U.S. deploys warship off South Korea amid soaring tensions on peninsula

April 2, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States has positioned a warship off the Korean coast as a shield against ballistic missile attack as South Korea’s new president vowed swift retaliation against a North Korean strike amid soaring tensions on the peninsula.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-deploys-warship-off-south-korea-amid-soaring-013622157.html

Nuclear-capable stealth bombers sent to South Korea amid Kim Jong Un’s threats

March 29, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Two American B-2 Spirit stealth bombers practiced an attack on the Korean Peninsula Thursday as part of a military exercise that has sparked angry threats from North Korea. In response, reports indicated that the North Korean leader ordered the country’s rocket units to be on standby to attack U.S. military bases.

The U.S. military said the planes involved in the firing drill left Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri on a “long-duration, round-trip training mission.”

Inert munitions were dropped on a range facility on the Jikdo islands off the western coast of South Korea before the jets returned to the continental U.S. in a single continuous flight.

B-2 Spirit bombers are capable of carrying either conventional or nuclear weapons.

In a statement, the United States Forces Korea said the mission “demonstrates the United States’ ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will.”

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N. Korea puts artillery forces at highest combat posture

March 26, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea’s military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States.

Seoul’s Defence Ministry said it hasn’t seen any suspicious North Korean military activity and that officials were analyzing the North’s warning. Analysts say a direct North Korean attack is extremely unlikely, especially during joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that end April 30, though there’s some worry about a provocation after the training wraps up.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/26/north-korea-tensions.html

S. Korea, U.S. sign combined operational plan against N. Korea

March 24, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) — The militaries of South Korea and the United States said Sunday they have worked out a new joint operational plan that details how they should cooperate to deal with North Korean provocations.

The Combined Counter-Provocation Plan, signed between South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Gen. Jung Seung-jo and Gen. James Thurman, the commander of the U.S. Forces in South Korea, went into effect immediately.

Read more: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/03/22/30/0301000000AEN20130322011000315F.HTML

North Korea makes video of taking 150,000 Americans hostages in Seoul

March 22, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea threatens to attack US military bases in Pacific if provoked

March 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea has said it will attack US military bases on Japan and the Pacific island of Guam if provoked, a day after its leader, Kim Jong-un, oversaw a mock drone strike on South Korea.

The North also held an air raid drill on Thursday after accusing the United States of preparing a military strike using bombers that have overflown the Korean peninsula as part of drills between South Korean and US forces.

North Korea has stepped up its rhetoric in response to what it calls “hostile” drills between South Korea and the United States. It has also been angered by the imposition of fresh UN sanctions that followed its nuclear test on 12 February.

Separately, South Korea said a hacking attack on the servers of local broadcasters and banks on Wednesday originated from an IP address in China, raising suspicions that the intrusion came from North Korea.

“The United States is advised not to forget that our precision target tools have within their range the Anderson air force base on Guam where the B-52 takes off, as well as the Japanese mainland where nuclear powered submarines are deployed and the navy bases on Okinawa,” the North’s supreme military command spokesman was quoted as saying by the KCNA news agency.

Japan and US Pacific bases are in range of Pyongyang’s medium-range missiles.

Read more:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/21/north-korea-threatens-attack-us

U.S. flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on training missions over SK

March 18, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on training missions over South Korea to highlight Washington’s commitment to defend an ally amid rising tensions with North Korea, Pentagon officials said Monday.

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/03/18/pentagon-highlighting-bomber-missions-in-korea

Pentagon press secretary George Little said one B-52 flew over South Korea on March 8, and the deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter, said during a visit to Seoul that another bomber mission is scheduled for Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/03/18/pentagon-highlighting-bomber-missions-in-korea

China: U.S. risks antagonizing North Korea

March 18, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Hong Kong (CNN) — The United States’ plans to beef up its missile defenses against North Korea are likely to inflame tensions that are running high over Pyongyang’s nuclear program, China said Monday.

“Bolstering missile defenses will only intensify antagonism, and it doesn’t help to solve the issue,” Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/18/world/asia/china-us-north-korea/index.html

No Trading Nuclear Arms for Aid, North Korea Says

March 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Saturday that its nuclear weapons were not a bargaining chip to trade for economic concessions, warning that it would never negotiate with the United States as long as Washington maintained its hostile policy toward the North.

The statement was the latest in a series in which North Korea has appeared to harden its position on its nuclear weapons program. Since the United Nations Security Council imposed more sanctions to punish North Korea for its launching of a long-range rocket in December and its third nuclear test last month, the country has said it will no longer attend talks on dismantling its nuclear program.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/world/asia/north-korea-says-nuclear-arms-arent-a-ploy.html?_r=0

U.S. to beef up missile defense against North Korea, Iran

March 15, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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(CNN) — The United States will deploy additional ground-based missile interceptors on the West Coast as part of efforts to enhance the nation’s ability to defend itself from attack by North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday.

Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.

“The reason that we are doing what we are doing and the reason we are advancing our program here for homeland security is to not take any chances, is to stay ahead of the threat and to assure any contingency,” Hagel said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/15/us/north-korea-missile-defense/index.html

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