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North Korean border guard shoots 3 Chinese dead
8 June 2010 - China-North Korea bridge The four were allegedly shot close to the countries' border.
China says a North Korean border guard shot and killed three people near the countries' border last week.
A fourth person was reportedly injured in the incident near the north-eastern border town of Dandong
China has made a formal complaint to North Korea, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said.
The two countries are considered to be close allies and Beijing rarely makes any public criticism of its isolated neighbour.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular news conference in Beijing that the four residents of Dandong, in Liaoning province, had been shot "on suspicion of crossing the border for trade activities".
"China attaches great importance to that and has immediately raised a solemn representation with the DPRK," he said, using North Korea's full name.
Mr Qin said the case was being investigated, but gave no further details. Pyongyang has not commented on the accusations.
Illegal traders regularly cross the border between North Korea and China, taking black market goods into the impoverished country.
China is North Korea's main trading partner and the country perceived to have the most influence on the state.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high since the sinking of a South Korean warship in March with the loss of 46 lives.
An international investigation blamed North Korea for the sinking, but China has resisted pressure to condemn its ally. Instead, it has urged both the Koreas to show restraint.
Last month, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was reported to have visited China to seek economic and political support.
China is crucial to North Korea's fight for economic survival, providing Pyongyang with food, fuel and much-needed investment.
Beijing is also a participant in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme. The talks have been going on since 2003 without much progress. BBC
China says North Korean border guard shot and killed 3 Chinese last week
June 08, 2010 FOX
South Korea warship sunk, by who? N.K?
North Korea leader Kim Jong Il dead December 19, 2011
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South Korean fighter jet downedSouth Korean fighter jet downed
June 18, 2010 SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's Air Force says a fighter jet crashed into the sea after a training mission and its two pilots were killed.
The Air Force said the F-5 jet went missing off the east coast early Friday as it was returning to its air base in Gangneung after finishing a training mission.
The base is about 147 miles (237 kilometers) east of Seoul.
The Air Force said rescuers recovered the bodies of the two pilots.
The Air Force also grounded all F-5 jets for safety checks. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
In March, two F-5 jets crashed into a mountain during training, killing three airmen.
South Korea launches naval drills in Yellow Sea
despite North Korean threats to retaliate
August 05, 2010 ABOARD the ROK DOKDO
South Korean troops fired artillery and dropped sonar buoys into the Yellow Sea as naval drills kicked off near the spot where a warship sank four months ago.
Some 4,500 South Korean troops aboard more than 20 ships and submarines as well as about 50 aircraft were mobilized Thursday to take part in the five days of naval exercises off the west coast, including spots near the two Koreas' maritime border, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
North Korea called the drills a military provocation that threatened to re-ignite war on the Korean peninsula.
"If the puppet warmongers dare ignite a war, (North Korea) will mercilessly destroy the provokers and their stronghold by mobilizing most powerful war tactics and offensive means beyond imagination," the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said in a statement carried by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.
KCNA reiterated the committee's message in a separate report later Thursday, warning North Korea will retaliate at "even the slightest sign of attack."
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said North Korea should not feel in any way threatened by these exercises as they are defensive in nature.
Soldiers aboard the 14,000-ton ROK Dokdo, an amphibious landing ship, patrolled the deck as Lynx helicopters dropped sonar devices into the sea in search of enemy submarines. A 1,200-ton frigate remained on standby, ready to bomb the target.
The fleet dispatched for the exercises also include three 1,800-ton submarines, a 4,500-ton destroyer, and some 50 fighter jets, Cmdr. Won Hyung-sik of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Seoul.
The drills come just weeks after South Korea's joint military exercises with the U.S. off the east coast — maneuvers held in response to the deadly March sinking of the Cheonan warship, which killed 46 South Korean sailors.
The U.S. will also send the USS George Washington supercarrier, which participated in last month's drills off the east coast, to South Korea again for their annual military exercises, called "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," Morrell told reporters.
The exercises, set for Aug. 16 through Aug. 26., will take place in the Yellow Sea as well as in the waters off South Korea's east coast, he said.
A five-nation team of investigators concluded in May that a North Korean torpedo fired from a submarine sank the 1,200-ton Cheonan as the warship carried out routine surveillance. North Korea denied sinking the ship.
The waters off the west coast have been the site of several naval clashes between the two Koreas. The three-year Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953, but North Korea disputes the western maritime border unilaterally drawn by the United Nations.
North and South have engaged in three bloody battles near the line, most recently in November 2009, and the Cheonan went down in March not too far from the border.
Pyongyang warned earlier in the week it would "counter the reckless naval firing projected by the group of traitors with strong physical retaliation" and advised civilian ships to stay away from the maritime border.
The North also threatened to respond to last month's South Korea-U.S. military exercises with "nuclear deterrence" but South Korean military officials said there was no sign of unusual North Korean military activity.
North Korea routinely issues such threats, especially when the South holds joint military drills with the U.S. Pyongyang sees the exercises as a rehearsal for an invasion. The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect the longtime Asian ally.
South Korea was closely monitoring North Korea's military but spotted no unusual activity Thursday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
South Korea begins massive anti-submarine drills
August 5, 2010 In a move that is antagonizing North Korea and irking China, South Korea commenced a major naval exercise in the Yellow Sea Thursday, the largest since 46 South Korean sailors died in March in the sinking of a warship.
The five-day exercise involves some 4,500 personnel and all four branches of the military, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
Seoul, which oversaw an international investigation into the March sinking of the Cheonan, claims a North Korean submarine sank the corvette and is demanding an apology. A multinational investigation also found North Korea responsible. Pyongyang has vehemently denied the accusation.
Prior to the Cheonan's sinking, the South Korean navy had largely discounted the threat of submarines in the Yellow Sea, due to the shallow waters in the area.
North Korea said via state media that it would undertake "strong physical retaliation" and warned fishermen to stay clear of the Northern Limit Line, the disputed maritime border between the Koreas.
The drills amount to an "undisguised military intrusion," Pyongyang has said.
"The army and people of the DPRK are closely watching every move of [South Korean President] Lee Myung-bak's group of traitors. And if the puppet warmongers dare ignite a war, they will mercilessly destroy the provokers and their stronghold by mobilizing most powerful war tactics and offensive means beyond imagination," the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said, according to North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA.
"Raising issue with the legitimate, defensive exercise is a provocation in itself," South Korean Rear Adm. Kim Kyung-sik retorted Wednesday, speaking to local reporters.
Meanwhile, China, which has refused to condemn North Korea over the alleged torpedo attack and which remains Pyongyang's closest strategic ally, is reportedly carrying out air defense drills on its Yellow Sea coast across from the Korean peninsula.
Given North Korea's decrepit military, experts say the chances of a naval attack on well-prepared South Korean forces are small.
"The North Koreans have to rely on asymmetric capabilities," said Dan Pinkston, who heads the international Crisis Group's Seoul offices. "In a straight-up fight they are not that capable."
Deadly North Korean strikes in past years - a commando raid on the South Korean presidential mansion in 1968; terrorist bombings in 1983 and 1987; and naval clashes in 1999 and 2002 - all used the element of surprise, an element that would be difficult to spring on the large, alert force South Korea is fielding for the maneuvers.
If North Korea retaliates, it will likely be with a weapons test rather than a direct confrontation, said one expert.
"They do not do eye-for-eye, tit-for-tat responses," said Choi Jin-wook of the Korea Institute of National Unification. "Shooting a missile or testing a weapon or some kind of diplomatic action are possible, but I don't think there will be a military reaction."
The exercise does not include any U.S. assets, leading some commentators to wonder whether Washington is wary of angering Beijing in the Yellow Sea.
South Korean and U.S. forces conducted exercises together in the Sea of Japan last month. Those exercises included an anti-sub infiltration component -- intended to thwart a submarine attack on a ship.
If the joint exercises continue, such a move could be part of a gradual build-up of American pressure on China.
"The U.S. is slowly containing China in other places, and they could exercise in the East Sea in the future," said the Korea Institute of National Unification's Choi. "I think the U.S. is very deliberately pressuring China."
The warship sinking has heightened tensions between the two neighbors who fought a war from 1950 to 1953. The war ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, meaning the two nations are still technically at war. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
North Korean plane crashes in China
18 August 2010 A North Korean MIG 15 fighter jet, has crashed in China near the country's shared border, say Chinese and South Korean reports.
It is believed the pilot, who was killed, may have been trying to defect to Russia. Yonhap.
The crash happened in Fushun county, Liaoning province.
Defections are common but an attempt by plane is highly unusual and would be a source of embarrassment for Pyongyang.
China has a repatriation agreement with North Korea, which could explain why the pilot may have been trying to reach Russia, the report added.
North Korea has a military airbase in Sinuiju, near the border with China
Small aircraft crashes in northern China
August 18, 2010 Residents say a small aircraft that crashed in northern China was a helicopter carrying a North Korean pilot, who died, a villager said Wednesday.
The official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that an aircraft went down Tuesday afternoon in Lagu village in Fushun county. The county in Liaoning province lies about 150 kilometers (90 miles) from the North Korean border.
The man, who would give only his surname Ning, told The Associated Press he heard from other locals that the craft was a helicopter that had flown from North Korea and that the pilot was killed on impact.
USS George Washington to join military drills off Korean Peninsula
North Korea wants South talks as dark mood lifts
September 17, 2010 Reclusive North Korea has proposed holding working-level military talks with rival South Korea, the Defense Ministry in Seoul said on Thursday, in a further sign of an easing in tensions on the divided peninsula.
The two Koreas have been in a stand-off since Seoul, with Washington's backing, accused Pyongyang of torpedoing its warship in March, killing 46 sailors. The North denies the charge.
The apparent thaw in ties comes as the North struggles to deal with the impact of months of flooding on its already weak economy and prepares for political succession as the health of leader Kim Jong-il deteriorates.
Diplomats said on Wednesday that a conference of the Workers' Party, which was meant to bring together the North's political elite for first time in 30 years, had probably been postponed, due to what the South said were "internal problems.
Some diplomats and an aid group have said the most likely cause for the delay was flooding, although media reports have also speculated Kim's health or disagreements over a reshuffle of the power structure could be holding up the start.
Heavy rain in the impoverished state over the past two months has hit food production that even in a good year falls a million tons short of the amount needed to feed its 23 million people.
The North proposed that the two sides discuss the Northern Limit Line, the de facto sea border off their west coast, and Seoul's plan to fly anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North, a Defense Ministry official said.
Such talks have not been held since the warship sinking.
News of the proposal came as the United Nations Command (UNC) and the North Korean military were due to conduct a fifth-round of colonel-level meetings at the border truce village Panmunjom on Thursday.
The UNC said the meetings were being held to discuss the date, agenda and protocols for general-level talks on armistice issues related to the sinking of the Cheonan corvette in March.
SHIFT AFTER CHINA TRIP
Seoul and Washington responded to the sinking of the Cheonan by staging a series of intimidating joint military exercises off the peninsula, and by squeezing the North's already crumbling economy with tougher sanctions.
The allies have resisted calls by Beijing for the resumption of six-way disarmament talks on the North's nuclear program, saying it was up to Pyongyang to show it is genuinely committed to dialogue and cutting tensions.
"As part of the process of re-engagement, there has to be a reengagement on the South-North axis as well, and I think there is some reason to be somewhat optimistic that at least part of that has begun," U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth said in Beijing.
Pyongyang threatened to retaliate with force and fired a barrage of artillery off its coastline toward a maritime border, but there have been signs of a thaw since Kim's surprise trip to ally China last month.
Analysts say Kim went to China in search of economic aid for his cash-strapped economy -- still reeling from botched currency reform late last year that triggered inflation and wiped out ordinary people's savings -- and to win political support for his son Kim Jong-un's succession.
Seoul this week announced its first substantial aid package to its destitute neighbor in more than two years after months of severe flooding that has killed dozens, destroyed thousands of homes and devastated farmland.
The neighbors also agreed to meet in the North Korean border town of Kaesong on Friday to discuss a resumption of reunions of families separated by war.
The apparent thaw has prompted the start of shuttle diplomacy between regional nuclear envoys, fuelling speculation of a resumption in aid-for-disarmament talks.
I have wondered if North and South KOREA would UNITE at some point.
There have been several attempts at this in recent years.
In some ways there is only one Korea. The west cannot see this.
Tourists ARE permitted in North Korea, just closely watched.
South Korea sends rice aid to North Korea
September 17, 2010 - 9 trucks carrying rice crossed the border at Paju, the second shipment inside a day after a fleet of trucks loaded with flour headed into North Korea.
A convoy of South Korean trucks carrying the first rice aid to North Korea in 3 years has crossed the peninsula's heavily armed border in the latest of a series of conciliatory moves between the nations.
Officials from both countries met in the North Korean border town of Kaesung to discuss the resumption of reunions of families split by the Korean War which were halted after the sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year.
Relations between the two Koreas have soured since conservative President Lee Myun-bak's election in 2008, and then sank to their lowest point in decades at the start of the year with the sinking of a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors.
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How far can we be from Duduman vision? Not far!!!
North Korea Poised To Name New Leadership
September 28, 2010 North Korea is expected to name new leadership at an historic meeting.
Analysts believe Jong-il's youngest son Kim Jong-un is likely to be given an official title at the Workers' Party conference.
That would pave the way for his eventual succession as leader.
Jong-il, who is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, has reportedly accelerated succession plans.
The North's KCNA news agency said the conference would be held in Pyongyang "for electing its supreme leadership body", but provided no further details of the agenda.
The meeting had been due to start in early September. The report made no mention of the delay.
South Korea said it appeared the meeting was held up by "internal problems", probably related to flooding.
Media reports have also speculated Kim's health or disagreements over a
reshuffle of the power structure could be responsible for the delay.
Party meetings have been held around the country to elect delegates to conference, KCNA reported.
"The meetings elected working people and officials who have displayed patriotic devotion at the work sites for effecting a fresh revolutionary surge, remaining intensely loyal to the party and revolution as delegates to the conference," it said.
Next week's meeting will be the biggest political meeting in North Korea since 1980, when Jong-il himself began his official role.
He succeeded his father and state founder by taking on a Workers' Party title at the age of 38.
The 68-year-old leader, however, is not expected to go into retirement just yet despite his declining health, experts say.
His 20-something son is considered too young and inexperienced.
But by signalling Kim Jong-un's rise, experts say North Korea is readying for a collective father-and-son leadership in years to come.
That would cement the family's grip on power.
In the event Kim Jong-il dies suddenly, his son by then identified as figurehead leader, would be surrounded by close family confidantes who have been appointed to senior positions in the Workers' Party and military in recent months.
South Korea, China, the United States and Japan will all be watching for clues as to how the transfer of power proceeds in the country with a military-first policy and enough fissile material for at least six to eight nuclear weapons.
With North and South still technically at war, having only signed an armistice in 1953, regional powers are anxious to know what changes are afoot and who will command the country's nearly 1.2 million troops and another 7.7 million in the reserves.
Experts say the best case and most market-friendly outcome is an approximate continuation of the current system.
