World Bulletin / News Desk
A day earlier, the North’s state-run media celebrated the weekend’s test as having “historic significance” that would soon become clear to the rest of the world.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned at the start of the year his country was preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, and Pyongyang’s rocket engine development may represent another step towards that goal.
“[We] will have to closely monitor how the rocket engine will be used down the road,” the Seoul official was quoted as telling reporters by local news agency Yonhap.
The North’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper also insisted in a commentary Monday that the nation would further strengthen its nuclear arsenal in the face of the United States’ “hostile policy”.
Pyongyang has been bristling over ongoing military drills involving American and South Korean troops along with Seoul’s plan to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system, THAAD.
The South is pushing ahead on both fronts despite disapproval from North Korea’s traditional ally China.
Beijing has allegedly been hitting Seoul with unofficial economic sanctions in recent months to demonstrate its opposition to THAAD in particular.
South Korea’s trade minister confirmed Monday that Seoul has officially appealed to the World Trade Organization against China’s moves, which have affected trade, tourism and culture.
Around 180 injured remain hospitalized after Friday's attacks in Quetta and Parachinar cities
It was the latest dispute in an decades-long argument over who in the Communist country has the authority to appoint bishops.
President Moon Jae-in’s administration demonstrates willingness to improve inter-Korean ties
Pyongyang’s state media claims Donald Trump’s America surpasses 20th century examples of fascism
The two countries have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their border, with both sides accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory.
Maryam Nawaz, who is considered Sharif’s political heir, has been summoned on July 5
The facility in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, is the home port of destroyer USS Fitzgerald, which crashed with a cargo ship in a busy shipping channel off Japan's coast.
The result of Monday's vote was put off by several hours, angering supporters of the losing candidate who protested the delay as suspicious.
The ruling is likely to reignite anger over a perceived bias in Thailand's court system, which is seen as overwhelmingly tilted in favour of the conservative, army-allied political faction the gunman was linked to.
The latest attack came a week after nuclear-armed Pyongyang called Trump a "lunatic" as tensions rose following the death of US student Otto Warmbier, who was detained for 18 months in the North and then sent home in a coma.
Muslim political organization Jamiat-e-Ulema cancels annual Eid celebration
Pro-democracy activists including high-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong draped a black flag over a statue symbolising Hong Kong's return to China in an early morning act of defiance.
US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has labelled North Korea as "the most urgent and dangerous threat" while Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons programme a top foreign policy priority.
The defendants pleaded guilty and 16 were given nine- and 10-month sentences, which include time served since they were arrested in October, meaning they could be released over the next two months.
Military says it has taken action against more than 400 personnel over use of child soldiers
The burnings, to mark the UN's world anti-drugs day, follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar, Laos, southern China and northern Thailand.