owners,” the work of nepali artist sunil sigdel uses buddhist motifs on the faces of the three global leaders.“artists are responding to the global political climate,” said dina bangdel, curator of nepal art council in new delhi. “we are also looking at agriculture and perhaps the disintegration of the rural community with urbanization. artists are speaking in a nepali voice but in the broader context of south asia.”bangdel said the work of her artists reflects b






tillerson's diplomatic skills confront a world in chaos


tillerson participates in a senate finance committee hearing in washington on may 12, 2011.(p o: mark wilson, getty images)connectlinkedinemailmorepresident trump's "america first" foreign policy presents literally a world of challenges for newly confirmed secretary of state rex tillerson.usa todaysenate confirms rex tillerson for secretary of statehere are some of the main issues the nation's chief diplomat and former exxonmobil ceo will face:russian president vladimir putin and tillerson shake hands at a ceremony to present awards to the heads and employees of major energy companies in st. petersburg on june 21, 2013. (p o: michael klimentyev, afp/getty images)russiatrump's move for closer relations with russian president vladimir putin is creating consternation in congress, with u.s. al






tillerson's diplomatic skills confront a world in chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare rex tillerson is the ceo of exxonmobil. his ties around the globe include a close relationship with russian president vladimir putin. usa today networktillerson participates in a senate finance committee hearing in washington on may 12, 2011.(p o: mark wilson, getty images)president trump's "america first" foreign policy presents literally a world of challenges for newly confirmed secretary of state rex tillerson.senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines wednesday to approve tillerson’s nomination to run the state department.usa todaysenate confirms rex tillerson for secretary of statehere are some of the main issues the nation's chief diplomat and former exxonmobil ceo will face:russian president vladimir putin and tillerson shake hands at a ceremony to






tillerson's diplomatic skills confront a world in chaos


closeskip in skipxembedxshare rex tillerson is the ceo of exxonmobil. his ties around the globe include a close relationship with russian president vladimir putin. usa today networktillerson participates in a senate finance committee hearing in washington on may 12, 2011.(p o: mark wilson, getty images)president trump's "america first" foreign policy presents literally a world of challenges for newly confirmed secretary of state rex tillerson.senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines wednesday to approve tillerson’s nomination to run the state department.usa todaysenate confirms rex tillerson for secretary of statehere are some of the main issues the nation's chief diplomat and former exxonmobil ceo will face:russian president vladimir putin and tillerson shake hands at a ceremony to