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Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (far left) hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul in Rio De Janeiro on Thursday.
Feb 23, 2024
Japan, U.S. and South Korea agree on closer cooperation over North Korea
The countries' top diplomats also discussed efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yul meet on the sidelines of a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 major economies in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Japan and South Korea agree to work on North Korea issues
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her counterpart Cho Tae-yul met in person in Rio de Janeiro.
A government worker destroys counterfeit cigarettes in Durban, South Africa.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2024
Chinese man held in Australia for U.S. over North Korea smuggling scheme
Jin Guanghua is suspected of having purchased tobacco for companies owned by North Korea that was then used to make counterfeit cigarettes for sale.
Sadayuki Sakakibara, head of a Defense Ministry expert panel, speaks during its meeting at the ministry on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
Japan's $290 billion defense spending plan insufficient: experts
The spending plan is already much larger than in past years to address security threats.
Japan's national women's soccer team, Nadeshiko Japan, trains in Chiba on Feb. 13.
Feb 20, 2024
Japan heads to Saudi Arabia for Olympic qualifier against N. Korea
The game against North Korea was initially scheduled to be held in Pyongyang.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has in recent months repeatedly touted his openness to “unconditional” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling for “a bold step to change the status quo.”
Feb 19, 2024
North Korea eyes well-worn playbook with Japan summit hints
Pyongyang's offer of repairing ties with Japan may be concealing what may be a more likely motivation — to drive a wedge between Tokyo and its partners.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands as they meet at the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in the southern German city on Friday.
Feb 17, 2024
U.S. and China agree to hold follow-up talks on North Korea and Mideast
The first meeting since October between the top U.S. and Chinese diplomats took place on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich.
Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Thursday that a visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Pyongyang could materialize, but only if Tokyo met several caveats.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
North Korea-Japan summit push gains steam after remarks by Kim’s sister
A visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Pyongyang could materialize, but only if Tokyo met several caveats, Kim Yo Jong said.
U.S. Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues Julie Turner speaks to media at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
U.S. supports Japan's push for talks with North Korea, envoy says
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told parliament last week that he wants to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un gives a speech in Pyongyang on Feb. 8. The North Korean leader has reportedly sent new batches of his workers overseas since relaxing pandemic border controls and launched a fresh crackdown on his people.
Feb 14, 2024
North Korea sending new batches of workers abroad: U.S. envoy
North Korea has sent workers to Russia and China for years, where they earn hard currency needed by Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the North Korean Ministry of National Defense on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army, in Pyongyang in this picture released on Feb. 9.
Feb 14, 2024
North Korean arms trade is China’s problem too: U.S. official
Jung Pak's comments reflect long-running frustration in Washington over China’s unwillingness to help influence Pyongyang’s behavior.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech at the Defense Ministry in Pyongyang on Feb. 8, the 76th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army.
Feb 14, 2024
North Korea fires several cruise missiles in fifth barrage of 2024
The South Korean military said that an undetermined number of cruise missiles had been spotted over waters off the North's northeastern coast around 9 a.m.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits the Ministry of National Defense in Pyongyang to mark the 76th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army on Friday.
Feb 9, 2024
North Korea has legal right to destroy South at any time, Kim says
The North Korean leader said it was correct to label South Korea as the "primary enemy" as its "puppets” were bent on absorbing its neighbor.
U.S. and U.K. military aircraft have carried out over a hundred bombing missions on Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, as well as against Tehran's proxies in Iraq and Syria, since last month.
Feb 6, 2024
2024 looks to be a very bloody year
Preventing a conflagration and wider wars depends first on preventing regional crises from escalating, which demands a strong deterrent posture.
Since 2006, North Korea has been subject to sanctions, which the U.N. Security Council has repeatedly strengthened to try and cut off funding for its weapons of mass destruction development.
Feb 8, 2024
U.N. experts investigate cyberattacks worth $3 billion by North Korea
Monitors wrote that the funds reportedly help the country's development of weapons of mass destruction.
Cars and homes destroyed by a Russian missile that fell between a residential building and a public preschool in Kyiv on Dec. 13, 2023. In January, the White House said it had evidence that North Korea had provided ballistic missiles used by Russia.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 6, 2024
A Russian bank account may offer clues to North Korean arms deal
Russia has allowed the release of $9 million in frozen North Korean assets from a Russian financial institution, according to intelligence officials.
Workers on a production line manufacturing false eyelashes at a workshop of Monsheery in Pingdu, China, in November
Feb 4, 2024
How North Korean eyelashes arrive in the West as 'made in China'
North Korea exported 1,680 tons of false eyelashes, beards and wigs to China in 2023, worth around $167 million.
A news broadcast showing at a railway station in Seoul on Tuesday shows footage of a previous North Korean missile launch.
Feb 2, 2024
North Korea fires missiles as Kim seeks ‘war preparation’ boost
Kim is likely using the tests to show he many ways to launch a strike, adding to the planning contingencies for the U.S. and its allies in the region.
An F/A-18 fighter jet takes off from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier during a three-day maritime exercise between the U.S. and Japan in the Philippine Sea, between Okinawa and Taiwan, on Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2024
U.S. and Japan conduct joint naval drills
U.S. Rear Adm. Carlos Sardiello called the joint exercises "a great rehearsal opportunity for us."
North Korea says that it launched Hwasal-2, a strategic cruise missile, in the West Sea of Korea on Tuesday.
Jan 31, 2024
North Korea says it test-fired strategic cruise missile
Analysts warn these recently launched weapons could be destined for Russia's war in Ukraine.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation