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JAPAN POLITICS: Nervous Japanese Hold Drill in Case North Korea Fires Missiles Over Them

JAPAN POLITICS: Nervous Japanese Hold Drill in Case North Korea Fires Missiles Over Them

“I’ve been concerned every day that something might fall or a missile could fall in an unexpected place due to North Korea’s missile capabilities,” said the coach, Akira Hamakawa, 38.

North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles has fuelled a surge in tension across the region.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Korean Peninsula Tension Eased Slightly as US Played Down Risk of Imminent War

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Korean Peninsula Tension Eased Slightly as US Played Down Risk of Imminent War

While backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough talk, U.S. officials including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster played down the risk on Sunday of the rhetoric escalating into conflict.

“I think we’re not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago,” McMaster told ABC News’ “This Week”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

This could be the biggest trigger. North Korea says it was compelled to put the Guam plan together because it feels threatened by a squadron of B-1B bombers on the island that the U.S. has increasingly sent to fly in Korean airspace in symbolic shows of force during times of particular tension. But that may be only a pretense. North Korea is certainly sensitive to the bombers, which could cause a lot of devastation if a war did start.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

“All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times,” North Korea Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party newspaper, reported, as cited by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests,” the paper said.

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USA POLITICS: $1T Wiped Off Global Markets Because of Trump Outbursts With North Korea

USA POLITICS: $1T Wiped Off Global Markets Because of Trump Outbursts With North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday warded off – at least for now – the prospect of massive losses on the Wall Street market after stressing that there was “no imminent threat of war” and that Americans could “sleep well at night.”

However, Trump’s unpredictable behavior and comment saying, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded” against North Korea,” are unlikely to leave nervous traders pacified and the market doldrums may persist.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily cautioned: “If the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Fire and Fury’ Comment on North Korea ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’: US President Donald Trump

USA POLITICS: ‘Fire and Fury’ Comment on North Korea ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’: US President Donald Trump

“It is dangerous and reckless and counterproductive for Donald Trump to threaten the annihilation of North Korea,” said Daryl Kimball, the head of the Washington-based Arms Control Association. “What we need is a dialogue to reduce tension and avoid catastrophic miscalculation. We are currently on the road to a conflict and we have to get to the off-ramp.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Seethes on Sidelines Amid New North Korea Crisis

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Seethes on Sidelines Amid New North Korea Crisis

“China is not too worried that the United States might suddenly attack North Korea. It is worried about THAAD,” said Sun Zhe, co-director of the China Initiative of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” said the report, citing KPA Commander General Kim Rak-gyom.

“They will fly 3,356.7 kilometers for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 kilometers away from Guam,” added the report.

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CANADA POLITICS: North Korea Releases Rim Hyon Su on ‘Humanitarian’ Grounds

CANADA POLITICS: North Korea Releases Rim Hyon Su on ‘Humanitarian’ Grounds

“Rim Hyon Su, a Canadian civilian, was released on sick bail according to the decision of the Central Court of the DPRK on August 9, 2017, from the humanitarian viewpoint,” KCNA said, using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: WAR, WAR, WAR: North Korea Reveals Plan to Attack US Island Guam After Trump ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: WAR, WAR, WAR: North Korea Reveals Plan to Attack US Island Guam After Trump ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning

North Korea said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam. “Guam is American soil … We are not just a military installation,” Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said in an online video message.

“Tensions will continue to mount and could eventually develop into a black swan event that the markets are not prudently considering,” Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Rejects UN Sanctions, Vows ‘Righteous Action’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Rejects UN Sanctions, Vows ‘Righteous Action’

North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite warnings issued and sanctions imposed by the international community. “We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea, US Agree to Apply Maximum Pressure North Korea While China Hopes for Talks

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea, US Agree to Apply Maximum Pressure North Korea While China Hopes for Talks

“The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” said Tillerson, adding that “other means of communications” were open to Pyongyang.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Signs Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia, Iran, North Korea

USA POLITICS: Trump Signs Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia, Iran, North Korea

“Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.’ While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

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USA POLITICS: Schumer to Trump: Block China Deals Over North Korea

USA POLITICS: Schumer to Trump: Block China Deals Over North Korea

“It is my assessment that China will not deter North Korea unless the United States exacts greater economic pressure on China,” U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Trump, a Republican. “The U.S. must send a clear message to China’s government.”

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ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

ASIA POLITICS: ‘Ready to Use Force’: US Supersonic Bombers, Japan, South Korea Fighters Fly Over Korean Peninsula

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” Pacific Air Forces Commander General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy said, as cited by AP.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

“China is North Korea’s major financial backer. It has much more leverage over North Korea than it claims,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s FM said it would “preemptively annihilate those countries and entities” by all possible “kinds of strike means, including nuclear ones.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

The officials also said that the new assessment shows they underestimated the determination of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un to race ahead with a weapon that could reach the US soil, even if it is not accurately engineered.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Approved By US House of Representatives

USA POLITICS: Official: Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Approved By US House of Representatives

“Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has invaded its neighbor Ukraine, seizing its territory and destabilizing its government,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce claimed in applauding passage. “Left unchecked, Russia is sure to continue its aggression.”

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