Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine.

Bermudez offered two possible explanations - that the test site could be going into "a standby mode" or that the games were meant to confuse observers, given North Korea knows that Punggye-ri is under constant observation.

USA experts who have been forecasting an imminent North Korean nuclear test said on Tuesday they were surprised when they viewed their latest satellite images of the country's nuclear test site and saw volleyball games under way.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over the event, in the capital of Pyongyang.

The US has also considered shooting down future North Korean missile tests, according to The Guardian, though experts and former officials warned that such a move risked sparking escalation that the US may not be able to control.

President Donald Trump says that how much North Korea's leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between it and the United States.

The review of military options is essentially "due diligence", the official said. He said North Korea's nuclear program was non-negotiable.

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South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance. In return, he said, the US will accept trade deficits with China. North Korea routinely labels such exercises preparations for invasion.

Despite the failed test, the regime's nuclear program has "accelerated in recent months", a former USA ambassador to South Korea has warned.

Such statements by the 15-member council have to be agreed by consensus. The latest draft statement dropped "through dialogue" and Russian Federation requested it be included again. "Very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you", Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network.

The US military's Pacific Command explained that the USS Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-planned period of training with Australia.

"The truth seems to be that the United States military and president jointly created fake news and it is without doubt a rare scandal in U.S. history, which will be bound to cripple Trump's and USA dignity", it said. "China and the United States and South Korea, Japan, we all share that same interest".

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words. "If not, we will solve the problem without them!"

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