South Korea to cremate North Korea woman found at sea

29 August, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Ora Austin
  • National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon attends a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Seoul on Aug. 28 2017

North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles in a "ring of fire" around Guam after President Donald Trump threatened to hit the North with "fire and fury" if it persisted with its development of ICBMs.

Songun is the "military first" policy of North Korea, prioritizing the Korean People's Army in the affairs of state and allocation of resources.

North Korea held two tests of its ballistic missiles in July causing an acute reaction on the part of the U.S.

That missile flew for 47 minutes and 12 seconds while reaching a maximum altitude of 3,724.9 kilometres, according to North Korea's state news agency - a distance that analysts said could reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

North Korea has also repeatedly threatened to attack Guam, a Pacific island territory of the United States that carries a large American military presence.

South Korea said the projectiles were launched from the North's eastern Kangwon province and flew in a north-easterly direction about 250 kilometres into the sea.

On Wednesday, the North Korean state news agency KCNA published a photo that showed schematics for a new intermediate-range solid-fuel ballistic missile and a new ICBM behind North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea is developing a new type of nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching any point in the mainland United States, according to photographs released by state media. "The second missile launch. appears to have blown up nearly immediately", said the spokesman, Commander Dave Benham, adding that the launches happened over a span of 30 minutes.

Tillerson says United States will keep up 'peaceful pressure' on North Korea
Washington has repeatedly urged China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, to do more to rein in Pyongyang . Western journalists are not normally allowed into North Korea when US-South Korean war games are underway.

The border islands have occasionally seen military skirmishes between the rivals, including a North Korean artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong in 2010 that left two South Korean marines and two civilians dead.

South Korea did not issue its usual condemnatory statement against the tests.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was aware of the launches.

The 16 sanctioned entities were accused by the U.S. of doing business with previously sanctioned companies, working with North's energy sector, helping place North Korean workers overseas or acting as a conduit on behalf of the reclusive state to the worldwide financial system.

North Korea had walked back from the threat to lob missiles toward Guam, but there had been concerns that hostility will flare up again during the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian drills between the allies that run through August 31.

The decision comes after Pyongyang did not respond to a South Korean message regarding the unclaimed body of North Korean origin.

Kim also visited a weapons development institute in the past week. Although the missile has not been operationally deployed yet, it is considered a key component to the so-called "kill chain" pre-emptive strike capability the South is pursuing to cope with the North's growing nuclear and missile threat.

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