KoreaIt is sad to hear that this nations are against each other. Honestly, it is alarming if there will be another Korean war because of what North Korea said.
That if the South will initiate war, they will finish the task of unification. I can't imagine if this will happen.
I just hope that the relationship between the two party's will get better so that all of the people will live in a peaceful and worry-free place.
Kim to pick heir?
Delegates gather in N. Korea
Meeting will be ruling party's 1st major gathering since 1980
September 27, 2010 SEOUL, South Korea
Delegates to North Korea's biggest political meeting in decades gathered in the country's capital amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il will appoint a son and other family members to key positions as part of a succession plan.
The official Korean Central News Agency announced last week the ruling Workers' Party would hold a conference Tuesday to select its "supreme leadership body"
after having initially said in June the event would be held in early September. KCNA gave no explanation for the delay.
Party delegates to the conference arrived at Pyongyang's railway station Sunday amid sunny, breezy weather, footage shot by video news service APTN in the North Korean capital showed.
The capital city was festooned with flags and placards announcing the meeting.
"Warm congratulations to the representatives meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea!" read one poster.
North Korea's state news agency carried a brief dispatch Sunday about the arrival of delegates, though provided no details about the meeting itself.
Rodong Sinmun, the North's leading newspaper, ran an article lauding the party and emphasizing its loyalty to the country's leader.
"The WPK remains so strong as its ranks are made up of ardent loyalists who unhesitatingly dedicate their lives to devotedly defending the headquarters of the revolution, sharing idea and intention and fate with the leader," said the article, carried Monday by KCNA.
Hereditary transfer of power
The widely anticipated meeting will be the party's first major gathering since a landmark congress in 1980 where then 38-year-old Kim Jong Il made his political debut.
That appearance confirmed he was in line to succeed his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.
Kim Jong Il eventually took control when his father died of heart failure in 1994 in what was the communist world's first hereditary transfer of power.
Now 68 and reportedly in poor health two years after suffering a stroke, Kim is believed to be prepping his third and youngest son, Kim Jong Un, for a similar father-to-son power transition.
That has triggered speculation the son, thought to be in his mid-20s, could be given a key post at the Workers' Party conference as part of a third-generation power transfer.
The country's military has already thrown their support behind Kim Jong Un, according to a South Korean newspaper, which is seen as vital in a smooth power transition.
Chosun Ilbo cited sources as saying the army had nominated both the father and son as its delegates to the party meeting.
North Korean leader's son likely successor
September 28, 2010 (Reuters)
North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-il has named his youngest son as a military general, state media said early on Tuesday, marking the first stage of a dynastic succession.
It was the first time the 20-something Kim Jong-un had been mentioned by name in the North's media, and his appointment came just hours before the start of a rare ruling party meeting to elect its supreme leadership.
Kim Jong-il, 68, is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, but despite his declining health is not expected to go into retirement just yet, experts say. They say his son is too young and inexperienced to fully take the reins.
State news agency KCNA said Kim had issued a directive bestowing military rank on six people including Jong-un, the leader's sister Kyong-hui and Choe Ryong-hae, who is considered a loyal aide of Kim and his family.
Kim Jong-il "indicated in the directive that he ... confers the military titles to members of the Korean People's Army with the firm belief they will complete their honorable mission and duty on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea," the report said.
Intelligence officials say the youngest son of the "Dear Leader" was identified last year as next in line to take power in a country which for years has been punished by international sanctions for trying to develop nuclear weapons.
The son is believed to have been born in 1983 or 1984 but little is known about him, even by intensely secretive North Korean standards, beyond the sketchy information that he went to school in Switzerland and has been his father's favorite.
Regional powers will be keeping close tabs on the Workers' Party conference, the biggest meeting of its kind for 30 years, for any signs of change which could have an impact on the destitute state's economic and foreign policies.
N. Korea releases photo of Kim's likely heir
September 30, 2010 Dictator's youngest son was this week handed top military and party posts.
The 20-something Kim Jong Un was one of the officials named.
Kim's eldest son says he is against dynasty
October 12, 2010 The eldest son of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il says he opposes a hereditary transfer of power to a third generation of his family.
Kim Jong Nam's remarks come after North Korea unveiled his younger half brother, Kim Jong Un, as successor to their father in Pyongyang.
Japan's TV Asahi showed Kim making the remarks in footage aired Tuesday from an interview in Beijing on Saturday.
Kim Jong Nam was once considered likely to succeed his father. He reportedly fell out of favor after being caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport in 2001.
He said that while he was against the succession, it should still be accepted if there are internal factors for carrying it out.
S.Korea navy fires warnings shots at N.Korea fishing boat
South Korea's navy fired warning shots Wednesday to drive back a North Korean boat which was fishing illegally in southern waters amid high tension along the Yellow Sea border, military officials said.
The boat retreated to its side about two hours and 40 minutes after it had intruded across the disputed border, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
A South Korean navy boat fired 10 warning shots from a machine gun after broadcasting three verbal warnings, it said. No one was reported hurt.
The North's vessel appeared to have been unable to move for a time because the tide was low, the military said.
The intrusion came at a sensitive time, with the South's military and police on high alert before next week's Group of 20 summit in Seoul.
"The intrusion came as our troops have been placed on top alert off the west coast," a defence ministry spokesman said.
However he said there were no unusual naval activities by the North along the sea border, which was the scene of deadly naval battles in 1999 and 2002 and a firefight last November which left a North Korean boat in flames.
In March a South Korean corvette sank in the area with the loss of 46 lives. Cross-border tensions have been high since Seoul, citing a multinational investigation, accused Pyongyang of torpedoing the ship. It denies the charge.
North and South Korean troops exchanged fire briefly last Friday across their tense land border, without apparent casualties.
Secretive North Korea opens up to cellphones
Nov. 21, 2011 SEOUL (Reuters)
Secretive North Korea is expected to register the 1 millionth cellphone user on its new 3G network by the end of the year, 4 years after people were thrown into prison camps or executed, for owning one.
Most of the users are in the capital of Pyongyang, home to the impoverished country's elite and powerful who have the cash to splash out for a device and the calling fees.
"There has been an astronomical increase since even two years ago," said Michael Hay, a lawyer and business consultant based in the capital for the past seven years.
Two years ago, there were fewer than 70,000 users.
"All the waitresses in coffee shops have them, as one example, and use them. Let's not even talk about businessmen. The are never off them, and conversations are frequently interrupted by mobile calls."
S. Korea, U.S. set to begin major naval drills in Yellow Sea amid high tensions
SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) - South Korea and the United States were set to launch large-scale naval exercises Sunday in another potent show of force against North Korea, five days after the North bombarded a southern island and warned it could follow up with more attacks.
The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, with more than 6,000 sailors and 75 fighter jets aboard, prepared for the naval drills with South Korea in the Yellow Sea. The drills are set to run through Wednesday, and about 10 warships have been mobilized for the exercises.
Japan On Alert Over N Korea Developments
TOKYO (Kyodo)--All members of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Cabinet were on alert Saturday for developments in North Korea prior to a four-day joint military drill to be conducted by South Korea and the United States in the Yellow Sea from Sunday.
Cabinet members have been ordered by Kan to stay in Tokyo until Wednesday and be at their ministry offices within an hour in the event emergency situations develop.
The move followed Pyongyang's bombardment Tuesday of a South Korean island.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported Friday, quoting a Pentagon spokesman, that the U.S.-South Korea joint exercises are aimed at deterring North Korea from another attack and not directed at China.
''It's important for us to state publicly that this exercise and the ones we've done in the past are not directed at China,'' Capt. Darryn James was quoted as saying. ''As with the previous exercises, these have been designed to strengthen deterrence against North Korea.''
Reuters also reported Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, as saying in an interview with CNN that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is ''not a guy we can trust.''
Mullen was also quoted as saying in the interview, which will be aired on Sunday, ''And that's why the leadership aspect of this from China is so important, because if any country has influence in Pyongyang, it's China.''
US carrier visit a dilemma for China
America is far too cocky - China may have planned this with North Korea.
I do not forget the missile China shot off 35 miles off Los Angeles California Nov. 8th.
America owes China. An empty suit struts the whitehouse - when its not flying in AF1.
READ this report but be careful how you believe it.
China President Hu Jintao is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington in January.
(Probably surveying his territory. USA is slave of China now.)
November 26, 2010 Friday
The arrival of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier with its battle group in the Yellow Sea poses a dilemma for Beijing.
Should China protest or quietly accept it.
The carrier is to take part in military drills with South Korea following North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island.
4 months ago, China warned Washington against sending a carrier into the Yellow Sea, as it would escalate tensions after the sinking of a South Korean navy ship blamed on North Korea. Others said the carrier deployment is a threat to Chinese security.
After Beijing objections, no aircraft carrier sailed into the strategic Yellow Sea.
Now with outrage high over the shelling, the U.S. is raising pressure on China to rein in North Korea.
North Korea has made it more difficult for China to condemn U.S. naval deployments in the East China Sea.
* China is NOT happy over the exercises. Beijing considers 230 miles (370 kilometers) from its coast as China's exclusive zone.
North Korea warned that the US-South Korean military drills were pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.
A more passive approach this time helps Beijing raise its credibility with Washington and trading partner South Korea, and puts North Korea on notice that its actions are wearing China's patience thin.
China cutting the food and fuel assistance to the isolated North Korean dictatorship might lead to its collapse.
That could send floods of refugees into northeastern China and result in a pro-U.S. government taking over in the North.
South Korea and China are trading partners.
The U.S. is worried about the U.S. Navy's right to operate in international waters.
While China doesn't claim sovereignty over the entire Yellow Sea, it has become assertive about its maritime territorial claims.
China claims ALL of the South China Sea, and has seized foreign fishing boats and harassed U.S. Navy surveillance ships.
Any intrusion into Chinese territorial waters would inflame the Chinese public and require a response.
* Remember MARCH 31, 2001
China Downed our Plane with a crew of 24 in international airspace
The plane was 70 miles from the China coast. China does not accept international guidelines.
Top Chinese official makes abrupt visit to S. Korea
November 27, 2010 SEOUL (Yonhap)
A top Chinese official made a previously unannounced visit to South Korea on Saturday and held talks with Seoul's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, an official said, amid high tensions over North Korea's deadly artillery strike on a South Korean island earlier this week.
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who traveled together with Beijing's chief nuclear negotiator Wu Dawei, discussed Tuesday's attack and six-nation talks on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs during a dinner meeting with Kim, the foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
US and South Korea push ahead with war games
The United States and South Korea prepared for war games Sunday as South Koreans demanded vengeance over a deadly North Korean artillery bombardment that has raised fears of more clashes between the bitter rivals.
The North, meanwhile, worked to justify one of the worst attacks on South Korean territory since the 1950-53 Korean War. Four South Koreans, including two civilians, died after the North rained artillery on the small Yellow Sea island of Yeonpyeong, which is home to both fishing communities and military bases.
North Korea said civilians were used as a "human shield" around artillery positions and lashed out at what it called a "propaganda campaign" against Pyongyang.
It claimed the United States orchestrated last Tuesday's clash so that it could stage joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea with the South that include a U.S. nuclear powered supercarrier - enraging the North and making neighboring China uneasy.
North Korea prepares for war
Nov 28, 2010 A mass exodus of North Korean workers from the Far East of Russia is under way, according to reports coming out of the region. As the two Koreas edged towards the brink of war this week, it appears that the workers in Russia have been called back to aid potential military operations.
Vladnews agency, based in Vladivostok, reported that North Korean workers had left the town of Nakhodka en masse shortly after the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula earlier this week. "Traders have left the kiosks and markets, workers have abandoned building sites, and North Korean secret service employees working in the region have joined them and left," the agency reported.
Russia's migration service said that there were over 20,000 North Koreans in Russia at the beginning of 2010, of which the vast majority worked in construction. The workers are usually chaperoned by agents from Kim Jong-il's security services and have little contact with the world around them. Defectors have suggested that the labourers work 13-hour days and that most of their pay is sent back to the government in Pyongyang. Hundreds of workers have fled the harsh conditions and live in hiding in Russia, constantly in fear of being deported back to North Korea.
"North Korea's government sends thousands of its citizens to Russia to earn money, most of which is funnelled through government accounts," says Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist who discovered secret North Korean logging camps in the northern Siberian taiga. "Workers are often sent to remote locations for years at a time to work long hours and get as little as three days off per year." Now it appears that some kind of centralised order has been given for the workers to return home.
Russia's Pacific port of Vladivostok is thousands of miles and seven time zones from Moscow, but only around 100 miles from the country's heavily controlled border with North Korea. In 1996, a diplomat from the South Korean consulate in the city was murdered with a poisoned pencil, in what was widely believed to be a hit carried out by the North's secret agents. There are even two North Korean restaurants in the city. It is not known how many of the workers in other Russian towns have been called back to their homeland this week, or whether the exodus is permanent or temporary.
Manila asks Japan to receive Filipinos from S Korea in emergency
The Philippines has sounded Japan out on the possibility of evacuating tens of thousands of Filipinos in South Korea to Japan in case of an emergency situation on the Korean Peninsula, an official said Friday.
Edwin Lacierda, spokesman of President Benigno Aquino, told a news briefing at the Presidential Palace that part of the government’s contingency plan is to evacuate the country’s nearly 60,000 nationals in South Korea to the ‘‘nearest’’ safe place, which is Japan.
Lacierda said the Foreign Affairs Department is already in talks with the Japanese ambassador in Manila to seek Japan’s permission ‘‘to allow our nationals to stay there for purposes of being evacuated’’ if the situation on the peninsula seriously escalates beyond last Tuesday’s artillery exchanges between the two Koreas.
He said bringing them all straight back to the Philippines in a short time during an emergency situation would not be feasible, citing the nine-hour turn-around time between Manila and Seoul.
‘As far as our plea to Japan, it’s purely humanitarian. That’s one of the exit points that we’re looking into,’’ he said.
Despach from the frontline of World War 3
November 27, 2010 Saturday
Jang Gee-Yeon, a tanker-driver on the island of Yeonpyeong, wasn’t scared at first when the North Korean shells started landing. “We’d been told there were going to be exercises, so I thought it was just a misfire,” he said. “Then I got a call saying it was real. I was in shock. I ran up to the village and it was burning in at least thirty places. There could have been more. The smoke was so thick, I couldn’t see everywhere.”
The island only has one small fire engine, so Jang and his colleagues decided to convert their tanker into a lashed-up pump. “We fixed it up so we could spray water from it,” he said. “I drove. There was nobody else. We got a hose and we put out five house fires and three fires on the mountain above the village. We were looking up the whole time, worried that another bomb would land on top of us.”
If Hollywood ever needs somewhere to start World War Three, Yeonpyeong would be a good choice. North Korea is in plain view, about as far away as Portsmouth is from Ryde. A notice at the ferry terminal warns you to call a hotline number if you see enemy frogmen. On Tuesday afternoon, from an artillery base close enough to be visible through binoculars, the North Koreans launched a rather more direct assault.
Artillery Heard in North Korea
U.S. Carrier Enters Yellow Sea
November 27, 2010 Bloomberg
Residents of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island were ordered to bomb shelters after artillery shots were heard on the North Korean mainland and U.S. warships began naval exercises in the nearby waters of the Yellow Sea.
