North Korea

North Korea Unveils New Nuclear Warheads as Kim Orders More Weapons-Grade Materials

North Korea unveiled new, smaller nuclear warheads as leader Kim Jong Un called for scaling up the production of weapons-grade nuclear material to expand the country’s arsenal, state media KCNA said on Tuesday. KCNA released photos of the warheads, dubbed Hwasan-31, during Kim’s visit to the Nuclear Weapons Institute, where he inspected new tactical nuclear […]

Analysis-China, North Korea Loom Large as South Korea and Japan Try to Make Amends

South Korea’s willingness to resolve historical disputes in the name of improving relations with Japan is largely driven by concerns over North Korea’s growing capabilities, and managing any rivalry with China, officials and analysts say. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit Tokyo on Thursday for a summit with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the […]

Japan’s New Rocket Fails after Engine Issue, in Blow to Space Ambitions

Japan’s new medium-lift rocket failed on its debut flight in space on Tuesday after the launcher’s second-stage engine did not ignite as planned, in a blow to its efforts to cut the cost of accessing space and compete against Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The 57-metre (187 ft) tall H3 rocket, Japan’s first new model in three […]

S.Korea’s Yoon Says Cooperation with US, Japan Key to Overcoming N.Korea Threats

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Wednesday that trilateral cooperation with the United States and Japan has become more important than ever to overcoming North Korea’s growing nuclear threats and other crises. Yoon spoke at an event commemorating the country’s historic March First independence movement against Japan’s 1910-1945 occupation of Korea. “Japan has transformed […]

North Korea May Try to Pressure U.S. with ICBM, Nuclear Tests - S. Korean Lawmakers

North Korea could test-fire intercontinental ballistic missiles on a lower, longer trajectory and conduct its seventh nuclear test this year to perfect its weapons capabilities, South Korean lawmakers said on Wednesday, citing intelligence officials. North Korea has so far conducted ICBM tests only on lofted trajectories, but has already secured capabilities to launch them at […]

U.S. Charges Two Europeans Over North Korea Crypto Conspiracy Involving an American

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced the indictment of two Europeans for allegedly conspiring with a recently sentenced American cryptocurrency researcher to help North Korea evade U.S. sanctions. Alejandro Cao de Benos of Spain, who founded a pro-Pyongyang affinity organization, and Christopher Emms of Britain, a cryptocurrency businessman, were accused of recruiting the […]

North Korea Accused of Testing ICBM System and Restoring Nuclear Test Site

North Korea used what would be its largest ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system in two recent launches, and appears to be restoring some tunnels at its shuttered nuclear test site, U.S. and South Korean officials said on Friday. The reports are the latest to suggest the country may soon follow through on threats to […]