North Korea has fired several rockets into the sea, in a continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving US troops that have angered Pyongyang.
Boris Johnson has said the regime of Kim Jong Un is responsible for the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme and must now “fix it”.
Should US President Donald Trump unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, it will bring conflict to the core of the global commodity trade.
A nuclear expert who has repeatedly visited North Korea’s nuclear facilities said he doubted the country was yet capable of attacking Guam with medium to long-range missiles, saying escalating rhetoric from both the North and the US was the real danger.
Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” after suggestions the reclusive communist state has cleared a final hurdle to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged North Korea to abide by UN resolutions and stop provoking “the international community’s goodwill” with missile launches and nuclear tests.
President Donald Trump has praised new sanctions the UN Security Council approved for North Korea, saying they will have a “very big financial impact”.
North Korea has test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world’s most dangerous nuclear stand-off.
North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Tuesday that flew for a longer time than previous such projectiles, landing in waters near its bitter rival, Japan.
North Korea says it is ready to deploy and start mass-producing a new medium-range missile capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases there.
Donald Trump has said how much North Korea’s leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between his nation and the United States.
North Korea’s deputy United Nations ambassador has accused the United States of turning the Korean Peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment”.
The tense stand-off between the US and North Korea over the rogue state’s nuclear weapons programme continued as Washington warned the crisis was coming to a head.
The head of a powerful Washington committee which oversees the American military has downplayed suggestions the US used cyber warfare to sabotage a North Korean missile test.
The Government has said it is “concerned” by reports of a failed missile test by North Korea and is closely monitoring the situation.
The United States has rejected China’s proposal for a halt to joint US-South Korean military exercises if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities.
China has proposed that North Korea suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military drills conducted by the US and South Korea.
North Korea has fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles, three landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.
North Korea is capable of detonating another nuclear device at any time at the country’s main test site, South Korea has said, three days after Pyongyang carried out its fifth atomic bomb explosion.
A European monitoring agency has reported a 5.0 magnitude quake near North Korea’s north-eastern nuclear test site.
North Korea is said to have restarted a plutonium production reactor which could provide a stockpile for nuclear weapons.
North Korea has launched an estimated one million propaganda leaflets by balloon into the South amid increased tension between the rivals following the Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test, Seoul said.
Britain believes North Korea did not successfully test a hydrogen bomb despite seismic activity indicating a nuclear explosion, Philip Hammond has said.
A powerful B-52 bomber flew low over South Korea in a clear show of force from the US as tensions increased between its ally Seoul and North Korea following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test.
The dismal start to trading in the new year showed no sign of abating as global markets tumbled after oil prices slumped to fresh 11-year lows. London’s FTSE 100 Index dived 1.6% into the red, down 95 points at 6042.2, with indices across Europe also sharply lower as Brent crude dropped below 35 US dollars a barrel at one stage. Sentiment had already been impacted by amid renewed worries over China after a poor report on the country’s services sector, while investors were also unnerved after North Korea claimed to have successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test - its fourth since 2006.