The echo of shots rang out this morning, said a South Korean Defense Ministry official who declined to be named, citing military policy. While residents were later allowed out of shelters, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington joined South Korean vessels for four days of drills.
U.S. Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. is trying to prevent the tensions over North Korea’s Nov. 23 attack on the South Korean island on the disputed maritime border from escalating into a more significant confrontation.
“We’re very focused on restraint and not letting this thing get out of control,” Mullen told CNN in an interview scheduled for broadcast on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” today and posted on the network’s Website. “Nobody wants this thing to turn into a conflict.”
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo arrived in Seoul yesterday and met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan, the government in Seoul said. He is meeting with President Lee Myung Bak today, Yonhap News reported, while China’s Xinhua News Agency said Choe Tae Bok, chairman of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly, will visit China Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.
North Korea to supply Iran with nuclear bomb components
December 2, 2010 debka
French President Nicolas Sarkozy warns that North Korea is using its crisis with the South to cover up its planned transfer to
Iran of nuclear weapons systems parts and extra-fast centrifuges for uranium enrichment that could help Tehran go into bomb production in the first half of 2011.
Items from North Korea would help Iran solve the technical problems plaguing their nuclear program.
Sarkozy wants strong military action against North Korea to halt this.
He asked US and Saudi for help. Read this.
North could face air strikes next
New defense minister says strong response is necessary[/b]
Kim Kwan-jin, the minister of national defense-designate, said yesterday that South Korea was prepared to hit back with air strikes and “punish the attacker thoroughly” should North Korea launch any further military provocations.
Kim told a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly yesterday that a stronger military response was needed to deter further attacks in the wake of North Korea’s shelling last week of Yeonpyeong Island. The minister-designate touched on his willingness to utilize fighter jets in possible future clashes with North Korea.
“We would definitely use the Air Force to strike back,” Kim said in response to a question at the hearing. During the Yeonpyeong attack, the military deployed its F-15K fighter jets, but it did not conduct an air strike against the North’s artillery sites for fear of escalating the situation.
The decision has been criticized by the public and lawmakers, and Defense Minister Kim Tae-young was forced to resign as a result.
Kim said that the rules of engagement would be changed to strengthen South Korea’s right to self-defense.
“Rules of engagement are valid as guidelines to prevent accidental clashes from escalating,” said Kim. “However, when [a country is suddenly] attacked, that’s a matter of self-defense. The enemy must be punished thoroughly until the source of hostility is eliminated.”
Answering questions from the National Assembly’s National Defense Committee, Kim underscored the possibility that North Korea could strike again, repeating a similar warning this week by the director of the National Intelligence Service.
“Up until now, North Korea has made provocations in ways that were difficult to foresee, and the provocations are getting larger in scale as they occur. There is a possibility that they will attack [again] in an unexpected way,” Kim said. “Including the five western border islands, I believe our entire country is a possible target for provocations. Attacks can be focused in one area, or they can happen at once in different regions. Preparations will be made for all possibilities.”
Kim, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a statement before his hearing that South Korea’s security was at its most critical stage since the end of the Korean War.
Kim’s comments came amid signs that the North is strengthening its military preparations and taking moves that could signal another attack.
A South Korean government source told the JoongAng Ilbo that North Korea’s army had recently added around 100 more multiple-launch rockets and about 200 tanks along the inter-Korean border.
“North Korea now has 5,200 rockets, where they had 5,100 before. At the locations where they have installed their artillery, it’s possible for North Korea to spring an attack toward the metropolitan area,” said the source.
North Korea’s 240-millimeter multiple-launch rockets have a range of 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) and are said to be able to fire 12 to 22 rockets measuring 5 meters (16.4 feet) in rapid succession.
The source said North Korea had developed tanks similar to Soviet-designed battle tanks and has installed them at the front lines.
South Korean intelligence also believes that North Korea is busy practicing for what may be another attack.
Kwon Young-se of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee said on Thursday, “The National Intelligence Service has pointed out four cases that may be signs of an additional provocation from the North. Military drills in the North have been continuously conducted, and they have also been holding firing exercises aimed at our loudspeakers.”
South Korea has installed loudspeakers along the demilitarized zone in the wake of the Cheonan sinking in March to broadcast propaganda, though they have not been operated.
A Japanese newspaper recently quoted a North Korean military official as saying that North Korea had plans to attack areas of Gyeonggi.
When asked by Grand National Party Representative Kim Dong-sung about a suspected attack from the North, Kim replied, “This is a broad subject, and we will be scrutinizing the matter.” But he dismissed the chance of a full-scale war as slim, citing the military power of South Korean and U.S. forces and the North’s domestic problems.
Full text of joint statement from S. Korea-U.S. military talks
SEOUL, Dec. 8, 2010 (Yonhap) - The following is the full text of a joint statement released Wednesday following talks between Gen. Han Min-koo, chairman of South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and his U.S. counterpart Adm. Mike Mullen.
-- Gen. Han, Chairman of the Republic of Korea (ROK) JCS and Adm. Mullen, Chairman of the US JCS held a 'ROK-US CJCS Consultative Meeting' on the 8th of December to assess the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and reaffirm their commitment to the strategic Alliance after the North Korean unprovoked attack on Yeonpyong Island, which occurred on Nov. 23.
-- Both the ROK and US Chairmen acknowledged that the artillery fire on Yeonpyeong was a deliberate and illegal armed attack which violates the UN Charter and Armistice Agreement with the excuse that they responded to the peacefully executed ROK forces' routine fire exercise south of the NLL. Moreover, both sides agreed that North Korea's inhumane actions of killing innocent civilians deserves condemnation.
-- Also, both sides agreed to strengthen joint efforts to deter further provocation and war. They agreed to primarily refine the ROK-supported US-supporting plans for local provocation in order for the Alliance to resolutely respond to further North Korean aggression.
-- Both sides reaffirmed that the Alliance is stronger than ever, and agreed to continue combined exercises designed to effectively deter North Korean aggression and strengthen the joint capabilities to respond.
-- In addition, both sides agreed to maintain the required military readiness in keeping with the strategic Alliance. This readiness remains imperative in the face of continued reckless behavior by North Korea, to include nuclear development, military threats, and provocations that threaten the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
China-US row over North Korea as tensions rise
9 December 2010
China, which supplies food and fuel to North Korea, has so far refused to condemn the attack.
China has hit back at US comments criticising Beijing for not reining in its North Korean ally, saying military threats cannot resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Earlier, US top general Adm Mike Mullen said China was "enabling" North Korea's "reckless behaviour".
Meanwhile, China's top diplomat has met North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, amid rising tensions.
State media said they "reached a consensus", but gave no details.
The US has been putting pressure on China to intervene after North Korea shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, near a disputed sea border, killing four people.
South Korea threatened to mount air strikes on the North if it carried out further attacks.
"I actually believe that because these provocations continue, and seemingly at a more frequent interval, that the danger is going up and that steps must be taken to ensure that they stop," said Adm Mullen at a news conference in Tokyo.
"Much of that volatility is owed to the reckless behaviour of the North Korean regime, enabled by their friends in China," he said.
"There is too much at stake for this sort of myopia."
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a news conference that she questioned what Adm Mullen had done for "peace and stability in the region".
N.Korea 'will rely on nuclear might for defence'N.Korea 'will rely on nuclear might for defence'
Pyongyang will rely on nuclear might to defend itself against the United States and South Korea, North Korea's Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun told Russia's Interfax news agency Friday.
"We are once again assured of the rectitude of our choice of the songun (army first) policy, and in strengthening a defence that relies on nuclear forces for deterrence," he said.
Moments after his comments, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement stating that "all sides must avoid taking any actions that can escalate the situation."
Lee says ‘change’ coming to North
Analysts say president is rejecting dialogue, promoting regime change
December 11, 2010
An unstoppable change is taking place among the North Korean people, and the time has come for South Korea to prepare for unification, President Lee Myung-bak said Thursday, an indication of a harsher policy toward Pyongyang in retribution for the communist regime’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
“I can feel that unification is drawing nearer,” Lee said during a meeting with Korean residents in Malaysia on Thursday night. “We must prepare for unification with a stronger economic capability.”
Lee said the North Korean people had been blocked to world affairs in the past, but now they understand how the world is changing. “They’ve begun to understand now that South Korea is prosperous,” he said. “This is an important change, and no one can stop this. Unification is drawing nearer.”
This was the second time in a week that Lee spoke about changes taking place among the North Korean people. “What we must pay attention to is the North Korean people’s change, not the change of the North Korean leadership,” Lee said on Dec. 3. “There is no power in history that can go against the people’s change.”
More of Lee’s views on North Korea was published by a Malaysian newspaper yesterday. In an interview with The Star, Lee urged the North to change by saying, “Pyongyang should open its doors for economic growth as Beijing has done. I hope China will actively encourage the North to choose the same route that it has taken.”
Lee also said economic cooperation between the two Koreas will become more active when Pyongyang clearly states its intention to give up its nuclear weapons programs.
Blue House officials said Lee’s remarks on change among the North Korean people had not been discussed with them in advance. People in the presidential office and the ruling party interpreted Lee’s remarks as a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as a kind of psychological warfare.
“The president doesn’t really have a good card to use against the North,” said a North Korea specialist in the ruling circle. “In such a circumstance, what Lee can do is shake up the North Korean leadership with harsh words.”
A presidential aide said yesterday that Lee’s remarks were not based on any new information about the North Korean people. “It should be understood as a warning to the North Korean regime,” he said.
Others went even further. They said Lee has decided not to treat the North Korean leadership as a dialogue partner after the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, and his remarks are a de facto declaration of his desire for a regime change in Pyongyang.
“That’s why Lee did not demand an apology from the North for the latest attack,” said a senior ruling circle official close to the president. “Lee’s recent remarks mean that he will now try to change the North Korean regime.”
Another ruling circle official also said Lee is contemplating a major change in his North Korea policy. “He is mulling over changing the focus of the inter-Korean relationship from dialogue to security,” he said. “And his thoughts are reflected in his remarks.”
It is, however, unlikely that Lee’s remarks will have a profound effect, a North Korea expert said. “Lee’s remarks won’t likely shake up the North Korean leadership or stir up North Korean residents,” he said. “It will probably work as a stress-releaser for the South Korean people over the North’s repeated provocations.”
North Korea threatens S.Korea with nuclear war
December 13, 2010 I see ONE KOREA, not 2 and I cant see either side nuking the other. NK wants to strike USA.
North Korea warned Monday that U.S.-South Korean cooperation could bring a nuclear war to the region, as the South began artillery drills amid lingering tension nearly three weeks after the North's deadly shelling of a South Korean island.
The South's naval live-fire drills are scheduled to run Monday through Friday at 27 sites. The regularly scheduled exercises are getting special attention following a North Korean artillery attack on front-line Yeonpyeong Island that killed two South Korean marines and two civilians.
The Nov. 23 artillery barrage, the North's first assault to target a civilian area since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, began after the North said South Korea first fired artillery toward its territorial waters. South Korea says it fired shells southward, not toward North Korea, as part of routine exercises.
After the attack, South Korea staged joint military drills with the United States and also pushed ahead with more artillery exercises, despite the North's warning that they would aggravate tension.
A South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff officer tried to play down the significance of this week's drills, saying they are part of routine military exercises and would not occur near the disputed western Korean sea border where last month's attack took place. The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office policy, gave no further details.
North Korea, however, lashed out at Seoul, accusing South Korea of collaborating with the United States and Japan to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang.
That cooperation "is nothing but treachery escalating the tension between the North and the South and bringing the dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over the Korean peninsula," Pyongyang's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea has often issued similar threats during standoffs.
In a show of unity, top diplomats from South Korea, the United States and Japan met in Washington last week and said they would not resume negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program until the country's behavior changes. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited South Korea last week and warned Pyongyang to stop its "belligerent, reckless behavior."
On Monday, South Korean and U.S. defense officials met in Seoul for one-day discussions on North Korea and other issues that are part of regular defense talks, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.
At the opening of the meeting, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Schiffer said "the United States stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republic of Korea and with the Korean people in the face of recent North Korean provocations," referring to South Korea by its formal name.
SOUTH KOREA NEWS
North Korea warns S.Korea to stop live-fire drills
17 December 2010 South Korea one-day, live-fire drills sometime between December 18 - 21 on Yeonpyeong Island, depending on weather and other factors.
North Korea warned South Korea to stop planned artillery drills, saying its retaliation for the maneuvers would be even more intense than its original attack that killed 4 South Koreans.
The North claims nearby waters and has said it consider such drills an infringement of its territory.
If South Korea goes ahead with drills, unpredictable self-defensive strikes will be made, said North Korean military official.
N Korea warns S Korea to stop drills
Seoul - North Korea warned South Korea to stop planned artillery drills on an island the North bombed last month, saying its retaliation for the manoeuvres would be even more intense than its original attack that killed four South Koreans.
South Korea has said it plans one-day, live-fire drills sometime between Saturday and Tuesday on Yeonpyeong Island, depending on weather and other factors.
The North, which claims nearby waters and has said it consider such drills an infringement of its territory, responded to similar firing exercises on November 23 by raining artillery shells on the tiny island, which is home to a fishing community and military bases and is near the Koreas' disputed sea border.
If South Korea goes ahead with more drills on Yeonpyeong Island, "despite our military's prior warnings, second and third unpredictable self-defensive strikes will be made", an unnamed senior North Korean military official said in comments carried by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.
The retaliation would be made "to safeguard our republic's sacred territorial waters", the North said in the notice that was sent to South Korean military officials on Friday. "The intensity and scope of the strike will be more serious than the November 23 (shelling)."
The South has said its planned drills are part of "routine, justified" exercises and has warned that it is prepared to deal with any North Korean attack. Representatives of the American-led UN Command that oversees the armistice that ended the Korean War will observe the drills.
The tough words from the Koreas came as a high-profile US state governor visited North Korea on Friday trying to ease tensions.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who has frequently been an unofficial envoy to the North, said he wanted to visit the North's main nuclear complex and meet with senior officials during his four-day trip, though details of his schedule were unclear. He said ahead of the visit that he expected to get some sort of message from the North.
N.Korea says war with South would go nuclear
SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea warned that another war with South Korea would involve nuclear weapons, as diplomatic efforts continued to ease high tensions over its deadly artillery attack and atomic ambitions.
Uriminzokkiri, the official website of the communist state, said in a commentary seen Friday that war on the Korean Peninsula is only a matter of time.
"Because of the South Koreans' reckless war policies, it is not about war or peace on the Korean peninsula but when the war will break out," the website said.
"If war breaks out, it will lead to nuclear warfare and not be limited to the Korean peninsula," it said in a posting dated Thursday.
In a separate commentary, ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun Friday described the peninsula as the world's most dangerous place.
It reiterated calls for a formal peace treaty with Washington and the withdrawal of 28,500 US troops from South Korea.
"The Korean peninsula remains a region fraught with the greatest danger of war in the world," the paper said. "This is entirely attributable to the US pursuance of the policy of aggression against the DPRK (North Korea)."
