North Korea is preparing to carry out another underground nuclear test in a calculated escalation of its defiance of the United Nations and the international community, according to South Korea. Seoul’s intelligence agency issued a warning on Monday that Pyongyang was moving towards what would be its fifth nuclear test, just one day after the regime went ahead with the test of a long-range ballistic missile, Yonhap News reported.
Telegraph 8th Feb 2016 read more »
There is a tendency to dismiss Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s youthful dictator, as a buffoon and a lightweight. His pudgy looks and weird haircut – which gave rise to the western media’s mocking nickname of “Fatboy Kim” – have led some to suggest he is not a serious person. But Kim’s decision on Sunday to fire a satellite-bearing rocket into space was, in reality, almost certainly the illegal test launch of a ballistic missile with potential to deliver a nuclear warhead to the western US mainland. It does not get much more serious than that.
Guardian 7th Feb 2016 read more »