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  • Egypt May Cancel Peace with Israel, Says Jordan's King

    10/27/2011 3:14:01 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 21 replies
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | October 27, 2011 | Ryan Jones
    It's not only Israeli analysts who fear that even the cold peace between their country and Egypt may be in danger as Islamic forces rise in the wake of Egypt's revolution. Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday told the Washington Post that there is a "very strong possibility" that following upcoming elections, Egypt's new rulers will revoke the Camp David Accords. That is especially true if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power. The group is contesting over 50 percent of the parliament seats in the next election, and is currently the only major political party active in the country. Jordanian...
  • Into the Mushroom Cloud

    08/08/2009 10:51:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1,719+ views
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 08/01/2009 | Mark Wolverton
    He wasn’t supposed to do it, but on May 15, 1948, Lieutenant Colonel Paul H. Fackler, commanding officer of the U.S. Air Force 514th Reconnaissance Squadron Weather, flew his airplane into the seething mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb detonation. As part of Zebra, the final shot of America’s second series of atomic tests at Enewetak atoll in the Pacific, Fackler had the job of tracking the atomic cloud from at least 10 miles away, hoping that special filters attached to the airplane would catch samples of the radioactive debris. But as he pulled away from the enormous roiling cloud...
  • Report: Israel spots nuclear installations in Syria

    09/12/2007 6:21:39 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 100 replies · 6,048+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 9-12-07
    Report: Israel spots nuclear installations in Syria Washington official says Israeli surveillance shows possible Syrian nuclear installation stocked by North Korea, Israeli Arab newspaper claims target of alleged raid last week was Syrian missile base financed by Iran Israel believes that North Korea has been supplying Syria and Iran with nuclear materials, a Washington defense official told the New York Times. “The Israelis think North Korea is selling to Iran and Syria what little they have left,” he said. The official added that recent Israeli reconnaissance flights over Syria revealed possible nuclear installations that Israeli officials estimate might have been...
  • North Korea activities show preparations for second nuclear weapons test

    12/20/2006 9:20:06 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 38 replies · 1,153+ views
    AFP via translation | December 20, 2006
    The North Korea could prepare a new nuclear test SEOUL - suspect activities were detected in North Korea, suggesting preparations for a new nuclear test after the explosion of the first atomic bomb North-Korean on October 9, indicated to Thursday a South Korean deputy. “Since the beginning of this month, there were many activities in a tunnel close to the Mantap Mount, in Punggyeri”, 350 km in the North-East of Pyongyang, where the first test took place, indicated Chung Hyung-keun, deputy of the opposition member of a parliamentary commitee on the information. “Of important building work are in hand...
  • Iran announces plans for 3,000 more centrifuges for uranium enrichment by March 2007

    11/12/2006 12:05:05 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 630+ views
    AFP via translation | November 12, 2006
    Nuclear power: Iran wants to always install 3.000 centrifugal machines from here March TEHERAN - Iran wants to always install 3.000 centrifugal machines, intended to enrich uranium, by the Iranian end of the year, which finishes in March 2007, declared Sunday the spokesman of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Ali Hosseini. "the Iranian persons in charge and experts, under the control of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seek to achieve this goal", declared Mr. Hosseini, questioned to know if Iran always sought to install 3.000 centrifugal machines by the end of the Iranian year. Iran installed at the...
  • Detained Iran-bound North Korea ship baffles India

    11/09/2006 1:51:15 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 1,225+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | November 9, 2006
    Excerpt - MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has detained an empty North Korean cargo ship bound for Iran after it strayed into Indian waters, baffling coast guard officials and police about the purpose of its voyage. "MV Omrani-II" developed a snag and entered Indian waters on Oct. 29 and was towed to the Mumbai Port where the crew was being questioned by Indian intelligence and customs officials. "The crew has not been able to explain why they were sailing an empty vessel to Iran," a senior coast guard official told Reuters on condition of anonymity on Thursday. However a senior official...
  • Movement reportedly seen at N.Korea site (or just another FRiday night nuke test spoof?)

    10/27/2006 7:21:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 741+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/27/06 | Bo-Mi Lim - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's military is observing movements at a site in North Korea where the communist country is believed to have conducted its first nuclear test, indicating possible preparations for another test, Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. The report, citing multiple unnamed military officials, said South Korea is closely monitoring movements of trucks and North Korean soldiers at the site in Punggye-ri in the country's remote northeast. "It is clear there are movements at Punggye-ri after the nuclear test," one military official was quoted as saying. "We are closely monitoring to see if these are preparations for...
  • US Sources: North Korea Moves Consistent With New Test - Report

    10/16/2006 12:52:28 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 1,095+ views
    Excerpt - NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- U.S. spy satellites are showing activity in North Korea consistent with the activity seen shortly before the country conducted its first nuclear weapon test, MSNBC reported Monday. MSNBC, which cited unnamed military and intelligence sources, said the officials couldn't be certain the new above-ground activity indicated a second test would indeed take place. ~ snip ~
  • North Korea wants congratulations

    10/09/2006 11:44:14 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 45 replies · 1,254+ views
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council should congratulate North Korea for its nuclear test instead of passing "useless" resolutions or statements, North Korea's U.N. ambassador said Monday. Pak Gil Yon told reporters he was proud of the North Koreans who conducted the test, and said the Security Council ought to be, too. Asked if the North planned any more tests, Pak said: "That will be enough. You don't think so?" The council was holding a meeting about the test, and several diplomats warned of tough measures, possibly including the threat of sanctions. "It will be better for the...
  • North Korea Reported to Have Tested Nuclear Weapons (U.S. Official Confirms N. Korean Nuclear Test)

    10/08/2006 7:43:33 PM PDT · by Ragnar Danneskjold · 617 replies · 23,905+ views
    CNBC Asia, South Korea Wire Services Reporting
  • North Korea could conduct nuclear test Sunday: U.S. gov't analysts

    10/05/2006 8:11:14 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 581+ views
    (Kyodo) - North Korea could conduct a nuclear bomb test "as early as Sunday," the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's appointment as head of the Workers Party of Korea in 1997, the Washington Post reported Thursday, quoting several U.S. government analysts. "It may also be timed to coincide with an election at the United Nations on Monday during which Ban Ki Moon, South Korea's foreign minister, is expected to be chosen as the next U.N. secretary general," the report said. Tuesday's statement by Pyongyang that it will carry out a nuclear test did not set a date for the...
  • Arak, Iran - Nuclear official praises Iran's scientists over heavy water plant

    08/26/2006 1:37:37 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 271+ views
    [Male announcer] As you might have heard, Arak's Heavy Water Facility was inaugurated by President Ahmadinezhad earlier today. This is one of the major nuclear projects. We have established live video link with our colleague Ms Mehrafar in Arak. Hello Ms Mehrafar. [Mehrafar] In the name of God, the merciful and the compassionate. Hello to our dear viewers. As you indicated, President Ahmadinezhad and Mr [Reza] Aqazadeh, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), inaugurated Arak's complex. We have with us the AEOI's Deputy for international affairs Mohammad Sa'idi. Mr Sa'idi, would you please tell our...
  • IRAN: NUCLEAR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM AHMADINEJAD SOON (Next Tuesday?)

    08/25/2006 8:30:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 950+ views
    ADN Kronos (Italy) ^ | August 25, 2006
    Tehran, 25 August (AKI) - News agencies in Iran are predicting a new announcement from outspoken president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his country's nuclear progress. There is intense speculation that it may come next Tuesday on the first anniversary of the formation of the government after last year's elections. In the Iranian capital there are reports that Ahmadinejad, who several months ago announced the entry of Iran into the 'nuclear club' will provide details on progress in the field of heavy water reactors. It has a heavy water reactor under construction at the Arak plant in central Iran, 360 kilometres...
  • PAKISTAN: DISGRACED NUCLEAR PIONEER DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER (A Q Khan)

    08/22/2006 10:34:03 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 26 replies · 813+ views
    ADN Kronos (Italy) ^ | August 22, 2006
    Excerpt - Islamabad, 22 August (AKI)- The father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, disgraced scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the online site of the Pakistani GEO television network reported Tuesday. The cancer was detected during a routine medical test in early August and confirmed by a detailed examination at a hospital near Islamabad, the report said citing a government statement. "The results have unfortunately indicated adino-carcinoma (cancer) of the prostate. Further investigations are being conducted by a board of doctors," the statement said. Khan played the key role in developing Pakistan's nuclear military capability, which...
  • Iran - 'NEW PHASE OF URANIUM ENRICHMENT' SAYS UN WATCHDOG SOURCE (Natanz centrifuges)

