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  • Communism in Asia

    07/17/2009 6:35:27 PM PDT · by mnehring · 6 replies · 918+ views
    Apart from the Soviet Union, Asia was the major killing field of communism. Perhaps 75 million innocent men, women and children were killed for communism in Asia - mainly in China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia. The western effort to stop this evil in Korea and Vietnam was a great and noble cause, and partially successful. The brave Americans who died in Korea and Vietnam did not die for nothing. They did not die for "a lie". They died for the freedom of South Korea and South Vietnam. In Korea, they were partially successful. North Korea fell to the darkness,...
  • North Korea Entering a New Phase:'We Are Not Interested in the U.S. Anymore'(proliferate to Africa)

    07/18/2009 3:02:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 901+ views
    Nautilus Institute ^ | 07/16/09 | Amii Abe
    "North Korea Entering a New Phase: 'We Are Not Interested in the U.S. Anymore'" By Amii Abe Introduction Six days before the DPRK conducted their recent second nuclear test, an official of the DPRK government strongly declared, "We are expanding. We will conduct nuclear tests and missile tests again, and sell our nuclear arms to other countries to achieve equal power with the U.S." As long as we understand North Korea's perspective, their provocative actions are not surprising. Rather, all of them are foreseeable. The government of the DPRK has already reached a new stage in their foreign policy strategy,...
  • N.Korea's No. 2 Leader Says Nuclear Talks Are Over (for good)

    07/15/2009 10:15:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 887+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/16/09
    N.Korea's No. 2 Leader Says Nuclear Talks Are Over North Korea's Kim Yong-nam says the six-party nuclear talks are over for good. The reclusive regime's second-highest official told delegates at the Non-Aligned Meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that there can be no dialogue or negotiations "where the principles of respect for sovereign rights and equality are denied." Kim claimed Pyongyang had no choice but to take "decisive measures" to further strengthen its nuclear deterrence. The six-party nuclear dismantlement talks were suspended late last year and Pyongyang declared this April it was not returning to the talks after...
  • N.Korea 'Earning $2 Billion a Year in Arms Deals with Iran'

    07/15/2009 5:02:28 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 12 replies · 1,225+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/16/09 | Chosun Ilbo
    North Korea earns over US$2 billion annually in arms deals with Iran, according to Larry Niksch, a specialist in Asian affairs with the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Niksch made the claim at a conference ["Engaging China to Solve the North Korea Problem"] Tuesday hosted by the Cato Institute in Washington on China's role in North Korean affairs. He called on China to block flights between Pyongyang and Tehran in addition to financial sanctions against the Stalinist country. Scientists and engineers as well as missiles, missile parts and technical drawings for missiles are being transferred by air between the North and...
  • Obama Still Silent on North Korea

    07/10/2009 7:11:40 AM PDT · by FMoran · 13 replies · 569+ views
    The Politicizer ^ | July 10, 2009 | Alec Jacobs
    Obama’s decisions about when to act and when not to act have been consistently puzzling. He insisted on action when it came to the stimulus bill (which was passed without being read because action was needed so immediately) and we have only seen the economy worsen. He demanded action regarding the closing of Guantanamo Bay, but has yet to give anyone so much as a hint about what he plans to do with detainees currently being held there. Action absolutely needed to be taken when it came to Cap and Trade (again, passed by the House without having been read...
  • North Korea 'Tests Two Missiles'

    07/03/2009 7:25:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 637+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 03rd 2009
    North Korea 'tests two missiles' North Korea has tested two short-range missiles, South Korean media report, as concern mounts in the region that a long-range test could be days away. It test-fired other similar missiles earlier this week and has incurred fresh UN sanctions since holding a second underground nuclear test in May. The latest missiles were fired from a base near Wonsan into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's defence ministry said. They are believed to be Scuds with a range of 500km (312 miles). A South Korean defence official said Saturday's tests were of greater concern than Thursday's,...
  • U.S. 'Ready' for N. Korean Missile [NK Wouldn't Have Dreamt Of A Missile Firing Under Reagan!]

    07/01/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,043+ views
    U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile Pyongyang expected to test ICBM By Bill Gertz July 2, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times. "The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've...
  • N. Korean rocket capable of hitting half the U.S.: American scientists

    07/01/2009 10:24:59 AM PDT · by remaxagnt · 33 replies · 1,089+ views
    yonhap news ^ | July 1 2009 | Sam Kim
    The long-range rocket North Korea launched in April could be converted into a ballistic missile that can theoretically hit half the United States with a substantial payload, two U.S. physicists have concluded from their joint study. North Korea launched on April 5 what it claims was a rocket designed to carry a satellite into orbit. The U.S. and its allies say nothing entered orbit, calling the "Unha-2" rocket a disguised form of a ballistic missile capable of flying over 6,700 kilometers.
  • N. Korean rocket could potentially hit half the U.S.: American scientists

    07/01/2009 2:59:40 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 23 replies · 950+ views
    SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- The long-range rocket North Korea launched in April could be converted into a ballistic missile capable of striking half of the continental U.S., two American physicists have concluded in a joint study. North Korea launched on April 5 what it claims was a rocket designed to carry a satellite into orbit. The U.S. and its allies say nothing entered orbit, calling the "Unha-2" rocket a disguised ballistic missile capable of flying over 6,700km. South Korean and U.S. officials have refrained from elaborating on the capabilities of the rocket, while media reports said the rocket flew...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean rocket capable of hitting half the U.S.: American scientists

    07/01/2009 1:45:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,603+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/01/09 | Sam Kim
    (LEAD) N. Korean rocket capable of hitting half the U.S.: American scientists By Sam Kim SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- The long-range rocket North Korea launched in April could be converted into a ballistic missile that can theoretically hit half the United States with a substantial payload, two U.S. physicists have concluded from their joint study. North Korea launched on April 5 what it claims was a rocket designed to carry a satellite into orbit. The U.S. and its allies say nothing entered orbit, calling the "Unha-2" rocket a disguised form of a ballistic missile capable of flying over 6,700...
  • Who is the greater threat Iran or North Korea

    06/30/2009 8:30:28 PM PDT · by miltfried0600 · 38 replies · 956+ views
    AP ^ | 6/30/09 | PAULINE JELINEK
    I was reading the above linked article about our "UN sanctions" that allow us to track but not board north korean vessels without permission and thought I would pose the question... who is the greater threat N Korea or Iran here is an excerpt from the article Suspected NKorean ship changes course By PAULINE JELINEK – 6 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Tuesday that a North Korean ship has turned around and is headed back toward the north where it came from, after being tracked for more than a week by American Navy vessels on suspicion of...
  • N. Korea enriching uranium as leader's health may be relapsing: S. Korea

    06/29/2009 10:09:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 485+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/30/09
    N. Korea enriching uranium as leader's health may be relapsing: S. Korea SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to be "definitely" pressing ahead with uranium enrichment that would give it another means to build nuclear arms, South Korea's defense chief said Tuesday. Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee also said in a parliamentary hearing that recent outside observations concerning North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could suggest he is experiencing a relapse in his health. Kim, 67, reportedly suffered a stroke in August last year but has since recovered enough to reassert control over his secretive regime. Health experts say the...
  • Experts: China shifting policy on North Korea

    06/29/2009 3:55:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 624+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 29, 2009 | Erik Slavin and Hwang Hae-rym,
    North Korea’s most crucial ally is exploring shifts in its policy toward the authoritarian regime, experts on East Asian relations said last week. China hasn’t taken any major actions against North Korea beyond signing the U.N. resolution condemning Pyongyang’s May 25 nuclear test and calling for unforced inspections of suspected weapons cargo. But criticism in China’s government-authorized media of North Korea has grown to levels that were never tolerated until now, said Jonathan Pollack, professor of Asian-Pacific studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Pollack has written more than 25 books and research reports, including books on U.S.-Chinese...
  • S. Korea Revises Defense Law To Authorize *PRE-EMPTIVE ATTACK* on N. Korea (Video) Breaking

