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National / Politics Apr 4, 2014

Washington, Tokyo, Seoul to huddle on North Korea

The United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week to seek ways to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, the U.S. State Department said Thursday, just days after Pyongyang warned of a "new form" of nuclear test. The talks ...

Free missile launch alerts to be sent to mobile devices

National Mar 29, 2014

Free missile launch alerts to be sent to mobile devices

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will begin sending text messages about ballistic missile launches and other relevant events to mobile phones and smartphones on April 1. The messages will be sent to all customers in areas affected by the notification who use Docomo, au ...

U.S. commanders fired in nuclear missile scandal

World Mar 28, 2014

U.S. commanders fired in nuclear missile scandal

The U.S. Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. A ...

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

National Mar 26, 2014

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

North Korea said on Tuesday that talks with Japan this month should include a demand for compensation for wartime Korean sex slaves and not only the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago, which it considers closed. But So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the ...

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

World Mar 25, 2014

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

A total of 35 countries have pledged to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. Tuesday's initiative also commits countries to open up their security procedures to independent review, marking ...

Ukraine crisis could have implications for Nonproliferation Treaty: Ban

World Mar 25, 2014

Ukraine crisis could have implications for Nonproliferation Treaty: Ban

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned international leaders Monday that the Ukraine crisis could have profound implications for the integrity of a global treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Ukraine gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which it ...

National Mar 24, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.

Japan will return to the United States more than 700 pounds (315 kg) of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama's efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. American and Japanese officials announced the deal ...

National Mar 17, 2014

Nonnuclear states to call on China to join U.S.-Russia arms talks

A draft joint statement for a foreign ministerial meeting in Hiroshima next month involving Japan and other nonnuclear weapons states will call for countries including China to participate in the nuclear arms reduction talks between the U.S. and Russia, a government source said Sunday. The ...

U.N. details how North sidestepping sanctions

Asia Pacific / Politics Mar 13, 2014

U.N. details how North sidestepping sanctions

North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent United Nations sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued Tuesday said. The report claimed that North Korea is also using more complicated financial countermeasures ...