N.Korea detains US citizen; at least 3rd American being held

The North held a meeting on Monday to celebrate the KPA’s anniversary, stressing that it is ready to respond to possible Washington military actions. No test at all might have led Washington to believe Pyongyang was having second thoughts.

The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said Sunday it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained recently, but couldn’t comment further.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a visit to a pork factory in an air force unit, in an April 23 image from Korean Central Television.

Recent US commercial satellite images indicate increased activity around North Korea’s nuclear test site, and third-generation dictator Mr Kim has said the country’s preparation for an ICBM launch is in its “final stage”.

YUST, a university in neighbouring China, has a sister university in Pyongyang.

How much North Korea’s ATMs have actually been used is a matter of debate. The failure of a missile-launch isn’t exactly breaking news for the North, but direly embarrassing is that the disaster had marred the ceremonial grandstanding associated with North Korea’s founder. Experts say North Korea likely already has the capability to hit such targets, though probably not with nuclear weapons. “All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses”.

It conducted a failed missile test a day after the Day of the Sun, the country’s most important holiday, earlier this month, but not a nuclear test, which some predicted would happen.

“Kim Jong Un will probably watch some military exercises involving all three of North Korea’s conventional military branches”, Madden told CNN.

USA envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun says he and his counterparts from Japan and South Korea agreed to coordinate “all actions” on North Korea.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, has warned North Korea not to provoke a confrontation amid escalating tensions with the ostracised nation.

“We call on (North Korea) to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its global obligations and commitments and return to serious talks”. “North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to U.S. national security”.

South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun gave no details about plans to join the U.S. carrier group for exercises, but said Seoul was holding discussions with the U.S. Navy.

South Korea has put its forces on heightened alert. It has also threatened to lay waste to South Korea and Japan. It held its first classes in 2010. “If there is a partner Trump needs to discuss with foremost over the North Korea problem, it’s not Xi Jinping or Shinzo Abe, but the leader of South Korea”.

The nuclear-powered USS Michigan submarine arrived at Busan in what was described as a routine port visit to rest the crew and load supplies. “On the other hand, China has proposed a “double suspension” [of North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities and of the US and South Korea’s joint military exercises] but neither of the parties has been listening”, the editorial said, emphasizing the “difficult situation” in which China finds itself.

President Donald Trump has dispatched to the region what he called an “armada” of ships, including an aircraft carrier, in a show of force.

It has also carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

“Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military’s movement in Wonsan areas and we are firmly maintaining readiness”, South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

On the Korean People’s Army anniversary, the North warned that the USA will have to choose between political and military surrender, showing off its readiness to counter Washington’s possible preemptive strike. He asked not to be identified because he is not authorised to talk to the media.

“The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable”, Trump told a meeting with the 15 U.N. Security Council ambassadors, including China and Russian Federation, at the White House.

‘The North Korean government should invest in the welfare of its long-suffering citizens, rather than weapons of mass destruction’. “The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programmes”.

A North Korean soldier stands in the arrivals hall of Pyongyang’s worldwide airport on October 8, 2015. It was not known how he is marking Tuesday’s anniversary.

Several Chinese tourism companies are eliminating or offering fewer North Korea tours because of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and sagging demand amid safety fears.

China urges Korea peninsula denuclearisation