After weeks of fiery rhetoric, military posturing and threats that it’s willing to strike back hard if provoked, North Korea appears to be taking a bit of a breather. The U.S.-South Korea war games it despises are winding down, and feelers are out in diplomatic circles that it might be best to open up some avenue for dialogue. If that sounds familiar, it should — it’s a pattern that has been repeated for decades.
North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, a report said Sunday.
South Korea clarified Monday it had seen no fresh signs of North Korea preparing a fourth nuclear test, after earlier saying that activity was intensifying at the communist state’s main atomic site.
Japan has ordered its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, a defense ministry spokesman said Monday as speculation grows Pyongyang may fire one this week.
Foreign diplomats in Pyongyang were considering a North Korean evacuation advisory Saturday as concerns grew that the isolated state was preparing a missile launch at a time of soaring nuclear tensions.
Iran’s navy says it has test-fired a range of weapons during on-going maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.
By Foster Klug
New satellite images indicate that snow may have slowed North Korea’s rocket launch preparations, but that Pyongyang could still be ready for liftoff starting Monday.
Japan on Friday issued the order to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the nation’s territory, the top government official said.
North Korea plans to launch a long-range rocket between December 10 and 22, the North’s official news agency said Saturday.
South Korean activists launched leaflets across the border to the North Sunday criticizing the Kim dynasty on the day the communist state marks the centenary of the birth of its founding leader.
North Korea has unveiled what appears to be a new missile at a military parade in Pyongyang.
China is appealing to the United States and South Korea to show restraint following North Korea’s failed rocket launch.
North Korea has been developing a new long-range ballistic missile in a separate programme from the one that led to a failed rocket launch this week, a South Korean TV station reported Saturday.