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.
Human Rights Watch said the incident was another sign of widespread rights abuse under Duterte's war on drugs, which has seen thousands of drug suspects killed either by policemen or mysterious vigilantes.
US-led NATO troops have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
The two countries have been in a security alliance since the 1950-53 Korean war, and more than 28,000 US troops are stationed in the South.
Security forces arrest nine others in nationwide operations, military says
Over 2,100 civilian casualties documented in the first quarter of 2017 by the global body
Concerns are growing that the semi-autonomous city's freedoms are under threat from Beijing, fuelling calls from some groups for greater autonomy or even a complete split from China.
Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an invitation from Pyongyang, the UN rights office said in a statement.
From January to March, 210 children were killed -- up 17 percent from the same period last year -- and 525 injured, out of a total of 2,181 civilian casualties (715 dead and 1,466 injured).
2 militants also killed as Indian soldiers return fire
More than 500 felons have been sent to Cambodia through a repatriation deal, though many were raised in the US and arrive in the country having never visited and unable to speak the language.
Egyptian, El Salvadoran human rights defenders also shortlisted
Former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman alleges Kabul provided bases, logistics; Afghanistan rejects accusations
The country is in the midst of a dire crisps shortage after violent typhoons wiped out potato crops in top tuber producing Hokkaido.
The smartphone ride-hailing app started its service in Seoul in 2013, sparking angry protests from South Korean taxi drivers.
Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were arrested at their apartments Wednesday morning and were charged with illegal assembly and attempted forceful entry into the legislative chamber, Yau told reporters.
We believe it is best that such rebels are neutralized without firing a single bullet, says military leader