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Satellite images suggest Iran satellite launch looms

Aug. 18, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan...

Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions

Aug. 14, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea, along with changing or contradictory information from Russian...

5 Russian nuclear engineers buried after rocket explosion

Aug. 12, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people attended the funerals Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion as they tested a new rocket engine, a tragedy that fueled radiation fears and raised questions about a secretive weapons program. The engineers, who died Thursday, were laid to rest...

North Korea boosts Kim's rising status as global statesman

Aug. 11, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — There's no question that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in full control of his nation. But a recent change to how he's being formally described in the North Korean Constitution may allow him even more diplomatic leverage as he steps with increasing confidence onto the world...

Trump: Kim wants to meet again, apologized for missile tests

Aug. 11, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to "start negotiations" after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end. He also said Kim apologized for the flurry of recent short-range missile tests that has rattled U.S. allies...

Seoul and Tokyo's trade war puts military pact at stake

Aug. 9, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has threatened to end a military intelligence sharing agreement with Japan as a squabble over trade escalates. The breakdown in ties comes as North Korea stages a series of missile tests into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The agreement is supposed...

Trump gets letter from North Korea, says more talks likely

Aug. 9, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he received a "beautiful" three-page letter from Kim Jong Un and predicted that the two leaders would have more talks to try resolving the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Trump has said he's not bothered by the flurry of...

Nagasaki mayor laments nuclear arms are seen as useful

Aug. 9, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Friday, as the mayor criticized nuclear states including the U.S. and Russia for challenging survivors' efforts toward a nuclear-free world. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue lamented in his peace declaration that the opinion that...

US hopes for North Korea nuclear talks despite missile tests

Aug. 7, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is still hoping to hold another round of nuclear talks with North Korea despite the country's recent missile tests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Those talks could be held within a "a couple of weeks," Pompeo said, speaking shortly after returning from Asia and a...

Official: Nuke program serves as 'ultimate insurance policy'

Aug. 6, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the U.S. agency that maintains the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal said Tuesday the country is facing the most complex and demanding global security environment since the Cold War. National Nuclear Security Administration chief Lisa Gordon-Hagerty outlined the...