Nuclear Tests

  • North Korea threatens 'merciless' strike against US-South Korea drill August 17, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea warned on Sunday of a "merciless" pre-emptive strike as it blasted upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war. South Korea and the United States on Monday start the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion. Although...
  • Obama warns North Korea against nuclear threats April 26, 2014

    President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States "will not hesitate to use our military might" to defend allies, as he sought to showcase US power in the region amid China's growing influence and Pyongyang's unpredictable nuclear threats. Obama's visit to Seoul comes as North Korea has...
  • United Nations calls for global efforts to ban nuclear tests August 31, 2013

    The UN has stressed on the importance of a global ban on nuclear tests, while calling for international efforts to achieve the goal of a safer and more secure world. Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in his...
  • North Korea sends top official to China May 22, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a "special envoy" of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported. There were few details of Choe Ryong-hae's visit, which came amid strained relations between China and North Korea after Beijing backed UN...
  • North Korea fires sixth missile in three days May 20, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Monday, making six launches in three days, and it condemned South Korea for criticising what it said were its legitimate military drills. South Korea's Defense Ministry said North Korea had fired one missile on Monday morning and a second one in the...
  • North Korea may launch medium-range missile test April 15, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea may test a new missile to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim il Sung on Monday. The isolated and impoverished state celebrates the former leader's birth anniversary on Monday amidst growing tensions in the east, after weeks of war threats from Pyongyang. Speculation has...
  • North Korean nuclear missiles: The mercury rising April 12, 2013

    The Timeline February 12, 2013: North Korea conducts nuke test despite warnings of sanctions. UN sanctions imposed on North Korea. US sends Naval destroyers and B2 stealth bombers and drops test packages over South Korea. North Korea moves Musudan Missiles to east coast; BM25 Musudan, also known under the names Taepodong X,...
  • North Korea nears 'dangerous line': US Defence Secretary April 11, 2013

    Washington: Asserting that the US is ready with all its contingency plans to defend itself and its allies from any misadventure from North Korea, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the isolated nation was "skating very close to a dangerous line." "North Korea has been, with its bellicose...
  • China rebukes North Korea, says no state should sow chaos April 8, 2013

    Beijing/Seoul: China's leaders issued thinly veiled rebukes to North Korea for raising regional tensions, with the president saying no country should throw the world into chaos and the foreign minister warning that Beijing would not allow mischief on its doorstep. The weekend comments were the strongest yet by China in...
  • South Korea expects North Korea to launch missile test this week April 8, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea expects the North to launch a missile this week. Seoul says it's on military readiness posture and has hit out at Pyongyang's scare tactics. Meanwhile, the US is trying to calm tensions by delaying its own missile test. ...
  • North Korea seen readying for fourth nuclear test April 8, 2013

    Seoul: Activity in North Korea appears to show it is preparing for a fourth nuclear test, with movement at its atomic test site similar to events preceding earlier blasts, a newspaper reported on Monday, quoting a senior South Korean government official. North Korea has intensified warnings in recent weeks, declaring it...
  • North Korea cuts military hotline with South Korea March 28, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea upping its war rhetoric, has said on Wednesday that it is cutting a key military hotline with South Korea in response to new UN sanctions, which was its only formal channel of communication with the South. This comes a day after North Korea reportedly readied its military...
  • S Korea, US begin drills as N Korea threatens war March 11, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea and the United States began annual military drills on Monday despite North Korean threats to respond by voiding the armistice that ended the Korean War and launching a nuclear attack on the US. After the start of the drills, South Korean officials said their northern counterparts didn't answer...
  • UN approves new sanctions against North Korea March 8, 2013

    United Nations: The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, and a furious Pyongyang threatened a nuclear strike against the United States. The sanctions drafted by North Korea's closest ally, China, and the United States send a powerful...
  • North Korea threatens South with 'final destruction' February 20, 2013

    Geneva: North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week. "As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea's erratic behaviour would...
  • North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh N-test February 16, 2013

    Beijing: North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also be accompanied this...
  • 'N Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test' February 15, 2013

    Beijing: North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests in 2013 in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also...
  • IAEA, Iran end nuclear talks in Tehran, outcome awaited February 14, 2013

    Dubai: The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran ended a day of talks in Tehran on February 13, Iranian media reported, and Press TV state television said results were expected to be announced soon. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had hoped to bridge persistent differences with Iran preventing the Vienna-based UN...
  • N Korea's nuclear tests represents threat to US: Panetta February 14, 2013

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today said that the combination of a recent missile test combined with nuclear explosions by North Korea represents a real threat to America. "There is no question that North Korea constitutes a threat to the United States, to regional stability and to global security....
  • Obama tells N Korea to meet international obligations February 13, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama today warned both North Korea and Iran to meet the international obligations regarding their controversial nuclear programme or else face isolation and action. In his first State of the Union Address of his second term, Obama termed the nuclear explosion of North Korea as "provocative"...
  • Obama calls North Korea nuclear test a 'provocation' February 13, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama says North Korea will only achieve the security and prosperity it seeks by meeting its international obligations, not by conducting nuclear tests. Obama called Tuesday's nuclear test by Pyongyang a "provocation" and said it will only serve to further isolate North Korea from the rest...
  • North Korea tells UN will never bow to nuclear resolutions February 13, 2013

    Geneva: North Korea told the UN disarmament forum on Tuesday that it would never bow to resolutions on its nuclear programme and that prospects for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula were "gloomy" because of a hostile US policy. "The US and their followers are sadly mistaken if they miscalculate the...
  • UNSC to meet on Feb 12 on North Korea's nuclear test February 12, 2013

    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on North Korea's apparent nuclear test at 9 am EST (1400 GMT) on February 12, council diplomats said. One Western diplomat said he hoped the council would approve an initial statement condemning the nuclear test on February 12 and...
  • Clues hint at timing of North Korea nuclear test February 7, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea vowed in January to carry out its third nuclear test but has said nothing about timing. As a result, the building suspense in Seoul has prompted many to look at the dates Pyongyang has chosen for past atomic tests, as well as rocket and missile launches. Dates and...
  • North Korea threatens 'stronger' measures than N-test February 6, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea stepped up its bellicose rhetoric on Tuesday, threatening to go beyond carrying out a promised third nuclear test in response to what it believes are "hostile" sanctions imposed after a December rocket launch. Pyongyang frequently employs fiery rhetoric aimed at South Korea and the United States and in...
  • North Korea threatens 'stronger' measures than nuclear test February 5, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea stepped up its bellicose rhetoric on February 1 threatening to go beyond carrying out a promised third nuclear test in response to what it believes are "hostile" sanctions imposed after a December rocket launch. The North frequently employs fiery rhetoric aimed at South Korea and the United...
  • North Korea to target US with nuclear test, rocket launches January 24, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea said on January 24 it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its "enemy". The announcement by the country's top military body came a day after the United...
  • South Korea: President Park talks tough after poll win December 20, 2012

    Seoul: South Korea's President-elect, Park Geun-hye, used her first major speech on Thursday to warn of the risks posed by a hostile North Korea and also fired a political shot across the bows of Japan's incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Speaking after a visit to the country's national cemetery, which...
  • North Korea's nuclear test ready 'soon' April 25, 2012

    Beijing: North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead. The isolated and impoverished state sacrificed the chance of closer ties with...
  • Embarrassed North Korea may try nuclear test April 13, 2012

    Pyongyang: North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt. The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the...