Eastern Asia is experiencing some of its coldest weather in decades. Low temperatures and heavy snowfall struck capitals from Seoul to Bangkok. More than 60 deaths have been blamed on the icy conditions.
South Korea and the US have begun their annual war games. In Seoul, President Moon Jae-in warned his nuclear-armed counterpart in the North against using the drills to continue cranking the "vicious cycle" of tensions.
Japanese company Mitsubishi has been ordered by a South Korean court to compensate World War II forced laborers, stoking anger and concerns in Japan. Tokyo insists all claims were settled more than half-a-century ago.
Sanctions are taking their toll on the North Korean regime, which has allegedly resumed the production of narcotics to earn the hard currency required to advance its nuclear and missile programs. Julian Ryall reports.
The United States and Japan have agreed to step up defense cooperation to deal with threats posed by North Korea. Tensions remain high in East Asia in view of Pyongyang's missile tests.
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