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N. Korea confirms missile tests as Kim visits munitions site

Jan. 27, 2022 21:14 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday its two latest rounds of weapons tests this week were successful while vowing to bolster its nuclear “war deterrent” and speed up the development of more powerful warheads. It appeared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not...

North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 6th launch in 2022

Jan. 27, 2022 05:32 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its sixth round of weapons launches this month, South Korea’s military said. Experts say North Korea’s unusually fast pace in testing activity underscores an intent to...

Watchdog: Chemical agent likely used in 2015 attack in Syria

Jan. 26, 2022 08:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation by the global chemical weapons watchdog has found “reasonable grounds to believe” that a blistering agent was used during the shelling of a Syrian town in 2015, the organization said Wednesday. The report by the Fact-Finding...

S. Korean officials say North Korea tested cruise missiles

Jan. 25, 2022 02:14 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday test-fired two suspected cruise missiles in its fifth round of weapons launches this month, South Korean military officials said, as it displays its military might amid pandemic-related difficulties and a prolonged freeze in nuclear negotiations...

Where Ukraine's sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

Jan. 22, 2022 17:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a warm spring day in Ukraine 26 years ago, three men smiled for cameras as they planted symbolic sunflower seedlings in freshly tilled earth where Soviet nuclear missiles had once stood ready. That placid scene was, briefly, a launchpad for hope that the demise...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

China criticizes US missile sanctions as hypocrisy

Jan. 21, 2022 07:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology, and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The United States announced penalties on three...

Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China's rise

Jan. 20, 2022 10:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. ...

North Korea slams US, hints at resuming nuclear, ICBM tests

Jan. 20, 2022 04:40 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Accusing the United States of hostility and threats, North Korea on Thursday said it will consider restarting “all temporally-suspended activities” it had paused during its diplomacy with the Trump administration, in an apparent threat to resume testing of nuclear...

North Korean missile tests signal return to brinkmanship

Jan. 17, 2022 23:23 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Grappling with pandemic difficulties and U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear ambitions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be reviving his 2017 playbook of nuclear and missile brinkmanship to wrest concessions from Washington and his neighbors. North...