Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump’s top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief’s warnings a bluff. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security talks with close ally Japan that the U.S. seeks a peaceful solution […]

Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The […]

China urges US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

BEIJING (AP) — China has urged the United States and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and threats to fire them toward Guam. The dispute has also raised fears in South Korea, where a conservative political […]

Abe, Trump aim to prevent NKorean missile launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he and President Donald Trump have agreed that preventing North Korea from launching missiles toward Guam is of utmost importance. Abe spoke to reporters Tuesday after a phone conversation with the American president. […]

Top US military officer warns NKorea that US military ready

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Monday that the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea but is also ready to use the “full range” of its military capabilities in case of provocation. The comments by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford in a series of […]

Trump doubles down on ‘fire and fury’ vow as wargames near

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un’s government on Thursday to “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested he had been too mild when he vowed to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S. “Maybe that statement […]

Global stocks fall on rising unease over North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — Escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions rattled investors Thursday, pulling global stock benchmarks lower. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX fell 0.7 percent to 12,068 and the CAC 40 of France lost 0.3 percent to 5,133. Britain’s FTSE 100 sank 1.1 percent to 7,414. Futures pointed to further declines on Wall Street, with […]

Tillerson urges calm on North Korea, says no imminent threat

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged calm and said Americans should have “no concerns” after North Korea and President Donald Trump traded fiery threats, insisting Wednesday he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat.” “Americans should sleep well at night,” Tillerson said. In more tranquil terms, Tillerson sought […]

North Korea vows harsh retaliation against new UN sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea vowed Monday to bolster its nuclear arsenal and launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States in response to tough U.N. sanctions imposed after its recent intercontinental ballistic missile launches. The warning came two days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish North Korea, including […]

N. Korean missiles add urgency to Hiroshima A-bomb appeals

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Hiroshima’s appeal of “never again” on the anniversary Sunday of the world’s first atomic bomb attack has gained urgency as North Korea moves ever closer to acquiring nuclear weapons, showing its growing prowess with increasingly frequent missile launches. When the U.S. dropped the bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, Toshiki Fujimori’s mother […]

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