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  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • Norah 'Loves' Larry's Lingo on North Korea, Larry Launches at Cheney

    06/22/2006 3:16:22 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies · 869+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 22, 2006 Norah loves Larry. At least, she loves the way Larry Eagleburger phrased things about North Korea. At the same time, Larry made it fairly clear that there's no love lost between himself and Dick Cheney. The former Bush, Sr. Secretary of State appeared on this evening's Hardball. Guest host Norah O'Donnell interviewed him along with former Clinton defense official Ashton Carter. Carter had in turn written an op-ed in today's Washington Post, which as indicated by its title, If Necessary, Strike and Destroy, advocates blowing the North Korean ICBM off its launch pad if...
  • North Korean Rocket Launch Fails, US Officials Confirm

    04/12/2012 4:35:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies ^ | April 12, 2012
    PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket it says is carrying a satellite into orbit, 2 U.S. officials said. When the 90-ton rocket launched there was a larger than anticipated flare. U.S. officials said that the missile is believed to have crashed into the sea.
  • China puts its foot down: sends a powerful message to Obama

    Last week I reported that China was very upset by President Obama's decision to monetize more of our debt. This is quite understandable since they hold such a significant portion of our debt and overnight the value was reduced by twenty percent.
  • Military Says Missile-Like Object Wasn't Missile

    11/10/2010 1:34:50 PM PST · by libstripper · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 10, 2010 | David Martin
    (CBS) More than a day after a CBS camera caught video of an unidentified projectile leaving a condensation trail off the California coast, the situation remains a mystery, with the Defense Department insisting that it was not a missile. * * * But Doug Richardson, the editor of Jane’s Missiles and Rockets, examined the video for the Times of London and said he was left with little doubt. "It’s a solid propellant missile," he told the Times. "You can tell from the efflux [smoke]."
  • Mysterious missile launch most likely US Air flight 808

    11/10/2010 12:27:27 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 194 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | November 11, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    Network news and the internet were abuzz with the report and video by Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCBS of a reported missile launch late Monday afternoon -- around 5 PM. Both the Air Force and the Navy denied they had any missiles launches at the time. According to CBS News the Defense Department remains baffled. "Nobody within the Department of Defense that we've reached out to has been able to explain what this contrail is, where it came from," Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said. "So far, we've come up empty with any explanation." And they go on: "The FAA...
  • N. Korea May Launch Nodong Missile: Asahi

    04/29/2010 6:47:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 513+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/30/10 | Kim Jong-hyun
    /begin my summary N. Korea May Launch Nodong Missile: Asahi (Tokyo = Yonhap News) Kim Jong-hyun = There are signs that N. Korea would launch medium-range ballistic missile 'Nodong'(range: 1,300km) soon, according to Apr. 30 dispatch from Seoul by Asahi Shimbun. Using satellite(surveillance,) S. Korea and U.S. located the position where signs of missile launch has been detected, and indications are that the launch would be directed toward East Sea(Sea of Japan.) /end my summary
  • Report: NKorea test-fires 2 more missiles

    05/26/2009 2:03:04 AM PDT · by South40 · 50 replies · 3,735+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 5/26/2009 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea launched tests Tuesday of two more short-range missiles a day after detonating a nuclear bomb underground, a news report said, pushing the regime's confrontation with world powers further despite the threat of U.N. Security Council action. Two missiles — one ground-to-air, the other ground-to-ship — with a range of about 80 miles (130 kilometers) were test-fired from an east coast launch pad, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unnamed government official. South Korean spy chief Won Sei-hoon had informed lawmakers earlier Tuesday that a missile test was likely, according to the office...
  • N.Korea Restricts Sailing off Northwest Coast (another likely missile launch)

    05/25/2009 8:53:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 602+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/26/09
    N.Korea Restricts Sailing off Northwest Coast North Korea has restricted passage of ships in the area off the coast of the West Korea Bay some 100 km northwest of Pyongyang. Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted the Japanese Coast Guard as saying one of its patrol boats had intercepted a warning sent out by the North to one of its vessels. The timeframe is reportedly from Monday through Wednesday during 9 am and 5 pm. The exact reason behind the warning has yet to be confirmed, but it could be a precursor to another missile launch. Just last week North Korea...
  • N. Korea couples nuclear blast with missile launch: source

