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    • FILE- In this Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, people watch a TV screen showing images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea
      Last update: 03:56 22.05.2018
      03:56 22.05.2018

      US Sees Progress on North Korea, Military Option Still on Table - Pence

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States believes progress has been made with respect to the North Korea issue but Washington has not taken a military option off the table, Vice President Michael Pence said in an interview.

    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017
      Last update: 01:50 22.05.2018
      01:50 22.05.2018

      North Korea Again Rejects Seoul’s List of Reporters to Cover Nuke Site Shutdown

      Earlier this month, North Korea said it would allow journalists from South Korea to attend the shutdown of its nuclear test site. However, North Korea has not accepted the list of journalists wishing to cover the dismantlement that the Ministry of Unification of South Korea recently sent to Pyongyang.

    • Chinese ground crew members inspect a J-20 stealth fighter in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province (File)
      Last update: 22:00 21.05.2018
      22:00 21.05.2018

      Chinese Military Expert: Beijing's J-20 Jets to Patrol Taiwan's Airspace ‘At Will'

      Over the weekend, Wang Mingliang, a military scholar with the China National Defense University said to expect Beijing's Chengdu J-20 jets to conduct patrols in Taiwanese airspace in the future and that Taipei has few means to deter the tightening noose of military patrols around and above the island.

    • Indian Navy Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri (F49) (File)
      Last update: 18:42 21.05.2018
      18:42 21.05.2018

      Indian Warships Reach Vietnam for First Ever Joint Naval Exercise

      For the last few years, India has stepped up its engagement with Vietnam in what is being seen as an attempt to boost its military exports. In 2016, India offered the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and the Akash surface to air missile to Vietnam besides announcing $500 million loan for defense purchases.

    • Pedestrians walk past a stock indicator showing share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (top-C) and other overseas stock markets in Tokyo on May 11, 2018
      Last update: 16:59 21.05.2018
      16:59 21.05.2018

      Japan Set to Avoid Q2 Recession Amid April Boost in Exports

      Japanese exports are gaining momentum amidst a solid demand for manufactured goods overseas, whilst concerns over possible disruptions in international trade are driving near-term demand for Japanese cars and factory machinery.

    • FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, an American flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem during a welcome ceremony for visiting US President Donald Trump outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
      Last update: 16:24 21.05.2018
      16:24 21.05.2018

      Trump Urges China to Maintain Secure Border With North Korea

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump called on China on Monday to continue being “strong and tight” on the border with North Korea, also welcoming the decision to reduce the trade deficit between China and the US.

    • A Turkish Airlines aircraft takes off from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
      Last update: 15:44 21.05.2018
      15:44 21.05.2018

      Turkish Airlines Passenger Arrested in Delhi Airport for Masturbating Mid-Air

      The 58-year-old man allegedly sat behind a female co-passenger and masturbated in full sight aboard a Turkish Airlines flight that had taken off from Istanbul. He was arrested soon after the flight landed at the Delhi airport, but police refused to disclose his name unless the allegations were ascertained.

    • South Korean army Surion helicopters fire flares during a South Korea-U.S. joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea,
      Last update: 14:21 21.05.2018
      14:21 21.05.2018

      South Korea Rules Out Halting Joint Drills With US Despite Pyongyang's Protests

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - The South Korean Defense Ministry ruled out the possibility of halting or scaling down the annual joint military drills with the United States even despite the resentment on the part of North Korea, the ministry's spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said at a briefing on Monday.

    • S-300V and S-300VM anti-aircraft long distance missile systems showcased at the 2nd International Forum 'Engineering Technologies 2012' in Zhukovsky outside Moscow.
      Last update: 14:04 21.05.2018
      14:04 21.05.2018

      Almaz-Antey to Display New Military and Civilian Equipment in Astana

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - On May 23-26, 2018, the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation will display equipment and production potential at KADEX-2018, the 5th International Exhibition of Weapons Systems and Military Equipment in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, according to its press release.

    • Chinese structures and an airstrip on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane of the Philippine Air Force, Friday, April 21, 2017
      Last update: 11:22 21.05.2018
      11:22 21.05.2018

      Beijing: South China Sea Drills Are Part of Normal Training for Military

      In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague handed down a verdict in a territorial dispute between China and Philippines in favor of Manila, however, Beijing rejected the ruling, claiming control over all gas and oil activity in the South Chinese Sea.

    • People pass by a TV screen showing file footages of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 9, 2018
      Last update: 11:16 21.05.2018
      11:16 21.05.2018

      Trump Afraid Meeting N Korea's Kim Will Be 'Political Embarrassment' – Reports

      Ahead of next month's summit with North Korean chief Kim Jong-un in Singapore, US President Donald Trump is concerned about the possibility of the meeting turning into a “political embarrassment,” and has begun asking his aides if he should go out on a limb and proceed with the talks, The New York Times has reported.

    • Talks on Iran's nuclear program begin in Almaty
      Last update: 09:27 21.05.2018
      09:27 21.05.2018

      Iran Considers 'Other Options' If US Sanctions Threaten Its Interests - Diplomat

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - Iranian authorities could "think about other options" if the US sanctions imposed after the withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) threaten the rights of the nation, the Iranian ambassador to China said in an interview with the South China Morning Post published on Monday.

    • A woman puts on a plastic cover before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race
      Last update: 01:30 21.05.2018
      01:30 21.05.2018

      UK 'Plastic Tax' to Spur Reintroduction of Recyclable Materials Into Society

      Please McDonald’s (and every other fast-food joint): Take-away dinners will taste just the same using recyclable containers and our environmental impact will be significantly reduced.

    • A waitress fill up jugs of beer during Taedonggang Beer Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.
      Last update: 22:37 20.05.2018
      22:37 20.05.2018

      The DPRK Called and Wants Its Waitresses Back

      Good serving staff is hard to find and harder to keep, and now Pyongyang wants those dozen waitresses who long ago fled to Seoul returned without delay.

    • In this October 23, 2016 image, a US military helicopter is seen flying toward Bagram airbase from Kabul, Afghanistan.
      Last update: 21:03 20.05.2018
      21:03 20.05.2018

      Pentagon Accuses Russia to Avoid Criticism Over Afghanistan Campaign – Analyst

      A Pentagon representative has claimed that Russia is not doing enough to address the radicalization of terrorists. Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said that Daesh* is fleeing from Syria and Iraq and bolstering their positions in northern Afghanistan. Sputnik spoke about the issue with Rahimullah Yusufzai, security analyst.

    • President Donald Trump, left, speaks as South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks on during a joint news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
      Last update: 17:40 20.05.2018
      17:40 20.05.2018

      South Korean, US Presidents Discuss Pyongyang’s Threat to Cancel Kim-Trump Summit

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump, during which the two leaders discussed a possible response to Pyongyang’s threat to cancel the June summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Moon’s office said in a statement.

    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017
      Last update: 16:40 20.05.2018
      16:40 20.05.2018

      N Korea Confirms Closure of Nuclear Site After Talks With South Suspended

      The dismantling of the Punggye-ri facility is part of a new policy, which became possible after a joint declaration was signed in Panmunjom on April 27. However, in May North Korea suspended further negotiations with Seoul over air drills that South Korea had launched with Washington.

    • FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, an American flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem during a welcome ceremony for visiting U.S. President Donald Trump outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
      Last update: 05:51 20.05.2018
      05:51 20.05.2018

      China, US Agree to Avoid Trade Wars, Chinese Vice Premier Says

      BEIJING (Sputnik) – China and the United States agreed to avoid trade wars and further mutual tariffs, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said on Sunday.

    • Seoul view
      Last update: 21:52 19.05.2018
      21:52 19.05.2018

      Rally Against Police Biased Actions Attended by 10,000 Women in Seoul – Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A rally against discrimination of women during police investigations into sexual crimes took place on Saturday in the South Korean capital of Seoul and was attended by 10,000 women, local media reported, citing law enforcement.

    • Chip
      Last update: 18:50 19.05.2018
      18:50 19.05.2018

      Have Chinese Tech Companies Found a Safe Haven From US Sanctions?

      In an attempt to reduce its trade deficit, the US has been imposing high tariffs on certain foreign wares, with China being the hardest hit. The US has recently imposed a ban on the export of US-made chips and semiconductors to one of China’s largest tech giants, ZTE – which comes as a significant blow to the company’s business.