Kim Jong-un says his country's ultimate goal is to "possess the world's most powerful strategic force" as he promotes scientists and officers behind recent test of "monster missile."
North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile during a new salvo of launches, the South Korean military says, with Washington urging all nations to enforce sanctions on Pyongyang.
Pyongyang fires multiple ballistic missiles, including a suspected ICBM, triggering evacuation alerts in parts of Japan — the latest in a record year of missile testing by the nuclear-armed North.
Japanese authorities issue a “J-alert” to residents in northeastern regions to evacuate to buildings nearby, while trains were temporarily suspended in Hokkaido and Aomori regions.
US and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that there are signs of new construction at Punggye-ri, North Korea's only known nuclear test site, and that Pyongyang could soon test another bomb.
Decision to cancel the test of the LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to appease Russia after Moscow announced it was putting its nuclear forces on high alert.
North Korea's latest launch extended a barrage of weapons demonstrations this year that analysts say are aimed at forcing the US to accept the idea of Pyongyang as a nuclear power and remove crippling sanctions against its broken economy.
Pyongyang's latest launch was a huge, new intercontinental ballistic missile, state media reports, in a test leader Kim Jong-un said was designed to demonstrate might of its nuclear force and deter any US military moves.
The "unidentified projectile" fired toward the East Sea is presumably a long-range ballistic missile, Seoul and Tokyo said, amid fears that Pyongyang could be preparing to test-fire an ICBM.
Sanctions have targeted Russian citizens and Moscow-based entities complicit in helping Pyongyang purchase elements for its missile launches, the US Treasury said.
Two recent missile tests conducted by Pyongyang were of a new intercontinental ballistic missile system and the country will be punished with fresh sanctions, senior US official says.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry claimed that North Korea is the only country standing up to the United States with its advanced weapons and missiles.
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