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Trump claim raises eyebrows: North Korea no longer a nuke threat?
by Matthew Pennington - June 14, 2018 - 8:25am
America and the world can "sleep well tonight," President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no...
US reaffirms its 'ironclad commitment' to defend South Korea
by Matthew Pennington - April 29, 2018 - 9:31am
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said "things are going very well"...
SKorea: Trump to meet NK leader Kim by May
by Matthew Pennington - March 9, 2018 - 8:40am
President Donald Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim Jong Un by May, a top South Korean official said Thursday, in a remarkable turnaround in relations between...
US meets Korean War allies, wants more pressure on NKorea
by Matthew Pennington - January 17, 2018 - 8:37am
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea by thwarting efforts to evade sanctions and interdicting ships conducting illicit...
Trump administration OKs $130M missile defense sale to Japan
by Matthew Pennington - January 10, 2018 - 8:47am
The Trump administration has approved a $130 million missile defense sale to Japan to meet the escalating threat from North Korea.
Official Palace will axe not from PCSO
by Matthew Pennington - January 3, 2018 - 12:39pm
Malacañang was set to announce on Wednesday the firing of a top official in President Rodrigo Duterte's government, but it was held off.
US wants world to isolate North Korea, so what's that mean?
by Matthew Pennington - December 9, 2017 - 10:28pm
When President Donald Trump's UN ambassador recently urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea
US foresaw a costly victory in war with NKorea in 1994
by Matthew Pennington - December 9, 2017 - 12:00am
In a nuclear standoff with North Korea more than two decades ago — long before the reclusive government had atomic weapons that could threaten America — US officials planned for war.
US announcing new NKorea sanctions after terror designation
by Matthew Pennington - November 21, 2017 - 8:40am
The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.
Analysis: Sanctions may not halt North Korea nuclear program
by Matthew Pennington - August 8, 2017 - 12:34am
The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country's relentless nuclear weapons ambitions.
US panel warns Trump change on one China policy 'dangerous'
by Matthew Pennington - February 9, 2017 - 8:47am
The Trump administration shouldn't abandon long-standing U.S. policy on the status of Taiwan, a prominent panel of China specialists said Tuesday, calling such a move "exceedingly dangerous."
Trump State pick irks Beijing, muddles policy on South China Sea
by Matthew Pennington - January 13, 2017 - 10:51am
Donald Trump's pick to lead the State Department has stoked confusion over the U.S.'s South China Sea policy by appearing to advocate a blockade of Chinese man-made islands.
US raises no objection over China aircraft carrier drill
by Matthew Pennington - December 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
The United States says China has the right to sail in international waters after a Chinese aircraft carrier cruised past Taiwan and into the contested South China Sea.
Top Obama officials meet China state councilor in New York
by Matthew Pennington - November 2, 2016 - 8:15am
Secretary of State John Kerry and national security adviser Susan Rice held talks Tuesday with a senior Chinese official on managing differences and expanding cooperation between the two world powers.
Kerry: US, Vietnam committed to rule of law in South China Sea
by Matthew Pennington - October 26, 2016 - 9:06am
Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. and Vietnam share a commitment to rule of law in the disputed South China Sea.
Duterte's China visit watched for shift to Beijing
by Matthew Pennington - October 19, 2016 - 6:14pm
Talks this week between Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be closely scrutinized for signs of how seriously the new Philippine leader intends to pursue a shift away from Washington and toward...
US to honor Philippines commitments, expects same in return
by Matthew Pennington - October 12, 2016 - 8:56am
The top US diplomat for East Asia says the US will honor its commitments to the Philippines and it expects its Southeast Asian ally to the do the same.
Minister: Japan to increase activities in South China Sea
by Matthew Pennington - September 16, 2016 - 7:00am
Japan's defense minister says its forces will increase engagement in the South China Sea through training cruises with the U.S. Navy and multilateral exercises with regional navies.
Duterte's drug war puts strain on US-Philippine ties
by Matthew Pennington - September 8, 2016 - 9:15am
When Rodrigo Duterte became Philippine president many predicted his desire to mend relations with China could alienate the United States. Instead, his deadly war on drugs and refusal to brook criticism...
Singapore PM: US credibility on the line over TPP trade deal
by Matthew Pennington - August 2, 2016 - 9:33am
American credibility is on the line over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Singapore's prime minister said Monday, urging its ratification despite growing political opposition in the U.S. to the 12-nation free trade...
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