North Korea May Be Close to Developing Nuclear Missile, Some Say

N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un at parliament session

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea, which this month threatened to carry out a fourth nuclear test, may be closer than previously thought to putting a nuclear warhead on a missile, some experts say, making a mockery of years of U.N. sanctions aimed at curbing such a program.

North, South Korea Trade Artillery Rounds into the Sea

Passengers watch a television program showing reports on North Korea's plan to conduct live-fire drills, at a railway station in Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting the South to fire back, officials in Seoul said, but the exercise appeared to be more saber rattling from Pyongyang rather than the start of a military standoff.

Japan Responds to Nork Missile Launch

North Korean ballistic missiles on parade / AP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he ordered his government to confirm the safety of airplanes and ships that were potentially in the area of a North Korean missile launch, Jiji News said on Wednesday.

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles

Kim Jong Un visits participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired four short-range missiles over the sea off its east coast on Thursday, a media official at South Korea’s Defence Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.