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  • Kerry Duped As North Korea And Iran Develop New ICBM

    12/02/2013 6:05:00 AM PST · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 2, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Proliferation: As we shutter our ICBM squadrons and destroy our silos, Iran and North Korea are working on technology to deliver nukes Pyongyang already has and Tehran is a few centrifuge rotations from acquiring. As Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon reports, groups of technicians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), a unit in charge of building Iran's liquid-fueled missiles, have made repeated trips to North Korea during the past several months, including as recently as late October, to work on a new 80-ton rocket booster being developed by the North Koreans, That booster is believed to be...
  • 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 poised to shoot down NK rocket debris

    03/26/2012 5:59:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies · 23+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 3/26/2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    The military is mulling ordering the deployment of missile interceptors to shoot down any debris that could fall on South Korean territory in the event that a satellite bearing North Korean rocket strays from its planned trajectory. The Stalinist regime recently announced that it would launch a satellite from a long-range rocket sometime between April 12 and 16 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the April 15 birth of its founder Kim Il-sung. “We are preparing measures to track the missile's trajectory and shoot it down if by any chance it deviates from the planned route and falls into...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...

    11/29/2011 5:36:55 PM PST · by justsaynomore · 51 replies
    Herman Cain Web Site ^ | 11/29/11 | Herman Cain
    CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY The Americas Mexico: Friend and Partner Mexico is a friend in need. Our southern neighbor is struggling with drug-related violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives over the past several years. By standing with Mexico now to help it solve its increasingly severe economic and security problems, we will help solve the problem of illegal immigration at home. Some 40% of Mexicans believe Mexico is a failed state. This helps explain why so many are seeking to emigrate. With declining oil reserves, a looming water shortage in Mexico City, and youth...
  • U.S. Deploys Defenses for Possible N.Korean Missile Launch

    07/07/2010 5:05:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/7/2010 | VOA News
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has ordered the deployment of a new missile defense system and a sophisticated tracking radar to respond to any North Korean missile launch that threatens Hawaii. Meanwhile, America's top military officer says the U.S. Navy is prepared to try to stop North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons banned by a new United Nations Security Council resolution. Secretary Gates says the United States is watching North Korea's missile launch preparations "very closely" and he has ordered a new high-altitude missile interceptor system deployed to Hawaii, along with a floating radar system to provide...
  • Avoiding Another Pearl Harbor

    03/15/2010 3:58:19 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | March 14, 2010
    North Korea recently announced the it has formed a Taepodong 1 missile division. This is another way of saying that they are ready to attack American bases in Japan and Guam. This is not a big problem for American troops. That's because the Taepodong 1 missile accuracy is several hundred meters (the radius of the circle the missile warhead is likely to land in). The Taepodong 1 was first launched in 1998, and went about 1,500 kilometers. Over the next decade, they got the range up to 3,000 kilometers. Missiles of the Taepodong class are really too expensive to use...
  • Taepodong's Progress

    01/21/2010 10:51:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 374+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/21/2010 | The Strategy page
    Japanese researchers announced their discovery that the North Korean Taepodong 2 missile that was tested last April, was eight times more accurate than the Taepodong 1 that was tested in 1998. No precise figures were given, but it's likely that accuracy for the Taepodong 2 is several hundred meters (the radius of the circle the missile warhead is likely to land in). North Korea has been working on Taepodong 2 for over a decade. The earlier model Taepodong 1, launched in1998, went about 1,500 kilometers. A 2006 Taepodong 2 test barely got off the ground before crashing. Last Aprils test...
  • 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...
  • Gotta See This! Footage Of Seized N. Korean Cargo Headed for Iran (Japanese TV Filmed in Thailand)

    12/17/2009 3:52:27 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 2,149+ views
    NNN (Nihon Television) Network, Japan (Evening News) ^ | 17 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Caveats:1) The streaming video, located on THIS Japanese news web page, may only be up for a half day or so. The link could go dead, or could link to another, new story.2) Not all computer systems might be able to play the video. You might need Microsoft Silverlight installed, but probably most can see the short stream.3) Go to the link and hit the photo with the white triangle and stream. Now for the explanation of this important video taken today of photos of the cargo of an aircraft seized in Bangkok which was heading from North Korea...
  • NKorea completes launch site for larger missiles

    10/26/2009 11:06:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 385+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/26/2009 | Staff Writers
    North Korea has completed work on a new west coast site capable of launching improved intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to senior South Korean officials quoted by Yonhap news agency. The Dongchang-ri base has been under construction for several years despite long-running international efforts to shut down the communist state's missile and nuclear programmes. "The construction is as good as finished," one South Korean official told Yonhap on condition of anonymity. "The necessary facilities are all there." Another official said the North has been testing missile parts such as boosters at the site about 200 km (125 miles) northwest of Pyongyang....
  • Abject Surrender in the Dead of Night

    09/18/2009 3:50:25 AM PDT · by docbnj · 11 replies · 1,615+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Sep 2009 | anonymous
    Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising "peace in our time." The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence. "Just after midnight I was informed in a telephone call by President Barack Obama that (his) administration had decided to pull out from the planned missile defense shield installations" in the Czech Republic and Poland, the...
  • To Hell With 'Howevers,' Fund SDI

    12/08/2008 5:08:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 625+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 8, 2008
    Defense: A ballistic missile launched from Alaska is shot down by an interceptor launched from California. With threats from North Korea to Iran, it's time to ignore the skeptics and fully fund missile defense.It was the most realistic and most successful missile defense test ever in a Strategic Defense Initiative that could one day save an American city from a rogue missile strike. Yet the "yeah, but" media greeted this triumph with claims the concept is still unproven. It was as if the Wright brothers had announced man's first flight, only to be greeted with cries that they hadn't built...
  • Abject Surrender In Dead Of Night

    09/17/2009 5:25:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 2,799+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 17, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Strategic Defense: With Iran on the verge of a deliverable nuke, the administration tells our allies in the dead of night that we will scuttle missile defense plans in Eastern Europe to please the Russians.Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising "peace in our time." The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence. "Just after...
  • Star Wars: The Next Generation

    08/19/2009 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,492+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 19, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The Air Force airborne laser program successfully completes a simulated kill from a plane able to find, track and destroy a live ballistic missile. We can shoot down enemy missiles. Instead, we're shooting down the laser program.The Aug. 10 effort was the third such test — sort of like a sniper sighting the target with the red dot of a laser without actually pulling the trigger. In early June, the airborne laser (ABL) program engaged two un-instrumented missiles. This was the first in-flight test against an instrumented target missile. A modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft took off from Edwards Air...
  • Shooting Down Missile Defense

    04/07/2009 6:10:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,021+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 7, 2009
    Defense: Overlooked in the defense budget cuts is the decimation of missile defense systems. As North Korea tested an ICBM, our defense secretary was scrapping a system that could have destroyed it with a single shot.We will miss the F-22 Raptor, perhaps the only plane that could evade the sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system Russia is selling to Iran. Russia's S-300 system is "one of the most lethal, if not the most lethal, all-altitude area defense" systems, according to the International Strategy and Assessment Service, a Virginia-based think tank. But the aircraft we and the nation will miss the...
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...
  • N. Korean Rocket Went Up 485km from Ground(in-depth details)

    04/07/2009 8:09:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,053+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 04/08/09 | Kim Min-suk
    /begin my translation N. Korean Rocket Went Up 485km from Ground [JoongAng Ilbo] (S. Korean Aegis ship) King Sejong tracked it ... fell short of orbit due to lack of speed. It is confirmed now that the long-range rocket(Taepodong-2) N. Korea launched on Apr. 5 reached the maximum altitude of 485 km flying above Pacific. Intelligence sources said, "It is our understanding that, due to lack of propulsion, it fell short of reaching earth orbit, and failed." The sources added that Aegis ship King Sejong was also able to track it and determine its maximum altitude." Altitude of 485km above...
  • North Korea Launches Taepo-Dong II

    04/07/2009 6:38:43 PM PDT · by ETL · 15 replies · 782+ views
    On Saturday, April 5, North Korea launched its Taepo-Dong-2 ballistic missile in what was described as an attempt to put a satellite into low earth orbit. The missile launched successfully, and as the missile traveled over the Sea of Japan, its first stage was jettisoned, falling within the area previously designated by North Korea. The missile's flight path then continued over Japan before its remaining stages and payload fell into Pacific Ocean, approximately 800 miles off Japan's eastern coast. The distance the Taepo-Dong-2 traveled is being reported as 2,000 miles (3,200 km). The missile and its payload seem to have...
  • JAPAN NOW ON STRICT ALERT (Story: 6:11 a.m. Eastern Friday)

    04/03/2009 4:09:41 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies · 1,889+ views
    Jiji News Press ^ | 3 April 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Announced by Government of Japan, and press story out within the last hour. Link to Japanese HERE.This is probably pretty standard, more or less expected, and of course prudent. Japan National Security Council told to be ready from tomorrow morning for the provocation and to stay ready in Tokyo.Prime Minister Aso gave the word to Chief Cabinet Secretariat Kawamura on returning from UK/G-20 earlier today. Stated to the Prefectures of Akita and Iwate--in Northern Japan--to be particularly alert but calm and ready for anything. Final quote was "chances of missile coming down toward Japanese soil are small, but if it...
  • N. Korean TV Announcer Announces Threat To Attack Japan (Streaming Video Just In) Link

    04/02/2009 5:11:55 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 91 replies · 3,773+ views
    A Japanese rebroadcast tonight of North Korea TV. HERE is a link to Japanese site from Japanese TV which has short streaming video.Go there first, then hit the arrow in the little orange box, just below the screen shot photo of the rabid North Korean TV female announcer spitting forth the threat.
  • Conservatives Attack Obama over N. Korea (South Korean News Report on Developments)

    04/01/2009 9:56:18 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies · 1,517+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Daily News (English), S. Korea (conservative daily) ^ | 2 April 2009 | Chosun Ilbo Daily, S. Korea
    (U.S.) Conservatives Attack Obama over N.Korea American conservatives are closing ranks to attack President Barack Obama over its handling of North Korea's impending rocket launch. A video clip on the website of the conservative Heritage Foundation warns it will take just 33 minutes for a North Korean or Iranian long-range missile to reach the continental United States. The clip, titled "33 Minutes," features a statement by Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulne attacking the Obama administration for failing to protect its people from "the enemy." Rep. Darrell Issa, a ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,...
  • North Korea 'Has Capacity for Nuclear Strike' on Seoul and Tokyo (Report Just Released)

    04/01/2009 7:01:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 44 replies · 2,013+ views
    UK Times ^ | 1 April 2009 (No April Fools Day Joke) | Richard Lloyd Perry
    North Korea already has the capacity to launch a nuclear missile strike against Seoul and Tokyo, even before the long-range rocket test that it is promising in the next few days, an international think-tank has reported.
  • North Korea Threatens Military Action on Japan If It Shoots Down Their "Satellite" (ICBM) (Breaking)

    03/31/2009 6:57:55 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 61 replies · 1,925+ views
    As expected (and they do tend to shoot off their mouths a lot with threats and big talk), North Korea delivered "the threat" tonight in an official statement out of their Korean Central News Agency (link to the original Japanese language report). North Korea is threatening Japan with military action if Japan takes down their Taepodong-2 (which they refer to as a "satellite") from the skies this week.Conservative Japanese daily Sankei (online) reports from Japan (in Japanese) a little while ago:HERE If above link does not work.
  • "Does Obama Have a North Korea Policy?" (Tough S. Korean EDITORIAL today)

    03/30/2009 11:54:49 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies · 2,001+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Daily News (English), S. Korea (conservative daily) ^ | 31 March 2009 | Chosun Ilbo Daily, S. Korea
    Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States "was not prepared to do anything about" North Korea's rocket launch, which is expected to take place in the coming days. Gates' latest comments differ from what he said on Feb. 10, that the U.S. could intercept North Korea's missile "if necessary." On Mar. 19, Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said the U.S. is "fully prepared" to shoot down the missile and added that the U.S. military has the capability to do it. Judging from the situation so far, the...
  • Metropolitan TOKYO Government Convenes "Crisis Management" Committee Full Meeting (NK Missiles)

    03/30/2009 5:47:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies · 1,668+ views
    AmericanInTokyo w/ local news sources (NNN, etc) ^ | 30 March 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    From earlier today, our time:And, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot one of a number of Japan Self Defense manned PAC-3 Patriot missile batteries out in the open in downtown Tokyo these days.
  • Iranian Experts Helping North Korea With Missile Launch

    03/29/2009 10:27:32 PM PDT · by FromLori · 5 replies · 427+ views
    Hyscience ^ | 3/29/09
    This isn't the kind of change our leader promised. They were supposed to like us and behave themselves after he "reached out" to them..
  • N. Korea Threatens 'Stronger Measures' (Ratcheting Up "The Test" on Obama)

    03/29/2009 6:16:29 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 42 replies · 1,652+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Daily News (English), S. Korea (conservative daily) ^ | 30 March 2009 | Chosun Ilbo Daily, S. Korea
    North Korea has threatened dire consequences if the international community sanctions it over a rocket launch it has announced for between Apr. 4 and 8. The official Rodong Shinmun newspaper on Sunday said once the rocket issue is "raised at the UN Security Council for discussion, the six-party nuclear talks will come to a complete rupture." It warned the North will "take a stronger measure." Prof. Nam Joo-hong of Kyonggi University speculated that means North Korea "could reverse its nuclear disablement process, while hinting it could conduct a second nuclear test." Arthur Brown, a former CIA officer for East Asia,...
  • Japan Prepares for North Korea Missile Launch (Deployment Photos)

    03/28/2009 4:05:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 25 replies · 2,247+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 March 2009 | Yumiko Ono
    TOKYO -- Japan's move Friday to deploy missile interceptors is the boldest challenge North Korea faces so far to its plan to launch a rocket in the next few days. Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said he ordered the deployment of missile interceptors to Japan's northern coast to prepare to shoot down the rocket and any debris that could fall on Japanese territory. It was the first such order Japan had issued, a ministry spokesman said.
  • North Korean nuclear test a growing possibility

    03/27/2009 10:05:08 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 13 replies · 1,055+ views ^ | March. 27, 2009 | Blaine Harden
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea moved a long-range missile to a launchpad this week and plans to send it into space in early April in defiance of repeated international warnings. While North Korea has been making missiles to intimidate its neighbors for nearly half a century, what makes this launch particularly worrying is the increasing possibility -- as assessed by U.S. intelligence and some independent experts -- that it has built or is attempting to build nuclear warheads small enough to fit atop its growing number of missiles. North Korea "may be able to successfully mate a nuclear warhead...
  • **Japan Warns It Will Intercept N. Korean Projectile** (Threatens Chia W/ Samurai Shoot-down)

    03/04/2009 3:42:58 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 1,520+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 4 March 2009 | Chosun Ilbo
    Japan Warns It Will Intercept N.Korean ProjectileThe Japanese government could deploy two arsenal ships equipped with the latest Aegis radar system and interceptor Standard Missile in the East Sea if North Korea continues to prepare for a missile test, the Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday citing a senior official at the Japanese Ministry of Defense. But Kyodo added if a North Korean missile targets the United States, it will be difficult for Japan's SM-3 to intercept it. Tokyo warned North Korea it would intercept not only missiles but also a satellite launched by the communist country. The Sankei Shimbun quoted...
  • N. Korea: Russian Expert Foresees Missile Launch (Lankov: a good read)

    02/24/2009 12:50:04 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 539+ views
    RFA ^ | 02/23/09
    Russian Expert Foresees Missile Launch 2009-02-23 In an interview with Dan Southerland, Russian historian Andrei Lankov, an expert on North Korea, advises the U.S. to ignore the war talk from Pyongyang but to keep the country engaged in dialogue. He says a missile launch by North Korea is "very likely." Q. Dr. Lankov, welcome to RFA. The big story in recent months has been the speculation surrounding the apparent stroke suffered by Kim Jong Il. I know that as an historian you don’t like to speculate about succession crises, but I would like you to tell us whether you think...
  • North Korea preparing for large-scale military parade: source

    04/08/2007 5:55:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 946+ views
    Excerpt - SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is preparing for a mass military parade to showcase its weaponry, possibly including its long-range Taepodong-2 missile, a move expected to heighten tension in the region, a South Korean source said Sunday. South Korean intelligence authorities have detected the North covering missiles, army trucks and other military hardware with camouflage blankets, which are to be used in a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of its Korean People's Armed Forces, the source said, on condition of anonymity. The anniversary falls on April 25. "We are focusing on...
  • Report: North (Korea) has built 9 missile bases since 1994

    08/28/2006 6:16:01 AM PDT · by jdm · 3 replies · 571+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 8-28-06 | Choi Hyung-kyu
    HONG KONG Ż North Korea is operating 18 missile bases and 10 research and development facilities, and is increasingly shipping its weapons by air to avoid detection, a military journal and news agency reported yesterday. Nine missile bases have been constructed since 1994, while North Korea has deployed 1,200 Rodong and Scud missiles, which target all of South Korea, Defense International reported yesterday in its September issue. The security journal specializes in defense issues in the Northeast Asian region. The journal, citing intelligence data from Taiwan and the United States, said that prior to 1994 only three missile bases had...
  • Japan far too vulnerable to Pyongyang's missiles

    08/18/2006 7:09:27 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 22 replies · 709+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | 08/18/2006 | By ROBYN LIM
    After North Korea's July 5 missile tests, Japan, for the first time since 1945, is asking America to beef up its military presence in Japan. Why? Because Japan's hedging and tardiness in relation to missile defense has left its cities more vulnerable than they need be. That risks encouraging Pyongyang in its dangerous nuclear and missile brinkmanship. Senior U.S. and Japanese officials met in Washington on Aug. 7-8. The Japanese apparently asked the United States to send to Japan an additional U.S. warship equipped with the sophisticated Aegis radar system and the interceptor missile SM-3 (Standard Missile 3). This is...
  • Kim Jong Il Vanishes From Public Eye

