Nov 14, 5:00 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 11/14/18 AT 5:00 AM North Korea was reportedly continuing its nuclear and missile activity even after the summit between President Donald Trump and the former nation’s leader Kim Jong Un in June saw the latter agreeing to permanently close its nuclear program, South Korea's spy agency, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), was quoted as saying Wednesday. Participants said the agency made this statement in a report during a closed-door meeting of the parliamentary intelligence committee held Wednesday. The report was a result of the very little progress the denuclearization process has made in recent weeks, which included the cancellation of the planned high-level talks between Washington and Pyongyang last week."Nuclear and missile-related activity is believed to be going on even after the North-U.S. summit. It is presumed that … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Nuclear, Missile Activity Continues Even After US Summit: Seoul
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A study that the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published on Monday found that North Korea is maintaining at least 13 ballistic missile bases, seemingly contradicting the spirit of denuclearization even as Pyongyang demands sanctions relief as a reward for the steps it has taken so far. The report from the think tank based in Washington, DC, claimed there are about 20 “undeclared North Korean missile operating bases,” of which 13 have been discovered through satellite photography. The North Koreans made a great show of dismantling the missile launch facility at Sohae, which they described as a “satellite launching station.” However, CSIS asserted the actions taken at Sohae were a distraction, a theatrical gesture toward fulfilling commitments made by dictator Kim Jong-un at his June summit with President Trump, while many other bases in remote locations are quietly kept operational.The New York Times pronounced the CSIS report an … [Read more...] about Report: North Korea Continues Missile Research at Secret Bases
WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows North Korea razed some facilities used for testing ballistic missiles last month after declaring it was suspending nuclear explosions and missile launches, a U.S. website reported Wednesday. A stand used for missile ejection tests was demolished near Kusong in the country’s northwest, according North Korea expert Joseph Bermudez. Ejection tests are to test the initial launch of a missile from a canister and firing up its first-stage engine rather than a full-blown launch. His analysis was published by 38 North, a Washington-based website which tracks developments in the isolated nation’s weapons programs. In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced he was suspending ballistic missile and nuclear testing, paving the way for negotiations on its nuclear weapons program with the United States that will culminate in a historic summit next week in Singapore with President Donald Trump. In a sign of goodwill, North Korea last … [Read more...] about Report: Imagery shows North Korea razes missile test stand
World North Korea Ballistic Missile James Mattis Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Congress Thursday that the U.S. military is developing the technology to shoot down North Korean missiles as they take off. Arms experts say that the technology would greatly improve the U.S. ability to fend off a nuclear attack from North Korea, but it probably won't be ready for another 10 to 15 years. “What [Mattis] is referring to is boost phase directed energy, so the idea is to have a laser on a drone, have the drones hovering in international airspace, and then once a missile is launched we zap it with a laser,” Mathew Kroenig, an expert on national security and arms control at the Atlantic Council, told Newsweek. “We have directed energy interceptors on ships, so the basic technology is proven. But it won’t be until 2025 or so that this will be a real capability,” Kroenig added. Recommended Slideshows 44 In Pictures: Every U.S. President … [Read more...] about U.S. Has a New Plan to Fight North Korea: Shoot Down Kim Jong Un’s Missiles As They Launch, but Can It Work?
This year alone, North Korea has attempted 17 missile launches. The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) maintains a database and analysis of North Korea's ballistic missile testing, along with its successes and failures, if they are known. Timeline: American attempts to deter North Korea's nuclear program In early September 2017, North Korea appeared to be planning another missile launch, possibly of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to show off its claimed ability to target the United States with nuclear weapons, South Korea's Defense Ministry reported. A timeline of North Korea's nuclear tests Here's the list of North Korea's missile tests -- short-, medium- and long-range -- going back to its first test in 1984. 2017 February 12th, 2017: North Korea launches intermediate-range Polaris-2 (or KN-15) ballistic missile into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. March 6th, 2017: North Korea fires four extended-range Scud (or … [Read more...] about North Korea missile tests