North Korea said Friday that it test-fired a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) the day before to demonstrate its “toughest response posture” against the ongoing combined military exercise between South Korea and the United States.
President Yoon Suk Yeol warned Thursday that North Korea “will certainly pay” for its “reckless provocations” at a morning National Security Council (NSC) meeting, after a long-range ballistic missile launch from the North was detected.
South Korea and the United States will commence their biggest combined military exercise in five years later this month, bringing back large-scale live field training suspended during the Moon Jae-in administration.
North Korea conducted a “surprise launching drill” of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and vowed heightened tit-for-tat responses to deterrence measures by South Korea and the United States, state media reported Sunday.
North Korea displayed the largest number of its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile at a nighttime military parade on Wednesday, as well as mock-ups of a new solid-fuel missile under development, state media photos showed Thursday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended a banquet following a visit to a North Korean army barracks with his daughter Kim Ju-ae on Tuesday, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army (KPA).
North Korea is likely to display upgraded short-range ballistic missiles it has been aggressively testing, and possibly a solid-fuel version of its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile, at a military parade expected for Wednesday.
The United States is not seeking confrontation with North Korea and is open to discussions with the reclusive state, according to an unnamed source from the White House National Security Council quoted by Reuters.
Pyongyang entered a five-day lockdown on Wednesday to combat a rise in cases of respiratory illness, according to an official North Korean government notice seen by NK News.
U.S. President Joe Biden nominated a new special envoy for North Korean human rights, the White House announced Monday, moving to fill a post that’s been vacant for six years.