The North frequently claims nuclear war is imminent. But military tensions have risen sharply since it bombarded a South Korean border island on November 23, killing two marines and two civilians.
Pyongyang's disclosure last month of an apparently working uranium enrichment plant -- a potential new source of bomb-making material -- also heightened regional security fears.
Prominent US politician Bill Richardson is paying a private visit to Pyongyang to try to ease tensions.
The US envoy to stalled talks on the North's nuclear disarmament, Sung Kim, was to hold talks in Seoul later Friday with his South Korean counterpart Wi Sung-Lac.
Emergency UN Security Council meeting on Korean tension expected
December 17, 2010 UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council will probably convene an emergency session on Saturday on the escalating tension between North and South Korea, council diplomats said.
"We will very likely have a meeting this afternoon," a diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Diplomats said the meeting was tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m., although it could change.
The meeting was called at the request of Russia, an envoy said. It was unclear what the 15-member council planned to do. Diplomats said they hoped to issue some kind of statement to help ease the tension in the region.
Bad weather on Saturday appeared likely to delay a live-fire drill by South Korean marines that has drawn North Korean threats of another military attack.
Recent attempts by the Security Council to agree anything on North Korea have run into difficulties because of disputes between China on one side and the United States, Britain and France on the other.
Russia has also been supporting the Chinese position that the council should avoid harsh rebukes of Pyongyang. The five powers are the veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council.
Yeonpyeong Island to be site of new firing drill
Exercise will start in next few days
South Korea will stage the same live-fire artillery drill off Yeonpyeong Island that it conducted before coming under North Korean attack on Nov. 23 as early as tomorrow, the military announced yesterday.
“The maritime drill has been suspended due to the North’s attack, but we will resume the exercise,” said Army Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Taking into account the weather and other conditions, we will pick a date between Saturday and Tuesday. It will be a single-day exercise.”
The firing exercise is part of South Korea’s routine drills aimed at defending the nation’s northwestern islands, the military said. “It is a legitimate exercise that will take place in our territorial waters south of the western maritime border of the Northern Limit Line,” Lee said. “We will follow ordinary procedures. The information will be announced in advance through the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration’s navigation warning site.”
According to the site, a warning to civilian vessels to stay out of the waters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday until Tuesday near Yeonpyeong Island was already updated with the coordinates of the firing exercise site.
The drills are set to begin at 11 a.m. local time. It is almost 10:30 a.m. now.
The Russian offical that called for the security council meeting said that they were not able to "bridge all the bridges" according to the latest reports at the NY Times.
Yeonpyeong war games increase tension
It is irrational for China-North Korea to claim the Yellow Sea is their territory.
WHY South Korea claims an island near North Korea is confusing to me.
December 20, 2010
The South Korean military has held live-firing exercises on Yeonpyeong island. The drills ended after less than two hours.
Pyongyang had threatened to retaliate, but there was no sign of fire from the North's side of the border.
During the drill, fighter jets took to the sky in preparation for possible retaliation by North Korea.
The South Korean military remained on high alert after the drill ended and is observing the North carefully.
Earlier, the UN Security Council failed to reach a deal on the issue after eight hours of talks. China and Russia urged Seoul to halt the drill.
But the US envoy to the UN, Susan Rice, said the drills were "fully consistent with South Korea's legal right to self defence".
Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the international community had been left without a "game plan" to deal with tensions on the peninsula.
The South's government has been under huge domestic pressure to take a tough stance towards Pyongyang, in the wake of the 23 November shelling by the North.
US politician Bill Richardson is in North Korea on an unofficial visit, attempting to ease tensions.
Richardson said he had held "very tough" talks with Maj Gen Pak Rim-su, who leads North Korean forces along the border with the South. He said he was confident progress had been made.
UN Security Council fails to reach accord on Korea crisis
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council failed Sunday to agree a statement on the Korean military crisis and Russia warned that the international community was now left without "a game plan" to counter escalating tensions.
China rejected demands by Western nations that North Korea be publicly condemned for its November 23 attack on Yeonpyeong island which killed four South Koreans, diplomats said.
About eight hours of formal talks by the 15 nation council and private discussions, which brought in the North and South Korean ambassadors, ended without accord.
"We were not successful in bridging" differences between the parties, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told reporters.
He added that unofficial talks would continue, but Susan Rice, the US ambassador and Security Council president for December, said it was "safe to predict that the gaps that remain are unlikely to be bridged."
She added that "the majority of council members made clear their view that it was important to condemn" the November 23 artillery attack and the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
Rice called the incidents "unprovoked aggression" by North Korea on the South.
However China even rejected a version of Russia's statement which did not mention North Korea or the Yeonpyeong name in a proposed paragraph on the November 23 attack, diplomats said.
Britain produced a rival draft statement which said the council "condemns the attack launched by the DPRK on the ROK on November 23." The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the official name of the North and the Republic of Korea is the South.
Churkin said Russia demanded the meeting on Saturday because of its "grave concern" about tensions between North and South Korea, a region right on Russia's doorstep.
The South has vowed to go ahead with a live firing drill near Yeonpyeong. The North has threatened to retaliate.
Russia had wanted a call of "maximum restraint" to be sent to the two Koreas and for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to send a special envoy to negotiate with the rival states.
Churkin said the idea of a UN envoy had received "strong support" in the talks.
"I hope that this idea can still be pursued because now we have a situation with very serious political tension and no game plan on the diplomatic side," said Churkin.
Six nation talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons have come to a standstill "and there is no other diplomatic activity, so we believe that there must be an initiative and this initiative of the secretary general appointing an envoy might be something which will set a political process in track," Churkin said.
The foreign ministers of Russia and China have called on South Korea not to stage its military drills and this was reaffirmed by Churkin.
"We know that it is better to refrain from doing this exercise at this time," he said.
South Korea has US backing however and Rice countered that it had a legitimate right to stage the exercises.
S.Korea army to hold largest ever live-fire drill
December 22, 2010 (Reuters) - The South Korean army said it will hold its largest-ever live-fire drill near the military border with the North on Thursday in a show of force in the wake of Pyongyang's attack on one of its islands last month.
The drill, involving artillery, fighter jets and the largest number of personnel in a peace-time exercise, comes after the South's live-fire artillery exercise on Monday on the island near the tensely guarded sea border and is likely to infuriate Pyongyang.
It will take place on the South Korean mainland.
Tension on the peninsula had begun to ease on Wednesday after suggestions the North might admit U.N. nuclear monitors and South Korea's finance minister said the local economy was weathering the standoff.
North Korea threatens nuclear 'holy war' with South
December 23, 2010 North Korea is ready for a "sacred war of justice" using a nuclear deterrent, its armed forces minister has said.
Kim Yong-chun accused South Korea of making preparations for war by holding live-fire exercises near the border.
The drills are one of the largest in South Korea's history, involving tanks, helicopters and fighter planes.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has promised immediate retaliation to any further Northern attack.
People on the Korean peninsula are used to fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang, but as the tension escalates, the danger is that one side will feel forced to act on its threats.
The South Korean army acknowledged that the drill was aimed to display its firepower.
Although the South has conducted 47 military drills this year, this is the largest winter live-fire exercise ever conducted on land.
The North earlier branded Seoul's exercises "warmongering" but until now had not threatened the South with any retaliation.
North practices to seize 5 border islands
Radio Free Asia, citing anonymous source in China, says drills ongoing
North Korea has been training its special forces for a surprise attack on South Korea’s western border islands, going so far as to simulate a takeover of them, according to Radio Free Asia yesterday.
“From mid-December, divisions within North Korea’s navy, like the sharpshooting brigade and reconnaissance bureau, have been involved in landing drills in the waters off the coast of Nampo,” RFA said, citing a source in China well-informed about North Korea. Nampo is a North Korean city and seaport located in South Pyongan Province.
The order for the exercise was given by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son Jong-un, who demanded the border islands be taken over in the event of a sudden conflict, the anonymous source said.
The source said that the information had come from a North Korean military official in Pyongyang, saying that the exercises were being conducted to “break the will of the South Koreans who have been promising strong retaliation ever since the Yeonpyeong Island shelling.”
North Korea’s plan is to shell the islands with coastal artillery on a moonless night, render South Korean soldiers at military bases on the islands helpless, then take over the territory with soldiers landing on hovercrafts, the source said.
The source added that the South Korean military wouldn’t be able to rescue the islands because they are so far from the mainland. Westernmost Baengnyeong Island is 191.4 kilometers (119 miles) from Incheon on the mainland.
North Korea also allegedly said that South Korean troops couldn’t easily retake the islands in fear of the North’s nuclear weapons, and U.S. troops in the South would be immobilized in such a hostage situation, the source said.
North Korea said the South would fail in its attempt to take back the islands because the North’s military far outnumbers the South’s in terms of manpower, the source said.
According to a white paper released by the Ministry of National Defense yesterday, North Korea has 1.02 million men in its army alone, double the South’s 520,000.
The paper said that the North’s special forces now number more than 200,000 men, an increase of 20,000 compared to 2008.
“Regarding the threat that is North Korea, we have confirmed that North Korea now has an additional 20,000 men in its special forces,” said Chang Gwang-il, deputy minister for policy at the Defense Ministry. “We have records that North Korea has incorporated a new division at the border and made other changes to strengthen their special forces.”
The ministry also said that North Korea now has 4,100 tanks, 200 more than 2008, and has constantly been developing new submarine models as well as ballistic missiles and chemical warfare agents.
North Korea has been observed conducting winter military training. Another source well-informed on North Korea cited by RFA said that the squadron on the western coast would start holding defense exercises early next month, simulating an attack by the South.
S.Korea Includes New NK Missile in Defense White Paper
Dec. 31, 2010
The South Korean Defense Ministry says it will refer to a recently unveiled North Korean ground-to-air missile as the “KN-06.”
The ministry said Friday that it also included a picture of the missile in this year’s defense white paper, which was released on Thursday.
North Korea unveiled the ground-to-air missile --- along with a cylindrical launching pad and a missile launcher equipped with phased array radar --- during a military parade earlier in the year to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.
The Defense Agency for Technology and Quality in Seoul said in a report that the North’s new missile is similar to Russia’s S-300 missile and China’s FT-2000 missile.
NKorea warns war will bring nuclear holocaust
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea welcomed the new year Saturday with a push for better ties with rival South Korea, warning that war "will bring nothing but a nuclear holocaust."
Despite calls in its annual New Year's message for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the North, which has conducted two nuclear tests since 2006, also said its military was ready for "prompt, merciless and annihilatory action" against its enemies.
The North's holiday message — scrutinized by officials and analysts in neighboring countries for policy clues — comes in the wake of its Nov. 23 artillery attack on a front-line South Korean island near the countries' disputed western sea border. That barrage, which followed an alleged North Korean torpedoing of a South Korean warship in March, sent tensions between the Koreas soaring and fueled fears of war during the last weeks of 2010.
In a joint editorial in three newspapers, carried in the official Korean Central News Agency, the North said confrontation between the two Koreas should be quickly defused and called for a push to improve Korean relations.
"The danger of war should be removed and peace safeguarded in the Korean peninsula," said the message, which was also emphatically read by a North Korean anchorwoman, wearing traditional Korean dress, in a state television broadcast monitored in Seoul. "If a war breaks out on this land, it will bring nothing but a nuclear holocaust."
South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles relations with North Korea, said its officials were analyzing the North's message; it had no immediate comment.
4 South Koreans, including two civilians, were killed in the November shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, which North Korea carried out after warning Seoul against conducting live-fire drills there. The attack was the first on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War.
The South Korean government has strengthened security and deployed additional troops and weaponry to Yeonpyeong, which lies just seven miles (11 kilometers) from North Korean shores.
North Korea does not recognize the maritime border drawn by the U.N. in 1953, and it claims the waters around the island as its own. The Korean peninsula remains technically in a state of war because the conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, dressed in traditional Korean clothes, told his people he was full of hope for 2011.
"I am confident that we will be able to establish peace on the Korean peninsula and continue sustained economic growth," he said in a videotaped message.
In the North's New Year's message, Pyongyang repeated its vow to "launch an all-out, vigorous offensive" to build a prosperous country by 2012. That year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the revered guerrilla fighter-turned-political leader who founded the communist state in 1948 and was the father of current leader, Kim Jong Il.
That impending anniversary has South Korean leaders worried that the North's push for prosperity could involve more aggression against the South.
President Lee said Wednesday that diplomats must persuade the North to abandon its nuclear aspirations before 2012. A South Korean Foreign Ministry-affiliated think tank, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, warned in a recent report that North Korea could be planning another nuclear test for next year.
The North's New Year's editorial said the North "is consistent in its stand and will to achieve peace in Northeast Asia and denuclearization of the whole of the Korean peninsula."
The message shows the North wants to rejoin international nuclear disarmament talks, said Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea analyst at Seoul's Dongguk University, noting there was no criticism of the United States, which the North often lashes out at.
The editorial said North Korea will strive to develop cooperative relations with countries that are friendly toward it, a reference Kim said was designed to send a message to Washington.
Six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program have been stalled for nearly two years.
The North has previously used aggression to force negotiations. Recently, it has said it is willing to return to the talks. Washington and Seoul, however, are insisting that the North make progress on past disarmament commitments before negotiations can resume.
North Korea also stoked new worries about its nuclear program in November when it revealed a uranium enrichment facility — which could give it a second way to make atomic bombs. North Korea is believed to have enough weaponized plutonium for at least a half-dozen atomic bombs.
Iran Nuke Test in North Korea
January 1, 2011 DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
North Korea may be setting up a nuclear test on Iran's behalf.
A large group of Iranian nuclear scientists and technicians has been spotted in the last few days at North Korea's nuclear center at Yongbyon.
At first they were examining the new, extra-fast centrifuges for enriching uranium North Korea had showed off to America visitors in November.
But they thought again when some Iranians visited NKorea's Punggye-ri testing site near the Chinese border.
US and South Korean suspect they plan a joint North Korea-Iranian nuclear test.
Iran brought a large sum of money with them estimated at $150 million, fee for staging a nuclear test on Tehran's behalf.
Dec. 2 France strongly urged Obama to get tough militarily with North Korea.
Tehran has engaged the world powers in talks on its nuclear program solely to play for time until North Korea's assistance kicked in.
Iran testing in North Korea would defeat the enforcement of international sanctions.
Stuxnet worm (my guess) disabled Iran's nuclear weapons capability, North Korea is the only outsider with the ability and will to help Iran.
NKorea calls for unconditional talks with South
January 5, 2011 SEOUL, South Korea
North Korea called for "unconditional and early" talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it's waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.
It's rare for North Korea to issue such a statement addressed to South Korea and it came as the U.S. envoy on the North was in the region to discuss the standoff. Earlier Wednesday, Stephen Bosworth sought to calm fears of conflict on the peninsula.
Tensions between the two Koreas have been at their highest level in years since North Korea showered artillery on a South Korean-held island near their disputed maritime border in November, killing four South Koreans. The attack was the first on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War, and occurred in waters not far from the spot where a torpedo sank a South Korean warship eight months early, killing 46 sailors.
