Tag - missiles



Iranian ballistic missiles in Tehran. Iran's hard-line clerical rulers have steadily sought to deepen ties with Russia and China, betting that would help Tehran to resist U.S. sanctions and to end its political isolation.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Iran sends Russia hundreds of ballistic missiles, sources say
An Iranian military official said there had been at least four shipments of missiles and that there would be more in the coming weeks.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has in recent months repeatedly touted his openness to “unconditional” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling for “a bold step to change the status quo.”
Feb 19, 2024
North Korea eyes well-worn playbook with Japan summit hints
Pyongyang's offer of repairing ties with Japan may be concealing what may be a more likely motivation — to drive a wedge between Tokyo and its partners.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech at the Defense Ministry in Pyongyang on Feb. 8, the 76th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army.
Feb 14, 2024
North Korea fires several cruise missiles in fifth barrage of 2024
The South Korean military said that an undetermined number of cruise missiles had been spotted over waters off the North's northeastern coast around 9 a.m.
Members of the de-mining department of the Ukrainian Emergency Services survey an area of farmland and electric power lines for land mines and other unexploded ordnance in the Eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine. Japan plans to pledge ¥15.8 billion ($106 million) in aid to support the reconstruction of Ukraine in seven fields such as de-mining.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 12, 2024
Japan to pledge $106 million in aid to Ukraine
The two countries are expected to agree on Tokyo's involvement in Kyiv's post-war reconstruction at a conference slated for Feb. 19.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (third from left) visits a navy base in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. U.S. President Joe Biden is being urged to attack Iran directly, but that may not be the right solution.
Feb 4, 2024
Biden’s air strikes won’t work, nor would hitting Iran
Deterrence, especially as it pertains to air strikes, isn’t only about what U.S. does, but also what Iran thinks.
A Royal Air Force Typhoon FRG4 undergoes preparations to conduct further strikes against Houthi targets on Saturday.
Feb 4, 2024
U.S. and U.K. hit dozens of Houthi sites in bid to end ship attacks
Targeting Houthi sites at 13 locations in Yemen, the allies escalated their effort to destroy the militant group’s ability to attack Red Sea shipping.
A news broadcast showing at a railway station in Seoul on Tuesday shows footage of a previous North Korean missile launch.
Feb 2, 2024
North Korea fires missiles as Kim seeks ‘war preparation’ boost
Kim is likely using the tests to show he many ways to launch a strike, adding to the planning contingencies for the U.S. and its allies in the region.
North Korea says that it launched Hwasal-2, a strategic cruise missile, in the West Sea of Korea on Tuesday.
Jan 31, 2024
North Korea says it test-fired strategic cruise missile
Analysts warn these recently launched weapons could be destined for Russia's war in Ukraine.
A drill simulating a ballistic missile launch is held at the Higashinakano Station on the Toei Oedo Line on Jan. 15.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 30, 2024
Tokyo to create underground missile shelter in Azabu-Juban station
The move comes amid heightened geopolitical tensions, with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike highlighting the "threat of ballistic missiles."
A test-firing of the submarine-launched cruise missile "Pulhwasal-3-31" at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Sunday.
Jan 29, 2024
North Korea tested submarine-launched cruise missiles, state media says
Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the missiles, which were identical to the strategic cruise missiles the North said last week were under development.
A news broadcast shows a North Korean missile test at the main railway station in Seoul on Wednesday.
Jan 28, 2024
North Korea fires multiple cruise missiles toward Sea of Japan
The latest launches come days after Pyongyang test-fired a new type of cruise missile and amid fears that leader Kim Jong Un could be girding for war.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a munitions factory at an undisclosed location in this picture released on Jan. 10.
Jan 26, 2024
Is North Korea's Kim preparing for an actual war?
Some believe he may be disillusioned with diplomacy and is girding for conflict; others think the provocations are timed to coincide with U.S. and South Korean elections.
People watch a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul on Wednesday.
Jan 24, 2024
North Korea fires multiple cruise missiles off western coast
Leader Kim Jong Un has signaled that his regime no longer recognizes the two Koreas de facto maritime border, staging days of artillery drills in the area earlier this month.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week declared the South his country's "principal enemy," jettisoned agencies dedicated to reunification and outreach and threatened war over "even 0.001 mm" of territorial infringement.
Jan 19, 2024
North Korea says tested 'underwater nuclear weapon system'
The test was made in response to joint naval exercises by the U.S., South Korea and Japan that involved an aircraft carrier earlier this week, Pyongyang said.
A member of the Ground Self-Defense Force stands on the flight deck on the Maritime Self-Defense Force's amphibious transport ship JS Osumi in waters close to Okinawa in November 2023.
Jan 18, 2024
Japan inks deal to buy 400 long-range missiles from U.S.
Faced with growing Chinese military clout and a nuclear-armed North Korea, the Japanese government plans to double its defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2027.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on Monday.
Jan 16, 2024
North Korea's Kim calls for change in status of South and warns of war
Kim Jong Un has called for a constitutional amendment to change the status of South Korea to a separate state, while also abolishing three inter-Korean agencies.
An intermediate-range ballistic missile, said to be solid-fueled, is launched during a test at an unspecified location in North Korea in this picture released Monday.
Jan 15, 2024
Test of latest North Korean weapon adds to threat facing Japan
Pyongyang said the missile was “loaded with a hypersonic maneuverable controlled warhead" that experts say is capable of evading defenses.
People watch a television screen showing  file footage of a North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul on Sunday.
Jan 14, 2024
In first launch of 2024, North Korea tests intermediate-range missile
The South Korean military said the launch was of an IRBM-class weapon, which is believed to have a range of up to 5,000 kilometers.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
WORLD / Politics
Jan 11, 2024
North Korea set to send new class of missiles to Russia, Seoul says
By sending more weapons of greater sophistication, Kim is likely receiving substantial aid that keeps his sanctions-hit economy afloat as well as technology from Russia.
A man photographs parts of an unidentified missile on Saturday, which Ukrainian authorities believe to have been made in North Korea and which was used in a strike in Kharkiv earlier this week.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 11, 2024
Ukraine is 'test site' for North Korean missiles: Seoul
Moscow and Pyongyang have both denied conducting any arms deals but they vowed last year to deepen military relations.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves