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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s FM said it would “preemptively annihilate those countries and entities” by all possible “kinds of strike means, including nuclear ones.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

The officials also said that the new assessment shows they underestimated the determination of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un to race ahead with a weapon that could reach the US soil, even if it is not accurately engineered.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang May Have More Bomb Fuel than Thought: US Think Tank

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang May Have More Bomb Fuel than Thought: US Think Tank

There were signs too of at least short-term activity at North Korea’s Experimental Light Water Reactor that could be cause for concern, 38 North said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Test-Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of G20 Summit

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Test-Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of G20 Summit

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of hitting the United States, ignoring repeated warnings from the international community.

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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

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

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

“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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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

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

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

“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: 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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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?

“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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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: US Supersonic B-1B Lancer Bombers Flights Push Peninsula to Brink of Nuclear War: Pyongyang Reveals

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: US Supersonic B-1B Lancer Bombers Flights Push Peninsula to Brink of Nuclear War: Pyongyang Reveals

“The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war,” the North’s official said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Vows to Bolster Its Nuclear Arsenal at ‘Maximum Pace’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Vows to Bolster Its Nuclear Arsenal at ‘Maximum Pace’

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry branded the US “the chieftain of aggression and war, and harasser of peace who is escalating tension.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Slams Israel as ‘Disturber of Peace Armed With Illegal Nukes Under US Patronage’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Slams Israel as ‘Disturber of Peace Armed With Illegal Nukes Under US Patronage’

North Korea has accused Israel of being the “only illegal possessor” of nukes and threat to peace in the Middle East, and threatened Tel Aviv with a “thousand-fold punishment” after Israeli Defense Minister called Pyongyang’s leadership a “crazy and radical group.”

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