Latest U.S. National Security Council News

Kirby to lead Biden's national security communications team

May. 20, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday named Pentagon press secretary John Kirby to be the new National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications. Kirby "will coordinate interagency efforts to explain United States policy and will serve as a senior...

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby moving to White House

May. 19, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is joining the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter, adding star power to the President Joe Biden's National Security Council. Kirby, who also served as the top spokesman at the Pentagon and the State Department during the...

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

May. 13, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he's nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration's commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to...

Biden announces heavy artillery, other weapons for Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged an additional $1.3 billion Thursday for new weapons and economic assistance to help Ukraine in its strong but increasingly difficult battle against the Russian invasion, and he promised to seek much more from Congress to keep the guns, ammunition and...

US officials heading to Solomons over China pact worries

Apr. 19, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. is sending two top officials to the Solomon Islands following a visit last week by an Australian senator over concerns that China could establish a military presence in the South Pacific island nation. The White House said Monday that later...

Live updates | Zelenskyy won't discuss fuel depot attack

Apr. 02, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declined to comment on whether he ordered an attack on a Russian fuel depot. In an interview with FOX News, Zelenskyy said he does not discuss any orders he issues as commander in chief. Earlier, the secretary of Ukraine's...

N. Korea fires artillery into sea days after missile launch

Mar. 20, 2022 04:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired suspected artillery pieces into the sea on Sunday, South Korea’s military said, days after the North’s latest missile launch ended in failure amid the country’s recent burst of weapons testing activity. There is speculation that...

Iran seeks 'creative ways' to nuke deal after Russian demand

Mar. 07, 2022 10:48 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian official said Monday that his country is seeking “creative ways” to restore its nuclear deal with world powers after Russia's foreign minister linked sanctions on Moscow over its war on Ukraine to the ongoing negotiations. The tweet by Ali...

Former top US defense officials visit Taiwan amid tensions

Mar. 01, 2022 04:56 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A delegation of former U.S. defense officials arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday in a sign of stepped-up communication between the sides amid a looming threat from China. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen is leading the five-person delegation...