Mattis: North Korea a ‘clear and present danger’ to world

ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present danger,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, […]

Pentagon missile defense program scores a win

ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s oft-criticized missile defense program has scored a triumph, destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack. Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the Pentagon agency in charge of developing […]

NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s latest missile test Monday may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing U.S. and South Korean forces in the region that it can strike them at will. South Korean and Japanese officials said the suspected […]

New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June

KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea’s progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul’s presidential office said Tuesday. The agreement for the […]

Exit polls in South Korea forecast win for liberal Moon

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Exit polls in South Korea forecast that liberal candidate Moon Jae-in will win an election Tuesday to succeed ousted President Park Geun-hye. Official results weren’t expected for hours, but the exit poll of about 89,000 voters at 330 polling stations, jointly commissioned […]

CIA chief visits South Korea amid heightened tension

YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America’s CIA director is making an unannounced visit to South Korea, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul confirmed Monday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. An embassy official said Mike Pompeo and his wife were in the South Korean capital on Monday, but wouldn’t say for […]

Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump said in a television interview to be aired Sunday that he believes China’s president has been putting pressure on North Korea as it pursues its missile and nuclear weapons programs. In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump […]

RAND Corporation’s report reveals power interests internal to North Korean politics, economy; suggests aggressive diplomacy with clear military threats as strategy

Santa Monica, California, April 26 – RAND Corporation issued a report about North Korean politics and economics of which Americans interested in the state of the world should take heed. The gist of the report, entitled “Preparing North Korean Elites for Unification,” is that the reunification of the Korean Peninsula may occur fairly soon but […]

N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters. North […]

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North. South Korea’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or […]

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