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Seoul: North Korea Fired 3 Missiles Into Our Eastern Sea

Move comes 8 days after Pyongyang's warning

(Newser) - South Korea says North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea, eight days after Pyongyang warned of a "physical counter-action" against the South over its decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system to better cope with North Korean threats, the AP reports. Seoul's Joint... More »

North Korea Just Launched Its Best Missile Yet

Ballistic launch reaches altitude of 620 miles

(Newser) - North Korea is not only continuing to defy international warnings to stop testing ballistic missiles, it's starting to get pretty good at launching them. Relatively speaking, anyway: Pyongyang launched two intermediate-range Musudan missiles in the direction of Japan on Wednesday, reports the BBC . The first one flopped almost immediately,... More »

North Korea: We Fired a Missile From Submarine

Test of ballistic missile reportedly successful

(Newser) - North Korea has apparently joined the SLBM club, which, much to the disappointment of the South and the US, stands for submarine-launched ballistic missile. A North Korean newspaper today announced that its test missile "soared into the sky from underwater," reports the Korea Times . It also had photos... More »

Report: New Launch Site Isn't What Iran Claims

It was likely designed to support ballistic missile testing, say experts

(Newser) - A new launch site in Iran could be used to expand the country's space program ... or something more nefarious. Jane's Intelligence Review has reviewed satellite photos that it says reveal construction of a launch tower and pad and supporting structures about 60 miles northeast of Tehran, Reuters reports.... More »

Iran Trying to Skirt Sanctions —Via Armenia

Meanwhile, it unveils new ballistic missile 'as deterrence'

(Newser) - Armenia is a tiny landlocked country, home to just 3.3 million people, but it's suddenly squarely in the middle of one of the world's biggest dramas. Iran is aggressively trying to expand its foothold in Armenian banks, in an effort to evade international sanctions, Reuters reports. Armenia... More »

North Korea Expanding Launch Site

Satellite images reveal upgrades to Musudan-ri

(Newser) - North Korea appears to be preparing to launch larger rockets, according to an analysis of satellite images conducted by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The institute believes the country is upgrading its Musudan-ri launch site to handle rockets big enough for space launch vehicles or intercontinental missiles capable... More »

Pakistan Test-Fires Ballistic Missile

Shaheen-1 launch follows Indian test

(Newser) - Pakistan says it has successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile, just days after arch-rival India tested a long-range missile of its own . Military chiefs say the improved version of the medium-range Shaheen-1 missile "will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan's deterrence abilities," CNN reports. The upgraded missile is believed... More »

North Korea Building Missile That Could Hit US

And they have 10K experts working on such rockets

(Newser) - North Korea is working on a rocket so big that it makes the long-range Taepodong-2 missile it's preparing to test-launch look modest, South Korean government sources tell the Chosun Ilbo . Based on satellite images, they've determined that the North is working on a missile with a booster so... More »

China to North Korea: Cool It With Missile Launch

China calls for calm as South Korea, US condemn planned launch

(Newser) - China is apparently wagging its finger at North Korea over its plan to launch a long-range rocket, as a North Korean nuclear envoy arrived in Beijing today for talks. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun met with North Korea's ambassador to China, Ji Jae Ryong, to voice Beijing's... More »

Brits Steel for Possible US Strike on Iran: Report

Israel also gears for attack, Iran vows 'heavy' response

(Newser) - Talk of striking at Iran's nuclear enrichment program is rapidly heating up in Israel—and apparently the US. Not only is Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trying to gather support for such attacks, but Britain's armed forces are working on contingency plans to support the US, should America... More »

North Korea Not Preparing Hawaii Missile Launch

But long-term concerns lead Gates to boost islands' defenses

(Newser) - North Korea shows no sign of preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii, four US government officials tell Bloomberg. While satellites tracked preparations for at least a week before the regime's April launch, no similar evidence confirms media reports of a Hawaii-bound missile. Nevertheless, Defense Secretary Robert Gates... More »

Obama, S. Korea Prez Warn North Over Missile Launch

He and Lee will have 'united' response if Pyongyang fires rocket

(Newser) - Barack Obama and South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak agreed today on the need for a "stern, united" international response if North Korea goes ahead with a planned rocket launch. The two presidents met before today's round of talks at the G20 summit in London. Yesterday Obama told Chinese president... More »

Poland Agrees to Host US Missile System

Russia opposes controversial defense shield

(Newser) - Poland and the US signed a preliminary agreement to install US interceptor missiles on Polish soil today, the Telegraph reports. The move is widely seen as a response to Russian aggression in Georgia, a notion buttressed by the Polish prime minister. “The events in the Caucasus show clearly that... More »

Iran Tests More Missiles as US Vows to Protect Allies, Interests

A 'lesson for enemies' says Iranian chief

(Newser) - Iran claimed to have test fired more missiles today, a day after it launched nine missiles that pushed up oil prices and further stoked concerns that a regional conflict was brewing, reports Reuters. The "maneuver brings power to the Islamic Republic of Iran and is a lesson for enemies,... More »

New Photos Reveal Secret Iran Missile Site

Tehran 5 years from long-range weapon, spy pics suggest

(Newser) - New satellite photographs reveal Iran's hastened production of long-range missiles, the Times of London reports, and in a previously unknown site capable of hitting Europe. Experts say an increasingly fractious Tehran looks to be about five years away from developing a ballistic missile—in line with the recent American intelligence... More »

Japan Shoots Down Dummy US Missile

Japanese expanding missile defense systems with Yank help

(Newser) - A Japanese warship off Hawaii has shot down a US-made mock ballistic missile in flight over the Pacific Ocean, the BBC reports. The test, using a US-developed intercept missile, was the first of its kind by an American ally. Japan and the US stepped up their missile defense cooperation after... More »

Israeli Strike on Syria Hit Nuke Reactor

Partly-built facility based on North Korean model

(Newser) - Israel's air strike on Syria last month was aimed at a nuclear reactor, US and Israeli intelligence analysts say. The partly-built facility was based on a North Korean model—a link that could harm Pyonyang's new denuclearization deal if Israel can prove that Kim Jong Il helped mount the reactor.... More »

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