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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program 0

“China is North Korea’s only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea,” Moon said. “Without the assistance of China, sanctions won’t be effective at all.”

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USA POLITICS: Otto Frederick Warmbier Dies After Release from North Korea Prison

USA POLITICS: Otto Frederick Warmbier Dies After Release from North Korea Prison 0

Otto Frederick Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, had been described by doctors caring for him last week as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: US Blames Pyongyang for Hacking Spree, Says More Attacks Likely

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: US Blames Pyongyang for Hacking Spree, Says More Attacks Likely 0

The new level of detail about the U.S. government’s analysis of suspected North Korean hacking activity coincides with increasing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang because of North Korea’s missile tests.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Warns of ‘Bigger Gift Package’ for US After Latest Test

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Warns of ‘Bigger Gift Package’ for US After Latest Test 0

Kim said the reclusive state would develop more powerful weapons in multiple phases with its timetable to defend North Korea against United States.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Guides Test of New Anti-Aircraft Weapon

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Guides Test of New Anti-Aircraft Weapon 0

“Kim Jong Un … watched the test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system organized by the Academy of National Defence Science,” KCNA said.

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ASIA POLITICS: US Warship Challenges China’s Territorial Water Claims in ‘Freedom of Navigation’ Sail-By: Reports

ASIA POLITICS: US Warship Challenges China’s Territorial Water Claims in ‘Freedom of Navigation’ Sail-By: Reports 0

Pentagon said it was continuing regular freedom of navigation operations and would do more in the future but gave no details of the latest mission.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Pukguksong-2 Missile Meets all Specifications, Ready for Mass Production

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Pukguksong-2 Missile Meets all Specifications, Ready for Mass Production 0

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, which confirmed reliable late-stage guidance of the warhead and the functioning of a solid-fuel engine, the KCNA state news agency said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Unit 180 Cyber Warfare Cell Worries West

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Unit 180 Cyber Warfare Cell Worries West 0

North Korea is one of the most closed countries in the world and any details of its clandestine operations are difficult to obtain.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires New Ballistic Missile

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires New Ballistic Missile 0

“The U.S. mainland and the Pacific operational theater are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state KCNA news agency said in a commentary on Saturday.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘High Possibility’ for War With North Korea: Moon Jae-in

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘High Possibility’ for War With North Korea: Moon Jae-in 0

“The reality is there is a high possibility of a military conflict at NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line,” President Moon Jae-in said.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: THAAD Detected North Korea Missile, Pyongyang Missile Progressing Faster than Expected: South Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: THAAD Detected North Korea Missile, Pyongyang Missile Progressing Faster than Expected: South Korea 0

North Korea’s missile flew 787 km (489 miles) on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles), KCNA said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Missile Test Aimed at Carrying Large Nuclear Warhead: KCNA

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Missile Test Aimed at Carrying Large Nuclear Warhead: KCNA 0

“The test-fire aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” KCNA said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires Ballistic Missile in Defiance of Calls to Rein Its Weapons Program

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Fires Ballistic Missile in Defiance of Calls to Rein Its Weapons Program 0

The North Korea missile flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles), according to officials in South Korea and Japan

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Says Will Have Dialogue With US Under Right Conditions: Yonhap

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Says Will Have Dialogue With US Under Right Conditions: Yonhap 0

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the United States said on Saturday that Pyongyang would have dialogue with the U.S. administration if conditions were right, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Urges ‘Parallel’ Talks and Sanctions to Rein in North Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Urges ‘Parallel’ Talks and Sanctions to Rein in North Korea 0

“The resolution of North Korean nuclear issue must be comprehensive and sequential, with pressure and sanctions used in parallel with negotiations,” Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, quoted Moon as telling Xi.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Vows to Address North Korea, Broader Crisis ‘Urgently’

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Vows to Address North Korea, Broader Crisis ‘Urgently’ 0

South Korea President Moon Jae-in was sworn in and vowed to immediately tackle the difficult tasks of addressing North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Grave Consequences’: Pyongyang Warns China

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Grave Consequences’: Pyongyang Warns China 0

North Korea has warned China of “grave consequences” if it “chops down” relations between the two countries.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Will Not ‘Beg’ for China’s Friendship: KCNA

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Will Not ‘Beg’ for China’s Friendship: KCNA 0

“The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China, risking its nuclear program, which is as precious as its own life, no matter how valuable the friendship is,” the commentary said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: As US, China Find Common Ground on Pyongyang, is Russia Wild Card?

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: As US, China Find Common Ground on Pyongyang, is Russia Wild Card? 0

“Pyongyang has been playing off Beijing and Moscow for half a century, letting them compete for the right to aid and influence North Korea.”

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USA POLITICS: US Deploys RQ-4 Global Hawk High-Altitude Drone to Japanese Air Base ‘to Monitor North Korea’

USA POLITICS: US Deploys RQ-4 Global Hawk High-Altitude Drone to Japanese Air Base ‘to Monitor North Korea’ 0

“This rotational deployment of the Global Hawk is temporary but necessary to provide a base from which the platform can be reliably operated during the summer,” the US Pacific Command wrote in a statement last month.

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