That attack was also blamed on the North — and allegation the country vehemently denies.
But the North has made some conciliatory moves recently. On New Year's Day, the government issued a lengthy statement calling for warmer ties and the resumption of joint projects with South Korea. Pyongyang, eager for food and fuel assistance, has said it wants stalled international aid-for-nuclear-disarmament talks to restart. Washington and Seoul have said the North must first fulfill past nuclear disarmament commitments.
On Monday, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed to increase his country's defenses but made clear the door was open for talks with Pyongyang and was willing to enhance economic cooperation between the rivals. On Wednesday, North Korean officials responded with their own call for negotiations.
"We are ready to meet anyone anytime and anywhere, letting bygones be bygones, if he or she is willing to go hands in hands with us," said a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. It added that history has shown that such confrontations can only lead to an "armed clash and war."
North Korea Will Pose Direct Threat to U.S.
January 11, 2011
North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles poses a direct threat to the United States, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday, a blunt assessment of the risk posed by an erratic dictatorship that considers the U.S. its foremost enemy.
North Korea will have a limited ability to deliver a weapon to U.S. shores within five years using intercontinental ballistic missiles, Gates predicted. North Korea has threatened to test such missiles, and has already conducted underground nuclear tests that prove it has manufactured at least rudimentary nuclear weapons.
"With the North Koreans' continuing development of nuclear weapons and their development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, North Korea is becoming a direct threat to the United States, and we have to take that into account," Gates said.
The risk of war on the Korean Peninsula is also rising because South Koreans are fed up with provocation and harassment from the North, Gates said.
"We consider this a situation of real concern and we think there is some urgency to proceeding down the track of negotiations and engagement," he said.
(LEAD) S. Korea rejects N. Korea's offer for early military talks
January 1, 2011 SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap)
South Korea rejected Monday a North Korean proposal to hold working-level military talks at an earlier date, saying Seoul wants to hold the talks on Feb. 11 as it originally suggested, officials here said.
The rejection came two days after the North sent a message to the South's defense ministry, suggesting Tuesday as the date for the preliminary talks, which would be the first cross-border dialogue to be held since the North's deadly bombardment of a border island in November.
"In response to North Korea's proposal for Feb. 1 talks, we sent a notice today again proposing holding the working-level military talks on Feb. 11," said a senior official at the South's defense ministry.
It was not immediately clear why North Korea wanted an earlier date, but officials here said in private that Pyongyang may be trying to resume dialogue ahead of the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il that falls on Feb. 16.
The working-level talks, to be held at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas, are aimed at setting the date, place and agenda for higher-level military talks.
Tensions persist on the Korean Peninsula after the North's artillery strike on the Yeonpyeong Island killed two marines and two civilians. The bombardment came months after a multinational investigation accused North Korea of torpedoing a South Korean warship and killing 46 sailors last March.
North Korea has so far denied any involvement in the warship sinking and insists that its artillery attack on Yeonpyeong was legitimate because the South first provoked the North by holding a live-fire drill near the island with some shells falling on the North's side.
The South's defense ministry has said it is willing to hold higher-level talks, but only if North Korea apologizes and takes responsibility for the two attacks.
North Korea has E.M.P. bomb
March 10, 2011
An EMP can knock the USA back to the stone age, many would die.
North Korea Nears Completion of Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb
N. Korea Disrupts Current Military Maneuvers With Russian Device To Jam GPS
North Korea appears to be protesting the joint U.S. and South Korean military maneuvers by jamming Global Positioning Devices in the south, which is a nuisance for cell phone and computers users, the looming menace for the military.
Since March 4, Pyongyang has been trying to disrupt GPS receivers critical to South Korean military communications. Strong jamming signals were sent intermittently every five to 10 minutes.
Large metropolitan areas have been affected by the jamming.
The North is believed to be nearing completion of an electromagnetic pulse bomb that, if exploded 25 miles above ground would cause irreversible damage to electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, radio and radar.
North Korea Tests Super-EMP Nuke
6 Jun 2011 An 0bama security official warned of new sanctions if North Korea conducted more nuclear tests.
North Korea has miniaturized its nuclear warheads so they can be delivered by ballistic missile.
North Korea appears to have a super-EMP weapon of Russian design, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states.
NKorea killing Christians
October 11, 2011 North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il’s ruthless agents are attacking and even murdering South Korean activists
Many of the activists are evangelical Christians who are smuggling out North Korean defectors and sending anti-Kim literature and Bibles across the border.
NK agents killed South Korean pastor Patrick Kim and secretly helped people slip out of North Korea into China. The weapon of choice in the August slaying most likely was a poisoned needle.
N. Korea releases photo of Kim's likely heir
September 30, 2010
Dictator's youngest son was this week handed top military and party posts.
The 20-something Kim Jong Un was one of the officials named.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Il dead
December 19, 2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il finally dead at 69 of a heart attack. His funeral will be held December 28th.
Kim Jong succeeded his father 17 years ago, and antagonized enemies.
South Korea military have been placed on emergency alert, forces will monitor North Korean troop movements closely and tighten security measures at sea.
Shared rule of North Korea Dec 21, 2011
Son of Kim Jong il to share rule of North Korea with an uncle and the military after the death of his father.
The military is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, and has pledged allegiance to the son, Kim Jong Un.
Kim's eldest son slips off radar in Macau Dec. 24, 2011
The whereabouts of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, once seen as the natural successor in the communist dynasty, has become a subject of intense speculation since his father's death.
Kim Jong-Nam is believed to have lived a life of reclusive luxury, mainly in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau, since he was caught in 2001 entering Japan on a fake passport saying he wanted to take his family to Disneyland.
Apparently banished by his father and North Korea's secretive ruling elite, Jong-Nam, 40, has watched from afar as his young half-brother, Kim Jong-Un, has been groomed since 2009 to succeed his father as the nation's leader.
Jong-Nam's movements since the announcement of his father's death on Monday could give clues about the machinations in Pyongyang during the sensitive transition of power in the impoverished, nuclear-armed state.
North Korea announces prisoner amnesty
January 10, 2012 North Korea says it will grant an amnesty for prisoners to mark the birthdays of two late leaders.
State news agency KCNA said that the amnesty would begin from 1 February, in honour of Kim Jong-il, who died in Dec, and his father Kim Il-sung.
No information was given as to how many prisoners would be released or who.
Amnesty International estimates as many as 200,000 people are being held in political prison camps around the country.
KCNA said that the amnesty embodied the "noble, benevolent and all-embracing politics of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il".
This year is being presented as the 70th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's birth and the centenary of his father.
Mr Kim died on 17 December of a heart attack. He had ruled North Korea - an impoverished nuclear-armed state with a dire human rights record - since the death of his father in 1994.
He is succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-un, who is in his late 20s and has little political experience.
North Korea last conducted a prisoner amnesty in August 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule, and the one before that was in 2002.
It is not clear how many prisoners were freed on either occasion.
Last year rights group Amnesty International said that it believed prison camps inside North Korea were expanding.
Its findings were based on satellite imagery which showed that the size of the camps had grown considerably.
The group cited testimony from former prisoners describing a regime of torture, hunger and forced labour inside the camps.
North Korea test-fired short-range missiles
January 13, 2012 North Korea fired three short-range missiles this week in an apparent routine test of its technology, a South Korean official said Friday.
The North fired the KN-02 missiles, which are usually deployed against ground targets and have a range of about 75 miles, into its eastern waters on Wednesday, a Defense Ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of ministry policy.
Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper first reported the tests.
North Korea regularly conducts short-range missile tests, but the latest came as it tries to consolidate new leader Kim Jong Un's grip on power after his father Kim Jong Il's death on Dec. 17.
Rumors of War: N. Korea threatens to attack S. Korea if it proceeds with live military exercise
February 19, 2012 – NORTH KOREA - North Korea’s military warned Sunday that it will retaliate if an upcoming South Korean firing drill violates the North’s territorial waters. A notice carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency warned residents of five islands near the disputed border in the Yellow Sea to evacuate before 9 AM Monday morning. An announcer on a radio broadcast from Pyongyang said there will be an immediate and merciless counter-attack if even a “single column of water” is monitored in North Korean waters during the drill. South Korea regularly conducts artillery exercises from front-line islands near the disputed border off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula. Such a drill triggered a North Korean artillery bombardment in November of 2010 that killed four South Koreans on the island of Yeonpyeong. Seoul’s semi-official Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed official of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying South Korea and the United States will proceed with a live-fire anti-submarine drill Monday despite the warning. Analysts and U.S. military officers contacted by VOA News say the evacuation advisory is unusual, but that threats of retaliation against South Korean military drills are common and not necessarily cause for any undue alarm. –VOA
There have been background rumors the son has been killed and the NK military is in charge.
This is unconfirmed, just keep it in mind. Things changing so fast on this earth.
Did North Korea test nuclear warheads for Iran in 2010?
March 5, 2012 – IRAN – What is one sure thing sure to set trigger-happy warmonger fingers in the U.S. and Israel on Defcon 1 more than the word Iran? The words Iran and North Korea. How about three nouns that will send crude soaring by at least $10 the second a CL trading algo sees them fly across Bloomberg? Try “Iran” “North Korea” and “Nukes.”And if the following report just released by the Wiener Zeitung is even remotely correct, then Israel, the military industrial complex, and crude are all about to go ballistic, not necessarily in that order. According to one of Europe’s most famous newspapers, which in turn references a report in Welt am Sontag, North Korea has conducted at least two nuclear warhead tests in 2010, of which was on behalf of Iran. “This could mean that with North Korea’s help Tehran may already have a tested nuclear warhead….According to the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”, this assumption is based on data from the Organization of the contract for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban. Accordingly, the Swedish nuclear physicist Lars-Erik De Geer uses data from monitoring stations in South Korea, Japan and Russia and believes that North Korea instead of uranium, used plutonium in two prior secret tests as far back as in 2006 and 2009.” What is striking here is the effluvious, meaningless innuendo and baseless allegations. But this certain plant may well be the false flag straw that breaks the camel’s back. While it is unclear if it was planted by the US or Israel is irrelevant, it has one simple mission – to preempt even more irrationality by Iran, a day after its parliamentary election has put president Ahmedinajad in power vacuum limbo, with his chief opponent gaining vast popular support. Which is precisely what is needed to validate a response. –Zero Hedge
North Korea says rocket launch to go ahead
March 19, 2012 – NORTH KOREA - North Korea on Sunday rejected criticism of its planned long-range missile launch which threatens to upset its only major benefactor, China, and put relations with the United States back in the freezer just as they seemed to be starting to thaw. Political analysts say the launch, which would violate U.N. resolutions on the heavily sanctioned state, is aimed at boosting the legitimacy of its young new ruler Kim Jong-un who inherited power after his father’s death in December. “The peaceful development and use of space is a universally recognized legitimate right of a sovereign state,” the North’s state KCNA news agency said. North Korea says it is using the rocket to launch a satellite to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding ruler and grandfather of the current ruler. The United States, and others, say it is much the same as a ballistic missile test and therefore off-limits for the isolated state which has for years been trying to build a nuclear arsenal. Washington, which last month agreed to supply North Korea with food in exchange for a suspension of nuclear tests, missile launches and uranium enrichment and to allow nuclear inspectors into the country, called the planned launch “highly provocative.” More troubling perhaps for Pyongyang, which is long accustomed to trading invective with Washington, Beijing called the planned launch a “worry” in a rare attempt to put public pressure on its impoverished ally. The North has invited foreign observers and journalists to attend the launch. It announced the planned launch on Friday just weeks after the deal with Washington. It will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il-sung. –Reuters
Japan prepares missiles to intercept an errant North Korean missile launch
March 23, 2012 – JAPAN – The Japanese parliament has approved a resolution condemning North Korea’s planned missile launch, and the country is also preparing contingencies should the missile veer off course and pose a threat to Japan. Speaking in Tokyo Friday, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said the Japanese military will be prepared for any eventuality. Tanaka says he is ordering officials to prepare deployment of PAC-3 surface-to-air missiles and Aegis destroyers carrying a state-of-the-art anti-missile system that could attempt to shoot down the rocket. Pyongyang says it will place an earth observation satellite into a polar orbit in mid-April to honor the 100th birth anniversary of its late founder and perennial president, Kim Il Sung. Members of the international community say the launch is a pretext for a long-range missile test, which North Korea is forbidden from conducting under U.N. sanctions. South Korean and Japanese diplomats met in Seoul to share their responses to the upcoming launch. Japan’s nuclear envoy, Shinsuke Sugiyama, says Tokyo and Seoul are also in contact with other capitals. “We agreed we should keep coordinating our positions and comparing notes between ROK [South Korea] and Japan, and also including those in Washington, and of course we should be ready to talk to the Chinese, which I will do, and Russians too as a member of the six-party talks,” said Sugiyama. The six-party talks were intended to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear programs. But in 2009 Pyongyang announced it would “never again” participate after the U.N. Security Council moved to condemn North Korea for a failed launch that year. -VOA
U.S. steps up pressure on North Korea over planned missile launch
March 24, 2012 – ASIA – A North Korea missile launch could send the missile over the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. U.S. 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 defenses 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 U.S. and others say the launch is a cover for a long-range missile test – a potential delivery system for nuclear weapons. The launch is expected to dominate a security summit on Monday in the South Korean capital Seoul, which will be attended by U.S. President Barack Obama. Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald said Mr. Campbell had briefed Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Friday on the rocket’s southward trajectory. “If the missile test proceeds as North Korea has indicated, our judgment is that it will impact in an area roughly between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines,” the paper quoted Mr. Campbell as saying. “We have never seen this trajectory before. We have weighed into each of these countries and asked them to make clear that such a test is provocative and this plan should be discontinued.” North Korea’s last rocket launch in 2009 triggered UN sanctions BBC Asia analyst Charles Scanlon says Pyongyang appears to be trying to soften the political impact of its planned rocket launch. It has chosen a new southerly route mainly over open sea, avoiding what is regarded as a more provocative easterly trajectory over the main Japanese island. North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency said: “A safe flight orbit has been chosen so that carrier rocket debris to be generated during the flight would not have any impact on neighboring countries.” North Korea has shown a growing mastery of ballistic technology during its three previous long range tests. However, experts say that none has succeeded in reaching orbit, and debris has fallen to earth at various stages during the launches. –BBC
North Korea to aim test missile at Australia
March 24, 2012
North Korea plans to test long-range missile in April aimed toward SE Asia and Australia.
Its expected to land between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Previous North Korean rockets have been launched over Japan.
B Hussein 0bama is in Korea March 25, 2012
North Korea warned against rocket test
South Korea may shoot rocket
March 26, 2012
China Expert Downplays North Korea Rocket Launch
International nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea
USA warned North Korea against a planned rocket launch.
Hussein 0bama spoke from the Korea DMZ.
South Korea has warned that it might shoot down any North Korean rocke.
