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  • Japan: North Korea launches 'missile'

    02/06/2016 5:03:40 PM PST · by Nextrush · 103 replies
    NHK World ^ | 2/6/2016 | NHK
    The Japanese government says North Korea launched what's widely believed to be a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The government said the missile was launched at 9:31 AM Japan time from the western coast of North Korea toward the direction of Okinawa Prefecture.
  • Just how bad was the North Korea missile launch last night?

    02/07/2016 4:23:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 107 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    This story actually broke just as we were warming up for the debate last night and our readers were discussing it in comments while most of the political sphere was focused on New Hampshire. Ahead of their original schedule, Kim Jong-un launched a missile into orbit allegedly carrying an “Earth observing satellite” over the objections of pretty much everyone else on the planet. Like we needed this on top of everything else that’s going on.(WaPo) North Korea on Sunday declared that it had successfully put an "earth observation satellite" into orbit under the direct orders of leader Kim Jong Un,...
  • As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

    08/02/2015 4:49:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2015 | Peter Apps, global defence correspondent
    Three years after the Obama administration announced its pivot to Asia, American allies in the region are looking somewhat unconvinced. While no one disputes that managing China and its multiple neighborhood conflicts remains on Washingtons radar, this effort is often overshadowed by other priorities. In particular, the Middle East and confrontation with Russia both historic preoccupations that had been expected to subside keep on emerging at the top of the agenda. The result is relatively simple. Those countries in Asia most worried by China Japan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and others are increasingly banding together....
  • Will Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Improve LGBT Rights In Vietnam? [Isaiah 24 - Exporting Sodomy]

    08/02/2015 4:01:33 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    New America Media ^ | 5/21/2014 | Staff
    (VNRN) - Any new U.S. Ambassador will always attract the attention of Vietnamese everywhere, but when President Barack Obama nominated Asia pro Ted Osius, it generated a little more than the usual high interest. You see, Osius is openly gay. Regardless of whether the nominees sexual orientation was a factor, the nomination hopefully will usher in more LGBT rights in Vietnam. Certainly Osius is qualified to be ambassador. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission before, in Indonesia from 2009 to 2012. For the past year, he has been an Associate Professor at the National War College. Osius had...
  • Pentagon Believes North Korea Has Made Advance in Nuclear Weapons

    10/24/2014 2:09:25 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 24, 2014 | Felicia Schwartz
    A top U.S. commander said Friday that North Korea likely has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, putting its wherewithal to build a nuclear missile within closer reach. North Korea has struggled for years in its attempts to develop nuclear warheads and long-range missiles, as well as with the steep technical challenges of combining warhead... But the secretive dictatorship apparently has moved a significant step closer, according to Pentagon officials. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea...
  • North Korea fires rockets into sea on Francis first day in Seoul

    08/14/2014 2:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 14, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    (ANSA) SEOUL - PRESIDENT PARK KEUN-HYE WELCOMES THE POPE TO SOUTH KOREANorth Korea fired a number of short-range rockets into the sea just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul. Border security has been tightened. Meanwhile, Francis has sent a message to China. Upon his arrival in South Korea, Francis was welcomed by President Park Geun-Hye and also by three rockets. The Pope flew into Incheon airport in Seoul at 10:15 (local time) this morning for a five-day visit. North Korea fired three short-range rockets from a 300-millimeter multiple rocket launcher, into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), shortly before the...
  • Beijing hotel workers already 'fed up' with Obama entourage

    03/21/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 139 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 03-21-2014 | By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    FULL TITLE: Beijing hotel workers already 'fed up' with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing 'pretty much everyone' and the first lady's mother is 'barking at the staff' Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced 'pretty much everyone' and made the hotel staff 'fed up,' a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline. The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel its website calls the room 'an oasis of comfort ...
  • Michelle Obama, Daughters Make Stylish Arrival in China, Promote Family Time

