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the latest: us flies mission in airspace east of north korea


washington — the latest on u.s.-north korean tensions (all times local):1:50 p.m.the pentagon says b-1b bombers from guam and f-15 fighter escorts from okinawa, japan, have flown a mission in international airspace over the waters east of north korea.the u.s. says it's the farthest north of the demilitarized zone that divides the korean peninsula that any american fighter or bomber has flown this century.defense department spokesman dana white says in a statement that the mission shows how seriously the u.s. takes what he calls north korea's "reckless behavior."his statement says the flights are a "demonstration of u.s. resolve and a clear message" that president donald trump "has many military options to defeat any threat."white says "we are prepared to use the full range of military capa






mattis to discuss north korean threat with southeast asian defense officials


clark freeport, philippines—defense secretary jim mattis arrived here to meet with regional counterparts as the u.s. attempts to coordinate efforts to counter north korean belligerence.the pentagon chief is scheduled to meet monday with japanese defense minister itsunori onodera, philippine defense minister delfin lorenzana and south korean defense minister song young-moo during a gathering of defense ministers of association of southeast asian nations....






south korea to the north: let’s talk, it’s been a while


seoul—south korea proposed talks with north korea over its possible involvement in next month’s winter olympics—and kim jong un’s nuclear program—a day after the north korean leader said pyongyang would be open to sending a delegation to the games.south korean unification minister cho myoung-gyon said tuesday that his country seeks to meet north korean officials on jan. 9 at the panmunjom truce village, an enclosed area within the demilitarized zone on the inter-korean border that has been a venue for previous talks. the...






us allies from korean war meet on north korean nuke threat


vancouver, british columbia — secretary of state rex tillerson huddles tuesday with nations that fought on america's side in the korean war, looking to tighten the economic noose around north korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy.the 20-nation gathering on canada's western coast comes days after a mistaken missile alert caused panic on hawaii, a stark reminder of the fears of conflict with the north after a year of escalating tension.the meeting in vancouver, hosted by tillerson and his canadian counterpart chrystia freeland, was called before the recent start of talks between north and south korea, the first in two years. the north restored a military hotline and agreed to participate in the winter olympics being hosted in february by the south, a close u.s. ally






south korea wants to talk olympics (and nuclear weapons) with north


seoul—south korea proposed talks with north korea over its possible involvement in next month’s winter olympics—and kim jong un’s nuclear program—a day after the north korean leader said pyongyang would be open to sending a delegation to the games.south korean unification minister cho myoung-gyon said tuesday that his country seeks to meet north korean officials jan. 9 at the panmunjom truce village, an enclosed area within the demilitarized zone on the inter-korean border that has been a venue for previous talks. the olympics...






south korea to north: let’s talk about the olympics...and nuclear weapons


seoul—south korea proposed talks with north korea over its possible involvement in next month’s winter olympics—and kim jong un’s nuclear program—a day after the north korean leader said pyongyang would be open to sending a delegation to the games.south korean unification minister cho myoung-gyon said tuesday that his country seeks to meet north korean officials jan. 9 at the panmunjom truce village, an enclosed area within the demilitarized zone on the inter-korean border that has been a venue for previous talks. the olympics...






spain expels north korean ambassador over missile and nuke program


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south korean leader says he’s ready to meet kim jong un


seoul—south korean president moon jae-in urged dialogue with north korea, extending an olive branch even as he backed u.s. calls for tougher action following pyongyang’s launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile.mr. moon, the country’s first left-leaning president in nearly a decade, said in a speech at berlin’s old city hall on thursday that he is prepared to meet north korean leader kim jong un. he called for more...






trump: patience with north korea is over


president trump on friday said patience has "failed" with north korea, and the time for patience is "over.""the year of strategic patience with the north korean regime has failed," mr. trump said in a joint statement at the white house rose garden with visiting south korean president moon jae-in. "many years, it has failed. frankly, that patience is over."mr. trump said the u.s. is working closely with south korea, japan and other partners around the globe -- notably leaving out china -- on a "range of diplomatic security and economic measures to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as north korea." moon, who is visiting washington, d.c., for two days, said he and mr. trump, "decided to place a top priority" on addressing north korea. threats from his northern nei






seoul presses u.s. to hand over wartime command of south korean military


seoul—south korea is pushing the u.s. to allow it to take control of its own military forces should war break out on the korean peninsula, but the americans are concerned that seoul isn’t ready, according to u.s. officials.the issue creates a potential fault line between the two allies amid a growing threat from north korea.the topic is...






