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  • Obama says he doesn't believe North Korea has nuclear missile

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

    04/07/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/7/13 | Moe Lane
    Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea: So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far? That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames...
  • How North Korea Could Destroy The United States

    04/05/2013 7:10:05 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 398 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: The administration moves an advanced missile defense system to Guam because it knows a single low-yield nuke detonated at high altitude could send America back in time a hundred years. The announcement Wednesday by the Defense Department that it would soon deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD), a missile defense system inherited from the Bush administration, to Guam underscores the seriousness of the threat from North Korea, whose actions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rightly said, "present a real and clear danger." This move comes after the Obama administration reversed its previous scuttling of Bush administration...
  • Biden in 2001: ‘I Worry That a Narrow-Minded Pursuit of Missile Defense’ Could Damage ‘Negoti...

    04/05/2013 9:25:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Full title: Biden in 2001: ‘I Worry That a Narrow-Minded Pursuit of Missile Defense’ Could Damage ‘Negotiations with North Korea’ (CNSNews.com) -- While the United States now is utilizing its missile defense systems in the wake of saber-rattling by North Korea, back on July 24, 2001, then Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in which he said in a prepared statement, “I worry that a narrow-minded pursuit of missile defense” would “derail” U.S. negotiations with the Communist-run North Korea. In his statement, Biden criticized the Bush administration proposal for a missile defense system, questioning whether...
  • North Korea tells Brit diplomats to get out — then sets chilling April 10 deadline

    04/05/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by illiac · 37 replies
    The Sun ^ | 4/5/13 | Jack Losh
    ROGUE state North Korea today sparked fears that it could trigger a nuclear strike as early as next WEDNESDAY. Crackpot Kim Jong-un’s regime today issued a chilling threat to British diplomats warning them to get out of Pyongyang. Alarmingly the North Korean government said it would not be able to guarantee the safety of embassies from April 10. Russian diplomats have also been advised to evacuate. Today the Foreign Office added that it is “considering next steps” after the threat. It is still unclear why next Wednesday has been set as a deadline – but it is sure to spark...
  • Report: U.S. backing off shows of force against North Korea for fear of what Kim might do (O Blinks)

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

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

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

    04/02/2013 4:17:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 90 replies
    johngaltfla.com ^ | 4-2-13 | Johngaltfla
    The United States faces, in my opinion, a less than 0.5% chance of being hit by a crude or advanced fission type nuclear weapon by North Korea. In fact the delivery systems they currently possess limit the ability of the regime in Pyongyang to very few targets outside of their region, putting US troops at risk but worse, the ability to destroy America does exist in that region. One map illustrating the targets of highest probability demonstrates why:
  • The Godfather Of North Korea's Nuclear Bomb Is A Pakistani National Treasure

    04/01/2013 11:43:30 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | Rob Crilly, The Telegraph
    There is nothing much unusual about armed guards outside the houses in my quiet, neat neighbourhood of Islamabad. These are the homes of retired generals, well-connected politicians and international aid workers, all of whom might be targets for Pakistani extremists. But one house stands out. Instead of frail, elderly guards armed with shotguns, one house is ringed by uniformed police officers with AK-47s. Roadblocks control traffic, floodlights illuminate an area of scrub that has been cleared of trees and machine gun positions have been dug in all around. This is the home of AQ Khan, the metallurgist who did more...
  • North Korea Has Issued Its Ultimate Definite Last Totally 'Final Warning'

    03/31/2013 12:19:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/29/13 | Sara Morrison
    North Korea greeted the weekend by stating through its KCNA news agency that it is entering a "state of war" with South Korea. This seems like much more serious news than an earlier KCNA story about using nutritious leeks in seasonal dishes, but there's reason to be skeptical that NoKo's latest declaration means anything at all. The statement wasn't accompanied by an actual attack, which would have been the most obvious sign that North Korea was serious about this. Instead, it's just more chest-beating, this time in response to the "provocation" of the U.S. flying stealth bombers over South Korea....
  • Breaking: North Korean Photo Reveals ‘U.S. Mainland Strike Plan’

    03/28/2013 11:05:07 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 180 replies
    NK News.org ^ | March 29, 2013
    <p>"In a photo published in the Korea Worker’s Party (KWP) paper the Rodong, plans for a strike on the U.S. mainland are clearly –and therefore probably deliberately– visible. The newspaper is widely distributed in cities, and often displayed in public places for easy viewing..."</p>
  • Why Are We Still on the DMZ?