    03/20/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · by bkopto · 113 replies
    Latino Post ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Yara Simon
    Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are in China to promote family, a U.S.-China diplomacy, and they are doing it in style. Obama wore a leather-and-suede patchwork Derek Lam dress. She paired it with thigh high boots, and seemed to be dressed for slightly chilly weather. Sasha and Malia were equally as chic. The sisters wore complementary outfits, as they are known to do. Sasha wore a velvet red skirt, a black top and tights. Malia wore a shiny silver pleated skirt and a brown shirt. The Obamas were invited by another stylish lady, Chinese First Lady Peng...
  • Michelle Obama Looks to Ease Mistrust on China Trip

    03/18/2014 7:04:52 PM PDT · by lbryce · 61 replies
    Space War ^ | March 18, 2014 | Staff
    Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xian and a panda preserve. White House officials said that Michelle Obama would not take up the myriad disputes between the two nations but would instead speak about educational exchanges and emphasize US goodwill toward the...
  • Eyes on Crimea, China makes its move

    03/17/2014 3:16:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Mar 17, '14 | Donald K Emmerson
    While much of the world was busy watching Russia swallow Crimea, few realized that an also dangerous territorial tit-for-tat had begun to unfold earlier this month more than 5,000 miles away in the South China Sea. At Second Thomas Shoal, a handful of Philippine marines have long been stationed and re-provisioned on the rusting deck of the BRP Sierra Madre, a Philippine naval ship half-sunk into the reef in 1999. Ever since, the vessel and the marines have served to embody Manila's claim of sovereignty over the shoal. More recently, China has tried to raise the salience of its own...
  • President Obamas foreign policy is based on fantasy (Washington Post Editorial...)

    03/03/2014 5:39:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    President Obamas foreign policy is based on fantasy By Editorial Board, Published: March 2 FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which the tide of war is receding and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances these were things of the past. Secretary of...
  • Filipinos battle with police over scheduled Obamas visit (And Japan, South Korea and Malaysia)

    03/01/2014 3:18:08 PM PST · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Arab News ^ | 26 February 2014 4:41 am
    MANILA, Philippines: Police clashed briefly in the Philippine capital Tuesday with about 300 protesters opposed to a planned visit by President Barack Obama and the continued US military presence in the country. Riot police across a road from the US Embassy were pushed back by the demonstrators, prompting the police to retaliate with truncheons. ... No arrests were made and there were no serious injuries. About 500 American soldiers are based in the south where they have been providing Philippine troops anti-terrorism training since 2002. Protesters say their presence violates Philippine sovereignty. The Philippine Constitution allows foreign military bases only...
  • Dalai Lama gets ice from Obama, warmth from conservatives [O opposes independence from China]

    02/23/2014 6:17:50 PM PST · by grundle · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The Dalai Lama got a frosty closed-door reception from President Barack Obama Feb. 21, one day after he got a public bear-hug from the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The worlds most famous Buddhist returned the conservatives respect by offering a compliment for the AEIs civic-minded capitalism. After to listen [sic] yesterday and to the presenters today, I developed more respect about capitalism, the Dalai Lama told AEI president Arthur Brooks Feb. 20 during a friendly panel discussion on happiness, free enterprise, and human flourishing. The president forced the Dalai Lama to pay a price for the United States tepid and...
  • The Dalai Lama Will Meet With Obama at the White House

    02/21/2014 5:29:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Time ^ | 2/21/14
    ...Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama on Friday as part of theexiled Tibetan spiritual leadersthree-week tour of the United States.The meeting will occur 10:00 a.m. Friday in the White Houses map room. The President will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Thursday
  • Rodman drunk, vomited, defecated all over Koryo Hotel in NK

    02/10/2014 12:01:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | February 9, 2014 | Lee Kyung-min
    Dennis Rodman checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center upon returning from a trip to North Korea was the first news all over the U.S. media, but at that time, he confirmed only to the fact that he is an addict and has never recovered from the habit. But according to a report cited by Free North Korea Radio, he was practically forced out of the hermit kingdom for his full-blown drunk and disorderly behavior. Rodman was drunk the whole week of his stay. And the night before he left for the U.S., he was drunk unconscious, and vomited everywhere...
  • China Plans To Seize South China Sea Island From Philippines, Says "Battle Will Be Restricted"

