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CIA: Kim Jong Un isn't crazy

Between the ruthless executions of his own senior officers, bombastic threats of nuclear annihilation and defiant missile tests, it may be easy to agree with President Donald Trump's recent assessment that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "madman" who is "on a suicide mission for himself." [Source]

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NATO sounds alarm on banned Russian missile system

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies on Friday publicly raised concern about a Russian cruise missile system that the alliance says may break a Cold War-era pact banning such weapons, in a show of support for Washington.


Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's NAFTA threats

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Russia says Iran nuclear deal breakdown would hurt effort to manage North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a possible breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal would send the wrong signal when it came to trying to resolve the situation around North Korea, the RIA and Interfax news agencies reported on Friday.


Saudis welcome U.N. report, U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Yemen's Houthis: agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed a United Nations report and a U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Yemen's Houthis and demanded immediate action to hold Tehran accountable for its actions, state news agency SPA reported.


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UPDATE 1-UK nuclear regulator approves Hitachi-GE reactor design

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Britain's nuclear regulator has approved Hitachi-GE's reactor design, paving the way for it to be used in Horizon's planned new nuclear project in Britain.


N.Y. power seen sufficient after Indian Point nuclear retirement: report

(Reuters) - New York's power grid operator said on Wednesday the state should have enough electricity after the closure of two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020 and 2021, as new sources of mostly natural gas-fired generation enter service.


North Korea's Kim Jong Un fetes rocket scientists, promises more weapons

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.


Poland's new PM voices backing for nuclear, green energy in future

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will remain reliant on coal for power generation for now but in future should consider turning to nuclear energy and renewable sources, the new prime minister said on Tuesday in his first policy speech.


Poland to back nuclear power, remain reliant on coal: PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that his government will support a plan to build the country's first nuclear power station, while Warsaw will still rely on coal in its power generation.


Russian credit to cover part of S-400 missile deal with Turkey: agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will offer Turkey partial financing for Ankara's purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a Russian presidential aide.


Nuclear plan backer denies Inauguration Day text with top Trump aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East denied in a letter made public on Monday that its director received an Inauguration Day text message from incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn saying the project was "good to go."


Putin, Egypt's Sisi discuss restart of flights, sign nuclear deal

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday, agreeing to resume civilian flights which Moscow halted more than two years ago after militants bombed a Russian tourist jet over the Sinai.


Russia's Putin, Egypt's Sisi discuss nuclear deal, Middle East tensions

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for talks over a nuclear power plant and tensions in the Middle East following Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


Iran foreign minister defends missile program, asks European support

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational policy towards Tehran.

Defense and Military Forces

North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills

The joint exercises are in response to growing concerns that North Korea is making progress developing hard-to-detect submarine-launched missiles.

Nuclear destruction 'one impulsive tantrum away,' Nobel winners warn

The winners of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize have warned countries that possess nuclear weapons to eliminate their "instruments of insanity" or risk mutual destruction.


Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin's visit: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo on Monday for the country's first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.


Pope prays for nuclear disarmament

MILAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday called on world leaders to work in favor of nuclear disarmament to protect human rights, particularly those of weaker and underprivileged people.


Nobel peace laureate group urges nuclear powers to adopt ban-the-bomb treaty

OSLO (Reuters) - The leader of the group that won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent "the end of us".


China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns - though developers say the risks are minimal.


Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs.


U.N. says missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi rebels appear to have a "common origin," but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report.


Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea's nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country's massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.


Russia says it is fully committed to nuclear missile pact

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty.


Russia fully compliant nuclear missile treaty: deputy foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is fully committed to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and plans to continue complying with it, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.

N. Korea threats raise Olympic security fears

US and South Korean security agencies are becoming increasingly concern that North Korea may attempt an attack during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


In push for Yemen aid, U.S. warned Saudis of threats in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has warned Saudi Arabia that concern in Congress over the humanitarian situation in Yemen could constrain U.S. assistance, as it pushed Riyadh to allow greater access for humanitarian aid, a U.S. official said on Friday.

Nobel laureate: There is one way to prevent nuclear war

In awarding this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Nobel committee has chosen to shine a powerful light on the grave and growing danger of nuclear war and illuminate the path we must follow to avoid that ultimate calamity.


N.J. Governor Christie eyes nuclear power subsidies, sparks criticism

Dec 8 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would consider a bill in his last month in office that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to prevent them from retiring early, sparking criticism from some energy companies and environmental and public interest groups on Friday.


