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  • Is God Dead in North Korea?

    04/30/2012 6:20:34 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Voice of the Martyrs ^ | May 2012 Newsletter | Steven Lear
    On Dec. 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s “Dear Leader” and son of self-proclaimed god Kim Il Sung, passed on to eternity. That same day, a handful of North Korean defectors graduated from Underground University, a VOMsponsored school where North Korean Christians learn how to reach their countrymen with the gospel of Jesus Christ... Kim Il Sung established a new guiding philosophy called “juche,” meaning “self-reliance,” that reflected a warped imitation of Christianity. As the son of Christian parents and the grandson of a Christian pastor, he appointed himself Supreme Leader and godhead, with his son, Kim Jong Il,...
  • I thought the outside world was paradise, says the only North Korean to escape from prison camp

    04/30/2012 9:38:39 AM PDT · by DFG · 57 replies ^ | 04/30/12 | Tamara Hinson
    Shin Dong-huyk is 29 years old. He loves Mexican food and going to baseball games. But any similarities between Shin and other young men ends there. Shin Dong-huyk is the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean prison camp. He was born into a life of enslavement and torture inside Camp 14, where he was starved, beaten and forced to watch the executions of his mother and brother. He existed within the camp’s concrete walls, which had no running water or furniture, until aged 23, he escaped. He spent one month on the run before sneaking over...
  • More N.Korean Workers to Earn Valuta for Kim Jong-un

    04/27/2012 8:17:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    April 28, 2012 ^ | April 28, 2012 | Staff
    Room 39 manages Kim's funds and directs businesses earning foreign currency through 17 overseas offices and 100 trade firms under its roof. During Kim Jong-il's reign, it made an average of $300-400 million a year. About $100 million came from workers' salaries, $100-200 million from export of weapons, trade in forged currency and drugs, and another $100 million from economic cooperation with South Korea.
  • Analysts Say North Korea's New Missiles Are Fakes

    04/26/2012 4:46:36 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 April 2012 | Eric Talmadge
    TOKYO (AP) — Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of military prowess. Since its recent rocket launch failure, Pyongyang's top military leaders have made several boastful statements about its weapons capabilities. On Wednesday, Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho claimed his country is capable of defeating the United States "at a single blow." And on Monday, North Korea promised "special actions" that would reduce Seoul's government to ashes within minutes.
  • NBC: North Korean nuclear test could happen as early as Tuesday night

    04/24/2012 4:00:15 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    North Korea could carry out an underground test of a nuclear weapon as early as Tuesday night as the North's reclusive leadership dramatically tries to up the stakes with the U.S. and the West, U.S. officials told NBC News. U.S. officials say North Korea may already have an arsenal between 12 and a "few dozen" far more advanced weapons, many more than generally believed.
  • N. Korea' Propaganda Masterpiece

    04/24/2012 5:17:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | 04/23/12
    Left: now famous photo of a very short NK soldier escorted back to his land by large U.S. and SK soldiers Right: N. Korea's photoshopped version
  • NKorean Military Warns Of 'Special Actions' Soon

    04/23/2012 9:44:39 AM PDT · by edpc · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 23 April 2012 | AP
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea promised Monday to reduce South Korea's conservative government "to ashes" in less than four minutes, in an unusually specific escalation of recent threats aimed at its southern rival. The statement by North Korea's military, carried by state media, comes amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Both Koreas recently unveiled new missiles, and the North tried unsuccessfully to launch a long-range rocket earlier this month.
  • North Korea May Be Ready For Nuclear Test: Report

    04/21/2012 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 7 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 21, 2012 | AFP
    SEOUL: North Korea has apparently completed preparations for a third nuclear test, possibly within two weeks, after firing a long-range rocket this month, a newspaper report said on Saturday. South Korea's Chosun Ilbo said the information came from a government source. It relates to preparations for a test in the northeastern town of Punggye-ri, where the North carried out two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
  • US: Strike on N. Korea Possible if Nuclear Test Held

    04/18/2012 3:23:02 AM PDT · by No One Special · 59 replies
    KBS World ^ | April 17, 2012 | Not Listed
    The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says the U.S. may launch a surgical strike against missile bases and nuclear test sites in North Korea if it conducts a third nuclear test. Admiral Samuel Locklear explained the U.S.'s position on Tuesday at a meeting with South Korean defense journalists at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul. Locklear said Washington is closely watching the North in relation to the possibility of a third nuclear test, adding the U.S. and South Korea are looking at all options including a surgical strike. Regarding the North’s new long-range ballistic missile unveiled...
  • New North Korean ICBM (Even Larger Than Missile In Last Week's Failed Launch Of "Space Missile")

    04/18/2012 10:17:25 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 24 replies
    WT ^ | Gertz
    Details of a new North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) surfaced this week with a report from Asia that U.S. spy agencies spotted what appears to be a larger long-range version (of the supposed satellite launch rocket which recently had a failed launch.) South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted government sources as saying the new missile was seen at a missile-development center in Pyongyang, but noted that it is not clear if the missile is a functional system or a mockup. The April 3 report said the new missile is about 130 feet long, compared to the estimated 100-foot-long Taepodong-2...
  • Upset Pyongyang warns US of retaliation for suspending food aid

    04/17/2012 1:43:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies
      •  On Friday North Korea went ahead with a three-stage rocket launch despite warnings from western powers   •  UN condemns violation of resolutions prohibiting North Korea from ballistic missile and nuclear activity   •  The rocket launch was a failure as it disintegrated within minutes of takeoff PYONGYANG - North Korea Tuesday accused the US of hostility and warned of retaliatory measures for suspending an agreement to provide food aid following Pyongyang's widely criticized rocket launch. North Korean Foreign Ministry also brushed off the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of Friday's launch of a long-range rocket as "unreasonable," and reasserted the nation's right to develop...
  • Iranian Nuclear Scientists Were Present At Failed North Korean Missile Launch, Says Source

    04/16/2012 7:14:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 16 April 2012 | Barak Ravid
    A dozen Iranian nuclear experts visited North Korea last week to observe its failed rocket launch on Friday, South Korean state news agency Yonhap's Washington correspondent reported on Sunday. "On March 31, 12 Iranians of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) arrived in North Korea. "The Iranians undoubtedly were there to observe the missile launch and receive test data from North Korea," the correspondent quoted a diplomatic source, who wished to remain anonymous, as saying.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks publicly for the first time

    04/15/2012 6:56:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    FoxNews.aom ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP via FoxNews
    PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke publicly for the first time Sunday, just two days after a failed rocket launch, praising his father Kim Jong Il's "military first" policy during celebrations marking the 100th birthday of the nation's late founder. Kim, who has been seen but not publicly heard since taking over after Kim Jong Il's death in December, stepped to the podium to speak before tens of thousands of people gathered in Pyongyang's main square for meticulously choreographed festivities meant to glorify his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. Kim Jong Un said...
  • New North Korean Leader Makes First Public Speech

    04/15/2012 8:06:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 15 April 2012 | Jean H, Lee
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's new leader addressed his nation and the world for the first time Sunday, vowing to place top priority on his impoverished nation's military, which promptly unveiled a new long-range missile. The speech was the culmination of two weeks of celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung — festivities that were marred by a failed launch Friday of a rocket that generated international condemnation and cost North Korea a food aid-for-nuclear-freeze deal with Washington.
  • IP Above All Else: WIPO Defies UN Sanctions To Give Computers To North Korea

    04/13/2012 5:41:15 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Techdirt ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mike Masnick
    This story is almost too crazy to believe. WIPO, the UN agency that more or less acts as the global IP maximalist agenda-setter, is now being accused of defying UN sanctions, by shipping computers and servers to North Korea. In what appears to be an attempt to avoid scrutiny over this very questionable transfer, WIPO tried to route everything through someone in China. The payment, however, was halted by Bank of America, who quickly realized that delivering computers to North Korea almost certainly violated sanctions against supplying technology to the country. So why is WIPO giving computers to the North...
  • Obama’s deal with North Korea a disaster … His reaction, please don’t report on it

    04/12/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 13 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 12, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    The Obama administration has just proven its utter failure in foreign policy. It had negotiated an agreement with the North Korea that in exchange for food it would give up its uranium enrichment program, allow IAEA inspectors into the Yongbyong facilities, halt missile tests and cease nuclear weapons tests. It is now 43 days since the agreement was inked and in that short period of time North Korea has announced plans to launch a satellite with missile based technology (a lightly veiled test of its long range Taepodong-2) and begun preparations for an underground nuclear detonation. This sets the record...
  • North Korean Rocket Launch Fails, US Officials Confirm

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

    04/12/2012 4:42:54 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 172 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | 4:22 pm | staff
    North Korea launched a three-stage rocket from a missile base near the west coast city of Sinuiju today, claiming that it was carrying a weather satellite of purely civilian use. Its projected trajectory was almost due south on a course 150 miles east of Shanghai. The second stage of the rock was to splash down east of the Philippines, which prompted Manila to cancel northbound flights as a precaution. Initial network news reports said the rocket failed during flight.
  • BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches rocket, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports

    04/12/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
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  • N. Korea says rocket fueling under way

    04/12/2012 6:41:12 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 12, 2012 | Staff
    North Korea said Wednesday that the fuelling of a long-range rocket is under way, ahead of the launch scheduled for later this week despite international protests. "We are injecting fuel as we speak. It has started," Paek Chang-Ho, director of the satellite control centre on the outskirts of the capital Pyongyang, told visiting foreign journalists.
  • North Korea Prepares for a Milestone Year (celebrate kim il-sung and newest dear leader)

    04/11/2012 5:40:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 4-10-12 | Alan Taylor
    The government of North Korea recently invited dozens of foreign journalists into its secretive country to cover the 100th birthday celebration for founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. Among pageants and openings, the event drawing the most attention is the scheduled launch of a three-stage Unha-3 rocket carrying a weather satellite. The launch is already drawing criticism from Western governments: If successful, it could demonstrate North Korea's capacity to produce an intercontinental missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Despite their official invitation, foreign photographers are still restricted -- escorted wherever they go and unable to photograph more than...
  • US aegis destroyer seen off southwestern island

    04/10/2012 9:07:45 AM PDT · by bkopto · 8 replies
    NHK World ^ | April 10, 2012 | Staff
    Two days ahead of North Korea's announced window for a rocket launch, countries are deploying vessels and planes to address the situation. An NHK helicopter on Tuesday spotted a US aegis cruiser near a southwestern island in Okinawa Prefecture. The USS Shiloh was stationary at about 80 kilometers northeast of Miyako Island. The area is near the projected flight path of what the North calls "a satellite", a de facto missile. Aegis vessels are equipped with interceptor missiles and radars capable of tracking ballistic missiles. The USS Shiloh belongs to the US Navy 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka near Tokyo....
  • North Korea moves rocket into place for launch (amid reports it is also planning a nuclear test)

    04/08/2012 10:07:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/8/12 | BBC
    North Korea has moved into place a long-range rocket for a controversial launch later this month - amid reports it is also planning a nuclear test. Pyongyang says the Unha-3 rocket, which it plans to launch between 12 and 16 April, will put a satellite into orbit. But opponents of the move fear it is a disguised long-range missile test. Meanwhile, South Korean officials say new satellite images suggest the North is preparing to carry out a third nuclear test. The images show piles of earth and sand at the entrance of a tunnel at the Punggye-ri site, where tests...
  • North Korea Says Interception Of Its Satellite Is An Act Of War

    04/06/2012 8:59:05 AM PDT · by Fennie · 80 replies
    Korea Times ^ | April 6, 2012
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ratcheted up his regime's militaristic rhetoric as Pyongyang threatened to retaliate against any country that intercepts a North Korean rocket booster or collects the rocket debris. The North has vowed to launch a rocket sometime between April 12 and 16 to put an earth observation satellite into orbit, a move widely seen as a pretext to disguise a banned test of its ballistic missile technology. The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in Pyongyang warned that interception of the satellite would be "an act of war" and would cause a tremendous catastrophe.
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • Report: North Korea's Kim Jong Un was poor student, chronic truant

    04/05/2012 5:37:07 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 4, 2012 | Kari Huus
    The current ruler of nuclear-armed North Korea was a laggard student who frequently skipped class when he was attending a school in Switzerland in the 1990s, according to the Daily Record news site. The UK publication, citing leaked documents, reported that the Kim Jong Un, 29, who took the helm of the isolated totalitarian country upon the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December, missed 75 days of school his first year of school at the International School in Berne. Kim missed 105 days his second year at the elite private school, where he registered under a pseudonym...
  • 3-4 N. Korean subs disappear after leaving east coast bases: newspaper

    04/05/2012 4:38:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Mainichi Japan ^ | April 05, 2012
    3-4 N. Korean subs disappear after leaving east coast bases: newspaper "(mainichi Japan) April 05, 2012" SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea is tracking three to four North Korean submarines that disappeared after recently leaving two bases on the east coast, a local newspaper reported Thursday, citing a South Korean military source. The source, cited by the Dong-A Ilbo, said the submarines are presumed to be of the 370-ton class that the South Korean military has been unable to locate since they departed from two submarine bases on the east coast. Another source was quoted as saying, ''North Korea seems to...
  • 'Axis of Evil' turns 10

    04/03/2012 1:42:38 PM PDT · by lward99 · 2 replies
    Times247 ^ | 4/3/12 | Times247
    Ten years ago, President George W. Bush famously referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea as "the axis of evil." Ridiculed in the press at the time, his words now appear to be prescient. Iran threatens Israel and the world with its nuclear ambitions, North Korea continues to destabilize the Pacific with its military posturing, and al Qaeda in Iraq continues to terrorize innocent civilians, even in the absence of American soldiers.
  • All of Kim Jong-eun's men

    04/03/2012 12:49:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 4/4/2012 | Nate Thayer
    The top managers of North Korea's clandestine nuclear and ballistic missile program have been methodically promoted and now dominate the inner circle of Kim Jong-eun's new government, confidential foreign government documents and official media reports from Pyongyang show. The shadowy group of power brokers in the world's most secretive nation emerged in the first military promotions prominently unveiled during recent high-profile ceremonies as the official mourning period for the death of former dictator Kim Jong-il concluded last week. These same senior officials are known to be behind Pyongyang's missile test launch - scheduled for the middle of April - which...
  • N.Korea 'Building Even Bigger Missile'

    04/02/2012 7:56:51 PM PDT · by U-238 · 14 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/2/2012 | The Chosun Ilbo
    North Korea is building a missile that is even bigger than the long-range missile it is preparing to launch this month, sources claimed Monday. South Korean and U.S. officials believe the North will unveil the missile at a military parade on April 15, nation founder Kim Il-sung's centenary, or on April 25, which marks the founding day of the North's Army. A government source here said U.S. reconnaissance satellites recently spotted a 40-m missile at a research and development facility in Pyongyang that is larger than the existing Taepodong-2 missile. "It remains uncertain whether this missile is functional or is...
  • Missiles said to be deployed against N Korea launch

    04/01/2012 7:43:49 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 4/2/2012 | Rich Chang
    A military spokesman yesterday refused to comment on media reports alleging that two advanced anti-missile systems — the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and Tien Kung-III “Sky Bow” (TK-III) air defense systems — had been deployed in eastern Taiwan to deal with the possible launch of a North Korean rocket later this month. Ministry of National Defense spokesperson David Lo (羅紹和) said the military was collecting information about Pyongyang’s anticipated rocket launch and added that the military had requested its anti-missile units monitor and respond to the situation as appropriate. However, Lo refused to comment on whether PAC-3 missiles and TK-III...
  • F-15s to be sent to guard Aegis ships (Japan)

    03/30/2012 8:25:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Mar. 31, 2012
    F-15s to be sent to guard Aegis ships The Defense Ministry has decided to send F-15 fighters to guard Aegis destroyers to be deployed in preparation for the scheduled launch of a North Korean missile, government sources have said. The ministry is expected to deploy the state-of-the-art Aegis ships to the East China Sea and two other locations to monitor the launch. The F-15s are necessary as Russian or Chinese intelligence-gathering aircraft may come extremely close to the Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels, the sources said Thursday. The F-15s will be deployed under a provision prescribed in the Self-Defense Forces Law's...
  • Japan Orders Interception of NKorean Rocket

    03/30/2012 10:55:18 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    AP/Time ^ | 3/30/2012 | Unattributed
    Japan's defense minister on Friday ordered missile units to intercept a rocket expected to be launched by North Korea next month if it flies over Japan. The order from Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka came at a meeting of Japan's national security council. It followed instructions issued earlier in the week for the military to prepare to intercept the satellite rocket if it enters Japanese territory. (MORE: North Korea to Preserve and Display Kim Jong Il's Body) The Unha-3 rocket is expected to fly past western Japan after its launch from North Korea's west coast sometime between April 14 and 16....
  • Insight: Obama's North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes

    03/30/2012 6:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/30/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Insight: Obama's North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes 2:39am EDT By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. diplomats filed into North Korea's grim embassy in Beijing last month they found an unlikely surprise: Starbucks. Their hosts, led by North Korean's chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan, had ordered U.S.-style coffee for talks both sides hoped would lead to new negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear program and to resumed U.S. food shipments to one of the most feared and secretive countries in the world. There were more surprises to come. Five days later, the United States and North Korea simultaneously...
  • North Korea begins rocket preparations, satellite images show

    03/30/2012 12:37:50 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7:55AM BST 30 Mar 2012
    North Korea has begun preparing for a rocket launch next month despite international condemnation, satellite images show, as Japan vowed on Friday to shoot down the projectile if it poses a threat. The images taken on Thursday show that work to prepare the launch pad appears to be under way, according to the 38 North website (, which published several images taken by private US firm DigitalGlobe. The nuclear-armed North insists it will go ahead with what it calls the peaceful launch of a scientific satellite from its Tongchang-ri site in the far northwest. The United States and other nations...
  • North Korea begins fuelling rocket: report

    03/28/2012 10:43:44 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 3/29/2012 | AFP
    North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch that the West considers a missile test, a Japanese newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a source "close to the government" in Pyongyang. "The launch is coming closer. The possibility is high that the launch date will be set for April 12 or 13," the source said according to the Tokyo Shimbun in a report from Seoul. It cited the source as saying that North Korea had begun injecting liquid fuel into the rocket. The paper also said a diplomatic source had confirmed that North Korea has moved the rocket to...
  • The Weapons of a North Korea–Japan Missile Standoff

    03/28/2012 10:00:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 3/26/2012 | By Joe Pappalardo
    In the Pacific, saber rattling is done with missiles. North Korea has announced that it will launch a Taepodong ballistic missile to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. The country claims this will be a satellite launch, but most observers agree the test is meant to demonstrate a weapon delivery system. Either way, it violates a fresh agreement that North Korea signed just one month ago pledging not to test long-range missiles. In a notice to the International Maritime Organization, North Korea says the missile stages will splash down near the west coast...
  • US: Debris from NKorea rocket risks casualties[N. Korea]

    03/28/2012 5:31:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 03/28/12
    US: Debris from NKorea rocket risks casualties WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. military official says debris from a planned North Korean rocket launch could cause casualties. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Lavoy told a congressional hearing Wednesday that North Korea has indicated the rocket will be launched southward, but the U.S. lacks confidence about the rocket's stability and where the impact will be.
  • Seoul still bristles over Cheonan sinking

    03/27/2012 9:33:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 3/27/2012 | Space Daily
    South Korea reiterated warnings to Pyongyang over future military attacks as South Korea commemorates the fatal 2010 sinking of the patrol ship Cheonan allegedly by North Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said South Korea will "thoroughly retaliate against North Korea" if provoked again," a report by Yonhap news agency said. Last week Lee and Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik visited the National Cemetery in Daejeon to pay respects to the dead sailors. The 1,200-ton naval corvette Cheonan sank rapidly after an explosion from a suspected torpedo ripped the vessel in half in March 2010. It sank just more than 1...
  • Seoul nuclear summit: North Korea snubs Barack Obama over missile

    03/27/2012 12:03:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/27/2012 | Damien McElroy
    North Korea has dismissed a demand from President Barack Obama that it scrap plans to launch a satellite marking the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung as world leaders sounded a global alert over the threat of nuclear terrorism. "We will never give up the right to launch a peaceful satellite, a legitimate right of a sovereign state and an essential step for economic development," a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency. Replying to the US leader's challenge during a visit to South Korea for a nuclear security summit, the Pyongyang regime said it would press...
  • 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...
  • S. Korea to shoot down N. Korea rocket if it strays

    03/25/2012 10:30:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies · 3+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/26/2012 | Space War/AFP
    South Korea is preparing to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it strays into the South's territory during a launch planned for next month, the defence ministry said Monday. The South Korean and US military are closely monitoring activity at the Tongchang-ri base, a ministry spokesman said, a day after Seoul confirmed the main body of a rocket had been moved to the site in the North's northwest. Seoul is concerned that the first stage of the rocket, scheduled to drop into the Yellow Sea between South Korea and China, may fall onto the South's territory, the spokesman said....
  • Obama's disbelief after staring into N. Korea [Rampant naivety on display]

    03/26/2012 5:44:40 AM PDT · by upchuck · 52 replies · 61+ views
    AFP/yahoo ^ | March 26, 2012 ? | Stephen Collinson
    After squinting through binoculars into a nation frozen in time, US President Barack Obama reeled off a contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment of North Korea. The Stalinist remnant of the Cold War was, in Obama's eyes, nothing but a nation which cannot make "anything of any use", "doesn't work", and even its vaunted weapons exports were hardly state of the art. "It is like you are in a time warp," Obama said Sunday, after he toured a rocky border post in the demilitarised buffer zone that has split the Korean peninsular for longer than he has been alive. "It is...
  • Invading America? Not Likely.