    02/15/2013 6:18:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    North Korea has just pulled off an impressive dual feat -- the successful test both of an intercontinental ballistic missile and an atom bomb in the 6-kiloton range. Pyongyang's ruler, 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, said the tests are aimed at the United States. So it would seem. One does not build an ICBM to hit Seoul, 30 miles away. Experts believe North Korea is still far from having the capability to marry a nuclear warhead to a missile that could hit the West Coast. But this seems to be Kim's goal. Why is he obsessed with a nation half...
  • Seismic Activity Reported in North Korea

    02/11/2013 7:28:44 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 108 replies
    Uh-oh. RT @W7VOA: Seismic activity detected in #DPRK... believed to be "man-made" per various #ROK sources.
  • North Korea conducts nuclear test: South Korea defense ministry

    02/11/2013 10:39:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1 hour 35 minutes ago | REUTERS
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. "We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was "roughly congruent with" 2006 and 2008 tests...
  • N. Korea's Announcement, "The third underground nuclear test was a success"(translation)

    02/11/2013 10:34:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/12
    /begin my translation N. Korea's Announcement, "The third underground nuclear test was a success" (Seoul, Yonhap News) Noh Jae-hyun N. Korea's (state news agency) KCNA reported that it successfully conducted the third underground nuclear test. It reported, "Our defense science sector successfully conducted the third underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 at the underground test site in the northern part of the country. Unlike previous tests, a smaller and lighter bomb with bigger yield was used. The test was done at the high level of safety and perfection. It was confirmed that the test did not have any negative impact...
  • North Korea's Wakeup Call

    12/25/2012 7:22:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Phyllis Schlafly
    It should have been a loud wakeup call in December when North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket delivering a payload in orbit around the globe. This event was North Korea's boast that it now has basic intercontinental ballistic missile technology. North Korea's test was a surprise to Americans, to the Obama administration and to Congress because its last couple of tests had been failures. More alarming was the fact that the launch was a surprise to our intelligence community, which didn't know the North Koreans had perfected this technology, and didn't anticipate a launch. There should have been an...
  • Red-blooded America runs deep in 'Red Dawn' - film liberal critics love to hate (WOLVERINES!!)

    11/26/2012 10:29:50 AM PST · by Perseverando · 62 replies
    WND ^ | November 25, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Out of curiosity, I took a look at how film critics from other newspapers and publications reviewed the new “Red Dawn,” a remake of the 1984 cult classic about teenagers taking up guns and defending America from communist invaders. You’d think from the critics’ condescending sneers that the remake is utter garbage. “Preposterous,” said one critic of the remake’s premise that North Korea could invade the U.S. today. “Outdated,” said another, suggesting the plot line be relegated to the ancient Cold War and the once-upon-a-time Red Scare. The only thing that’s “preposterous,” however, is the speed at which these obviously...
  • Reports: North Korea's Kim Jong Un will travel to Iran

    08/21/2012 10:37:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | 08/21/12 | Kari Huus
    Reports: North Korea's Kim Jong Un will travel to Iran North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a military base in the southern part of the country, in a recently released, undated photo from the country's official news service. By Kari Huus, NBC News North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is planning to travel to Tehran next week, in his first overseas visit since taking over after his father's death in December, South Korea’s Yonhap and Arirang news services reported on Wednesday. Iran’s spokesman for the Non-Aligned Movement Summit confirmed that Kim would attend a meeting of the 120-member Non-Aligned...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea to 'totally reexamine' nuclear issue, citing U.S. hostility (BOHICA)

    07/21/2012 11:12:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/20/12
    2012/07/20 (3rd LD) N. Korea to 'totally reexamine' nuclear issue, citing U.S. hostility (ATTN: ADDS South Korean official's remarks, details in paras 9-12) SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Friday it has no choice but to "totally reexamine the nuclear issue" after strongly condemning South Korea and the United States for attempting to destroy statues of its founding leader Kim Il-sung. The statement by a spokesman at the North's foreign ministry didn't elaborate on what it meant by the reconsideration of the nuclear issue, but concerns persist that Pyongyang may conduct a third nuclear test following the botched...
  • Government to deploy Patriot missiles in Tokyo

