South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited North Korea, his country's archenemy, to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports can serve as a peace maker and the invitation is thus aimed at easing incessant tensions between the two neighbors over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.
The Hyunmoo-2 is South Korea's indigenously developed ballistic missile with a range of 800 km, reports Xinhua news agency.
Shortly after his election, South Korea's president announced that he'd learned the USA had sent four additional un-approved launchers to the site. "I hope North Korea's cheering squad could also join us to establish a platform for the reconciliation of South and North Korea.".
To date, North Korea has tested their missile and rocket technology at a torrid pace this year.
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South Korea's military said Friday it is confirming whether North Korea conducted another rocket engine test on Wednesday, following a report from Fox News that the Kim Jong Un regime had tested a device in a region on the western coast of the peninsula.
If confirmed, it would be North Korea's second such test this year.
Ambassador to India also hints at possibly negotiating an end to North Korea's nuclear program North Korea could suspend its nuclear weapons and missile testing if the USA and South Korea suspended their joint military exercises, said Kye Chun-yong, North Korea's ambassador to India.
China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told President Donald Trump in a meeting at the White House that Beijing was willing to "maintain communication and coordination" with the USA in an effort to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula, according to a statement from China's Foreign Ministry on Friday.
Officials in the US and overseas are expressing concern over North Korea's space launch program at Sohae on the country's west coast.
Park didn't say how far the Hyunmoo-2 missile flew or where it landed, but said it accurately hit its target area.
North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests over the past decade.
He explained that one of the conditions would be the suspension of large joint military exercises involving US and South Korean forces.