North Korea to step up missile development

North Korea to step up missile development

Kim Jong Un has ordered more warheads and solid-fuel rocket engines for long range missiles – as images emerged appearing to show at least one new weapon design. Concept diagrams of the missiles could be seen hanging on walls behind the North Korean leader as he was photographed inspecting the work of the country’s Chemical Material Institute of The Academy of Defence Science. It comes just hours after US President Donald Trump told Americans Mr…

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Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

President Trump predicted Guam’s tourism would be boosted by North Korea’s threats – but the island’s governor is not insulted. There should be a “more aggressive position from all countries” in dealing with North Korea, the governor of Guam has told Sky News. On the eve of military drills in the Asia-Pacific region which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could view as provocative, Eddie Calvo also told us about his take on a phone…

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North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

A military response to North Korea would be “horrific” but remains an option, the top military adviser to US President Donald Trump says. Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments while visiting China. He was responding to remarks by a top Trump aide ruling out military action over North Korea’s nuclear programme. Tensions have flared between the US and North Korea after Pyongyang made advances in its missile…

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North Korea’s leader holds fire on Guam missile launch

North Korea’s leader holds fire on Guam missile launch

North Korea’s leader received a report from his army on plans to fire missiles towards Guam and said he will watch the actions of the United StatesĀ before making a decision to fire, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday. Kim Jong-unĀ ordered the army to be ready to launch should he make the decision for military action. North Korea said last week it was finalising plans to launch four missiles into the waters near the…

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North Korea defector: We follow Kim Jong Un because we’re scared

North Korea defector: We follow Kim Jong Un because we’re scared

A defector from North Korea has told Sky News support for the leader is significantly weaker than portrayed by the regime. He said, despite the televised images of mass public adulation of Kim Jong Un, displays of loyalty are coerced through fear. The man asked Sky News to hide his identity because his daughter is still inside North Korea, and would be in danger if he is recognised, but he wanted people to know the…

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Trump: North Korea should be ‘very, very nervous’

Trump: North Korea should be ‘very, very nervous’

The President says he will not let Kim Jong Un get away with making nuclear threats and “disrespecting America”. Donald Trump has doubled down on his calls for North Korea to stop its nuclear threats – adding his warnings of “fire and fury” may not have been tough enough. The US President said Kim Jong Un’s regime “better get their act together”, or they will be in trouble “like few nations have ever been”. He…

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North Korea will have plan to strike Guam ‘by mid-August’

North Korea will have plan to strike Guam ‘by mid-August’

North Korea says it will have a fully developed plan for striking Guam with intermediate range missiles by mid-August. A state media report suggests the US territory could be attacked by four missiles – and Kim Jong Un will be able to decide whether to proceed within days. The rockets would land in waters about 18 to 25 miles away from Guam, an island that is home to about 163,000 people – as well as…

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President Trump’s fighting talk on North Korea may prove wise

President Trump’s fighting talk on North Korea may prove wise

What comes after “fire and fury like the world has never seen”? That’s what Donald Trump told North Korea would be in the post if it issued any more threats. Predictably, an hour or so later, the North Koreans responded with, what else, a threat – to attack the US Pacific territory of Guam. What does Trump do now? Credibility compels the President to respond forcibly and with authority, but he’s left little headroom in…

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