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North Korea fires two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the North fired the two projectiles from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan

MORE TESTS? This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea – Seoul

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The projectiles were fired from North Pyongan province into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say

Duterte, Abe discuss comfort women, South China Sea in meeting

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The two leaders also take up the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway and plans to develop the Subic Bay area

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 4, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2 bodies retrieved from South Korea helicopter crash

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Coast Guard says one was believed to be a fireman, but it is still trying to identify the pair

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Photo by Korea Coast Guard/AFP

7 South Koreans missing after helicopter crash near disputed islets

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

South Korea's coast guard says the chopper had just picked an injured fisherman up from Dokdo, which is known as Takeshima in Japan, when it went down

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Handout/Korea Coast Guard/AFP

Japan issues tsunami advisory following magnitude 6.4 earthquake

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) A wave of one meter (3 feet) is expected to hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo, the nation's meteorological agency says

U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula in show of force

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Two US B-1B Lancers based in Guam fly over the Sea of Japan, staging a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with their South Korean counterparts

This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer dropping a bomb at a shooting range in Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. The US flew four stealth fighter jets and two bombers over the Korean peninsula on September 18 in a show of force after North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's defence ministry said. / AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry / handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

12 missing after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The collision occurred 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, officials say

U.S. to honor refugee deal with Australia – Pence

Apr 22, 2017 - 10:50 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence also seeks to clear the waters about the location of US supercarrier Carl Vinson that was supposedly steaming towards North Korea

CONTROVERSIAL DEAL. US Vice President Mike Pence says the US will honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

North Korea missiles 'drill for strike on U.S. bases' – KCNA

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED The military units involved are tasked to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency KCNA says

Television news coverage showing archive footage of a North Korean missile launch is broadcast on a public screen in Seoul on March 6, 2017. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

North Korea fires missiles, 3 reach Japan waters

Mar 06, 2017 - 7:32 AM

5th UPDATE Seoul says several missiles are filed into the East Sea also known as the Sea of Japan and that South Korea and the US are closely analyzing tracking data for further details

TOP STORY. Television news coverage showing archive footage of a North Korean missile launch is broadcast on a public screen in Seoul on March 6, 2017. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

Duterte open to joint maritime exercises with Japan

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The Philippine President says he is also open to joint patrols with Japan in Philippine territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea

DEALS WITH JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chat as they head to the Prime Minister's Official Residence following a bilateral meeting on October 26. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles off east coast – Seoul

Sep 05, 2016 - 12:35 PM

UPDATED The missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan East Sea from the North s Hwangju county at around 0300 GMT the Yonhap news agency said quoting Seoul s Joint Chiefs of Staff

Japan warship visits Philippines as China sea row festers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:40 PM

We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines says Captain Masaki Takada as Japanese destroyer Ise docks in Subic Bay

epa05277600 Japanese helicopter carrier Ise dock at the former US naval base, Subic port, in Olongapo, Zambales province, Philippines, 26 April 2016. Ise (DDH 182) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), along with four helicopters on board are in the Philippines for a four-day goodwill visit amid tension in South China sea. EPA/STR

China slams G7 statement on maritime disputes

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:38 AM

We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes

CALL FOR RESTRAINT. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back center L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the 4th session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

G7 calls for restraint in Asian maritime disputes

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

G7 countries – the US Britain Canada France Germany Italy and Japan – say they oppose provocative actions in the East and South China Seas

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back centre L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the fourth session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. G7 foreign ministers on April 10 began two days of talks in Hiroshima, with John Kerry's visit to the atom-bombed city -- the first-ever by a US secretary of state -- overshadowing the broader agenda. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Seoul condemns updated Japanese textbooks

Mar 18, 2016 - 4:52 PM

We deeply deplore that Japan has approved high school text books that contain distorted views about history including unjustified claims about our territory Seoul says

HISTORY REVISED? Fusosha Publishing magazines and books sit on a rack at the Fuso offices in Tokyo, Wednesday 6 April 2005. Fuso has published a new history textbook, approved by Japan's Education Ministry on Tuesday, for junior high school students amid expectations of protest from neighbouring China and South Korea. The book was made by a nationalist group of academics known as the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform. When first approved in 2001, the textbook stirred outrage from China and South Korea, which saw its content as justifying and glorifying Japan's past military aggression. Photo from EPA

Philippines to lease Japan planes to patrol disputed waters

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Aquino s announcement follows the signing of an agreement last year between World War II foes Japan and the Philippines to transfer defense equipment to Manila

