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U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say
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U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say

The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep strains between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for the tip-off, which the Kremlin said helped preven...


Sydney man charged with being 'economic agent' for North Korea
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Sydney man charged with being 'economic agent' for North Korea

A man has been arrested in Sydney for allegedly acting as an economic agent for North Korea, Australian Federal Police (AFP) have said. Chan Han Choi, 59, has been charged with brokering illegal exports from the country and discussing the supply of weapons of mass destruction. Police allege he has broken both UN and Australian sanctions. The case against Mr Chan, who has lived in Australi...


While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup

While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday. Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Para...


Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillersons offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. Given North Koreas most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time, a White House official told Reuters. Tillerson said on Tues...


U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korean peninsula
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U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korean peninsula

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill being staged with South Korea this week, the Souths Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military source. The bombers will take part in the drills at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and as United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman...


Activists smuggling films and music on USB sticks in the secret information war for the minds of North Koreans
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Activists smuggling films and music on USB sticks in the secret information war for the minds of North Koreans

On a dirt path along the Chinese border, a man slips under a barbed wire fence with a package he hopes can bring down the North Korean regime from within. He scrambles down to the rocky shoreline before casting it into the waters, bound for the North Korean soldiers on the other bank. His weapon is not a bomb or a covert spying device, but a bundle of USB sticks strapped to a tyre tube and l...


South Korea, U.S. kick off largest air exercise amid North Korean warnings
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South Korea, U.S. kick off largest air exercise amid North Korean warnings

South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons program that has raised global tensions. The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run until Friday, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 23...


Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites
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Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites

The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Koreas missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missil...


Trump: China's North Korea diplomacy appears to have 'no impact on Little Rocket Man'

U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Koreas weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing was doing a lot, but could do more to limit oil supplies to Pyongyang. In a tweet, Trump delivered another insulting barb against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he called Little Rocket Man and a sick puppy a...


U.S. warns North Korean leadership will be 'utterly destroyed' in case of war
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U.S. warns North Korean leadership will be 'utterly destroyed' in case of war

The United States warned North Koreas leadership it would be utterly destroyed if war were to break out, after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range. The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options were on the table in dealing with North Koreas ballistic and nuclear weapons program, including military ones, but...


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