North Korea warns against U.S., South Korea military exercises

North Korea warns against U.S., South Korea military exercises

SEOUL, February 23 (Reuters) – North Korea warned on Tuesday of harsh retaliation against South Korea and its ally the United States, which are preparing for annual joint military exercises next month amid heightened tensions following the North’s nuclear test and rocket launch.   The North calls the annual exercises preparations for war and routinely […]

US steps up military pressure on North Korea

US steps up military pressure on North Korea

Beijing, February 9 (IANS) The US is leading a drive to exert military pressure on North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s satellite launch which could escalate regional tension.   US defence officials on Monday said Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would meet his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Hawaii this […]

North Korea brings forward rocket launch time frame, to from Sunday

North Korea brings forward rocket launch time frame, to from Sunday

TOKYO/SEOUL, February 6 (Reuters) – North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday.   North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) […]

North Korea tells U.N. agencies it plans satellite launch

North Korea tells U.N. agencies it plans satellite launch

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, February 3 (Reuters) – North Korea told U.N. agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country’s long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.   News of the planned launch between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25 drew fresh […]

North Korea shocks world with H-bomb claims

North Korea shocks world with H-bomb claims

Washington, Jan 6 (IANS) Defying global public opinion, reclusive North Korea has claimed to have detonated its first hydrogen bomb sending political shock waves around the world and even angering its ally China.   China joined the US, Russia, the European Union and others in condemning the action as a breach of international law and […]

North Korea successfully tests hydrogen bomb

North Korea successfully tests hydrogen bomb

SEOUL, January 6 (Reuters) – North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, marking a significant advance in the isolated state’s strike capabilities and raising alarm bells in Japan and South Korea.   The test, the fourth time North Korea has exploded a nuclear device, […]

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un blames South for ‘mistrust’

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un blames South for ‘mistrust’

SEOUL, January 2 (Reuters): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blamed South Korea on Friday for increased mistrust in a New Year speech after a year of heightened tension between the rival countries.   The speech was Kim’s fourth since becoming leader in 2011 when his father, Kim Jong Il, died, sparking a long and […]

North Korea could seek concession on resort, missile for reunions

North Korea could seek concession on resort, missile for reunions

SEOUL (Reuters) – If North Korea goes ahead with reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean war it is going to expect rewards from the South in return, perhaps the reopening of a border tourist spot or even tacit acceptance of an expected missile test.   South Korean President Park Geun-hye wants to build […]

North Korea says main nuclear complex operational, warns U.S

North Korea says main nuclear complex operational, warns U.S

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Tuesday its main nuclear complex was operating and it was working to improve the “quality and quantity” of its weapons which it could use against the United States at “any time”.   The comments follow a declaration by the North in 2013 vowing to restart all nuclear facilities, […]

North Korea demands pullout of US army from South Korea

Pyongyang, Sep 7 (IANS) North Korea on Monday demanded that US troops be pulled out from South Korea, saying US military presence in South Korea is a pretext for “ceaseless north-targeted saber-rattling”. [google_ad_728_90_text] “Behind the Korean War and all armed conflicts and skirmishes that broke out on the Korean Peninsula for the past 70 years […]

North Korea orders troops on war footing after exchange of fire with South

North Korea orders troops on war footing after exchange of fire with South

SEOUL, Aug 21 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 p.m on Friday after his government issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. [google_ad_728_90_text] South Korean Vice Defence Minister Baek Seung-joo said it was likely […]

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