Weapons proliferation

President Donald Trump, walking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stops to ask a question after he arrived at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 29, 2019 - 12:26 am
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Eyeing a history-making photo opportunity, President Donald Trump on Saturday issued a Twitter invitation to North Korea's Kim Jong Un to join him for a hand shake during a visit to the demilitarized zone with South Korea. The invitation, while long rumored in diplomatic circles...
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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun sits during a meeting with South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 28, 2019. Biegun arrived Thursday for a four-day visit ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
June 28, 2019 - 5:59 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea reaffirmed Friday that Washington is ready to hold talks with the North, South Korea's government said, as North Korea escalates its calls for the U.S. to make new proposals to resolve the impasse in their nuclear diplomacy. Stephen...
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U.S. flag is seen as protesters hold a rally demanding the peace on the Korean peninsula and to stop sanctions on North Korea, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's scheduled visit near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 27, 2019. North Korea said Thursday South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington. The North's Foreign Ministry also repeated its demand that the United States must work out mutually acceptable proposals to salvage a deadlocked nuclear negotiations by the end of December. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 27, 2019 - 6:54 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The North Korean statement was an apparent...
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In this undated file photo provided on Sunday, June 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reads a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, said North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to set up a third summit between the countries' leaders. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
June 26, 2019 - 3:02 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second...
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An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/ISNA)
June 26, 2019 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the U.S.-Iran standoff say they don't want war. But unless one or the other changes course - the United States from its harsh economic sanctions or Iran from its risky pushback - the confrontation appears headed for a collision that could trigger yet another Middle...
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President Donald Trump signs an executive order to increase sanctions on Iran, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 24, 2019 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 6:30 p.m. France, Germany and the United Kingdom are warning that increased tensions in the Gulf that were heightened by Iran's downing of a U.S. drone "risk miscalculation and conflict."...
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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, June 21, 2019. EU leaders concluded a two-day summit on Friday in which they discussed, among other issues, the euro-area. (AP Photo/Riccardo Pareggiani)
June 21, 2019 - 1:04 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders are being guarded in their responses to the deepening tensions between the United States and Iran, urging both sides to step back from confrontation. Influential European countries have for months been steering a delicate path between Washington and Tehran, ever...
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In this Thursday, June 20, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, watch a mass gymnastic performance at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 6:39 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping offered encouragement for North Korea's focus on economic development in a speech in Pyongyang, turning to a topic Beijing has long pressed with its communist neighbor amid wider concerns over the North's nuclear weapons program. In an address at a...
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In this image taken from a video footage run by China's CCTV, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, shake hands before their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Xi and Kim met in the North's capital on Thursday, their fifth meeting in 15 months, with stalled nuclear negotiations with Washington expected to be on the agenda. (CCTV via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 3:06 pm
BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting in Pyongyang with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said Thursday that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States. "North Korea would like to remain patient, but it hopes the relevant party will...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, inspects the preparation of the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in North Korea's northwest. As Chinese President Xi Jinping makes an official trip June 20, 2019 to North Korea, Beijing is anxious to encourage North Korea's self declared shift away from nuclear confrontation toward economic development. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
June 20, 2019 - 2:54 am
BEIJING (AP) — In the highly formalized world of China-North Korea relations, Xi Jinping's trip to Pyongyang carries enormous symbolic significance. Although less certain, it may also yield outcomes that could influence both countries' relations with the U.S. With tensions over trade, Taiwan and...
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