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  • North Korea designates Chagang Province as special zone, possibly to conceal nuclear weapons

    05/22/2018 9:49:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2018-05-23 | Lee Sang Yong
    North Korea designates Chagang Province as special zone, possibly to conceal nuclear weapons Lee Sang Yong | 2018-05-23 11:01 The North Korean government has named Chagang Province a “Special Songun (military-first) Revolutionary Zone” and has reportedly created plans to designate the province a strategic region for the military. The region is mountainous, and harbors ideal terrain in which to conceal the country’s nuclear weapons. North Korea has widely publicized its intent to shut down the country’s nuclear program as demanded by the international community. This intent has been exemplified by an event scheduled for May 23 to close its nuclear...
  • North Korea takes aim at John Bolton as it threatens to scrap Trump summit over nuclear demands

    05/16/2018 1:24:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 16 May 2018 | Ben Riley-Smith, US Editor and Nicola Smith, Asia correspondent
    North Korea takes aim at John Bolton as it threatens to scrap Trump summit over nuclear demands By Ben Riley-Smith, US Editor and Nicola Smith, Asia correspondent 16 May 2018 • 5:57am Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong-un has been thrown into uncertainty as North Korea warned it could be cancelled over US military exercises and if Washington presses ahead with its demand for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arsenal. Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea's deputy foreign minister, warned on Wednesday that Pyongyang was not interested in talks that would pressure the rogue state to "unilaterally" give up its...
  • How Talks with North Korea Convinced Trump to Scrap the Iran Deal

    05/08/2018 4:04:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Time ^ | 2018-05-08 | BRIAN BENNETT
    How Talks with North Korea Convinced Trump to Scrap the Iran Deal By BRIAN BENNETT 5:22 PM EDT Moments after he declared the U.S. was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump seemed to abruptly switch topics to announce that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on his way to North Korea to prepare for Trump’s meeting with the nuclear-armed despot Kim Jong Un. What seemed to be a jarring aside was actually part of Trump’s decision to reimpose U.S. sanctions against Iran. Over the past two months, Trump has come to see his policy toward North Korea...
  • [N. Korea] Interview: ‘Kim Jong Un is Thinking About How to Keep His Nuclear Assets’

    05/07/2018 5:54:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    RFA ^ | 2018-05-04 | Yong Jae Mok
    Interview: ‘Kim Jong Un is Thinking About How to Keep His Nuclear Assets’ 2018-05-04 Thae Yong-ho, North Korea’s former deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom, defected with his family to South Korea in 2016. Following last week’s historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Thae told RFA’s Korean Service that he believes the North will never agree to end its weapons program through a “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” (CVID) process. Instead, he said, Pyongyang will likely seek a way to maintain its current nuclear status, while “denuclearizing the Korean peninsula,” as...
  • (News Focus) N. Korea's WMD test moratorium deja vu raises cautious summit expectations

    04/21/2018 8:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2018/04/21 | Lee Chi-dong
    (News Focus) N. Korea's WMD test moratorium deja vu raises cautious summit expectations 2018/04/21 11:54 By Lee Chi-dong SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's announcement of a moratorium on most of its nuclear and missile activities is the highlight of the unpredictable communist nation's recent peace overture and a potential prelude to a breakthrough deal in the upcoming round of summit diplomacy. The Kim Jong-un regime said Saturday it will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, where it conducted six experiments. It was summarizing the results of a key Workers'...
  • Abe pushes Trump's focus to N. Korea missiles, U.S. military presence

    04/21/2018 7:53:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    KYODO NEWS ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Ko Hirano
    Abe pushes Trump's focus to N. Korea missiles, U.S. military presence By Ko Hirano, KYODO NEWS - Apr 20, 2018 - 15:25 | All, World Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's reassurance that Japan and the United States are "very unified" on North Korea, concerns persist that Pyongyang may refuse to rid itself of medium-range missiles and that Washington might agree to wind back its military presence on the Korean Peninsula at the behest of the North's leader Kim Jong Un. During two-day talks through Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump pledged to continue levying...
  • Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out

    04/17/2018 8:19:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | April 17, 2018 | Kim Myong-song
    Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out By Kim Myong-song April 17, 2018 10:03 The former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London and now a vocal critic of the regime, has predicted Pyongyang will drag out talks about its nuclear program as long as possible while extracting concessions. Thae Yong-ho was quoted on Monday as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "will drag on for two to three years" without dismantling his nuclear weapons "while waiting for the U.S. president to be replaced." He was giving a lecture at the Mulmangcho Foundation, an organization...
  • Iran Threatens to Restart Nuke Enrichment Program in Matter of Days

    04/09/2018 12:05:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Washingtong Free Beacon ^ | 04/09/18 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian leaders are threatening to restart the country's contested nuclear enrichment program in just a matter of days as the Trump administration and European allies scramble to address a range of flaws in the landmark nuclear accord ahead of a May deadline that could see the United States walk away from the accord, according to regional reports and administration insiders. The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization disclosed on Sunday that the Islamic Republic has maintained the ability to restart the full-scale enrichment of uranium—the key component in a nuclear weapon that was supposed to be removed from Iran as...
  • Scientists Propose An Asteroid Nuke Mission To Save Earth From Potential Destruction

    03/21/2018 10:47:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 3/13/18 | Evan Gough
    Some might say it’s paranoid to think about an asteroid hitting Earth and wiping us out. But the history of life on Earth shows at least 5 major extinctions. And at least one of them, about 65 million years ago, was caused by an asteroid. Preparing for an asteroid strike, or rather preparing to prevent one, is rational thinking at its finest. Especially now that we can see all the Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) out there. The chances of any single asteroid striking Earth may be small, but collectively, with over 15,000 NEAs catalogued by NASA, it may be only...
  • North Korean nukes 'existential threat' to US: intel chief

    02/14/2018 12:36:36 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 February 2018
    North Korean nukes 'existential threat' to US: intel chief 13 February 2018 North Korea's nuclear program poses a potential "existential threat" to the United States, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Tuesday. "The decision time is becoming ever closer in terms of how we respond to this," Coats said in remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Our goal is a peaceful settlement," he added. "We're using maximum pressure on North Korea in various ways." Asked about Pyongyang's nuclear program, Coats said "this is an existential threat, potentially to the United States, but also to North Korea." North Korean...
  • [N. Korea]Kim Jong-un says he has a ‘nuclear launch button’ on his desk in threat to America

    12/31/2017 7:58:27 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 74 replies
    AFP ^ | JANUARY 1, 2018
    Kim Jong-un says he has a ‘nuclear launch button’ on his desk in threat to America KIM Jong-un has brought in the new year with an alarming escalation in his threats against the rest of the world. During a televised New Year’s Day speech, the dictator said the US would never be able to start a war with the rogue nation after it had developed the ability to hit all of the American mainland with its nuclear weapons. “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is...
  • McMaster: U.S. Must Be Prepared To 'Compel' Denuclearization Of North Korea

    12/20/2017 5:06:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2017
    McMaster: U.S. Must Be Prepared To 'Compel' Denuclearization Of North Korea White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster says that the United States "must be prepared, if necessary, to compel the denuclearization of North Korea." McMaster's comments, in an interview with the BBC that was posted on the Internet on December 19, were the latest indication that the United States is ready to use force at some point to remove the threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Asked whether the United States is committed to a peaceful solution to the standoff with North Korea, McMaster said: "We're committed...
  • Asahi: N. Korean Official in Charge of Nuclear Facilities Purged

    12/18/2017 7:06:37 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    KBS ^ | 2017-12-19
    Asahi: N. Korean Official in Charge of Nuclear Facilities Purged Write : 2017-12-19 10:03:57 Update : 2017-12-19 10:39:51 A Japanese daily says that an official in charge of construction of North Korean nuclear facilities is believed to have been purged. Quoting a North Korean defector, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported on Tuesday that the chief of Bureau 131 of the North's ruling Workers' Party might even have been executed. The paper said that the bureau chief was recently removed from the post and purged for allegedly leaking military secrets. Bureau 131 is known to be responsible for building the North's key...
  • [N. Korea] China did mock occupation exercise of Yongbyon nuclear facilities late last year

    12/17/2017 11:02:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Hankook Ilbo ^ | 2017.12.18 | Kim Kwang-soo
    /begin my excerpt China conducted the exercise of mock occupation of Yongbyon nuclear facilities near the end of last year In preparation for a sudden crisis in North Korea, a large-scale exercise with 100,000 troops was conducted S. Korea/U.S. agencies such as NIS, JCS, CIA, etc. gathered to assess satellite photos U.S. to secure plutonium, S. Korea to secure highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in the event of crisis It is revealed that China conducted a large-scale military exercise at the end of last year for taking over the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon in the event of a sudden crisis in North...
  • ‘North Korea is a time bomb’: government advisers urge China to prepare for war

    12/16/2017 7:51:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    SCMP ^ | 16 December, 2017 | Wendy Wu
    ‘North Korea is a time bomb’: government advisers urge China to prepare for war The risk of conflict on the Korean peninsula is the highest its been in decades and Beijing must mobilise resources for fallout, observers say PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 December, 2017, 10:03pm UPDATED : Saturday, 16 December, 2017, 11:26pm China must be ready for a war on the Korean peninsula, with the risk of conflict higher than ever before, Chinese government advisers and a retired senior military officer warned on Saturday. Beijing, once seen as Pyongyang’s key ally with sway over its neighbour, was losing control of...
  • Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash...

    11/17/2017 6:10:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 15 NOV 2017 | Michael Havis, Stephen Jones
    Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash of food and water The country will NOT attempt evacuations if North Korea fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned - as families are urged to stock up with emergency rations Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack - amid fears that a warhead 'could reach residents in 20 minutes'. The country will NOT attempt evacuations if maniac despot Kim Jong-un fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, urged...
  • Rumbling in Ankara (Turkey)

    11/08/2017 12:52:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | ANALYSIS/OPINION
    Mr. Erdogan clearly has big dreams. He made a deal during the summer with Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation to build three nuclear power plants. Since 2001 the government has declined to further invest in its dilapidated conventional power system, which is largely dependent on importing natural gas, as the supplier of nation’s electricity. The system is inadequate. The $20 billion deal with Moscow, in the works since 2010, would build the Akkuyu nuclear power plant — Turkey’s first nuclear plant ever — which is planned to be operational in 2023. Turkey is only the latest country to make a...
  • (2nd LD) Spy agency raises possibility of additional N. Korean nuke, missile tests

    11/02/2017 6:17:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/11/02
    (2nd LD) Spy agency raises possibility of additional N. Korean nuke, missile tests 2017/11/02 SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's spy agency on Thursday raised the possibility of additional North Korean nuclear and missile tests, saying Pyongyang would continuously push to develop "miniaturized, diversified" warheads. During a parliamentary audit, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) also said that Pyongyang could likely begin the work of reprocessing spent fuel rods at its main nuclear complex in Yongbyon late this year. "The North will carry out additional nuclear tests and continue to push for the development of miniaturized, diversified nuclear warheads," the...
  • If North Korea Is Preparing for Nuclear War, All of Asia Needs Nuclear Weapons, Says Henry Kissinger

    10/29/2017 7:21:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/29/17 | Carlos Ballesteros
    If North Korea Is Preparing for Nuclear War, All of Asia Needs Nuclear Weapons, Says Henry Kissinger By Carlos Ballesteros On 10/29/17 at 6:32 PM In a recent interview with The New York Times, former Secretary of State and Cold War strategist Henry R. Kissinger warned that East Asia is racing towards nuclear proliferation.
  • [N. Korea] Trump calls for ‘tip-top shape’ nukes, NK claims ‘balance of power’ with US

    10/12/2017 7:19:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | Choi He-suk
    Trump calls for ‘tip-top shape’ nukes, NK claims ‘balance of power’ with US By Choi He-suk Published : Oct 12, 2017 - 16:23 Updated : Oct 12, 2017 - 16:23 US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he is “stronger and tougher” on North Korea than others, while Pyongyang’s top diplomat claimed that the regime was nearing a “balance of power” with the US. Speaking to reporters following his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, Trump said that he would have the US nuclear arsenal in “tip-top shape” and denied reports that he wanted...