April 12th, 2013
09:29 PM ET

U.S. releases blacklist tied to alleged Russia rights abuses

By Elise Labott

The United States published a blacklist of alleged human rights abusers in Russia on Friday as part of a law that threatens to further strain ties between Washington and Moscow.

The Magnitsky Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama last December, imposes visa bans and freezes assets of accused human rights abusers as well as those believed responsible for the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Magnitsky uncovered the largest tax fraud in the country's history in the form of rebates claimed by government officials who stole money from the state. He was apparently beaten to death in 2009 after a year in a Moscow detention center.

April 12th, 2013
07:14 PM ET

Pentagon intel suggested N. Korea nuke capability previously

By Pam Benson and Chris Lawrence

Despite the uproar over a disclosure this week of Pentagon intelligence concluding North Korea may be able to deliver a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile, it's not the first time the Defense Intelligence Agency has suggested Pyongyang had that capability.

Since 2005, two former DIA chiefs have raised the possibility during congressional testimony.

At a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing in April 2005, then-DIA director Vice Admiral Lowell Jacoby acknowledged the possibility in response to a question about whether North Korea had the capability to put a nuclear device on a missile.

"The assessment is that they have the capability to do that," Jacoby said.

Kerry lands in South Korea amid North Korea's nuclear threats
April 12th, 2013
05:25 AM ET

Kerry lands in South Korea amid North Korea's nuclear threats

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea on Friday for a trip likely to focus on North Korea's recent nuclear threats and provocations.

Kerry, who landed in Seoul, is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. The Korean peninsula is rife with tensions over the belligerent threats issued by Pyongyang.

Shortly after his arrival, Kerry told reporters at a news conference with the South Korean foreign minister that the United States and South Korea agree that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power.

"The rhetoric that we are hearing is simply unacceptable,” Kerry said.

Kerry also said that the United States is prepared to enter into talks with North Korea, but only if the North is serious about negotiating the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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