North Korea's Olympic Committee has decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect its players from the world public health crisis caused by Covid-19, the country's sports ministry says.
The test-fires were Pyongyang’s first major provocation since President Biden took office in January, an apparent move to pressure the US administration and to boost North Korea’s leverage in future talks.
Speaking at his first formal press conference in the White House as president, Joe Biden touches on range of issues including troop pullout, row with China and North Korea, border with Mexico, and coronavirus pandemic.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said two ballistic missiles were involved and that the launch "threatens the peace and security of our country and the region. It is also a violation of the UN resolution."
The measures are part of a package of human rights sanctions targeting a dozen individuals from Myanmar, China, Russia, North Korea, Eritrea, South Sudan and Libya.
Malaysia's foreign ministry denounced North Korea's move as unwarranted and disruptive to regional peace, adding that the extradition of North Korean man Mun Chol Myong had been carried out according to law.
After meeting with South Korean officials in Seoul, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will complete its North Korea policy review in coming weeks, and that both pressure and diplomatic options are on the table.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin are in Japan and issues on agenda range from solidifying Asian alliances against China to North Korean nuclear issue and a military coup in Myanmar.
The Justice Department said the hackers were responsible for a wide range of criminal activity and high-profile intrusions across South and Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Africa, including a retaliatory 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
It paints a cold picture of how the US seeks to use its South-East Asian allies to contend with China and North Korea.
Pyongyang did not appear to put on show any of its ICBMs, unlike at its previous parade in October, when it revealed a huge new ICBM on an 11-axle vehicle that analysts said was the largest road-mobile, liquid-fuelled missile in the world.
“Whoever takes office in the US, its basic nature and hostile policy will never change,” Kim Jong-Un said as he declared the US once again as North Korea's "main enemy."
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