    05/24/2009 11:19:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1,544+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/25/09 | Sam Kim
    N. Korea couples nuclear blast with missile launch: source By Sam Kim SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to have test-fired a short-range missile Monday on its east coast after it conducted its second nuclear test, a South Korean source said. The missile, with an estimated range of 130 kilometers, was fired from the coastal site where North Korea launched its long-range rocket on April 5, the source said. The latest launch comes as tension peaks on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea claimed it succeeded in detonating a more powerful nuclear device in its northeastern region. "The...
  • U.S. Getting Angry with N.Korea (Chia Head to remain low priority?)

    04/20/2009 6:36:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 475+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/20/09
    U.S. Getting Angry with N.Korea The U.S. government is apparently getting angry with North Korea. Diplomatic sources in Washington D.C. say the White House and the State Department are irate at North Korea's refusal to talk following the launch of its long-range rocket, as well as its expulsion of International Atomic Energy Agency monitors and a State Department representative. During a recent meeting, the U.S. National Security Council Principals Committee, led by White House National Security Adviser James Jones, resulted in a U.S. decision not to pursue direct talks with North Korea as long as the communist country remains uncooperative,...
  • U.S. to make efforts to revive stalled 6-way talks: White House

    04/15/2009 7:29:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 387+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/16/09 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    U.S. to make efforts to revive stalled 6-way talks: White House By Hwang Doo-hyong WASHINGTON, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The United States Wednesday said that it will try to persuade North Korea to come back to six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs despite the North's reluctance after a U.N. rebuke over its recent rocket launch. "It was important what the U.N. Security Council did, while at the same time we have to look forward and figure out ways to continue toward the agreement that ends the nuclear program of North Korea," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The...
  • North Korea rocket puts Barack Obama on nuclear alert

    04/05/2009 3:58:24 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 86 replies · 4,332+ views
    UK Times ^ | april 6, 2009 | Tom Baldwin and James Bone
    The United Nations Security Council met in emergency session last night as Western diplomats pushed for a robust response. The US was pressing last night for a formal Security Council resolution demanding compliance with existing UN sanctions and banning North Korea from importing luxury goods. China was expected to veto any effort to impose stronger sanctions. Gordon Brown called the launch completely unacceptable.
  • DPRK LAUNCH --overflying Akita Prefecture, Japan

    04/04/2009 7:39:33 PM PDT · by gaijin · 851 replies · 45,439+ views
    getting details, breaking hard
  • LEAD: N. Korean rocket launch imminent: report [Launched]

    04/04/2009 7:19:04 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 75 replies · 4,290+ views
    ap via Breitbart ^ | April 5, 2009 | Kyodo
    North Korea has activated radar for its planned launch of what the country claims as a communications satellite, signaling that the launch is imminent, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Sunday, quoting an unnamed South Korean source. Yonhap also said South Korea's presidential office convened a National Security Council meeting in a sign confirming the imminent launch. The presidential office earlier said the NSC will be convened only after an actual launch. North Korea has announced that it would launch a satellite sometime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Saturday to Wednesday.
  • N. Korean Missile Launch Would be ‘Counterproductive,’ Official Says (Chia-Pet Alert)

    04/03/2009 3:48:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 129+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – A potential North Korean test launch of a three-stage missile would have a negative impact on efforts to lessen tensions in the region, a U.S. State Department official told reporters here yesterday. Senior U.S. diplomats have urged North Korea “to desist from launching any type of missile,” spokesman Robert Wood said at a news conference. The North Koreans insist that their Taepodong 2 missile that is expected to be launched in the coming days is carrying a communications satellite for peaceful purposes. North Korea’s neighbors South Korea and Japan are alarmed at the possible launch....
  • N. Korea Is Said to Be Fueling Rocket

