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 […]

Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim ‘gotta behave’

KEN THOMAS, Associated Press JILL COLVIN, Associated Press PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP) — The White House displayed a tough and unyielding approach to North Korea and its nuclear ambitions Monday, with President Donald Trump warning that Kim Jong Un has “gotta behave” and Vice President Mike Pence sternly advising Kim not to test America’s resolve […]

Pence warns NKorea ‘era of strategic patience is over’

KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP) — In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, “the era of strategic patience is […]

North Korean test missile explodes on launch

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. It wasn’t immediately clear what kind of missile […]

North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in massive parade

TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang on Saturday, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising regional tensions. Kim did not speak during the annual […]

North Korea may have tested new technology in latest missile

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The missile in North Korea’s latest launch didn’t fly very far, but it may have been the second test of a technology that worries experts. The launch Wednesday into waters off North Korea’s east coast came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Chinese […]

US defense chief worries about ‘reckless’ NKorea actions

ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expressing worry about what he calls “reckless” actions by North Korea, alluding to its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Mattis spoke at a news conference Friday in London with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon. Mattis raised the North Korea issue […]

In Beijing, Tillerson urges China-US cooperation on N. Korea 

CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday pushed for closer China-U.S. cooperation on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program in his first face-to-face talks with top Chinese diplomats. Tillerson’s visit to Beijing followed his remarks in South Korea on Friday in which he warned that pre-emptive military […]

Tillerson: Use of pre-emptive force an option with NKorea 

MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press LEE JIN-MAN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level “that we believe requires action.” Tillerson outlined a tougher strategy to confront North […]