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North Korea Fires Submarine-Launched Missile, Says South


North Korea Fires Submarine-Launched Missile, Says South

North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to the South.

State news agency Yonhap claimed the missile was launched off the North's eastern coast and travelled 300 miles before falling inside Japan's Air Defence Identification Zone.

The missile is said to have been fired shortly before 6am local time Wednesday (about 10pm BST on Tuesday).

An unnamed US official said it detected and tracked what it believed to be a KN-11 ballistic missile.

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Pyongyang accuses US of plotting preemptive nuclear strikes


Pyongyang accuses US of plotting preemptive nuclear strikes

Pyongyang has accused Washington of aligning its nuclear forces closer to North Korea to increase its chances of conducting a pre-emptive strike, as Pacific Air Forces dispatched speedy and low-flying B-1B bombers to Guam for the first time in 10 years.

Blaming Washington of becoming “all the more pronounced” to topple the North Korean communist regime by “mobilizing all nuclear war hardware,” Pyongyang warned the US against exacerbating tensions in the region that could ignite a nuclear war.

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North Korea missile lands near Japanese waters


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A medium-range ballistic missile fired from North Korea has landed near Japanese territorial waters, according to South Korean and Japanese officials, the latest in a series of such launches.

A suspected Rodong missile was fired on Wednesday from the North's western Hwanghae province, the governments said.

Japan's defence ministry said the missile landed inside Japan's exclusive economic zone, a  200-nautical-mile offshore area where Tokyo has sovereign rights for exploring and exploiting resources.

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North Korea closes only communication channel with U.S.


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North Korea said Monday it has decided to close its only direct diplomatic link with Washington, a move made days after the United States slapped sanctions on the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and other officials over human rights abuses.

Pyongyang and Washington do not have formal diplomatic relations, but North Korea's mission to the United Nations in New York has acted as the main communication conduit between the two countries.

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North Korea: US sanctions a 'declaration of war'


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North Korea has promised a tough response to what it deemed a "declaration of war" by the United States, after Washington blacklisted the country's leader Kim Jong-un for the first time over human rights abuses.

Pyongyang described the sanctioning of Kim as a "hideous crime," the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.  

"What the US did this time, not content with malignantly slandering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is the worst crime that can never be pardoned," it cited the foreign ministry as saying.

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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles


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North Korea fired two missiles Wednesday morning from its eastern coast, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

U.S. military officials said two Musudan missiles were launched from Wonsan, North Korea, and were tracked over the Sea of Japan, where they fell.

The first launch was considered to have failed, travelling about 150km (90 miles) before landing in the sea. The second, launched hours later, flew about 400km.

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