    04/02/2009 12:13:59 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 1,555+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 2, 2009 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL — North Korea has begun fueling its rocket, a news report said on Thursday, in what missile experts consider a definitive indication that the Communist state will launch it as early as this weekend. As the launching approached, North Korea assumed an increasingly hostile posture. On Thursday, it threatened to send a “thunderbolt of fire” crashing down on Japan if it attempts to shoot down the rocket. North Korea says it will launch the rocket between Saturday and Wednesday to thrust an experimental communications satellite into orbit. But Washington and its allies consider the launch a test of the...
  • N. Korea will retaliate against any attempt to intercept rocket: military

    04/01/2009 11:15:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,158+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/02/09
    N. Korea will retaliate against any attempt to intercept rocket: military SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's military warned Thursday it will attack "major targets" in Japan should Tokyo shoot down a satellite it plans to orbit as early as this weekend. The warning comes as leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan are meeting at the G-20 summit in London, with North Korea's rocket launch high on the agenda of their bilateral talks. The three have threatened to bring Pyongyang to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions if it goes ahead with the launch announced as...
  • Official: North Korea fueling missile

    04/01/2009 9:36:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 72 replies · 1,817+ views
    UPI ^ | Apr 01, 2009 | N/a
    North Korea has begun fueling a long-range missile it plans to launch soon, a senior U.S. military official said Wednesday. CNN reported North Korea could be in the final stages of its preparations to launch a satellite into space as early as this weekend. The news network reported that other officials said the top portion of the rocket was put on very recently. Satellite imagery shows a shroud over the launch stage, preventing direct views of what the missile looks like.
  • All N.Korean forces on alert

    03/31/2009 10:13:43 AM PDT · by TaraP · 29 replies · 1,043+ views
    SEOUL - NORTH Korea has put all regular and reserve forces on combat alert ahead of its rocket launch, a South Korean aid group said on Tuesday. The hardline communist country has confined all regular soldiers to barracks as well as alerting reserve forces, said the Good Friends group which has contacts in the North. 'Our latest information from North Korea showed all male adults on standby as tensions run high over its satellite launch,' group official Lee Seung-Yong told AFP. He said all men were barred from travelling far from their homes. 'The country is now on semi-war status,'...
  • N.Korea Offers Obama His 1st International Test

    03/30/2009 11:21:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 849+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/31/09 | Lee Ha-won
    N.Korea Offers Obama His 1st International Test "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy." This is the prediction of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden when he was a candidate last October. The supposition by Biden, whom some consider one of the top diplomatic and national security experts in the Senate, is turning into a very accurate prediction due to the North Korean missile crisis. Perhaps nobody knew it would be North Korea that would be the first to put Obama to the test. The prevailing view is that North Korea...
  • Spy agencies believe NKorea has nuke warheads

    03/30/2009 9:28:41 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 777+ views
    AFP ^ | n/a
    Intelligence agencies have information that North Korea has assembled several nuclear warheads for its medium-range Rodong missiles capable of targeting Japan, an analyst said Tuesday. Daniel Pinkston, senior analyst with the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said the agencies believe that probably five to eight warheads have been assembled. "Intelligence agencies believe the North Koreans have assembled nuclear warheads for Rodong missiles, which are stored at underground facilities near the Rodong missile bases," Pinkston told AFP. "It might be right, it might be wrong -- but if others believe it is true, it has implications for the psychological aspects of deterrence,"...
  • N. Korea: Korean Launch Could Spur Arms Sales (missile export coming)

    03/30/2009 9:22:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 369+ views
    WSJ ^ | 03/31/09 | EVAN RAMSTAD
    Korean Launch Could Spur Arms Sales By EVAN RAMSTAD SEOUL -- The long-range missile North Korea is expected to test as soon as Saturday could reach as far as the U.S. and parts of Western Europe. But U.S. military officials and other analysts say the development is most dangerous not because North Korea is likely to use such missiles, but because it will probably sell them to other countries, such as Iran. A successful launch of a long-range missile, after two failures, would validate three decades of investment and work by North Korea. It could also boost one of the...
  • N. Korea: Russian Expert Foresees Missile Launch (Lankov: a good read)

