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North Korea: Kim Jong-un orders nuclear weapons readied for use 'at any time'

Leader reportedly tells military to adopt ‘pre-emptive’ posture after imposition of toughest UN sanctions to date<p>North Korea should be ready to use nuclear weapons “at any time” in the face of a growing threat from its enemies, leader Kim Jong-un has decreed in a further escalation of tensions on …

Carrots or sticks to take on North Korea?

<b>The edition of The Korea Times of 17 February was not a triumph of the headline writer's art. "Park vows to change N. Korea with sticks", it shouted in big, bold letters.</b><p>President Park of South Korea would use sticks to beat North Korea into submission, a reader unused to metaphor might have …

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Kim Jong-un threatens to bomb South Korean president's home

Threats emerge of a "pre-emptive strike" against the Blue House, the official residence of the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye<p>North Korea has threatened to carry out a "pre-emptive strike" against the Blue House, the official residence of the South Korean president, and US military bases in …

The White House just issued a fresh round of North Korean sanctions

The new sanctions are designed to deny the hermit kingdom the money it needs to develop miniaturized nuclear warheads as well as long-range missiles needed to deliver them, the Associated Press reports.<p>The latest bill which was approved by Congress last Friday, comes in response to Pyongyang's …

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Associated Press News

North Korea making bomb fuel as sanctions evaded or ignored – experts

US intelligence chief says regime has restarted plutonium reactor, while UN panel warns of member states failing to enforce bans on nuclear programme<p>North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in …

Young Mr. Kim will not follow orders. How Beijing got used to Pyongyang’s provocations.

North Korea this weekend launched a satellite into space again, in violation of international sanctions.<p>State TV described it thusly: “The fascinating vapour of Juche [self-reliance] satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February."<p>Not so in the West, where "the vapor trail" was …

South Korea warns North Korea not to launch satellite

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea warned on Wednesday of "searing" consequences if North Korea doesn't abandon plans to launch a long-range …

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Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korean missile test

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch after indications it is preparing for a test firing, two people with direct knowledge of the order told Reuters on Friday.<p>Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North satellite imagery dated January …

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North Korea satellite images suggest possible space launch

US officials cite intelligence suggesting movement of components and propellant at North Korea's Sohae satellite launch facility<p>The United States has seen increased activity around a North Korean missile site, suggesting preparations for a possible space launch in the near future, US officials told …

North Korea preparing to launch rocket, says US defence official

US, South Korea and Japan have been monitoring movements and play down speculation that ground crews are readying to fire ballistic missile<p>North Korea appears to be preparing to launch some form of rocket, a US defence official has said, though it does not appear to be a ballistic missile.<p>The …

North Korea may be readying long-range missile launch soon: Kyodo

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as within a week, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported early on Thursday, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a ceremony to award party and state …

North Korea 'preparing long-range missile launch next week'

Pyongyang preparing to launch a long-range missile as early as next week, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports<p>North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as in a week, Japan's Kyodo news agency has reported, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.<p>The official cited …

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Japan: North Korea preparing missile launch within the week

Satellite photos from Japan have shown suspicious activity at North Korea's launch site. The move comes after a nuclear test carried out despite a UN …

North Korea reportedly readying to launch long-range missile

North Korea is preparing a long-range missile launch and it could happen as early as next week, according to a published report.<p>Sky News, citing Japan’s Kyodo news agency, reported that an unnamed Japanese government official claims there are signs North Korea is readying a missile launch. The …

Associated Press News

North Korea test draws threat of sanctions despite H-bomb doubts

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful nuclear bomb on Wednesday, drawing threats of further sanctions even though the United States and weapons experts voiced doubts the device was as advanced as the isolated nation claimed.<p>The underground explosion shook …

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UN condemns North Korea nuclear test as H-bomb claim met with scepticism

Security council pledges new sanctions after test, which head of international monitoring agency says appears to be no more powerful than previous ones<p>The United Nations security council has ‘strongly condemned’ a suspected nuclear test by North Korea and pledged to pursue new sanctions as …

New Doubts Over North Korea’s Claim of a Hydrogen-Bomb Test

Although there has been no independent confirmation of the test, there is skepticism and condemnation of the claim.<p><b>Updated at 2:22 p.m. on January 6</b><p>What we know so far:<p>—North Korea says it successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb on Wednesday morning at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. It …

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Global powers condemn North Korea’s nuclear weapons test

The United States and other global powers sharply condemned North Korea on Wednesday, vowing to punish it for conducting a fourth nuclear weapons test. But it was not clear what more the world could do, short of war, to a country that for years has been impervious to international isolation and …

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North Korea Says It Successfully Conducted Hydrogen-Bomb Test

Hydrogen bomb is ‘self defensive’ step against U.S., North Korea says<p>SEOUL—North Korea said it successfully staged its first test of a more powerful form of nuclear weapon, expanding the U.S.’s foreign-policy challenges and highlighting the limits of China’s ability to rein in its volatile …

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Reported North Korean nuclear test signals snub of China, fraying ties

BEIJING — North Korea may have explained Wednesday’s announced hydrogen bomb test as a response to U.S. “hostility,” but experts say it may more accurately reflect deteriorating relations with China.<p>The question now is how Beijing will respond: not by abandoning its troublesome ally, experts agree, …

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North Korea Bomb Claim Disputed Ahead of UN Security Meeting

North Korea’s claim to have joined an elite group of countries capable of detonating a hydrogen bomb was met with skepticism from weapons experts as …

World reacts to N. Korean announcement of hydrogen bomb test

Comments from around the world on North Korea's announcement that it conducted its fourth nuclear test, and its first of a hydrogen bomb, on …

North Korea claims hydrogen bomb test

North Korea claims to have carried out its first successful test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device.<p>The announcement on North Korean state television followed the detection of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake at the Punggye-ri site in the north of the isolated country. It’s where Pyongyang has …

N. Korea's bomb test further imperils relations with China

BEIJING (AP) — China sees North Korea's claim to have conducted its first hydrogen bomb test as yet another act of defiance, and will likely …

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The Latest: SKorea to limit access to border industrial park

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's announcement that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test Wednesday (all times Seoul):<p>11 a.m. Thursday<p>…

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UN Security Council to meet after North Korea claims H-bomb test

A chorus of international condemnation has followed North Korea’s claim to have successfully conducted its first H-bomb test.<p>Chairing a National Security Council Meeting, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said Seoul would take action, including possible UN sanctions, to ensure that its …

U.N. poised to act against North Korea after latest nuclear test

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.N. Security Council is set to implement "significant" punitive measures after North Korea's nuclear test and will begin working on a new resolution "immediately," a statement released by Security Council President Elbio Rosselli says.<p>After Wednesday's meeting, the council, which …