Western intelligence officials say North Korea is preparing to conduct a nuclear weapons test for the first time in over four years. Renewed tensions on the peninsula prompted China’s atomic envoy to meet his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on Tuesday calling the situation “severe.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a new guided weapons system to improve the country’s “tactical nukes”, AFP reported Sunday, citing state media.
Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that a preliminary deal had been reached with a foreign bank over frozen funds belonging to the Islamic Republic.
North Korea carried out its boldest ballistic missile test so far in an apparent attempt to ramp up pressure on President Joe Biden.
North Korea test-fired two missiles off its east coast into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday morning, DW reports. While analysts are ascertaining the exact type of projectiles fired, it is believed they were cruise missiles, which are not banned under UN sanctions against North Korea.
South Korea and Japan’s coast guard believe North Korea may have fired two ballistic missiles in what would be the fourth such weapons test this month.
North Korea has fired what is believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles -its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea have said.
A North Korean missile test demonstrated a more advanced weapon than a test conducted roughly a week ago, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern waters on Wednesday, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, the first such launch in about two months amid long-dormant international diplomacy on the North’s nuclear program.
North Korea executed at least seven people for “watching or distributing South Korean videos,” including popular music, known as K-pop, according to a report obtained by Worthy News.
A new report by human rights organization Korea Future attests that the North Korean communist regime uses imprisonment, torture, and starvation to persecute Christians, Christian Today (CT) reports. North Korea ranks one on the US Open Doors Watch List 2021 of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.
South Korea and Australia have signed a nearly $700 million defense deal on Monday during South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to the country. Under the agreement, South Korean defense company Hanwha will provide the Australian army with equipment like artillery weapons, supply vehicles and radar.
South Korea turned down asylum requests from dozens of Chinese Christians despite fears their deportation to China could mean imprisonment, “forced disappearances and torture,” Christians said.
A new report by rights group Korea Future details torture and other forms of violence that were perpertrated by prison guards against 91 Christians detained in North Korea between 1997 and 2018, Christian Today (CT) reports.
Regional tensions rose further Tuesday after North Korea confirmed it fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast on Tuesday.
North Korea fired a suspected submarine-launched ballistic missile Tuesday into the Sea of Japan, the latest in a series of launches recently by the rogue country in an increasing show of force.
North Korea said Friday it test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile, the fourth weapons launch in recent weeks that experts say is part of a strategy to win relief from sanctions and other concessions.
Details of the launch are being analysed by South Korean and US authorities. But Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said it “could be a ballistic missile” – which can be used to carry large nuclear warheads and is banned under United Nations sanctions.
Special envoys from the United States and South Korea met with their Japanese counterpart Tuesday in Tokyo for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, following tests conducted by the rogue state Saturday and Sunday.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog warned Monday that nuclear-armed North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor.