After weeks of silence, North Korea fired up its missiles again on Thursday (October 31), testing one of its newer weapons: so-called super-large multiple rocket launchers.
North Korea first debuted this new launcher in August Official state media released a photo, on Friday (November 1) saying the weapon could "totally destroy" a target in a surprise strike and that leader Kim Jong Un had "expressed satisfaction" with the results.
The timing of the launch may be key.
South Korea this week rolled out annual military drills which it says are for self defence.
This is Pyongyang's first weapons test since talks with the U.S. broke down in early October.
Washington wants Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program But the two sides have failed to reach even a basic agreement on how - or when - to do that.
So far, no reaction from the White House.
President Donald Trump has struck up a personal relationship with Kim.
But he's brushed off recent tests.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me, I think.
And we're going to see what's going on, we're going to see what's happening.
He likes testing missiles but we never restricted short range missiles.
We'll see what happens." Still, hours after Thursday's test, a senate subcommittee sounded the alarm accusing North Korea of "escalating behavior." The chairman, Republican Cory Gardner, called for more U.S. troops to be deployed to Asia and more sanctions on North Korea.
Kim has set an end-of-the-year deadline for reaching an agreement, a deadline that - according to North Korea - it would be a mistake to ignore.
Analysts and security officials say they are watching for signs that North Korea may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile, after a flurry of activity was detected at a naval base. Emer McCarthy reports.
Kim Jong-un has praised North Korea’s military for rebuilding a typhoon-hit village “as a socialist fairyland”.
The Supreme Leader was visiting an area in the south of the country, which has recently been struck by three typhoons.
After vanishing from public view and ongoing speculation about his health, Kim has made a series of appearances while leading the recovery efforts.
The communist country mobilised 12,000 workers from the capital Pyongyang to help the damaged regions. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
South Korea suspended free flu shots on Tuesday after reports of problems in storing the vaccinations during transportation, disrupting plans to pre-emptively ease the burden on a healthcare system already strained by coronavirus outbreaks. Gloria Tso reports.
K-pop band BTS delivered a speech in support of young people to mark South Korea’s first National Youth Day.
All seven members attended a ceremony at the presidential palace in Seoul, as representatives of young people living in South Korea.
BTS became the first Korean pop act to top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart earlier this month, with their first all-English song ‘Dynamite’. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
North Korea has mobilised thousands of workers from its capital Pyongyang to help the nation’s countryside regions recently struck by a powerful typhoon.
After surveying the damage, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrote an open letter to members of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, urging them to volunteer in the recovery effort.
About 12,000 people answered his call, attending a ceremony outside the Kumsusan Palace in the capital, where the bodies of past leaders Kim Il Sung and Kimg Jong Il are kept.
The communist country is reeling from three typhoons and a storm in just a month, on top of a self-imposed international lockdown against Covid-19. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited areas struck by a typhoon and called for 12,000 workers from the capital Pyongyang to join in the recovery efforts.
North Korean state-run TV showed footage of Kim and other officials surveying the damage in a rural and coastal area in South Hamgyong province.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim said that "the conditions of the overall coastline of our country are poor and sea dikes were not properly built.”
State media did not report any injuries or deaths, but the country’s main newspaper said that local officials will be “gravely punished” for failing to evacuate residents. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Even as dealmakers bicker over who will actually own TikTok Global, another question emerged after President Donald Trump agreed over the weekend to keep the wildly popular video-sharing app running in the United States for another week: how can they possibly create 25,000 new jobs in the United States? Fred Katayama reports.
Equity benchmark indices traded lower during early hours on September 22 while Asian markets opened weak after the sharp pullback overnight in US stocks. At 10:15 am, the BSE S-P Sensex was down by 301 points or 0.79 per cent at 37,733 while the Nifty 50 moved lower by 66 points or 0.59 per cent at 11,184. All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the negative terrain with Nifty realty dipping by 4.6 per cent, PSU bank by 3.2 per cent, metal by 2.9 per cent and auto by 2.3 per cent. Among stocks, energy major GAIL was the top loser after sliding 4.9 per cent to Rs 83.85 per share. Adani Ports fell by 4.5 per cent and Tata Motors by 4 per cent. Tata Steel, Hindalco, ONGC, Bajaj Finance, Zee Entertainment and Bharti Infratel too traded lower by over 3 per cent. However, Tata Consultancy Services and ICICI Bank were in the green with thin margins. Meanwhile, Asian markets opened weak even after the sharp pullback overnight in US stocks. Investor sentiment took a hit with possible delays in expanded US stimulus. The undertone remained cautious as Europe sees some countries lockdown for the second time as COVID-19 cases jump which could hurt economic activity. Hong Kong shares of HSBC and Standard Chartered fell more than 2 per cent each as global banking stocks remained under intense pressure on reports about financial institutions allegedly moving illicit funds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was down by 0.5 per cent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down by 0.5 per cent while Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday.
Qantas Airways said a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia's Outback and Great Barrier Reef had sold out in 10 minutes, as it joined a growing trend in Asia offering sightseeing "flights to nowhere" that take off and land at the same airport. Francis Maguire reports.