• Yemeni rebels claim cruise missile attack on UAE

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group further fuelled suspicion that it is receiving Iranian strategic weapons when it claimed it had carried out a long-range cruise missile attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The group, popularly known as the Houthis, stated on 3 December that the cruise missile

  • North Korea releases launch images of Hwaseong-15 ICBM

    North Korea has released images of its 29 November test-launch of a Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Pyongyang claims is capable of striking anywhere in the United States. The land-based ICBM, which was launched on a high trajectory from the vicinity of Pyongsong in

  • North Korea claims test-launch of new ICBM shows all of US is within range

    North Korea said on 29 November that it successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking anywhere in the United States, adding that the development of the weapon system marks the completion of its nuclear-capable missile force. The land-based ICBM, which

  • China’s DF-41 ICBM could enter service in 2018, says report

    China's Dong Feng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) could enter service as early as the first half of 2018, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 19 November following media reports stating that the ICBM possibly underwent another test a few weeks ago. “The

  • Pyongyang unlikely to denuclearise quickly, says South Korean president

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that it will not be easy for North Korea to completely dismantle its nuclear capabilities in a short period of time, given that the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are at an advanced stage. “That means North Korea would

  • US defence policy bill would allow path to cancel MOX plutonium de-weaponision project

    Congress’ fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill for the first time appears to allow a path for terminating a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium. The US Department of Energy (DoE) in FY 2018 once again requested that Congress terminate the Mixed

  • Ground invasion is 'only way' to completely disarm North Korea, say US Joint Chiefs of Staff

    The only way to “locate and destroy with complete certainty” all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapon programmes is through a ground invasion, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a letter sent to US Congressman Ted Lieu on 27 October. On behalf of the JCS, Rear

  • Russia attacks Syrian chemical weapons investigation

    Key Points The JIM has held the Syrian air force responsible for the 4 April sarin nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun Russian officials have criticised the investigation as unprofessional and biased Russia has escalated its diplomatic offensive against the Joint Investigative

  • CBO: US nuclear forces to cost USD1.2 trillion over next 30 years

    The US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated current nuclear force plans would cost USD1.2 trillion, in 2017 dollars, over the 2017–46 period. This estimate, revealed in a 31 October report, finds more than USD800 billion is necessary to operate and incrementally upgrade US nuclear

  • RoKA highlights role ballistic missiles could play in conflict with Pyongyang

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has said that it is confident of its capabilities to quickly destroy North Korea's frontline artillery systems in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, according the Yonhap news agency. The media outlet reported that in a document drafted for the South Korean

  • Japanese defence minister urges research into how to counter North Korean EMP attack

    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has said that his country must develop the technological capabilities to negate or mitigate the impact of a possible North Korean electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Speaking to reporters following a 17 October visit to the Electronic Systems Research

  • Seoul seeks to develop counter-rocket system, says report

    South Korea is pushing to develop an indigenous counter-rocket system amid persisting threats from North Korea's long-range artillery, the Yonhap news agency quoted the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying in a report. In their report, which was presented during a parliamentary

  • North Korea releases images of IRBM launch

    North Korea has released images of its 15 September test launch of a Hwaseong-12 (also known as KN-17) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that flew over northern Japan. The missile was launched in a northeasterly direction from a site near the Sunan air base, in the vicinity of Pyongyang,

  • North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile that overflies Japan

    For the second time in two-and-a-half weeks North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile, which flew over northern Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean, further stoking regional tensions. The missile was launched in a northeasterly direction from a site near Sunan, in the vicinity of

  • Israel’s continued airstrikes in Syria highlight its intent to enforce ‘red lines’ against greater Hizbullah rearmament

    Event On 7 September, Israel conducted an airstrike against a Syrian government facility in northwestern Syria being used to manufacture precision-guided missiles for Hizbullah. The facility was 30 km from another site that Israeli media claimed is an Iranian missile factory, and 50 km from

  • THAAD deployment in South Korea 'completed', says MND

    The temporary deployment of US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea has been completed, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul. On 7 September US Forces Korea (USFK) transported the four remaining launchers of the advanced air defence system

  • North Korea's sixth nuclear test and likely upcoming missile launch highlight increasing risk of escalation towards conflict

    Event In a press conference on 5 September, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Secretary-General António Guterres condemned North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests and emphasised that the unity of the UNSC seeks a diplomatic denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. IHS Markit

  • Washington, Seoul agree to scrap warhead weight limit for South Korean missiles

    In the wake of North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test to date, US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in have agreed to lift the warhead weight limit for South Korean missiles stipulated in US-South Korean guidelines. During a 4 September telephone

  • North Korea conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test yet

    North Korea carried out on 3 September what it claimed was a successful underground test of a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The country’s sixth and largest nuclear test thus far was carried out “to examine and confirm the

  • SM-6 salvo tested against medium-range ballistic missile, again

    The Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual I and its associated weapon systems were tested against a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target on 30 August, according to a US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) statement. MDA and sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), an Aegis baseline 9.C1 equipped

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