North Korea test fires short-range missiles

March 30, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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By Reuters

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its west coast on Thursday believed to be part of a test to upgrade capabilities, said news reports published on Friday, quoting South Korean military officials.

Read more: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/30/10937489-reports-north-korea-test-fires-short-range-missiles

No free launch, Obama tells North Korea

March 30, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Obama administration says it has dropped plans to provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid for North Korea over Pyongyang’s plans to launch what the U.S. says is a missile – but which North Korea claims is a rocket designed to boost a satellite into space.

Read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/03/obama-to-.html

N.Korea ‘confident of China rocket backing’: analyst

March 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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TOKYO — North Korea is confident of China’s ultimate backing over the launch of a rocket that the West suspects is a disguised missile test, a Japanese defence adviser has warned.

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North Korea begins fuelling controversial satellite

March 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch condemned by the West as a banned missile test, a Japanese newspaper reported Thursday, citing a source “close to the government” in Pyongyang.

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9172841/North-Korea-begins-fuelling-controversial-satellite.html

US Suspends Food Assistance to North Korea

March 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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People work in a field outside of Kaesong, North Korea, April 17, 2011. North Korea’s perennial food shortage reached a crisis point in 2011, aid workers say, because of torrential rains, the coldest winter in 60 years and rising food prices.
 
The United States says it has suspended a food aid package to North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s plans to carry out a missile launch next month. While the North says its plan to hurl the satellite into space is peaceful, the U.S. and other countries say the launch could help it further its ballistic missile technology.
Read more: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/US-Suspends-North-Korea-Food-Aid-144680865.html

Best DSLR 2012

March 28, 2012 by admin · 1 Comment
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Nikon D800E 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

The Nikon D800E is now available for pre-order. It is the best dslr for stills and video, for 99.99% of the world.

This is a high-demand item, so reserve early.

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

March 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Watch Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Korean War

March 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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An explanation of the first year(s) of the Occupation of Korea (1945-1949), and some of the key Koreans (Syngman Rhee, Kim Il-sung, Cho Man-sik, Yu Un-heong, An Ho-sang) and Foreign authorities (John Hodge, Nikolai Lebedev, etc) involved.

An interesting moment in this film is when Gregory Henderson, a former US Embassy official, admits that the reason why the USA did not conduct a joint occupation of Korea (because Korea was not an antagonist in the Pacific War, and as such an action might have kept Korea from becoming divided) was because US authorities were afraid that the Russians would have political advantages with the Koreans that the USA did not have.

Another key moment is when Dean Rusk (later the Secretary of State under Kennedy/Johnson) says that the reason he and Charles Bonesteel (both Colonels at the Pentagon in 1945) decided to separate the US and Russian occupation zones at the 38th Parallel was because it would place the country’s capital, Seoul, in the US zone of occupation.

65 years later, Korea is still dealing with these decisions.

Props to Dave Chance over at Dave’s for the find.

North Korea says will never give up rocket launch

March 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL: North Korea insisted Tuesday it would go ahead with its satellite launch, snubbing a call from US President Barack Obama to drop the plan and accusing him of a “confrontational mindset”.

“ We will never give up the right to launch a peaceful satellite, a legitimate right of a sovereign state and an essential step for economic development,” a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency.

Read more: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C03%5C28%5Cstory_28-3-2012_pg4_1

Analysis: North Korea: Odd man out, yet everywhere

March 26, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — The White House called North Korea the odd man out. President Barack Obama counted it back in.

Billed as a trip about securing dangerous nuclear material, Obama’s mission here has morphed into a concentrated and calculated opportunity to warn, cajole and shame North Korea to change course. He has stared down North Korea from an observation post, lectured its leaders, pleaded for them to choose peace and belittled them as living 50 years in the past.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501712_162-57404687/analysis-north-korea-odd-man-out-yet-everywhere/

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