US V-P Kamala Harris lands in South Korea day after North Korea’s missile launches

SEOUL – United States Vice-President Kamala Harris on Thursday arrived in South Korea on a trip aimed at underscoring the strength of Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. Ms Harris landed at Osan air base following a trip to Tokyo, where she attended the state funeral of […]

Urgent need to strengthen deterrence of Japan, US, South Korea: Yomiuri Shimbun

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – North Korea has set forth a policy that allows for the preemptive use of nuclear weapons. In response to this growing threat, Japan, the United States and South Korea must build deterrence to dissuade North Korea from using nuclear weapons. The Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea adopted […]

North Korea, China resume cross-border freight train operation: South Korea ministry

SEOUL – Cross-border freight train operations between North Korea and China appears to have resumed after a five-month suspension, South Korea’s unification ministry said on Monday.   The comments from the ministry, which handles relations with North Korea, came after Yonhap news agency reported a freight train from Dandong crossed a bridge to the North […]

North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of US Vice-President Kamala Harris visit

SEOUL – North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast on Sunday, ahead of planned military drills by South Korean and United States forces involving an aircraft carrier and a visit to the region by US Vice-President Kamala Harris. South Korea’s military said it was a single, short-range ballistic missile […]

North Korea preparing to test submarine-launched ballistic missile: Yonhap

SEOUL – South Korea’s military has detected signs that North Korea may be preparing to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday, days before a visit by US Vice-President Kamala Harris.   The military detected preparations this week in Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, Yonhap reported, citing an unnamed […]

Japan PM says willing to meet North Korean leader over nuclear programme

NEW YORK – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday renewed his offer to meet North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Un, as tensions simmer over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Kishida said Japan still stood by diplomacy set out two decades ago by former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi on […]

US vows continued deployment of strategic assets after North Korea nuclear law

WASHINGTON – The United States and South Korea on Friday denounced North Korea’s first-use nuclear doctrine unveiled this month as “escalatory and destabilising”, and Washington vowed to continue to deploy and exercise strategic assets to deter and respond to Pyongyang. A joint statement after a vice-ministerial-level meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group […]

Kim Jong Un’s ‘decapitation’ fears shine through in new North Korea nuclear law, experts say

SEOUL – A new North Korean law calls for “automatic” nuclear launches if the country’s leadership or command and control systems are threatened, underscoring leader Kim Jong Un’s fears of a so-called “decapitation” strike, experts said. In an updated nuclear policy law passed on Thursday, North Korea enshrined the right to use preemptive nuclear strikes […]