The isolated North has conducted a series of weapons tests, including three failed launches of an intermediate-range missile, in the run-up to the Workers’ Party congress starting in Pyongyang on Friday.
Twelve women working at the restaurant in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo defected to the South with their manager last month.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that Beijing would not allow war and chaos to break out on the Korean peninsula.
A ministry official said the North had fired what was believed to be a Musudan missile, but it plunged back to earth seconds after launch.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry says it has no such intelligence.
The train’s second engineer was hurt seriously and remains hospitalized, while seven passengers suffered minor injuries.
The Defence Ministry said it wasn’t immediately known whether the missile fired today morning was a short-range or mid-range missile.
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Beer imports surged 43 per cent last year in South Korea, as consumers, among the most enthusiastic beer drinkers in Asia, move beyond often-bland local lagers.
With almost all ballots counted, Park’s Saenuri Party yesterday won 122 seats in the 300-member National Assembly, while the main opposition Minjoo Party won 123, the most of any party.
North Korea has been making nuclear strike threats against the United States and South Korea for weeks, after the two countries launched joint military exercises.
South Korean military officials on Friday said they detected the North firing a surface-to-air missile off its east coast, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the two were linked.
The real estate magnate also stated that nuclear proliferation was fast spreading and claimed that Iran is going to have nuclear weapons capability in 10 years’ time.
The North’s state media said that leader Kim Jong Un expressed delight after observing the successful testing of a “large-output solid fuel rocket engine,” which made an “earth-shaking” sound as it spit out a large beam of fire.
A US think-tank said recent satellite images showed activity at the North’s main nuclear test site that suggest a further underground detonation could take place “any time”.