US admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said Thursday that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago. "It's real," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

A look at North Korea's evolving brinkmanship

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea observers have long marveled at the ability of a small, impoverished, autocratic nation to go toe-to-toe with the world's superpowers. Part of the secret to North Korean success has always been the ruling Kim family's mastery of the art of brinkmanship.

The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the meeting. He delivered opening remarks before handing it over to his national security team.

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary. President Donald Trump welcomed Republican and Democratic senators before his secretary of state, defense secretary, top general and national intelligence director conducted a classified briefing.

Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. "If I were North Korea, I would not underestimate President Trump's resolve to stop them from getting a missile to hit our homeland," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters Tuesday. Graham joined Sen.

Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days

It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe. Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the first 100 days of his administration.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROGRESS MADE TO AVERT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN A major hurdle is overcome when Trump signals he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico. 2.

N. Korea watchers on why army's big day has taken a backseat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The North Korean capital's broad, clean avenues were, by the authoritarian nation's usually over-the-top celebratory standards, fairly subdued ahead of Tuesday's 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. For years, the army celebration rivaled the April 15th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's late founder, Kim Il Sung, in its pageantry.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S.

The Latest: USS Carl Vinson exercises with Japan air force

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The U.S. Navy says aircraft from a carrier strike group headed for the Korean Peninsula are conducting a joint exercise with Japan's Air Self Defense Forces in waters south of Japan. A statement released Wednesday says Japanese aircraft are integrated with ongoing training by the USS Carl Vinson's air wing.

The Latest: Trump threatens tariff on Canadian lumber

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 9:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is telling reporters he'll slap a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada. The president made the comments during a gathering with conservative media outlets at the White House Monday evening. The comments were relayed by four people who were in the room and confirmed by an administration official.

In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. America's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in the Asia-Pacific region, making stops in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and addressed U.S. servicemen on the USS Ronald Reagan in Japan, where he warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would have an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea prepared to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military. Although a major event around the anniversary was viewed as possible, the morning came and went without any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches.

Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence ended his trip to Asia on Monday with a thanks to U.S. service members based in Hawaii and promises of robust military spending under President Donald Trump. Pence sat with troops for lunch at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and noted the president's push for increased military spending at a time when the U.S. faces threats in the Asia-Pacific posed by North Korea.