Randy Schriver said he supported talking to the notoriously reclusive, militarized state in order to avoid a war breaking out.
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said China's rapid military reforms and economic growth threaten U.S. hegemony.
The tiny archipelago nation of Palau agreed to host a massive U.S. radar system at a time when North Korea is threatening U.S. allies in the region.
A day after the Navy's fourth collision in the Asia-Pacific, the head of U.S. forces in the region warned adversaries not to perceive the military as weak.
Two radio stations suddenly broadcast a "civil danger warning" to residents of Guam, amid missile threats from North Korea and local power outages.
Beliefs in sorcery and witchcraft are widespread in some regions of Papua New Guinea.