South Korea may shoot down North Korean missile
March 26, 2012 – SEOUL – South Korea has warned it might shoot down a North Korean rocket if it passes over its territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit. “We are studying measures such as tracking and shooting down [parts] of a North Korean missile in case they stray out of their normal trajectory” and violate South Korean territory, said Yoon Won-shik, a spokesman at the South’s defence ministry. He called the launch “a very reckless, provocative act” that undermines peace on the Korean peninsula. Yoon said North Korea had moved the main body of the rocket into a building at a site near the village of Tongchang-ri in North Phyongan province and that it was making preparations for a launch. The South Korean and U.S. military were closely monitoring the situation, he added. Nearly 60 world leaders have gathered in Seoul to talk about ways to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists. But North Korea has dominated attention since announcing this month it would send a satellite into space aboard a long-range rocket. North Korea calls the launch part of its peaceful space program and says a new southerly flight path is meant to avoid other countries; previous rockets have been fired over Japan. Washington and Seoul, however, say the multistage rocket is meant to test delivery systems for long-range missiles that could be mounted with nuclear weapons. Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Myung-bak, urged North Korea in a joint news conference on Sunday to immediately halt its launch plans, warning they would deal sternly with any provocation. Obama said the move would jeopardise a deal settled last month in which the US would ship food aid to the North in exchange for a nuclear freeze. The launch preparations come as North Koreans and new leader Kim Jong-un mark 100 days since the death of Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, and prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Kim Il-sung, the North Korean founder, on 15 April. –Guardian
Patriot missiles to be deployed in Tokyo: Japan is to deploy surface-to-air missiles in central Tokyo in readiness for North Korea’s planned rocket launch, its defense minister said today. The deployment of an anti-missile battery in the densely packed capital city would be in addition to facilities on the southern island chain of Okinawa Naoki 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 of North Korea’s rocket is expected to fly over Japan’s southernmost island chain, Tanaka added. The nuclear-armed North has announced it will launch a rocket in mid-April to put a satellite into orbit, a move the United States, South Korea and other nations see as a pretext for a long-range missile test banned by the UN. Tanaka said on Friday he was readying Japan’s missile defense systems to shoot down the rocket if it looked set to fall on the country, a move similar to measures Japan took in 2009 before Pyongyang’s last long-range rocket launch. –Indian Express
PENTAGON ACTIVATES MISSILE DEFENSE FOR NORTH KOREAN LAUNCH
April 2, 2012 Bill Gertz
The Pentagon activated its global missile shield in anticipation of North Korea launch next week of a long-range missile.
3 interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot it down if its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies.
U.S. activates missile defense shield for North Korean missile test
April 3, 2012 – NORTH KOREA - The Pentagon recently activated its global missile shield in anticipation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range missile, according to defense officials. The measures include stepped-up electronic monitoring, deployment of missile interceptor ships, and activation of radar networks to areas near the Korean peninsula and western Pacific. Three interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot down the North Korean missile if space-, land-, and sea-based sensors determine its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Obama administration will regard any launch by North Korea as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions regardless of whether the North Koreans claim the rocket test is for space launch purposes, the officials said. The technology and rocketry used for a space launch is nearly identical to that used with ballistic missiles that carry a warhead, they said. Also, because the payload or warhead of the test launch cannot be determined prior to launch, the Obama administration decided to activate the missile defense system. According to U.S. officials, current intelligence assessments indicate the North Korean missile will be launched from a base called Tongchang-ri, located on a west coast peninsula north of Pyongyang between April 12 and April 15. The missile’s first stage could impact in the Yellow Sea near South Korea and the second stage could land east of the Philippines in the Pacific. Satellite images published Monday show preparations for the launch are continuing. Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham would not say if missile defenses were activated for the upcoming test. However, Cunningham said, “North Korea’s announcement that it plans to conduct a long-range missile launch at any time would be in direct violation of its international obligations.” -WFB
North Korea preparing for nuclear test this week
April 09, 2012 Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test.
The excavation at North Korea's northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages.
Its release comes as North Korea prepares to launch a long-range rocket that Washington and others say is a cover for testing missile technology that could be used to fire on the United States.
North Korea to mount satellite for rocket launch
April 10, 2012 A satellite will be installed on the Unha-3 rocket.
The official dismissed concerns that the launch was a cover for developing missile technology as "nonsense".
3 Asian airlines have made changes to flight paths to avoid the rocket.
"We are expecting to complete assembly by today," said Ryu Kum-chol, deputy director of the space development department at the Committee of Space Technology.
He said the launch - scheduled between 12-16 April - was part of the peaceful development of a space programme. North Korea says it will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of late leader Kim Il-sung.
But the opponents of the move say it contravenes UN resolutions that were imposed after a similar launch in April 2009.
Russia said on Tuesday said that Pyongyang's plans showed ''disregard'' for the resolutions.
N.Korea launches rocket
April 09, 2012 North Korea on Friday launched a long-range rocket, Seoul's Yonhap news agency said, citing a South Korean government source.
"North Korea launched a long-range rocket and we're tracking its trajectory," the source said.
North Korea has previously said the rocket will place a satellite in orbit for peaceful research purposes, but Western critics see the launch as a thinly veiled ballistic missile test, banned by United Nations resolutions.
North Korea launches rocket
CNN REPORTING IT LAUNCHED - AND FAILED - "BROKE UP"
HUGE FAILURE FOR NORTH KOREA
Japan said it was only airborne one minit.
UN meeting in emergency session Friday, April 13
Apr 12, 2012
North Korea on Friday launched its controversial rocket carrying a weather satellite, South Korea's Defense Ministry and U.S. officials said.
A spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Seoul told reporters at a briefing that the launch at taken place at 0739 local time (2239 GMT) and that
South Korea and the United States were checking whether it had been a success.
The launch has drawn international criticism and threats to shoot the rocket down as well as sabotaged a food aid deal with the United States.
The Unha-3 rocket took off from a new launch site on the west coast of North Korea, near the Chinese border,
and if successful will enhance Pyongyang's ability to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, critics say.
The three-stage rocket's flight path will take it over the sea between the Korean peninsula and China, where the first stage is due to splash down.
A second stage is due to land in waters off the Philippines.
The launch had been timed to coincide with the 100th birthday celebrations of the isolated and impoverished state's founder, Kim Il-sung, and
came after a food aid deal with the United States had hinted at an easing of tensions on the world's most militarized border.
N. Korea suffers major blow as rocket crashes
April 13, 2012 Friday
Long-range rocket fails to deliver satellite into orbit, crashing in sea minutes after launch.
North Korea admitted its much hyped long-range rocket failed to deliver a satellite into orbit on Friday
while American and South Korean officials said it crashed into the sea a few minutes after launch, dealing a blow to the reclusive state.
Pyongyang had defied international pressure from the United States, the United Nations and others to push ahead with the launch
timed to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the deceased founder of the state,
and to coincide with the ascent to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un.
Even close ally China had warned against the launch and South Korean intelligence officials have said
North Korea may be ready to follow it up with a nuclear test as it did after a rocket launch in 2009,
even though it could face more United Nations sanctions if it did.
Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test
North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.
The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of the dead founding president Kim Il-sung and to mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un, is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength.
"The possibility of an additional long-range rocket launch or a nuclear test, as well as a military provocation to strengthen internal solidarity is very high," a senior South Korean defense ministry official told a parliamentary hearing.
The two Koreas are divided by the world's most militarized border and remain technically at war after an armistice ended the Korean War in 1953.
The United States and Japan said the rocket, which they claimed was a disguised missile test and the North said was to put a satellite into orbit, crashed into the sea after travelling a much shorter distance than a previous North Korean launch.
Its failure raises questions over the impoverished North's reclusive leadership which has one of the world's largest standing armies but cannot feed its people without outside aid, largely from its only powerful backer, China.
N. Korea nuclear test may come WITHIN 2 weeks
April 21, 2012 S. Korean paper quotes gov't source as saying it is "highly likely" that North has installed a nuclear device inside tunnel.
North Korea has completed preparations for a third nuclear test.
atellite images show an underground tunnel has been built at the site of North Korea's two previous nuclear tests. "Heaps of earth and sand which had been piled up outside the new tunnel have disappeared...It is highly likely that the North has installed a nuclear device inside the tunnel and sealed it (with the piles of earth and sand)," Chosun Ilbo quoted a South Korean government source as saying.
North Korea to boost nuclear deterrent after U.S. pressure
May 22, 2012 (Reuters) - North Korea intensified its war of words against the United States on Tuesday, vowing to strengthen its nuclear deterrent after Washington warned Pyongyang of further sanctions if it did not abandon its atomic program.
Last week, world leaders meeting in the United States said North Korea needed to adhere to international norms on nuclear issues and that it would face deeper isolation if it "continues down the path of provocation".
The North's foreign ministry spokesman served notice via the official KCNA news agency on Tuesday that it would "bolster its nuclear deterrent as long as the United States was continuing with its hostile policies" and that it planned "countermeasures" following pressure from Washington.
Under new leader Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang tried but failed to launch a long range rocket called Unha in April, breaking an agreement with the United States that would have traded food aid for access to its nuclear facilities, among other things.
US special forces parachuted into North Korea
May 29, 2012 Seems to me to make this public would endanger the lives of our troops!
US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations.
Pyongyang had built thousands of tunnels hidden from our satellites.
4 of the North's tunnels go under the Demilitarized Zone separating the Koreas.
20 air fields are partially underground, and thousands of artillery positions.
2 tunnels at a nuclear testing site
North Korean soldier defects
October 6, 2012
A North Korean soldier killed two of his officers before crossing the heavily mined border into South Korea.
Defections across the buffer zone dividing the two Koreas are rare as the land border is heavily armed and tightly guarded.
The North Korean claimed that he shot dead his platoon and squad chiefs while on guard duty shortly before his border crossing.
North Korea threatens to attack South Korea
October 19, 2012 – SEOUL, South Korea — The two Koreas are exchanging threats ahead of a planned launch of balloons in the South Monday to send leaflets to the North – an event Pyongyang considers a provocation. North Korea threatened on Friday to attack the South if activists proceeded with a plan to send leaflets north across the border criticizing the Pyongyang regime. South Korea’s military said it would immediately strike back if the North did so. The exchange of saber-rattling, though hardly unprecedented, comes at a politically sensitive time in South Korea, where a presidential election is to be held in December and parties are highly attuned to how a surprise North Korean move might affect the outcome. An umbrella group of anti-Pyongyang organizations, mostly led by defectors from the North, has announced plans to release balloons bearing propaganda leaflets on Monday in Imjingak, a South Korean village near the western border with North Korea. Activists have conducted similar balloon launches near the border before. The statement Friday, released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, said that as soon as a balloon launch is detected, the North Korean People’s Army “without warning will start a merciless attack” targeting Imjingak and its surroundings. “The leaflets are a most undisguised act of psychological warfare, a violation of the armistice and an intolerable act of war,” the statement said. It urged South Koreans to leave the targeted area. The two Koreas are technically at war, the 1950-53 Korean War having ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty. They have engaged in several skirmishes in recent years. Speaking to lawmakers on Friday, the South Korean defense minister, Kim Kwan-jin, noted that North Korea had issued similar threats before about leaflets from the South, without following up on them. But he said that if North Korea does strike, “we will eradicate their origin of attack.” Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector who is organizing the leaflet campaign, said his group remained undeterred. “We send facts about the North Korean regime to the North Korean people through peaceful means,” he said. “We will send our balloons as planned.” –NY Times
North Korean nuclear site damaged
October 24, 2012 Satellite imagery of North Korea underground nuclear test site at Punggye-ri in the northeastern corner
shows that significant repairs have been undertaken to mitigate damage caused by floods.
170 people were killed, 400 missing and 84,000 left homeless after floods in late June and July.
A typhoon had submerged much farmland.
South Korea reported damage to North Korea nuclear test site on Mount Mantap
N Korea floods kill 169, 400 missing - Aug. 4, 2012
North Korea to launch long-range rocket between 10 and 22 December
The aim is to launch a satellite.
Previous - unsuccessful - launches have been criticised as breaches of a UN ban on North Korean ballistic missile tests.
The announcement is likely to increase tensions with North Korea's neighbours, with a presidential election scheduled for 19 December in South Korea.
North Korea's most recent rocket launch, in April, was a failure.
The US, Japan and South Korea said the rocket flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into waters off the Korean peninsula.
North Korea plans rocket launch next week
Hannukkah begins tonight, and the mideast situation is VERY HOT. Satan plans, news media LIES, but God is in control.
Dec 7, 2012
U.S. warships moving to monitor North Korea planned rocket launch set between December 10 and 22.
Pyongyang says the launch aims to put a satellite into space. The United States views it as a test of a nuclear-capable missile.
Where do the parts of it go if it fails again?
Supposedly the NKorea new leader Kim Jong-un would take a more rational approach to how it deals with its economy, its citizens and its international relationships.
Kim took power after the death of his father, former leader Kim Jong-il, on December 17, 2011.
North Korea launches rocket
Dec 12, 2012 North Korea successfully launches long-range missile, puts satellite into orbit, and the United States, South Korea and Japan condemned it.
NORAD said the rocket traveled south with the first stage falling into the Yellow Sea and a second stage falling into the Philippine Sea.
Japan said one part of the rocket landed west of the Korean Peninsula.
Debka reported Iran missile experts at NKorea missile site
North Korean satellite tumbling out of control
The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth.
It is some kind of space vehicle but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do.
South Korea says North Korea rocket appears to be orbiting Earth, as North releases photos of its feat
December 13, 2012 South Korea said Thursday a rocket successfully launched into orbit by North Korea appears to be orbiting the Earth normally, but the country says it does not know whether the rocket is functioning properly.
South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters that the satellite is orbiting at a speed of 4.7 miles per second but it's not known what mission it is performing. He says it takes two weeks to determine whether a satellite works successfully after liftoff.
The news comes after a defiant North Korea released images and control room footage of the feat, which the U.S. and other nations have labeled a "provocative" act.
The rogue regime fired the long-range rocket into space Wednesday, defying international warnings and taking a major step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear missile. While the stated purpose was to put a weather satellite into orbit, the three-stage rocket's deployment also demonstrates the nation's ability to send a nuclear warhead as far as California, and raises the stakes in the international standoff over North Korea's expanding atomic arsenal.
"The satellite has entered the planned orbit," a North Korean television news reader announced, after which the station played patriotic songs with the lyrics "Chosun (Korea) does what it says."
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) later confirmed that the nation had "deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit."
NKoreans mark rocket success with mass rally
Dec 14, 2012 North Korea has staged a mass rally in Pyongyang to celebrate Wednesday's long-range rocket launch.
State television showed huge crowds cheering to mark the launch, which has been condemned by many nations as a banned test of missile technology.
South Korea, meanwhile, says its navy has retrieved debris from the rocket and will study it.
The first stage of the rocket fell west of the Korean peninsula. South Korea's navy located it shortly afterwards.
It was North Korea's first successful use of a three-stage rocket to put a satellite into orbit. North Korea said on Friday that more launches would go ahead.
Correspondents say the launch will also help consolidate the power of North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, who took over almost exactly a year ago following his father's death.
