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Seoul vows ‘active’ response to N.K. missile liftoff

Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Friday pledged to take an “active” response to North Korea’s looming missile test, raising the possibility of a surprise launch and calling for airtight military rea...

Updated : 2016.02.05 11:59

Gov't to be alert over North Korean rocket launch during key holiday

The Unification Ministry said Friday it will be on high alert during the Lunar New Year's holiday to monitor a possible launch of North Korea's long-range rocket.North Korea has notified U.N. agencies that it will launch a satellite sometime between Feb. 8 and 25, widely seen as a covert t...

Updated : 2016.02.05 11:56

China FM: Envoy urged North Korea to avoid escalating tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Hong Kong-based media Friday that special envoy Wu Dawei called for North Korea to avoid escalating tensions with a planned rocket launch.Wang also repeated that all relevant parties should work together to resume talks on North Korea's nuclear issue, ...

Updated : 2016.02.05 11:50

Defense chief orders 'active' military response to North Korean missile

Defense Minister Han Min-koo ordered his troops on Friday to respond "actively" to North Korea's upcoming long-range rocket launch.He issued the order in an emergency meeting with key military officials that convened as the North is preparing to launch what it claims is a space vehicle in ...

Updated : 2016.02.05 11:48

U.S. urges China to exercise influence to alter behavior of Pyongyang's

China should exercise regional leadership and influence with North Korea to help change the behavior of the "very unpredictable young man" leading its communist neighbor, the U.S. State Department spokesman said Thursday."We believe that as a strong leader in the Asia-Pacific region, and a...

Updated : 2016.02.05 11:43

U.N. panel to recommend fresh sanctions against North Korea

A U.N. panel of experts is expected to recommend fresh sanctions against North Korea to a Security Council committee next week, sources said Thursday.The recommendations will be included in the panel's annual report to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions on Pyongyang, the s...

Updated : 2016.02.05 09:55

U.S. experts hold informal meetings with North Koreans amid rocket tensions

American security experts held unofficial "Track II" meetings in Berlin with North Koreans earlier this week, a U.S. think tank said, amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's planned rocket launch following a nuclear test.The meetings took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the U.S. part...

Updated : 2016.02.05 09:51

South Korea, U.S., Japan to hold video conference to discuss North's missile launch

National defense officials of South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold a video conferencethis week to discuss their joint response to the North's imminent long-range missile, a government official here said Thursday.   The video conference will be held early on Friday with work...

Updated : 2016.02.04 20:41

Seoul will intercept if North Korean missile falls in its territory: ministry

With North Korea gearing up for a fresh long-range missile test, South Korea is stepping up its capabilities to intercept any incoming rocket or its parts within its territory and take “due” retalia...

Updated : 2016.02.04 16:06

Ex-N.K. military chief says its long-range rocket can hit U.S.

The former chief of the North Korean military's general staff had said in 2012 that the North is capable of hitting the United States with a nuclear weapon atop a long-range missile, a report showed Thursday.Ri Yong-ho, who was purged in July 2012, said earlier that launching a satellite a...

Updated : 2016.02.04 16:01

Seoul to intercept Pyongyang rocket if needed

South Korea won't hesitate to shoot down a North Korean rocket or its debris if necessary, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid clear signs that the secretive neighbor's rocket launch is imminent.North Korea informed U.N. agencies of its plan to send a satellite into orbit between Feb....

Updated : 2016.02.04 15:08

N. Korean leader chairs joint meeting of party's key committees

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has presided over a joint meeting of the ruling party's central and military committees as the party prepares for a key congress in May, the North's state media said Thursday.The North's leader chaired a joint meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea's central...

Updated : 2016.02.04 14:58

N. Korea preparing long-range missile launch at Dongchang-ri site

North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile at its Dongchang-ri launch site in the northwest, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, signaling an imminent missile test by the communist country in the coming weeks.North Korea has recently informed international maritime, aviation a...

Updated : 2016.02.04 14:51

N. Korea, Russia sign agreement on extradition of illegal migrants

Russia and North Korea have signed an agreement on the extradition of illegal immigrants staying in their respective countries, Russia's emigration office said Wednesday. The agreement was reached Tuesday in Moscow between Nikolay Smorodin, deputy head of Russia's Federal Migration Servic...

Updated : 2016.02.04 14:06

Park: N. Korea's missile launch should never be condoned

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday that North Korea's long-range missile launch should never be condoned as she called for strong sanctions to stop North Korea's move.North Korea's planned launch is "a desperate measure to maintain" its regime and shows that it is not afraid of U.N. san...

Updated : 2016.02.04 14:04