North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Tuesday morning, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The projectiles were reportedly launched from South Hwanghae province on North Korea's western coast, flew across the country, and landed in the waters off the eastern coast. The German government later condemned the launch. "With this fourth missile test in a short period of time, North Korea has once again violated its obligations contained in unambiguous resolutions of the UN Security Council," a foreign ministry spokesman said. "We call on North Korea to desist from provocation of this kind, to observe the decisions of the Security Council and to return to the negotiating table." Disarming North Korea The launch was reported as North Korea issued a statement denouncing joint US-South Korean war games that started Monday as a "flagrant violation" of peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula that reflect a lack of "political will" to improve … [Read more...] about North Korea launches two ‘projectiles’ into the sea
North Korea has violated a number of sanctions by the United Nations, most notably continuing their nuclear weapons and missile programs, a 149-page confidential UN report said Friday. The report comes days after reports suggesting the North is developing new missiles. The United States' top diplomat Mike Pompeo called on countries to maintain pressure on the North and not violate UN sanctions. Read more: Is North Korea defying the US in expanding weapons production? What the report said · North Korea "has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018." · US figures estimated that North Korea had procured over 500,000 barrels of petroleum products in the first five months of 2018. The transfer of the products involved 40 … [Read more...] about Confidential UN report: North Korea continuing nuclear, missile programs
As the US continues to move forward on diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, assessments from US intelligence agencies and several reports from satellite imagery analysts emerged this week providing evidence that Pyongyang is continuing to expand weapons production capability, which Washington says poses a threat to the US and its allies in Asia. Some of the reports suggested that the Kim regime was expanding weapons production facilities even as it made tentative statements promising to "denuclearize" in the run up to the June 12 summit in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. Read more: Opinion: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit of friendliness A report published recently by NBC News, citing unnamed US officials, said US intelligence agencies "believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in talks with … [Read more...] about Is North Korea defying the US in expanding weapons production?
The stage is set in Hanoi for a two-day summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During their meeting, which kicks off on Wednesday in Vietnam's capital, the leaders are expected to discuss conditions for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, along with potentially ending the Korean War. Following the last Trump-Kim summit in June 2018, progress on getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons has been incremental. Aside from a non-binding promise to "denuclearize," North Korea has not curtailed its weapons capacity. Read more: Vietnam: Security overhaul boots Kim Jong Un impersonator ahead of Trump summit Experts say that the Hanoi summit needs to produce a framework for further negotiation in order for the US to claim progress on denuclearization. The stakes are high for deliverables that go beyond the symbolic value of the Singapore summit in 2018. "Ratings for the first summit were good, and both leaders see benefit … [Read more...] about Trump-Kim summit: Stakes are high for US to show progress on North Korea
North Korea on Saturday fired what appear to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, the South Korean military said. The projectiles were launched from northeastern South Hamgyong province, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. They flew about 380 kilometers (236 miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles). North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the test-firing of what the country's official state news outlet, the Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), called a "super-large multiple rocket launcher." "The test-fire proved that all the tactical and technological specifications of the system correctly reached the preset indexes," the KNCA report said, before adding that Kim expressed "high appreciation" for the scientists who had designed and built it. Kim also said the weapons tests were necessary "for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the … [Read more...] about North Korea test-fires missiles after joint military drills end