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The High Negotiation Committee (HNC) of the Syrian opposition maintains two North Korean military units are fighting for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, according to Russian news agency TASS.”Two North Korean units exist, which are Chalma 1 and Chalma-7,” asserted Assad Az-Zoubi, head of the Syrian opposition’s HNC, Tuesday (Geneva time).Az-Zoubi described to international news agency Sputnik the North Korean troops stationed in Syria were “lethally dangerous.”

The news came during discussions about foreign participation in Syria, amid the peace talks being held in Geneva, Switzerland, under U.N. oversight. The amount of North Korean forces had not been shown. This is the first accusation that North Korean troops are being deployed overseas since the Vietnam War in the 1960-early ’70s.With the Assad regime accused of killing innocent civilians in the war, North Korea is likely to face international condemnation in the event the deployment of its own troops is confirmed.


US pupil Otto Warmbier continues to be given 15 years hard labour in North Korea for offenses against the state. Warmbier, 21, was detained for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a resort while visiting with North Korea in January. He afterwards appeared on state TV obviously admitting and saying a church group had requested him to bring back a “prize” from his excursion. North Korea occasionally uses the detention of foreigners as a way of applying pressure on its opponents. This may be because of the especially high tensions in the present time between the US as well as North Korea, he says. The Supreme Court handed down the verdict.


North Korea has fired two short range ballistic missiles to the ocean, the military of South Korea has said.

It said the missiles, launched off the east shore, flew some 500km (310 miles) and fell to the water.

Soon following the launching, Pyongyang declared it “nullifies” all inter-Korean cooperative endeavors and can liquidate South Korean assets in the united states.

South Korean assets in the North have been in the Kaesong industrial zone.

South Korea pulled out of the jointly-managed industrial zone after North Korea’s latest long range missile launching of a satellite. On Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un additionally maintained nuclear warheads small enough to fit on ballistic missiles had been developed by scientists.

Yet, South Korea’s defence ministry said it believed the North had “not yet procured miniaturised nuclear warheads”.The claim is essential, as without miniaturisation Pyongyang cannot place its nuclear weapons on missiles – an ability many analysts believe could still be several years away.


North Koreans celebrated the country’s successful launching of a satellite into orbit having an official fireworks display in Pyongyang Monday tonight, state broadcaster KCTV reported.”We hope the future of our space technology keeps growing and shines like these fireworks in the sky,” an announcer on the North Korean broadcaster said during coverage of the celebrations in the capital.

The launch of the long-range rocket on Sunday triggered a wave of international condemnation and prompted strong reaction from a crisis meeting of the U.N. Security Council.Though North Korea said the launching was for scientific and “peaceful intentions,” it’s being widely seen by other countries as a front to test a ballistic missile, particularly coming on the heels of North Korea’s purported hydrogen bomb test last month.

Pyongyang carried out both actions in defiance of international sanctions. South Korea recovered about 270 pieces of debris, considered to have come from the rocket launch, from the ocean Sunday, and is working to examine the things, a South Korean Defense Ministry official told CNN.At a crisis meeting Sunday, members of the U.N. Security Council “strongly condemned” the launching and reaffirmed that “a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist, especially in the context of the nuclear test.

“The Security Council vowed to undertake punitive actions against North Korea, announcing plans to “embrace expeditiously a new Security Council resolution with such measures in response to these dangerous and serious violations,” according to a statement read by Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations after the meeting. Sanctions in place against Pyongyang blacklist certain figures and organizations, ban it from dealing with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and prohibit the import of high-end goods.


North Korea has brought forward the potential date of a controversial “satellite” launching to as early as Sunday, regional governments say.

Pyongyang formerly said the launch would happen between 8-25 February.

World powers, which say it is for testing a ballistic missile, a cover have condemned the planned launch.

The estimated flight path of the rocket remains the same and North Korea failed to tell international organisations of any changes in its strategy, said South Korea’s defence ministry.

The South has warned the North that it will “pay a harsh price” if it goes ahead with its plan to launch the satellite.

Japan’s defence minister said he had issued an order to shoot down.

North Korea has provoked international criticism using a fourth nuclear bomb test on 6 January.

A launching in the coming weeks would make up another important violation of UN Security Council resolutions banning the state from carrying out any nuclear or ballistic missile tests.


The statement on North Korean state television followed the detection of a 5.1 magnitude quake at the Punggye-ri site in the north of the isolated nation. It is where nuclear tests have been conducted by Pyongyang previously. Several international monitoring agencies recorded seismic action in the region such as the United States Geological Survey.

Sanctions because of its nuclear and missile programmes has so far conducted three tests. The last was in 2013 raising concerns that the greatest aim will be to create a device small enough to fit on a long range missile.

In response to the suspected nuclear activity that is latest while Japan says it WOn’t take North Korea’s nuclear testing South Korean ministers are to hold an emergency meeting. The UN Security Council is anticipated to meet to discuss North Korea’s test after today ( Wednesday Jan 6).

North Korea nuclear tests

  • 2006 First test based on plutonium.
  • 2009 Second test said to have been more powerful than the first. Also carried out underground although no details of location.
  • 2013 Third underground test – seismic activity detected near Punggze-ri test site.