Posts Tagged ‘ Korean Peninsula ’

Opportunity for US to extricate itself from Korea

May 28, 2014
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Pyongyang can’t very well ignore America. And the best way to deter an aggressive superpower is to build nuclear weapons and missiles, and to threaten to use them. Thus, going home should be the foundation of U.S. policy toward the Koreas. When Washington agreed to a defense treaty with the South 61 years ago, the latter was in no condition to defend itself from renewed attack. But everything has changed since the end of the Cold War. Today Seoul doesn’t need conventional backup. Nor does the U.S. military commitment help resolve the nuclear issue." (05/25/14)

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Pyongyang set for further “nuclear measures,” envoy says

March 25, 2014
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Global Post    

"North Korea will take additional 'nuclear measures' if the United States continues its current approach toward Pyongyang, the communist nation's senior envoy here said Monday. Speaking at a news conference, Ri Tong-il, the North's deputy ambassador to the U.N., warned his nation is set to demonstrate its nuclear capability. ... He accused the Obama administration of deliberately continuing a hostile policy towards Pyongyang, citing the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint military drills as an example. He also took issue with Secretary of State John Kerry's recent remarks describing North Korea as an 'evil' place." (03/24/14)

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North Koreans vote in parliament “election”

March 9, 2014
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Channel News Asia [Singapore]    

"North Koreans voted on Sunday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament -- an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang. The vote to elect representatives for the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) was taking place as scheduled, the state-run KCNA news agency said, adding that voter turnout was a whopping 91 per cent as of 2.00 pm (0500 GMT). ... The results are a foregone conclusion, with only one approved candidate standing for each of the 687 districts." (03/09/14)

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North Korea: Regime abducts another Christian missionary

February 19, 2014
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Time    

"Australian missionary John Short was scheduled to return to China this Friday from a group tour to North Korea. But a day after landing in the country last weekend, the 75-year-old was questioned and detained, his wife, Karen Short, says. She got the news Wednesday when his traveling companion journeyed back solo. 'I pray for my husband to come back soon,' she told TIME. North Korea has yet to comment on Short’s case, but his family believes he was probably apprehended for carrying Korean-language Christian pamphlets into the secretive state." (02/19/14)

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North Korea: Kim cements hold on power, moves to expand corporate autonomy

October 11, 2013
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Asahi Shimbun [Japan]    

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has purged nearly half of his senior party and military officials since he took power as part of efforts to consolidate his rule and breathe life into the moribund economy. ... South Korea's Ministry of Unification said Kim Jong Un reshuffled 44 percent of all senior party, military and government officials between January 2012 and September of this year. He appointed Choe Ryong Hae, a party stalwart and close aide, as director of the military's General Political Bureau to consolidate the party's control over the military. Kim Jong Un has also frequently replaced key military personnel, including the chief of the General Staff, minister of the People's Armed Forces and chief of the operations department." (10/11/13)

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North Korea: Regime puts troops on alert over US-led military drill

October 8, 2013
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"North Korea has placed its military on alert and warned of 'disastrous consequences' in response to a United States-led military drill near the Korean peninsula. A North Korean military spokesman Tuesday told state media all troops have been ordered to 'keep themselves ready to promptly launch operations at any time.' South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok confirmed North Korea's military has been placed on high alert." (10/08/13)

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North Korea: Regime blames US for aborting envoy’s trip

September 2, 2013
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ABC News    

"North Korea has withdrawn its invitation to a U.S. envoy to visit the country over a detained American because Washington perpetrated a 'grave provocation' by allegedly mobilizing nuclear-capable bombers during recent military drills with Seoul. Analysts said the moves signal that possible informal negotiations between the two countries over the release of Kenneth Bae were not going smoothly, with Pyongyang likely seeking some concessions from Washington in return for freeing him." (09/02/13)

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US intel claim: North Korea can put nukes on missiles

