U.S. travel restrictions jeopardize rare exchanges with North Koreans

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 2 : – When more than a dozen North Korean economic officials visited California and New York in 2011, U.S. organizers hoped the tour would give the delegation ideas for market reforms and business innovations. The North Koreans quickly made clear that was not why they had come: They […]

Tillerson to discuss North Korea crisis, trade in China

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Sept 27 : US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit China this week for talks that will include the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and trade, the State Department said on Tuesday. Tillerson’s Sept. 28-30 trip would also lay the groundwork for U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit […]

Trump: military option for N Korea not preferred, but would be ‘devastating’

By Steve Holland and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Sept 27 : President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that any U.S. military option would be “devastating” for Pyongyang, but said the use of force was not Washington’s first option to deal with the North’s ballistic and nuclear weapons program. “We are totally prepared for the […]

North Korea says US ‘declared war,’ warns it could shoot down US bombers

By Michelle Nichols and Christine Kim NEW YORK/SEOUL, Sept 26 : North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers even if they are not in its air space. Ri Yong Ho said a […]

Small North Korea quake likely natural, not nuclear test -experts

By David Brunnstrom and Heekyong Yang UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL, Sept 23 : A small earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not man-made, the nuclear proliferation watchdog and a South Korean official said, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one. China’s Earthquake Administration said the […]