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North Korean Technicians Cross Into South For Olympics Preparation

A 23-member advance team of North Koreans arrived in South Korea on Monday to prepare for the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean officials said.

The South’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues, said the North Korean team is mostly made up of technicians. The South’s Yonhap news agency said they came with sound, lighting and other systems.

The North Koreans’ participation in the Olympics is part of a series of conciliatory measures the war-separated rivals took for the Pyeongchang Games.




South Korea sees the Olympics as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea following an extended period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North’s nuclear program.

The Olympics begun last Friday.

North Korea plans to send hundreds to the games, including athletes, officials, artists and a 230-member cheering group.

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North Korea Fires Missile Towards Japan – Possibly Its Most Powerful Yet

North Korea has conducted a night test of a long-range ballistic missile that landed off the coast of Japan, triggering a South Korea test-launch in response and bringing a return to high tension to the region after a lull of more than two months.

The Pentagon issued a statement saying that the weapon tested was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Initial reports from Seoul suggested that it came from a mobile launcher and was fired at about 3am local time.

The missile was reported to have flown for 50 minutes on a very high trajectory, reaching 4,500 km above the earth before coming down nearly 1,000 km from the launch site off the west coast of Japan.

This would make it the most powerful of the three ICBMs North Korea has tested so far.




Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, condemned the missile launch as a “violent act” that “can never be tolerated” and called for an emergency meeting of the UN security council.

David Wright, a physicist and missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, calculated that on a normal trajectory, rather than a high lofted one, the missile would have a range of 13,000 km, enough to reach Washington, the rest of the US west coast, Europe or Australia.

Furthermore, the mobile night launch appeared aimed at testing new capabilities and demonstrating that Pyongyang would be able to strike back after any attempt at a preventative strike against the regime.

It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” James Mattis, the US defence secretary, told reporters.

It’s a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten anywhere in the world.

Mattis added the North Korean missile programme “threatens world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States”.

President Trump, who had insisted that North Korean development of an ICBM would not happen during his presidency, said: “We will take care of it … it is a situation that we will handle.

The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and travelled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s economic exclusion zone.

“We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch,” Pentagon spokesman Col Robert Manning said.

Within minutes of the launch, the South Korean joint chiefs of staff announced Seoul had carried out an exercise involving the launch of a “precision strike” missile, signalling that it was primed to respond immediately to any attack from the North.

It was the first North Korean ballistic missile test since 15 September and followed a warning earlier this month from Donald Trump that North Korean threats to strike the US and its allies would be a “fatal miscalculation”.

The launch also marked a rebuff to Russia, which had claimed the previous day that the pause in missile launches suggested that Pyongyang was ready to defuse tensions in line with a proposal from Moscow and Beijing that North Korea could freeze missile and nuclear tests in exchange for a scaling down of US and allied military exercises.

Mira Rapp-Hooper, an expert on Asia-Pacific security at Yale Law School and the Centre for a New American Security, said that the night launch “matters because that’s when they’d launch under operational conditions.

Abe told reporters: “We will never give in to provocative acts [by North Korea],” adding that the international community would put “maximum pressure” on North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programme.

Abe said Japan had lodged a “strong protest” with the regime in Pyongyang, which he accused of ignoring other countries’ “united, strong will for a peaceful solution”.

He added: “The international community needs to work in unison to fully implement sanctions.

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North Korea Can Probably Strike Most Of The United States

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North Korea’s recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile has the capability of striking most of the continental United States, according to a report.

The rocket launched last Friday remained airborne for 45 minutes – longer than an ICBM launch on July 4 that lasted for 39 minutes – and showed greater range, Reuters reported on Monday, citing US officials.

Earlier estimates suggested the rocket had the range to strike Chicago.




The reason it had was able to reach a greater height with more range and power than previous test firings was because it used stabilizing engines that countered the effects of wind and other forces that could knock it off course, a source told the news agency.

President Kim Jong Un called the Friday firing of the ICBM a “stern warning” to the US that his regime would be able to retaliate in case of attack.

The Pentagon declined to comment on the assessment of the rocket’s range, other than to acknowledge it was the longest test flight of any North Korean missile so far.

The specifics of our assessment are classified for reasons I hope you understand,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

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He confirmed that the missile could fly at least 3,420 miles, the minimum range for what the Pentagon classifies as an ICBM, the report said.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang has been showing “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test” in the days following the ICBM launch on Friday, CNN reported, citing US defense officials.

The test gauges a missile’s “cold launch system,” which uses high pressure steam to power a rocket out of a launch canister before its engine ignites. The process prevents flames and heat from the engine from damaging the submarine or barge used to launch the missile, the news network reported.

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President Trump has been frustrated by the inability of China, North Korea’s main trading partner, to curb Kim’s weapons programs, tweeting on Monday that “China could easily solve this problem.”

Later, at a meeting of his Cabinet secretaries, the president said his administration would “handle” the threat posed by the reclusive regime.

We will handle North Korea. We are gonna be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything,” Trump said.

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According To Experts, North Korea Missile Test Shows It Could Reach New York

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The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has issued a fresh challenge to Donald Trump by conducting a second ballistic missile test-launch which experts said placed US cities in range of potential attack.

The missile launch was meant as a stern warning for the US, North Korea’s state news agency said. The ICBM, which aimed for maximum distance, flew for 47 minutes and 12 seconds while travelling 998km (620 miles) and reaching a maximum altitude of 3,724.9 meters (12,220ft), the North said.




The test was ordered by the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, who was cited as saying that the launch reaffirmed the reliability of the country’s ICBM system and an ability to fire at random regions and locations at random times with the entire US mainland now within range.

Kim said the launch sent a serious warning to the US, which has been “meaninglessly blowing its trumpet” with threats of war and stronger sanctions, the news agency said.

The launch on Friday from Chagang province came less than a month after Pyongyang claimed to have tested its first ICBM.

We assess that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, as had been expected,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement.

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The missile was launched from Mupyong-ni and traveled about 1,000km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment,” he said.

Melissa Hanham, an expert in North Korea’s missile program from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said the test showed that “Alaska was in range” and a 45-minute test flight suggested it could reach New York City.

In a telephone conversation after the test, the heads of the US and South Korean militaries discussed “military response options”, the Pentagon said.

Japan led the international condemnation of North Korea’s latest launch, which appeared to have been timed to mark commemorations of the end of Korean war in 1953.

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This clearly shows the threat to our nation’s safety is severe and real,” said Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, vowing to do “our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people”.

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, chaired an national security council meeting in the early hours of Saturday. The defence minister, Song Young-moo, later said Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the North’s nuclear threat.

Along with joint efforts to deter proliferation we will prepare independent measures to curb it as soon as possible,” Song told a press conference in Seoul.

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Earlier this month, Moscow blocked a UN security council statement condemning North Korea’s last missile launch because it said that rocket was also medium-range, despite assertions by the US and Pyongyang.

Analysts remain skeptical as to whether North Korea has the ability to miniaturise a nuclear weapon that could be fired on such a missile. Even so, the launch is the latest reminder of Trump’s failure to advance in his bid to rein in Kim’s nuclear ambitions.

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