April 11, 2013
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ABC News    

"The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded with 'moderate confidence' that North Korea might have a nuclear weapon that's small enough to be placed on a ballistic missile. But the DIA also says that if that is the case, the reliability of the missile would be low. The alarming assessment came near the end of a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey. It also came as North Korea has been issuing threats that range from testing a new missile to nuclear war against the U.S. and South Korea." [editor's note: The only thing this tells us is that the US government wants the public to believe that the North Koreans can put nukes on missiles (just like they wanted the public to believe that Saddam still had WMD stockpiles, etc.); it is better evidence of US intentions than of North Korean capabilities - TLK] (04/11/13)

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Anonymous hacks North Korea social network accounts

April 4, 2013
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Anonymous BBC News [UK state media]    

"The hacking collective Anonymous has said it has been 'hacking' and vandalising social networking profiles linked to North Korea. The group has issued several warnings since the country's threats have intensified. Uriminzokkiri, a news site, has been forced offline -- while Twitter and Flickr accounts have been breached. Anonymous also claimed to have accessed 15,000 usernames and passwords from a university database." (04/04/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025724  

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Explaining North Korea

April 3, 2013
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The rhetorical hysteria coming out of North Korea is par for the course: this is, after all, the country’s chief (and only) export. Washington knows full well Pyongyang has neither the means nor the intention to attack the United States, in spite of the comic-opera threats -- and yet we’re acting as if the threat is real." (04/03/13)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/04/02/explaining-north-korea/  

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Obama regime sends F-22s to South Korea

April 1, 2013
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USA Today    

"After weeks of warlike rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session that followed a ruling party declaration that nuclear bomb building and a stronger economy were the nation's top priorities. The meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly follows near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including vows of nuclear strikes on South Korea and the U.S. The United States, meanwhile, sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to participate in annual war games with South Korea ..." (04/01/13)

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North Korea cuts key military hotline

March 28, 2013
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Business Week    

"Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut a military hotline that has been essential in operating the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation: an industrial complex in the North that employs hundreds of workers from the South. There was no immediate word about what cutting one of the few remaining official North-South links would mean for South Korean workers who were at the Kaesong industrial complex. When the link was last cut, in 2009, many South Koreans were stranded in the North." (03/27/13)

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North Korea: Regime puts artillery forces on high alert

March 26, 2013
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ABC News    

"North Korea said today it has moved strategic rocket and artillery units into top combat position in preparation for a strike against the United States. ... the United States and South Korea Friday signed a military pact providing for a joint response to even low-level provocation from the North. The move was predicted by analysts to provoke the North, and state news Monday released photos of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, inspecting People's Army Unit 1501. In response to the KCNA statement today, South Korea's Presidential Office downplayed the threat." (03/26/13)

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South Korea: Bank, media networks crash in possible cyber attack

March 20, 2013
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Fox News    

"Computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters crashed simultaneously Wednesday, paralyzing bank machines across the country and prompting speculation of a cyberattack by North Korea. Screens went blank at 2 p.m. (0500 GMT), the state-run Korea Information Security Agency said, and more than seven hours later some systems were still down. ... The network paralysis took place just days after North Korea accused South Korea and the U.S. of staging a cyberattack that shut down its websites for two days last week. Loxley Pacific, the Thailand-based Internet service provider, confirmed the North Korean outage but did not say what caused it." (03/20/13)

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South Korea, US begin drills as North Korea threatens war

March 11, 2013
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ABC News    

"North and South Korea staged dueling war games Monday as threatening rhetoric from the rivals rose to the highest level since North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island in 2010. Enraged over the South's joint military drills with the United States and recent U.N. sanctions, Pyongyang has piled threat on top of threat, including vows to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. and to scrap the nearly 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War. Seoul has responded with tough talk of its own and has placed its troops on high alert."