    06/26/2009 8:36:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 101 replies · 4,125+ views
    NNN TV News in Japan (link to video) ^ | 26 June 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Go to the page HEREHit the little orange box with the arrow, right below this photo, and the video will stream very shortly:From Japanese national TV just a few hours ago, the NNN network--prime time.The Japanese news says this is unprecedented.Getting hot, folks.
  • Bush was right after all

    06/27/2009 12:02:58 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 15 replies · 1,164+ views
    The Pioneer, India ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2009 | Ashok Malick
    In diplomacy, messages are often not direct or straightforward. Sometimes lessons from one theatre have relevance for another. The belligerence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong II over the past few weeks is a sobering reminder of how things can go wrong if a paramount power decides to speak softly without waving a big stick. On May 25, Pyongyang tested a nuclear device. A North Korean ship is currently on the high seas, apparently carrying an illegal cargo of missiles and other weaponry to Burma. On July 4, Independence Day in the United States, Mr Kim has promised to fire...
  • Bush was right after all

    06/26/2009 10:14:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 33 replies · 1,806+ views
    The Pioneer, India ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2009 | Ashok Malik
    Bush was right after all By Ashok Malik malikashok@gmail.com In diplomacy, messages are often not direct or straightforward. Sometimes lessons from one theatre have relevance for another. The belligerence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong II over the past few weeks is a sobering reminder of how things can go wrong if a paramount power decides to speak softly without waving a big stick. On May 25, Pyongyang tested a nuclear device. A North Korean ship is currently on the high seas, apparently carrying an illegal cargo of missiles and other weaponry to Burma. On July 4, Independence Day in...
  • U.S. is tracking multiple North Korean vessels

    06/25/2009 11:35:43 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 17 replies · 736+ views
    Washington tacks year of sanctions on Pyongyang, prepares for defense June 26, 2009 The United States said it was monitoring “multiple” North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons and that it would discuss with its allies what to do with one suspect vessel it is tracking. While the United States has been tracking the Kang Nam since last week, the Pentagon said it is closely monitoring several other North Korean ships allegedly carrying weapons. “We have been interested in this one ship [the Kang Nam], but we’ve been interested in, frankly, multiple ships,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. United...
  • NKorea vows nuke attack if provoked by US

    06/25/2009 10:56:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/09 | Kwang-Tae Kim - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea — Punching their fists into the air and shouting "Let's crush them!" some 100,000 North Koreans packed Pyongyang's main square Thursday for an anti-U.S. rally as the communist regime promised a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" for any American-led attack. Several demonstrators held up a placard depicting a pair of hands smashing a missile with "U.S." written on it, according to footage taken by APTN in Pyongyang on the anniversary of the day North Korean troops charged southward, sparking the three-year Korean War in 1950. North Korean troops will respond to any sanctions or U.S. provocations with...
  • N. Korea Warns of Nuclear 'Fire Shower' Attack

    06/25/2009 10:03:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 58 replies · 1,550+ views
    Fox news ^ | 06.25.09
    North Korea vowed Thursday to enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" in the event of a U.S. attack, as the regime marked the 1950 outbreak of the Korean War. The anniversary came as the U.S. Navy trailed a North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons in violation of a U.N. resolution punishing Pyongyang's May 25 nuclear test, and as anticipation mounted that the North might test-fire short- or mid-range missiles in the coming days.
  • Pentagon Dismisses as ‘Silliness’ North Korea’s Threat to Wipe Out U.S.

    06/24/2009 2:17:13 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 67 replies · 1,848+ views
    Fox News and AP ^ | Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Jennifer Griffin and Justin Fishel and The Associated Press
    The Pentagon shrugged off a threat from North Korea Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map. "I don't even know how to respond to that. It's silliness," said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell."For what and with what?" But even as the spokesman discounted the threat from the communist nation, which reportedly may fire a Taepodong-2 toward Hawaii in early July, he defended Defense Secretary Robert Gate's decision to move the THAAD system to Hawaii along with the massive SBX radar system. "I don't think he would have deployed that THAAD if he didn't think there was a reason to...
  • N. Korea Threatens to Wipe U.S. Off the Globe....