Two dead in 'Day of Rage' over Jerusalem, Palestinian president defiant

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the Palestinian president said Washington could no longer be a peace broker.


U.S. presses Russia to comply with nuclear missile treaty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is reviewing military options, including new intermediate-range cruise missile systems, in response to what it says is Russia's ongoing violation of a Cold War-era pact banning such missiles, the State Department said on Friday.


U.S. says it will take steps to press Russia to comply with INF nuclear treaty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned on Friday that the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is under threat because of Russian cruise missile activity and Washington will pursue diplomatic, economic and military steps to encourage Moscow to return to compliance.

US developing weapon that could disable N. Korean missiles

With Kim Jong Un pushing aggressively to develop missiles that could hit the United States with nuclear warheads, pressure has been mounting on US officials to answer the threat. One effective countermeasure could lie in an obscure military lab in New Mexico.


Japan to acquire air-launched missiles able to strike North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war.

Japan to buy long-range missiles for first time

Japan will for the first time buy long-range missiles to counter the country's "increasingly severe" national security situation, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said.


Soccer: Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - Born and raised in Japan, three North Korean soccer players are expecting to face boos from the home crowd in a match that comes less than two weeks after the latest North Korean test missile splashed into the Sea of Japan.


North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact."


U.S. energy office gets new chairman as nuclear, coal vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new chairman was sworn in on Thursday at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who will lead the agency as it considers a directive from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to subsidize ailing coal and nuclear power plants.


North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact".


ITER nuclear fusion project faces delay over Trump budget cuts

PARIS (Reuters) - ITER, an international project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor in southern France, said it is facing delays if the Trump administration does not reconsider budget cuts.

New US weapon could stop North Korean missiles

CNN has learned about one possible defense against Kim Jong Un's missiles and it involves microwaves. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable on Korean peninsula: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - Large joint drills by the U.S. and South Korean militaries and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have made outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula 'an established fact', a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry said.


U.S. energy chief says to start negotiations on nuclear pact with Riyadh

ADU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is interested in reaching a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington, the U.S. government's energy chief said on Wednesday, a step which would allow American companies to participate in the kingdom's civil nuclear program.


'Good to go': Top Trump aide gave inaugural day ok to nuclear plan - congressman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address on Capitol Hill in January, his incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, sitting a few yards away, texted a former business partner that a nuclear power project that would require lifting sanctions on Russia was "good to go," a senior House Democrat said in a letter released on Wednesday.


Outgoing ProSiebenSat.1 CEO plays down digital TV threats

MUNICH/FRANKFURT, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The outgoing chief executive of Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE on Wednesday played down the threat to its TV business of digital rivals, describing its core advertising-driven operation as "robust".

Singapore Airlines changed US route because of North Korean missiles


Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites: officials

SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack.


UPDATE 1--Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack.

Airlines and Airplanes

Jet Pilots Say They Saw North Korean Missile in Flight

Crews from three commercial flights reported seeing what appeared to be the missile the North launched last week. Experts said the risk to planes was low but real.


Japan wants missiles with enough range to strike North Korea-sources

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Analyst: North Korean missile images appear to have been tampered with

The photographs North Korean state media released of last week's Hwasong-15 nighttime missile test appear to have been tampered with, an analyst told CNN.

US: NK missile broke up on re-entry

New details indicate that North Korea's latest missile test may not have been as successful as Kim Jong Un's regime claims. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


Israeli missiles target Syrian military facility near Damascus: Syrian state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles.


France, Germany want Iran to reverse ballistic missile program

PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany agree that Iran must reverse its ballistic missile program and end its "hegemonic temptations" across the Middle east, the French foreign minister said on Monday.


UPDATE 1-U.S. firms invited to bid for Saudi nuclear plants

* Competition likely from Russia, France, China, South Korea (Adds quotes, details, context)


South Korea, U.S. launch air drills amid North Korean warnings of nuclear war

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea went ahead with large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, a move North Korea had said would push the Korean peninsula to "the brink of nuclear war", ignoring calls from Russia and China to call them off.

Airline: Crew saw North Korean missile from plane

The crew of a Cathay Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong saw what they believed was a North Korean ballistic missile re-entering the earth's atmosphere, the airline said Monday.


