The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called the South Korean defence minister a "scum-like guy” for talking about preemptive strikes on the North, warning on Sunday that the South may face "a serious threat.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country aimed to have the world's most powerful nuclear force as he celebrated the launch of its newest intercontinental ballistic missile at a ceremony with his young daughter.
Cross-border rail operation between the two countries had been suspended since April 29, following a lockdown in Dandong attributable to the spread of Covid-19.
Neither president's approach has led to a major breakthrough, however, and North Korea has resumed testing its largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), while intelligence reports suggest it is preparing for a new nuclear test.
The launch, the North’s 14th round of weapons firing this year, also came six days before a new conservative South Korean president takes office for a single five-year term.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled-down on his nuclear arms buildup to overwhelm "hostile forces” at a key meeting where military leaders approved unspecified new operational duties for front-line army units.
The North's elevated restrictions on movement's in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak could cause a further strain on the country's economic difficulties, some experts say.
North Korea has fired its most powerful missile since 2017, marking a month-long blitz of launches that has raised the spectre of leader Kim Jong Un restarting nuclear tests. He wants to catapult his nuclear ambitions to centre stage. Pyongyang conducted
North Korea passed a law this month putting into effect Kim Jong Un’s decision that in case he is incapacitated by foreign hands, the country will “automatically and immediately” launch a nuclear retaliation.
The North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) had revealed the contents of a message from Chinese President Xi Jinping, in which the Chinese leader said that China would like to work with North Korea for “peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region and the world.” This is said to be in response to North Korean leader