South Korean Military: North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile
The South Korean military says North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile does not appear to have been a success.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday that a projectile was fired from a submarine toward the sea. A South Korean defense spokesman said Seoul is keeping close tabs on the North Korean military and maintaining a full defense posture.
North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a statement hours earlier saying South Korean President Park Geun-hye should make her "funeral shroud."
Pyongyang has been working to acquire submarine-launched ballistic missile capability.
Saturday's test-firing comes as North Korea prepares for a rare ruling party congress in May.
The United Nations recently imposed a new set of stronger sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January, and a ballistic missile test the following month.
Nikkei: Obama to Visit Hiroshima
A leading Japanese newspaper says U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima when he goes to Japan next month for a G-7 summit.
The visit would make Obama the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. The bombing of Hiroshima resulted in the deaths of about 140,000 people. Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second bomb on the Japanese port city of Nagasaki, killing about 70,000 people. The bombings led to the end of World War II.
The Nikkei business daily on Friday, citing an anonymous U.S. source, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will accompany Obama to Hiroshima. The anonymous source told the Nikkei Washington will formally notify Japan early next month about Obama's plans to visit Hiroshima.
Earlier this month, John Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Hiroshima.