This could be the first meeting between the two controversial leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte and U.S. President Donald Trump.
As the White House was talking about sending a naval "armada" to the Korean peninsula, the very ships in question were on their way to participate in military exercises in the Indian Ocean, some 3,500 miles in the opposite direction.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to implement the 'Buy American, Hire American' rhetoric of his campaign.
The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday.
Capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks, it's the first time the 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound bomb has ever been used.
Still technically at war with its southern neighbor, ordinary North Koreans are warned to be in a state of constant vigilance to threats from the outside, particularly from the US.
The development could mark a new willingness on China's behalf to use its economic might to stop North Korea's nuclear program.
Within a few hours of extraordinary political shape-shifting, Trump abandoned stances that were at the bedrock of his establishment-bashing campaign.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that unnamed forces inside Syria are plotting chemical attacks, which they plan to blame on the Syrian regime.
North Korea has issued a forceful response to the deployment of a U.S. naval strike group to the region.
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