France should know that Iran's missiles are not negotiable: spokesman

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France should know that Iran’s missile program is not an issue that can be negotiated, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said in an interview with state media on Monday.

Nuclear Energy

U.A.E. Denies Yemen Rebels Fired Missile at Abu Dhabi Nuclear Plant

The Houthi rebels claimed they had launched a cruise missile against the $20 billion plant in retaliation for a Saudi-led blockade.


UPDATE 1-Yemen's Houthi group says fires missile toward Abu Dhabi nuclear reactor

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi group has fired a cruise missile towards a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the group's television service reported on its website on Sunday, without providing any evidence.


Exclusive: Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials

SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack.


Exclusive - Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites: officials

SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack.

N. Korea: Trump is 'begging for nuclear war'

US President Donald Trump and his administration are "begging for nuclear war," North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Trump is "staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a written statement that also calls Trump a "nuclear demon." The comments came ahead of joint US-South Korean military drill, scheduled to begin Monday.


Israeli missiles hit military post near Damascus: Syrian state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli missiles struck a military position near Damascus and Syria's air defence system responded on Saturday, destroying two of them, Syrian state television said.


U.N. council to meet on North Korea rights abuses, nuclear program in December

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Security Council ministers will meet on Dec. 15 to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missiles programs and the body will also meet separately this month to discuss human rights abuses in the North Asian country, an annual meeting that its ally China has tried to prevent for the past three years.

Hawaii tests nuclear warning sirens

Hawaii tests their attack siren for the first time since the Cold War era as North Korea ramps up its nuclear and missile capabilities. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.


Exclusive: Mideast nuclear plan backers bragged of support of top Trump aide Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Backers of a U.S.-Russian plan to build nuclear reactors across the Middle East bragged after the U.S. election they had backing from Donald Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn for a project that required lifting sanctions on Russia, documents reviewed by Reuters show.


U.S. firms push Washington to restart nuclear pact talks with Riyadh: sources

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. firms attracted by Saudi Arabia's plans to build nuclear reactors are pushing Washington to restart talks with Riyadh on an agreement to help the kingdom develop atomic energy, three industry sources said.

Hawaii set to test nuclear warning sirens

Hawaii is preparing to test its nuclear warning siren system in the wake of renewed tensions between the US and North Korea. CNN's Christine Romans reports.


Kim Jong Nam had nerve agent antidote in bag, Malaysian court told

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Kim Jong Nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea's leader, had a dozen vials of antidote for lethal nerve agent VX in his sling bag on the day he was poisoned, a Malaysian court was told this week.


North Korea’s New Missile Is Bigger and More Powerful, Photos Suggest

South Korean officials say that photographs from the North’s latest test suggest important technical improvements on missile systems.

Experts: NK missile could hit anywhere in US

Experts say North Korea's latest missile launch shows they have the ability to potentially hit any location in the United States. CNN's Brian Todd has the latest.


Exclusive: Yemen rebel missiles fired at Saudi Arabia appear Iranian - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Remnants of four ballistic missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi rebels this year appear to have been designed and manufactured by Riyadh's regional rival Iran, a confidential report by United Nations sanctions monitors said, bolstering a push by the United States to punish the Tehran government.


Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni missile, second in a month

DUBAI (Reuters) - A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's armed Houthi group at Saudi Arabia was shot down on Thursday near the south-western city of Khamis Mushait, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel reported.


Conyers defiant as Democratic leaders call on him to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The three top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Democratic congressman John Conyers on Thursday to resign in light of the sexual harassment allegations he faces, but Conyers' attorney said he was not thinking of stepping down.

State Dept. warned WH about possible increased threats after anti-Muslim tweets

After President Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslims videos on Wednesday, multiple State Department officials said the department communicated to the White House that there was concern that protests could happen at US embassies.


The thinking behind Kim Jong Un's 'madness'

SEOUL (Reuters) - On an icy December day in 2011, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un was accompanied by seven advisers as they escorted the hearse that carried his father, Kim Jong Il, through the streets of Pyongyang.

New images of N. Korean missile raise alarm

North Korean state television has released what it says is video of the country's latest missile launch. CNN's Paula Newton reports.


Kansai Electric, Kyushu Electric delay nuclear plant restarts for Kobe Steel checks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese nuclear operators said on Thursday they will delay the restart of nuclear plants to check whether they have received compromised parts from Kobe Steel Ltd , which has admitted to widespread fabrication of data on products.

