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February 2017 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- THAAD to Serve as S Korean Self-Defense Against Pyongyang's Threats Sputnik 28 Feb 2017 -- South Korean Foreign Ministry said that Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system that will be installed in South Korea will serve to defend the country against North Korea's nuclear threats.
- South Korea Urges UN to Refer DPRK Leaders to ICC VOA 28 Feb 2017 -- South Korea is using the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam to call again for the United Nations to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity.
- DPRK man dies minutes after being swabbed with VX nerve agent: Malaysian official People's Daily 27 Feb 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man died a painful death minutes after being swabbed with a high dosage of lethal VX nerve agent, Malaysia's Health Minister S. Subramaniam said Sunday.
- EU slaps additional sanctions on North Korea over nuclear, missile tests Press TV 27 Feb 2017 -- The European Union (EU) has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
- North Korean Government Reported to Be Behind Kim Jong Nam's Murder Sputnik 27 Feb 2017 -- The North Korean authorities could stand behind the murder of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of the country's leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean media reported, citing an intelligence agency.
- N Korean Ex-Minister Allegedly Detained After Dismissal Over Abuse of Power Sputnik 27 Feb 2017 -- North Korea's former Minister of State Security Kim Won Hong has been arrested, following his dismissal in late January over the abuse of power, South Korean media reported Monday.
- S Korean Foreign Minister to Raise Issue of N Korea's Chemical Weapons - Reports Sputnik 26 Feb 2017 -- South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will raise the issues of North Korea's chemical weapons and human rights abuses during the UN Human Rights Council's session and the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, media reported Sunday.
- US cancels back-channel talks with North Korea: Sources Press TV 26 Feb 2017 -- The United States has decided not to issue visas for a North Korean delegation that had been due to take part in planned "back-channel" talks with former US officials in New York.
- Indonesian suspect says knowing no plan about DPRK man killing in Kuala Lumpurt airport People's Daily 26 Feb 2017 -- The Indonesian woman suspect believed to be the one carrying out the deadly attack on a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Kuala Lumpur airport told Indonesian officials Saturday that she thought she was doing a prank using "baby oil".
- Malaysian airport declared "safe zone" after VX nerve agent found in dead DPRK man People's Daily 26 Feb 2017 -- Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 was declared a "safe zone" on Sunday morning, after a detection operation found no trace of VX nerve agent, a lethal chemical weapon found on the body of a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man who died on Feb. 13.
- N. Korean Leader's Estranged Half-Brother Died Within 20 Minutes of Attack VOA 26 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian health authorities say Kim Jong Nam suffered a "very painful death" and was dead within 20 minutes of being attacked at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
- S Korea to Get Tough on North's Biochemical Weapons in Talks With US, Japan Sputnik 25 Feb 2017 -- South Korea will take a hard line on North Korea for illegally storing biological and chemical weapons, at the upcoming talks with the United States and Japan, South Korean officials told local media Saturday after a highly toxic liquid was confirmed to have killed the half-brother of the North Korean leader.
- Activity at North Korean Nuclear Facility Could Mean Another Test Imminent Sputnik 26 Feb 2017 -- Activity at North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test facility indicates that the country could conduct another nuclear test at any time, a North Korean watchdog warns.
- Malaysia May Arrest NK Diplomat Over Murder; Suspect Says She Got $90 for 'Joke' Sputnik 26 Feb 2017 -- Malaysia could arrest a North Korean diplomat if he doesn't voluntarily come forward to discuss the murder of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korea's leader, soon.
- Indonesian suspect in killing Kim got $90 to play in 'TV prank': Official Press TV 25 Feb 2017 -- An Indonesian woman who is currently in Malaysian police custody over the assassination of the half bother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says she was paid only $90 to do the job in what she thought was a "TV prank show."
- China rejects US calls to confront North Korea Press TV 25 Feb 2017 -- China has turned down calls by the United States to confront North Korea, saying the handling of Pyongyang's nuclear program does not concern Beijing.
- North Korean Leader's Sister Said to Be the One Who Secretly Rules the Country Sputnik 25 Feb 2017 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might actually be not as powerful as he seems. Lately, more and more experts from the neighboring South Korea have proclaimed the North Korean leader's half-sister Kim Sol-song could actually be the one who has real power in the country.