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Isolated North Korea says its rockets can hit US mainland

October 8, 2012
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Reuters    

"Isolated North Korea has rockets that can hit the U.S. mainland, it said on Tuesday, two days after South Korea struck a deal with the United States to extend the range of its ballistic missiles. ... North Korea is believed to be developing a long-range missile with a range of 6,700 km (4,160) miles) or more aimed at hitting the United States, but two recent rocket tests both failed." (10/08/12)

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North Korea: Army chief “relieved of duties”

July 15, 2012
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"North Korea's army chief has been relieved of all his posts due to illness, state media has said, in a surprise development that removes one of new leader Kim Jong-un's inner circle. Ri Yong-ho is regarded as one of the key figures who has helped support the young, untested leader in the transition following the death in December of his father Kim Jong-il, the longtime leader of the reclusive state." (07/15/12)

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North Korea ready to carry out nuclear test

May 24, 2012
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CNN    

"North Korea appears to be ready to carry out a nuclear test whenever leaders of the reclusive state give the green light, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday. The comment follows an analysis of recent commercial satellite images by the defense publication IHS Janes, which suggested activity was being ramped up at North Korea's nuclear test site." (05/24/12)

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Whose islands are they? South Korea’s regime tries branding

May 24, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"When it comes to some disputed islets located in the Sea of Japan, South Korea is not shy about making its claim. Though the Japanese refer to island group as Takeshima and remain in a bitter dispute over the issue, Koreans are adamant that Dokdo is Korean sovereign territory -- and they are very committed to letting the rest of the world know. The latest ploy: a Napa Valley wine produced by Korean-American dentist Ahn Jae-hyun at his Dokdo Winery that uses the island post code as its moniker." (05/24/12)

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North Korea: Regime vows to push ahead with nuclear program

May 22, 2012
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Fremont Tribune    

"North Korea on Tuesday vowed to push ahead with its nuclear program because of what it called U.S. hostility, as an outside analysis of satellite images suggested it has ramped up work at its nuclear test site over the past month. North Korea's statement from an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman came a day after a senior U.S. envoy met with high-ranking South Korean and Japanese envoys in Seoul and warned the North that an atomic test would unify the world in seeking swift, tough punishment." (05/22/12)

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Panetta rattles saber at North Korea

April 24, 2012
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is warning North Korea not to engage in any further provocation on the heels of the country's latest threats against South Korea. Panetta, who is in Brazil, told reporters he had no indication of any specific actions being planned by North Korea. But he said he would 'strongly urge' the North to avoid any acts that would create any greater instability in that part of the world." (04/24/12)

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North Korea: Rocket launch apparently fails

April 12, 2012
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CBS News    

"South Korea's foreign minister says a North Korean long-range rocket launch has been confirmed a 'failure.' ... North American Aerospace Defense Command officials say the U.S. detected and tracked the launch of the North Korean missile at 6:39 p.m. EDT. NORAD says the missile went south over the Yellow Sea about 165 kilometers west of Seoul. Stages two and three failed and no debris fell on land." (04/12/12)

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North Korea: Kim solidifies power with top party posts

April 11, 2012
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CBS News    

"North Korea was poised Thursday to send a rocket into space as the nation's young leader ascended to new top political posts strengthening his hold on power. ... The nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, was named first secretary of the ruling Workers' Party, a newly created post. He also succeeded his late father as chairman of the Central Military Commission, which formulates the party's military policies, and was elevated to standing member of the powerful Political Bureau, the party's highest-level decision-making body." (04/11/12)

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North Korea: Regime says rocket assembly almost complete ahead of launch

April 10, 2012
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CNN    

"North Korea said the assembly of a rocket it plans to launch in the coming days should be completed Tuesday, setting the stage for a move that has been widely criticized by other nations. The launch will take place at some point between Thursday and Monday as previously noted, Ryu Kun Chol, a senior North Korean space official, told reporters in Pyongyang." (04/10/12)

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South Korea says North preparing for nuclear test

April 8, 2012
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Business Week    

"North Korea appears to be in the final stages of preparations for an underground nuclear test to follow a long-range rocket launch scheduled for as early as this week, according to a report compiled by South Korean intelligence officials. Satellite photographs of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site near North Korea’s border with Russia and China show excavation consistent with preparations for previous tests in 2006 and 2009, according to the report obtained by Bloomberg News." (04/08/12)

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