north korea threat overshadows trump's seoul visit | north korea news


seoul - with a fundamental, strategic shift affecting the foundation of the south korea-us alliance, and china competing strongly for south korean kinship, tuesday's state visit to seoul will be a diplomatic minefield for us president donald trump.over two days, trump will meet south korean president moon jae-in and address the national assembly. foregoing a photo opp at the korean demilitarized zone (dmz) - a standard stop for visiting presidents - he will go to camp humphreys, a vast military base 50km south of seoul that is rising as a new hub for the 28,500 us forces on the peninsula.a critical undercurrent during the visit will be the ongoing shift in washington's strategic focus, driven by north korea's expanding nuclear capabilities. since the end of the 1950-53 korean war, the defe






un investigators plans to review n. korean abduction claims


seoul, south korea — the united nations' independent investigator on human rights in north korea says he plans to investigate north korean claims that south korea abducted 12 north korean women.tomas ojea quintana said thursday that he requested the south korean government to set up a meeting with the women who had worked at a north korean-run restaurant in china before coming to the south in april last year.north korea regularly accuses south korea of abducting or enticing its citizens to defect, although seoul denies it.south korea says workers chose to resettle in the south on their own. it was the largest group defection by north koreans to the south since north korean leader kim jong un took power in 2011.






north korean missile flies over japan, prompting angry response from tokyo


"having said that, we are going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign as i have described that working with allies, working with china as well, to see if we can bring the regime in pyongyang to the negotiating table, with a view to begin a dialogue on the different future for korean peninsula and for north korea."






diplomats from us, s. korea, japan discuss n. korean threat


seoul, south korea — senior officials from the united states, south korea and japan reaffirmed their countries' commitment wednesday to finding a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by north korea's rapidly expanding nuclear program. however, u.s. deputy secretary of state john sullivan stressed that the allies must be prepared for any contingency.after meeting with his south korean and japanese counterparts in seoul, sullivan said the u.s. continues to view diplomacy, supported by pressure and sanctions, as the primary means for solving the north korean nuclear problem. but despite that approach, the trump administration will continue to keep "all options on the table" because the "regime in pyongyang is unpredictable and non-transparent," he said."our objective is, throughout that ca






kim says us should know north korean nuclear force a reality


tokyo (ap) — north korean leader kim jong un says the united states should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat.kim was speaking in his annual new year’s day address. he said the country had achieved the historic feat of “completing” its nuclear forces and added that the has a “nuclear button” on his desk.the customary new year’s address was broadcast monday morning on north korean state television.






rising tensions in asia, challenges in europe


north korea amplifies its threats on the first day of 2017, north korean leader kim jong un said pyongyang was preparing to launch its first intercontinental ballistic missile. “it won’t happen!” then-president-elect donald trump tweeted the next day.after a springtime burst of north korean missile tests, mr. kim delivered on his threat...






mattis says threat of nuclear attack by nkorea accelerating


seoul, south korea (ap) — u.s. defense secretary jim mattis said saturday the threat of nuclear missile attack by north korea is accelerating.in remarks in seoul with south korean defense minister song young-moo at his side, mattis accused the north of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs — and vowed to defeat any attack.mattis said the north engages in “over-the-top rhetoric” and behavior. and he said the u.s. will never accept a nuclear north.he added that regardless of what the north might try, it is overmatched by the firepower and cohesiveness of the decades-old u.s.-south korean alliance.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“north korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary miss






official: north korea open to us talks under 'conditions'


beijing — a top north korean diplomat says pyongyang would be willing to meet with the trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set."choi sun-hee, the top north korean diplomat who handles relations with the u.s., spoke briefly to reporters in beijing on saturday en route to pyongyang. she was traveling from norway, where she led a delegation that held an informal meeting with u.s. experts.choi did not elaborate on what the north's conditions are, but her comments raise the possibility of north korea and the u.s. returning to negotiations for the first time since 2008, when six-nation talks over pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fell apart.president donald trump opened the door this month to talks, saying he would be "honored" to meet north korean leader kim jong un.






40 rounds of gunfire: a north korean defector’s dash to freedom


seoul—the jeep appeared out of nowhere on the north korean side and sped southward toward the heavily guarded border. its driver, dressed in the dark green uniform worn by junior enlisted north korean soldiers, seemed to be fleeing from his comrades.u.s. and south korean troops monitoring security cameras on monday afternoon watched as the vehicle hit a ditch and became stuck within eyesight of the line that separates the south from kim jong un’s dictatorship....






