North Korea Political News
Kim reminds North Koreans of his absolute power. He earmarked $180 million in spending toward construction of 460 monuments honoring his family’s regime.
15-member council unanimously adopted resolution to cut North Korea’s biggest export, coal, by about 60 percent with an annual sales cap of $400.9 million.
United States, China agreed on new U.N. sanctions to impose on North Korea over the nuclear test it conducted in September, but Russia is delaying action.
Michael Flynn, one of Trump’s closest advisers, also said he would work to strengthen the U.S. alliance with South Korea, calling the relationship “vital.”
“If there is anything the Obama administration has done… it has put the security of the US mainland in the greatest danger,” the editorial in read.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has pledged to cooperate with prosecutors in an investigation.
North Korea said it would continue to launch satellites despite its rival South’s objections, in a statement by its space agency carried by official media.
While on average over 1,000 North Koreans defect to South Korea every year, most travel via China and it is unusual for a North Korean to cross the DMZ.
North Korean FM Ri Yong Ho said North Korea “will continue to take measures to strengthen its national nuclear armed forces in quantity and quality.”
“As we’ve made clear, measures to strengthen the national nuclear power in quality and quantity will continue,” KCNA added.
“That’s largest DPRK test to date, 20-30kt, at least. Not a happy day,” Jeffrey Lewis, California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said.
North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said.
“We are still analyzing details but this is a grave threat to our nation’s security, and we express deep concern,” Japan Defence Ministry said.
Kim took power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and his consolidation of power has included purges and executions of top officials, South Korean officials have said.
“The members of Security Council deplore all Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ballistic missile activities,” the statement said, referring to North Korea by its formal name.
Thae Yong-ho’s defection follows a string of recent such flights by North Koreans, including 12 waitresses at a North Korean restaurant in China who defected to South Korea earlier this year.
The missile appeared to be a Rodong-type medium-range missile that flew about 1,000 km (620 miles), it said.
Neighbouring Japan, the United States, and South Korea’s military condemned the missile launch as a flagrant violation of UN sanctions.
“We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un as saying.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also decried North Korea’s “provocative actions”.