Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties

BC-AS–China-North Korea,1st Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 11:07PM (GMT 05:07) – 661 words By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN ,  Associated Press Eds: Adds background, analyst quotes, details, byline. To be updated with envoy’s departure. With AP photos. With AP Photos. BEIJING (AP) — China was preparing to dispatch its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on […]

Trump warns North Korea: Do not ‘try us’

BC-AS–Trump,13th Ld-Writethru Nov 08, 2017 12:21AM (GMT 06:21) – 1024 words By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN ,  Associated Press Eds: Adds video, audio. Updates photos. With AP Photos. AP Video. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korea Wednesday, telling the rogue nation: “Do not underestimate us. […]

Trump says US will arm Japan to knock down Korea missiles

BC-AS-Trump,3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 06, 2017 7:09AM (GMT 13:09) – 918 words By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates summary, raises reference to arming Japan. With AP Photos. AP Video. TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday refused to rule out eventual military action against North Korea and declared that the […]

Mattis says threat of nuclear attack by NKorea accelerating

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday the threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating. In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at his side, Mattis accused the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs — and vowed to defeat any […]

Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — Japan’s defense minister asserted Monday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an “unprecedented, critical and imminent” level. The minister, Itsunori Odonera, said that this rising threat means his country, along with South Korea and the United States, have to collectively take what he called “different responses.” […]

Tillerson: NKorea diplomacy continues until 1st ‘bomb drops’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.” That statement comes despite President Donald Trump’s tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with “Little Rocket Man,” […]

US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump […]

Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at frightening new weapons tests. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. […]

UN Security Council sets emergency meeting on NKorea blast

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is holding its second emergency meeting in a week about North Korea on Monday after a powerful nuclear test explosion added another layer of urgency for diplomats wrestling with what to do about the North’s persistent weapons programs. Scheduled after North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen […]

Mattis: NKorea threat would bring massive military response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday shot back at North Korea’s latest nuclear provocation with a blunt threat, saying the U.S. will answer any North Korean threat with a “massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming.” While he said America does not seek the “total annihilation” of the North, […]

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