    08/21/2006 4:14:14 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 958+ views
    ADN Kronos (Italy) ^ | August 21, 2006
    Excerpt - Vienna, 21 August (AKI) - Just hours before Iran is due to give world powers its response to a package of incentives aimed at persuading the country to give up its nuclear activities, new centrifuges have been installed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility over the past two weeks, an anonymous source at the United Nations nuclear watchdog told Adnkronos International (AKI). Meanwhile, the country's heavy water reactor at nearby Arak in central Iran "will shortly be operational," the second in command of Iran's nuclear programme, Mohammad Saidi, was quoted as saying. Also on Monday, inspectors from the...
  • N. Korean Authorities Urge Civilians to Evacuate Near Site of Possible Nuke Test (Breaking)

    08/18/2006 7:46:33 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 593 replies · 15,102+ views
    Headline News Yahooo Japan (in Japanese) JIJI PRESS ^ | 19 August 2006 | JIJI Press, quoting Joongang Ilbo Daily
    Reports from Seoul Korea, (daily newspaper Joongang Ilbo in Seoul) via the Japanese Jiji press agency, that South Korean intelligence has intercepted radio messages/communications in North Korea, which were aired last month, to civilians in the Kilju County, Northern Hamgyeong Province area of northeastern D.P.R.K., to evacuate.The source in the South Korean government said "our interpretation is that following North Korea's underground nuclear blast test, they wish to head off any escape of radiation that would be a threat to the nearby civilian population and are evacuating as such."
  • IRAN PREPARES NEW MISSILE TESTS

    08/18/2006 10:22:01 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 120 replies · 3,334+ views
    adnkronos (Italy) ^ | August 18, 2006
    Tehran, 18 August (AKI) - Iranian state television has announced that Iran will begin new missile tests on Saturday in five different border regions including along the frontier with Afghanistan. The tests - which will last five days - appear to be a show of strength staged to impress ethnic minorities living in Iran's Kurdistan, Baluchistan and Khorasan provinces "These manoeuvres serve to re-elavorate the defence doctrine of our nation," said General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, of the Pasdaran revolutionary guards who will be conducting the tests.
  • North Korea Appears to Be Preparing for Nuclear Test

    08/17/2006 2:28:46 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 144 replies · 4,242+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/17/06 | JONATHAN KARL
    There is new evidence that North Korea may be preparing to for an underground test of nuclear bomb, U.S. officials tell ABC News. "It is the view of the intelligence community that a test is real possibility," says a senior State Department official. A senior military official tells ABC News that a U.S. intelligence agency has recently observed "suspicious vehicle movement" at a suspected North Korean test site. The activity includes the unloading of large reels of cable outside an underground facility called Pungyee-yok in northeast North Korea. Cables can be used in nuclear testing to connect an underground test...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea building new missile bases, silos along east coast: Report(THEY ARE BUSY)

    08/02/2006 10:11:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 853+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/03/06
    (LEAD) N. Korea building new missile bases, silos along east coast: Report SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has been constructing new underground missile bases and silos along its east coast in recent years to deploy intermediate-range rockets targeting Japan and U.S. military facilities on the archipelago, a report said Thursday. "The new bases clustered along the east coastal line, in particular, are short- and medium-range missile bases aiming at Japan and U.S. military installations in Japan," said a report written by Yun Deok-min, a security expert at the state-funded Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security. About 200...
  • North Korea building new missile bases, silos along east coast: Report

    08/02/2006 10:38:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 714+ views
    SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has been constructing new underground missile bases and silos along its east coast in recent years to deploy intermediate-range rockets targeting Japan and U.S. military facilities on the archipelago, a report said Thursday. "The new bases clustered along the east coastal line, in particular, are short- and medium-range missile bases aiming at Japan and U.S. military installations in Japan," said a report written by Yun Deok-min, a security expert at the state-funded Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security. About 200 Rodong missiles with ranges of up to 2,200 kilometers and 50...
  • Iran working with North Korea on missiles: Institute

    08/02/2006 10:30:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 525+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | August 3, 2006 | Lin Noueihed
    Excerpt - SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has been working closely with Iran to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, possibly using Chinese technology, and is building large bases to prepare for their deployment, a South Korean state-run think tank said. Communist North Korea is also building new sites near the Demilitarised Zone border for short-range missiles and is deploying missiles with improved precision that can strike most of Japan, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) said in a report. "The development of Taepodong-2 is conducted jointly with Iran, and it is possible China's technology is used in...
  • North Korea May Have Tested New Longer-Range Missiles

    07/17/2006 8:56:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 545+ views
    Intelligence services in Seoul and Washington are analyzing suspicions that the seven missiles North Korea test-fired on July 5 include two new intermediate-range ballistic missiles with a range of 2,500-4,000 km. A government source said spy agencies detected electronic signals different from the North’s Rodong or Scud missiles from two of six medium-range missiles the North test-launched on July 5. Intelligence services considered whether they could be Scud-ERs with a range of up to 1,000 km, but additional analysis produced the suspicion that they could be a whole new type of IRBM, the source said. If so, they are...
  • North Korea firmly rejects UN Security Council resolution

    07/15/2006 3:51:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 26 replies · 547+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 15, 2006
    ALARM - the North Korea rejects the resolution of UNO aiming it New York (the United Nations) - the North Korea firmly rejected Saturday the constraining resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations condemning it for its recent shootings of test of missiles.
  • 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...
  • The covert war to strangle North Korea (Kim's trump card: plutonium)

    07/09/2006 12:10:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 873+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 10, 2006 | Michael Sheridan
    A program of clandestine action against nuclear and missile traffic to North Korea and Iran is to be intensified after last week's missile tests by the Pyongyang regime. Intelligence agencies, navies and air forces from at least 13 nations are quietly co-operating in a secret war against Pyongyang and Tehran. It has so far involved interceptions of North Korean ships at sea, US agents prowling the waterfronts in Taiwan, multinational naval and air surveillance missions out of Singapore, investigators poring over the books of dubious banks in the former Portuguese colony of Macau and a fleet of planes and...
  • Kim Jong-Il says North Korea ready for "all-out war"

    07/08/2006 11:06:33 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 83 replies · 3,605+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 9, 2006
    The leader north-Korean Kim Jong it refuses "the least concession" SEOUL - the number one north-Korean Kim Jong it refused Sunday to make "the least concession" in the United States and informed that its country was ready with a "all-out war" after the shootings of test of seven missiles, according to the north-Korean television collected in Seoul. "the General (Kim Jong it) declared that not the least concession would not be made to the invaders American imperialists, our enemy of always", according to an emission diffused by the north-Korean television of State and taken again by the South Korean...
  • War threat as North Korea talks tough

    07/08/2006 8:15:39 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 153 replies · 2,818+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 8, 2006 | Peter Alford
    A top North Korean propagandist raised the threat of nuclear war yesterday as the fighting talk triggered by the isolated regime's missile launches got scarier than any disintegrating Taepodong-2. Kim Myong-chol, a freelance propagandist for the Stalinist state, claimed North Korea would treat any country supporting UN sanctions against it - and that would definitely include Australia - as a nuclear missile target. "Now the US is seeking sanctions for us doing nothing in violation of international law - this is outrageous," he said in Tokyo yesterday. "North Korea considers this an act of war and North Korea will...
  • Make China Pay for Not Helping with North Korea

    07/08/2006 2:57:31 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 63 replies · 1,159+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/08/06 | Human Events Editorial
    the People’s Republic of China won’t help the U.S. rein in the rogue regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il -- which this week conducted a failed test of a missile designed to reach American cities -- then the U.S. should stop helping China with its own economic and technological development. China must support the U.S. position on North Korea in the U.N. Security Council or pay a price for not doing so. In response to North Korea’s missile tests, Japan has sponsored a resolution in the Security Council that would bar nations from giving North Korea money, material...
  • The Real Threat From North Korea

