North Korea carried out another projectile launch on Wednesday, the South Korean military and Japan’s Coast Guard said, a day after Pyongyang announced it would hold working-level talks with the United States at the weekend. South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said North Korea fired an unidentified projectile on Wednesday morning from around Wonsan, in southeast Kangwon province, towards the sea to the east. Japan’s Coast Guard said in a statement North Korea had launched what appeared to be a missile and urged vessels to pay attention to further information and not to approach any debris. The launch was the ninth since Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met at the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas in June. It came just a day after Pyongyang announced it had agreed with the United States to hold working-level talks on Saturday, a development that could potentially break months of stalemate. Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and … [Read more...] about North Korea launches projectile ahead of US talks on weekend
North Korea says it successfully test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the sea off its east coast. “The new-type ballistic missile was fired in vertical mode” in the waters off Wonsan Bay on Wednesday, the North’s KCNA state news agency reported. Analysts say the launch may be used as leverage in talks due to resume with the US on the weekend. A proven submarine-based missile capability would take Pyongyang’s arsenal to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a second-strike capability in the event of an attack on its military bases. “The successful new-type SLBM test-firing comes to be of great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence,” the state news agency said. The test “had no adverse impact on the security of … [Read more...] about ‘Of great significance’: North Korea hails submarine launch of ballistic missile
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Sunday that it had no desire to engage in “nauseating negotiations” with the United States anymore, rejecting Washington’s suggestion that negotiators from both countries meet again in Stockholm in two weeks. In a statement issued a day after bilateral talks broke down in Stockholm on Saturday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that it would not meet with American negotiators again until after Washington took “practical measures for complete and irreversible withdrawal of hostile policy.” The ministry suggested that the Trump administration, faced with a slew of domestic political scandals, was more interested in forcing a deal on North Korea and claiming a major diplomatic achievement to help the president’s re-election bid than in satisfying the North’s demands. “The U.S. did nothing to prepare for these negotiations, but only pursued their political interest by using the North … [Read more...] about North Korea Rules Out Quick Resumption of ‘Nauseating’ Talks with U.S.
SEOUL: North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea on Monday, Seoul officials said, in a continuation of weapon launches it has carried out in an apparent response to ongoing South Korea-US military drills it sees as a provocation. The projectiles launched from a site near the northeastern city of Hamhung flew about 200 kilometers (125 miles) before landing in waters off North Korea's east coast, South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said. The firings came three days after Seoul said North Korea launched its first medium-range missile into the sea since early 2014, ignoring UN resolutions against such tests. South Korea's Yonhap news agency initially reported that a missile had also been launched on Monday, but later changed that to say projectiles had been fired. In recent weeks, North Korea has stepped up its bellicose rhetoric, threatening pre-emptive nuclear strikes against Washington and Seoul and firing short-range missiles and artillery into the sea. The … [Read more...] about North Korea fires 5 short-range projectiles into sea
TOKYO: Satellite imagery analysis suggests North Korea may be preparing a long-range ballistic missile launch , Japan's Kyodo News reported on Thursday, citing a Japanese government source. Imagery collected over the past several days suggested the launch from the western Dongchang-ri site could come in about a week, Kyodo said. While the report did not provide any details on the source of the analysis, Japan's key security ally, the United States, regularly monitors North Korea from space while Japan itself in 2003 began its own satellite monitoring of the country. South Korean defence ministry spokesperson Kim Min-Seok declined to confirm or deny the report, saying the ministry did not comment on intelligence matters. He added, however, that South Korea's military was monitoring for any signs of a long-range missile launch. The report came as the international community discusses further sanctions against Pyongyang for conducting its fourth nuclear test earlier … [Read more...] about Images suggest North Korea may be preparing missile launch