The UN Security Council has condemned the launch, calling it a missile test that violated two UN resolutions banning Pyongyang from such activities passed after its nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
The US, South Korea and Japan - who believe North Korea is working to develop long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads - want action such as the strengthening of sanctions.
But China - North Korea's main ally - says any UN response should be "conducive to peace" and avoid escalating tensions.
Apparently malfunctioning North Korea satellite could orbit Earth for years
December 18, 2012 A North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be malfunctioning but could remain in orbit for several years, said an expert in the United States.
North Korea says the satellite is working. Even if it isn't, its successful launch into space marks a milestone in the impoverished country's technological advances, especially given accusations that the rocket launch was actually a test of systems that could be used to launch long-range missiles targeting the U.S.
Data from trackers in South Africa and Britain suggest the brightness of the satellite has been fluctuating, which indicates it is tumbling as it orbits. That likely means a malfunction in the probe's stabilizers because it was designed to constantly point toward the Earth.
Even so, the probe is continuing to complete orbits and could do so for several years, said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. McDowell said that since the cause of the malfunction remains unclear, it is conceivable that North Korea could determine how to fix it and regain control.
"The best guess at this point is that it is probably broken,"' he told The Associated Press by telephone from Cambridge, Massachusetts. "It is certainly continuing to complete orbits. It is up there and it will be up there for years. But the thing is sort of twirling around. It seems to me the satellite is not working."
North Korea has hailed the launch as a gift to the nation's late leader, Kim Jong Il, and proof that his young son, Kim Jong Un, has the strength and vision to lead the country.
But the United States, Japan, Britain and others see it as a provocation and violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning North Korea from developing its nuclear and missile programs. The Security Council has said it would urgently consider "an appropriate response."
NKorea rocket can reach USA
23 December 2012 North Korea's recent rocket launch shows it has the ability to fire a rocket more than 10,000km (6,200 miles), South Korean officials say.
The estimate, which would potentially put the Western US in range, was based on an analysis of rocket debris.
However, there was no confirmation that the North had the re-entry technology needed to deliver a missile.
Experts believe North Korea is also years away from gaining the ability to mount a nuclear bomb on a missile.
North Korea launched the Unha-3 rocket on 12 December, in defiance of sanctions and international warnings.
It was the first time the North had made successful use of a three-stage rocket to put a satellite into orbit, and observers said it appeared to mark a step towards fielding an intercontinental range ballistic missile.
"As a result of analysing the material of Unha-3 (North Korea's rocket), we judged North Korea had secured a range of more than 10,000km in case the warhead is 500-600kg," a South Korean defence ministry official told journalists.
North-South Korea seek unification
January 1, 2013 In a surprise New Year speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas.
But North Korea has offered olive branches before.
North Korea launched a long-range rocket in December 2012 aimed at putting a satellite in orbit.
North Korea considers North and South as one Korea.
The New Year address was the first in 19 years by a North Korean leader.
North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes rare new year speech
North Korean leader seeks end to confrontation with South
North Korea nuclear attack on USA?
Feb 6, 2013 The United States has opened the door to a possible nuclear attack from North Korea simply by failing to address the
possibility that our electrical grid could be compromised or collapsed by an EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
An EMP could incapacitate the United States.
North Korea lofted a satellite into Earth orbit, the step before an ICBM.
5.1 earthquake North Korea
Feb. 12, 2013 5:11 a.m.
NATO says North Korean nuclear test is a grave threat to the world.
This nuclear test by North Korea is totally unacceptable, as it constitutes a grave threat to Japan’s security
A South Korean official said that there is "high possibility" of North Korea conducting a nuclear test after a 5.1 magnitude quake was detected.
North Korea stages nuclear test in defiance of bans
Regime confirms it set off its third nuclear bomb, signalled by an earthquake detected by South Korea, Japan and the USA
North Korea carries out biggest nuclear test
North Korea has carried out its third, most powerful nuclear device test
North Korea conducts third controversial nuke test
2/12/13 PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.
North Korea said the atomic test was merely its "first response" to what it called U.S. threats, and said it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if Washington maintains its hostility.
It claimed the device was smaller than in previous tests; South Korea said it likely produced a bigger explosion.
The underground test, which set off powerful seismic waves, drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the U.N. and others. Even its only major ally, China, summoned the North's ambassador for a dressing-down.
North Korea and Iran partners
Feb 13, 2013 North Korea nuclear bomb test attended by Iranians.
The North Korean nuclear test conducted Feb. 12 brings Iran that much closer to conducting a test of its own. A completed bomb or warhead are not necessary for an underground nuclear test; a device which an aircraft or missile can carry is enough.
Pyongyang NK maintains permanent scientists in Tehran, whereas Iranian experts are in regular attendance at North Korea nuclear and missile tests.
North Korea and Iran partners
Feb 13, 2013 North Korea nuclear bomb test attended by Iranians.
The North Korean nuclear test conducted Feb. 12 brings Iran that much closer to conducting a test of its own. A completed bomb or warhead are not necessary for an underground nuclear test; a device which an aircraft or missile can carry is enough.
Pyongyang NK maintains permanent scientists in Tehran, whereas Iranian experts are in regular attendance at North Korea nuclear and missile tests.
No radiation detected from North Korea nuclear test
North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.
2/19/13 "As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea's erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction," North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting.
Jon's comments drew quick criticism from other nations, including South Korea, France, Germany and Britain, whose ambassador Joanne Adamson said such language was "completely inappropriate" and the discussion with North Korea was heading in the wrong direction.
"It cannot be allowed that we have expressions which refer to the possible destruction of U.N. member states," she said.
'This is a match made in hell'
Joel Rosenberg: North Korea, Iran
'working very, very closely' on nukes
Earlier this month, North Korea conducted what appears to be its largest and most sophisticated nuclear test to date, but what may also be emerging from the story is the extent that Iran and North Korea are colluding in their efforts to grow their nuclear programs.
One of the most telling indicators of this collaboration may be the reported presence of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi at the North Korean test. Mahabadi is the chief Iranian nuclear scientist and rarely travels outside of Iran.
That prospect is very troubling to foreign-policy expert and accomplished fiction and nonfiction author Joel C. Rosenberg. He is the author of “The Twelfth Imam” trilogy. The final installment of the trilogy, “Damascus Countdown,” debuts March 5.
“That is further, I would say confirmation, but certainly raises further concern that North Korea is actually doing the testing for Iran. In other words, Iran would essentially be paying for North Korea to be its research and development system, both for ballistic missiles but also for warheads,” Rosenberg told WND. “So Iran might be assembling a bomb right now. We don’t know that for sure. North Korea might be providing the data for how to test it and make sure that it works. This convergence, this collaboration, between Iran and North Korea is exceedingly dangerous for the United States but also clearly for Israel and for the rest of the Middle East.”
North Korea threatens nuclear attack on America
North Korea cancels Korean War cease-fire
March 5, 2013 North Korea vowed to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, citing U.S. sanctions and U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.
NKorea warned of surgical strikes meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula.
Such heated military rhetoric is common from North Korea.
N. Korea vows to scrap ceasefire if South, US continue military drill
North Korea threatens nuclear attack on America
Mar 8, 2013 We should not laugh at this. They are capable of doing this and its been their dream, our nightmare for years.
North Korea led by tyrant Kim Jong-un has sensationally vowed to launch a NUCLEAR attack on the USA.
This threat comes after they conducted underground nuclear tests in February which caused a 4.9 earthquake.
Los Angeles and San Fransicko Calipornia are in their sights.
North Korea threatens a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor. That would be Washington DC.
North Korea threatend to scrap the armistice that ended the 1950-53 war with South Korea.
And it criticised military exercises between the US and South Korea.
U.S. says U.N. sanctions will bite North Korea
Mar 8, 2013 The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed tougher sanctions against North Korea Thursday targeting the secretive nation's nuclear program hours after Pyongyang threatened a possible "preemptive nuclear attack."
"These sanctions will bite, and bite hard," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said after the vote.
China, North Korea's key ally, could have used its veto power to block the sanctions. Instead, after weeks of negotiating, it signed on to the final draft.
"China is a country of principle," China's U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said. "We are firmly committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean peninsula."
North Korea ends peace pacts with South
Very angry North Korea threatens to nuke DC
North Korea Claims Nuclear Missiles On Standby
March 9, 2013 The UN passed a resolution on North Korea, NK ratcheted up its rhetoric, vowing to incinerate Washington DC with a nuclear attack.
NK ally China appears alarmed by NK nuclear activities and is ready to try to slow them.
US nuked predicted
North Korea cuts off hotline
March 11, 2013 North Korea has cut off a Red Cross hotline with South Korea as it escalates its war of words against Seoul and USA
in response to a United States and South Korea joint military drill and U.N. sanctions.
The Red Cross hotline is used to communicate between Seoul and Pyongyang.
South Korea called at 9 a.m. and there was no response to daily test.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen since the February 12th third nuclear test.
South Korea and U.S. forces are conducting large-scale military drills until the end of April.
North Korea is preparing a military exercise.
The North has threatened a nuclear strike on the United States.
US-South Korea drills begin amid North Korea tensions
The US and South Korea have begun annual military drills amid high tensions with North Korea in the wake of a UN sanctions vote.
Pyongyang has strongly condemned the exercises.
Seoul says North Korea also severed a cross-border hotline.
US fears NK is building (has) a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a missile.
Late last week, South Korea new President, Park Geun-hye, warned that the security situation on the Korean Peninsula was very grave.
The two Koreas remain technically at war, because an armistice was signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korean conflict, rather than a peace deal.
November 2010 four South Koreans were killed in North Korean shelling on a border island.
North Korea Communist Party newspaper warned that the situation is now unpredictable.
North Korea has 5 nuclear submarines
March 12, 2013 5 atomic-bomb equipped North Korean submarines have evaded US Navy and are preparing to strike targets in South Korea, Japan and North America.
Russia noted a series of suspicious transfers of unknown materials from the Nuclear Test Facility to the NK Naval Base. Shortly thereafter 10 Yono-class miniature submarines departed and are feared to have aboard them atomic bombs.
A Yono sub is thought to have fired the torpedo attack which sank a South Korean corvette, on 26 March 2010 that killed 46 and injured 56.
NKorea activity increases dramatically
March 14, 2013 North Korea has begun evacuating some citizens into tunnels with emergency provisions and putting military camouflage on buses and trucks.
North Korea has dramatically increased the number of fighter jets in its skies, and may have closed access to its limited internet from the outside.
Flights of North Korean fighter jets and helicopters reached about 700 sorties on March 11.
North Korea has created a war-like atmosphere
What is North Korea going to do? I dont ever remember thembeing on this type of footing over war games before. Martial law high alert, cancelled armistice, etc.
US to deploys missiles, North Korea
March 16, 2013 North Korea has tested short-range missiles in the Sea of Japan (known as the East Sea in Korea).
The North Korean military launched two KN-02 short-range missiles into international waters.
The U.S. is deploying 14 new ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska to counter renewed nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran.
The new interceptors will be based at Fort Greely, an Army launch site about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, and are projected to be fully deployed by 2017.
Guam, Japan within range of NKorea
March 21, 2013 North Korea warns that U.S. bases in Guam, Japan are within its striking range.
US B-52 bombers are making flights over South Korea as part of annual military exercises.
North Korea orders artillery to be combat ready, targeting U.S. bases
3/26/13 North Korea said on Tuesday its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to be combat ready, targeting U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after U.S. bombers flew sorties threatening the North.
The order, issued in a statement from the North's military "supreme command", marks the latest fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang since the start of joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean forces early this month.
South Korea's defense ministry said it saw no sign of imminent military action by North Korea.
North Korea to cut all channels with South as "war may break out any time"
3/27/13 Reclusive North Korea is to cut the last channel of communications with the South because war could break out at "any moment", it said on Wednesday, days after warning the United States and South Korea of nuclear attack.
The move is the latest in a series of bellicose threats from North Korea in response to new U.N. sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test in February and to "hostile" military drills under way joining the United States and South Korea.
The North has already stopped responding to calls on the hotline to the U.S. military that supervises the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Red Cross line that has been used by the governments of both sides.
"Under the situation where a war may break out at any moment, there is no need to keep north-south military communications which were laid between the militaries of both sides," the North's KCNA news agency quoted a military spokesman as saying.
North Korea plan to attack US Hawaii and mainland
Washington DC - GOOD!
Los Angeles - GOOD!
and Austin, Texas?
US flies bombers over South Korea
March 28, 2013 US deploys B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea
Two B-2 stealth bombers were sent to South Korea to participate in a training exercise.
They flew from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping inert munitions before returning to the U.S.
The United States flew 2 practice runs over South Korea, in a second show of force to North Korea after a B52 bomber made a similar run earlier this week.
U.S. military Threat Level Red Declared
March 28, 2013 United States Military went to threat level red. 6 different sources confirm.
What are they preparing for? North Korea has declared war upon the United States and South Korea.
The Pentagon has deployed B52 and B-2 bombers to South Korea. WW3 is now upon the horizon.
NKorea says it is in a 'state of war' with SKorea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea warned Seoul on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula had entered "a state of war" and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that's the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. Analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely, noting that the Korean Peninsula has remained in a technical state of war for 60 years. But the North's continued threats toward Seoul and Washington, including a vow to launch a nuclear strike, have raised worries that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash.
North Korea's threats are seen as efforts to provoke the new government in Seoul, led by President Park Geun-hye, to change its policies toward Pyongyang, and to win diplomatic talks with Washington that could get it more aid. North Korea's moves are also seen as ways to build domestic unity as young leader Kim Jong Un strengthens his military credentials. On Thursday, U.S. military officials revealed that two B-2 stealth bombers dropped dummy munitions on an uninhabited South Korean island as part of annual defense drills that Pyongyang sees as rehearsals for invasion. Hours later, Kim ordered his generals to put rockets on standby and threatened to strike American targets if provoked.
North Korea: 'outbreak of war hours away' as Kim Jong-un plans US strike
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has ordered missile units to prepare to strike US mainland as a British tour operator was warned that the "outbreak of war probably only hours away".
The order came after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would not be cowed by Pyongyang's bellicose threats and stood ready to respond to "any eventuality". Mr Kim directed his rocket units on standby at an overnight emergency meeting with top army commanders, hours after nuclear-capable US B-2 stealth bombers were deployed in ongoing US joint military drills with South Korea. In the event of any "reckless" US provocation, North Korean forces should "mercilessly strike the US mainland ... military bases in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea", he was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
While North Korea has no proven ability to conduct such strikes, Mr Kim said: "The time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists." Meanwhile, Dylan Harris, director of Lupine Travel, which specialises in holidays to unusual places like Iran, Chernobyl and Siberia, received an email on Friday morning. It said US stealth bomber flights over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DRPK) had made the situation "critical with the outbreak of war probably only hours away". It was not clear who the email was from.
There is currently a British golfer in Pyongyang as part of a group holiday. Mr Harris said: "I contacted the Foreign Office and if they say it's unsafe we will not travel or organise further trips to North Korea. "However, there is a group of ten golfers in Pyongyang, which is where the only public golf course is, who are due to fly out of the country tomorrow (Saturday). "One of them is British and nine are Chinese. I'm in constant touch with them and they are all safe and in good spirits." "We had planned to organise a golfing tournament in May but with the current situation I don't know if that will go ahead, some customers have already cancelled."
