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U.S., South Korea agree to revise missile treaty in face of North Korean threats

U.S. President Donald Trump agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to revise a joint treaty capping the development of the South’s ballistic missiles, Moon’s office said on Saturday, amid a standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests. Trump also gave “conceptual” approval to the purchase by the South of billions of dollars of

South Korea, U.S. agree to pressure North Korea, China hopes for North-South talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday, while China expressed hope that North and South Korea could resume contact soon. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at

North Korea claims to have test-launched its first ICBM

North Korea claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, though U.S. and South Korean officials earlier said it had an intermediate range. A test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, if confirmed, would be a game-changing development in the North’s push to militarily challenge Washington and a step forward

South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army anniversary

South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang. North Korea said late on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula

North Korea fires missile as US official says ‘clock has now run out’ on Pyongyang

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s military said early Wednesday.  The launch came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump described North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear arsenal as a “humanity problem” and a senior U.S. official told reporters that the “clock has now run out” on Pyongyang. Seoul’s

Soft Diplomacy Didn’t Stop North Korea’s Nuclear Quest

Austin Bay, More than five decades ago, the wry British humor magazine, Punch, observed that “Idealists maintain that all nations should share the atomic bomb. Pessimists maintain that they will.” Nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea’s hereditary Communist dictatorship vindicate the pessimists. Yes, a hereditary Communist dictatorship. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

U.S. forges ahead with South Korea missile defenses

The U.S. military said on Friday it plans to forge ahead with building the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, separating the issue from a political crisis in Seoul that saw President Park Geun-hye’s removal from office on Friday. The United States started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in

US moves part of missile defense system to South Korea

U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, by

North Korea fires more banned ballistic missiles

North Korea fired several banned ballistic missiles that flew 620 miles into the ocean off its eastern coast, South Korean officials said Monday, an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. It was not immediately clear what type of missile was fired or the exact number;

Trump’s national security adviser vows to tackle North Korea nuclear threat

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser says North Korea’s nuclear program would be given a high priority under the new administration, a South Korean official who held talks with him said on Saturday. Michael Flynn, one of Trump’s closest advisers, also said he would work to strengthen the U.S. alliance with South Korea, calling

U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after North Korea nuclear test

Two U.S. supersonic B-1 Lancer strategic bombers flew over South Korea on Tuesday morning in a show of force and solidarity with its ally amid heightened tension following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test last week. The two bombers conducted a low-altitude flight over Osan Air Base in South Korea, which is 77 km (48 miles)