    02/24/2009 12:50:04 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 539+ views
    RFA ^ | 02/23/09
    Russian Expert Foresees Missile Launch 2009-02-23 In an interview with Dan Southerland, Russian historian Andrei Lankov, an expert on North Korea, advises the U.S. to ignore the war talk from Pyongyang but to keep the country engaged in dialogue. He says a missile launch by North Korea is "very likely." Q. Dr. Lankov, welcome to RFA. The big story in recent months has been the speculation surrounding the apparent stroke suffered by Kim Jong Il. I know that as an historian you don’t like to speculate about succession crises, but I would like you to tell us whether you think...
  • U.S. Warns It May Shoot Down N.Korean Missile

    02/11/2009 6:08:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 1,443+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/12/09
    U.S. Warns It May Shoot Down N.Korean Missile The U.S. state and defense secretaries on Tuesday warned North Korea against a missile test for which the Stalinist country seems to be preparing. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters if North Korea is preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile with the continental United States considered a potential target, then the U.S. could shoot it down. But Gates added, "Since the first time that they launched the missile (in 2006) it flew for a few minutes before crashing, the range of the Taepodong-2 remains to be seen. So far, it's very short."...
  • N. Korea fires two short-range missiles in Yellow Sea: source

    10/07/2008 8:51:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 406+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/08/08
    Politics/Diplomacy 2008/10/08 03:05 KST N. Korea fires two short-range missiles in Yellow Sea: source SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired two short range missiles in the Yellow Sea adjoining China Monday as part of its routine military training, a defense source here said Tuesday. "We understand that North Korea fired about two missiles in the Yellow Sea in the afternoon of the seventh (of October)," the source said. "It seems that the missiles were fired as part of their routine drill." The missile launch, the first since March when a North Korean naval vessel fired three Styx...
  • N. Korea: Depressed Market due to harmful Chinese Goods(&they expect the regime ends in 1.5 year)

    09/30/2006 7:01:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1,099+ views
    Futurekorea ^ | 09/30/06 | Lee Duk-soo
    /begin my translation Depressed Market due to Bad Chinese Goods Life of N. Koreans We find out the life in N. Korea from N. Koreans who came to China. People do not go to work because government cannot give out food rations. The authorities cannot come down strongly on them, either. N. Koreans mainly use Chinese products, but many of them turn out to be health hazards, leading to boycotts. For example, lipsticks can cause fever, and skin to be peeled off. Brazier can cause rashes and itching. Worse, one newly-wed couple died after eating apples in 2005, or children...
  • N. Korea: No biggie!! Just primitive missiles...(political cartoon from SK)

    09/08/2006 7:44:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 683+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/08/06
    Background While visiting Finland, Roh Moo-hyun said, "N. Korean missile is too primitive to reach U.S., but too big to be intended for S. Korea." He continued, "Their missile is not a real weapon, but just a prop for political posturing." He basically dismissed any military significance of missile launches, while answering question from local reporters in Finland. Illustration In the following cartoon, there are missiles flying in the sky. Two men on the platform, looking over barbed-wired fence, are named U.S.(left) and Japan(right.) U.S. has a big binocular, Japan a small one. Roh Moo-hyun sitting on the ground, watching...
  • N. Korea: Troops In Border Area Issued Ammo & Grenades(ordinarily they aren't)

    09/06/2006 4:39:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 827+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 09/06/06 | Kim Song-a
    /begin my translation N. Korea: Troops In Border Area Given Ammo & Grenades 'Good Friends', "N.K. Stepping Up Semi-Wartime Footing " [2006-09-06 18:10] N. Korea notched up its semi-wartime footing in recent days, issuing grenades and ammunition to troops stationed in the border area (with China), while N. Korean General Staff is drawing up a border shutdown plan, according to Sept. 6 issue of the news letter by Good Friends, a N. Korea relief aid agency . The N. Korean General Staffs issued an order on July 30, titled, "To the entire military regarding keeping up their vigilance, and redoubling their...
  • N. Korean Missile Export... Blocked by China(a factor in forcing missile launches?)

