North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

South Korea’s call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to the withdrawal of the “US hostile policy” toward Pyongyang, North Korea state media KCNA reported on Friday, September 24, citing Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song. South Korea President Moon Jae-in on… Continue reading North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

South Korea says it successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile

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South Korea successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday, September 15, becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system as it aims to better counter North Korea’s growing capabilities. South Korea’s missile test came the same day as North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east… Continue reading South Korea says it successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile

Neighbors condemn ‘outrageous’ North Korea ballistic missiles test

North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, September 15, South Korea’s military said, ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile with possible nuclear capabilities. The launches came amid a flurry of activity on the peninsula, including high-level diplomatic talks and South Korea’s testing a… Continue reading Neighbors condemn ‘outrageous’ North Korea ballistic missiles test

North Korea puts hazmat suits on parade for national day, but no missiles

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North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its foundation with a nighttime military parade in the capital, state media reported on Thursday, September 9, publishing photographs of marching rows of personnel in orange hazmat suits but no ballistic missiles. Kim Jong-un, the leader of the reclusive state, attended the event as paramilitary and public security… Continue reading North Korea puts hazmat suits on parade for national day, but no missiles

US, Japan, South Korea prepare for possible meeting on North Korea – report

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The United States, South Korea and Japan are preparing for a possible meeting of officials handling North Korea next week in Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday, September 7. Arrangements were being made for talks between the US envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, the report said,… Continue reading US, Japan, South Korea prepare for possible meeting on North Korea – report

South Korea developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea

South Korea is in the final stages of developing a ballistic missile that can carry a warhead of up to 3 tons, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, September 2, as the country unveiled budget proposals aimed at bolstering its defenses against North Korea. In its defense blueprint for 2022-2026, the defense ministry said it… Continue reading South Korea developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea

South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

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South Korea and the United States will begin their annual joint military drills on Monday, August 16, the South’s military said on Sunday, August 15, amid North Korea’s warnings of a diplomatic and security crisis. South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, but North Korea has… Continue reading South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

North Korea not picking up hotlines after warning South, US over joint drills

North Korea did not answer routine calls on inter-Korean hotlines on Tuesday, August 10, South Korea said, hours after a senior official in Pyongyang warned the South and the United States over annual joint military drills set to begin this week. Kim Yo-Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, accused South Korea… Continue reading North Korea not picking up hotlines after warning South, US over joint drills

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

Japan to develop longer-range anti-missiles as China’s pressure mounts

Japan announced on Friday that it will develop new “stand-off” anti-ship missiles that will be able to target warships from a longer distance around its southwestern Okinawa island chain, particularly near disputed islets in the East China Sea that China also claims. “The security environment around our southwestern islands has become harsh. We have to… Continue reading Japan to develop longer-range anti-missiles as China’s pressure mounts