The missile was fired from the North Korean resort town at Wonsan at 5:40 p.m. (08:40 GMT) and flew northeast over the sea for about 200km (124 miles) before it appeared to make contact with land, Yonhap reported.

It comes just one week after the North reportedly launched additional short-range missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan.

Just days prior to that launch, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea.

Both Russia and China have criticized North Korea, saying they do not recognize its nuclear ambitions, and that leader Kim Jong-Un should listen to the UN Security Council’s demands to return to the negotiation table.

However, both Moscow and Beijing agree that rising tensions on the Korean peninsula should not give the US a pretext to deploy a missile shield in the region.


N. Korean propaganda girl group singer, rumored executed, spotted hanging around in China?

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Recently, though, Yonhap News, South Korea’s foremost paper, published a story with accompanying photo declaring that not only is Hyon alive and well, she’s milling around in China on some kind of “friendship tour” with other members of her all-girl propaganda band. The paper, however, added that Hyon was coy when asked about the execution rumors, apparently asking one reporter in response, “Where do you come from?” before scurrying off.

It seems that outside of, you know, those dictators and possibly Dennis Rodman, Hyon Song-wul is the closest thing South Korea has to some kind of living national treasure, so it would seem to make at least some kind of sense that Kim Jong-un might be reluctant to execute her—porno distribution rumors or no—so that he might later parade her around to other countries he might hope to ally with, with is apparently the aim of the China “friendship tour.”

N. Korean propaganda girl group singer, rumored executed, spotted hanging around in China?

Singapore firm convicted of aiding N. Korean arms shipment

A Singapore-registered shipping company was found guilty Monday of transferring tens of thousands of dollars used to transport fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems from Cuba to North Korea in 2013.

The haul, hidden under heaps of sugar and discovered by Panamanian authorities, was the biggest load of arms and related materials ever to be intercepted on its way to or from the isolated North.

In announcing the verdict, Singapore District Judge Jasvender Kaur said the firm, Chinpo Shipping Company, could have contributed to the nuclear-related programs or activities of North Korea.

The company was also found guilty of running a remittance business without a valid license for more than four years.