- N. Korea praises launch, others see as covert missile test Updated: Feb-06-16 11:13 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
- Experts say launch won't bring N. Korea much closer to ICBM 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 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.
- 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.
- Kansas man pleads guilty in plot to bomb Army post Updated: Feb-03-16 4:34 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Kansas man whose lawyer says he is mentally ill pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post, acknowledging that he wanted to aid the Islamic State group.
- Latest: Kansas man pleads guilty to 2 counts in bomb plot Updated: Feb-03-16 2:38 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The latest on a Kansas man charged in an alleged plot to bomb an Army post (all times local):
- Artillery shells found at base contain chemical agents Updated: Feb-02-16 6:22 am
LAKEHURST, New Jersey - Authorities say two World War I-era artillery rounds found last year at a central New Jersey military issue contained chemical agents.
- 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.
- Lawyer criticizes US for nixing charges as part of Iran swap Updated: Jan-27-16 9:51 pm
- Scientists: "Doomsday Clock" reflects grave threat to world Updated: Jan-26-16 10:26 pm
STANFORD, California - Rising tension between Russia and the U.S., North Korea's recent nuclear test and a lack of aggressive steps to address climate change are putting the world under grave threat, scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm said Tuesday.
- Kerry says US-Saudi friendship stronger than ever Updated: Jan-24-16 3:11 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. friendship with Saudi Arabia is stronger than ever and that the two will work together to try to end wars in Syria and Yemen.
- Air Force withheld nuclear mishap from Pentagon review team Updated: Jan-23-16 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON - In the spring of 2014, as a team of experts was examining what ailed the U.S. nuclear force, the Air Force withheld from them the fact that it was simultaneously investigating damage to a nuclear-armed missile in its launch silo caused by three airmen.
- Nuclear trigger production could resume at Los Alamos lab Updated: Jan-23-16 1:32 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The Los Alamos National Laboratory could resume production of plutonium pit triggers for nuclear weapons.
- Seoul: Time to push for nuclear talks without North Korea Updated: Jan-21-16 11:23 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's president questioned the role of long-dormant North Korean nuclear disarmament talks, saying Friday that regional powers should meet without the North in the wake its recent nuclear test.
- The Latest: Massachusetts man freed from Iran returns home Updated: Jan-18-16 12:16 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The latest developments as Iran and world powers implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local).
- US imposes new Iran sanctions for ballistic missile testing Updated: Jan-17-16 10:48 am
WASHINGTON - The United States on Sunday imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program as a result of Tehran's firing of a medium-range ballistic missile, a new punishment one day after the Obama administration lifted economic penalties against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.
- After H-bomb test, N. Korea wants to focus on economy Updated: Jan-16-16 2:06 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea - After ringing in the new year with claims of its first successful hydrogen bomb test, North Korea is now calling on the United States and the world community to accept it as a nuclear power, jettison the pursuit of punitive sanctions and allow it to focus on what it really wants: build up the nation's troubled economy.
- North Korea says nuclear test shows it could 'wipe out' US Updated: Jan-13-16 4:50 pm
UNITED NATIONS - North Korea's U.N. mission claimed Wednesday that its successful nuclear bomb test showed that it could now "wipe out" the United States, as the U.N. Security Council grappled with a response to the underground blast.
- Plant's deficient welds unlikely to halt start of operations Updated: Jan-11-16 6:42 pm
RICHMOND, Kentucky - The discovery of deficient welds at a Madison County chemical weapons destruction plant is unlikely to delay the start of operations, plant officials said.
- House moves on North Korea sanctions bill after bomb test Updated: Jan-11-16 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON - The House pushed ahead on legislation that seeks to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test by expanding sanctions on Pyongyang, a move with strong bipartisan support despite questions over how effective the new restrictions can be.
- Lax enforcement weakens UN sanctions on nuclear North Korea Updated: Jan-10-16 12:06 am
UNITED NATIONS - While the U.N. Security Council considers new sanctions on North Korea after its latest nuclear test, experts say existing sanctions are going unenforced.
- The Latest: US B-52 returns to Guam after S. Korea fly-over Updated: Jan-09-16 10:48 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - The latest on North Korea's announcement that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test last week (all times local):
- N. Korea defiance challenges moral authority of nuclear club Updated: Jan-09-16 2:33 pm
PYONGYANG, North Korea - When North Korea claimed triumphantly that it had tested its first hydrogen bomb, it was roundly and predictably condemned by the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and India, countries estimated to possess a combined total of more than 15,000 nuclear warheads.
- NKorea sanctions bill seeks to deny country's access to cash Updated: Jan-08-16 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The House isn't waiting for confirmation of North Korea's hydrogen-bomb test claim before voting on legislation that expands sanctions on Pyongyang and specifically seeks to deny the hard currency lawmakers say it needs for its weapons programs.