Seoul and Tokyo Stare Each Other Down

Japan’s move to impose unprecedented trade measures against South Korea to retaliate against its increasingly hard-line stance toward Tokyo’s wartime conduct will leave Seoul with few options to respond effectively. Domestic political drivers in both South Korea and Japan will … Read More

Kim Jong-un becomes North Korea’s head of state under new constitution

Leader is also designated military chief in changes seen as preparation for peace deal with the United States. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un talks to US President Donald Trump at a meeting on the border with South Korea on June … Read More

Tension between Japan and South Korea is rising, and it looks set to drag down trade

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KEY POINTS Tensions between Tokyo and Seoul are intensifying after Japan imposed new restrictions on exports that could hit South Korea’s tech industry. One analyst suggests the situation could escalate further, with the two governments engaging “in a tit-for-tat exchange of … Read More

China blames US ‘bullying’ for Iran nuclear crisis

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BEIJING: China on Monday (Jul 8) said “unilateral bullying” by the United States was the cause behind the escalating Iran nuclear crisis, after Tehran announced it was set to breach its uranium enrichment cap. “The facts show that unilateral bullying has already … Read More

Trump announces U.S.-China trade truce, talks to resume

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OSAKA, Japan — President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping agreed to a cease-fire Saturday in their nations’ yearlong trade war, averting — at least for now — an escalation feared by financial markets, businesses and farmers. Trump said existing … Read More

Earthquake rocks Japan, triggering fears of tsunami

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off northwestern Japan on Tuesday, triggering a two-hour tsunami advisory for three prefectures in the region. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck Tuesday night at 10:22, or 9:22 a.m. EDT, 30 miles southwest of Sakata … Read More

North Korea Missiles Lack Capability To Strike US, Top General Says

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A top American general has given an assessment which downgrades North Korean nuclear warhead delivery capability, saying Pyongyang has only made minimal advances but doesn’t yet possess the capability of hitting the American mainland, contrary to recent North Korean claims. … Read More

China’s Xi to visit North Korea as US nuke diplomacy stalls

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill. Xi will meet with … Read More

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