    09/04/2006 4:42:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies · 1,161+ views
    MBC (SKor TV) ^ | 09/04/06 | Shin Kyung-min
    N. Korean Missile Export... Blocked by China [MBC TV 2006-09-04 21:30]     (Translator's Note: This is the transcript of an evening news segment)[News Desk] Anchor: N. Korea's missile export is being blocked. After shipment by sea had been blocked, N. Korea has been trying to use air shipment, but China is blocking it, according to what we have found. Sino-N. Korean relation is not what it used to be. Correspondent Shin Kyung-min will be reporting.  Correspondent: S. Korean government confirmed to us that N. Korean planes carrying missile components have been blocked by China from using Chinese airspace on many occasions since 2005. U.S. intelligence monitoring...
  • China Invites Kim Jong-il ...N. Korea's Decision on Spotlight(more smoke from China)

    09/03/2006 8:34:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 411+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 09/03/06
    /begin my translationChina Invites Kim Jong-il ...N. Korea's Decision on Spotlight China is aggressively pursuing Kim Jong-il's visit to China in order to restore deteriorating Sino-N. Korean relationship since N. Korea's missile launches, and forestall its 'further provocation.' In particular, Liu Xiao-ming, the new Chinese ambassador to N. Korea who is to start his work in Pyongyang this week, will convey to N. Korea President Hu Jintao's desire for official invitation, according to sources. According to diplomatic sources in China and Seoul on Sept. 3, after heated debates last month, Chinese leadership decided to actively pursue the restoration of relationship with N....
  • N. Korea: 'Missile Vehicle' Movements Spotted in Kittaeryong(Short & Medium Range for Mid-Sept?)

    09/02/2006 9:56:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 2,342+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/03/06 | Kim Kwi-keun
    /begin my translation N. Korea: 'Missile Vehicle' Movements Spotted in Kittaeryong "Watching out for a possibility of launch in mid-September" (Seoul=Yonhap News) Kim Kwi-keun = Recently, S. Korea and U.S. intelligence agencies are  watching out for the possibility of more missile launches in N. Korea, after spotting large vehicles at Kittaeryong, Anbyun County, where N. Korea's missile training base are located. The sources revealed on Sept. 3, "The agencies spotted movements of many large vehicles recently, at Kittaeryong, N. Korea. We do not rule out the possibility that they are preparing for another launch of Rodong and Scud missiles." On...
  • N. Korean Special Train Reportedly Crossed Sino-N. Korean Border(Kim is in China)

    08/29/2006 5:54:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies · 1,189+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 08/30/06 | Lee Myong-gun
    /begin my excerpt N. Korean Special Train Reportedly Crossed Sino-N. Korean Border The government sources said that it has intelligence which says that N. Korean special train crossed Yalu River into China on Aug. 29. However, they cautioned that they are not certain Kim Jong-il is on board. /end my excerpt
  • China Cut Oil Shipment to N. Korea (and invites Chia Head for a talk)

    08/26/2006 6:13:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 743+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 08/26/06 | Choi Won-ki
    /begin my translation China to Cut Oil Shipment to N. Korea China has cut oil shipment to N. Korea, in order to prevent N. Korea's nuclear test, according to local sources in China on Aug. 26."These days the amount of oil shipped to N. Korea from here has substantially dropped,", said an employee at Basan Oil Repository, located 20km(12.5 miles) away from Dandong, a Chinese city sitting next to Sino-Chinese border. The repository stores oil sent from Daqing Oil Field. Crude oil stored here is sent to the shore of Yalu River 10 km(6.25miles), from which it is shipped to N. Korea. The worker...
  • N. Korea's Kim rapped China, Russia, called them unreliable: sources(Chia Head angry)

    08/26/2006 3:55:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 907+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 08/26/06
    N. Korea's Kim rapped China, Russia, called them unreliable: sources NEW YORK, Aug. 26 KYODO      North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has criticized the North's traditionally close allies China and Russia as unreliable and said Pyongyang must surmount the current difficulties it faces concerning its nuclear development program on its own, according to diplomatic sources.     Kim's skepticism toward China and Russia was expressed at an ambassadorial meeting in Pyongyang, which took place July 18-22 soon after the July 15 unanimous passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the North's test-firing of missiles, the sources told Kyodo News.     Kim's open criticism of the...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il to Visit China around Aug. 28(Kim-Hu showdown?)

