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Japan deploys missile defenses in Tokyo

Japan has deployed missile batteries in Tokyo and dispatched destroyers carrying interceptor missiles as it boosts its defences against a planned North Korean rocket launch this month. Pyongyang says it will launch a satellite for peaceful scientific research between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary on April…

U.S. suspends food aid to North Korea: Pentagon official

WASHINGTON — The United States has suspended food aid to North Korea because Pyongyang has broken its promise to refrain from missile launches and cannot be trusted to deliver the aid to those who need it, a Pentagon official said Wednesday. The United States had previously warned that any launch…

N. Korea snubs Obama to overshadow nuclear summit

North Korea vowed Tuesday to go ahead with a rocket launch, snubbing demands from US President Barack Obama and other world leaders who are in Seoul for a summit on combating nuclear terrorism. The North’s plan to launch a long-range rocket next month has overshadowed the 53-nation summit, which is meant to focus on the…

World’s security depends on nuclear summit: Obama

SEOUL — US President Barack Obama told fellow leaders they have the world’s safety in their hands, as a 53-nation summit on combating nuclear terrorism held its first full session on Tuesday. “The security of the world depends on the actions that we take,” he said in a speech at…

Obama warns nuclear terrorism still a major threat

US President Barack Obama warned on Monday that nuclear terrorism remained one of the world’s biggest threats, as he called for greater urgency in safeguarding the world’s atomic stockpiles. In a speech hours before the opening of a nuclear security summit in South Korea, Obama said major progress had been…

Obama’s disbelief after staring into North Korea

DEMILITARISED ZONE, South Korea — After squinting through binoculars into a nation frozen in time, US President Barack Obama reeled off a contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment of North Korea. The Stalinist remnant of the Cold War was, in Obama’s eyes, nothing but a nation which cannot make “anything of…

Obama starts S. Korea visit amid N. Korea tensions

US President Barack Obama arrived in South Korea Sunday to hold talks with its leader and attend a 53-nation nuclear security summit, amid tensions with North Korea over its upcoming rocket launch. Obama, who landed at a US air base south of Seoul, was to meetPresident Lee Myung-Bak later Sunday for talks expected to be dominated by…

Japan prepares defenses against N. Korean rocket

Japan on Friday readied its missile defence systems to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the country, as the UN chief warned that next month’s launch could jeopardise food aid. “I have ordered officials to prepare to deploy the PAC-3 and Aegis warships,” Japan’s Defence Minister Naoki…

U.S. hopes North Korea pressure comes to bear

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced hope that North Korea would heed international calls to call off a missile launch after even Pyongyang’s main ally China expressed concern. The State Department highlighted the unity in position among the five nations that were involved in moribund denuclearization talks with…

North Korea seeking to develop nuclear missile, Seoul says

South Korea accused North Korea on Monday of trying to develop a nuclear-armed missile through a satellite launch next month, after Pyongyang dismissed international calls to abandon the exercise. “Our government defines North Korea’s so-called working satellite launch plan as a grave provocation to develop a long-distance delivery means for…

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