    07/07/2006 1:44:49 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 97 replies · 2,338+ views
    SpaceWar.com ^ | 07/07/06 | by Anthony H. Cordesman
    The same North Korean ICBM efforts that throw a rock at Alaska can throw a large nuclear warhead at every ally the United States has in Northeast Asia. Japan and South Korea are not only close allies, they are critical trading partners. The risk of a war in this part of the world would inevitably threaten Chinese involvement in some form, and possible bloc trade with much of China for an extended period even if China did not become involved. Our troops and our bases in most of Asia would be at hazard as well. Americans need to stop thinking...
  • North Korea informed China of its test-firing of missiles: top U.S.envoy

    07/07/2006 11:05:55 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 797+ views
    BEIJING, July 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea informed China of its plan to test-fire missiles prior to the North's missile launches this week, a top U.S. diplomatic envoy said Friday. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said at a press conference that he heard from Chinese officials the North informed China of its plan for the test-firing of ballistic missiles earlier Wednesday. Hill, who has visited China as part of his tour of nations involved in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear arms, made the remarks before he headed to Seoul. On Wednesday, the North shocked the...
  • Failure to Launch

    07/06/2006 10:26:08 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 20 replies · 1,036+ views
    The National Review ^ | 07/06/2006 | National Review Ediortial Board
    When it became clear that the Taepodong 2 missile North Korea test-launched early on July 4 had broken up less than a minute into flight and plunged into the Sea of Japan, many Americans felt a sense of relief. After all, the missile — belonging to a class that is thought capable of reaching the U.S. mainland — had failed, and Kim Jong Il had been embarrassed in the eyes of the world, if not those of the North Koreans who were told nothing of the test’s outcome. But an embarrassed menace is a menace nonetheless. Despite North Korea’s failure...
  • North Korea - DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman on Its Missile Launches

    07/06/2006 7:23:15 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 515+ views
    Korea Central News Agency (N. Korea) ^ | July 6, 2006 | North Korea News Service
    The latest disinformation from North Korea's propaganda agency - Pyongyang, July 6 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday as regards the missile launches in the DPRK: In the wake of the missile launches by the Korean People's Army the U.S. and some other countries following it, including Japan, are making much ado about a serious development. They are terming them "violation" and "provocation" and calling for "sanctions" and "their referral to the UN Security Council." The latest successful missile launches were part of the routine military...
  • North Korea demands Japan halt sanctions, warns of consequences

    07/06/2006 8:56:05 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 80 replies · 1,869+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | July 7, 2006
    Excerpt - North Korea on Friday demanded that Japan halt sanctions it has imposed on the country in reaction to Pyongyang's test-firing of ballistic missiles, warning that the North would take ''stronger measures'' should Tokyo continue along the current path. ''Japan is translating its criticism against us into action,'' Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan, told reporters in Pyongyang. ''This may force us to take stronger physical actions'' as a response, he said. Asked what the steps may be, he said, ''I leave that to your imagination.'' ~ snip ~
  • North Korea long-range missile flew for 7 minutes, not 42 seconds: S. Korean military

    07/05/2006 11:55:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 112 replies · 5,188+ views
    (ATTN: CORRECTS missile's flight distance from '390km' to '490km' in para 4) SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's long-range Taepodong-2 missile travelled for about 7 minutes after liftoff before it plunged into the East Sea, a top South Korean military officer said Thursday. The North's multistage missile was initially believed to have gone down 42 seconds after it blasted off from its launching pad in the reclusive country on Wednesday, sparking questions over whether the flight was a technical failure or was aborted.
  • North Korean Launches Put US Missile Defense System To Test

    07/05/2006 10:07:34 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 20 replies · 1,105+ views
    Spacewar.com ^ | 07/05/06 | by Jim Mannion
    The US missile defense system was put to its first real test Tuesday and Wednesday with North Korea's launch of a long-range missile and a half dozen shorter range missiles. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was on and off the phone with top US commanders almost continuously for days before the missile tests. "I received the notification of the launch of these missiles probably within of a minute of when they occurred," he told reporters before a meeting with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Pentagon officials were circumspect, though, about how the multi-billion dollar missile defense system performed. "What...
  • Gist of Japan-circulated draft text of North Korea resolution