New details on N. Korea's latest missile

North Korea has test-fired a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which experts said shows a major advance in technology and threat.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Is North Korea’s Nuclear Test a Sign of Hope?

With his nuclear ambitions apparently realized, Kim Jong-un may now be willing to negotiate.

Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'sick puppy'

President Trump called Kim Jong Un a sick puppy during a speech on taxes Wednesday after North Korea declared it could strike any American city. CNN's Will Ripley reports.

Matt Lauer, Senate, Missiles: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.


North Korea tests most advanced missile yet; U.S. mainland in range

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea test fired its most advanced intercontinental ballistic yet on Wednesday, putting the U.S. mainland within range and increasing pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation.

Trump: Kim Jong Un a 'sick puppy'

During his remarks in St. Charles, Missouri, President Donald Trump calls North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "sick puppy."


U.S., Britain, France accused of snubbing anti-nuclear Nobel Prize

OSLO (Reuters) - The anti-nuclear group which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize accused the United States, Britain and France on Wednesday of snubbing its disarmament work by planning to send only second-rank diplomats to the award ceremony next month.

Wild series of insults and tweets by the President comes as North Korea fires its most advanced missile

Donald Trump potentially has millions of lives in his hands as the threat of a devastating war with North Korea swiftly escalates.


North Korea says tests most advanced missile yet; U.S. mainland in range

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said it successfully tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile yet on Wednesday, putting the U.S. mainland within range and increasing pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation.

How to cope with fears of a nuclear disaster

As North Korea and the United States continue to rattle their nuclear sabers, public tension is rising. North Korea's claim that the missile it fired Wednesday is capable of reaching any city on the US mainland, whether true or not, adds fuel to that fear.


Tribal militia kill 43 in South Sudan's Jonglei state, abduct women, children

JUBA (Reuters) - A tribal militia killed at least 43 people in South Sudan's Jonglei state, local officials said on Wednesday, extending a spate of tit-for-tat revenge killings.

Nuclear Weapons

North Korea Says It’s Now a Nuclear State. Could That Mean It’s Ready to Talk?

The North’s claims about its latest missile test raise the question of whether a deal to freeze its arsenal could be a possibility.


North Korea says 'breakthrough' puts U.S. mainland within range of nuclear weapons

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday in a "breakthrough" that puts the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.


Militia attack kills 43 in South Sudan's Jonglei state

JUBA (Reuters) - A tribal militia killed at least 43 people in South Sudan's central Jonglei state, local officials said on Wednesday, part of a cycle of tit-for-tat revenge killings that local authorities have so far been powerless to stop.


Nikkei rises, led by banks, financials; shrugs off North Korean missile launch

TOKYO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday as banks and financial shares tracked their U.S. counterparts higher, shrugging off another North Korean missile launch.


North Korea says new ICBM puts U.S. mainland within range of nuclear weapons

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put all of the U.S. mainland within range, declaring it had achieved its long-held goal of becoming a nuclear power.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as Scotiabank weighs, N. Korea missile stirs jitters

TORONTO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index slipped on Tuesday, weighed by a fall in Bank of Nova Scotia shares after the firm agreed to buy a bank in Chile, and as investors were rattled after North Korea fired a ballistic missile.

North Korea launches ballistic missile


North Korea fires ballistic missile: U.S. government sources

(Reuters) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, two U.S. government sources said, a week after President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a U.S list of countries that it says support terrorism.

Missiles and Missile Defense Systems

North Korea Fires a Ballistic Missile, in Further Challenge to Trump

The launch came despite President Trump’s warning that continued weapons testing would leave him “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”


U.S. experts think North Korea could launch missile 'within days': government sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government experts think North Korea could conduct a new missile test within days, in what would be its first launch since it fired a missile over Japan in mid-September, two authoritative U.S. government sources said on Tuesday.

Nuclear Tests

Hawaii Brings Back a Cold War-Era Nuclear Warning System

Monthly tests are the latest in similar readiness steps by Hawaii amid renewed tensions between the United States and North Korea.

N. Korea may be able to launch a nuclear missile next year, S. Korea says

North Korea may be able to pair a nuclear warhead with a long-range ballistic missile sometime next year, a top South Korean minister said during an unusually candid assessment of Pyongyang's weapons programs.

For 1st time since end of the Cold War, Hawaii will test nuclear sirens

Hawaii is taking those threats from North Korea seriously.