mattis says threat of nuclear attack by nkorea accelerating


seoul, south korea — u.s. defense secretary jim mattis said saturday the threat of nuclear missile attack by north korea is accelerating.in remarks in seoul with south korean defense minister song young-moo at his side, mattis accused the north of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs — and vowed to defeat any attack.mattis said the north engages in "outlaw" behavior and that the u.s. will never accept a nuclear north.he added that regardless of what the north might try, it is overmatched by the firepower and cohesiveness of the decades-old u.s.-south korean alliance."north korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs," he said, adding that u.s.-south korean military and






trump: 'i would be honored' to meet with north korean leader kim jong un


america's cia director is making an unannounced visit to south korea, the u.s. embassy in seoul confirmed monday, amid heightened tensions on the korean peninsula.an embassy official said mike pompeo and his wife were in the south korean capital on monday, but wouldn't say for how long. he spoke... (youkyung lee)






north korea defection: footage of moment soldier flees


remarkable footage has been released showing the defection of a north korea soldier across the border at the panmunjom truce village on 13 november. he is almost caught by north korean troops, who shoot at him several times, before he is rescued by south korean soldiers.a spokesman for the un command, said the north korean soldiers who shot at the defector had violated the armistice agreement that halted the korean war.read more: what we've learned from the dramatic footagevideo by simon atkinson.






japan’s abe parlays north korean threat into favored electoral victory


tokyo—japanese prime minister shinzo abe is on course for a big electoral victory on sunday, latest polls suggest, helped by economic growth, opposition disarray and an existential threat from north korea’s nuclear program.an abe victory would ensure u.s. president donald trump retains a trusted ally in his campaign to isolate north korean leader kim jong un, whose belligerence is giving mr. abe an opportunity to highlight his national security credentials....






north korea threat overshadows trump's seoul visit | south korea news


seoul - with a fundamental strategic shift affecting the foundation of the south korea-us alliance and china competing strongly for south korean kinship, tuesday's state visit to seoul will be a diplomatic minefield for us president donald trump.over two days, trump will meet south korean president moon jae-in and address the national assembly. foregoing a photo opp at the dmz - a standard stop for visiting presidents - he will go to camp humphreys, a vast military base 50km south of seoul that is rising as a new hub for the 28,500 us forces on the peninsula.a critical undercurrent during the visit will be the ongoing shift in washington's strategic focus, driven by north korea's expanding nuclear capabilities. since the end of the 1950-53 korean war, the defence of south korea has been th






the latest: south korean leader sees capitol hill leaders


washington — the latest on the south korean president visit to washington (all times local):12:30 p.m.south korea's president has sat down with congressional leaders before holding his first meeting with president donald trump.president moon jae-in (moon jaah ihn) has stopped on capitol hill on his maiden visit to washington. he took office last month.house speaker paul ryan is calling for stronger u.s.-south korean ties. he says the allies have much to work together on — in particular the threat from north korea.moon has made brief remarks, and he's wishing a speedy recovery to the third-ranking house republican — rep. steve scalise of louisiana, who was wounded in a june 14 shooting.moon says that on humanitarian issues, "we must cross boundaries and all party lines and all come together






mattis: north korea nuclear threat accelerating


image copyrightafp/gettyimage caption north korea engaged in "outlaw" behaviour, mr mattis said the threat of nuclear attack from north korea is increasing, us defence secretary james mattis said during a visit to south korea.mr mattis warned it would face a "massive military response" if it used nuclear weapons.separately, north korea released a south korean fishing boat which it said had been found in north korean waters illegally.the crew of 10 were released on friday evening, south korean officials said.it comes at a time of heightened tension in the region, with both sides running a series of military exercises."north korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbours and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs," mr mattis said,






mattis: north korea nuclear threat accelerating


image copyrightafp/gettyimage caption north korea engaged in "outlaw" behaviour, mr mattis said the threat of nuclear attack from north korea is increasing, us defence secretary james mattis said during a visit to south korea.mr mattis warned it would face a "massive military response" if it used nuclear weapons.separately, north korea released a south korean fishing boat which it said had been found in north korean waters illegally.the crew of 10 were released on friday evening, south korean officials said.it comes at a time of heightened tension in the region, with both sides running a series of military exercises."north korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbours and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs," mr mattis said,






n. korea: missile can carry nuke


seoul – north korea said monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of long-range ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.north korean propaganda must be considered with wariness, but if confirmed, the claim marks another big step forward in the country's escalating efforts to field a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the u.s. mainland. outside experts don't believe the north can do that yet, but each new test pushes them closer to the goal.the white house took note of the missile landing close to russia's pacific coast and said in a statement that north korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long."the statement said washington maintains its "ironclad commitment" to stand with its allies in the face of the serious threat posed by north ko






north korean suspect in kim jong nam killing to be released


kuala lumpur, malaysia—the attorney general here said authorities would release a north korean man who has been jailed in connection with the feb. 13 killing of kim jong nam at kuala lumpur international airport due to a lack of evidence. ri jong chol, a resident of kuala lumpur, was the only north korean detained in the case. police in malaysia have named eight north korean men as suspects, including mr. ri. this week, police said...






