Photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 7, 2017 shows top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (unseen) recently supervising a ballistic rocket launching drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA). (Xinhua/KCNA)
MOSCOW, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Thursday warned the United States against using missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to justify its military buildup on the Korean peninsula.
"We consider it inadmissible to use the developing situation to achieve unilateral military advantages, and to inject massively new types of weapons into the region," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing, adding that Moscow considered the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the Republic of Korea a "serious destabilizing factor."
Without a comprehensive settlement of existing problems via political and diplomatic means, which takes into account the concerns of all parties involved, it is impossible to move toward peace and stability in northeast Asia, the spokeswoman said.
"We see no alternative to the collective search for a new constructive strategy to break out of the current impasse in line with the general military and political detente and dismantling the confrontational architecture in the region," Zakharova said.
South Korea's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the DPRK had test-fired another missile, believed to be in response to ongoing U.S.-South Korea military exercises codenamed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, but failed with the missile exploded in the air.
South Korea has hurriedly launched the process of hosting a U.S. missile shield, in spite of continued opposition from its citizens and neighboring countries.
Two mobile launchers and some THAAD equipment arrived at the location of its deployment earlier this month.
UNITED NATIONS, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 21 and a ballistic missile engine test on March 19.
"The launch and engine test are in grave violation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's international obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), and 2321 (2016)," according to a Security Council press statement. Full story
PYONGYANG, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The permanent representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the United Nations has sent a letter to the UN chief regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula, blaming the United States and South Korea for stoking tension there.
According to a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday, the DPRK permanent representative to the UN said in the letter that the Korean Peninsula is on the brink of war due to the largest ever joint military drills being staged by the United States and South Korea. Full story