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As Pence Visits S. Korea, North's Missile Launch Fails

Mid-range missile explodes seconds after launch in high-profile failure

(Newser) - A North Korean medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday, US officials said, a high-profile failure that came hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea, and as an American aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula, reports the AP . The US had good intelligence both... More »

Osan Air Base Should Be on Your Radar. It's on North Korea's

It's fewer than 50 miles from the DMZ, and thousands of Americans are there

(Newser) - Osan Air Base may not be a name you're familiar with, but it's a US Air Force base that sits in a prime location: fewer than 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. If that's not enough to get your attention, this... More »

North Korea Launches Missile Ahead of US-China Summit

Latest medium-range launch seen as a provocation

(Newser) - North Korea may have just moved up the agenda at President Trump's first meeting with China's President Xi Jinping: In what is seen as a provocation ahead of the US-China summit later this week, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea Wednesday morning in defiance of... More »

Another Test Increases Worries Over North Korea

Pyongyang performs second ballistic missile engine test

(Newser) - "North Korea is continuing its activities to sophisticate its missile capability," a rep for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says, and the latest report from CNN seems to back that up. It cites two unnamed defense officials in reporting that North Korea performed another test of... More »

'Breakthrough' N. Korea Missile Launch Fails

Seoul says latest firing was a flop

(Newser) - North Korea's latest missile launch appeared to have ended in a failure on Wednesday, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. Seoul's Defense Ministry said it was analyzing what type of missile was launched from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan... More »

N. Korea: We Were Training to Hit US Bases

Nikki Haley calls country a 'menace'

(Newser) - North Korea says its missile launches Monday were practice tests for strikes on US bases in Japan, which could potentially "wipe out" 54,000 US troops, per CNN and AFP . A Tuesday report from North Korea's state news agency KCNA said the four missiles—three of which fell... More »

Japan: North Korean Missile Landed 190 Miles From Coast

Tokyo says it was an 'extremely dangerous action'

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials say. The move was an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that... More »

Trump Stands With Japan '100%' as Korea Fires Missile

President is hosting PM Shinzo Abe during Pyongyang's latest show of defiance

(Newser) - North Korea appeared to fire a ballistic missile Sunday in an implicit challenge to President Trump, who stood with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as the latter called the move "intolerable." There was no immediate confirmation from the North, which had recently warned it was ready to test its... More »

N. Korea: We'll Test ICBM 'Any Time'

US says it will shoot down any potential threat

(Newser) - In what the New York Times calls a rebuke to Donald Trump, North Korea declared Sunday that it will launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from "anywhere determined by supreme headquarters." The statement from a Foreign Ministry spokesman to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency follows... 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 »

N. Korea Hints It's Prepping for Forbidden Rocket Launch

State media says Kim Jong Un personally oversaw ground test of rocket engine

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has overseen a ground test of a new rocket engine and ordered a satellite launch preparation, state media said Tuesday, an indication North Korea may soon conduct a prohibited long-range rocket launch, per the AP . The UN and others view the North's space launch project as... More »

Pyongyang Fires Missile Into Japanese Waters

Seoul experts say they could be aiming for US bases

(Newser) - A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 620 miles and landed near Japan's territorial waters, officials in Tokyo and Seoul say. This was one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile, and the US Strategic Command says North Korea fired two presumed Rodong... 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 »

South Says N. Korea Missile Launch Fails—Again

It reportedly exploded at the launch pad

(Newser) - A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that somewhat tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America's mainland. South Korea's Yonhap... More »

Seoul: N. Korea Fired Missile From Submarine

Move raises fears of surprise attack

(Newser) - North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast in Pyongyang's latest effort to expand its military might in the face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington, South Korean defense officials say. The South Korean officials, who spoke... More »

N. Korea Missile Launch Flops

It failed on a huge day for Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea's "Day of the Sun" became the "Day of the Flop" after an attempt to mark its founder's birthday with a missile launch fizzled, according to South Korean officials. An official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the missile launch from the... More »

North Korea Fires Missile That Flies 500 Miles

Launch defies UN ban

(Newser) - North Korea ignored UN resolutions by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea on Friday, Seoul and Washington officials say, days after leader Kim Jong Un ordered weapons tests linked to its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the US mainland, the AP reports. South Korea'... More »

North Korea Launch Pad Seems to Have Gotten Bigger

Which could mean it can now launch longer-range missiles: report

(Newser) - Rumors of a new North Korea rocket launch are circulating again as government sources inform Yonhap news agency that the country has almost finished modifiying the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A taller, 220-foot launch tower—a full 55 feet longer than the previous tower—has been spotted via satellite imagery.... More »

Amid Talk of Summit, N. Korea Tests Missiles

As joint US-South Korea military exercises loom

(Newser) - North Korea test-fired five short-range missiles into the sea today in its second such weapons test this year, a South Korean defense official said, amid dimming prospects for the resumption of high-level talks between the rival countries. The missiles, fired from a North Korean coastal town, flew about 125 miles... More »

N. Korea: We Can't 'Refrain' From Nuke Test

Pyongyang irate over UN vote on human rights abuses

(Newser) - Two days after the UN's toothless vote to haul North Korea's leaders into the Hague over human rights violations , Pyongyang is doubling down on its threatened response to the "political provocation." In a statement today, it says that "the United States' hostile acts are leaving... More »

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