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Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea 'dangerous, short-sighted'

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean peninsula were “dangerous and short-sighted”, urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.<p>Clinton also called on China to take a “more …

North Korea

Ukraine crisis stokes Baltic nerves over Russia

VILNIUS/RIGA (Reuters) - The Baltics fear Russia’s military buildup over Ukraine will lead to Moscow sowing more trouble in their region after it curbed important exports last year and buzzed their borders, forcing NATO to scramble jets dozens of times.<p>The former Soviet republics of Estonia and …

Russia

Baltic states urge strong U.S. defence commitment to region

TALLINN (Reuters) - The defence ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia renewed their call on Wednesday for a strong U.S. engagement in the Baltic region amid concerns over the attitude of the incoming Trump administration.<p>Donald Trump said during the U.S. presidential campaign that he would …

Russia

NATO, Russia set to urge each other to curb 'unsafe' Baltic jet manoeuvres

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO envoys and Russia were set to urge each other at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday to fly warplanes more safely over the Baltic Sea after the latest intercepts that both sides say involved dangerous pilot manoeuvres.<p>At the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels, …

Russia

U.S. sends 'Ironhorse' tanks to NATO's nervous Baltic front line

WASHINGTON/RIGA (Reuters) - U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable message of NATO resolve to Moscow.<p>The “Ironhorse” armoured cavalry unit, with around 700 soldiers, some 20 M1A1 Abrams main …

Russia

North Korea calls US military drills near peninsula 'rehearsal for invasion'

There is another round of sabre-rattling in the North Korea crisis – this time it’s the U.S. that is showing off its military might.<p>U.S. naval exercises are going on this week in the waters to the east and west of the Korean Peninsula. This includes the USS Michigan nuclear-powered submarine, which …

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U.S. not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea - deputy secretary of state

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday.<p>Slideshow (4 Images)<p>“We eventually don’t rule out the possibility of direct talks,” Sullivan said after a briefing with his …

U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea

TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment.<p>Talks between the adversaries have long …

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US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails.<p>U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese counterpart, …

North Korean UN diplomat warns 'nuclear war may break out any moment'

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment."<p>Kim In-ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has …

North Korea