    08/22/2006 10:14:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 867+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 08/23/06 | Kwon Jung-hyun, Shin Ju-hyun
    /begin my translationKim Jong-il to Visit China around Aug. 28From multiple sources from China and Japan... wonder if it is about nuclear test[2006-08-23 11:30]  Multiple sources informed us that N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il is due to visit China around Aug. 28.Chinese diplomatic sources told us in the morning of Aug 23, "Currently senior figures of N. Korean military are staying in China as an advance to team for Kim Jong-il's visit, doing necessary preparations." However, the exact date is not revealed.The sources said, "It is our understanding that these senior military figures are working on his visit schedule which...
  • N. Korea: Ties sour at North's China border (mutual harrassments)

    08/22/2006 5:04:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 468+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 08/21/06 | Ahn Sung-kyoo
    Ties sour at North's China border August 21, 2006 -- DANDUNG, China -- Signs of discontent between those two closest of allies, China and North Korea, have begun to appear. Last month, despite Chinese urging, North Korea fired off a test salvo of seven missiles. Although the tests were generally considered to be a bid for international attention, they provided Japan with more domestic ammunition to change its constitutional bar on warfare as an instrument of national policy, a development China does not see as in its interests. Some suggestions of those cooling ties can be seen in this Chinese...
  • S. Korea: Government on Alert to Monitor Signs of N. Korean Nuclear Test '24 Hours a Day'

    08/19/2006 10:37:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 2,701+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/20/06 | Kim Kwi-geun, Lee Kwi-won
    /begin my translationGovernment on Alert to Monitor Signs of N. Korean Nuclear Test '24 Hours a Day' A military monitoring team dispatched to the Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral ResourcesA few additional monitoring stations set up and in operation along DMZ(Seoul = Yonhap News) Kim Kwi-geun, Lee Kwi-won correspondent =The government and military authorities went into all-out monitoring of N. Korean nuclear test because the chance of N. Korea going ahead with the test shot up after N. Korea launched missiles on July 5, and UN passed resolution against N. Korea. A government source said in Aug. 20, "6-party talks on N. Korean nuke is still in deadlock. After the...
  • U.S. Reluctant to Fully Share N. Korean Missile Launch Intelligence With Japan

    08/07/2006 7:11:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 847+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/07/06 | Shin Jihong
    /begin my translationU.S. Reluctant to Fully Share N. Korean Missile Launch Intelligence With Japan(Tokyo=Yonhap News) Shin Jihong correspondent = U.S. authorities are reluctant to share intelligence regarding N. Korea missile launch with Japan, which made it difficult for Japan's Defense Agency to write up reports (on the matter,) according to Nihon Geizai Shimbun on Aug. 6. The Defense Agency was due to publish its report on Aug. 5, but U.S. demanded it to withhold the detailed intelligence, which delayed writing and publication of the report. This prompted Nukaga Fukushiro, Minister of Defense Agency, to suspend it. It was U.S. early warning satellites which first detected N. Korean missile...
  • N. Korea: Kim’s overconfidence undermined by miscalculation

    08/06/2006 2:06:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,088+ views
    The Star ^ | 08/05/06 | TAKUJI KAWATA
    Kim’s overconfidence undermined by miscalculation By TAKUJI KAWATA IN AUGUST 2000, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il said he wanted to use the country's missile development programme as a diplomatic bargaining chip. “I made it a (diplomatic) issue. The smaller a country is, the more proud it should be and the more strongly it should stand up against big countries,” he reportedly told an assemblage of South Korean media organisation presidents during a lunch meeting in Pyongyang. At the time, US President Bill Clinton's administration was drawing to a close. North Korea had dragged the United States into bilateral talks by...
  • N. Korea: DPRK Scud, Rodong tests 'successful'(within 50km in radius)

