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Fatty Spoonbanger sabre rattling again - fires missile into Sea of Japan

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Post  bb1 on Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:17 pm

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-14/nyt-shocking-report-us-ally-ukraine-source-north-korean-missile-engines

NYT Shocking Report: US "Ally" Ukraine Is Source Of North Korean Missile Engines

When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea's allegedly nuclear-capable ballistic missile program.

Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing "expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies."

The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
According to the report, analysts who studied photographs of Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. "The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents."

Since the alleged engines have been linked to only a few former Soviet sites, government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of the territory where Russia is fighting a low-level war to break off part of Ukraine. During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence.
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Is there any truth in this? I have NO idea, but nothing Ukraine does would surprise me, especially if there is $$$$$$$ involved.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:03 am

North Korea launches 3 short-range ballistic missiles, one fails in flight.

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles on Friday, one of which failed in flight, the U.S. Pacific Command said early Saturday.

An earlier assessment by PACOM had said that two missiles failed in flight.

"As an update to our initial release, the first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. did not 'fail in flight,' Cmdr. David Benham, a PACOM spokesman said in a statement Saturday. "Rather, they flew approximately 250 kilometers in a northeastern direction. We will continue to work with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of this latest launch and we will provide a public update if warranted."

The second missile launch occurred at 12:07 p.m. It appears to have blown up immediately.

PACOM's initial statement said the launches occurred near Kittaeryong, North Korea.

In a separate statement, Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense said it was aware of the launch, but it was "determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump has been briefed and is monitoring the situation.

This latest North Korean missile test would be the 12th ballistic missile test this year. North Korea has demonstrated significant advancements in its missile technology this year testing and is on a pace to test more missiles this year than in any previous calendar year.

Their biggest achievements were North Korea’s successful launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July proving they could reach the continental United States.

The two launches in July triggered an international crisis as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged in volatile rhetoric.

On Aug. 8, Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," touching off a war of words between the two governments.

Kim said he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in "mid-August." Guam is a U.S. island territory that is home to two American military bases.

But, after reviewing those plans, Kim ultimately decided he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees," seeming to walk back an imminent threat to the island and de-escalating tensions on the Peninsula -- at least for now.
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Post  Lamplighter on Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:58 am

North Korea makes chilling threat against UK as it ramps up war preparations.

North Korea has threatened the UK with “a miserable end” if it participates in the joint US-South Korea military exercises currently taking place.

British forces are not currently involved in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, which began on Monday and will continue till the end of the month, but a small number of UK servicemen are expected to be taking part along with representatives from other countries such as Australia.

A statement released by the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency denounced Washington and Seoul as “warmongers” and said the annual drills were “provocative”.

It dismissed the claims by South Korea that the drills were purely defensive, saying “formations of strategic bombers loaded with nuclear bombs are always ready for sortie”.

“We solemnly warn not only the US and [the] puppet group but also satellites, including [the] UK and Australia, which are taking advantage of the present war manoeuvres against the North, that they would face a miserable end if they join in,” it continued.

It comes amid a war of words between Pyongyang and Donald Trump which has exacerbated the already tense relations between North Korea and the US.

Mr Trump said North Korea would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it escalates its nuclear threat – after receiving a report which suggested the regime had developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

In response, Pyongyang threatened a nuclear strike against Guam – the nearest US-controlled island to the Korean Peninsula.

Theresa May is due to visit Japan next week where she is expected to condemn North Korea’s ongoing nuclear weapons programme.

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Post  bb1 on Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:46 pm

https://www.rt.com/news/401221-north-korea-fires-missile/

Pyongyang has launched a missile which, according to the Japanese government, passed over northern Japan.
The Japanese government activated its J-Alert warning system after North Korea fired an unidentified missile early Tuesday morning.

The North Korean missile passed over Japanese territory around 6:06am local time, Reuters reports. The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile but warned people to take precautions.

Meanwhile, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Pyongyang fired a “projectile... in the direction of the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 5:57am,” according to Yonhap. It added that the American and S. Korean militaries are now analyzing the latest North Korean missile launch.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:14 am

North Korea detonates 'most powerful nuclear weapon yet' hours after saying it had developed new hydrogen bomb.

North Korea is thought to have carried out its most powerful nuclear weapon test to date hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of "great destructive power".

An earthquake registering 6.3 was detected in the secretive state on Sunday 75km (45 miles) north-northwest of Kimchaek, where previous tests have been carried out.

The tremors caused were at least ten times as powerful as the last time Pyongyang exploded an atomic bomb a year ago, according to Japan's metereological agency.

It is the sixth time North Korea has exploded an atomic weapon, and represents a direct challenge to US President Donald Trump, who hours earlier spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the "escalating" nuclear crisis in the region.

"It is absolutely unacceptable if North Korea did force another nuclear test, and we must protest strongly," Mr Abe said.

Pyongyang claimed leader Kim Jong-un had inspected a hydrogen bomb meant for a new intercontinental ballistic missile hours before the tremors were felt.

Analysts fear the development could signify a significant step forward in the North's quest for a viable nuclear missile capable of striking anywhere in the US.

South Korea's President is to chair a National Security Council meeting. Its military said it has strengthened its monitoring and readiness while considering a variety of possible responses in collaboration with the US.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year, the last nearly a year ago, on the 9 September anniversary of the nation's founding.

It has since tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and last month, fired a potentially nuclear-capable missile over northern Japan.

Earlier Sunday, photos released by the North Korean government showed Mr Kim talking with his lieutenants as he observed a silver, peanut-shaped device that was apparently the purported thermonuclear weapon destined for an ICBM.

What appeared to be the nose cone of a missile could also be seen near the alleged bomb in one picture, which could not be independently verified and was taken without outside journalists present.

Another photo showed a diagram on the wall behind Kim of a bomb mounted inside a cone.

State media said Kim visited the Nuclear Weapons Institute and inspected a "homemade" H-bomb with "super explosive power" that "is adjustable from tens (of) kiloton to hundreds (of) kiloton."

North Korea's nuclear and missile programme has made huge strides since Mr Kim rose to power following his father's death in late 2011.

The North followed its two tests of Hwasong-14 ICBMs by threatening in August to launch a salvo of its Hwasong-12 intermediate range missiles toward the US Pacific island territory of Guam.

It flew a Hwasong-12 over northern Japan last week, the first such overflight by a missile capable of carrying nukes, in a launch Mr Kim described as a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam, the home of major US military facilities, and more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:29 am

Not the best of news to wake up to, is it? I shudder to think what happens next.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:48 am

bb1 wrote:Not the best of news to wake up to, is it? I shudder to think what happens next.
My son in law is getting very angry - he hasn't seen his kids for ages, they are safe in Austria thank goodness. LL
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Post  bb1 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:03 am

That must be a relief to you, LL. IMO, what is making this particularly dangerous is that there is so much brinksmanship going on - on all sides.

Sooner or later, IMO, someone is going to make a catastrophic error of judgement.

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:25 am

North Korea crisis: Ballistic missile 'moved to the coast' - latest news.

North Korea has reportedly moved an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast, as the US said Pyongyang was "begging" for war.

North Korea had been spotted moving a rocket that appeared to be an ICBM towards its west coast, South Korea's Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported on Tuesday.

The rocket started moving on Monday and was spotted moving only at night to avoid surveillance, the report said.

South Korea's defence ministry, which warned on Monday that North Korea was ready to launch an ICBM at any time, said they were unable to confirm the contents of the report.

The report came as the US ambassador to the UN warned that North Korea was “begging for war” and the United States’ patience has almost run out.

Nikki Haley made the comments to the United Nations as she sought to turn the widespread international condemnation of the rogue state’s nuclear test into hard-hitting action to stop the country in its tracks.

Ms Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that “enough is enough”, and described calls by China and Russia for the US to tone down its rhetoric as “insulting”.

“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon, and an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard,” she said.

Pyongyang was reported on Monday to be preparing for another ICBM test, to follow on from Sunday’s nuclear test – a move which would be deeply provocative, and emphasise Ms Haley’s point that 24 years of diplomacy have failed.

But China and Russia both warned against taking hasty measures.

President Vladimir Putin called his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, on Monday, with both men condemning the test and Mr Putin emphasising that he believed diplomacy was the only solution.

Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, said that any "clumsy steps" could make the situation worse, and a political resolution was needed.

"Those who are stronger and smarter should show restraint," he said.

"Any clumsy step could lead to an explosion."

China, North Korea’s protector, echoed Russia in condemning the test, but urged the North and South to focus on working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict that has left the Korean Peninsula divided since the 1950s.

Describing the situation as a “vicious circle”, Liu Jieyi, China’s ambassador to the UN, said: “China will never allow chaos and war on the Peninsula.”

President Donald Trump spoke to Mr Moon, with their two countries agreeing earlier in the day to lift a 500kg limit currently placed on warheads in its territory.

The White House said the pair agreed "to maximise pressure on North Korea using all means at their disposal." They also pledged to strengthen joint military capabilities.

