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North Korea says seeking military ‘equilibrium’ with U.S.

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS: North Korea said on Saturday it aims to reach an “equilibrium” of military force with the United States, which earlier signaled its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month. “Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA. Kim was shown beaming as he…

North Korea fires missile over Japan that lands far out in the Pacific

SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, further ratcheting up tensions after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb. The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. (2200 GMT Thursday) in parts of northern…

US says it is ready to use force against North Korea

WASHINGTON: The United States cautioned on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's nuclear missile program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that North Korea's actions were "quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution" and the United States was prepared to defend itself…

UN chief strongly condemns N Korea missile launch

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, describing it as a "further troubling violation" of UN resolutions. "The DPRK leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization," said Guterres in a statement. North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, claiming advances in a weapons programme it is…