    01/12/2014 6:34:36 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 96 replies
    Following Japan's proclamations that it will take over another 280 'disputed ownership' islands, it appears the increasingly dis-approved of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's path of militarism and provocation is working. As China Daily Mail reports, citing experts, China intends to take back Zhongye Island - 'illegally' occupied by the Philippines, according to the Chinese. The Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. Philippines military is building up on the island and the Chinese see as 'intolerable' the "arrogance" relying on US support.
  • Fukushima radioactive material has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport

    Jay T. Cullen, Associate Professor of marine chemistry at the University of Victoria, Daily Kos diary, Jan. 4, 2014: [...] Fukushima derived Cs has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport but [the] concentrations of Cs continue to be well below levels thought to pose environmental or public health threats. There have been a number of popular press articles that [...] report the timing of the arrival of the radionuclides but offer no perspective on the actual levels and the associated risk to residents of the west coast (e.g. link). [...] About 93% of radioactivity in...
  • What would a U.S.-China war look like?

    01/01/2014 5:28:41 PM PST · by Farnsworth · 152 replies
    The Week ^ | Eugene K. Chow
    Imagine this: In the early morning, a barrage of more than 1,000 Chinese ballistic and cruise missiles bombard Taiwanese civilian and military targets. As the U.S. Air Force stationed in Okinawa prepares to rush to the aid of its sworn ally, Chinese cyber attacks wreak havoc on America's air defense and targeting systems. A second volley of ballistic missiles detonates in space, destroying critical military satellites, while a third rains down on the base, damaging jets and leaving runways unusable. Meanwhile, a U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS George Washington has launched from Japan and is steaming towards...
  • Chinese Navy exercise it's aircraft carrier battle group

    01/01/2014 11:40:42 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 47 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | January 1, 2014 | Jeff Head
    Chinese Navy (PLAN) exercises it's Carrier Strike Groupwith it's LPD and escorts, including two SSNs During the last week of December, the Chinese Navy, the PLAN, conducted exercises with a large group of vessels in what some are calling the Chinese combined fleet. It included their carrier, the Liaoning, CV-16, which is a modernized and refitted Russaain carrier and sister of the Russian, Kuznetsov. it included one of the Chinese large Landing Platform Docks (LPD) which is similar in size and function to the US Navy San Antonio Class LPDS. it included one of the Chinese Type 052C, Lanzhou...
  • Japan has enough plutonium to build 1,000 nuclear bombs: report

    12/31/2013 11:50:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-12-31
    The real reason why Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, refuses to abandon nuclear power is because he wants to develop a nuclear weapons program, claims the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po, citing Koide Hiroaki, an assistant professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. There have been strong calls for Tokyo to reconsider its position on nuclear energy after the Fukushima nuclear incident in March 2011, when the Fukushima Daiichi plant north of Tokyo was hit by an earthquake and tsunami, triggering the world's worst nuclear incident since Chernobyl. Despite the risks, Hiroaki said that Tokyo is determined to develop...
  • Liberated US Tourist, Held Captive in North Korea, Declines Ride Home With Joe Biden

    12/07/2013 5:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 7, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Can you blame him? 13 hours on a plane with Joe Biden is not exactly a dream getaway. 85 year-old Merrill Newman, a war veteran, declined a ride home on Air Force Two with Joe Biden. Newman was deported after being detained over his role in special forces operations in the Korean War six decades ago. (Daily Mail) The Daily Mail reported: An 85-year-old U.S. tourist detained in North Korea for six weeks for alleged war crimes has landed back in San Francisco after catching a flight from Beijing. North Korean state media said Saturday that Merrill Newman, a war...
  • Japan's imperial couple leaves for official India tour

    12/01/2013 1:32:25 PM PST · by Moorings · 16 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 30, 2013 | timesofindia.com
    TOKYO: Japan's royal couple left Tokyo for India on Saturday, starting the first-ever official visit there by a Japanese emperor. The trip is the first by any Japanese emperor to India although Akihito, 79, visited there in the early 1960s when he was crown prince. Japan's emperor is the nominal head of state and does not enjoy political powers. But customarily, the emperor's visit to any country is highly significant and signals a peak in bilateral ties.
  • China scrambles jets in air zone to monitor US and Japanese planes

    11/29/2013 1:10:51 PM PST · by traumer · 12 replies
    China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday. The zone covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. China said last week that all aircraft crossing through the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves or face "defensive emergency measures". The US, Japan and South Korea say they have since defied the ruling and flown military aircraft in the area.
  • U.S. Directly Challenges China's Air Defense Zone (Pair of American B-52 Bombers Fly Over)

    11/26/2013 9:11:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 194 replies
    wsj ^ | 11/26/13 | Julian Barnes
    <p>WASHINGTONA pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, U.S. officials said Tuesday, in a direct challenge to China and its establishment of an expanded air-defense zone.</p> <p>The planes flew out of Guam and entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone at about 7 p.m. Washington time Monday, according to a U.S. official.</p>
  • Ambassador Kennedy Chides China's Move to Create Air Zone

    11/28/2013 1:21:53 PM PST · by bkopto · 32 replies
    WPRO 630 News (ABC) ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Staff
    The new U.S. ambassador to Japan has weighed in on escalating tensions between China and Japan over the East China Sea. On Wednesday, Caroline Kennedy criticized China's recent move to create its own Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which requires that all aircraft notify Chinese authorities before entering the airspace. "Unilateral actions like those taken by China with their announcement of an East China Sea Air-to-Sea Identification Zone undermines security and constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. This only serves to increase tension in the region," the ambassador said. The new ADIZ includes...
  • Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei...

    10/03/2013 9:07:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 3, 2013 | Staff
    Obama canceled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei on Thursday, the White House said in a statement... will no longer visits to Malaysia and the Philippines... //snip// http://english.cri.cn/index.htm Chinese Premier to Attend East Asia Leaders Meetings, Visit Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Obama Cancels Asia Trip Citing Government Shutdown

    10/03/2013 8:33:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 35 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Thursday, October 3, 2013 | Lesley Clark
    President Obama has cancelled a planned trip to Asia, citing the government shutdown. Obama had been scheduled to leave Washington late Saturday for summits in Indonesia and Brunei, but instead called leaders in those countries to express regret, the White House said. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama made the decision "based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government." Obama told the leaders that Secretary of State John Kerry will lead...
  • $100 Million Trip To Africa? That's Nothing. Obama's Head To Asia For Vacation

    09/15/2013 12:14:11 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 29 replies
    President Obama will again pivot toward Asia next month with a week-long trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House announced Friday. Obama will be away Oct. 6-12 for a trip that the White House describes as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific. Hell start the trip in Bali, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders meeting. He missed last years summit in Russia, which came weeks before the presidential election. Depending on the status of Syria talks, the summit could include a...
  • Obama Pivots to Asia, Announces Trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines

    09/13/2013 12:05:27 PM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 13, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will be traveling to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines, at the beginning of next, the White House announced today. "The President will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from October 6 12 as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific," reads the press secretary's announcement.
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | August 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions and to bolster the nations ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 85 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense - particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions - and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the...
  • Obama: Vietnam Leader Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Founding Fathers

    07/27/2013 6:58:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 7/26/2013
    <p>President Obama is under fire for remarks he made after meeting with Vietnams President Truong Tan Sang, one of the worlds few Communist leaders.</p> <p>Obama appeared to compliment Vietnams late Communist dictator Ho Chi Minh, pointing out that the Vietnam War-era leader was inspired by none other than our Founding Fathers and documents.</p>
  • Caroline Kennedy nominated as ambassador to Japan

    07/24/2013 1:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler and Bradley Klapper
    President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country. Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie. Kennedy, 55, doesnt have any obvious ties to Japan, a...
  • Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Track Russian Bombers

    07/15/2013 7:25:02 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/16/2013 | RIA Novosti
    TOKYO, July 16 (RIA Novosti) - Japans Air Self-Defense Force had to scramble fighter jets in response to flights by Russian military aircraft near Japanese airspace and over the disputed Kuril Islands on Monday, local media reported. Two Tu-95 Bear bombers flew over the Sea of Japan moving from the Korean Peninsula, and proceeded along the Japanese archipelago to the north of Hokkaido. Another plane, the IL-20, flew over the Kuril Islands, NHK television said late Monday citing the Defense Ministry. According to Japanese officials, the Russian aircraft had not violated the countrys airspace. The Russian Defense Ministry later said...
  • Michelle Obama 'Snubs' China's First Lady

