North Korea missile a ‘serious and important threat’

North Korea missile a ‘serious and important threat’

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan, with the projectile falling into waters off the country’s eastern coast. The Japanese government’s warning system urged people in an area in the north of the country to take precautions early on Tuesday morning. South Korea’s military said the missile travelled 1,678 miles and was fired from North Korea’s Sunan region, near the capital Pyongyang, just before 6am local time. But Japan’s military did not attempt…

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‘Safer than London’: North Korea’s bold claim to woo Russian tourists

‘Safer than London’: North Korea’s bold claim to woo Russian tourists

North Korea has opened a travel agency in Russia, promoting itself to tourists as “safer than an evening walk in London”. The tour company, which is based in Moscow, promises a “full immersion” in the rogue state’s culture as Pyongyang grapples for money. Hit by economic sanctions for two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, North Korea is offering Russian punters a 15-day stay for £1,500 each. The tour includes visits to a farm, a…

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘killed relatives over China coup plot’

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘killed relatives over China coup plot’

Kim Jong Un’s half-brother and uncle were both killed after the North Korean ruler uncovered a Chinese-backed plot to oust him, it has been claimed. Since taking power in 2011, Kim is said to have purged a series of senior officials – including members of his own family – who represent a threat to his leadership. Two of the most high-profile killings were those of Jang Song Thaek, Kim’s uncle who was executed in 2013,…

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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 warns of nuclear war over US military drills with South

North Korea warns of nuclear war over US military drills with South

North Korea has warned the US will be “pouring gasolene on the fire” by conducting a war game with its long-time southern foe. The 10-day joint military exercise with South Korea has been condemned by Pyongyang as “reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war”. It views the annual drills, which have now got under way, as a provocation and a practice for invasion. The manoeuvres come amid a war of…

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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 States before making a decision to fire, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday. Kim Jong-un 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 crisis: South’s leader in plea to avoid war

North Korea crisis: South’s leader in plea to avoid war

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on his US allies to help prevent a war, amid worsening tension over the North’s nuclear threat. Mr Moon told the visiting top US military official that there must be a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Gen Joseph Dunford said the US priority was diplomacy but added that military options were being prepared should sanctions against the North fail. The North on Monday said any war could “only…

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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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