Regional tensions over South China Sea territorial disputes have distracted attention from North Korea. The reclusive nuclear state has reminded the world that it is still a volatile element in the mix by announcing a rocket launch between December 10 and 22.Friday, 7 December, 2012, 4:10am
Japan on Thursday dispatched three destroyers to waters over which North Korea says its satellite-bearing rocket will travel.6 Dec 2012 - 4:37pm
North Korea has completed installing a long-range rocket on its launch pad, ahead of its planned launch this month in defiance of widespread international condemnation, a report said on Wednesday.
All three stages of the Unha-3 rocket have been placed on the pad at the North’s Sohae satellite launch station, a South Korean government source told Yonhap news agency.5 Dec 2012 - 3:59pm
Russia and China urged North Korea on Monday not to go ahead with a plan for its second rocket launch of this year, with Moscow saying any such move would violate restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council.4 Dec 2012 - 9:28am
Russia on Monday strongly urged North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a rocket this month as Pyongyang installed the first stage of the missile on the launch pad.3 Dec 2012 - 4:01pm 1 comment
Tokyo has begun deploying a surface-to-air missile defence system and is putting its armed forces on standby ahead of a planned North Korean missile launch this month.3 Dec 2012 - 2:36pm
China yesterday said it was concerned at North Korea's plans to launch a rocket later this month, state media reported, while Pyongyang reportedly notified neighbours including Japan of the planned trajectory.3 Dec 2012 - 4:27am
North Korea is to carry out its second rocket launch of this year as its youthful leader Kim Jong-un flexes his muscles a year after his father’s death, in a move that will likely heighten diplomatic tensions and draw criticism from Washington.1 Dec 2012 - 8:45pm
Fresh analysis of new satellite imagery confirms apparent North Korean preparations for an imminent long-range missile test – perhaps as early as next week – a US think tank said on Friday.
Speculation over a new test, following a failed launch in April, has intensified in recent weeks and drew a sharp warning on Thursday from the UN Security Council to Pyongyang.30 Nov 2012 - 6:43pm