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Kim Jong-un executes two senior officials after failed missile test

PYONGYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacted furiously after failed missile test by ordering execution of two senior officials The hangings were carried out in just five days over mishaps at North Korea’s test missile site. The latest unnamed executive was killed after he allegedly took responsibility for setbacks at the Punggye-ri nuclear base which led to the date of a rocket launch being pushed back. While five days ago, a high-ranking official once described as the ‘second most powerful man in North Korea’…

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test

SEOUL: North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang's state media said on Saturday, with a propaganda-filled display of fireworks and dancing in public squares. The ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun covered its front page with colour photographs showing thousands of tightly packed soldiers and people applauding in Pyongyang's Kim Il-Sung square, which was decorated with large portraits of the North's late leaders. "We heartily celebrate the successful…

US warns North Korean leadership will be ‘utterly destroyed’ in case of war

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS: The United States warned North Korea’s leadership it would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programmes, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option. Speaking at an emergency U.N.…

Trump promises ‘major sanctions’ against North Korea

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump vowed to impose additional "major sanctions" against North Korea on Wednesday in response to its latest groundbreaking missile test. "Just spoke to President XI JINPING of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea," Trump tweeted. "Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained that the sanctions would be announced by the US Treasury and would target "additional financial…

China voices ‘grave concern’ over N. Korea missile test, urges talks

BEIJING: China on Wednesday voiced "grave concern" over North Korea's test of a missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States and called for talks to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing's proposal for North Korea to freeze weapons tests in return for the US to suspend military drills in the region was the best approach to ease tensions. Washington has rejected that approach. China hopes all sides will work on the "peaceful settlement" of the issue as…

North Korea preparing long-range missile test: RIA cites Russian lawmaker

MOSCOW: North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. “They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that…

Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

TEHRAN: Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khorramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday. It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone. The broadcaster gave no date for the test although officials had said on Friday that it would be tested "soon".…

US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test

SEOUL: The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday after Pyongyang's recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), the US and South Korean Air Forces said. North Korea said it conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday that proved its ability to strike America's mainland, drawing a sharp warning from US President Donald Trump. The B-1B flight was in direct response to the missile test and the…

N. Korea says ‘all US’ within range after missile test

PYONGYANG: Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea's ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said Saturday could even bring New York into range -– in a potent challenge to President Donald Trump. China condemned the test but US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing and Moscow bore "unique responsibility" for the growing threat posed by the reclusive North. Under Kim's leadership North Korea has accelerated its drive towards a credible nuclear strike capability, in…

North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for U.S. after latest missile test

PYONGYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That indicated the North had launched a modified Scud-class…