Nuclear Tests

North Korea Could Have Nuclear ICBM Next Year, South Says

A South Korean official said his government was closely monitoring recent missile-related activities in the North for a possible resumption of weapons tests.


Hawaii to resume Cold War-era nuclear siren tests amid North Korea threat

(Reuters) - Hawaii this week will resume monthly statewide testing of its Cold War-era nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time in about 30 years, in preparation for a potential missile launch from North Korea, emergency management officials said on Monday.


Japan detects radio signals pointing to possible North Korea missile test: source

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japan has detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing for another ballistic missile launch, although such signals are not unusual and satellite images did not show fresh activity, a Japanese government source said on Tuesday.


Iran warns it would increase missile range if threatened by Europe

LONDON (Reuters) - The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 kilometers, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.


A Defiant Map-Hunter Stakes Vietnam’s Claims in the South China Sea

He scoured the world for evidence to make his case, but a scholar now finds his government reluctant to challenge Beijing, its powerful rival.


Special Report - Nuclear strategists call for bold move: scrap ICBM arsenal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Imagine it is 3 a.m., and the president of the United States is asleep in the White House master bedroom. A military officer stationed in an office nearby retrieves an aluminum suitcase - the “football” containing the launch codes for the U.S. nuclear arsenal - and rushes to wake the commander in chief.

Is North Korea preparing for its 7th nuclear test?

Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden told Jim Sciutto that North Korea has often conducted nuclear tests in the winter. Could a launch be imminent?


Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that a nuclear incident had taken place.


Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

RIYADH/PARIS (Reuters) - Toshiba-owned Westinghouse is in talks with other U.S-based companies to form a consortium to bid in a multi-billion-dollar tender for two nuclear power reactors in Saudi Arabia, three industry sources said.


Special Report: In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama rode into office in 2009 with promises to work toward a nuclear-free world. His vow helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize that year.


Once inside Kim Jong Un's inner circle, top aide's star fades

SEOUL (Reuters) - When Kim Jong Un sat down in September to order the sixth and largest of North Korea's nuclear tests, Hwang Pyong So sat by his side, his khaki military uniform conspicuous among the suits at the table, photos released by state media at the time showed.


Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear accident claims

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that an accident had taken place.


South Korea, Japan say listing North Korea as terror sponsor will pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it would ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Opinion: Donald Trump is LaVar Ball -- with nuclear weapons

President Donald Trump versus LaVar Ball: It's Toddler-in-Chief versus Dad Toddler.


South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea's spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely.


Defiant Hun Sen tells U.S. to cut all aid to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen challenged the United States on Sunday to cut all aid after it announced it was ending funding for a general election next year in response to the dissolution of the main opposition party, media reported.

Can anyone stop Trump from ordering a nuclear strike?

For the first time in more than 40 years, Lawmakers on Capitol Hill debated the president's authority to launch a nuclear strike.

General: I'd push back against 'illegal' nuclear strike order

The top US nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against an order from President Donald Trump for a nuclear strike if it were "illegal."


U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Weapons

Opinion: Nuclear War Doesn’t Seem So Funny After All

This wasn’t supposed to be something we actually had to be afraid of.


U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order: CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. nuclear commander was quoted as saying on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons.


France should not interfere in Iran's missile program: adviser to Iran's supreme leader

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France should not interfere in Iran's missile program, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said on Saturday according to state media.


Exclusive: North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint U.S-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang's atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a U.S. nuclear threat.


U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".


U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North amid nuclear crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".


Turkey's Erdogan says wants Akkuyu nuclear plant foundations laid by end-November: papers

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the foundations to be laid for the Akkuyu nuclear plant in southern Turkey by the end of this month, Yeni Safak and other newspapers cited him as telling reporters during a visit to Qatar.


Images suggest North Korea 'aggressive' work on ballistic missile submarine: institute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute reported on Thursday.

North Korea

Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.

Buried in an emergency funding request to Congress lie hints of new ways to confront Pyongyang, like cyberweapons and armed drones.


Mattis sees opportunity for talks if North Korea halts missile tests, development

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday there could be an opportunity for talks between North Korea and the United States if Pyongyang stopped testing and developing its nuclear and missile programs.


German Greens want last nuclear weapons withdrawn: document

BERLIN (Reuters) - Greens want the next coalition government to push for the removal of all nuclear warheads stationed in Germany, a document seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.


