North Korea

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

The statement follows a visit to Pyongyang by Jeffrey Feltman, the highest-level trip by a UN official to the isolated nation in six years.

North Korea says it has agreed to regular communication with the UN.

Tensions over the North's weapons programme were raised further after a fresh ballistic missile test last week.

North Korea said it was its most advanced missile yet, capable of reaching the continental US.

The test was the latest in a series of nuclear and missile tests conducted in defiance of UN sanctions.

Pato vague on North Korea Issue

This was highlighted by Minister for Foreign affairs and Trade Rimbink Pato on the floor of parliament today.

He was responding to questions by Opposition MP and Rabaul Open MP, Dr Allan Marrat on PNG’s Foreign policy of “PNG Connect” as well as the countries readiness if there ever were nuclear ballistic missiles launched into the Pacific. 

“The position of PNG supporting the United States or Australia when it comes to North Korea is misconstrued.

North Korea's latest missile launch puts Guam on alert

A ballistic missile fired this morning is the first in more than two months.

Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense issued a statement that said there was no immediate threat to the territory from the launch.

The Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros said the launch is a reminder to keep emergency plans updated.

"After two months of no missile activity out of North Korea, this morning's launch reminds us to keep emergency plans updated and be prepared for any scenario," he said.

North Korea launches new ballistic missile

The Pentagon said it believed it was an intercontinental ballistic missile that flew for about 1,000km (620 miles) and fell into the Sea of Japan.

South Korean news agency Yonhap said that the missile was launched from Pyongsong, South Pyongan province.

North Korea's last ballistic missile test was in September.

That came days after it had conducted its sixth - and largest - nuclear test.

The US said the latest launch happened at about 03:30 local time (18:30 GMT).

US adds North Korea to list of state sponsors of terror

In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger "very large" additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday.

Mr Trump blamed the country's nuclear programme, and support for what he called international acts of terrorism.

While announcing the decision, the US president said it "should have happened a long time ago".

Mr Trump said that North Korea had "repeatedly supported international acts of terrorism" and added that the regime must act lawfully and also cease its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea nuclear threat 'accelerating'

Mr Mattis warned it would face a "massive military response" if it used nuclear weapons.

Separately, North Korea released a South Korean fishing boat which it said had been found in North Korean waters illegally.

The crew of 10 were released on Friday evening, South Korean officials said.

It comes at a time of heightened tension in the region, with both sides running a series of military exercises.

North Korea to release captured South Korean fishermen

The vessel and its crew will be released "at the military boundary in the East Sea," North Korean state news agency KCNA reports.

The decision was made after the crew apologised for the "offence", it adds.

It comes at a time of heightened tension in the region with both sides running a series of military exercises.

North Korea said the release of the fishing vessel, due later on Friday, follows an admission of wrongdoing from those on board, who it said had "repeatedly asked for leniency".

Japan PM promises 'firm' action on North Korea

Mr Abe had said he called the election a year early in order to increase his mandate amid a number of "crises" facing the country.

Among them was the increasing threat from Pyongyang.

The initial exit polls suggested Mr Abe had done just that, retaining his two-thirds "super-majority".

This is vital to his ambition to revise Japan's post-war pacifist constitution - enacted by the country's American occupiers in 1947 - Article 9 of which calls for the complete renunciation of war.

North Korea urges Australia to distance itself from US

The note denounces the US president's warning that America would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said the letter had been sent to other nations.

He said it demonstrated that diplomatic pressure on North Korea was working, despite the document being "basically a rant" consistent with earlier rhetoric.

The one-page letter was sent via North Korea's embassy in Indonesia and attributed to the Foreign Affairs Committee of Pyongyang's Supreme People's Assembly.

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

The series - due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter - has been shelved.

In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it said would be a new "bold and provocative" drama series.

Titled Opposite Number, the programme's plot involved a British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in North Korea.

The production firm involved - Mammoth Screen - subsequently had its computers attacked.

The project has not moved forward because of a failure to secure funding, the company says.

 

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