Shangri-La dialogue: Modi to spell out India’s growing security role in Indo-Pacific

By Idrees Ali and Raju Gopalakrishnan HONOLULU/SINGAPORE, May 30 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the keynote speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, on Friday, and is likely to lay out India’s expanding security role in the Indo-Pacific. New Delhi has gradually stepped up its naval activity across the Indian Ocean to balance China’s […]

U.S. travel ban hits foreign attendance figures for North Korea marathon

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Mar 26 : Described as North Korea’s “biggest hit of the year,” next month’s Pyongyang Marathon is expected to have half as many foreign participants as last year, tour operators say, as political tensions and a ban on U.S. visitors take their toll. International tourism to North Korea dropped last year […]

N.Korea warns against U.S.-S.Korea military drills after Olympics

By Christine Kim SEOUL, Feb 2 : North Korea has warned that if the United States goes ahead with delayed military exercises with South Korea after the Winter Olympics it will not “sit idle”, the North’s foreign minister said in a letter to the United Nations. North Korea has not tested a missile since late […]

U.N. envoy: N.Korea would not commit to peace talks but ‘door ajar’

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13: United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman said on Tuesday that senior North Korean officials did not offer any type of commitment to talks during his visit to Pyongyang last week, but he believes he left “the door ajar.” Feltman, the highest-level U.N. official to visit North Korea […]

China agrees UN action, and talk, needed to end North Korea crisis

By Christian Shepherd and Katya Golubkova BEIJING/VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sep 7 : China agreed on Thursday that the United Nations should take more action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while also pushing for dialogue to help resolve the standoff. North Korea, which is pursuing its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of international […]

China agrees more UN actions needed against N Korea after nuclear test

By Christian Shepherd and Christine Kim BEIJING/SEOUL, Sep 7 : China said on Thursday it agreed the United Nations Security Council should take further actions against North Korea in the wake of its latest nuclear test, while continuing to push for more dialogue to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula. The United States wants […]