Articles Tagged: North Korea

North Korea Could Launch Short-Range Missile For Workers’ Party Anniversary

North Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo said his country could launch a short-range missile Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party. The communist country is already planning a lavish celebration and military parade, complete with the international media, foreign guests and ethnic Koreans from around the region.

North Korea’s space race: Satellite launch imminent, official says

Just weeks before a major national holiday widely thought to be a target date for the reclusive nation’s first rocket and satellite blast-off in nearly three years, two senior directors of the National Aeronautical Development Association (NADA) tell us a launch is “imminent” and final preparations are underway to send rockets and “multiple satellites” into space.

Kerry warns North Korea of ‘severe consequences’ if it tests missile

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday it may take more than sanctions to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons threat because its isolation from the global marketplace makes U.S. economic pressure less effective than it was on Iran.

N. Korea nuclear capabilities back under spotlight

North Korea’s evolving nuclear weapons capabilities have returned to the spotlight as it claimed Tuesday that its researchers have been pushing to improve the “quantity and quality” of its nuclear weapons to ensure deterrence against the U.S.

North Korea’s Hint of Nuclear Test Sounds Familiar

North Korea’s recent pronouncements touting advances in its long-range rocket program and restarting its nuclear reactor appear to fit Pyongyang’s established pattern for pressuring the United States and its allies for aid and assistance. “The first stage is to make the situation look as tense as possible,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor of Korean Studies at Kookmin University in Seoul.

N. Korea restarts nuclear reactor after hints of missile launch

North Korea Tuesday confirmed the restarting of a nuclear reactor seen as its main source of weapons-grade plutonium, raising the second red flag in 24 hours over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

North Korea says readying satellite, suggesting long-range missile launch

North Korea’s space agency is close to developing a new satellite and readying it for launch, state media said on Monday, suggesting it will fire a long-range rocket around a national anniversary next month. North Korea will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) on Oct. 10 and has been expected to launch an upgraded long-range ballistic missile, viewed as a major violation of international sanctions.

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