- 2019-12-13 11:23:46Z
Protesters angry over American demands that South Korea pay more for defense destroyed portraits of the U.S. ambassador stuck on blocks of tofu outside the U.S. embassy on Friday after police warned them against staging a more aggressive demonstration. U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris has become a political lightning rod for South Koreans angered by U.S. President Donald Trump's push to get South Korea to pay billions of dollars more toward maintaining the 28,500 American troops stationed there.
- 2019-12-12 12:11:17Z
North Korea accused the United States of "hostile provocation" on Thursday for criticizing its ballistic missile tests during a United Nations Security Council meeting and warned that the Trump administration may have blown its chance to salvage nuclear negotiations. An unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the "foolish" U.S. comments helped North Korea reach a "definite decision" about its next steps as it approaches an end-of-year deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms to revive the nuclear talks.
- World/Latin America
- 2019-12-12 11:43:28Z
KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Vietnamese oil tanker which Reuters reported visited North Korea in February has been seized by Malaysia after it was found adrift off the Malaysian coast, maritime agency officials said. Refinitiv shipping data quoted by Reuters showed the Viet Tin 01 arrived just outside the harbor of Nampo on North Korea's western coast on Feb. 25 carrying 2,000 tonnes of gasoline, shortly before talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi. It was not clear whether the tanker unloaded cargo at Nampo.
South Korean health authorities have found vitamin E acetate, which may be linked to lung illnesses, in some liquid e-cigarette products made by Juul Labs and KT&G, they said on Thursday, but the two companies denied using the material. The results followed an analysis of seven key ingredients in 153 liquid e-cigarettes carried out by the food and drug safety ministry, after a spate of severe lung injuries tied to the devices in the United States. "With the findings of harmful substances like vitamin E acetate and flavorings included in liquid e-cigarettes, we once again advise you to stop using liquid e-cigarettes," the ministry said in its statement.
- 2019-12-12 10:40:16Z
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States warned North Korea on Thursday against any resumption of "unfortunate ill-advised behavior" after Pyongyang raised international concerns by setting an end-of-year deadline for Washington to reconsider its diplomatic approach. Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell said that "we have heard threats before," when asked whether Washington was concerned about a return to long-range missile tests by North Korea, which has vowed to take an unspecified "new path" if the United States is not more flexible in stalled nuclear talks. North Korea said earlier on Thursday the United States had nothing to offer it in possible renewed talks aimed at...
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