    06/24/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by TaraP · 91 replies · 3,776+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Jan 24th, 2009
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days. Off China's coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month. The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship,...
  • N.Korea accuses Obama of nuclear war plot

    06/23/2009 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 741+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | June 22, 2009
    SEOUL — North Korea has accused US President Barack Obama of plotting a nuclear war on the communist nation by reaffirming a US assurance of security for South Korea, the North's state media said. In a first official response to last week's US-South Korean summit, the state-run weekly Tongil Sinbo said in its Saturday edition Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak "are trying to ignite a nuclear war". "The US-touted provision of 'extended deterrence, including a nuclear umbrella' (for South Korea) is nothing but 'a nuclear war plan,'" Tongil Sinbo said. It said it wasn't a coincidence that the...
  • The Showdown North Korean Gamble

    06/21/2009 7:53:51 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 13 replies · 769+ views
    TheCabin.net ^ | June 21, 2009 | TheCabin.net
    Anyone who plays golf has stood on a tee box and waited for the group out in the fairway to move on ahead. "If I get hold of it, I can hit them from here," is the standard comment. Whether the golfer's prowess would allow him or her to actually land a ball near the others is unclear, but etiquette demands patience and a bit of reason. We thought about that mild circumstance when we learned that North Korea is threatening to launch one of its long-range missiles toward Hawaii on or around July 4. The missile has a range...
  • US keeps eye on NKorean ship: officials [USS John McCain]

    06/19/2009 7:07:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 670+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-06-19
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US Navy destroyer is tracking a North Korean ship possibly carrying banned cargo as part of international efforts to enforce UN sanctions against Pyongyang, according to a US defense official. The USS John S. McCain was shadowing the vessel, the Kang Nam, the first ship to be monitored under a UN resolution imposed a week ago that bans arms shipments to and form North Korea, the official said. "We are keeping an eye on that ship," the official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.
  • U.S. Military (USS John McCain) Set to Intercept North Korean Ship

    06/19/2009 8:44:14 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 142 replies · 8,340+ views
    fox news ^ | Friday, June 19, 2009
    The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The U.S. military is seeking to intercept a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned. The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The ship left a...
  • Obama lights North Korea's Fuse

    06/18/2009 7:32:15 PM PDT · by sandbox · 26 replies · 1,293+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 6/18/2009 | Donald Kirk
    WASHINGTON - If words were launched as missiles rather than missives, the United States and North Korea would be firing salvo on salvo in an escalating war in which much of the North would be in ruins and parts of the US in flames. As it is, the war of words they're waging gets more intense by the day with the dreaded "nuclear" word being used with alarming frequency.
  • DeMint asks for N.K. on terror list

    06/18/2009 6:13:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 295+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-06-18 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, urged President Obama to put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terror, arguing that the regime took advantage of the Bush administration's decision to take Pyongyang off the list. "All North Korea did after we took them off that list was to use the flexibility that we gave them to reclaim the assets that had been frozen and use them to expedite their nuclear program," he said in an interview on The Washington Times' morning radio show, "America's Morning News." "They're basically slapping us in the face for trying to...
  • Japan warns that North Korea may fire missile at U.S. on Independence Day

    06/18/2009 1:53:49 PM PDT · by GVnana · 127 replies · 3,331+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/18/2009
    Japan warns that North Korea may fire missile at U.S. on Independence Day By Mail Foreign Service Last updated at 4:55 PM on 18th June 2009 North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials. The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched in early July from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast of the secretive country. Intelligence analysts do not believe the device would be capable of hitting Hawaii's main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea....
  • OBAMA SITS ON HANDS WHILE NORTH KOREA THREATENS HAWAII

    06/18/2009 1:03:04 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 51 replies · 1,419+ views
    The Freedom Post ^ | June 18, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    What will it take to get President Obama's attention? Potbelly, porn-addicted dictator, Kim Jong Il, has already tested two nukes, with no real reaction from the President. What's it going to take? Hawaiian fireworks on the 4th of July?
  • U.S.Military Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes

    06/18/2009 11:12:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,953+ views
    U.S.Military Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes A ship named Kang Nam left a port in North Korea Wednesday and could be carrying missile parts or nuclear materials in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution. FOXNews.com Thursday, June 18, 2009 The U.S. military is tracking a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned. The ship, Kang Nam, left a port in North Korea Wednesday and could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials. The U.S. military has been...
  • DPRK 'may launch missile toward Hawaii' / Govt. studying interception over Aomori

    06/18/2009 2:43:42 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 32 replies · 1,456+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Jun. 18, 2009
    A long-range ballistic missile North Korea is believed to have been preparing to launch from its Tongchang-ri facility in the country's northwest highly likely will be launched toward Hawaii, which would take it over Aomori Prefecture, according to analysis by the Defense Ministry. Sources said the ministry also believes such a launch will be made as soon as early next month. Based on the analysis and intelligence gathered by U.S. reconnaissance satellites, the ministry has moved into top gear its study on optimally deploying Aegis-equipped destroyers equipped with Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) interceptor missiles and ground-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability 3...
  • Obama, South Korean Leader Unite Against North Korean Threats

    06/16/2009 10:15:34 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 6 replies · 375+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 06/16/2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Tuesday that a nuclear-armed North Korea poses a "grave threat" to the world, and he vowed to end a cycle of allowing Pyongyang to create crises and then be rewarded with incentives to back down. "This is a pattern they've come to expect," Obama said. "We are going to break that pattern." Standing alongside South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said they agreed that a new U.N. resolution seeking to halt North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles must be fully enforced. The U.N. did not authorize...
  • U.S. to Confront, Not Board, North Korean Ships [0 Blinks!]

    06/15/2009 8:20:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 52 replies · 1,585+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 15, 2009
    U.S. to Confront, Not Board, North Korean Ships By DAVID E. SANGER Published: June 15, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will order the Navy to hail and request permission to inspect North Korean ships at sea suspected of carrying arms or nuclear technology, but would not forcibly seek to board them, senior administration officials said Monday. The new effort to intercept North Korean ships, and track them to their next port if they refuse inspection, is part of what the officials they described as “vigorous enforcement.” The planned American action stops short of the forced inspection that North Korea...
  • 59 Percent of Obama Voters Think President 'Not Tough Enough' on North Korea

    06/15/2009 6:03:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 14 replies · 522+ views
    NRO ^ | June 15, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Wow: A FOX News poll released Monday finds more than two-thirds of Americans say Obama has not been tough enough on North Korea (69 percent), while some 15 percent think his actions have been "about right" and 3 percent think he has been too tough. Sizable majorities of Democrats (65 percent), Republicans (78 percent) and independents (61 percent) agree Obama should be tougher on North Korea. Among those voters who backed Obama in the 2008 presidential election, 59 percent say he has not been tough enough . . .
  • N. Korea: Spies beef up surveillance of 11 sites for nuke test (3rd nuke test)

    06/14/2009 12:58:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 836+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 06/15/09 | Lee Young-jong
    Spies beef up surveillance of 11 sites for nuke test June 15, 2009 South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials have ratcheted up their monitoring of 11 underground facilities in North Korea after reports of a third possible North Korean nuclear test, sources told the JoongAng Ilbo. An intelligence source said the test would be in response to the recent United Nations Security Council’s resolution that condemns the North’s second nuclear test on May 25 and imposes tough sanctions on Pyongyang. According to the source, South Korea and the United States are using KH-12 spy satellites to monitor vehicle movements. They’re...
  • NKorea warns of nuclear war amid rising tensions

    06/14/2009 7:22:50 AM PDT · by Munz · 79 replies · 4,917+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2009 | Associated Press Writer
    On Saturday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry threatened war on any country that dared to stop its ships on the high seas under the new sanctions approved by the U.N. Security Council on Friday as punishment for the North's latest nuclear test.
  • NKorea warns of nuclear war amid rising tensions

