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North Korean crisis ‘worst I’ve seen,’ top Navy officer warns

The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific region told lawmakers Thursday that the North Korean crisis is the worst he’s seen — testifying that it’s only a matter of time before Kim Jong Un has the capability of launching a nuclear warhead toward the United States. “The crisis on the Korean peninsula

U.S. moves THAAD to South Korean site as North Korea boasts fire power

The U.S. military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. Washington and Pyongyang have been ratcheting up pressure on each other in recent weeks, with the United States sending a aircraft carrier group

North Korea threat lingers at start of Tillerson’s first Asia trip

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to begin his first trip to Asia in his new role and will attempt to forge cooperation with important U.S. allies in the region, while downplaying fears that the U.S. is looking to isolate itself diplomatically. Tillerson will find shared anxiety at the North’s saber-rattling but less agreement

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

US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response to North Korean nuke use

The United States warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “overwhelming” U.S. response as it sought to reassure close ally South Korea that the U.S. has its back. The statement by Defense Secretary Ash Carter came as top U.S. and South

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles as G20 leaders meet in China

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said, as the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies held a summit in China, the North’s main diplomatic ally. The missiles were fired from a region south of the capital Pyongyang just after noon local

North Korea military threatens physical response against U.S. THAAD deployment

North Korea’s military said on Monday it will take “physical response” to a move by the United States and South Korea to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system to the Korean peninsula to counter the threat from the North. The United States and South Korea said on Friday that the Terminal High Altitude Area