    08/06/2006 1:37:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 626+ views
    DPRK Scud, Rodong tests 'successful' The Yomiuri Shimbun Six of seven missiles that North Korea test-fired on July 5 fell inside a sea zone that was put off-limits for ships in advance by Pyongyang, government sources said Saturday, adding that the missiles' accuracy indicates the tests were successful. Soon after the launches, the government announced the six missiles, which were Rodong and Scud missiles and exclude the launch of a Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missile, were estimated to have hit points 400 to 500 kilometers out to sea. But the government later learned the six missiles likely slashed down in an...
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang's Missile Tests "Completely Safe"(KCNA babble)

    07/25/2006 8:14:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 209+ views
    All Headline News ^ | 07/24/06 | Komfie Manalo
    Pyongyang's Missile Tests "Completely Safe" July 24, 2006 9:00 p.m. EST Komfie Manalo - All Headline News Foreign Correspondent Seoul, South Korea (AHN) - The North Korean communist regime said Monday that the several missile tests it launched over the Sea of Japan were "completely safe" in a futile attempt at pacifying international indignation for the act. A statement by a South Korean government said they made sure ships and aircraft were not in the area before they conducted the launch. The South Korean state media KCNA news agency reported, "The DPRK (North Korea) launched missiles only after airspace, land...
  • U.S. carefully watching possibility of N. Korea nuke test

    07/23/2006 2:36:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 916+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 07/22/06
    Saturday July 22, 4:44 PM U.S. carefully watching possibility of N. Korea nuke test (Kyodo) _ The United States is vigilantly watching the possibility of North Korea conducting a nuclear test now that it has test-fired ballistic missiles, a senior U.S. administration official told Kyodo News on Friday. "I wouldn't rule it out," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding he is unaware of any indication from North Korea that it plans to test its nuclear weapons. Asked if the United States is exercising "vigilance" about a nuclear test, the official said, "Very absolutely." North Korea warned of...
  • N. Korea: Nuclear Test Possible If UN Sanction Is Imposed

    07/14/2006 2:25:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 788+ views
    RFA ^ | 07/13/06 | Kim Yon-ho
    /begin my translationN. Korea: Nuclear Test Possible If UN Sanction Is Imposed 2006.07.13 If UN passes sanction against N. Korea, N. Korea may resort to nuclear test, according to some expert. Peter Hayes, a professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia argued during an interview with RFA that Kim Jong-il may carry it out to show that he does not succumb to U.S. pressure.Professor Hayes is an expert on energy and security issues. He has been running a project to build small power plants in N. Korea to solve its energy problem. He has visited N. Korea seven...
  • [EDITORIAL] Missile Test Launch

    07/05/2006 1:36:25 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 12 replies · 797+ views
    The Korea Herald ^ | July 5, 2006 | Editorial
    Pyongyang showcased its brinkmanship by test-launching a mix of at least six short-, intermediate- and long-range missiles early yesterday morning. It conducted the tests just a week after U.S. President George W. Bush issued a stern warning against it. "Launching the missile is unacceptable," he said during a news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on June 29. But the long-range Taepodong 2, believed to be capable of reaching U.S. territory, fizzled less than one minute after lift-off. That should be embarrassing to Kim Jong-il and the North Korean military. But they will do well to regard it...
  • US To Conduct Missile Defense Test Off Hawaii

    06/22/2006 1:55:47 AM PDT · by Trupolitik · 14 replies · 914+ views
    Space War ^ | Jun 21, 2006 | Staff Writers
    A US warship prepared to shoot down a mock warhead of a medium-range missile over the Pacific Wednesday in the latest of a series of tests of a sea-based missile defense system, a spokesman said. It comes amid tensions over North Korean preparations to launch a long-range missile, but a spokesman for the US Missile Defense Agency said the missile defense test had been planned for months. "It has nothing to do with North Korea or anything else," said Rick Lehner, the agency's spokesman. It was the second test intercept of a separating warhead, but the first with an operationally...