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Trump and Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions

May. 25, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

MOBARA, Japan (AP) — Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the president jumped aboard Marine One in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning...

Trump downplays North Korean missile treat

May. 25, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In an apparent contradiction of his national security adviser, President Donald Trump on Sunday downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him — even though they are for Japan. Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's...

Trump opens state visit, needles Japan over trade issues

May. 25, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Japan on Saturday by needling the American ally over its trade imbalance with the United States. "Maybe that's why you like me so much," he joshed. Trump also promoted the U.S. under his leadership, saying "there's never been a better time" to...

Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions

May. 25, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Saturday called a series of short-range missile tests by North Korea earlier this month a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and said sanctions must be kept in place. Washington's position on the North's denuclearization is consistent...

NKorea says talks won't resume unless US changes position

May. 24, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nuclear negotiations with the United States will never resume unless the Trump administration moves away from what Pyongyang described as unilateral demands for disarmament. The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman published...

Pentagon proposing troop reinforcements in Mideast

May. 23, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday outlined proposals to the White House that would send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran amid heightened tensions in the region. President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters before the meeting, said he was not convinced...

Pakistan says it has test-fired nuclear-capable missile

May. 23, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. A statement from the military says the surface-to-surface Shaheen-II missile, which has a range of 1,500 kilometers, or 932 miles, was launched on Thursday and...

Supreme leader criticizes Iran's politicians amid US tension

May. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

May. 22, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if...

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

May. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Top Trump administration officials have told Congress that recent actions by the U.S. have deterred Iranian attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the White House approach...