'Grave provocation': North Korea condemns air-war games

  • 'Grave provocation': North Korea condemns air-war games

'Grave provocation': North Korea condemns air-war games

North Korean monitoring group 38 North said the tremors could be an indication of "Tired Mountain Syndrome" - a condition where rock becomes increasingly permeable following a below-ground nuclear blast.

A natural quake of magnitude 2.5 was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, Seoul's weather agency said.

The North Koreans have fired another intercontinental ballistic missle capable of hitting the mainland of the United States.

It was the country's third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, but the first of what North Korea is calling its Hwasong-15 missile.

China, North Korea's ally, has in the past sought to block any discussion on human rights in North Korea, arguing that the Human Rights Council in Geneva was the forum for those concerns, and not the Security Council.

One U.S. intelligence official told Reuters the Hwasong-15 test appears to demonstrate a more powerful North Korean solid-fuel propulsion system, especially in its second-stage rocket.

While some U.S. military officials have referred to the missile launched Tuesday as a "KN 22" - a designation signaling the launch involves a new type of ICBM - other officials urge caution in categorizing the missile.

Washington is battling to maintain worldwide solidarity in the face of the North nuclear threat after Russian Federation warned that sanctions have failed and China sidestepped talk of an oil embargo. "I think we're really running out of time".

The fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft will take part in the "Vigilant ace" exercise with the South Korean air force from December 4 to 8.

Kim himself was absent from the Friday's celebrations - he usually stays away from such events - but the gathering drew key military, party and government leaders. The United States has been trying to get other countries, especially China, to squeeze North Korea's economy to make Kim back down from developing his country's nuclear weapons program.

Kim first made the threat in September in response to Trump's United Nations speech threatening to destroy the North and mocking him as "Little Rocket Man".

"The US and South Korean puppet warmongers would be well advised to bear in mind that their DPRK-targeted military drill will be as foolish as an act precipitating their self-destruction", it said.

But analysts remain unconvinced that the North has mastered the technology required to launch and direct a missile, and ensure it survives the hard re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.