But Mr Trump has boxed himself into an uncomfortable situation with South Korea, having lashed out at Seoul for being naïve with their suggestions of diplomacy, and seething at the trade deficit between the two countries.

Switzerland on Monday offered to be a mediator between North Korea and its increasingly antagonistic partners.

South Korea responded to the sixth nuclear test with live-fire drills off its eastern coast, which were meant to simulate an attack on the North's main test site. Their defence minister, Song Young-moo, said he believes the North has successfully miniaturised a nuclear weapon to fit onto a missile.

North Korea said that its enemies are "hell-bent on escalating confrontation", as it launched a scathing attack on the “warmongers” in Seoul.

Ms Haley announced that the US was circulating a draft sanctions resolution, which would be voted on on Monday.

The council aimed to take a big bite out of the North Korean economy earlier this month by banning the North from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products - about a third of the country's $3 billion in exports last year. Options now being considered are believed to include a ban on other profitable North Korean exports, such as textiles, or restricting oil imports.

“Dialogue will always be our end goal,” said Matthew Rycroft, Britain’s ambassador to the UN.

“But returning to dialogue without a serious sign of intent from Pyongyang would be a set up to failure. North Korea must change course to allow a return to dialogue. Were they to do so, the opportunity exists to end this crisis.”

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Post  bb1 on Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:32 am


But Mr Trump has boxed himself into an uncomfortable situation with South Korea, having lashed out at Seoul for being naïve with their suggestions of diplomacy, and seething at the trade deficit between the two countries.


Beyond stupid.

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Post  Lamplighter on Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:04 am

S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary.

Seoul's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Eugene Lee said Friday that Pyongyang could potentially conduct its next ICBM tests this weekend or around Oct. 10, another North Korean holiday marking the founding of its ruling party.

North Korea has previously marked key dates with displays of military power, but now its tests appear to be driven by the need to improve missile capabilities. The North is just coming off its sixth and the most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday in what it claimed was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its ICBMs. The country tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysts say the flight data from the launches indicate the missiles could cover a broad swath of the continental United States, including major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, when perfected.

North Korea fired the ICBMs at highly lofted angles in July to reduce ranges and avoid other countries. But South Korean officials say the next launches could be conducted at angles close to operational as the North would seek to test whether the warheads survive the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry and detonate properly.

In Washington, President Donald Trump reiterated Thursday that military action is "certainly" an option against North Korea, as his administration tentatively concurred with the pariah nation's claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb. A senior administration official said the U.S. was still assessing last weekend's underground explosion but so far noted nothing inconsistent with Pyongyang's claim.

"Military action would certainly be an option," Trump told a White House news conference. "I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it's something certainly that could happen." Pressed on whether he could accept a scenario in which the isolated nation had nukes but was "contained and deterred," Trump demurred. "I don't put my negotiations on the table, unlike past administrations. I don't talk about them. But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop," he said.

North Korea broke from its pattern of lofted launches last month when it fired a powerful new intermediate range missile, the Hwasong-12, over northern Japan. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un then called the launch a "meaningful prelude" to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and called for his military to conduct more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

South Korean experts say that the launch was Pyongyang's attempt to make missiles flying over Japan an accepted norm as it seeks to test new projectiles in conditions close to operational and win more military space in a region dominated by enemies.

Kim, a third-generation dictator in his 30s, has conducted four of North Korea's six nuclear tests since taking power in 2011. His military has maintained a torrid pace in testing weapons, which also include solid-fuel missiles built to be fired from road mobile launchers or submarines.

In accelerating his pursuit of nuclear weapons targeting the United States and allies South Korea and Japan, Kim is seen as seeking a real nuclear deterrent to help ensure the survival of his government and also the stronger bargaining power that would come from it.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have been pushing for stronger sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear activities, such as denying the country oil supplies. China and Russia have been calling for talks, saying sanctions aren't working against North Korea.
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Post  bb1 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:53 am

I personally think sanctions are worse than useless; they never, ever affect the people at the top, only suffering civilians.

Even worse, they reinforce Fattie's power by giving him an external enemy, which always makes dictators happy.

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:48 pm

Egypt cuts military ties with North Korea

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from the Egyptian government of the agency's report, but Cairo has come under mounting pressure in recent weeks to sever ties with North Korea as the United States seek to curb Pyongyang's efforts to develop long-range nuclear weapons.

Last month Washington cut or delayed nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt over its human rights record and its ties with Pyongyang. In an Aug. 24 briefing, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administration has had conversations with Egypt about the need to isolate North Korea.

Countries that do business with Pyongyang, she warned, enabled money to go into North Korea's illegal nuclear and ballistic weapons programs. Mohamed Elmenshawy, an Egyptian analyst based in Washington, told The Associated Press the Trump administration has been privately urging Cairo to cut military ties with Pyongyang.

"The recent cut in the U.S. military aid to Egypt was a clear message to Cairo: You choose us or North Korea, you cannot have military relations with both of us," he said. "Cairo got the message and it cut ties with North Korea."

Yonhap's report late Monday quoted the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying Egyptian Defense Minister Sidki Sobhi told his South Korean counterpart that Cairo had "already severed all military ties with North Korea."

"Egypt will actively cooperate with South Korea against North Korea acts that threaten peace," the agency quoted Sobhi as saying. Yonhap said Sobhi was responding to a request from South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo for Egypt to join efforts to toughen sanctions on the North over its recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

In Cairo, Egypt's military spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai would only say that Sobhi discussed military and security cooperation with South Korean officials. He declined to elaborate. Several Egyptian news websites posted Sobhi's comments only to remove them later. The daily El-Masry El-Youm published his comments in the first run of its print edition, but removed them in later ones.

Egypt has for decades maintained close ties with North Korea, with the secretive nation selling weapons to Egypt and upgrading its arsenal of medium-range, ground-to-ground missiles. A 2015 U.N. report said North Korean front companies and shipping agents engaged in weapons smuggling have called on Egypt's Mediterranean city of Port Said, which also sits on the northern end of the Suez Canal.

In February, U.N. investigators said they acquired evidence of North Korean trade in "hitherto unreported items such as encrypted military communications, man-portable air defense systems, air defense systems and satellite-guided missiles" in the Middle East and Africa, among other locations.

They said Egypt intercepted a vessel in August 2016 commanded by a North Korean captain carrying 30,000 PG-7 rocket-propelled grenades and related subcomponents. They were in wooden crates concealed under about 2,300 tons of limonite.

Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian business tycoon who owns a telecom and media company, helped set up North Korea's main cellular telephone network in 2008. The company's total investment in the communist nation stands at $500 million, according the website of Egypt's Foreign Ministry.
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Post  Lamplighter on Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:48 am

North Korea fires missile over Japan in longest-ever flight.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean on Friday, U.S. and South Korean militaries said, its longest-ever such flight and a clear message of defiance to its rivals.

Since President Donald Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" in August, Pyongyang has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, threatened to send missiles into the waters around Guam and launched two missiles of increasing range over U.S. ally Japan. It tested its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

The growing frequency, power and confidence displayed by these tests seem to confirm what governments and outside experts have long feared: North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both U.S. troops in Asia and the U.S. homeland. This, in turn, is meant to allow North Korea greater military freedom in the region by raising doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Washington would risk the annihilation of a U.S. city to protect its Asian allies.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached a maximum height of 770 kilometers (478 miles). North Korea has repeatedly vowed to continue these tests amid what it calls U.S. hostility — by which it means the presence of tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Japan and South Korea. Robust diplomacy on the issue has been stalled for years, and there's little sign that senior officials from Pyongyang and Washington might sit down to discuss ways to slow the North's determined march toward inclusion among the world's nuclear weapons powers.

Friday's missile, which Seoul said was the 19th ballistic missile launched by North Korea this year, triggered sirens and warning messages in northern Japan but caused no apparent damage to aircraft or ships. It was the second missile fired over Japan in less than a month. North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.

The missile was launched from Sunan, the location of Pyongyang's international airport and the origin of the earlier missile that flew over Japan. Analysts have speculated the new test was of the same intermediate-range missile launched in that earlier flight, the Hwasong-12.

That missile is linked to North Korea's declaration that it means to contain the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, which is the home of important U.S. military assets and appears well within the Hwasong-12's range.

Friday's missile test was met with the usual outrage. South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his military to conduct a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the North Korean launch and instructed government officials to pursue "stern" measures to discourage Pyongyang from further provocations. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said one of the two missiles fired in the drill hit a sea target about 250 kilometers (155 miles) away, which was approximately the distance to Pyongyang's Sunan, but the other failed in flight shortly after launch.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis both called the North Korean launch a reckless act. The U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting to be held Friday afternoon in New York. Trump has not commented.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Pacific Command said the missile posed no threat to North America or to Guam. South Korean experts have said North Korea wants to make missiles flying over Japan an accepted norm as it seeks to win more military space in a region dominated by its enemies.

North Korea initially flight-tested the Hwasong-12 and the ICBM model Hwasong-14 at highly lofted angles to reduce their range and avoid neighboring countries. The two launches over Japan indicate North Korea is moving toward using angles close to operational to determine whether its warheads can survive the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry and detonate properly.

