North Korea has attempted to launch a missile on its east coast which is believed to have failed, South Korea's military says. It comes a day after the state warned the US that it was "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks" amid mounting tension in the region. On Saturday, a military parade was held in Pyongyang as a show of force. North Korea has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches.
South Korean army soldiers prepare barbed wires during a military exercise in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Following U.S. warnings to North Korea of a "massive military response," South Korea's military on Monday fired missiles into the sea to simulate an attack on the North's main nuclear test site a day after Pyongyang detonated its largest ever nuclear test explosion.
South Korea election: In the March 19 Section A, an article about South Korea's upcoming election quoted Lee Ji-soo, a spokesman for South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, as calling North Korea a "partner" of South Korea. Lee, a native Korean speaker who was being interviewed in English, said he meant to call North Korea a "counterpart," not a partner. If you believe that we have made an error, or you have questions about The Times' journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Deirdre Edgar, readers' representative, by email at email@example.com, by phone at (877) 554-4000, by fax at (213) 237-3535 or by mail at 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The readers' representative office is online at latimes.com/readersrep.
South Korea's military says North Korea has launched another ballistic missile. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that Tuesday's launch was made from North Korea's North Phyongan province. The statement said the launch was immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It wasn't immediately clear if this was a routine firing of a short-range missile or an attempt to perfect North Korea's longer range missiles.
Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But the verbal message to come at a "convenient time" from dictator Kim Jong Un, delivered by his visiting little sister, Kim Yo Jong, is part of a sudden rush of improving feelings between the rivals during the Pyeongchang Olympics. The result: a heady, sometimes surreal, state of affairs in a South Korea that has seen far more threat than charm out of the North.