    08/06/2006 2:44:37 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 36 replies · 1,846+ views
    Donga (S Korea) ^ | August 7 | Staff
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has disappeared from public eye since right after North Korea fired missiles on July 5, and it shows signs that his concealment will be prolonged for the long term. Ever since his father, former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, died on July 8 of 1994 he did not miss a single occasion to visit Geumsusan Memorial Palace on the same day every year, but this year, Chairman Kim even skipped this ceremony. It is seen that Chairman Kim is taking the current situation seriously. There are reports from inside North Korea that they...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea building new missile bases, silos along east coast: Report(THEY ARE BUSY)

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

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

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

    07/29/2006 6:13:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 465+ views ^ | 07/29/06 | Nicholas Eberstadt
    N. Korean Long-range Missile Aims For U.S.-S. Korea Alliance American Enterprise Institute July 13, 2006 [Edited transcript from audio tapes] 9:00 Panel I: China & North KoreaPanelists: Randall Schriver, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Nicholas Eberstadt, AEIJacqueline Newmyer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard UniversityModerator: Gary Schmitt, AEI [Start Panel I: China and North Korea] Nicholas Eberstadt: North Korea has a way of keeping itself in the news. Usually, when North Korea is in the news, it is not for very happy reasons, at least for those of us who are not...
  • N. Korea-Iran Ties Seem to Be Growing Stronger(18 SS-N-6 intermediate missiles sold to Iran)

    07/28/2006 3:28:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 636+ views
    LA Times ^ | 07/27/06 | Barbara Demick
    N. Korea-Iran Ties Seem to Be Growing Stronger Weapons sales and joint observations of missile test launches have been reported. VIPs visiting Pyongyang celebrate 'cooperative relations.' By Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer July 27, 2006 SEOUL — North Korea and Iran, two fiercely anti-American regimes, appear to be bolstering their military and diplomatic cooperation, including the possible sale of missiles to the Tehran government, intelligence sources said. An Iranian parliamentary delegation visiting Pyongyang was given a VIP welcome with a reception Monday at the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly to celebrate, as the North Korean news service put it, the...
  • North Korea May Have Tested New Longer-Range Missiles

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

    07/15/2006 6:24:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 691+ views
    Security Council 5490th Meeting (PM) SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA'S MISSILE LAUNCHES, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1695 (2006) Demands Suspension of All Related Ballistic Missile Activity;Urges Country to Return Immediately to Six-Party Talks Without Precondition The United Nations Security Council today condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's recent test-firing of a series of missiles, and demanded that the North-East Asian country suspend all ballistic missile related activity and reinstate its moratorium on missile launches. Acting "under its special responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security", the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1695 (2006), by the...
  • Gist of China-Russia draft resolution on North Korea

    07/12/2006 2:07:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 364+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | July 12, 2006 | China and Russia
    The following is the gist of a draft resolution on North Korea over its recent missile tests, circulated at the U.N. Security Council by China and Russia on Wednesday. The U.N. Security Council: -- expresses serious concern over missile launches on July 5, 2006 local time by North Korea which had a negative effect on the peace and stability in Northeast Asia and beyond. -- expresses its grave concern about North Korea's indication of possible additional launches of ballistic missiles in the near future. -- expresses also its desire for a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation and...
  • Kim Jung Il Comix

    07/10/2006 12:21:54 PM PDT · by leebert · 32 replies · 2,556+ views
    Ansaman has been keeping a lil' strip on Kim Jong Il's latest fun shennanigans....
  • China, Pak missiles challenge India

    07/09/2006 8:50:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 747+ views
    New Delhi Television ^ | Sunday, July 9, 2006 (New Delhi): | NDTV Correspondent
    China, Pak missiles challenge India -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NDTV Correspondent Sunday, July 9, 2006 (New Delhi): India faces a missile threat from Pakistan on the West and China to the North East. The Pakistani missile programme is a fascinating example of blatant missile proliferation from North Korea and China. Pakistan's nuclear capable missiles have the names of Muslim leaders who invaded India but are in fact, little more than direct imports from Beijing and Pyong Yang. The Shaheen Missile sometimes referred to as the Hatf 3 is in fact the Chinese M-11 missile with a range of 300 kilometres. The Shaheen I...