Trump to tap nuclear industry lobbyist for U.S. Energy Dept job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Melissa Burnison, a nuclear energy industry lobbyist, to serve as assistant secretary in charge of congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Energy Department, the White House said on Wednesday.

Trump: We must denuclearize North Korea

President Donald Trump said that during his trip to South Korea one of the topics of conversation was how to isolate North Korea and its weapons.


Memories in milk bottles: Polish exhibition 'shouts out' annihilation story of Warsaw Ghetto

WARSAW (Reuters) - A deeply moving exhibition of archives documenting the life and annihilation of Jews by Nazi Germany in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War Two goes on public display in Poland on Thursday.


Despite EU caution, France pursues tough line on Iran missile program

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday it wanted an "uncompromising" dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile program and a possible negotiation over the issue separate from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.


North Korea's Kim trades missiles for tractors during testing lull

SEOUL (Reuters) - After a summer filled with flaming rockets and an earth-shaking nuclear blast, North Korea's state media is portraying Kim Jong Un as a leader who has temporarily traded weapons for workshops.


Senate committee questions Trump's nuclear authority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president's authority to launch a nuclear strike, amid concern that tensions over North Korea's weapons program could lead to war.


Japan's PM says North Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday said an almost two-month pause in North Korean missile tests was no indication that it had halted its weapons development, insisting it was too early for any talks with the regime.


North Korea nuclear arsenal too developed to destroy quickly, says Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it would not be easy for reclusive North Korea to destroy its nuclear arsenal quickly, even if wanted to, given its weapons programs were so developed.


South Korea's Moon says unlikely for North Korea to completely denuclearize in a short time

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it would not be easy for North Korea to completely destroy its nuclear weapons in a short time considering the state of its arsenal.

Lawmakers, US allies seek assurance that Trump won't rashly launch nuclear strike

A decades-old presidential authority to use nuclear weapons is suddenly coming into question as US allies and some lawmakers from both parties want the Trump administration to assure them that President Donald Trump cannot rashly launch a nuclear strike, according to multiple sources.


Activists to appeal new South African nuclear plant decision

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Greenpeace Africa and other NGOs intend to appeal against South Africa's decision to grant an environmental permit for a new 4,000 megawatt nuclear plant close to Cape Town, the activists said on Monday.


Iran sticks to key limits of nuclear deal: U.N. watchdog report

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has remained within the essential limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with six world powers, a report by the U.N. atomic watchdog showed on Monday.

Love (Emotion)

The Stone: An Open Letter of Love to Kim Jong-un

If loving is a radical act, even a treasonous one, we take joy in it.


Iran rejects Macron call for talks on Iranian missiles

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran rejected on Sunday a call by French President Emmanuel Macron for talks on Tehran's ballistic missiles, saying they were defensive and unrelated to a nuclear agreement with world powers.

US officials puzzled by lack of North Korean missile tests

US defense and intelligence officials are growing increasingly puzzled why Kim Jong Un has not tested a ballistic missile in nearly two months. And for now, as President Donald Trump travels through Asia, it does not appear another missile test is imminent.


Pope, in change from predecessors, condemns nuclear arsenals for deterrence

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis appeared to harden the Catholic Church's teaching against nuclear weapons on Friday, saying countries should not stockpile them even for the purpose of deterrence.


Iran provided capability for missile attacks from Yemen: U.S. Air Force

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has provided the capability for ballistic missile attacks launched from Yemen, a senior U.S. Air Force official said on Friday.


EU and Iran defend nuclear deal, under fire from Trump

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (Reuters) - Senior officials from the European Union and Iran spoke up on Friday in defense of the agreement limiting Tehran's nuclear program, as the pact comes under heavy pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.


Vatican urges dialogue, consultation over nuclear threats

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Friday urged world leaders to shun any unilateral action and seek dialogue to respond to the threat of nuclear weapons.


EU to preserve Iran nuclear deal: Mogherini

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (Reuters) - The European Union will make sure that the Iran nuclear deal "will continue to be fully implemented by all, in all its parts", the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Friday.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: Kathy Griffin’s Wild Show: Defiant, Shaken, Then Fainting

In a rambling but dramatic and fascinating performance in Dublin, the comic addressed the fallout from her widely condemned Trump photo.


French institute suspects nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan in September

PARIS (Reuters) - A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates that an accident has happened in a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September, French nuclear safety institute IRSN said on Thursday.