    03/25/2012 9:58:57 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/11/2012 | Benjamin Worthen
    A Gun Behind Every Blade of Grass… Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto expressed an appropriate comment in the 1940’s (though many believe the forthcoming statement was actually propaganda originated in the U.S. and stated by American press outlets, and not the Admiral). “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” Whether or not Yamamoto ever actually said those words, doesn’t diminish the facts as they stand. As appropriate as that statement was in the 40’s it is perhaps much more appropriate now as the U.S. appetite for guns has evolved into something...
  • US warning over North Korea rocket flight path

    03/24/2012 10:23:10 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/24/2012 | BBC News
    A US official says a North Korean rocket due to be launched next month may affect an area between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is reported to have asked the three countries to condemn the launch. North Korea says the rocket will take a new southern trajectory instead of a previous route east over Japan. Japan is readying anti-missile defences around the southern islands of Okinawa, which could be under the flight path. North Korea says the rocket is intended to put a satellite in space, but the US and others say the...
  • South Korea says North wants rocket for nuclear weapon

    03/19/2012 12:14:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:29am EDT | Jeremy Laurence
    South Korea on Monday condemned rival North Korea's planned rocket launch as a "grave provocation", saying it was a disguised attempt to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Seoul also extended a security alert in the capital, and said it was concerned the North might follow the ballistic missile launch with another nuclear test. The North announced on Friday it would put a satellite into orbit next month barely two weeks after reaching an agreement with Washington to suspend long-range missile launches as part of a deal to restart food aid. "Our government defines North Korea's...
  • Japan threatens to engage missile defense; shoot down N. Korean missile in Mid-April

    03/16/2012 10:25:50 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Japan News (in Japanese) rush, w/out transation ^ | 17 March 2012 | Yomiuiri Shimbun via Yahoo!Japan
    Rush-- w/out translation. Japan is threatening North Korea with deploying and activating its own Missile Defense (MD) system, and shooting down the North Korean ICBM test launched scheduled from between 12 April and 16 April, a move stunningly announced by Pyongyang news sources yesterday and creating considerable tension in Northeast Asia suddenly.No time to do an English translation now but am linking the breaking Japan story in Japanese. Will synopsize later, but wanted to get the thread and linked article up ASAP.
  • Exclusive Video - Waters: Netanyahu Lying, Israel Won't Attack Iran Alone

    03/16/2012 2:29:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies ^ | 3/16/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told a gathering of anti-war activists in Los Angeles on March 12 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was misleading the public about Israel’s willingness to confront Iran alone, and that he had privately assured President Barack Obama that Israel would not go to war without U.S. backing. The week before, Netanyahu had used a visit to Washington to convey the message that Israel was prepared to act alone if necessary. That message was necessary, given the Obama administration's record of wavering on Iran, and its public attempts to dissuade Israel
  • North Korea announces plan to launch long-range rocket mounted with satellite

    03/16/2012 1:58:15 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16, 2012 | AP
    North Korea announced plans Friday to blast a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket, a provocative move that could jeopardize a weeks-old agreement with the U.S. exchanging food aid for nuclear concessions. The North agreed to a moratorium on long-range launches as part of the deal with Washington, but it argues that its satellite launches are part of a peaceful space program that is exempt from any international disarmament agreements. The U.S., South Korea and other critics say the rocket technology overlaps with belligerent uses and condemn the satellite program as a disguised way of testing...
  • Putin’s Grand Plan for Asia

    03/13/2012 12:05:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/14/2012 | Richard Weitz
    Vladimir Putin, Russia’s current prime minister and future president, has shown a strong interest in Asian affairs. In his second term, Putin would undoubtedly like to maintain good ties with China, consolidate Moscow’s first-among-equals status in Central Asia, manage the regional repercussions of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, prevent a war or major crisis in the Koreas, and deepen Russia’s integration into East Asia’s more dynamic and prosperous economic networks. At the same time, Putin is eager to strengthen Russia’s position in Europe. It’s a big to-do list, but Russia has already succeeded in raising its profile in Asia...