SKorea open to summit with North’s Kim, but it won’t be easy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s been more than a decade since the leaders of the two Koreas have held a summit. Could it happen now? South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters Wednesday that he remains open to a meeting with North Korea’s leader, if it would improve the strained relations between their two […]

Trump says he’d be open to talking with North Korean leader

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump, shelving comparisons about the size of a “nuclear button,” said Saturday he is open to talking with the North Korean leader he’s called “Little Rocket Man” and hopes some progress results from upcoming talks between the Koreas.Trump, who last year lambasted his chief diplomat for talking about negotiations […]

Trump says Iran people acting against ‘brutal’ regime

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has returned from an end-of-year holiday to face fresh legislative challenges, midterm elections and threats abroad. The president opened the second year of his presidency with confrontational tweets targeting Iran and Pakistan. He tweeted Tuesday: “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. […]

Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials

AP-US-United-States-North-Korea Dec 26, 2017 9:50PM (GMT 03:50) – 217 words Eds: Adds photos, reaction. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions Tuesday against two officials it describes as “key leaders of North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs.” The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any […]

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,” […]