Trump: Mutual commitment to denuclearize NK

President Donald Trump in a joint press conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping explained their mutual commitment to the complete denuclearization of North Korea. They agreed not to replicate the failed approaches of the past.


Turkey, France and Italy to strengthen cooperation on missile defense: sources

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation on joint defense projects including air and missile defense systems, Turkish defense ministry sources said.


North Korean embassy official in focus at Kim Jong Nam trial

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Three men wanted for the killing of Kim Jong Nam were driven to the murder site in a car bought by a North Korean embassy official, a Malaysian court was told on Wednesday, bringing into focus the embassy's role in the sensational murder.

United States International Relations

Trump, in China, Seeks Help Over a Nuclear North Korea

He will ask President Xi Jinping for sanctions to punish the North’s nuclear ambitions. But China may hesitate to move against an old, if troublesome, ally.


Iran calls Houthi missile attack targeting Riyadh 'reaction' to Saudi aggression

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that missile attacks by Yemen's Houthis targeting Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh were a reaction to what he called Saudi aggression.


France to take a decade longer to reduced reliance on nuclear: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - French environment minister Nicolas Hulot said on Wednesday that reducing the share of nuclear energy in France's power mix to 50 percent from 75 percent will probably take until 2030-35 instead of 2025.


White House condemns missile attacks on Saudi by Yemen's Houthis

BEIJING (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned missile attacks by Yemen's Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia, saying they threatened the region's security and undermined efforts to halt the conflict.


Sweden seeks to buy $1 billion U.S. Patriot air defense missile system

STOCKHOLM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sweden will start negotiations on a $1.2 billion Raytheon Co Patriot air defense missile system, as interest in missile defense systems strengthens amid heightened regional tensions and ballistic missile technology improves globally.


Sweden seeks to buy $1 bln U.S. Patriot air defence missile system

STOCKHOLM, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Sweden will start negotiations with a view to buying U.S. company Raytheon's Patriot air defence missile system, the Swedish Government said on Tuesday.


U.S. lawmakers aim to comply with Iran nuclear deal: EU

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump's misgivings about the pact, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.


U.S. lawmakers signal plan to comply with Iran nuclear deal: EU

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s misgivings about the pact, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.

The President stresses the urgency of curbing Pyongyang's advances in nuclear capabilities

President Donald Trump stressed the urgency of curbing North Korea's advances in its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities on Tuesday alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump: Kim Jong Un threatening millions of lives

During a joint press conference in Seoul, President Donald Trump laid out the US policy and its position in dealing with a possible North Korea nuclear threat.


Iran urges Europe to clarify response to a U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal

PARIS (Reuters) - Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi on Tuesday pressed Europe to make clear how it will react if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal and imposes new sanctions.


Trump, at North Korea's doorstep, says solution must be found to nuclear standoff

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday flew into South Korea, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, saying a solution must be found to the security threat posed by Pyongyang.


Family strife, threats preceded Texas church massacre by former U.S. airman

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - A former U.S. serviceman who shot 26 worshipers to death during Sunday prayers in Texas was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had sent threatening text messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said Monday.


Trump lands in South Korea, frontlines of North Korean nuclear standoff

OSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, on a visit that could further aggravate tensions with Pyongyang.


Trump wants $4 billion more for missile defense, citing North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration asked Congress on Monday for $4 billion more to support missile defense to counter the threat from North Korea, just ahead of his first visit to South Korea since taking office in January.


BRIEF-Georgia Power to continue Vogtle nuclear project construction

* Georgia Power and the other owners of the Vogtle 3 & 4 project (Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) on Monday presented their unified recommendation to continue construction of the project to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC)


Trump's Seoul visit to put him at heart of North Korea nuclear standoff

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will step directly into the shadow of the North Korean nuclear standoff on Tuesday on a visit to South Korea in which his words alone could risk further inflaming tensions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles 'out of sky' if it bought U.S. weaponry

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" if it bought the U.S. weaponry needed for doing so, suggesting Tokyo take a stance it has avoided until now.


Kim Jong Un's love of sport could be making of Games

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) - As Olympic officials try to persuade North Korea to join what they hope will be a peaceful winter Games in the South in February, leader Kim Jong Un has a weakness that may help them: He loves sport.

Iran: We didn't give missiles to Yemen rebels

Iran has dismissed allegations that it provided missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen, after a ballistic missile fired from Yemen came close to the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday.