North Korea's August launch over Japan came weeks after it threatened to fire a salvo of Hwasong-12s toward Guam and bracket the island with "enveloping" missile fire. The North's latest launch might be an attempt to demonstrate its ability to fire a missile close to Guam, which is 3,400 kilometers (2,112 miles) away from North Korea, said Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies.

North Korea has been accelerating its nuclear weapons development under leader Kim Jong Un, a third-generation dictator who has conducted four of North Korea's six nuclear tests since taking power in 2011. The weapons are being tested at a torrid pace and include solid-fuel missiles designed to be launched from road mobile launchers or submarines and are thus less detectable beforehand.

North Korea claimed its latest nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its ICBMs, which could potentially reach deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions earlier this week over the nuclear test. They ban all textile exports and prohibit any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers — two key sources of hard currency. They also prohibit North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and cap Pyongyang's imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry denounced the U.N. sanctions and said the North will "redouble its efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence."
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:05 pm

Defiant N. Korea leader says he will complete nuke program.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States, as the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the North's "highly provocative" ballistic missile launch over Japan on Friday.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency carried Kim's comments on Saturday — a day after U.S. and South Korean militaries detected the missile launch from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

It traveled 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) as it passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country's longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

The North has confirmed the missile as an intermediate range Hwasong-12, the same model launched over Japan on Aug. 29. Under Kim's watch, North Korea has maintained a torrid pace in weapons tests, including its most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3 and two July flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles that could strike deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected.

The increasingly frequent and aggressive tests have added to outside fears that the North is closer than ever to building a military arsenal that could viably target the U.S. and its allies in Asia. The tests, which could potentially make launches over Japan an accepted norm, are also seen as North Korea's attempt to win greater military freedom in the region and raise doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Washington would risk the annihilation of a U.S. city to protect them.

The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the "combat efficiency and reliability" of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power. While the English version of the report was less straightforward, the Korean version quoted Kim as declaring the missile as operationally ready. He vowed to complete his nuclear weapons program in the face of strengthening international sanctions, the agency said. More at link.
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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:38 am

North Korea's top diplomat heading to UN meeting.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea's top diplomat is headed to New York to attend the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrived Tuesday in Beijing after departing Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on an Air Koryo flight. It's not the first time for a North Korean foreign minister to attend the General Assembly, but this visit comes at a time of increased tension on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.N. Security Council imposed harsher sanctions on North Korea last week to try to get the country to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development. Four days later, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile over Japan and into the Pacific.

The six-day General Assembly starts Tuesday and brings together world leaders including President Donald Trump.
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South Korea urges North Korea to abandon nukes, seek talks.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Adopting a less confrontational stance than key allies, South Korea's president urged North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear weapons and seek dialogue to prevent conflict breaking out on the divided peninsula.

President Moon Jae-in voiced support for stronger sanctions in response to the North's recent weapons tests, but his tone was in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's dark warning at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that North Korea would be "totally destroyed" if it attacked. Another U.S. ally, Japan, said Wednesday that pressure, not dialogue, was needed.

Moon cautioned that North Korean nuclear issues need to be "managed stably" to prevent a spike in tensions and military clashes — a prospect that has overshadowed this year's gathering of world leaders. Pyongyang conducted its most powerful underground atomic test explosion and fired missiles over Japan twice in the past three weeks.

The standoff over North Korea's weapons development has intensified as its autocratic leader Kim Jong Un has accelerated his nation's development of a nuclear-tipped missile that could soon strike the continental United States. Yet it is still South Korea, and its capital Seoul close to the heavily militarized frontier with the North, that faces the greatest immediate risk in a military conflict.

North Korea "must immediately cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall and choose the path of dialogue," Moon said. "We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means, if North Korea makes a decision even now to stand on the right side of history, we are ready to assist North Korea together with the international community," he said.

Moon was due to meet later Thursday with Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — their second three-way summit in two months — to show a common front in the pressure campaign against North Korea. Trump said Thursday the U.S. will impose additional sanctions over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

Moon urged nations to fully implement U.N. sanctions that were tightened against North Korea after its purported hydrogen bomb test Sept. 3. But his remarks also exposed a potential disconnect among the allies. He said he wanted North Korea, which never reached a formal peace treaty with the South after the 1950-53 Korean War — to attend next year's Winter Olympics to be hosted by South Korea.

His government decided Thursday to resume humanitarian aid to North Korea to help children and pregnant women but didn't determine when to provide the $8 million worth of assistance.
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