    06/14/2009 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 11 replies · 693+ views
    MyWay.com ^ | 6/14/2009 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    North Korea's communist regime has warned of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula while vowing to step up its atomic bomb-making program in defiance of new U.N. sanctions. The North's defiance presents a growing diplomatic headache for President Barack Obama as he prepares for talks Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart on the North's missile and nuclear programs. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told security-related ministers during an unscheduled meeting Sunday to "resolutely and squarely" cope with the North's latest threat, his office said. Lee is to leave for the U.S. on Monday morning. A commentary Sunday in the...
  • HENRY A. KISSINGER: North Korea Throws Down the Gauntlet

    06/13/2009 11:23:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,342+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 4, 2009 | HENRY A. KISSINGER
    The Obama administration has so far dealt publicly with the North Korean challenge in an understated, almost leisurely, manner. Emphasizing continued reliance on multilateral diplomacy, it has invited Pyongyang to return to the conference table, even while North Korea threatens military action and tests nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them — in the face of a declaration by all the major world powers that such actions are “unacceptable.” The challenge goes far beyond the regional security issue. For America, it involves relations with an emerging superpower (China); relations with a re-emerging Russia; relations with key U.S. allies (Japan...
  • US tells North Korea to end 'provocative' actions (State Dept. official)

    06/13/2009 2:27:01 PM PDT · by james500 · 49 replies · 1,506+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/13/2009 | Sue Pleming
    "(North Korea) needs to cease provocative actions and rhetoric, and return unconditionally to the six-party process," said a State Department official, when asked to comment on the latest threats from North Korea."
  • North Korea in 'early phase of all-out confrontation with US'

    06/13/2009 7:11:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies · 1,892+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 06/13/09 | Peter Foster
    North Korea in 'early phase of all-out confrontation with US' North Korea has pledged to begin work "weaponising" plutonium to create another nuclear bomb as it delivered a furious response to a UN resolution ordering a fresh round of sanctions against the rogue Stalinist state. By Peter Foster in Beijing Published: 12:00PM BST 13 Jun 2009 The Yongbyon complex nuclear facility, some100 km (60 miles) north of Pyongyang, North Korea Photo: EPA The regime of the ailing dictator Kim Jong-il said it was now in the "early phase of all-out confrontation with the US" as it sought to raise tensions...
  • If U.S. Accepts N. Korean Nuke, Calls for Nuclear Sovereignty Could Spread (msg to US)

    06/13/2009 12:51:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 581+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/09/09 | Ju Yong-joong
    /begin my excerpts If U.S. Accepts N. Korean Nuke, Calls for Nuclear Sovereignty Could Spread (message to US) Ju Yong-joong 2009.06.13 02:51 Presidential Office: "Won't discuss it at the upcoming summit. Could cause misunderstanding if we link it to N. Korean nuclear test." On June 12, ruling party's policy committee publicly called for both S. Korean and U.S. governments to allow the 'Restoration of Peaceful Nuclear Sovereignty,' on the eve of S. Korea-U.S. summit, which is viewed as a prelude to things to come. Instead of pushing S. Korean government to 'raise this issue right now at the upcoming summit,...
  • Japan May Respond If N.Korea Conducts Third N-Test

    06/12/2009 2:35:17 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 29 replies · 1,462+ views
    RTT ^ | 6/12/2009 5:23 AM ET
    Japan's Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said Friday that his country would make the "necessary response" if North Korea conducted a third nuclear test after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing additional sanction on Pyongyang, reports say. He was responding to U.S. media reports Thursday that the far eastern pariah state was preparing to conduct yet another nuclear test, following last month's. "If, by chance, such a thing happens (nuclear test by North Korea), I think we have to make the necessary response and especially be in close contact with the concerned countries," Nakasone said. Also, Japan's Chief...
  • SKorea braces for 3rd nuclear test by North Korea

    06/12/2009 4:03:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 582+ views
    AP ^ | 06/12/09 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    SKorea braces for 3rd nuclear test by North Korea By KWANG-TAE KIM, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 12, 3:52 am ET SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea was bracing for a possible third nuclear test by the North, which a U.S. official said was likely despite looming U.N. sanctions on the communist state for its previous test in May. Given the North's track record of provocative behavior and defiance of the United Nations, "common sense" would dictate that it is preparing for another nuclear test, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae told reporters Friday. He said the test was...
  • North Korea Deserves the Diplomacy of Silence