    03/26/2012 8:54:28 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Japan Today ^ | National Mar. 26, 2012
    Japan is to deploy surface-to-air missiles in central Tokyo in readiness for North Korea’s planned rocket launch, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said Monday. The siting of an anti-missile battery in the densely packed capital city would be in addition to facilities on the southern island chain of Okinawa, Tanaka told lawmakers. “We are working on procedures to deploy the Patriot in the Tokyo metropolitan area, acting on precedent,” Tanaka told upper house members, referring to the PAC-3 surface-to-air missile defense system. “We are also preparing to deploy the Patriot in the Nansei (southwestern) islands including Okinawa,” as the second stage...
  • SOUTH KOREA CONSIDERS INTRODUCING US TACTICAL NUKES FOR DEFENSE IN VIEW OF N.KOREA (NEW) NUKE PLANT

    11/21/2010 10:14:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 63 replies
    Nikkei Shimbun (in Japanese) ^ | 22 November 2010 | Shimao Kitao, Journalist
    KIM TAE YON made the statement just now in S. Korean Parliament (budget committee) that this is due to the just released information that North Korea has been building a light water nuclear reactor at amazing speed, details just released to the world and satellite photos also revealed.Minister of Defense of South Korea Kim stated that this is to put a halt to North Korean nuclear weapons ambition, and is now being considered, which will go back on South Korea's committment in 1991 under President Roh Tae Woo to never manufacturer, house or use nuclear weapons in South Korea.
  • Satellite Image Shows Building Containing Centrifuges in North Korea

    11/22/2010 12:14:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    ISIS ^ | 11/21/10 | David Albright and Paul Brannan
    Satellite Image Shows Building Containing Centrifuges in North Korea by David Albright and Paul Brannan November 21, 2010 Dr. Siegfried Hecker of Stanford University released a report on November 21, 2010 detailing his recent visit to the Yongbyon nuclear site in North Korea. Hecker describes his visit to a building containing 2,000 gas centrifuges located on the site of the fuel fabrication facility at Yongbyon dedicated, according to his hosts, to producing low enriched uranium (LEU). He notes that the building is approximately 120 meters long and has a blue roof. ISIS assesses that this building can be seen in...
  • North Koreans unveil vast plant for nuclear use

    11/20/2010 7:23:02 PM PST · by VRWCTexan · 7 replies
    NYT via MSNBC ^ | Nov 20, 2010 | DAVID E. SANGER
    North Koreans unveil vast plant for nuclear use New challenge for Obama when his disarmament push is in peril at home
  • U.S.-South Korea aircraft carrier drill called off

    10/24/2010 8:43:32 PM PDT · by GreatJoeMcCarthy · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 24, 2010 | Jeremy Laurence
    The United States and South Korean militaries have postponed an aircraft carrier drill in the Yellow Sea ahead of next month's G20 summit in Seoul following strong criticism from China, local media reported on Monday. Beijing had said the Pentagon's plans to send the nuclear-powered carrier USS George Washington to the joint exercise -- set to take place between China and the Korean peninsula -- threatened long-term damage to Sino-U.S. relations. South Korean government and military sources told local media that the decision to cancel the drill, which was scheduled to take place late this month, was made to avoid...
  • Reports: US, South Korea Cancel Naval Drill

    10/24/2010 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | October 24th, 2010
    South Korean media reported Sunday that Seoul and Washington have called off plans to hold a major joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea this month. Yonhap news agency quoted government sources as saying the exercise involving a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has been postponed to avoid tensions on the Korean peninsula during the upcoming G20 summit in Seoul. There was no official confirmation of the reports. The Chinese government has fiercely opposed the deployment of the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington in the regional waters.
  • North Korea Warns of Nuclear Response to Naval Exercises

    07/23/2010 6:22:45 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 71 replies
    Business Week ^ | 07/23/2010 | Business Week
    North Korea said it would counter U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises with “nuclear deterrence” after the Obama administration said the government in Pyongyang shouldn’t take any provocative steps. North Korea will “legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces,” the National Defense Commission said, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
  • Abnormal Radiation Detected Near Korean Border