the latest: n. korea sends diplomats to malaysia to get body


kuala lumpur, malaysia — the latest on the killing of kim jong nam, half brother of north korean leader kim jong un (all times local):3:15 p.m.north korea has sent a high-level delegation to malaysia to seek the return of the body of leader's kim jong un's slain half brother.the delegation includes ri tong il, former north korean deputy ambassador to the united nations. he told reporters tuesday outside the north korean embassy in kuala lumpur that the diplomats were in malaysia to seek the retrieval of the body and the release of a north korean arrested in the case.malaysia has confirmed that north korean killed feb. 13 in a nerve-agent attack at kuala lumpur's airport is kim jong nam, half brother of north korean leader kim jong un. north korea, however, has identified the victim only as






seoul: 4 n. korean spies involved in kim killing in malaysia


seoul, south korea — south korea's intelligence service says four north korean government spies were involved in the killing of north korean ruler kim jong un's estranged half brother.lawmakers cited the national intelligence service as telling them monday that four of the north korean suspects searched by malaysian police over the feb. 13 death of kim jong nam are from the ministry of state security, the north's spy organ.the nis was also quoted as saying in a private briefing that the involvement of the north korean spies is evidence that the pyongyang government was behind kim jong nam's death.lawmakers didn't say how the nis got the information.malaysia hasn't directly accused north korea of having masterminded the kim jong nam killing but is pursuing several north korean suspects over






s. korea inspects hong kong ship over n. korean oil


seoul, south korea (ap) — south korea says it inspected a hong kong-flagged ship that allegedly violated u.n. sanctions by transferring oil to a north korean vessel in october.an official from seoul’s foreign ministry said friday that the lighthouse winmore is believed to have transferred about 600 tons of refined petroleum products to the north korean ship in international waters on oct. 19 after leaving the south korean port of yeosu.the official says south korean authorities boarded the ship and interviewed crew members after they returned to yeosu on oct. 24.the u.s. treasury department last month sanctioned six north korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels, and published photos of what it said was a north korean vessel on oct. 19 possibly transferring oil to evad






donald trump: i would be honoured to meet kim jong-un


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption north korean leader kim jong-un has also been called a "smart cookie" by us president donald trump us president donald trump has said he would be "honoured" to meet north korean leader kim jong-un, in the right circumstances."if it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, i would - absolutely. i would be honoured to do it," he told news organisation bloomberg on monday.the previous day he described mr kim as a "pretty smart cookie".the comments come amid escalating tensions over north korea's nuclear programme.the white house issued a statement following mr trump's remarks, saying north korea would need to meet many conditions before any meeting between the two leaders could take place.spokesman sean spicer said washington wanted to see the nor






donald trump: i would be honoured to meet kim jong-un


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption north korean leader kim jong-un has also been called a "smart cookie" by us president donald trump us president donald trump has said he would be "honoured" to meet north korean leader kim jong-un, in the right circumstances."if it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, i would - absolutely. i would be honoured to do it," he told news organisation bloomberg on monday.the previous day he described mr kim as a "pretty smart cookie".the comments come amid escalating tensions over north korea's nuclear programme.the white house issued a statement following mr trump's remarks, saying north korea would need to meet many conditions before any meeting between the two leaders could take place.spokesman sean spicer said washington wanted to see the nor






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tillerson calls on north korea to quit nuke program


a picture released by the rodong sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling north korean workers party, on sept. 8, 2015, shows north korean leader kim jong un, center front, and miguel diaz-canel bermudez, second from right, a member of the political bureau of the central committee of the communist party of cuba and first vice-president of the council of state, watching an art performance by the moranbong band and the state merited chorus in pyongyang, north korea, on sept. 7, 2015. bermudez led a cuban delegation to north korea to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between north korea and cuba.   rodong sinmun, european pressphoto agencyfullscreen






trump is showing how the deep state really works


the who, what, where, and why of the trump administration's first major scandal — michael flynn's ignominious resignation on monday as national security adviser— have all been thoroughly discussed. relatively neglected, and deserving of far more attention, has been the how.the fact the nation's now-departed senior guardian of national security was unmoored by a scandal linked to a conversation picked up on a wire offers a rare insight into how exactly america's vaunted deep state works. it is a story not about rogue intelligence agencies running amok outside the law, but rather about the vast domestic power they have managed to acquire within it.we know now that the fbi and the nsa, under their executive order 12333 authority and using the foreign intelligence surveillance act as statutory