Trump wants South Korea to pay more to keep U.S. troops there
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo In a move likely to have implications for Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that discussions have begun with South Korea to get the Asian ally to pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops there. “South Korea has agreed to pay... Read more
Bolton wants the U.S. to put IRBMs in Asia to protect allies, says it would defend them from China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday linked the deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) in Asia to protecting America’s allies in the region — including Japan — despite Chinese warnings it would take retaliatory countermeasures. Bolton said that any U.S. deployment of... Read more
North Korea launches two ballistic missiles towards Japan in response to S. Korea-U.S. military drills
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from its east coast Wednesday, the South Korean military said, less than a week after the launch of two similar weapons as it looks to heap pressure on Seoul and Washington to halt upcoming joint military drills.... Read more
Kim Jong Un looks over “new” submarine that’s capable of firing a nuclear missile
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a “newly built submarine” that was to operate in the Sea of Japan, state-run media said Tuesday, in one of the first displays of power related to his country’s nuclear capabilities since November 2017. Without giving a... Read more
North Korea threatens to call off talks if U.S.-South Korea military drills go on
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea hinted Tuesday that long-stalled working-level denuclearization talks with the United States due to be restarted soon could be halted and nuclear and missile tests restarted if the U.S. goes ahead with planned joint military exercises with South Korea. In a statement carried... Read more
One year after Singapore summit, hope fades for U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo One year after the handshakes, photo ops and circus-like fanfare of the first-ever summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, hopes that Pyongyang will soon give up its nuclear weapons have all but evaporated. Following the Singapore summit, and another... Read more
North Korea calls Trump security advisor John Bolton a ‘warmonger’
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea has labeled U.S. national security adviser John Bolton a “warmonger” for saying that recent missile tests by the nuclear-armed country had violated U.N. sanctions, adding that giving up the test-firings would amount to relinquishing their right to self-defense, state-run media quoted the... Read more
U.S. warship sailed through South China Sea near reef claimed by China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world’s two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade... Read more
North Korea warns of ‘undesired consequence’ if no change in U.S. stance in nuclear talks
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo A senior North Korean official on Tuesday warned of an “undesired consequence” for the U.S. if Washington does not adjust its policy on North Korea’s denuclearization by an end-of-the-year deadline leader Kim Jong Un has set. “Our determination for denuclearization remains unchanged, and when... Read more
Kim-Putin summit rumors heat up as Kremlin says preparations underway
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could hold his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as early as next week amid stalled nuclear talks with the United States, media reports have said. A senior Russian diplomat has confirmed that preparations are underway for... Read more

Jesse Johnson

Japan Times, Tokyo

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