U.S. - South Korea drills
April 1, 2013 YAK YAK YAK
The United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to Osan Air Base South Korea to join military drills in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea.
U.S. flew B-52 and B-2 bombers over South Korea last week.
This damned Obama is determined to involve USA homeland in a world war. EVERYONE who voted for him is guilty.
Kim Jong Un gathers parliament amid rising tensions
South Korean military to respond strongly should northern neighbor attack.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows nuclear strikes on South Korea and the US.
South Korea will respond
South Korea pledges strong response against North.
President Park Geun-hye said that she took the series of threats from Pyongyang very seriously.
North Korea is entering a state of war with South Korea, pledged to build up its nuclear arsenal.
North Korea to restart nuclear reactor
Apr 2, 2013 North Korea says it will restart all facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, including a reactor mothballed in 2007.
US to move missiles to Guam
April 3, 2013 The US has announced it is moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as North Korea steps up its warlike rhetoric.
The latest statement from Pyongyang "formally informs" the Pentagon it has "ratified" a possible nuclear strike.
Pyongyang has threatened to target the US and South Korea in recent weeks.
The US Department of Defense said on Wednesday it would deploy the ballistic Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (Thaad) in the coming weeks.
The Thaad system includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, and AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, together with an integrated fire control system.
North Korea's warlike statements follow fresh UN sanctions and joint military drills by the US and South Korea.
US could make preemptive strike on North Korea
April 3, 2013 Rep. Peter King said the United States had the right to take preemptive military action against North Korea if there was solid
evidence that Kim Jon Un planned to attack the United States or South Korea.
We have a moral obligation and an absolute right to defend ourselves. AND SO DOES ISRAEL! HELLO!?
Military buildup in China near North Korean border continues as tanks, armored vehicles spotted
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.
According to U.S. officials with access to intelligence reports, both intelligence and Internet reports from the region over the past week revealed the modest military movements in the border region that began in mid-March and are continuing.
The buildup appears linked to North Korea’s March 30 announcement that it is in a “state of war” with South Korea after the United Nations imposed a new round of sanctions following the North’s Feb. 12 nuclear test and because of ongoing large-scale joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
Is North Korea about to start World War 3? The truth behind rogue state's fighting talk
4/3/13 With a 900,000-strong army, a terrifying chemical arsenal and a leader with an itchy trigger finger, it could explode into a devastating war.
IT is easy to see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a joke figure, and to dismiss his puffed-up posturing about bombing the US as bluster.
And it is true there is no chance of a North Korean nuclear missile flattening New York, Manhattan, Washington or LA any time soon.
But with a 900,000-strong army, a terrifying chemical arsenal and a leader with a very itchy trigger finger, the fragile situation in Korea could explode into a devastating war.And international concern is mounting.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, himself a former South Korean foreign minister, has called for direct talks with North Korea to contain the situation.
The United States responded to North Korean threats with a quiet demonstration of its enormous military might, sending B-52 and B2-stealth bombers for training flights over North Korea.
U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE TO GUAM...
Warplanes moved to Philippines...
American Troop Poised at Border...
'Could make preemptive strike'...
Kim Jung-Un Losing Control?
China miffed at NKorea...
PYONGYANG PREPS MISSILES
Obama wants to crash USA economy, and may use war with NKorea as the excuse.
NWO is crashing all world economies. Its the Rev. 13 Beast system
FDIC can NOT insure you if 5% of U.S. banks go under
NKorea's Twitter account hacked amid tension
NKorea's Twitter account hacked amid tension; Anonymous allegedly grabs NKorea data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula. The North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North's leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials.
Instead, a picture posted Thursday on the North's Flickr site shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: "Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death."
Another posting says "We are Anonymous" in white letters against a black background. Anonymous is a name of a hacker activist group. A statement purporting to come from the attackers and widely circulated online said that they had compromised 15,000 user records hosted on Uriminzokkiri.com and other websites. The authenticity of the statement couldn't be confirmed, but the North's official website did not open Thursday. Tweets on the North's Twitter account said "Hacked" followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. One tweet said "Tango Down" followed by a link to the North's Flickr page.
South Korea deploys warships
Apr 5, 2013 South Korea has deployed two warships with missile-defence systems, a day after the North apparently moved a missile to its east coast.
Seoul saying it may be for a test rather than a hostile act.
2 North Korean subs are unaccounted for, may be loaded with nuclear warheads, can strike USA.
North Korea tells British diplomats to be out of the country by April 10
The NWO plan is for WAR, so dont count this out.
Russia: NKorea suggests evacuating diplomats
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says Moscow doesn't understand why North Korea has suggested that Moscow and other countries close their embassies in Pyongyang, and he says he's concerned about the high tensions on the Korean peninsula. Minister Sergey Lavrov was quoted Friday during a visit to Uzbekistan as saying that Russia is in touch with China, the United States, Japan and South Korea — all members of a dormant talks process with North Korea — to try to figure out the motivation.
"We are very perturbed about the supercharged tensions, which for now are verbal. We want to understand the causes of this proposal," Lavrov said, according to the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti. About two dozen countries have embassies in North Korea. A spokesman for the Russian embassy there, Denis Samsonov, told Russian media that the embassy was working normally.
Russia has appeared increasingly angry with North Korea as tensions roiled following a North Korean nuclear test and the country's subsequent warnings to South Korea and the United States that it would be prepared to attack. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Thursday strongly criticized North Korea for its "defiant neglect" of U.N. Security Council resolutions. A ministry statement Friday after the embassy evacuations proposal said "We are counting on maximum restraint and composure from all sides."
A spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said his government was considering its next move in North Korea but that it regarded the North Korean suggestion to embassies as an effort to portray the United States as a threat.
'We will NOT back down': West slams North Korea after madman dictator is pictured brandishing a gun and warns that diplomats' safety is at risk after April 10
Rogue communist state issued a deadline of April 10 to every government
Russia in 'contact with U.S., China and South Korea' about staff safety
About two dozen countries, including the U.K., have embassies in North Korea - although the U.S. has no diplomatic relations
N Korea has moved second Musudan missile with 3,000km range
South Korea deployed two warships with missile-defence systems
Pyongyang releases footage of Kim Jong-un joining in with target practice
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6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Russia's Far East, close to China and North Korea
4/5/13 An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude was registered in the border area between Russia, China and North Korea, the US Geological Survey said Friday.
The epicenter of the quake was 9km from the Russian village of Zarubino, about 60km northeast of the North Korean city of Aodzhiri and approximately 608 km from the capital Pyongyang. No casualties or damage have been reported.
The earthquake struck at a depth of 561.9 km.
As the epicenter of the quake is not within North Korea itself, the South Korean Defense Ministry said that the quake did in fact result from natural causes, and not a nuclear test.
Both earthquakes and nuclear tests create seismic waves, and the earthquake comes as Pyongyang has recently threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the US.
On Friday, North Korea warned that it would be unable to guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the country in the event of conflict starting from April 10.
In March, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook the northern part of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula in the country’s Far East, and a 6.9 earthquake struck south of the peninsula in late February.
Neither resulted in causalities or significant damages.
An underground formation in the area known as the Kuril-Kamchatka arc is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.
The USGS says that since 1900, seven massive earthquakes registering 8.3 on the Richter Scale or higher have occurred along the arc.
This is definitely something to keep an eye out in the coming weeks - NK asking other countries to leave their embassies is big news.
Iran lines up behind North Korea
April 5, 2013 Tehran’s intercession in the Korean crisis on the side of its ally in Pyongyang was predictable.
North Korea warns foreign embassies to prepare escape
U.S. Wont be Surprised if North Korea Launches a Missile
White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday that the American administration would not be surprised if North Korea followed through on its recent threats to launch a missile.
"We've obviously seen the reports that North Korea may be making preparations to launch a missile. We're monitoring this situation closely, and we would not be surprised to see them take such an action," Carney was quoted by Politico as having said during a press briefing.
"We have seen them launch missiles in the past and the United Nations Security Council has repeatedly condemned them as violations of the North’s obligations under numerous Security Council resolutions, and it would fit their current pattern of bellicose, unhelpful and unconstructive rhetoric and actions," he added.
Carney reiterated the United States' call for North Korean leaders to choose peace.
"We urge them to stop with the provocations and to focus instead on meeting their international obligations and feeding their own people," he said. "They are only making themselves more and more isolated from the rest of the world."
The North Korean army said Thursday it had final approval to launch "merciless" military strikes on the United States, involving the possible use of "cutting-edge" nuclear weapons.
In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) said it was formally informing Washington that reckless U.S. threats would be "smashed by... cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means".
On Friday, it was reported that North Korea has moved more intermediate range missiles to its east coast, pointing them toward the United States. North Korea's leaders have also threatened neighboring South Korea.
In another sign that it may be planning some military action, North Korea on Friday warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it was unable to guarantee their safety after April 10, adding that they should consider evacuating their missions amid soaring nuclear tensions.
European countries with embassies in Pyongyang, such as Britain and Russia, reported receiving a warning advisory.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon described the daily threats from Pyongyang as "really alarming and troubling", warning the situation could spiral out of control, and Germany summoned the North Korean ambassador to convey Berlin's "serious concern."
North Korea: US Deploys Spy Plane To Japan
The US brings forwards its drone deployment to Japan after North Korea moves two missiles on mobile launchers to its east coast.
Tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula amid reports the US has deployed an unmanned spy plane to Japan to boost its surveillance after North Korea readied missile launchers on its east coast. The Global Hawk will be stationed at the US airbase in Misawa, northern Japan, in the first ever deployment of the aircraft in the country, the Sankei Shimbun reported, quoting government sources.
The US military informed Japan last month about plans to deploy the plane between June and September but has brought the date forward. It comes after North Korea warned foreign diplomats they may not be safe in the country if war breaks out. Pyongyang asked foreign embassies whether they were considering evacuating staff, saying the government could not guarantee their safety in the event of conflict from April 10.
The British Foreign Office dismissed the warning as "rhetoric". However, an urgent international effort to defuse the situation is under way. The heads of EU missions are to meet to hammer out a common position on the crisis, while the US works its diplomatic channels to resolve the stand-off with Pyongyang.
GRAVE SITUATION LOOMING in NORTH KOREA
April 7, 2013 Former ambassador says long-range missile shift raises specter of EMP attack
North Korea cant guarantee the safety of diplomatic missions April 10th.
They threatened to unleash smaller, lighter nuclear strike against U.S.
U.S. deployed the Aegis destroyers equipped with interceptor missiles and a nuclear submarine into Korean waters.
The USS Cheyenne sub can launch Tomahawk missiles.
If North Korea were to launch an EMP it would destroy major portions of the U.S. electrical grid system.
Damned devil Obama is so recklessly starting wars all over the world. What a murderer!
The fuse for WW3 is lit
April 7, 2013 Obama is preparing a pre-emptive strike against the missiles located on the east coast of North Korea, according to insider military sources.
The report claims this is in progress.
NKorea is a proxy of China. Obama has set China and Russia against USA. The time is nigh for Duduman-Gruver visions of nuclear attack on USA.
While sheepl attention are diverted, a move will occur on Syria
The fuse for WW3 is lit. LISTEN to this report.
North Korea: Special Report – action imminent?
North Korea to wipe out USA bases and institutions in one blow
NUCLEAR ATTACK on AMERICA
Visions of Duduman, Henry Gruver, AA Allen appear about to happen, 2 Pages
WHO BLINKS FIRST?
I put this in AMERICA NEWS as its Obama's war, damn him!
China rebukes North Korea
April 8, 2013 China president Xi Jinping said no country should be allowed to threaten world peace. It is primarily Barak Obama doing the threatening. NK is just responding.
No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain, pointing to the Korean crisis.
The Chinese comments came after Beijing faced a choice between reining in North Korea or facing a larger American military presence in East Asia. DEBKA
Chernobyl childs play if something happens in Korea
Apr 8, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin said, we are worried about the escalation on the Korean peninsula, because we are neighbors.
And if, God forbid, something happens, Chernobyl may seem like a childs fairy tale. I would urge everyone to calm down. DEBKA
North Korea Cuts Off Economic Ties With South as Tensions Escalate
North Korea announced Monday that it would pull all workers and suspend operations from the joint-Korean Kaesong industrial zone, one of the last relics of cooperation between North and South Korea. In a statement released by the state-run North Korean News Agency, Kim Yang-gon, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, claimed that South Korea is attempting to turn the industrial zone “into a hotbed of confrontation between compatriots and war against the DPRK, hurting its dignity.”
More than 50,000 North Korean workers will be recalled from the zone. There are currently 475 South Korean managers in the industrial area that is located north of the 38th parallel but their situation is unclear. The Kaesong industrial zone combines South Korea’s technological prowess with North Korea’s cheap labor and provides Pyongyang with $90 million in annual wages. Around 123 companies operate in the zone and mostly produce cheap clothing and footwear.
N. Korean Satellite Flies Over America Over And Over And Over Again In The Next 5 Days…
Hattip to Beforeitsnews reader Jason Glass for the heads up on this story.
The North Korean satellite launched into space back in December of 2012 that is said to be for weather forecast purposes but is being widely portrayed in the West as a veiled ballistic missile test passes over the East Coast of America and as far west as just west of the New Madrid fault line over and over and over again in the next several days. You can check out the flight path of KMS 3-2 yourself right here. Be sure to click the 'show all passes' button. You can also see an absolutely bizarro North Korean video report showing America being nuked from space to the sound of 'We Are The World' below while the video at the very bottom of the story shows KMS 3-2 filmed over Africa. You may be able to see it yourself if you're in its flight path with a telescope; where the green lines are below, the satellite is illuminated by the sun and may be visible if the sky is dark enough. Why so many times over the population hubs of America? Why are they leaving the Western half of America alone? Why 'We Are The World"?
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Video: 1/3 Of US Air Force Grounded: ‘Sequester’ N. Korean Nuclear False Flag On The Horizon?
Something isn't right here! For YEARS and years the US government has found a way to print enough money to make sure that they could build a thousand more bombs and for some reason, the Department of Homeland Security has found enough money to buy BILLIONS of rounds of hollow point bullets but, in this hour of potential WORLD CRISIS, the US government can't find enough money to fund an entire ONE-THIRD of the United States Air Force because of the 'sequester'? Something stinks to high heaven as North Korea gets ready for a missile fired over Japan and has notified that they may soon conduct another nuclear test. This breaking story below from Asbury Park Press stinks to high heaven.
NORFOLK, VA. — The Air Force is grounding about a third of its active-duty combat aircraft because of automatic spending cuts.
The stand-down will affect units stationed in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific. Those units include fighter, bomber, aggressor and airborne warning and control squadrons.
Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va. made the announcement Tuesday.
Some units deployed that include F-16s, F-22s, A-10s and B-1s will stand down after they return home from their deployments. Other units began Tuesday.