North Korea releases images of latest Hwasong-12 missile launch

Questions remain over whether it has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but the official Korean Central News Agency said that leader Kim Jong-Un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute. According to the Daily Star, the North Korean’s actions, firing a missile over Japan was a “massive provocation”, and a response to joint exercises between USA and South Korean troops.

This image made from video by North Korea’s KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location.

Pyongyang views the drills as invasion rehearsals and often conducts weapons tests and escalates its rhetoric when they are held.

Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the behaviour of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, warning that war would be suicidal for the young leader. “So the North maybe is attempting to keep both South Korea and the USA off balance in execution of new policies“.

North Korea’s threat to create an “enveloping fire” around the American territory with four simultaneous missile launches into nearby waters is likely intended as a practice run for an attack on Andersen Air Force Base there in the event of a conflict.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says a magnitude 5.6 quake in North Korea was artificial and it’s analyzing whether the North conducted a nuclear test.

As the Two-Way reported last month, US intelligence analysts believe North Korea has already developed a warhead that can be placed on its ballistic missiles, including an ICBM capable of reaching USA territory. Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.

The report said Mr. Kim had visited the Nuclear Weapons Institute, which the news agency said had recently “succeeded in a more developed nuke” and in “bringing about a signal turn in nuclear weaponization”. Tuesday’s test, however, looks especially aggressive to Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

These were precursors to the successful test of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in March.

North Korea claimed Sunday that it had developed a hydrogen bomb to use with a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Her comments come after a North Korean missile was sacked over north Japan, before crashing into the sea.

The missile on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) was sacked at only half-range, South Korea’s defence ministry said in a report to the National Assembly on Thursday (Friday NZT).

“You can go back years and find them pretty clearly stating that this is what they’re going to do and this is why they’re going to do it”, said Van Jackson, an global security expert at Victoria University in Wellington.

Spavor said buildings nearby were also shaking, according to reports from local friends.

Residents on Hokkaido were warned by loudspeakers, phone alerts and an email that told them to stay indoors.

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