    07/05/2006 10:38:48 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 321+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | July 6, 2006 | Japan
    The following is the gist of a draft text of a resolution circulated by Japan on Wednesday among U.N. Security Council members on North Korea's test-firing of missiles. The U.N. Security Council: -- reaffirms that proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a threat to international peace and security. -- deplores that North Korea is the world's leading proliferators of ballistic missiles and related technology. -- expresses grave concern that North Korea's launch of ballistic missiles, given the potential of such vehicles to be used as a means to deliver nuclear,...
  • N. Korea says its missile launches were part of military drills (Taepodong launch "successful")

    07/05/2006 10:32:36 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 581+ views
    Yonhap News (South Korea) ^ | July 6, 2006 | Byun Duk-kun
    SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday claimed its successfully conducted missile launches were part of routine military drills to raise self-defense capabilities, and will be continued. "The successful launches of missiles this time were part of our normal military exercises that were aimed at reinforcing our self-defense capabilities," a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the country's Korean Central News Agency. The statement came one day after the communist state fired seven long- and medium-range missiles, including a Taepodong-2, which is believed to be capable of reaching as far as...
  • North Korea threatens more missile firings and retaliation for sanctions

    07/05/2006 10:20:16 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 500+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 6, 2006
    The North Korea threatens to draw from other missiles in "self-defence" SEOUL - the North Korea confirmed Thursday that it had carried out shootings of test of missiles, threatening to renew this "act of self-defence" if the international community made pressure on the mode. "the successful launching of missiles makes this time started from our normal military exercises the purpose of which are to reinforce our capacities of self-defence", according to an official statement of the ministry north-Korean of the Foreign Affairs, quoted by the South Korean agency Yonhap. "Our armed forces will continue their shootings of test of...
  • North Korea offers talks on missile threat: report

    06/20/2006 8:03:41 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 668+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | June 21, 2006
    SEOUL : A top North Korean official has offered talks with the United States on Pyongyang's plans for a missile test, indicating that a launch could be put off, Yonhap news agency reported here on Wednesday. "The United States says it is concerned about our missile test launch. Our position is, 'Okay then, let's talk about it,'" Han Song-Ryol, the deputy chief of North Korea's mission to the United Nations, told Yonhap.
  • AQ Khan-esque nuclear-trafficking continues: Jane’s

    06/20/2006 5:06:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | June 21, 2006 | Khalid Hasan
    AQ Khan-esque N-trafficking continues: Jane’s WASHINGTON: Despite the break-up of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s nuclear smuggling operation, there have been several indications in the past two years that trafficking activities along similar lines continue, according to Jane’s. In a news report circulated on June 16, the generally authoritative British publication said that portions of the AQ Khan network appear to be intact. Several officials involved in investigating the network’s activities said it now appears that parts of the organisation are yet to be uncovered and includes individuals who are more senior in the Khan network than previously believed. The...
  • Breaking: N Koreans Ordered To Raise Their Flag At 2PM (1 AM EDT), and Listen to Broadcast

    06/17/2006 6:15:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1,434 replies · 76,049+ views
    Yonhap News (via Naver.com) ^ | 06/18/06 | Shin Ji-hong
    /begin my excerptN. Koreans Ordered To Raise Their Flag At 2PM, and Listen to BroadcastN. Korean leadership ordered its citizen to raise their flag and listen to their (government) communique from TV in the evening, according to Sankei Shimbun (of Japan), quoting Japanese government sources. The paper said it is paying attention this development because it could be related to the launch of Taepodong-2. /end my excerpt
  • North Korea denies it's about to test missile

    06/17/2006 7:06:42 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 476+ views
    Excerpt - TOKYO - North Korean officials denied that the country is preparing to test-launch a missile, a news report said Saturday, citing a South Korean official. Visiting officials from the North told a South Korean lawmaker that concerns over Pyongyang's possible missile test are "unfounded," Japan's Kyodo News agency reported from Seoul. ~ snip ~
  • North Korea may tie possible missile test to satellite launching

    06/17/2006 1:26:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 270+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | June 17, 2006
    North Korea has been working to determine an artificial satellite orbit since earlier this year in an apparent bid to cover up its possibly imminent test-firing of a long-range ballistic missile, military intelligence sources said Saturday. Pyongyang plans to announce the orbit of what it calls a satellite after it test-fires the missile so as not to draw flak from such countries as the United States, the sources told Kyodo News. On Thursday, a U.S. administration official said North Korea has stepped up its preparations for test-firing a Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missile in the past 48 hours and may...
  • North Korea furious after U.S. exposes missile test prep

