South Korean leader calls for closer ties with North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for deeper engagement with rival North Korea in return for progress on nuclear disarmament.
Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November
BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in...
The Latest: Iran: US nuclear modernization violates treaty
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (all times local):
Iran's U.N. ambassador is accusing the United States of violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty...
Worried European leaders confront Pence on Brexit, climate
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is receiving a tongue-lashing from European allies as he plays understudy to the president on the world stage.
European officials frustrated over faltering Iran nuke pact
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany and Sweden expressed frustration Tuesday over the possible demise of the Iran nuclear deal, warning Tehran that withdrawing would bring...
N. Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in possible new warning
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its second weapons launch in five days and a possible...
AP Interview: Czech PM praises Trump ahead of meeting
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who will meet with Donald Trump later this week, on Tuesday praised the U.S. president for trying to achieve peaceful nuclear disarmament in North...
Seoul calls for three-way talks after Trump-Kim collapse
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has proposed semiofficial three-way talks with the United States and North Korea as it struggles to put nuclear diplomacy back on track after the collapse of...
Undeterred by summit collapse, Moon vows closer North ties
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday his government plans to discuss with the United States the possibility of restarting joint inter-Korean economic projects...
The Latest: NKorea disputes Trump account of summit collapse
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit
DANDONG, China (AP) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was on a train Sunday to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media confirmed.
The Latest: North Korea confirms leader on train to summit
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's travels to the summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam (all times local):
South hopeful, wary, but nuke talks crucial for Korean ties
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans, always deeply divided over how best to deal with their often-belligerent northern neighbor, are reacting with both hope and wariness to President Donald...
Costa Rica ex-leader Oscar Arias accused of sexual assault
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Former President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was enveloped in scandal Tuesday after a sexual assault complaint was brought against him by a nuclear disarmament activist.
Arias denied the allegation, saying he has never acted against the will of any woman and has fought for gender equality during his career.
Korean border troops verify removal of each other’s posts
INSIDE THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (AP) — Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world's most heavily armed border Wednesday as they inspected the sites of their rival's front-line guard posts to verify they'd been removed, part of inter-Korean engagement efforts that come amid stalled U.S.-North Korea nuclear disarmament talks.
North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China
BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister arrived in key ally China on Thursday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.
Ri Yong Ho is to meet Friday with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, according to China's foreign ministry.
US envoy confident about achieving N. Korea denuclearization
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. envoy for North Korea on Monday expressed confidence about achieving North Korea's nuclear disarmament, despite worries about the slow pace of nuclear diplomacy in recent weeks.
Meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul, Stephen Biegun said that Washington and Seoul have a shared goal of ending seven decades of hostility on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea’s Moon ratifies deals with Kim despite backlash
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's liberal president on Tuesday formally confirmed his recent reconciliation deals with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, triggering immediate backlash from conservatives who called him "self-righteous" and "subservient" to the North.
US urges dialogue on challenges to eliminate nuclear weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. arms control chief urged the world's nations on Wednesday to hold "a realistic dialogue" about rising global tensions and the challenges that must be overcome to create the conditions for nuclear disarmament.
Undersecretary of State Andrea Thomson told the General Assembly's disarmament committee that this proposal "offers a practical way forward," unlike the U.N. treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, which she called unrealistic.
China blasts Trump comment; Seoul regrets Pompeo trip delay
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China on Saturday lashed out at President Donald Trump for accusing Beijing of not being supportive in efforts to denuclearize North Korea, while South Korea called the U.S. decision to call off a trip to the North by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "unfortunate."
The Latest: China blasts Trump comments as ‘irresponsible’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. decision to call off a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (all times local):
China has lashed back at President Donald Trump for accusing Beijing of a lack of support in U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons and missiles.
Koreas prepare for summit as North asks US to ease sanctions
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas plan to hold high-level talks on Monday to prepare for a third summit between their leaders, as Pyongyang called on the United States to reciprocate its "goodwill measures" by easing sanctions and stopping demands that the North denuclearize first.
Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends
TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament.
Generals from rival Koreas end talks with no agreement
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rare general-level talks between the two Koreas ended with no agreement Tuesday, but the top delegates said they had a meaningful discussion on easing their countries' decades-long military standoff.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's threat to cancel the summit with the United States (all times local):
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Trump administration is "still hopeful" that a planned summit with North Korea will take place.
Sanders said Wednesday that threats from the North to scrap the meeting were "something that we fully expected."
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers say recent satellite imagery shows that North Korea has begun dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site.
An analysis Monday by the 38 North website says commercial imagery taken last week shows that several operational support buildings have been razed and rails for mining carts have apparently been removed.
S. Korean leader praises North’s plan to dismantle nuke site
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday welcomed North Korea's announcement that it is set to dismantle its only nuclear test site, calling it a start to the country's nuclear disarmament.
GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the summit between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea (all times local):
South Korean conservative politicians criticized the joint statement issued by the leaders of the Koreas after their summit at a truce village, saying Seoul let Pyongyang off the hook by failing to secure a clear commitment to discarding its nuclear weapons.
Koreas holds preparatory talks to set up Kim-Moon summit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas held preparatory talks Thursday for a summit later this month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in amid a global diplomatic push to resolve tensions over the North's nuclear program.
China criticizes US for nuclear adversary claims
BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday criticized a U.S. government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability.
A Defense Ministry statement said China's nuclear arsenal is the "minimum level" required for security. It pledged never to be the first to use nuclear weapons "under any circumstances."
Pentagon chief accuses NKorea of threatening ‘catastrophe’
PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea on Friday of building a nuclear arsenal to "threaten others with catastrophe" and said the Trump administration remains committed to compelling the North to accept complete nuclear disarmament.
Calling the North a threat to global order, Mattis stood inside the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas and pledged solidarity with the South.
The Latest: Putin says Russia favors a global nuclear ban
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on President Vladimir Putin at a foreign policy forum (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a global ban on nuclear weapons can be achieved in the future.
Putin said Thursday at the Valdai forum for international policy experts that total nuclear disarmament is a possibility that Russia would welcome. He said Russia would "want it and will be striving to achieve that."
Anti-war nuns to bring message of nuclear disarmament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — As political tensions mount over North Korea's ballistic missile testing, two elderly Roman Catholic nuns who have spent decades sounding the plea for peace say they are more hopeful than ever that nuclear weapons — not the world — will be annihilated.
"We trust, we believe, we know that we are well on the way to a nuclear-free world and future," said Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun.
Anti-nuclear weapons protesters scale Australian building
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two anti-nuclear weapons campaigners scaled the entrance awning of Australia's foreign ministry and unfurled a banner on Wednesday to protest the government's failure to endorse a U.N. nuclear disarmament treaty.
Gem Romuld and Papatya Danis spent three hours on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building near Parliament House in the national capital Canberra holding the banner: "Sign nuclear weapons ban treaty."
Official: 120-plus nations set to approve nuclear ban treaty
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. conference drafting what could be the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons said over 120 countries have agreed on the text, which is expected to be formally adopted Friday although all nuclear-armed nations are boycotting the effort.
Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical.
Supporters of the potential pact say it's time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have been doing through the nearly 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Mexican disarmament expert’s Nobel medal heads to auction
NEW YORK (AP) — A Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded in 1982 to a Mexican diplomat and nuclear disarmament expert will be auctioned in April.
Christie's in New York made the announcement on Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the signing of a treaty that created a nuclear-free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Kazakhstan establishes peace prize, awards king of Jordan
MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Kazakhstan says King Abdullah II of Jordan will be the first recipient of a new award established by the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation to mark contributions to global security and nuclear disarmament.
World court has no jurisdiction in nuclear disarmament case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday rejected nuclear disarmament cases filed by the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands against Britain, India and Pakistan, saying it did not have jurisdiction.