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China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

Aug. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing on Wednesday as they sought to encourage progress on North Korean denuclearization at a time of tense relations between Tokyo and Seoul over trade. In talks with Japan's Taro Kono and South Korea's Kang Kyung-wha, Chinese...

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...

North Korea says Kim supervised latest rocket launcher test

Aug. 3, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday its leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance the country's ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there. The report by Pyongyang's official Korean...

Trump plays down latest North Korea missile tests

Aug. 2, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed recent missile tests by North Korea and flattered the country's leader as a friend with a "great and beautiful vision for his country," as the U.S. tries to lure Kim Jong Un back to nuclear talks. Trump's series of three tweets — which...

The Latest: US says Japan-South Korea committed nuke efforts

Aug. 2, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea's trade status (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Senior U.S. officials say they don't expect an escalating dispute between Japan and South Korea to affect cooperation on efforts to get North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Four officials say...

North Korea fires weapons again in possible pressure tactic

Aug. 2, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles twice Friday into the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week, South Korea's military and presidential office said. The increased testing activity is seen as brinkmanship...

UK, France and Germany condemn North Korea missile launches

Aug. 1, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Kingdom, France and Germany on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches as violations of U.N. sanctions and urged Pyongyang to engage in "meaningful negotiations" with the United States on eliminating its nuclear weapons. The three countries also...

US extends Iran nuke sanctions waivers but hits FM

Jul. 31, 2019 11:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday extended waivers allowing foreign firms to work at Iranian nuclear facilities without U.S. penalties even as it hit Iran's foreign minister with sanctions. In a notice sent to Congress, the State Department said it had extended for 90 days waivers...

Pompeo 'very hopeful' US-North Korea talks will resume soon

Jul. 30, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he's very hopeful for a quick resumption in nuclear talks with North Korea despite the North's recent weapons tests that have clouded already uncertain prospects for a return to the table. Pompeo told reporters accompanying him to an Asian...

North Korea says missile test was 'solemn warning' to South

Jul. 25, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, the nation announced Friday that it had tested a "new-type tactical guided weapon" that was meant to be a "solemn warning" about South Korean weapons development and its rival's plans to hold military exercises. The message in the...