(VOVworld) – On Friday, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations criticized North Korea’s H bomb test. People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016. (Photo: AFP) In a statement, ASEAN Foreign Ministers said the nuclear test violated the UN Security Council’s resolutions. ASEAN reaffirmed the significance of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and confirmed its effort of denuclearizing the peninsula in a peaceful manner. Japan's Upper House has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning North Korea's latest nuclear test. In a resolution adopted on Friday, Japan demands that North Korea promptly abandon all its nuclear programs, accept inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and work for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. On the same day, North Korea resumed its radio communication along the border in response South Korea’s similar activities. … [Read more...] about ASEAN and Japan strongly criticize North Korea’s bomb test
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North Korea will send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South, the rivals said on Tuesday (Jan 9), after their first formal talks in more than two years following high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. At the meeting in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarised Zone that splits the peninsula, the two sides also decided to hold military talks and to restore a military hotline closed since February 2016. It came after Seoul responded to a New Year speech by the North's leader Kim Jong-Un last week with an offer of high-level dialogue, and last week a civilian hotline was restored after an almost two-year suspension. Seoul and Olympic organizers have been keen for Pyongyang, which boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in South Korea's capital, to take part in what they repeatedly proclaimed a "peace Olympics" in Pyeongchang next month. But the North gave no indication it would do so until Kim's speech, pursuing its banned weapons programmes in defiance of … [Read more...] about North Korea to attend Olympics in rival South
In the past, North Korea has usually declared a no-fly and no-sail zone whenever there is a missile launch. North Korea had earlier claimed to have conducted a hydrogen bomb test on 6 January, forcing the UN Security Council members to discuss a fresh round of sanctions. … [Read more...] about South Korean on alert over North Korea long-range missile launch speculation
President Park said that as the 6-party talks have been suspended, it’s time to seek an alternative solution. She made the statement on January 22 following Pyongyang’s 4th nuclear test on January 6. President Park said the cooperation between the US and the Republic of Korea aimed at increasing pressure on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. New sanctions on the North are possible covering transportation, aviation, trade, coal, fuel and security. During his visit to China, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and other countries to ban imports of minerals and flights of DPRK’s Air Koryo. Kerry urged Beijing to do more to restrain DPRK’s nuclear activities. The nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula has seen no progress in years. Six - party talks involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the US, Japan, Russia, and China began in 2003 and aimed at inducing the North to give up its nuclear program in … [Read more...] about Are nuclear talks without North Korea feasible?
Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea’s nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country’s massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said. The aftershocks, of magnitude 2.9 and 2.4, were detected at 0613 and 0640 GMT (1:13 a.m. and 1:40 a.m. EST) respectively, said the USGS and Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. A tweet from Zerbo said analysts had confirmed that the activity was “tectonic” in origin. The USGS official said the tremors had been in the vicinity of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where North Korea conducted its sixth and largest underground nuclear test on Sept. 3. “They’re probably relaxation events from the sixth nuclear test,” the official said. “When you have a large nuclear test, it moves the earth’s crust around the area, and it takes a while for it to fully … [Read more...] about Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS