Scores dead and missing in wake of severe flooding in North Korea

Scores dead and missing in wake of severe flooding in North Korea

The death toll from severe flooding in a North Korean border region has risen to 133 with another 395 missing and tens of thousands left homeless, the UN said. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River, it said in a statement received Monday and citing […]

North Korea ‘ready to carry out new nuclear test’

North Korea ‘ready to carry out new nuclear test’

North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea’s defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test. “An additional test could be conducted in a tunnel that branches off from the second tunnel or in the third tunnel, where preparations […]

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

  North Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a submarine-launched missile that fell inside Japan’s air defence zone, fuelling tensions already raised to dangerous levels by ongoing South Korea-US military exercises. A statement from South Korea’s military Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile, launched in the early morning from a submarine in the East Sea […]

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

  U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that the Security Council would swiftly condemn North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches following an emergency meeting Wednesday of the U.N.’s most powerful body. Power told reporters after the closed meeting there were “strong condemnations across the board” from all 15 council members, which she found encouraging. Her assessment […]

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan’s economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, […]

North Korea tests submarine missile, a failure says Seoul

North Korea tests submarine missile, a failure says Seoul

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday but it appears to have failed soon after launch, South Korea’s military said. The launch comes at the end of a week of sharply rising tensions on the peninsula. It is only a day after the U.S. and South Korea pledged to deploy an […]

US urges ‘united’ UN condemnation of North Korea missile launches

US urges ‘united’ UN condemnation of North Korea missile launches

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting late Wednesday on North Korea’s launch of two ballistic missiles and US Ambassador Samantha Power called for “urgent and united condemnation.” France’s deputy UN ambassador Alexis Lamek, whose country holds the council presidency, told reporters after the meeting that the council intends to react quickly and express […]

North Korea fires second missile in defiance of UN resolutions

North Korea fires second missile in defiance of UN resolutions

North Korea launched what appeared to be a second intermediate-range Musudan missile on Wednesday morning after another launch hours earlier failed, South Korea’s military said. It was not immediately clear if the second launch, about two hours after the first, was successful. The first missile was launched from the east coast city of Wonsan, a […]

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

North Korea apparently failed with an attempted missile launch Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland. South Korea’s defence ministry detected the dawn launch effort, which Japan condemned as an unacceptable and “provocative” act. The ministry declined to speculate on the missile […]

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday morning but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean military officials told Reuters. The launch attempt took place at around 5:20 a.m. Seoul time (2020 GMT), said the officials, who asked not to be identified, without elaborating. Japan put its […]