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Japan Buying Missiles That Can Strike North Korea Bases

But defense minister says it will still mainly rely on US protection

(Newser) - While North Korea keeps up its taunting missile tests , Japan is making plans of its own, with North Korea seemingly in its sights. The Wall Street Journal reports Japan is set to purchase extended-range missiles that could hit the North's military bases. The country's Defense Ministry says it... More »

Russia Is Using Banned Missile, So US Looks to Build Same One

Goal is to put pressure on Russia, officials tell 'WSJ'

(Newser) - The Pentagon has researched what it would take to build a kind of missile banned under a Cold War-era treaty—in an effort to pressure Russia to stop using those very missiles. Officials tell the Wall Street Journal they are "laying the groundwork" necessary to build ground-based, intermediate-range missiles... More »

Iran Fires New Long-Range Missile

Tehran defies US with new test

(Newser) - Iran says it has successfully test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile, a "Khorramshahr" with a range of around 1,240 miles. State-run media released video of the missile being fired around midnight Friday, hours after it was unveiled at a military parade, though it's not clear when the... More »

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 »

Key to North Korea's Missile Success: 'Devil's Venom'

It may be too late to cut off supply of rare, highly volatile rocket fuel

(Newser) - A highly volatile fuel known to the Russians as the "Devil's Venom" has been powering the success of North Korea's missile program, analysts say—and it may be too late to cut off its supply. Intelligence memos from as far back as the George W. Bush administration... More »

For North Korea, Nuclear Strike May Not Be Suicide After All

Inside a North Korean 'theory of victory'

(Newser) - "Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a US military base in the region? Probably not," nuclear strategy specialist Vipin Narang tells the AP . And that's exactly the calculation that gives North Korea a small shot at "... More »

Photos of Kim Jong Un Show Something Else: Diagrams

And they suggest missiles are in development

(Newser) - So much for restraint? North Korean state media published photos and a report Wednesday that show Kim Jong Un visiting a chemicals institute, and it was apparently more than a meet-and-greet. Yonhap reports that while there, Kim upped the production of rocket engines and warhead tips for ICBMs. The Wall ... 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 »

Nightclub's 1985 Time Capsule Causes Evacuation in NYC

Letters to the future were stored, buried in WWII practice bomb

(Newser) - Back in 1985, the staff of famous New York City nightclub Danceteria (which was featured in Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan, per CBS New York ) buried a time capsule that looked like a WWII bomb. "I kind of mentioned it as a joke back then," the former... 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 »

Russia-Made Kids Bed Modeled on Launcher That Shot MH17

Furniture-maker doesn't see a problem

(Newser) - A Dutch probe into what and who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in July 2014 is now pointing the finger at a surface-to-air missile brought into play by Russia. Which is why, perhaps, some people are outraged that a Russian furniture company has opted to design a... More »

Russian Missile Shot Down MH17: Investigators

Evidence in Dutch-led probe points to Buk missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

(Newser) - Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday that after a two-year probe, they have solid evidence a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the AP reports. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch National Police's Central Crime Investigation department, said communications intercepts showed... More »

In Tweak to G-20, North Korea Fires 3 Mid-Range Missiles

Show of force ahead of G-20 summit

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday fired three medium-range missiles that traveled about 620 miles and landed near Japan in an apparent show of force timed to coincide with the Group of 20 economic summit in China, South Korean officials said. North Korea has staged a series of recent missile tests with... More »

On Day 3 of War Games, North Korea Acts Out

Seoul says missile flew 310 miles, a record for the country

(Newser) - North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against Monday's start of annual South Korea-US military drills . The missile fired from a submarine off the eastern coastal town of Sinpo flew about 310 miles, the longest flight of a... More »

Taiwanese Missile Travels Third of Way to China, Kills 1

It hit a fishing boat 46 miles away

(Newser) - In an accident that is unlikely to do anything good for China-Taiwan relations, a Taiwanese naval ship docked in the southern city of Kaohsiung mistakenly fired a supersonic missile toward China during a training exercise Friday, killing one. Officials say the missile—built to destroy ships—traveled almost a third... More »

Iran Fires Missiles Marked With 'Israel Must Be Wiped Out'

The tests don't technically violate Iran's nuclear deal with the US

(Newser) - Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles Wednesday emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew in a show of power as Joe Biden visited Jerusalem, the AP reports. The new missile firings were the latest in a series of tests in recent days, aimed at demonstrating that... More »

N. Korea Responds to Sanctions—With Missiles

The projectiles landed in the Sea of Japan

(Newser) - Just hours after it was hit with harsh new UN sanctions on Wednesday, North Korea fired several short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan. A South Korean defense official says the exact type of projectile fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan is being investigated, adding that all of... More »

North Korea Moves Up Dates for Rocket Launch

Many believe the rocket is a ballistic missile test

(Newser) - North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The AP reports he launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside... More »

Missile Launch to Light Up Sky Across Southwest

Test may be seen for hundreds of miles

(Newser) - An early morning missile test in New Mexico could light up the sky for hundreds of miles Thursday morning, and authorities are ready for the flood of phone calls and emails that are likely to follow. The unarmed Juno target missile will be launched between 6:30am and 7:30am... More »

West Coast Freaks Over Mystery Light in the Sky

No, that wasn't a UFO, it was the US Navy

(Newser) - A mystery light flashed across the skies of the West Coast after dark on Saturday, causing no small amount of breathless speculation that ranged from meteors to UFOs—all over what was in reality a missile test courtesy of the US Navy, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . The missile in... More »

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