- US May Designate N Korea as Terrorism Sponsor State Amid Kim Jong Nam's Murder Sputnik 25 Feb 2017 -- The United States is considering the possibility of putting North Korea back on Washington's list of states-sponsors of terrorism after a highly toxic liquid was confirmed to have killed the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, media reported Saturday citing US government sources.
- 'North Korea harshly criticizes main ally China' Press TV 24 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has reportedly directed rare and harsh criticism at China, its major international ally, accusing Beijing of giving in to the United States' demands by tightening its own sanctions against Pyongyang.
- World's most toxic nerve agent used in Kim murder: Malaysia police Press TV 24 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian police authorities have identified the chemical used in the killing of the half-bother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as extremely toxic VX nerve agent that has no known uses except in chemical warfare.
- 'Rubbish': Pyongyang Slams S Korean FM for Criticism of North's Nuclear Program Sputnik 24 Feb 2017 -- South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se's words on the urgency of the nuclear issue in North Korea were "rubbish," the North's Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea said Friday in a statement.
- South Korea Condemns Use of Chemical Weapon in Kim Jong Nam's Murder Sputnik 24 Feb 2017 -- Seoul expressed criticism over a VX nerve agent, a highly toxic liquid, used to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong Nam, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Friday,
- China Hopes to Work With US, North Korea on Peace on Korean Peninsula - Ministry Sputnik 24 Feb 2017 -- According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Beijing hopes to work together with Washington and Pyongyang to support the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
- 'Dancing to US Tune': North Korea Slams China Over Sanctions Sputnik 24 Feb 2017 -- North Korean state media on Thursday criticized the Chinese government over Beijing's decision to suspend all imports of North Korean coal, following Pyongyang's launch of a ballistic missile.
- Advocates Hope Trump Can Still Make a Deal With North Korea VOA 24 Feb 2017 -- Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's comments that it may be too late to strike a deal to halt North Korea's advancing nuclear program, advocates for engagement argue that Trump is uniquely positioned to reach a breakthrough toward resolving the increasingly tense security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
- Panetta: Killing of Kim Jong Nam Reflects Instability in Pyongyang VOA 24 Feb 2017 -- The apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother reflects "instability" and "uncertainty" in the North Korean leadership, former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.
- Pyongyang claims death of DPRK citizen "conspiratorial racket" by S. Korea People's Daily 23 Feb 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday said the death of a DPRK citizen at Kuala Lumpur last week was an "anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket" launched by South Korea.
- North Korean media break silence on Kim's death Press TV 23 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has lambasted Malaysia for performing an "immoral and illegal" autopsy on the dead body of the North Korean leader's exiled half-brother, who was murdered in Kuala Lumpur last week.
- Police Officials to Obtain DNA Sample From Son of Killed Kim Jong-nam Sputnik 23 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian police officials plan to get a DNA sample from the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam, killed earlier this month, media report.
- Full US Review of Policy Toward North Korea Expected VOA 23 Feb 2017 -- The Trump White House has ordered a review of U.S. policy toward North Korea, looking at all the options Washington has for its future dealings with Pyongyang and the Kim Jong Un regime, well-informed diplomatic sources told VOA this week.
- What Effect Will Kim Jong Nam's Death Have on China-North Korea Relations? VOA 23 Feb 2017 -- Following the airport assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the question being asked by much of the world is, "Why?" And with China often regarded as a nation that might be able to exert pressure over Pyongyang's actions, however, what impact could Jong Nam's death have on China-North Korean relations?
- Seoul Accuses Kim Jong-un via Loudspeakers of Plotting Half-Brother's Killing Sputnik 22 Feb 2017 -- South Korean military informed the North Korean population that it was their state's leader Kim Jong-un who masterminded the murder of his half-brother Kim Jong-nam, broadcasting it through loudspeakers near the border line, Yonhap reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean military official.
- Kim's death impacts North Korea's image in China People's Daily 22 Feb 2017 -- Detailed and updated information about the death of Kim Jong-nam, an elder half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, has been widely available on the Internet and closely followed by the Chinese public, despite cautious coverage by Chinese mainstream media.
- Malaysia seeks to question North Korea embassy official over Kim's killing Press TV 22 Feb 2017 -- Police in Malaysia seek to question a senior official in the North Korean Embassy in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, in connection with the murder of the North Korean leader's half-brother in the city last week.
- Malaysia Urges North Korea Embassy Official to Testify on Kim Jong Nam Murder Sputnik 22 Feb 2017 -- Malaysia opposes to joint investigation of the killing of North Korean leader's half-brother Kim Jong Nam and urges a representative of the North Korean Embassy and an employee of the country's airline to give testimony on the murder.
- Malaysian Police Link N. Korean Diplomat to Kim Jong Nam Killing VOA 22 Feb 2017 -- The Malaysian police on Wednesday said they want to question three new North Korean suspects, including a North Korean diplomat, in connection with the apparent assassination last week of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
- Malaysian doctors still waiting for lab results to determine cause of DPRK man's death People's Daily 21 Feb 2017 -- Doctors found no sign of puncture on the body of a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man, who died at the Kuala Lumpur airport last week, as the cause of death is yet to be determined by results from a lab, a Malaysian health official said on Tuesday.
- China coal ban not to seriously affect North Korea: Official Press TV 21 Feb 2017 -- China's recent imposition of a ban on coal imports from North Korea has yet to be fully felt in Pyongyang, says an official in North Korea, playing down the impact of the measure that Beijing adopted in line with international sanctions on the country.
- Malaysia: No Cause of Death Yet in North Korean's Killing VOA 21 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian health officials said Tuesday they have not yet determined a cause of death in the apparent assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
- DPRK ambassador denies identifying deceased DPRK man as Kim Jong Nam People's Daily 20 Feb 2017 -- The ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to Malaysia on Monday denied telling Malaysian authorities that a DPRK diplomatic passport holder, who died at Kuala Lumpur last week, was Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.
- Resuming DPRK talks depends on efforts from all parties: FM People's Daily 20 Feb 2017 -- China cannot go it alone in trying to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table over the nuclear issue, and while it can mediate, both Washington and Pyongyang should think about accommodating each other's positions, experts said.
- Malaysia summons DPRK ambassador over police probe into Kim's death People's Daily 20 Feb 2017 -- Malaysia's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kang Chol to seek an explanation over a statement he had made on the police investigation of a deceased DPRK man./li>
- CCTV footage of North Korean's killing released Press TV 20 Feb 2017 -- Video footage has been released showing the assassination of a North Korean believed to be the half-brother of North Korea's leader in the Malaysian capital.
- 4 North Koreans fled Malaysia after Kim's death Press TV 20 Feb 2017 -- Four North Koreans suspected to be behind the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother fled Malaysia on the day he was assassinated, the police say.
- Four DPRK suspects related to death of DPRK man fled Malaysia People's Daily 19 Feb 2017 -- The Malaysian police said on Sunday that four suspects from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) related to the death of a DPRK man had fled the country.
- China suspends coal imports from DPRK People's Daily 19 Feb 2017 -- China will suspend coal imports from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the rest of 2017, the Ministry of Commerce said Saturday.
- China targets North Korea with rare trade measure Press TV 19 Feb 2017 -- China has stepped up its own pressure on North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs, suspending imports of North Korean coal, a major source of revenue for the government in Pyongyang.
- China Suspends Import of Coal From North Korea Until End of the Year Sputnik 19 Feb 2017 -- China's Commerce Ministry announced that it has suspended all imports of coal from North Korea. The news comes in the wake of North Korea's successful ballistic missile test last week and the alleged assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam.
- China deprives N Korea of crucial source of foreign exchange Press TV 18 Feb 2017 -- China is set to stop all imports of coal from North Korea depriving the country of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test.
- DPRK citizen arrested in connection with Kim Jong Nam's death People's Daily 18 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian police said on Saturday they have detained a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen suspected to be involved in the death of a DPRK man identified by Malaysian authorities as Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.
- DPRK to reject Malaysia's autopsy report on citizen's death: envoy People's Daily 18 Feb 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will "categorically reject" the post mortem conducted by Malaysia on its national who died here on Monday and demands the immediate transfer of the body, said the DPRK embassy here on late Friday.
- Malaysian police working on DNA profiling of Kim Jong Nam People's Daily 18 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian police are working on a DNA profiling of Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of the top leader of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a senior police officer said on Friday.
- Washington calls on Beijing to rein in North Korea Press TV 17 Feb 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on China to help rein in North Korea's provocative actions after Pyongyang launched its latest ballistic missile test early this week.
- Malaysia rejects N Korea request for Kim's body Press TV 17 Feb 2017 -- Malaysia has turned down a request by North Korea to turn over the body of a man believed to be the North Korean leader's half-brother, who was recently killed in Kuala Lumpur.
- Chinese FM Calls to Stop 'Sanctions-Nuclear Tests Circle' in North Korea Dispute Sputnik 17 Feb 2017 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged on Friday to break the vicious circle of sanctions against North Korea and Pyongyang's retaliation in the form of nuclear tests, calling to resume six-way talks on Korean peninsula denuclearization.
- Death of North Korea's Onetime Heir Sheds Light on Secretive Kim Dynasty VOA 17 Feb 2017 -- The apparent assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is drawing the world's attention to the secretive Kim family's inner circle.
- Will North Korea Stop its Weapons Program? VOA 17 Feb 2017 -- After two nuclear tests and multiple missile launches in 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tested a new intermediate-range missile Sunday. The rocket flew about 500 kilometers before splashing down in international waters between South Korea and Japan. The missile is believed to have used solid fuel, a type that would make future launches more difficult to detect.
- FM: China following death of Kim Jong Nam People's Daily 16 Feb 2017 -- China is continuing to observe events following the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) top leader Kim Jong Un, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.
- Indonesian police to verify citizen's involvement in Kim killing People's Daily 16 Feb 2017 -- Indonesian police will probe implication of its citizen in the killing of the half-brother of top leader of the Democratic People of Republic's Korea (DPRK), a police spokesman said on Thursday.
- Second suspect in DPRK man's death bears Indonesian passport People's Daily 16 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian police said on Thursday a second female suspect, who bears an Indonesian passport, has been arrested early in the morning in connection with the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- Malaysia nabs second woman in North Korean's killing Press TV 16 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian police have arrested a second woman in connection with the recent killing of North Korea's exiled half-brother in Malaysia.
- Malaysian Police Detain 3rd Suspect in Murder Case of N.Korean Leader's Brother Sputnik 16 Feb 2017 -- Malaysian authorities have detained the third suspect in the assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam, Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said Thursday.
- U.S.-ROK-Japan Foreign Ministerial Joint Statement on the Situation in North Korea US Dept. of State 16 Feb 2017
- North Korean Alleged Assassination Resembles a Mafia Hit VOA 16 Feb 2017 -- The apparent assassination this week of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, bolsters the argument that North Korea is a mafia state that operates outside the law, ruthlessly eliminates its enemies and is dependent upon criminal enterprises for survival.
- Who Hired Deadly Assassins to Slay N Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un's Half-Brother? Sputnik 15 Feb 2017 -- Speculation is rife on who was behind the death of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who was killed in Malaysia on Monday.
- Malaysian police arrest female suspect related to death of DPRK man People's Daily 15 Feb 2017 -- The Malaysian police said Wednesday that a female suspect was arrested in the investigation related to the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- North Korea rejects UNSC condemnation of missile test Press TV 15 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has rejected the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)'s condemnation of its recent missile test launch, citing a "sovereign right" to such tests.
- Aid Groups in North Korea Struggle Amid Nuclear Tension VOA 15 Feb 2017 -- Recent international sanctions intended to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons program are hobbling humanitarian and relief efforts to safeguard the lives of millions in need, according to many aid workers.
- DPRK leader's half-brother killed in Malaysia: media People's Daily 14 Feb 2017 -- The half-brother of top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, South Korean cable news channel TV Chosun reported on Tuesday citing multiple government sources.
- Half-brother of North Korea's leader reportedly assassinated in Malaysia Press TV 14 Feb 2017 -- The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly been assassinated in Malaysia, South Korean media and Malaysian police say.
- Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Assassinated in Malaysia Sputnik 14 Feb 2017 -- Half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un was killed by two unidentified women with poisoned needles at an airport in Malaysia, according to media reports.
- North Korean Leader Believed to Have Ordered Assassination of Half-brother VOA 14 Feb 2017 -- It's no real mystery. That's the assessment of North Korea watchers and members of the U.S. intelligence community following the apparent assassination of the eldest son of the totalitarian state's former leader, Kim Jong Il.
- North Korea's Missile Prep Time 'Effectively Nullifies' South's Defenses Sputnik 14 Feb 2017 -- North Korea's missile technology tested over the weekend has rendered South Korea's domestic missile defense systems nearly obsolete, South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said as cited by local media Tuesday.
- UNSC urges strict implementation of bans on Pyongyang after missile test Press TV 14 Feb 2017 -- The UN Security Council (UNSC) has denounced North Korea's recent missile launch, calling on its 15 members to "redouble efforts" to implement the sanctions already slapped on Pyongyang over its missile work.
