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Stories with place: North Korea
  • Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 5:16 am

    In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.

  • US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 4:14 am

    WASHINGTON - North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development - China.

  • Japan's parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 2:12 am

    TOKYO - Japan's parliament condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch Tuesday, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding that the communist nation immediately stop such activity.

  • North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 8:01 am

    TOKYO - Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

  • UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:41 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.

  • The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:28 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

  • Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 2:17 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un.

  • Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:43 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

  • Obama, Xi discuss NKorea amid signs of rocket launch preps story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation was moving closer to blastoff.

  • Obama, Xi coordinate response to NKorea provocations 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) agree that a planned ballistic missile test by North Korea would be another "provocative and destabilizing" action in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.

  • Pyeongchang organizers at 70 percent of sponsorship target story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:16 am

    JEONGSEON, South Korea - South Korean organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics have reached 70 percent of their target of 870 billion won ($728 million) in domestic sponsorships.

  • Experts say launch won't bring N. Korea much closer to ICBM story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:48 am

    TOKYO - Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch.

  • Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:37 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.

  • Kim Jong Un calls meeting on abuses in N. Korea ruling party 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 11:48 pm

    TOKYO - North Korea's state media say leader Kim Jong Un presided over a meeting of top ruling party officials this week aimed at rooting out corruption and abuses of power ahead of a major congress to be held in May.

  • North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 11:42 pm

    BEIJING - The timing couldn't have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy's visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea's chief ally.

  • China urges restraint over North Korea rocket launch story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 7:19 am

    BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called for all sides to show restraint over North Korea's announcement that it plans to launch a rocket in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

  • Senior Chinese official arrives in North Korea 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 4:54 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - China's point man on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang, the country's capital, on Tuesday amid a flurry of diplomacy over the North's recent nuclear test.

  • UN official: Iran, Israel could ratify nuke test ban treaty 
    Updated: Jan-29-16 1:11 am

    VIENNA - The head of the U.N. nuclear test ban treaty organization says arch-enemies Iran and Israel are "the closest" of the eight holdout nations to ratifying the treaty and assuring the world they will never conduct a nuclear test explosion.

  • US official says activity detected at NKorean launch site 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 6:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to a U.S. defense official and expert analysis of commercial satellite imagery published Thursday.

  • Senate committee approves North Korea sanctions bill 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 4:33 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved legislation to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test explosion.

  • Analysis: US student arrest renews scrutiny of NKorean tours story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 6:14 am

    TOKYO - An American university student's arrest in North Korea has rekindled questions about whether a small but steady trickle of U.S. tourists who go to the country are unwittingly offering themselves up as valuable pawns in a political game with Pyongyang that can have serious repercussions for officials back in Washington who have to bail them out when things go wrong.

  • Kerry presses China on North Korea, South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 10:17 pm

    BEIJING - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Wednesday for China to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear activities and decrease tensions over disputed parts of the South China Sea.

  • UNICEF seeks funds for N. Korea drought victims 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 5:39 am

    TOKYO - UNICEF is seeking $18 million in relief funds for tens of thousands of children in North Korea it believes have been hit by the impact of a drought last year that heightened malnutrition and diarrhea caused by a lack of access to clean water.

  • Werner Herzog on ski jumping and filming in North Korea 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 11:16 pm

    PARK CITY, Utah - The first time Werner Herzog came to Sundance a little over a decade ago with "Grizzly Man," he asked that the Festival prepare the Olympic-sized ski jump ramps for him.

  • Ex-diplomat not expecting role in talks on detained student 
    Updated: Jan-23-16 7:15 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - A retired U.S. ambassador who used his connections to help negotiate the release of an American held by North Korea in 2014 said he doesn't expect to be involved in any talks with the country over a detained American student.