The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year.
North Korea moves two more missile launchers as tensions simmer
North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, a report said yesterday.
It had been expected that Pyongyang would carry out a test on April 15 to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea's late founding leader Kim Il-sung, but this did not materialise.
The North Korean military last week moved two launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to the northeast province of South Hamgyong, Yonhap news agency said, citing a top Seoul official.
"We have discovered the North has moved two additional TELs [transporter erector launchers] to the east coast ... after April 16," the official was quoted as saying.
Previously, the North was reported to have moved seven missile launchers to its coast facing the East Sea in apparent preparations for a test that would further escalate tensions.
Angered by fresh UN sanctions triggered by its third nuclear test in February and joint South Korea-US military exercises, the North has been issuing threats of missile strikes and nuclear war.
Thursday could be another possible day for a missile launch, with April 25 being the founding anniversary of the North's military.