Washington convinced both India and Pakistan in 2019 that neither was preparing to go nuclear over Kashmir tension, ex-US top diplomat Mike Pompeo claims in his memoir.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un orders development of new intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear counterattack capability and massive production of tactical nuclear weapons at a key meeting of ruling Workers' Party.
Despite a five-hour-long operation on Monday, South Korea failed to shoot down the North Korean drones, prompting widespread criticism over the response and an apology from the country's military.
Kim announces new goals for the country's military for 2023 at an ongoing meeting of ruling Workers' Party, hinting at another year of intensive weapons tests and tension.
South Korean experts say North Korea has turned to crypto hacking to support its fragile economy and fund its nuclear programme amid UN sanctions.
The joint drills near the Korean Peninsula included US B-52 bombers and F-22 stealth fighter jets, besides F-35 and F-15 fighter jets from South Korea.
The two missiles flew some 500 kilometres and reached a maximum altitude of around 550 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said last year that developing solid-fuel engines for more advanced missiles was a strategic priority.
Kim Jong-un says his country's ultimate goal is to "possess the world's most powerful strategic force" as he promotes scientists and officers behind recent test of "monster missile."
Kim Yo-jong accused South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol of creating a "dangerous situation" after Seoul said that it was reviewing additional sanctions on North Korea over its recent barrage of missile tests.
If the US continues to make threats, Pyongyang "will resolutely react to nukes with nuclear weapons and to total confrontation with all-out confrontation," state media quotes leader Kim Jong-un as saying.
North Korea fires about a dozen missiles, including one that lands close to South Korea's territorial waters, prompting Seoul to issue a rare warning for people on an island and fire three missiles in response.
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