The country has one of the largest standing armies in the world, but much of its equipment is old and obsolete. North Korea has sought to make up for those shortcomings by building nuclear weapons.
Israel and Iran have fought a clandestine war across the Middle East for years, mainly by land and air. Now ships are under attack in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan said the test “threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region, and is a violation of United Nations resolutions.”
The test was the first by Pyongyang since President Biden took office and came after it accused the United States and South Korea of raising “a stink” on the Korean Peninsula.
The country took a confrontational stance against the United States in its first official remark directed at President Biden’s administration.
The Biden administration faces not only waves of Chinese antisatellite weapons but a history of jumbled responses to the intensifying threat.
Two scientists find revolutionary claims about the evasion of detection and defenses to be “nonsense.”
Days before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the North made its latest demonstration of its nuclear might at a Pyongyang military parade.
The North Korean leader said his economic policies had failed, but he called his nuclear arms buildup one of the great feats “in the history of the Korean nation.”
But as he pledged to advance the country’s weaponry, the North Korean leader also said he did “not rule out diplomacy.”
Biden wants to reinstate the nuclear deal, but first he must confront the new Middle East.
The weapon appeared to be bigger than the North’s previous long-range missile, indicating that it might be able to fly farther with a more powerful nuclear warhead.
The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.
The move was Beijing’s latest effort to assert sovereignty over disputed waters.
While acquiring weapons to counter countries like North Korea and China would be unremarkable for most world powers, in Japan it is reviving a politically sensitive debate.
Despite being a NATO member, Turkey has bought Russian air defense. And a recent push into Libya and its energy ambitions nearly led to armed conflicts with France and Greece.
Another Afghan helicopter was hit in January by an anti-tank guided missile in southern Afghanistan, in a swath of territory long contested by the Taliban.
The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat.
Relations between President Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey have long blown hot and cold. For the moment, they are finding common cause.
After another weekslong absence from public view, Mr. Kim convened his top military body to promote top aides specializing in nuclear and missile forces.
The announcement by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps could not immediately be confirmed. The U.S. says such launches advance Iran’s missile program.