China halts oil product exports to North Korea in November as sanctions bite

China exported no oil products to North Korea in November, Chinese customs data showed, apparently going above and beyond sanctions imposed earlier this year by the United Nations in a bid to limit petroleum shipments to the isolated country. Tensions have flared anew over North Korea's ongoing nuclear and missile programs, pursued in defiance of … Continue reading China halts oil product exports to North Korea in November as sanctions bite

Tillerson says the US is ready to begin direct talks with North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions He seemed to back away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations   U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks … Continue reading Tillerson says the US is ready to begin direct talks with North Korea

Robert Gates says a North Korea nuclear warhead will soon be an accepted reality

North Korea's ability to fire a nuclear warhead at the U.S. will become an accepted reality over the coming year, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Gates' comments come amid high tensions between the U.S. and North Korea He says that while China has influence over North Korea, "it doesn't have control."   North … Continue reading Robert Gates says a North Korea nuclear warhead will soon be an accepted reality

Aftershocks detected after North Korea nuclear test moved Earth’s crust

Tremors picked up on Saturday probably from regime’s experiment in September, US Geological Survey says Two minor tremors detected on Saturday from North Korea were probably aftershocks from the country’s massive nuclear test in early September, a US Geological Survey official said. The aftershocks were magnitude 2.9 and 2.4, said the USGS and Lassina Zerbo, … Continue reading Aftershocks detected after North Korea nuclear test moved Earth’s crust

Japan, US, South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs. The United States and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills last week, which the North said made the outbreak of … Continue reading Japan, US, South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis