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The Possibly 'World-Changing' Move Kim Could Make Next

North's foreign minister says they could detonate hydrogen bomb over Pacific Ocean

(Newser) - Tensions between the US and North Korea continue to escalate. First the leader of the former threatened to wipe out the latter . Then Kim Jong Un followed up by calling Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard," and Trump capped that off with a new warning Friday, tweeting that... More »

Sources: North Korea Has an ICBM on the Move

And why Sept. 9 could be significant

(Newser) - Following North Korea's most powerful weapons test yet on Sunday , a South Korean lawmaker tells CNN his country's intelligence service believes the North has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the move. Things get pretty vague beyond that: He didn't know the method of transport or when... More »

Look to Ukraine for N. Korea's Missile Engines: Expert

Expert analysis points to Dnipro factory as producing engines scooped up by Pyongyang

(Newser) - Many are worried over North Korea's ICBM launch last month, which analysts say indicate its weapons can now reach the US. And what may be behind this apparent success: liquid-propellant rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory linked to Russia's missile program that were then scooped up on the... More »

Responding to N. Korea, US Takes Bombers for a Run

B-1 bombers fly over South Korea in show of strength as military says 'we are ready'

(Newser) - The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets on a low pass over an air base near Seoul... More »

Chicago Is Now in Range of North Korean Weapons

Kim Jong Un says Friday launch sent 'serious warning' to US

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the US mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of... More »

N. Korea Launches Missile That Lands Near Japan

It traveled 45 minutes and 620 miles

(Newser) - North Korea continues to defy warnings to quit messing with missile tests, this time with an apparent launch into the sea near Japan, the AP and Reuters report. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the missile, which was launched Friday night, looks to have landed in the country's exclusive... More »

N. Korea Missile Something 'We've Not Seen Before'

Pentagon says missile launch 'has our attention'

(Newser) - North Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday—already causing a stir—is now said to have featured a new type of missile the Pentagon has "not seen before," Reuters reports. Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says the ICBM, which was fired from a mobile... More »

Air Force Launches Missile That Could Carry Nuke Across World

It's the second such launch in 7 days

(Newser) - An unarmed missile capable of sending a nuclear bomb across the world was launched Wednesday from a California military base amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea. The unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off from a silo at 12:02am from Vandenberg Air Force Base and... More »

Trump's North Korea Tweets End With China Slam

'Nice!'

(Newser) - The experts Reuters spoke with described it as feasible , but Donald Trump wasn't among that cohort: In a Monday night tweet , the president-elect addressed Kim Jong Un's Jan. 1 assertion that North Korea is nearly ready to test an intercontinental ballistic missile: "North Korea just stated that... More »

Experts: North Korea's ICBM Claim Not Bluster

Reuters uses the word 'plausible'

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's first announcement of 2017—that North Korea is in the "final stages" of development of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile and a test launch is imminent—may very well be a credible one. Reuters talks to international weapons experts in the wake of Kim's... More »

Kim's New Year's Day Speech: 'Regrets,' 'Guilty Conscience'

As well as an announcement that N. Korea is in 'final stages' for ICBM test launch

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un was up bright and early New Year's Day to make his first announcement of 2017: that North Korea is in the "final stages" of development of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile and a test launch is imminent, ABC Australia reports. In his address on state... More »

Air Force Fires 2 More Nuke Commanders

Fresh problems for troubled missile corps

(Newser) - The Air Force fired two more nuclear commanders yesterday and disciplined a third—fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered a rash of recent setbacks, including the firing last year of its top commander for being a "drunken boor." The most senior... More »

N. Korea 'Now Ready' to Launch Another Rocket

Improved facility may be designed to launch long-range missiles, US institute says

(Newser) - North Korea has been busily working on its Sohae Satellite Launching Station for the past year, and a US think tank says that satellite images indicate construction is complete and the facility is likely ready to launch longer-range missiles with bigger payloads, the New York Times reports. "North Korea... More »

US: Russia Violated Key Nuke Treaty

Tests violated 1987 pact, administration says

(Newser) - US-Russian relations just slid a lot further downhill: The US says Russia has violated a 1987 arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War, the New York Times reports. The formal accusation of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty—also known as the INF Treaty—comes after years of... More »

North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuke Test

And accuses the UN of hypocrisy over ballistic-missile testing

(Newser) - Having tried out mid-range ballistic missiles in recent weeks, North Korea said today it may conduct a "new form" of nuclear test, the New York Times reports. Pyongyang officials didn't clarify, but the US and its allies have long thought North Korea wants to build small, sophisticated nuclear... More »

Nuclear Launch Officers Tied to Narcotics Probe

In the latest in a string of embarrassments for Air Force unit

(Newser) - America got yet another reason to worry about the men who have their fingers on the nuclear button yesterday, when two Air Force ICBM launch officers were suspended and named as targets of an illegal narcotics investigation. The two men, part of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force... More »

17 Lose Authority to Launch Nukes

Air Force sidelines unprecedented number of officers

(Newser) - The AP today has a fascinating exclusive about ineptitude among the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base. While the skills of some Air Force officers at a North Dakota base may not seem like something that would have major implications at first blush, know this: These officers have... More »

US Can Fend Off N. Korea Attack: White House

But South Korea, Japan may have more to worry about

(Newser) - The White House's take on North Korea's threats against the US? Pshaw. The US is "fully capable of defending against" a North Korean ballistic missile attack, said press secretary Jay Carney yesterday. Though it's still in development, a US missile defense system known as the Ground-Based... More »

North Korea Fired a Rocket ... So What?

Simon Jenkins thinks we have nothing to fear but overreaction itself

(Newser) - North Korea fired a rocket this week, which might be the basis for an inter-continental missile. "How much should we all care? The answer is not much," writes Simon Jenkins at the Guardian . The most this missile might do is "cause a big bang somewhere." North... More »

Obama Should Have Shot Down North Korea's Missile

Michael Mazza thinks the US has been too timid in dealing with Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea has successfully tested what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, "underscoring the failure of two decades of US policy," Michael Mazza writes for the Diplomat . "How Washington expected to halt Pyongyang's missile development program without taking serious steps to do so remains a... More »

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