Asia Pacific

Tillerson: Army action against N Korea 'on the table'

US secretary of state says military action an 'option on the table'' as 20 years of diplomacy have come to nothing.

North Korea

US says 'all options on table' to deal with North Korea

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley calls Kim Jong-un arrogant and not 'a rational person'.

Inside Story

A new nuclear arms race?

President Donald Trump says he wants the US to expand its nuclear arsenal.

Middle East

Iran warns of 'dark days' in case of US military attack

Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to supreme leader, calls US efforts to halt Iran's missile programme 'worthless fantasies'.

Nuclear weapons

'Overwhelming response': US warns North Korea

US Defense Secretary James Mattis makes first foreign trip to key ally South Korea and reaffirms military alliance.

Middle East

US puts Iran 'on notice' after missile test confirmed

US national security adviser signals toughening stance on Tehran after Iran insists tests did not breach nuclear accord.

Middle East

Iran: Missile tests not in violation of nuclear deal

US says missile test carried out in Semnan on Sunday, but Tehran insists its programme is not covered by nuclear deal.

Donald Trump

Trump to blame as doomsday draws closer, scientists say

Comments by Donald Trump on nuclear weapons and climate change have made the world less safe, atomic scientists say.

Asia Pacific

North Korea threatens missile launch anytime, blames US

US defence chief, meanwhile, vows to shoot down any ICBM tests near American territory - or that of its allies.

Nuclear weapons

Analysts: North Korea not bluffing on ICBM launch

Isolated nation has achieved significant progress despite UN sanctions for nuclear tests and long-range rocket launches.

Nuclear weapons

Trump, Putin call for stronger nuclear arsenals

US currently has an estimated arsenal of about 7,000 nuclear warheads, second only to Russia with a few hundred more.

Nuclear weapons

North Korea pledges 'tough' response to UN sanctions

Foreign ministry notes UN Security Council member states have conducted thousands of nuclear tests and rocket launches.

Nuclear weapons

UN slaps North Korea with toughest-ever sanctions

New sanctions resolution passed by a 15-0 vote after three months of tough negotiations between the US and China.

United States

Killing John F Kennedy and the prospect of peace

35th American president was gunned down 53 years ago on Tuesday, ending what some say were plans to finish the Cold War.

Iran

Iran warns enduring sanctions threatening nuclear deal

Foot-dragging on sanctions relief jeopardising historic agreement to curtail nuclear weapon production, Tehran says.