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Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim: W.House

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly announced the cancellation of sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department to tighten international pressure on North Korea."It was announced today by the U.S.

US sanctions Chinese ships over N.Korea sanctions

Washington - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies for doing business with North Korea, vowing to keep strictly enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang even amid top-level diplomacy.

Iran leader dismisses Europe trade mechanism as 'bitter joke'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday dismissed a trade mechanism launched by European countries to bypass renewed US sanctions as a "bitter joke" and said Europe could not be trusted.

Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact

Seoul - North Korea's illicit and highly sophisticated efforts to circumvent UN sanctions may have sought to cushion their impact, but they offer no long-term solution to the fallout of tightened economic isolation, analysts say.

Time for N. Korea to take concrete steps: Moon adviser

Seoul - North Korea should take "actual action" towards giving up its nuclear weapons to break the deadlock in talks with Washington, a top security adviser to the South's president said, suggesting Seoul's patience with Pyongyang may be wearing thin.

US 'hopeful' for continued talks with N. Korea

Washington - The United States voiced hope Friday that nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea would continue following reports that Pyongyang is considering suspending the talks.

Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on

Apo - With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead or missing.

N. Korea media acknowledges 'no deal' at Hanoi for first time

Seoul - North Korea's state media Friday acknowledged for the first time the collapse of the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump last week without a deal.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near

Apo - With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the "Reconstruction Olympics", people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

US positive on N. Korea denuclearization despite 'operational' rocket site

Washington - The US still believes the "fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea is possible by the end of President Donald Trump's "first term," a senior official said Thursday, despite warnings a key rocket launch site appears to have resumed operations.

US NKorea envoy in talks after Pyonyang rocket site work revealed

Washington - Washington's North Korea envoy Stephen Biegun was to meet Wednesday with officials from Japan and South Korea to discuss the outcome of the Hanoi summit last week, amid new evidence that Pyongyang is rebuilding a rocket launch site.

Iran's part in US sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Vienna - Iran hopes to have its part of a new payments vehicle -- devised to bypass US sanctions -- ready within a fortnight, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Wednesday.

Putin suspends INF arms treaty with US

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday officially suspended Russia's participation in a key Cold War-era arms treaty, after the US first moved to ditch the INF deal.

S. Korea's Moon urges new US-North denuclearisation talks

Seoul - South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged the US and North Korea to quickly resume denuclearisation talks after their Hanoi summit last week ended without a deal.

Trump says Cohen grilling may have contributed to summit 'walk'

Washington - President Donald Trump said Sunday that the congressional questioning last week of his former lawyer may have contributed to the failure of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- even as his national security advisor claimed the Hanoi meeti...

White House security chief defends Trump-Kim summit

Washington - US national security advisor John Bolton denied Sunday that last week's nuclear summit with North Korea was a failure, despite President Donald Trump coming home empty-handed.

High steaks: Meaty differences at Trump-Kim summit

Hanoi - Sanctions and nuclear plants are not the only bones of contention between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un: while the US president likes his steaks well done, the North Korean leader has rarer tastes.

US, South Korea to end key joint military exercises

Seoul - The US and South Korea announced Sunday an end to key annual large-scale military exercises in support of diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

N. Korea, US vow to keep talking after Hanoi summit collapse

Hanoi - North Korea on Friday promised further negotiations with the US despite a spectacular failure to strike a nuclear deal at their Hanoi summit, with both sides keeping the door of diplomacy open.

And now what? Uncertainty, if not crisis, ahead for US, N.Korea

Washington - So what comes next? After President Donald Trump's long-awaited second summit with North Korea ended inconclusively, the adversaries enter a period of deep uncertainty, if not fresh crisis.

Trump sides with Kim on tortured American, sparking firestorm

Washington - Donald Trump took Kim Jong Un's word that he knew nothing of the torture of an American college student while in North Korean custody, an about-face that sparked a bipartisan backlash back home on Thursday.

Japan's Abe backs Trump after Kim summit ends with no deal

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe backed Donald Trump Thursday after the US president's talks with North Korea's leader ended without a deal.

Five things we learned from the Hanoi summit

Hanoi - Cigarette breaks and poolside strolls: the world again saw a more human side to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump as their unlikely diplomatic rapprochement endured for a second date.

No deal, no problem at Trump-Kim summit: analysts

Hanoi - Donald Trump summoned the world's media to Hanoi for a meeting with Kim Jong Un, travelled the long way around the world to get there, and dangled an "AWESOME" future before the North Korean leader. And they did not agree anything.

More questions than answers, but Kim responds for first time

Hanoi - The first time North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was asked a question by a foreign reporter he did not react.

Yongbyon: the North Korean nuclear complex on the table in Hanoi

Hanoi - The future of North Korea's decades-old Yongbyon nuclear complex was expected to be on the negotiating table in Hanoi Thursday at leader Kim Jong Un's second summit with US President Donald Trump.

Kim opens door to US presence in Pyongyang at nuke talks

Hanoi - Kim Jong Un Thursday raised the prospect of a permanent US diplomatic presence in Pyongyang, as President Donald Trump said he was in "no rush" for a speedy deal over North Korea's nuclear programme.

From Brangelina to Kim and Trump: Key Hanoi summit venues

Hanoi - The hotel hosting the dinner later Wednesday between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has welcomed stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Brad Pitt and offers tours of its war-time bomb shelters.

North Korea media heralds Kim's arrival in Vietnam

Seoul - North Korea's state media on Wednesday showcased Kim Jong Un's arrival in Hanoi ahead of his second summit with US President Donald Trump, praising the host country's economic development as Kim seeks sanctions relief.

Key steps in North Korea's weapons development

Hanoi - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday for a second summit with US President Donald Trump on the nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles Pyongyang has spent decades developing.
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