Omantribune
Oman Tribune
Omantribune
Omantribune Search News
Web Oman
    Google Search Button
      Tribune
- Oman
- Soccer World Cup
- Other Top Stories
- Middle East
- Business
- Sports
- India
- Pakistan
- Asia
- Europe
- Americas
- Columnists
- Editorial
- Oman Mirror
- Special Features
- Cinema
- PDF Pages
- Weather
- Travel
- Currency Rate
- Hospitals
- Pharmacies
- Services
- Flight Timings
- Museum Timings
Omantribune Home Omantribune About Us Omantribune Advertising Information Omantribune Archives Omantribune Subscribe-Form Omantribune Jobs Omantribune Contact Us
Sunday, March 01, 2015  

N. Korea ‘tests’ new missile
SEOUL North Korea has been developing a new long-range ballistic missile in a separate programme from the one that led to a failed rocket launch this week, a South Korean TV station reported on Saturday even as a top Japanese defence official urged “crisis-management measures” ahead of a possible nuclear test by North Korea after its humiliating failure to launch a rocket.

YTN quoted an intelligence source as saying the communist state carried out four tests over 16 weeks until early this year to develop an inter-continental missile at a test facility at Musudan-ri on the northeastern coast.

The tests were aimed at improving engines and propellant fuel for the missile, code-named KN-08, the source said.

In Tokyo, Japan voiced concerns over the developments.

“We’d better keep in mind that they may conduct a nuclear test,” Senior Vice-Minister of Defence Shu Watanabe told a weekly news programme on the private TV Tokyo network.

“We must prepare crisis-management measures by remembering that they will surely do something in order to restore their damaged dignity,” he said.

At the United Nations, the UN Security Council on Friday “deplored” North Korea’s attempted rocket launch, as Washington halted plans to send food aid to Pyongyang saying the impoverished state cannot be trusted.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and the council president for April, said it “deplored this launch” as a violation of the world body’s resolutions. It was “premature” to say what kind of measure the council might take, but the US “thinks a credible reaction is important,” Rice said.

China, the North’s closest ally, has yet to slam the North Korean act, but US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Beijing to do more.

Clinton spoke by telephone with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as she sought a “unified way to speak out and condemn this action,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Also on Saturday, Kim Jong-un promoted 70 officers to the rank of general, state media said, following a shake-up of parliament, cabinet and a top decision-making body.

The North announced new parliament and cabinet appointments on Friday at a session of its parliament, which also elected Jong-un as “first” chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC).

Three people including Choe Rong-Hae, seen as one of Jong-un’s confidants, were made new NDC members, while two new vice-premiers and other state organisation heads were also named.

In Pyongyang, tens of thousands of people gathered in a football stadium to shout support for North Korea’s ruling dynasty, a day after a failed rocket launch seen as a major embarrassment for the government. “Let’s safeguard Kim Jong-un with our lives!” they shouted.

In Seoul, South Korea stepped up an operation to retrieve debris from North Korea’s failed rocket launch, officials said, apparently in competition with Russia and China. Warships from China, Russia and the US have also launched their own operations, they said.

Agencies
NEWS UPDATES
Oman
Parents more stressed than wards as CBSE examination set to start
ODB to offer 60m rials in loans in ’15 to help diversify economy
Alumni all praise for India’s technical ties programme
BP Oman trains 32 small entrepreneurs
Oman to take part in Berlin tourism show
Other Top Stories
Militiamen attack Samarra ahead of army offensive
Putin critic Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow
Egypt lists Hamas as terror outfit
US sets ‘bottom lines’ for Iran N-deal
Thousands rally in Cameroon to protest against Boko Haram
India
Mufti all set to take oath as Kashmir chief minister today
US lawmakers laud progress in partnership
‘Fireball’ lights up Kerala skies, cause still unknown
Kerala to transform convicts into skilled personnel
No desire to become chief minister: Karunanidhi
Ramadoss slams Jaya’s birthday bash
Jaitley presents reformist budget
Two game-changing reforms on anvil
Defence spending hiked 7pc, touches $40b
10-year prison for hiding foreign assets
Steps to monetise gold proposed
Manjhi launches front to ‘expose’ Nitish
Pakistan
Court rejects plea of cop in ‘fake encounter’ case
Baloch crisis ‘will go out of control if government fails to act quickly’
Activists call for purging school syllabus of extremist contents
Relief goods dispatched to avalanche-hit Afghanistan
Repatriation of Rahe Nijat IDPs to start on March 16
Chaudhry under fire over car expenses
Middle East
US ready to train Syria rebels for anti-militia fight
West mulls re-engaging with Assad as militia tightens grip
Iraq stops bid to destroy antiquities
Iran blocks website over reports on Khatami
China opposes UN resolution on S. Sudan curbs
Algeria women guides fight radicalisation
Asia
Philippine army clashes with Abu Sayyaf, toll hits 26
Aquino critics warned of sedition charges amid quit calls
Our stance on Australians’ executions clear: Widodo
Get ready for war with US, Kim tells army
Australia mulls joining NZ training mission in Iraq
Myanmar scribe mocks military online, arrested
Manila official held over illegal drugs lab
Business
Outlook on five bank deposit ratings changed to negative
Rating agencies upbeat on Oman outlook
US airlines at loggerheads on Gulf carrier subsidy dispute
Oil market may have bottomed out: Poll
India budget aims to spur growth
Budget more pragmatic, say experts
Easing inflation provides room for rate cut by RBI
‘India credit rating depends on productive growth’
India steps up infrastructure spending to boost economy
Fed asset buying a stimulus to US economy: Fischer
Smart gadgets to woo buyers at expo
Buffett may hint at opportunities abroad in letter to shareholders
Europe
Gunmen shoot dead strident Putin critic on Moscow street
Conflict in Ukraine reaches ‘crossroads’
Cameron defends security services after militia killer unmasked
Germany okays Greek bailout
Thigh-high boots spark buzz at Versace show
Sports
Ahmed Al Harthy flatters to deceive
Marseille collapse against in-form Caen
Bayern down Cologne on 115th birthday
Flawless India too powerful for UAE
Tahir hails De Villiers as ‘best of century’
I focused on basics: Ashwin
Whatmore’s knowledge will be key
Pakistan look to 1992 team for inspiration
Australia struck down by thunder Boult
Poor shot selection took match away: Clarke
England need to beat ‘big side’ Lanka: Woakes
Ailing Crowe enters Hall of Fame
Current team best on park: Fleming
Malinga gamble pays dividends for Lanka
Americas
Mexico captures wanted drug kingpin ‘La Tuta’
Man shoots dead 7 before killing himself in Missouri
US ‘could reopen’ Cuba embassy within weeks
US Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown at eleventh hour
Uber data breach hits 50,000 drivers
Jeb Bush gets cheers, jeers from conservatives

Sports


International

© 2013 Oman Tribune. All rights reserved. Best viewed in 800 X 600 resolution