    06/10/2009 4:19:17 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 482+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | June 10, 2009 | Edward N. Luttwak
    What Churchill called 'jaw-jaw' has produced nothing, except more provocations. In recent weeks, North Korea has detonated a nuclear bomb and violated U.N. Security Council prohibitions by launching ballistic missiles. It has threatened war against South Korea, repudiating the July 1953 armistice agreement and thus ostensibly reverting to a state of war with the United States. It has also sentenced two American journalists -- Euna Lee and Laura Ling -- to 12 years in a labor camp. These are extreme provocations. Only a military attack could exceed them. Our response, of course, must be diplomatic. But only a very special...
  • Obama Discovers North Korea

    06/10/2009 4:16:00 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 20 replies · 1,092+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | June 10, 2009
    We pity the historian generations hence who attempts to look back and make sense of the civilized world's feckless efforts to deal with North Korea. Pyongyang's latest provocation in its nuclear "diplomacy" is the arrest and now conviction of two American journalists. Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been sentenced by North Korea's highest court to "12 years of reform through labor." The North Korean "court" saw no reason to share with the world the exact nature of the women's offense. If there is a silver lining in this incident it is the apparent toughening of the Obama Administration's view...
  • Alaskans Concerned About North Korea's Missles

    06/07/2009 8:38:25 AM PDT · by GVnana · 7 replies · 532+ views
    APNews via Drudge Report ^ | 6/7/2009 | Mary Pemberton
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaskans are concerned over the prospect that North Korea is getting ready to test a long-range missile that could reach strategic targets in their home state. And they're not buying Defense Secretary Robert Gates' assertion during a visit this past week to one of Alaska's many military installations that the missile is not a threat to the United States. -snip- In the meantime, the state's political leaders are using the missile situation to send a message to the Obama administration: Maintain a strong military presence in Alaska. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, sent a letter to Gates...
  • Clinton says U.S. mulls putting North Korea back on terror list

    06/07/2009 5:51:11 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies · 721+ views
    UK Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 7, 2009 | Sue Pleming
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is looking into putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism in response to its nuclear test last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview on Sunday. "We're going to look at it. There's a process for it. Obviously we would want to see recent evidence of their support for international terrorism," she said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Asked whether she had evidence of the North's support for international terrorism, Clinton said: "We're just beginning to look at it. I don't have an...
  • Obama warns N.Korea and Iran over nuclear threat

    06/06/2009 7:42:59 PM PDT · by Flavius · 31 replies · 1,011+ views
    afp ^ | 6/6/09 | Philippe Alfroy
    US President Barack Obama said Saturday that North Korea's nuclear weapon test had been "extraordinarily provocative" and that it would be "profoundly dangerous" for Iran to get a nuclear bomb.
  • Obama hardens US stance on North Korean defiance

    06/06/2009 1:46:01 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 627+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 6, 2009 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    His patience tested, President Barack Obama on Saturday promised a new and stronger response to defiant North Korea, saying that while he prefers diplomacy he is now taking a "very hard look" at tougher measures. A Pentagon official said no military moves were planned. Obama's blunt language seemed to point toward nonmilitary penalties such as financial sanctions against North Korea, either within the United Nations or by Washington alone. U.S. allies in Asia may consider new moves to improve their own military defenses. "We are not intending to continue a policy of rewarding provocation," he said, alluding to recent North...
  • North Korea to Do 3rd Nuke Test This Year(U.S. within nuke-tipped ICBM's range this year?)

    06/04/2009 7:09:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 89 replies · 3,806+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/05/09 | Cho Sung-dae
    /begin my excerpts North Korea to Do 3rd Nuke Test This Year One last step for completing nuke-tipped ICBM (Beijing = Yonhap News) Cho Sung-dae = N. Korea set the goal of completing the development of ICBM with nuclear warhead by the end of this year. To do this, they could carry out the third nuclear test this year. Diplomatic and national security sources in Beijing said on June 5 that N. Korea has been pursuing the development of ICBM with a nuclear warhead, led by its military and is on the verge of success. Sources believe that N. Korea...