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.
Typhoon Lan, described as "very large and very strong" by Japan's meteorological agency, was packing gusts up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour Sunday night in the Pacific south of Japan.
Airstrike hits militants in eastern Nangarhar province which borders Pakistan
Abe's conservative coalition was on track to win 311 seats in the 465-seat parliament, according to a projection published by private broadcaster TBS, putting the nationalist blue blood on course to become Japan's longest-serving leader.
Huge mounds of earth slipped off a hillside Saturday morning and buried the men as they worked on two apartment blocks of affordable housing on the island, which is popular with tourists.
Daily average of 26 killings is lower than 31 killings average during former administration’s final year
No hidden agenda behind Russia's weaponry donation to Philippines, assures envoy
Psychologists say braid-chopper who reportedly targets women is figment of imagination of people struck by conflict
DNA test confirms Isnilon Hapilon was killed in Marawi on Monday
Suicide attack at Kabul mosque kills at least 22, while bombing in central Ghor takes some 50 lives
Philippines' military begins pulling out troops from Marawi
Russian navy ships part of military cooperation between two countries.
Vows to enforce the law equally to protect people and the republic
US diplomatic cables become new evidence of 1965 mass killing in Indonesia
In two back to back suicide attacks aimed at the Shia community mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, close to 59 people were killed, officials have confirmed.
The group were among 11 employees of a state-run transport company, including bus drivers and cleaners, who were sleeping in the 60-year-old, two storey office block near a bus depo when a portion of it caved in.
Third corruption case involving Nawaz Sharif is related to ownership and partnership in several offshore companies