News / Asia

    North Korea Fires More Missiles Into the Sea

    FILE - People watch a TV news program showing a missile launch conducted by North Korea.
    FILE - People watch a TV news program showing a missile launch conducted by North Korea.
    VOA News

    North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast, the fourth such test in under two weeks.

    South Korean defense officials say the suspected Scud missiles fired Wednesday from the western Hwanghae province had a range of about 500 kilometers.

    The missiles landed in the body of water South Korea refers to as the East Sea, and which Tokyo calls the Sea of Japan. Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, condemned the launch.

    "The missile launch is a violation of the U.N. sanctions up to today, and we strongly protest against North Korea for launching the ballistic missiles again, despite our opposition," said Suga.

    In recent weeks, North Korea has expanded its U.N. sanction-defying ballistic missile tests while pushing South Korea to accept a deal to reduce tensions.

    Seoul has rejected the offer, saying Pyongyang must first take steps to show it is committed to dismantling its nuclear program.

    Meanwhile, North Korean state media have announced the death of one of the chief architects of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says retired General Jon Pyong Ho died Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 88.

    Jon, who retired from public life in 2011, played an instrumental part in North Korea's first two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

    He also helped secure a deal in the 1990s with Pakistan, which offered uranium enrichment knowledge in exchange for the North's missile technology.

    KCNA says Jon, who was the target of international sanctions, will receive a state funeral led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    The news agency praised Jon for helping turn North Korea into a "powerful elite revolutionary army" and a "nuclear weapons state."

    You May Like

    Candidates' Comments Fly Like New Hampshire Snowflakes

    Four days ahead of the country's first-in-the-nation Republican and Democratic party primary elections, surveys show the parties' contests tightening

    South Korea Says North Korea Moving Closer to Rocket Launch

    In phone call, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agree that Pyongyang's move would be 'provocative'

    Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

    Head of Australian forces in Middle East talks with VOA about training Iraqi troops, countering evolving Islamic State efforts and defeating extremism

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Mike from: St. Louis
    July 10, 2014 12:45 AM
    Can they hit anything smaller than the sea?

    by: Miles Carter from: Copperopolis,Ca
    July 10, 2014 12:24 AM
    All these tests are a waste of money.
    And nothing more than A pesty fly.
    Someone needs to swat that bugger :)

    by: william li from: canada
    July 09, 2014 3:45 PM
    US: dont test the nu ke
    NK: oops, I just did it
    US: dont test the missiles
    NK: too late, I did it again
    US: I have to punish you
    NK: I am gonna kill few SKs and japanese
    US: ok, calm down, I will send you some oil and food, just calm down
    In Response

    by: Bob from: USA
    July 10, 2014 1:05 AM
    Kim II Sung brutally murdered 700,000 of his own North Koreans.

    by: Albert from: California
    July 09, 2014 1:37 PM
    If someone get caught using dynamite in the ocean they get arrested. This moron is using a missiles and he gets away from doing it.

    by: Ricky from: Arkansas
    July 09, 2014 1:14 PM
    I would like to see the world help Mr. Loudmouth Bully take a very long walk off a very short pier into extremely deep water. I know this would pollute the water but it would be a good trade off.

    by: bob from: melbourne
    July 09, 2014 12:14 PM
    HELP,HELP,HELP handicap man is being forced to live in a town that is completely having a party on him. you name it there doing it and spreading it all over town. if there is any lawyers or anybody for that matter that can do anything about it let me know at gonefishin210@yahoo.com

    by: j
    July 09, 2014 11:29 AM
    Whether its noise from the NK Leader's mouth or his launching rockets, its ALL NOISE - lol

    by: ALEXANDER M SWAN from: USA
    July 09, 2014 5:23 AM
    North Korea is exactly like the way China behaved during cultural revolution, the closed door policy. NK will change its course for the better if USA works with NK the same way China was treated. USA needs to help NK opening its door from self isolation and international isolation. Bilateral Cooperation would create the mutual trusty environment that can give rise to the peace in the region.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.