TOKYO, Jan 29 -- Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch after indications it is preparing for a test firing, two people with direct knowledge of the order told Reuters on Friday. "Increased activity at North Korea's missile site suggests that there may be a launch in the next few weeks," said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be identified because they are not authorized to talk to the media. Tension rose in East Asia this month after North Korea's fourth nuclear test, this time of what it said was a hydrogen bomb. A missile test coming so soon after the nuclear test would raise concern that North Korea plans to fit nuclear warheads on its missiles, giving it the capability to launch a strike against rival South Korea, Japan and possibly targets as far away as the U.S. West Coast. Japan's Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani has ordered Aegis destroyers that operate in the Sea of Japan to be ready to target any North … [Read more...] about Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korean missile test
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(VOVworld) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama on Thursday underscored their intention to coordinate their responses to North Korea’s nuclear test. This will include consulting each other as the UN Security Council works up new penalties. During a phone talk, Mr. Abe said that the international community needs to take resolute action to prevent further provocations by Pyongyang. President Obama said Washington will take steps to ensure the security of its allies, including Japan. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida spoke with his counterparts from the EU and South Korea about Pyongyang’s H-bomb test. Earlier, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to work out measures to deal with the situation. United Nations Security Council members strongly condemned North Korea’s announcement of its latest nuclear test, calling it "profoundly destabilizing regional security." UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded Pyongyang cease … [Read more...] about World community strongly reacts to North Korea “H-bomb” test
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared on Thursday to claim his country has developed a hydrogen bomb, a step up from the less powerful atomic bomb, but outside experts were sceptical. KCNA news agency said. The work of Kim Il Sung "turned the DPRK into a powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation," KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un as saying. DPRK are the initials of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. A hydrogen bomb, also known as a thermonuclear bomb, uses more advanced technology to produce a significantly more powerful blast than an atomic bomb. North Korea conducted underground tests to set off nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013, for which it has been subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions banning trade and financing activities that aid its weapons programme. An official at South Korea's intelligence agency told Yonhap news agency … [Read more...] about North Korean leader Kim’s H-bomb claim draws scepticism
SEOUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes. The launch order was given by his son, leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be 33 years old. The launch prompted South Korea and the United States to announce that they would explore the feasibility of deploying an advanced missile defence system in South Korea, which China and Russia both oppose, "at the earliest possible date." North Korea's state news agency carried a still … [Read more...] about North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.
Trump's remarks were a further pivot from his often-bellicose rhetoric on North Korea and Kim, with whom he has engaged in a war of words that raised fears of nuclear war as Pyongyang carried out missile and nuclear tests."I always believe in talking," Trump said at the Camp David presidential retreat when asked if he would speak to Kim by phone."Absolutely I would do that, no problem with that at all," Trump said, while making clear this did not mean he would do so without preconditions.North and South Korea have agreed to hold their first official talks in more than two years, and Trump expressed hopes that they would go beyond discussions of Pyongyang's participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South, which a North Korean Olympic official said Saturday was "likely.""I would love to see them take it beyond the Olympics," Trump said. "And at the appropriate time, we'll get involved."He added that if something could come out of the talks, "that would be a great thing for all … [Read more...] about Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader