Korea accuses North of spying on US missile system

The soldier, who has not been publicly identified, approached a South Korean border guard post and expressed a wish to defect, the ministry said in a statement.

The nominee to lead the Unification Ministry, Cho Myoung-gyon, has deep understanding of the new administration's North Korea policy and the issues facing the two Koreas, the presidential office said.

While Moon has said he would be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un, last week North Korea rejected an offer by a South Korean civic group to provide anti-malaria supplies, the first cross-border exchange approved by Seoul since January 2016. The picture above from 2013 shows leader Kim Jong Un ordering strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike US and South Korean targets at any time.

Moon stressed the importance of cooperation with Japan in efforts to denuclearise North Korea, which has been ramping up weapons tests since past year in defiance of global sanctions.

North Korea's military strength U.S. running out of patience?

"If that is the case, which it may not be, North Korea would exceed last year's total number of missile tests by 3-4 tests", Stangarone said. Since Moon's May 10 inauguration, however, North Korea has conducted several missile launches in a show of its resolve to continue its weapons development program to cope with what it calls US hostility.

Washington has been pressing China - North Korea's neighbour, ally and main trading partner - to further curb trade with the country, but has so far stopped short of an all-out campaign of "secondary sanctions" against Chinese entities violating United Nations sanctions. "And if loaded with chemical weapons or explosives, they could be deadly".

Despite their longstanding differences - the two countries are still technically at war - South and North Korea have a strong shared footballing history. State news agency KCNA released an article touting the country's "miraculous successes" developing nuclear weapons and announcing imminent plans to test a missile that could potentially put the continental United States within range for a nuclear strike. Intelligence officials estimate that North Korea could be less than two years away from striking the US. North Korea's has used US' military exercises in the regions as means of galvanizing its people, claiming that the exercises are dress rehearsals for impending invasion. There have also been concerns that North Korea is developing a missile that could hit the USA mainland. Over the past few weeks, the North has tested four new systems.

  • Leroy Wright