Weapons administration

In this image taken from video footage run Wednesday, March 28, 2018, by China's CCTV via AP Video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing, China. The Chinese government confirmed Wednesday that North Korea's reclusive leader Kim went to Beijing and met with Chinese President Xi in his first known trip to a foreign country since he took power in 2011. The official Xinhua News Agency said Kim made an unofficial visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday. (CCTV via AP Video)
March 28, 2018 - 4:19 am
BEIJING (AP) — With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the fate of its unpredictable neighbor. North Korean leader Kim...
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In this undated photograph provided by Conflict Armament Research, an independent London-based group that researches battlefield weaponry, three explosives disguised as rocks are on display in Yemen. Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacturing, a report released Monday, March 26, 2018, by Conflict Armament Research alleges. The report comes comes as the West and United Nations researchers accuse Iran of supplying arms to Yemen’s Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who have held the country’s capital since September 2014. (Tim Michetti/Conflict Armament Research via AP)
March 25, 2018 - 8:10 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacture, a watchdog group said Monday. The report by...
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for photographers arrives at a Japanese Sushi restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, Sunday, March 25, 2018. Obama says negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult, partly because the country's isolation minimizes possible leverage, such as trade and travel sanctions against Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool)
March 25, 2018 - 7:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama said Sunday that negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult, partly because the country's isolation minimizes possible leverage, such as trade and travel sanctions against Pyongyang. "North Korea is an example of a country...
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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, second right, leaves the Swedish government building Rosenbad in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, March 16, 2018. (Vilhelm Stokstad /TT via AP)
March 20, 2018 - 7:35 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's foreign minister says denuclearization is not on the agenda as North Korean envoys meet with their South Korean colleagues and former U.S. diplomats in the Nordic country. Foreign Minister Timo Soini said Tuesday in an interview with Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that nuclear...
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet, bottom, lands at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1. (Hong Gi-won/Yonhap via AP)
March 20, 2018 - 3:49 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that infuriate North Korea will begin on April 1, the allies said Tuesday, but they will likely be more low-key than past years ahead of two highly anticipated summits among the countries' leaders. This year's drills were postponed...
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CAPTION CORRECTS POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER'S FIRST NAME FROM JACK TO JACEK Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, left, speaks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday, March 19, 2018. European Union foreign ministers on Monday are set to discuss Ukraine, Syria, Korea and Iran. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
March 19, 2018 - 1:59 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says the EU is reluctant to change the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran even as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to walk away from the pact. Federica Mogherini said Monday after chairing talks among the foreign ministers of EU...
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Choe Kang Il, a senior North Korean diplomat handling North American affairs, is seen at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Sunday, March 18, 2018. Cho is heading to Finland for talks with the U.S. and South Korea. (Kim Jin-bang/Yonhap via AP)
March 19, 2018 - 7:00 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday. South Korean officials who visited Pyongyang recently...
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In this March 17, 2018, photo, people pass by a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials have discussed how to achieve a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summit talks. The signs read: " The possible reshuffle of U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
March 19, 2018 - 12:27 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday. South Korean officials who visited Pyongyang...
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes an opening speech at the Leaders Plenary during ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. It is the first time Australia has hosted the summit with ASEAN leaders in Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Pool via AP)
March 17, 2018 - 9:40 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Southeast Asian leaders were using their meeting Sunday to discuss the "deadly threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Australia is hosting a two-day summit in Sydney of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, and...
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FILE - This is Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 file photo of CIA Director Michael Pompeo, as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Iran nuclear deal was in near terminal condition and on life support even before President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but his dismissal this week may hasten its demise. As CIA chief and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo prepares to take the helm of the State Department, the Trump administration is weighing whether to withdraw from the agreement earlier than the president has threatened, according to officials and outside advisers briefed on the matter. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 15, 2018 - 5:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal was in near terminal condition and on life support even before President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson's dismissal this week may hasten its demise. As CIA chief and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo prepares to run the State Department,...
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