    06/21/2010 3:41:47 AM PDT · by ETL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AP via FoxNews.com ^ | June 21, 2010
    SEOUL, South Korea -- Abnormal radiation was detected near the inter-Korean border days after North Korea claimed last month to have achieved a nuclear technology breakthrough, South Korea's Science Ministry said Monday. The ministry said it failed to find the cause of the radiation but ruled out a possible underground nuclear test by North Korea. It cited no evidence of a strong earthquake that must follow an atomic explosion. ..." On May 15, however, the atmospheric concentration of xenon -- an inert gas released after a nuclear explosion or radioactive leakage from a nuclear power plant -- on the South...
  • N. Korea: US diplomat Christopher Hill to retire(bye Kim Jong-Hill)

    05/14/2010 9:47:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 293+ views
    NHK (Japan) ^ | 05/14/10
    US diplomat Christopher Hill to retire US diplomat Christopher Hill, who previously served as the US chief negotiator to the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, will retire from diplomatic service. A senior US official told NHK that Hill plans to end his 33-year-long diplomatic career as early as this summer. Hill is now the US Ambassador to Iraq. The official says the ambassador will resign after witnessing the establishment of a new government in Iraq. Hill was appointed as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under the Bush administration in 2005. He worked as...
  • North Korea threatens nukes

    04/24/2010 2:27:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 1,123+ views
    AFP ^ | April 24, 2010
    Seoul - North Korea on Saturday warned it was prepared to use nuclear weapons if it was invaded by the US and South Korea. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) carried the remarks by the North's Joint Chief, General Ri Yong-Ho, during a national meeting on the eve of the birthday of the communist country's armed forces. "The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK (North Korea) are fully ready to frustrate any provocation of the aggressors at a single blow," Ri said. "They will mobilise all means including the nuclear deterrent... should the US imperialists and the South Korean...
  • N. Korea Could Have their Third Nuclear Test in May or June (SK's YTN)

    04/19/2010 11:23:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 754+ views
    YTN (S. Korea) ^ | 04/20/10
    /being my translation N. Korea Could Have their Third Nuclear Test in May or June 2010-04-20 13:33 It is said to be likely that N. Korea could conduct their third nuclear test in May or June. As prospects dim for 6-party talks due to the sinking of Cheonan, this would further raise tension in Korean Peninsula. Kim Seung-jae reporting from Beijing [Report] According to credible diplomatic sources on N. Korea, it has been secretly preparing for their third nuclear test since last February. It is their understanding that it would conduct the third nuclear test next month or in June....
  • Leadership Change in North Korea--What it Means for the U.S.

    04/11/2010 1:20:24 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 601+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 7, 2010 | Bruce Klingner
    Abstract: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's faltering health has raised concerns about regime stability. Succession rumors have been swirling for years, with Kim's third son, Jong-eun, currently rumored to be Kim's favored choice. But regardless of whether leadership stays in the family or is wrested away by a challenger, a new North Korean leader is likely to keep in place the same belligerent policies--toward South Korea, toward China and Japan, and toward the U.S. If succession does not go smoothly, and if the North Korean regime were to collapse, the ensuing chaos would require immediate action by the U.S. and...
  • North Korea Wants to Nuke Us, So Why Is China Lending a Hand?

    03/26/2010 11:10:44 AM PDT · by mgist · 9 replies · 481+ views
    FOX ^ | 3/26/10 | By Gordon G. Chang
    At a crucial moment, China is throwing a lifeline to Kim Jong Il. North Korea is an increasingly fragile state. But with Beijing’s help, it will probably survive to once again threaten the United States with nuclear destruction. Today, North Korea threatened to unleash “unprecedented nuclear strikes” on the United States and South Korea. The reason for Pyongyang’s extreme unhappiness? Washington and Seoul are making plans about what to do should the North fall apart. Kim Jong Il’s regime called the possibility of internal unrest a “pipe dream.”
  • China pressuring N.Korea: US commander

    03/25/2010 8:44:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 165+ views
    Sino Daily ^ | 3/25/2010 | Sino Daily
    China has stepped up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, the US military commander for Asia said Thursday, playing down charges in Washington that Beijing could do more. Admiral Robert Willard, head of the US Pacific Command, renewed calls on North Korea to return to six-nation talks on ending its nuclear program. "We're convinced that the Chinese are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea, as we are," Willard told the House Armed Services Committee. "They have made efforts -- increasing efforts, I think -- over the past year to exert their influence over North Korea," he...
  • USFK Chief Warns of Instability in N.Korea

