North Korea

International: Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Japan is getting ready to send several destroyers from Japan’s maritime self-defence forces to join the US aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson.

The US warship is heading to the Korean peninsula, trying to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests while China tries to stop them from continuing.

This comes as the Chinese president, Xi JingPing, had a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, trying for de-escalation and a more “peaceful” approach toward North Korea.

International: North Korea says it will retaliate with nuclear weapons if attacked

North Korea has threatened nuclear retaliation against the US after learning that an American naval carrier strike group had been dispatched to waters off its coast.

The Kim regime reacted furiously, making a series of bellicose statements on its state media. “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight,” said the Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

It said that it was “focused on the US invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also on the US mainland”.

Brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un killed in Malaysia

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, police confirmed on Tuesday.

Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated state.

He was believed to be in his mid-40s.