- U.S. President Trump vows to deal with DPRK "very strongly" after Pyongyang's missile launch People's Daily 14 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to deal with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) "very strongly", calling the Asian country a "big, big problem."
- UN strongly condemns DPR Korea's ballistic missile launch UN News 13 Feb 2017 -- Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council today voiced strong opposition to the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, calling on Pyongyang to fully comply with its international obligations to denuclearize.
- Trump Calls North Korea 'Big Problem' Following Missile Launch VOA 13 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump called North Korea a "big, big problem" following the communist nation's latest ballistic missile launch.
- U.S. Condemns North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch AFPS 13 Feb 2017 -- The United States strongly condemns North Korea's weekend ballistic missile launch and its other recent attempts and will take all necessary measures to deter and defeat threats to U.S. and ally territories and citizens, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.
- DPRK claims successful test firing of medium long-range ballistic missile People's Daily 13 Feb 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday claimed it successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface medium- and long-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2 and its top leader Kim Jong Un guided the test firing, according to the state news agency KCNA.
- US has 'ironclad' commitment to protecting allies, Pentagon tells N Korea Press TV 13 Feb 2017 -- The US Department of Defense has censured North Korea for its latest missile test, saying that Washington's commitment to protecting the homeland and its allies is "ironclad."
- N Korea Tested Land-Based Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile - Pentagon Sputnik 13 Feb 2017 -- The North Korean military appears to have tested a land-based variant of its submarine-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile on Saturday, US Department of Defense spokesperson Jeff Davis said in a briefing.
- China Condemns North Korea's Ballistic Missile Test Launch Sputnik 13 Feb 2017 -- China condemns the missile test carried out by North Korea Sunday in contradiction to the UN Security Council resolutions, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday.
- UN chief Guterres 'strongly condemns' DPR Korea's ballistic missile launch UN News 13 Feb 2017 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today voiced strong opposition to the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, calling on Pyongyang to fully comply with its international obligations to denuclearize.
- UN Chief Calls on North Korea to Return to Full Nuclear Compliance VOA 13 Feb 2017 -- The U.N. Security Council is set to hold emergency talks Monday about North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch.
- Trump's Response to North Korea's Missile Launch Raises Concerns VOA 13 Feb 2017 -- President Donald Trump's carefully worded and measured condemnation of North Korea's missile test on Sunday leaves unclear what new policies he may pursue to halt the Kim Jong Un government's advancing nuclear program.
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) NATO 12 Feb 2017 -- Press Release (2016) 024
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- S. Korea denounces DPRK's test-launch of ballistic missile People's Daily 12 Feb 2017 -- South Korea denounced the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test-launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday, the first since U.S. President Donald Trump took office last month.
- South Korea Working on Appropriate Response to North's Missile Test Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- South Korea is working together with other countries to determine what punitive actions will be an appropriate response to Pyongyang's new missile launch, the Korean acting president said Sunday.
- Japanese Government Protests North Korea's Ballistic Missile Launch Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- The Japanese government has lodged a protest with North Korea over its newest missile launch, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Sunday.
- North Korea Declares Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile Test Successful Sputnik 13 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has declared its ballistic missile test successful, media reported.
- Taiwan denounces North Korea missile test, monitors Chinese navy CNA 12 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan on Sunday denounced North Korea's missile test and said it was closely monitoring the movements of the Chinese navy in the South China Sea and West Pacific.
- DPRK fires ballistic missile into eastern waters People's Daily 12 Feb 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired what is believed to be a ballistic missile into its eastern waters early Sunday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
- North Korea fires ballistic missile: South Korea Press TV 12 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile, triggering a sharp reaction from South Korea, which detected and reported the launch.
- Trump tells Abe US '100% behind Japan' after N Korea missile test Press TV 12 Feb 2017 -- President Donald Trump has reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States is "100 percent" behind Japan following reports of North Korea conducting a fresh missile launch.
- South Korea, U.S. Say North Fires Ballistic Missile Into Sea Of Japan RFE/RL 12 Feb 2017 -- U.S. and South Korean military officials say North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early on February 12, with the United States, Seoul and Japan saying they are weighing all options to punish the rogue nation.
- US to Adhere to Deterrence Strategy Toward North Korea – Trump's Adviser Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- US President Donald Trump's adviser Stephen Miller stated that Washington will reinforce and strengthen alliances in the Pacific region in order to deter and prevent hostility from the North Korean regime.
