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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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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North Korea “considers strike on Guam”

North Korea “considers strike on Guam”

North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. The report in state media, quoting an earlier military statement, came hours after President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury”. The North’s official news agency said it was considering a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, where US strategic bombers are based. The exchanges mark a sharp rise in rhetoric between the two…

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