North Korea threatens to strike New York

Mattis already called North Korea the "most urgent and unsafe threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", during his speech at this year's Shangri-La Dialogue.

A North Korean soldier escaped to South Korea on Tuesday (June 13) evening by walking across the Demilitarised Zone that bisects the peninsula, Seoul's Defence Ministry said.

In 2014, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced that it had recovered four crashed North Korean drones between October 2013 and September of that year.

The unmanned aerial vehicle, which was discovered Friday, was equipped with a SONY digital camera that had hundreds of photographs on it, some from 2-3 kilometers (1.2-1.8 miles) high, according to an official with the South Korean military. The official said more analysis was being conducted, including trying to determine if the drone had already transmitted the 10 photos of the THAAD site.

Local officials had to restore the camera because it was initialized, or formatted, by the time they got it.

In January previous year South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone that crossed the western part of the border, the most sensitive part of the Demilitarised Zone. "The drone was equipped with a twin-engine and Global Positioning System device".

While the more hawkish elements in South Korea supported the deployment, many in the country anxious about how Beijing's reaction would affect South Korean businesses and nationals living in China.

At the end of last month, North Korea released photos of a Scud-type missile being launched and falling into the water off the western coast of Japan - the third such show of military aggression in the space of three weeks.

The article continued it was "another heavy crime and unpardonable pro-U.S. act of treachery".

The decision to use THAAD was made by former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and later ousted in a corruption scandal.

North Korea has threatened to launch nuclear weapons at New York City in response to President Donald Trump's tweets against Pyongyang, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday. Bermudez wrote on 38 North, a think tank tracking North Korean activities, that the regime's drones have "expanded both in numbers and capabilities" over the past decade.

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