North Korea Says It Shut Nuclear Test Site Ahead of Planned Meeting With Trump

North Korea Says It Shut Nuclear Test Site Ahead of Planned Meeting With Trump By Choe Sang-Hun May 24, 2018 SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Thursday that it destroyed its only known nuclear test site, three weeks before its leader, Kim Jong-un, is scheduled to hold a summit meeting with President Trump,…

China scolds US for withdrawing invite to naval drills

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Defence Ministry expressed regret on Thursday after the United States withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not promote mutual trust and cooperation. The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC and previously attended by China, is billed as…

MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say

Media playback is unsupported on your device The missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say. For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile came from a Russian brigade based in the city of Kursk. All 298 people on board the…

Investigators say identify Russian military unit in MH17 downing

Dutch police officer Wilbert Paulissen, head of the National Crime Squad, is pictured next to a damaged missile as he presents interim results in the ongoing investigation of the 2014 MH17 crash that killed 298 people over eastern Ukraine, during a news conference by members of the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the authorities from Australia,…

The more Pence and Trump say 'Libya,' the angrier North Korea gets

Former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi in the capital of Belarus on Nov. 3, 2008. (Sergei Grits/AP) If you’re serious about peace and denuclearization, maybe don’t mention Libya. That appears to be the message North Korea had for the United States once again on Thursday when Pyongyang lashed out at Vice President Mike Pence for being a “political…

China regrets closing of door to US after 'disinvited' from drill

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Defence Ministry expressed regret on Thursday after the United States withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not help promote mutual trust and cooperation. Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during a visit by U.S. Secretary…

China May Be Happy at Dimming Prospects for a Trump-Kim Meeting

China May Be Happy at Dimming Prospects for a Trump-Kim Meeting ImageThe North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, left, and President Xi Jinping of China this month in Dalian, China, where the two seemed more friendly than in a previous meeting.CreditKorean Central News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Jane Perlez May 24, 2018…

China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

BEIJING — No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee’s report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba. “China is already conducting a careful investigation, and we have already given the U.S. preliminary…

China calls US withdrawal of drills invite 'unconstructive'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands following a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) More BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry is criticizing Washington’s withdrawal of an invitation for it to participate in a multinational naval…