Jun 23, 2016

Japan lifts missile-intercept order

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on Thursday lifted an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down any North Korean missile posing a danger to Japan. The government believes North Korea will not conduct a missile launch for the time being after firing what appeared ...

Jun 2, 2016

Japan withdraws order to intercept North Korean missiles

Japan has canceled an order for the Self-Defense Forces to prepare to intercept ballistic missiles launched toward the country from North Korea, government sources said Thursday. The move follows a recent string of suspected missile launches that South Korea and other observers have said ...

May 30, 2016

SDF goes on alert for possible North Korea missile launch

The government put the Self-Defense Forces on alert Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering warships and Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan. An official confirmed that an order was issued. The official declined ...

North Korea claims successful test of submarine-fired missile

Apr 24, 2016

North Korea claims successful test of submarine-fired missile

North Korea said Sunday that a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test it conducted under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un had been a “great success” that provided “one more means for powerful nuclear attack.” The launch a day earlier came amid growing concern ...

Mar 12, 2016

Russia, China oppose U.S. missile-defense in South Korea

The foreign ministers of China and Russia are opposing the possible deployment of an advanced American missile-defense system in South Korea. Amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, Washington and Seoul last week began formal talks on deploying the sophisticated THAAD system. Chinese ...

Mar 3, 2016

EU considers more N. Korea sanctions after U.N. vote

The European Union is considering additional measures against North Korea following the approval of harsh new sanctions by the U.N. Security Council in order to show solidarity with South Korea and Japan, both major trade partners, diplomats said. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ...