Nuclear proliferation

In this undated 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. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. 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)
June 23, 2019 - 7:03 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an "excellent" letter, the North's state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would "seriously contemplate" the content. The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Trump sent a...
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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 - 11:13 am
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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People watch a large screen showing an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from left, posing with his wife Peng Liyuan, left, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, at Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, June 21, 2019. Xi 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. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
June 21, 2019 - 6:26 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, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk together on Xi's arrival at an airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The leaders of China and North Korea 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 - 7:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting with visiting 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 meet...
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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 - 1:54 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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
June 18, 2019 - 12:55 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — A year after the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement, the pact is at severe risk of collapse and the European Union is caught in the middle, struggling to keep supply lines open to the Islamic Republic's wilting economy under the threat of U.S. sanctions. With few...
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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the oil tanker Front Altair off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, June 17, 2019. New satellite photos released Monday show two oil tankers apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week. The U.S. alleges Iran used limpet mines to strike the two tankers. Iran has denied being involved. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 8:22 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington...
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In this Friday, May 24, 2019, photo, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is surrounded by reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Bolton called a series of short-range missiles launched by North Korea last month were violations to U.N. Security Council resolutions, stressing the need to keep sanctions in place. Bolton said Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Tokyo the U.S. position on the North’s denuclearization is consistent and that a repeated pattern of failures should be stopped. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 1:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Saturday called a series of short-range missile tests by North Korea earlier this month a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and said sanctions must be kept in place. Washington's position on the North's denuclearization is...
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In this Nov. 22, 2018, photo, British army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, deputy commander for Strategy and Information, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), shakes hands with a Spanish soldier during a transfer of authority ceremony at the Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq. Ghika denied the U.S. assertion of an increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. (Spc. Eric Cerami/U.S. Army via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 12:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — Gone, at least for now, are the halcyon days when strong military and political ties between Britain and the United States meant that Washington could assume it had a staunch partner for standing up to a foreign foe. Dating back to World War II and including joint actions against...
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FILE - This May 4, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows a launch of a missile in the east coast of North Korea. Experts say North Korea’s latest launches suggest it may have acquired or cloned a short-range missile the Russian military has long earmarked for export. It’s still unclear if the North bought them or built them itself, but experts say the missiles it launched over the past week look just like a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that has long been a source of tension in Europe. 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)
May 10, 2019 - 4:13 am
TOKYO (AP) — The three new missiles North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested over the past week are eerily familiar to military experts: They look just like a controversial and widely copied missile the Russian military has deployed to Syria and has been actively trying to sell abroad for years...
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