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Trump has yet to appoint ambassadors for South Korea, Japan, or China, and the position of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific remains vacant. More directly on North Korea, the president returned to a theme of placing much onus on China for reining in the North. North Korea's fortunately failed launch of a ballistic missile from near Sinpo, on its eastern coast early Sunday morning is the fifth missile launch by North Korea this year.
  • McMaster calls on North Korea to stop 'destabilizing behavior'

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    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (2nd from R) and his wife Karen Pence pay respects to fallen troops at South Korea's national cemetery in Seoul on April 16, 2017 . The briefer noted that China had already turned back ships bearing coal from the North. "China is the key", Senator John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Sunday on NBC.
  • Japan protests N. Korean missile test attempt

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    In 1996 a North Korean sub landed three troops to spy on South Korea's navy near Jeongdongjin, but the vessel ran aground when it tried to collect the team. McMaster added: "There is an global consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can not continue". As worldwide tension heightened over the country's nuclear weapons programme in the face of fierce American criticism of the Pyongyang regime, Johnson said earlier the situation needed to be looked at ...
  • Emergency declared after Egypt bombings

    Emergency declared after Egypt bombings

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    At least 44 Coptic Christians were killed on Palm Sunday, April 9, in two separate bombings . Egyptian Christians gather around and carry coffins during the late night funeral of the victims of a blast which killed worshippers attending Palm Sunday mass at the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, north of Cairo .
  • Kapanen scores double OT winner as Leafs beat Capitals 4-3

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    Obviously, (Alexey Marchenko) or Zaitsev will play and whichever one is in, that's why you have eight and that's why you acquire depth during the year. "You can't ask for anything more". One goal in each game has separated these teams that were 23 points apart in the regular season. He averages about 22 minutes of ice time a game.
  • Trump briefed on N Korea's 'failed' missile launch: US Defence Secretary

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    After a two-month policy review, officials settled on a policy dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement", USA officials said Friday. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. The statement Sunday said it wasn't clear what kind of missile was involved. Earlier in the day, South Korean military said it registered what appeared to be Pyongyang's failed attempt to launch a missile from Sinpo, South Hamgyong province, with US ...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad sees no threat from US

    Iran's Ahmadinejad sees no threat from US

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    Several former ministers and hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are among those who have registered. Khamenei and his hardline allies have strongly criticised the slow pace of economic revival since the lifting of sanctions a year ago, part of the nuclear deal with six major powers whereby Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear programme.
  • North Korea Missile Launch Fails Day After Military Parade

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    As Tokyo communicated its protest to Pyongyang through a diplomatic channel in Beijing, a Japanese government source said North Korea's "repeated provocative moves are unacceptable". Also, an unnamed U.S official said it was unlikely to have been an intercontinental missile, but investigations were ongoing. Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said that President Donald Trump and his military team are aware of the missile launch.
  • The Kansas special election was a test for party leadership. Everyone failed

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    High-profile Republicans got involved in the race at the last minute, including President Trump. In an extraordinary political natural disaster, Kansas Republicans held on to a dark red House seat in the Wichita area night by just a single-digit margin on Tuesday night, throwing into question whether the GOP's majority can survive next year's midterm elections.
  • China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

    China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

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    Large-scale annual exercises between the South Korean and USA militaries will continue until the end of April, and North Korea will mark another important date - the anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army - on April 25. On Sunday morning, North Korea conducted a failed medium-range missile launch from a site near the northeastern coastal city of Sinpo. South Korea, which hosts 28,500 United States troops, warned of punitive action if yesterday's launch led to further ...