Airport video shows North Korean embassy official with Kim Jong Nam murder suspects

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An North Korean embassy official and a manager of Air Koryo, the national airline, met suspects wanted for the killing of Kim Jong Nam shortly after the murder, according to video recordings shown at the trial in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.


BRIEF-John Wood Group announces ‍disposal of its North American nuclear operations​



Saudi-led coalition calls missile 'dangerous escalation' of Yemen conflict

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition on Sunday accused Yemen's Houthi militia of a "dangerous escalation", a day after Saudi air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the group towards the capital Riyadh.

A resignation, detentions and missiles: 24 hours that shook the Middle East

When 32-year-old Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman rose to power two years ago, many predicted that change was afoot. The events of November 4 have shown that change would not just be swift, but also seismic, extending unremittingly beyond the kingdom's boundaries.


Bomb threats force evacuation of Moscow's Bolshoi theater, hotels: reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Bomb threats forced thousands of people to evacuate Moscow's Bolshoi theater, Metropol hotel, GUM department store on the Red Square and other public places on Sunday, local media reported.


Guards chief rejects Trump 'slander' that Iran behind Saudi missile

DUBAI (Reuters) - The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied on Sunday accusations by Donald Trump that Iran was behind the firing of a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia from warring Yemen, rejecting it as one of the U.S. president's "slanders".

Defense and Military Forces

Saudis Intercept Missile Fired From Yemen That Came Close to Riyadh

Amid regional tensions, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels reached Riyadh with a ballistic missile for the first time.


Saudi Arabia says it intercepts missile close to capital

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's air defense intercepted a missile, fired from Yemen, close to the capital Riyadh on Saturday, Al Arabiya TV reported.

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile

A ballistic missile has been intercepted over north-east Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement carried on Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television on Saturday.


Iran displays missile, calls Trump 'crazy' in marking 1979 U.S. embassy takeover

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran put a ballistic missile on display as thousands marched on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy, with a senior official accusing President Donald Trump of a "crazy" return to confrontation with Tehran.


Month into trial, North Korean 'masterminds' behind Kim Jong Nam killing a mystery

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One month into the trial of the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Malaysian prosecutors have focused on two accused women, but have shed no light on four prime North Korean suspects.

Credit and Debt

As a Debt Deadline Looms for Venezuela, Maduro Is Defiant

The uncertainty hanging over a $1.2 billion payment from the state oil company is another indication of the country’s worsening financial problems.


CORRECTED-Threats to NAFTA cast doubt over Mexico's oil tenders, investment

MEXICO CITY, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Uncertainty about the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and investor protections it guarantees could crimp future investment in Mexico's oil industry, including a high-stakes January deepwater auction.


Trump to press for end to North Korea nuclear program on Asia trip: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will use his trip to Asia to emphasize that North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is a "dead end" and to urge countries with influence over Pyongyang to pressure it to denuclearize, the White House said on Thursday.

South Korea: Pyongyang is readying for another nuclear test

South Korea's spy agency predicts Pyongyang is preparing to carry out additional nuclear tests, after noting "active movement" of vehicles around a missile research institute in Pyongyang.


South Africa considering best time for nuclear power expansion: Zuma

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday his government was considering the best time to launch a major expansion of its nuclear power fleet, after the finance minister said the country could not afford it.


South Korea spy agency sees signs of planned new missile test by North

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be planning a new missile test, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers on Thursday, after brisk activity was spotted at its research facilities, just days before U.S. President Donald Trump visits Seoul.


North Korea dismisses report that sixth nuclear test killed many people

Seoul (Reuters) - North Korea's state media on Thursday dismissed as "misinformation" a recent media report that the North's sixth nuclear test killed many people.


South Korea spy agency sees possibility of new North Korean missile test: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may possibly carry out a new missile test, as brisk activity has been spotted at its research facilities, South Korea's spy agency said on Thursday, the South's Yonhap News Agency reported.


Russia wants $2 billion from Turkey for S-400 air defense missiles: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has sold its advanced S-400 air defense missile system to Turkey for over $2 billion, Sergei Chemezov, the head of state conglomerate Rostec, said on Thursday, the TASS news agency reported.


Team USA talks up Pyeongchang over threats, distractions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - So far next year's Winter Olympics have kicked up more buzz about the threat of flying missiles than athletic excellence and U.S. Olympic officials sought to put the focus back on the sport at a 100-day countdown in Times Square on Wednesday.