PHILIPPINES-JAPAN RELATIONS. Filipino President Benigno Aquino (R) with visiting Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) hold their glasses during a state dinner at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, January 27, 2016. File Photo by Romeo Ranoco/EPA

Philippines hails UN sanctions vs North Korea

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The Philippines says it wants North Korea to undertake concrete steps toward denuclearization as Pyongyang faces its toughest UN sanctions so far

FIRING DRILL. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party, shows a North Korean military missile firing drill at an unknown location in North Korea. According to media reports quoting South Korea's defense ministry on March 3, 2016, North Korea has fired 'several' short-range missiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 10 am (0100 GMT) on March 3, 2016. Photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Aquino: PH-Japan ties 'global example of cooperation'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:26 PM

Our bond has grown to transcend diplomacy and set a global example of cooperation and friendship that leads to security in every possible aspect President Benigno Aquino III tells Japanese business leaders

PH-JAPAN TIES. President Benigno Aquino III keynotes the Nikkei 21st International Conference on the Future of Asia-Special Session at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, on June 3, 2015. Photo by: Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

China media claim victory after Japan agreement

Nov 08, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The two Asian powers say the would set up a crisis management mechanism to keep the tension at bay

Is New China the Old Japan – and is that bad for Asia?

Jul 22, 2014 - 7:30 AM

With tensions mounting it is time for all players to take a step back from the brink of even greater conflict and commit to engagement cooperation and a peaceful resolution to disputes

China's Xi visits South Korea in snub to North

Jul 03, 2014 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED It will be Xi Jinping s first trip as head of state to the perennially volatile Korean peninsula and his second summit with South Korean President Park Geun Hye

TO SEOUL. In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by his wife Peng Liyuan at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Chinese ships in disputed waters as Tokyo moves on military

Jun 30, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The two Chinese vessels entered territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus

SENKAKU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

N. Korea fires two missiles into sea: Seoul military

Jun 29, 2014 - 8:51 AM

The launch comes after Pyongyang fired what were believed to be 3 short range missiles into the sea on Thursday in an apparent show of force Chinese President Xi Jinping s visit

N. Korea test-fires 30 missiles into sea – S. Korean military

Mar 22, 2014 - 8:57 AM

UPDATED South Korea earlier urged North Korea earlier this week to stop what it called provocative and potentially dangerous tests

Seoul wins battle against Japan for US textbooks

Feb 07, 2014 - 4:16 PM

The Virginia House of Delegates approves requiring textbooks to also refer to the Sea of Japan as the East Sea

NAMING THE WATER. The issue of territories in textbooks is a long-standing issue. In this 2011 photo, South Korea lodged a strong protest with Japan for approving new school textbooks laying claims to a disputed cluster of rocky outcroppings in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Japan, ASEAN seek 'freedom of overflight' amid China tensions

Dec 14, 2013 - 5:14 PM

UPDATED ASEAN leaders agrees on Saturday December 14 to strive for civil aviation safety freedom of movement in the region s skies

South Korea's Park says Japan summit would be 'pointless'

Nov 04, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Park suggests a summit with Shinzo Abe would be pointless given Tokyo s refusal to apologize for Japan s past wrongdoings

STRONG WORDS. South Korean President Park Geun-hye in an interview with the BBC in Seoul, South Korea, aired 4 November 2013. Frame grab courtesy of the BBC

Hagel issues warning over Asian maritime disputes

Aug 29, 2013 - 1:58 PM

The main diplomatic effort has centered on calls for a code of conduct for the South China Sea

ASEAN MEET. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (5th L-white hair) looks up prior to the start of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense minister's meeting in Jerudong, some 20 km outside Brunei's capital Bandar Seri Begawan on August 29, 2013. AFP/Deen Kassim

Aquino: US, Japan need to know PH terrain

Jul 02, 2013 - 2:43 PM

President Aquino says the US and Japan are strategic partners and they should be familiar with the Philippine terrain in case of a disturbance

STRATEGIC PARTNERS: President Benigno Aquino III says U.S. and Japan are Philippines' 'only strategic partners'. Malacañang photo

S. Korea leader arrives at disputed islands: reports

Aug 10, 2012 - 1:37 PM

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak will visit islands also being claimed by Japan a trip likely to anger Tokyo

South Korea to stage military drill near disputed island

Aug 02, 2012 - 1:04 PM

South Korea will stage a regular military exercise near a disputed island this month amid a renewed territorial claim by Japan