- South Korea, Japan Consider Latest Missile Launch by North Provocation Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- Reaction of different countries on the latest North Korea's missile launch in the direction of the Sea of Japan.
- N Korea's Missile Test 'Provokes New Spiral of Tensions Near Russian Borders' Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- The recent ballistic missile test conducted by Pyongyang could require new international consultations, including in the UN Security Council (UNSC), the chairman of the Russian lower house of parliament's international affairs committee, Leonid Slutsky, told Sputnik on Sunday.
- South Korean Military Says Pyongyang Likely Tested Musudan Missile, Not Rodong Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- North Korea is likely to have launched an intermediate-range Musudan missile during the Sunday missile test, and not the Rodong medium-range missile as it was previously assessed, South Korean military said.
- US, Japanese Leaders Deliver Joint Statement After North Korean Missile Launch Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe have delivered an unscheduled joint brief statement.
- North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, the Yonhap News Agency reports, citing South Korean military sources.
- Abe: North Korea Medium-Range Missile Launch 'Absolutely Intolerable' VOA 12 Feb 2017 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea's firing of an unidentified ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan is "absolutely intolerable."
- North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Sputnik 12 Feb 2017 -- North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, the Yonhap News Agency reports, citing South Korean military sources.
- USSTRATCOM Detects, Tracks North Korean Missile Launch USSTRATCOM 11 Feb 2017 -- U.S. Strategic Command systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 4:55 p.m. CST, Feb. 11, 2017. The launch of a medium- or intermediate-range ballistic missile occurred near the northwestern city of Kusong.
- North Korea Fires a Ballistic Missile Into Sea of Japan VOA 11 Feb 2017 -- North Korea launched a ballistic missile early Sunday over the Sea of Japan. South Korean military officials said the projectile fell into the sea.
- Fears Of Deportation For North Korean Defector Living In Russia RFE/RL 09 Feb 2017 -- Choe Myong Bok has lived in Russia since 1999, has carved out a living working odd jobs, and resides in St. Petersburg with his partner and their two young children.
- Washington, Seoul Believe Pyongyang May Have 60 Nuke Warheads, Secret Facilities Sputnik 09 Feb 2017 -- South Korean and US intelligence agencies are reporting that North Korea has the ability to build up to 60 nuclear warheads, as the country has been secretly producing highly-enriched uranium (HEU) at higher levels than previously thought.
- Abductees Remain Casualties of Nuclear Stand-off with North Korea VOA 08 Feb 2017 -- Human rights and abductee advocacy groups say time is running out for many desperate and frustrated South Korean families seeking to resolve the fate of loved ones abducted by North Korea.
- China Seen as Key to Financial Sanctions on North Korea VOA 07 Feb 2017 -- China's willingness to implement existing sanctions is vital to financial pressure on the development of nuclear arms by North Korea, a former senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
- North Korea Plans to Continue Satellite Launches Despite UN Objections Sputnik 07 Feb 2017 -- North Korea intends to continue launching satellites, despite UN Security Council sanctions and resolutions.
- A 'Purge' or 'Care'? Top North Korean General Dismissed and Demoted Sputnik 03 Feb 2017 -- The chief of North Korea's top state security body has been demoted and sacked for alleged corruption and abuse of power, the South Korean government said Friday. Sputnik discussed the matter with two South Korean scholars and political scientists.
- Kim Won-hong, head of North Korean spy agency, sacked last month Arirang 03 Feb 2017 -- The head of North Korea's spy agency, Kim Won-hong, has been sacked on charges of power abuse and corruption.
- Kim Jong-un Dismisses State Security Minister for Power Abuse - S Korean Gov't Sputnik 03 Feb 2017 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fired Minister of State Security Kim Won-hong for abuse of power, the South Korean government said Friday.
- Pyongyang's 'Provocations' Reason for THAAD Deployment in S Korea - Pentagon Sputnik 02 Feb 2017 -- North Korea's provocative behavior is the only reason behind the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the South Korean territory, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday on his first official overseas trip, reiterating that the defense of Seoul is the purpose of deployment.
- Mattis: US Committed to South Korea in Face of N. Korean 'Provocations' VOA 02 Feb 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday the Trump administration is committed to strengthening relations with South Korea in the face of what he called the "provocations" that country faces from North Korea.
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