    06/05/2013 11:10:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 90 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Jun 2013 | Tom Phillips
    China's hopes that their first lady would dazzle the American public during this weeks summit between her husband, Xi Jinping, and Barack Obama have been dashed after it was announced that Michelle Obama would not attend.Communist Party bosses had seen the June 7-8 Sunnylands summit as a golden opportunity to deploy Peng Liyuans much-vaunted charms on the world stage in a bid to spin a more favourable image of Chinas leaders. But on Tuesday Mrs Obamas office told the New York Times the first lady would remain in Washington with her daughters who are coming to the end of their...
  • Time to Stop Feeding the Tiger?

    06/05/2013 10:26:37 AM PDT · by kimtom · 14 replies
    www.humanevents.com ^ | 6/4/2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    (article photo) As America grew in the 1800s from a republic of a few millions, whose frontier stopped at the Mississippi, into a world power, there were constant collisions with the worlds greatest empire. In 1812, we declared war on Britain, tried to invade Canada and got our Capitol burned. In 1818, Andrew Jackson, on an expedition into Spanish Florida to put down renegade Indians harassing Georgia, hanged two British subjects he had captured, creating a firestorm in Britain. In 1838, we came close to war over Canadas border with Maine; in 1846, over Canadas border with the Oregon Territory....
  • Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

    05/27/2013 8:19:32 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2013 | By Ellen Nakashima
    Designs for many of the nations most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry. Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board. Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken...
  • Now China Says It May Own Okinawa, Too

    05/08/2013 6:10:24 AM PDT · by blam · 60 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-8-2013 | Agence France Presse
    Now China Says It May Own Okinawa, Too Agence France PresseMay 8, 2013 US Sale Of Armed Drones To Japan And South Korea Would Transform Tensions In The Pacific China's top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a review of Japan's sovereignty over the island of Okinawa -- home to major US bases -- with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. The lengthy article in the People's Daily, China's most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party, argued that the country may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa. The island is...
  • Two more Scud missile launchers moved to N. Korea's east coast: source

    04/20/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 21, 2013 | Kim Eun-jung
    SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has recently moved two additional missile launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to its east coast, a military source familiar with the matter said Sunday, in yet another sign of preparations for a missile launch at a volatile time on the Korean Peninsula. According to intelligence authorities, the North in early April moved two mid-range Musudan missiles to Wonsan, and placed seven mobile missile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) in Wonsan and South Hamgyeong Province at its eastern coast. Coupled with warning diplomats in Pyongyang to leave in case of war, the missiles fueled speculation...
  • N. Korea denies links to Boston Marathon bombing

    04/20/2013 5:58:23 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 21, 2013
    SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday denied that it has any links to the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded dozens earlier this week, saying it opposes all forms of terrorism. On Wednesday, the conservative U.S. news Website WND reported that North Korea may be behind the bombing, citing the communist country's recent threats to attack the U.S. and its "history of committing terrorist attacks without taking credit for them." The report also noted that the April 15 bombing coincided with the 101st birth anniversary of North Korea's founding leader Kim Il-sung, the grandfather...
  • Obama says he doesn't believe North Korea has nuclear missile

    04/17/2013 2:03:29 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/17/2013 | Jethro Mullen
    President Barack Obama has said he doesn't believe North Korea can fit a nuclear warhead on a missile, casting strong doubt on an alarming assessment disclosed last week by the Pentagon's intelligence arm. And he warned the young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that weeks of threats against the United States and South Korea had only served to isolate the regime further. Asked in an NBC News interview whether North Korea could put a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile, Obama said, "Based on our current intelligence assessments, we do not think that they have that capacity." ~snip~ 'I'm...
  • Kerry: All you gun toters are scaring Japanese students, or something