    03/25/2010 9:04:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 259+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp has warned of sudden regime collapse in North Korea and called for urgent preparation for such an eventuality. Sharp was speaking at a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. "We would also be mindful of the potential for instability in North Korea," he said. "Combined with the country's disastrous centralized economy, dilapidated industrial sector, insufficient agricultural base, malnourished military and populace, and developing nuclear programs, the possibility of a sudden leadership change in the North could be destabilizing and unpredictable." South Korea and the U.S. are ready for any...
  • N.Korea vows nuclear attacks to defend its regime

    03/25/2010 9:31:51 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies · 664+ views
    AFP ^ | 03/26/10 | staff
    SEOUL — North Korea's military accused the United States and South Korea Friday of trying to topple the Pyongyang regime and said it was ready to launch nuclear attacks to frustrate any provocations. The military General Staff cited a South Korean newspaper report as evidence of "desperate moves of the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet warmongers" for regime change. "Those who seek to bring down the system in the DPRK (North Korea)... will fall victim to the unprecedented nuclear strikes of the invincible army," a General Staff spokesman told the official Korean Central News Agency. Dong-A Ilbo on...
  • 'New Iran rocket launch site shows NKorea links'

    03/05/2010 9:52:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 638+ views
    Brahman.com ^ | 3-06-2010 | Brahman.com
    Iran is building a new rocket launch site a short distance from an existing complex in the north of the country, and seems to be working with North Korea, information group IHS Jane's has said. Construction visible from satellite imagery of the new site, near the city of Semnan east of Tehran, seems to suggest that Tehran has been collaborating with Pyongyang, said the London-based defence intelligence group. Iran unveiled the Simorgh space-launch vehicle (SLV) on February 3, but had not yet publicly revealed the location of the rocket's launch complex, it reported on Friday. But Jane's said it had...
  • Hands of the "Doomsday Clock" to be moved in New York City and seen live on web for first time ever

    01/11/2010 11:52:11 AM PST · by halo66 · 40 replies · 1,580+ views
    NEW YORK CITY///NEWS ADVISORY///January 14, 2010///The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will move the minute hand of its famous "Doomsday Clock" at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on January 14, 2010 in New York City. For the first time ever, the event will be opened up to the general public via a live Web feed at http://www.TurnBackTheClock.org.
  • Barack Obama and Kim Jung il - First in the Hearts of Their Countrymen and Always First in Line

    01/06/2010 3:30:37 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 1 replies · 355+ views
    You Tube ^ | 1/05/10 | RobtKraft
    Obama's body language says get out of my way.
  • North Korea may conduct nuclear test, while calling for peace

    01/02/2010 10:31:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 434+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/30/2009 | Lee Jong-Heon
    North Korea is likely to conduct a nuclear test next year in an attempt to boost itself as an atomic power and shore up the regime's legitimacy at home as Pyongyang prepares for a dynastic power transfer, South Korea's state-run think tank warns. North Korea is also expected to launch more long-range ballistic missiles and provoke military clashes along the heavily fortified border with South Korea, the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses said in its 2010 outlook. North Korea conducted its second nuclear test last May following its first in 2006, which led to tougher trade and financial sanctions by...
  • Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korea's Kim Jong Il

    12/15/2009 8:52:32 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 37 replies · 1,680+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 15, 2009 | Glenn Kessler
    President Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il that was delivered by the administration's special envoy for North Korea during a visit to Pyongyang last week. The existence of the letter has been closely held, with the administration insisting to its partners in disarmament talks with North Korea that it not be publicly discussed. State Department and White House officials confirmed this week that envoy Stephen W. Bosworth delivered a letter from Obama for Kim, but they declined to describe its contents. "We do not comment on private diplomatic correspondence," said White House National...
  • AP source: Obama writes letter to NKorean leader

    12/15/2009 8:22:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,123+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.15, 2009 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as part of an intense effort to draw the reclusive nation back to nuclear disarmament talks, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. The letter was delivered to North Korean officials last week by Obama's special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, during a visit to Pyongyang aimed at restarting the stalled negotiations, the official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the diplomacy, would not describe the contents of the letter but said...
  • Asia unrest may spur Aussie nukes: study

    12/13/2009 1:15:12 PM PST · by myknowledge · 30 replies · 10,067+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 14, 2009
    A dramatic deterioration in Asian security could push Australia to acquire nuclear weapons, a strategy that it abandoned four decades ago, a new study says. But Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) analyst Dr Rod Lyons says such a decision certainly isn't close nor is it inevitable. He said the 2006 Switkowski report on nuclear power suggested it would take Australia at least 10 years and probably 15 to bring the first civil reactor into service. "It's true that Australia might be able to conduct an emergency nuclear weapon construction effort in rather less time, especially if it were to focus...
  • Obama takes on North Korea while in Japan

    11/13/2009 1:59:22 PM PST · by GauchoUSA · 14 replies · 441+ views
    AP ^ | 11/13/09 | AP
    TOKYO - President Barack Obama is emphasizing cooperation on his first major trip to Asia, opening with a warning to North Korea that there will be tough, unified action by the U.S. and its Asian partners if the Koreans fail to abandon their nuclear weapons programs. The hard line on North Korea was to be a prominent theme of a Friday night speech that also was intended to more broadly showcase a United States that, under Obama's leadership, seeks deeper and more equal engagement in Asia. It was to be the fifth major foreign address of Obama's 10-month presidency, this...
  • Obama Needs To Rethink Pyongyang

    11/01/2009 1:45:04 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 342+ views
    AFPC Far Eastern Economic Review ^ | 10/26/2009 | Ilan Berman
    The problem of North Korea has bedeviled policy makers in Washington for years. The notoriously opaque Stalinist state that sits above the 38th Parallel represents one of the world’s most intractable security dilemmas. Starting this spring, however, the challenge posed by Pyongyang has grown more acute. The defiant series of nuclear and ballistic tests carried out by Kim Jong Il in May has brought into sharp focus the growing threat posed by the North’s strategic arsenal—and precipitated a frenzy of international activity in response. The Obama administration, still in the early stages of formulating its Asia policy, has reacted to...
  • (3rd LD) U.S. vows unlimited deterrence against N. Korea

    10/22/2009 1:41:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 575+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/22/09 | Sam Kim
    (3rd LD) U.S. vows unlimited deterrence against N. Korea By Sam Kim SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. pledged Thursday to mobilize its warfighting assets to their maximum capacity if needed to defend South Korea against North Korea, which continues to develop its nuclear and missile capabilities. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates "reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to provide extended deterrence for the ROK, using the full range of military capabilities, to include the U.S. nuclear umbrella, conventional strike, and missile capabilities," according to a joint statement with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young.
  • Russia bewildered by N.Korea missile launch-Tass

    10/12/2009 10:09:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 911+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/12/09 | Oleg Shchedrov
    Russia bewildered by N.Korea missile launch-Tass Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:24am EDT MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Russia is bewildered by the latest North Korean missile launch, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry source as saying on Monday. "The launch of short-range missiles by the Korean People's Democratic Republic causes bewilderment," the source said. "It was not the most suitable time to do this now, when all efforts are made to restart six-way talks on Korea's nuclear problem."
  • North Korea readying to fire more missiles: report

    10/12/2009 6:45:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies · 883+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 13, 2009 | n/A
    orth Korea may be preparing to launch more short-range missiles a day after the communist state fired a barrage of missiles, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, quoting a government source. Indications of additional launches are coming from the western part of the Korean peninsula, the source was quoted as saying. North Korea has issued a warning for vessels to stay out of waters off its coasts
  • Clinton says North Korea missile tests won't affect talks

    10/12/2009 10:44:33 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 436+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 12, 2009 | Donald Kirk
    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - North Korea interrupted moves toward dialogue on its nuclear program Monday by reportedly test-firing five short-range missiles off its east coast. A South Korean official, briefing the Korean media, said two short-range KN-02 missiles were fired in the morning and three more in the afternoon. The missiles, with a range of 75 miles, were shot from mobile launch pads near where North Korea fired a long-range Taepodong-2 missile on April 5. The timing of the tests, the North's first in three months, is particularly significant since North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has shown clear interest in...
  • North Korea fires missiles and declares "no sail" zone

    10/12/2009 5:37:20 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 41 replies · 3,632+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:32am
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has fired five short-range missiles off its east coast and declared a "no sail" zone in the area from October 10-20, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying on Monday. South Korean government officials were not immediately available for comment. (snip) It was not clear whether these were routine military exercises. But they coincided with local media reports that the United States is planning to send its aircraft carrier USS George Washington to the South Korean port of Busan on Tuesday.