North Korea nuclear test

On February 12, 2013, North Korea unleashed its third - and largest - underground nuclear test, causing an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9. The Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang said the test was the "first response" to what it called US threats. The test defied a UN move tightening sanctions against leader Kim Jong-un's regime three weeks before. The UN Security Council strongly condemned the test and vowed to take action against Pyongyang for an act that all major world powers, including traditional ally China, denounced.

North Korea threatens to hold fourth nuclear test after UN human rights ruling

Choe Myong Nam, second from left, North Korea's official in charge of UN affairs and human rights, and other delegates watch the recorded votes on a draft proposal during a meeting of the UN General Assembly human rights committee on Tuesday. Photo: AP

North Korea threatened today to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test after the approval of a landmark UN resolution on its human rights violations.

Thursday, 20 November, 2014, 8:33pm

Nuclear apocalypse an accident waiting to happen: report

A satellite image showing North Korea's Dongchang-ri missile launch site, located in the North Pyongan Province, bordering China. Photo: EPA

A report recounting a litany of near-misses in which nuclear weapons came close to being launched by mistake concludes that the risk of potentially catastrophic accidents is higher than previously thought and appears to be rising.

30 Apr 2014 - 9:08pm

Pyongyang ‘seals tunnel ahead of nuclear test’, say South Korean officials

A picture from a North Korean newspaper shows state leader Kim Jong-un observing a firing drill by a women's artillery unit in Kangwon province. Photo: EPA

North Korea has apparently sealed the tunnel to its nuclear test site, a significant sign that it may carry out its fourth nuclear test imminently, according to an official in Seoul.

25 Apr 2014 - 5:51pm

Legislator calls for South Korea's own nuclear defence

Chung Mong-joon, member of ruling conservative New Frontier Party. Photo: Reuters

A prominent South Korean legislator says his country should consider developing its own nuclear weapons or hosting a US arsenal as a way to pressure North Korea and its ally China.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:30am

North Korea moves second missile to coast

A truck moves past US Army Patriot missile air defence artillery batteries at US Osan air base in Osan, south of Seoul, on Friday. Photo: Reuters

North Korea has loaded two mid-range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them in facilities near its east coast, a report said on Friday, fuelling fears of an imminent launch that would sharply escalate tensions.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:50pm

US reinforces Pacific missile defences as North Korea authorises strike plans

US soldiers wearing anti-chemical suits perform a drill at their base north of Seoul. Photo: AP

The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences as North Korea pushed more global alarm buttons yesterday by announcing it had authorised plans for possible nuclear strikes on US targets.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:04am

North Korea moves medium-range missile to east coast

North Korea appears to have moved a medium range missile to its east coast, prompting fears of a strike against South Korea or Japan. Photo: AFP

North Korea has moved a medium-range missile to its east coast, South Korea said on Thursday as the United States strengthened its Pacific missile defences amid intensifying threats from Pyongyang.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 6 comments

North Korea's actions designed to raise tension, say analysts

North Korea's Kim Jong-un is inexperienced. Photo: AFP

If North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un's threats to start a nuclear war are an attempt to get the world's attention, he's succeeded. The question is why?

3 Apr 2013 - 4:02am

Is this a glimpse of North Korea’s military plans to attack the US?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discusses the US strike plan with North Korean officers during an urgent operation meeting at the Supreme Command. Photo: AFP

North Korean state media issued two photos on Friday that, either by accident or design, appeared to show plans for striking the US mainland, as well as details of the North’s military strength.

29 Mar 2013 - 11:23pm 4 comments

North Korea puts missiles on standby for US strike

Kim Jong-un presides speaks with generals of Korean People's Army Strategic Rocket Forces in Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters

China appealed for “joint efforts” to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula on Friday, after Pyongyang ordered missile units to prepare to strike the US mainland and US stealth bombers flew over South Korea.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

US warns North Korea over missile attack threats

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches soldiers of the Korean People's Army taking part in landing and anti-landing drills. Photo: Reuters

The United States takes North Korea’s latest threats to strike targets on the US mainland, Hawaii and Guam “very seriously,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said on Tuesday.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:25am

North Korea video depicts invasion of South, US hostages

A still from the propaganda video

Hundreds of North Korean paratroopers descend on Seoul. Their mission: to take thousands of US citizens living in South Korea hostage. This is the fantasy scenario at the centre of the latest propaganda video released by the government to bolster animosity towards America.

23 Mar 2013 - 12:07am 1 comment

UN sets up commission of inquiry into rights abuses by North Korea

So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the UN. Photo: Reuters

The UN yesterday set up a commission of inquiry into human-rights violations in North Korea, saying some "may amount to crimes against humanity". The 47-member Geneva forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by the European Union and Japan, and backed by the United States, condemning alleged torture, food deprivation and labour camps for political prisoners.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

North Korea threatens US bases in Okinawa, Guam as 'within range'

North Korea says the US Marine Corps base in Okinawa is within its attack range. Photo: EPA

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Xi says China ready to promote Korean dialogue

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches air defence artillery drills. Photo: Reuters

China is willing to promote dialogue between North and South Korea as stability on the Korean Peninsula is also in China’s interests, President Xi Jinping told his South Korean counterpart on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry said.

21 Mar 2013 - 1:07am