    04/15/2013 2:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 15, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    If you have felt disappointed because Secretary of State John Kerry hasnt yet joined most of his Obama administration colleagues to offer an ignorant opinion on the gun debate, well, this post is for you. While on a trip to Asia ostensibly to deal with the crisis on the Korean peninsula, Kerry took time out to poll his hosts on their views of gun control: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Its difficult to know where to start with this nonsense. First, as we have repeatedly pointed out, gun deaths have declined each year since the expiration of the nonsensical assault weapons ban in 2007,...
  • North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea to take evacuation measures

    04/08/2013 11:37:51 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 9, 2013 | Christine Kim
    "We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war,"
  • Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

    04/07/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/7/13 | Moe Lane
    Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things dont work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea: So, its the Navys fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far? Thats the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames...
  • Biden in 2001: I Worry That a Narrow-Minded Pursuit of Missile Defense Could Damage Negoti...

    04/05/2013 9:25:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Full title: Biden in 2001: I Worry That a Narrow-Minded Pursuit of Missile Defense Could Damage Negotiations with North Korea (CNSNews.com) -- While the United States now is utilizing its missile defense systems in the wake of saber-rattling by North Korea, back on July 24, 2001, then Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in which he said in a prepared statement, I worry that a narrow-minded pursuit of missile defense would derail U.S. negotiations with the Communist-run North Korea. In his statement, Biden criticized the Bush administration proposal for a missile defense system, questioning whether...
  • U.S. would seek regime change in North Korea if attack occurs

    04/04/2013 11:40:47 AM PDT · by illiac · 130 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/4/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. would oust the communist regime in North Korea if it uses its nuclear weapons or launches an all-out invasion on South Korea and the 28,500 American troops stationed there, national security sources say. The Obama administration has not articulated such a far-reaching retaliation, even as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatens to attack both the South Korean and the U.S. mainland. But national security sources say it is a common assumption within the Pentagon and U.S. Pacific Command that a full-force attack by Pyongyang would put in place a contingency plan of massive retaliation against the North aimed...
  • Report: U.S. backing off shows of force against North Korea for fear of what Kim might do (O Blinks)

    04/04/2013 8:36:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2013 | AllahPundit
    This isn't merely a failure of nerve, it's a failure of intelligence and a failure to keep operational secrets. The White House had a "playbook," agreed to by O, Hagel, and John Kerry, on how to rattle its saber at North Korea during the next crisis without rattling it so much that NK would get spooked and do something rash. E.g., first comes some B-52 flights over South Korea, then the B-2s make a cameo, then the F-22s, and so forth. Problem one: Kim's gone further in his bellicosity than U.S. analysts expected and now they’re unsure if they know...
  • North Korea 'moves missiles' closer to target

    04/04/2013 7:45:29 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies
    fijitimes.com ^ | April 04, 2013
    Update: 1:49PM NORTH Korea has reportedly been seen moving a long-range missile in to position for launch. South Korean Yonhap news agency reports that North Korea's new KN08 Musudan missile has been spotted in the process of being transported towards the Sea of Japan. The KN08 Musudan is still under-development and it is unclear if it has the range to reach the United States mainland. Previous assessments have given it a range of 4000km - potentially enough range to reach Guam.
  • Risky Business

    04/03/2013 10:48:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea. The Obama administration, meanwhile, sought to play down the Chinese military buildup along the border with Beijings fraternal communist ally despite the growing danger of conflict following unprecedented threats by Pyongyang to attack the United States and South Korea with nuclear weapons. Officials said one key military unit involved in the mobilization is the 190th Mechanized Infantry Brigade based in...
  • It's Almost 3 AM and North Korea's Calling

    04/03/2013 9:16:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 3, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    President Obama has a situation on his hands where charisma and media support do him no good. He is dealing with a nuclear-armed regime with a history of military attacks, provocations as a means of extortion, and brutality. Now they have announced they are restarting a reactor that produces enough plutonium to make a bomb a year -- a reactor that had been shut down before as part of a previous deal in which the North Koreans got things of value in exchange for shuttering it. Worse yet, the dictatorship is now in the midst of a possible power struggle....