    06/17/2006 12:27:11 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 1,206+ views
    Excerpt - SEOUL — U.S. reconnaissance planes have sniffed out how close the North Koreans are coming to test-firing a Taepodong II missile, which could reach the west coast of the United States. The success of U.S. spy flights off the east coast of North Korea, in the view of analysts here, explains why North Korea last weekend threatened to shoot down planes that intruded into its air space. U.S. and South Korean intelligence sources noted the language of the North Korean threat was considerably stronger than the usual almost ritualistic accusations concerning U.S. spy flights. Unlike previous rhetorical blasts,...
  • North Korea said speeding up missile preparations

    06/15/2006 7:05:05 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 357+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | June 15, 2006 | Carol Giacomo and David Morgan
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has accelerated preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile and the launch could come as early as this weekend, U.S. officials said on Thursday. They said it seemed increasingly likely Pyongyang would go through with the test -- rather than just making preparations to get U.S. and international attention -- but it could still decide to cancel a launch. "The North Koreans have been working on it for a while without much of a let up ... We think they are speeding up," one U.S. official told Reuters. Other officials confirmed that assessment....
  • UN Security Council - Text of draft resolution on Iran nuclear program

    05/03/2006 4:25:48 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 260+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2006
    UNITED NATIONS, May 3 (Reuters) - Following is the full text of a draft U.N. Security Council resolution put forward on Wednesday by Britain, France, the United States and Germany as the council's proposed response to Iran's nuclear program. The draft was presented at a closed council meeting after Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last Friday that Iran had failed to respond to a council statement calling on Iran to suspend its nuclear activities. The Security Council - Recalling the statement of its president, S/PRST/2006/15, of 29 March 2006, - Reaffirming its...
  • Senior UN nuclear inspector puts off trip to Iran

    04/20/2006 6:17:13 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 328+ views
    IranMania.com ^ | April 21, 2006
    LONDON, April 21 (IranMania) - According to an AFP report, a senior UN nuclear inspector put off a trip to Iran late Thursday in what diplomats said was a clear sign that Tehran is failing to give the UN atomic agency key concessions it demands. The development comes with the UN Security Council waiting to see if Iran honors an April 28 deadline for it to halt uranium enrichment and cooperate fully with inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA's director of safeguards Ollie Heinonen has decided not to travel to Iran after being on standby...
  • Iran expects atomic news on Tuesday night

    04/11/2006 12:44:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 845+ views
    Reuters | April 11, 2006
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranians will hear "good news" on their country's atomic programme on Tuesday night, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. "After hearing all the good news tomorrow (Tuesday) night, Iranians should prostrate themselves before almighty God," he said in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Monday night. A conservative newspaper close to key officials has speculated the news would be that Iran had enriched uranium to the 3.5 percent level needed for fuel to run nuclear power stations. A reporter for the Arabic-language Al Arabiya satellite channel said Iran had...
  • UN Security Council demands Iran suspend uranium enrichment within 30 days

    03/29/2006 2:13:26 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 593+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | March 29, 2006
    UNO gives 30 days to Iran to suspend the uranium enrichment New York (the United Nations) - the Security Council of the United Nations gave Wednesday 30 days to Iran to suspend his activities of uranium enrichment, in an unanimously adopted declaration of his fifteen members. In this declaration, the Council calls Iran has "to take the measurements required by the Council of the governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (...) who are essential to establish confidence (international community) in the exclusively peaceful character of his nuclear program". It "underlines, in this respect, the particular importance of a...
  • de Borchgrave: Al-Qaida's nuclear option

    03/21/2006 12:58:31 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 960+ views
    United Press International (excerpt) ^ | March 21, 2006 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- President Bush says frequently "we are fighting them over there so they won't come over here." "Them" are transnational terrorists and "over there" is Iraq. The insurgency in Iraq has much to do with al-Qaida's plans for a WMD act of terrorism in the United States, but not the way the White House believes. Assuming the Bush administration is successful in midwifing democracy out of a near-civil war situation in Iraq, the WMD threat level will remain unchanged. High, that is. Paradoxical though this may seem to Washington's armchair strategists, the defeat of...