North Korea suggests it may resume nuclear, missile tests, slams ‘hostile’ US

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North Korea would bolster its defenses against the United States and consider restarting “all temporally-suspended activities,” state media KCNA reported on Thursday, January 20, an apparent reference to a self-imposed moratorium on testing its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. Tension has been rising over a recent series of North Korean missile tests. A US push… Continue reading North Korea suggests it may resume nuclear, missile tests, slams ‘hostile’ US

China says it warned away US warship in West Philippine Sea; US denies

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Chinese forces followed and warned away a US warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s military said on Thursday, January but the U.S. Navy denied the ship had been warned off. The Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army said the USS Benfold “illegally” sailed into… Continue reading China says it warned away US warship in West Philippine Sea; US denies

North Korea tests railway-borne missile amid rising tension with US

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North Korea tested a railway-borne missile in its firing drills on Friday, state media KCNA said on Saturday, January 15, amid the United States’ push for fresh sanctions against the isolated state following its recent series of weapons tests. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said two short-range ballistic missiles travelled about 430 kilometers (267… Continue reading North Korea tests railway-borne missile amid rising tension with US

US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims

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The United States on Wednesday laid out its most detailed case yet against Beijing’s “unlawful” claims in the West Philippine Sea, rejecting both the geographic and historic bases for its vast, divisive map. In a 47-page research paper, the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs said China had no basis… Continue reading US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims

North Korea’s Kim calls for more ‘military muscle’ after watching hypersonic missile test

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for boosting the country’s strategic military forces as he observed the test of a hypersonic missile, state media said on Wednesday, January 12, officially attending a missile launch for the first time in nearly two years. On Tuesday authorities in South Korea and Japan detected the suspected launch,… Continue reading North Korea’s Kim calls for more ‘military muscle’ after watching hypersonic missile test

US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia — White House official

The United States is ready to discuss with Russia the two countries’ missile systems and military exercises, in talks that could begin as early as Sunday in Geneva, a senior White House official said Saturday. US and Russian diplomats are meeting in Switzerland to try to defuse tensions as Washington and Europe accuse Moscow of… Continue reading US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia — White House official

North Korea conducts second suspected missile test in less than a week

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North Korea fired what was believed to a ballistic missile on Tuesday, January 11, South Korea’s military and the Japanese coast guard said, the second apparent missile launch in less than a week after the reclusive state’s leader urged more military advances. The suspected ballistic missile launch was detected around 7:27 a.m. (2227 GMT) from… Continue reading North Korea conducts second suspected missile test in less than a week

North Korea launches 2nd hypersonic missile in fiery test

North Korea fired a “hypersonic missile” this week that successfully hit a target, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday, January 6, its second such test as the country pursues new military capabilities amid stalled denuclearization talks. The launch on Wednesday, January 5, was the first by North Korea since October and was detected by… Continue reading North Korea launches 2nd hypersonic missile in fiery test

Japan and US vow more defense cooperation to counter Chinese threat

The United States and Japan on Friday, January 7, voiced strong concern about China’s growing might in unambiguous terms and pledged to work together against attempts to destabilize the region. The comments from the two allies, in a joint statement that followed a virtual meeting of their foreign and defense ministers, highlight how deepening alarm… Continue reading Japan and US vow more defense cooperation to counter Chinese threat

North Korea fires suspected missile as South Korea breaks ground for ‘peace’ railway

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday, January 5, just hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail line he hopes will eventually connect the divided Korean peninsula. The first launch since October 2021 underscored leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year vow to bolster… Continue reading North Korea fires suspected missile as South Korea breaks ground for ‘peace’ railway