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North Korea says US declared war, says it can shoot down bombers

– North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused President Donald Trump of declaring war, saying that gives the rogue regime the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers.

Pyongyang could target planes even when they are not flying in North Korean airspace, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” he said.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/25/we-have-right-to-shoot-down-strategic-us-bombers-even-if-they-are-not-in-north-korean-airspace-nk-foreign-minister-says.html

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Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force amid mounting tensions 

BEIJING/SEOUL, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s nuclear threat is likely to loom large.

The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure.

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http://news.trust.org/item/20170918051028-hybzz

North Korea fires missile towards Japan

North Korea has fired another test missile over Japan, leading to global condemnation amid already high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear warhead tests.

The missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, where thousands were awoken by air-raid sirens for the second time in just three weeks, and landed some 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo just before 7am local time (10pm Thursday GMT).

The rocket, believed to be a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 2,300 miles, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which is 2,100 miles from North Korea. 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4886026/North-Korea-fires-missile-Japan.html

South Korea detects radioactive xenon gas from North Korea nuclear bomb test

South Korea said on Wednesday traces of radioactive xenon gas were confirmed to be from a North Korean nuclear test earlier this month, but it was unable to conclude whether the test had been for a hydrogen bomb as Pyongyang claimed.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting the UN Security Council to step up sanctions with a ban on the reclusive regime’s textile exports and a cap on fuel imports.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/13/south-korea-detects-radioactive-xenon-gas-from-north-korea-nuclear-bomb-test.html

North Korea ‘secretly helped by Iran to gain nuclear weapons’, British officials fear

North Korea’s sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, British officials fear.

The Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped Kim Jong-Un in his drive to mount nuclear warheads on missiles. 

Senior Whitehall sources told The Sunday Telegraph it is not credible that North Korean scientists alone brought about the technological advances. 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/09/exclusive-north-korea-secretly-helped-iran-gain-nuclear-weapons/

China Fears Radioactive Fallout From North Korea Blast

BEIJING—China is amping up monitoring for signs of radioactive fallout from North Korea’s latest nuclear test, concerned that contamination could provoke a public outcry and force Beijing to harden its approach to Pyongyang, diplomats and analysts say.

Beijing put an extensive radiation-monitoring network on emergency level of operations Sunday, after sensors detected a 6.3-magnitude tremor from North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-worries-about-radioactiveand-politicalfallout-from-north-korea-blast-1504690205

North Korea threat prompts Japan evacuation preparations 

TOKYO — As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.

“There is a possibility of further provocations,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. 

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https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Pyongyang-provocation/North-Korea-threat-prompts-Japan-evacuation-preparations

North Korea says nuclear tests are ‘gift packages for the US’ and warns more will follow 

North Korea said nuclear tests are “gift packages” to the United States and that more will follow.

Han Tae Song, the ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the UN in Geneva, made the comment during a UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament today.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/north-korea-says-nuclear-tests-11114786

Putin warns N. Korea situation on verge of ‘large-scale …

MOSCOW, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the tense standoff between North Korea and the United States was on the verge of large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear missile programme.

Putin, who is due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote in an article published on the Kremlin’s web site ahead of his trip that he favoured negotiations with North Korea instead….. 

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http://news.trust.org/item/20170901080348-cbcrb

North Korea’s “reckless” missile launch over Japan…

* Missile flies 2,700 km, reaches altitude of 550 km – S.Korea

* Test comes after rise in tensions, during U.S.-S.Korea drills

* N.Korean missile did not threaten North America – Pentagon

* Global markets rattled by escalation in tension

By William Mallard and Jack Kim

TOKYO/SEOUL, Aug 29 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea early on Tuesday, prompting warnings to residents to take cover and drawing a sharp reaction from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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http://news.trust.org/item/20170828223815-c8i1x