Spain cuts number of North Korean diplomats in Madrid

Randolph Lopez
September 5, 2017

The exercise was created to "strongly counter North Korea's repeated ballistic missile tests and development of nuclear weapons", the official said.

Calls are also mounting in South Korea for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own to defend itself as nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the USA escalates.

In response to the latest test, President Trump warned that all options were on the table.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled around 2,700km and reached a maximum height of 550km as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, the last almost a year ago, on the September 9 anniversary of the nation's founding.

South Korea has refuted a news report that there was a second quake near North Korea's nuclear test site.

More than two decades later, Pyongyang is now feared to have access to miniaturised nuclear warheads and ICBMs.

The Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 is pictured during its second test-fire.

It came at a time when North Korea was denying any plans to develop nuclear weapons under Kim's grandad Kim Il-sung. The diplomatic solutions being offered by United States are not being entertained by North Korea at any cost.

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Japan is closely allied with the U.S. on security issues and hosts American bases and tens of thousands of troops on its territory, which North Korea considers a threat.

Sunday's statement by the state-run Korean Central News Agency will raise already high worries on the Korean Peninsula and in Washington that the North is closer to its goal of an arsenal of viable nuclear ICBMs that can reach the US mainland.

Both leaders spoke on the phone on Friday about North Korea's "continued destabilising and escalatory behaviour" and agreed to strengthen their alliance through defence cooperation and South Korea's defence capabilities, the White House said in a statement.

South Korea's main spy agency has previously asserted that it does not think Pyongyang now has the ability to develop miniaturized nuclear weapons that can be mounted on long-range ballistic missiles.

South Korean analysts said North Korea's threat against Guam and the launch over Japan on Tuesday are likely attempts to make launches over Japan an accepted norm and win itself greater military space in a region dominated by enemies.

"We need to be smart", Hill said.

China's Earthquake Administration said on Sunday it detected a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in northeastern North Korea that was a "suspected explosion".

In July, a former defector who enjoyed moderate amounts of fame through television, condemned South Korean society and claimed she was forced to "slander and speak ill" of the North.

The two Koreas have shared the world's most heavily fortified border since their war in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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