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  • Kim says 'deranged' Trump shows need for nuclear programme

    09/21/2017 11:15:00 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/22/2017 | BBC
    Kim Jong-in has said remarks by "deranged" US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, via state media, Mr. Kim said Mr. Trump would "pay dearly" for his recent speech to the UN.......
  • Trump unveils sweeping sanctions to shut down North Korea's economy

    09/21/2017 12:33:55 PM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/21/2017 | David Martosko and Francesca Chambers
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to choke North Korea's economy by penalizing nations that trade with the communist dictatorship. The order enables the Treasury Department to ramp up punishing sanctions in an effort to dissuade Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear missile program. 'Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind,' the president told reporters ahead of a luncheon meeting with the leaders of Japan and South Korea. Trump warned that Pyongyang's textiles, fishing, information technology and manufacturing industries were potential...
  • Japan's Abe says time for talk is over on North Korea

    09/20/2017 1:59:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    ukreuters.com ^ | 9/20/17 | Reuters Staff
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. “Now is not the time for dialogue. Now is the time to apply pressure,” Abe told a gathering of investors at the New York Stock Exchange, remarks he later reiterated in an address to the annual United Nations General Assembly.
  • Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan near Fukushima

    09/20/2017 12:44:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 09-20-2017 | By Gareth Davies
    A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan near Fukushima. Details of the extent of the damage have not yet emerged regarding the quake which hit 281km South East of Kamaishi. The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km.
  • US-North Korean tensions prompt delay in Guam-Japan flights

    09/17/2017 4:52:59 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | September 17, 2017 4:41 pm | AP
    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have prompted a Hong Kong-based airline to delay flights between the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and Japan. HK Express announced five weeks ago that it planned to start the flights on Oct. 29, but has since delayed flights until next summer “in view of geopolitical concerns in the region,” Pacific Daily News reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened Guam. The country has fired two missiles over Japan including one launched on Friday. Passengers who bought tickets will get refunds, HK Express said in a...
  • S. Korea's underwater forces combat ready against N. Korea

    09/17/2017 7:20:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Yonhap ^ | Sep 17, 2017
    The South Korean Navy's submarine SSK Lee Eok Gi (SS-071) wobbled a bit, setting sail from the country's newest naval port on Jeju Island. The slight odor of oil that filled the cramped, windowless diesel-electric sub made some of the strangers aboard worry about getting seasick. "This is (like) a lake," Cdr. Kang Byung-oh, the captain of the 1,200-ton sub, told a small group of reporters in the torpedo room, which doubles as a briefing room, last week. "The waves are only about 1.5 meters high. When we came here yesterday from Jinhae (in South Gyeongang Province), they were 5...
  • North Korea fires 2nd missile over Japan in a month, sparking US condemnation

    09/14/2017 10:48:48 PM PDT · by topher · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 14-Sept-2017 | FoxNews
    Published September 14, 2017 Fox News Now Playing Report: North Korea fires missile North Korea launched another missile Friday, the rogue nation's first missile launch since its massive nuclear test more than a week ago, prompting U.S. officials to issue a sharp round of condemnation. The missile was launched eastward early Friday from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang's international airport. It flew over northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean, according to U.S. Pacific Command. President Donald Trump, who last month vowed "fire and fury" if North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats, didn't immediately comment. However, Defense Secretary...
  • South Korea 'fires ballistic missile' in response to North Korea's strike towards Japan

    09/14/2017 6:40:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 09/14/2017
    South Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile towards North Korea in response to the hermit state's earlier strike. North Korea fired a missile in an eastern direction, over the island of Hokkaido, from its capital Pyongyang. South Korea has responded by firing a ballistic missile into waters off its eastern coast, it has been reported. The North Korean missile was fired early on Friday from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, toward the eastern direction, which is heading towards Japan, South Korea's military said. Japan has issued a national warning and told people to take shelter. _______________________ Conservazilla...
  • BULLSEYE!South Korea tests its new cruise missile that could wipe out Kim Jong-un from 300 miles ...

    09/13/2017 8:18:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Sun ^ | 13th September 2017 | Jenny Awford
    SOUTH Korea has tested an advanced cruise missile that could wipe out Kim Jong-un from 300 miles away as the North Korean nuke crisis intensifies. The show of force prompted North Korea’s ruling party to threaten Seoul and the US with “miserable destruction”. AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS The Taurus missile hit a target off the country's western coast Dramatic footage shows the moment South Korea's Air Force fired the Taurus missile from an F-15 fighter jet and hit a target off the country's western coast on Tuesday. Live-fire drills are being carried out to strengthen South Korea’s pre-emptive strike capability against North...
  • North Korea illegally exported $270M in goods so far this year, UN says

    09/09/2017 6:08:46 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-Sept-2017 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS – North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts say. The experts monitoring sanctions said in a report released Saturday that Kim Jong Un's government continues to flout sanctions on commodities as well as an arms embargo and restrictions on shipping and financial activities. They said North Korea is also reportedly continuing prohibited nuclear activities with weapons-grade fissile material production at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, construction...
  • Russia offers a bridge across history to connect Tokyo to the Trans-Siberian railway

    09/09/2017 7:46:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 07 September 2017
    Russia offers a bridge across history to connect Tokyo to the Trans-Siberian railway By The Siberian Times reporter 07 September 2017 Scheme would allow epic journeys from London to the Japanese capital with major international crossing between Sakhalin and Hokkaido. Project of the bridge between mainland and Sakhalin. Picture: Giprostroymost The ambitious plan gave a welcome dose of optimism to a region engulfed by tension over the North Korean nuclear tests. Such a road and rail bridge would tie together two countries - Russia and Japan - that have not signed a formal peace agreement ending the Second World War...
  • Exclusive: Concerns raised over safety of US Navy's Pacific fleet

    09/06/2017 8:04:23 PM PDT · by jonno · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:26 PM ET, Wed September 6, 2017 | Jeremy Herb, Barbara Starr, CNN
    A government watchdog is raising new concerns about the safety and readiness of US ships in the Pacific region following a series of collisions that led to the deaths of US sailors. More than a third of warfare training certifications for the Navy's Japan-based destroyers and cruisers had expired in June -- a five-fold increase from two years prior, the Government Accountability Office has found. In testimony to be delivered Thursday, the GAO found that 37% of the Navy's destroyers and cruisers in Japan had expired -- up from 7% in January 2015 -- and over two-thirds had been expired...
  • Russia and Japan discuss bridge across 28 miles of sea

    09/06/2017 10:17:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    The Times ^ | September 6 2017 | Tom Parfitt
    Russia and Japan discuss bridge across 28 miles of sea Tom Parfitt, Moscow September 6 2017, 5:00pm, The Times Russia and Japan are in “serious discussions” to link the two countries via a bridge that could allow rail travel all the way from London to Tokyo. The proposed 28-mile bridge would join Cape Crillon on the Russian island of Sakhalin to Cape Sōya at the northern tip of Japan’s Hokkaido island. A shorter bridge or tunnel that has been mooted from Khabarovsk region on the Russian mainland to Sakhalin would eventually allow an uninterrupted rail journey of about 6,000 miles...
  • N.Korea ‘secretly moving ballistic missile to west coast’ threatens America ‘final miserable end’

    09/05/2017 2:11:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 09-05-2017 | By Maryse Godden
    Full Title: LOCK AND LOADEDNorth Korea ‘secretly moving ballistic missile towards west coast’ and threatens America with the ‘final miserable end’ after US warns Kim Jong-un is begging for war ===================================================================================== NORTH Korea has reportedly moved an intercontinental ballistic missile towards its west coast - as the US declared Kim Jong-Un is “begging for war”. South Korea’s Asia Business Daily cited an intelligence source saying the rocket was spotted moving on Monday - just a day after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test. North Korea, which has launch facilities for its missile program on its west coast, reportedly launched...
  • N Korea mountain used as nuclear test site risk of collapsing says Chinese expert

    09/05/2017 8:23:29 AM PDT · by topher · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5-Sept-2017 | By Katherine Lam
    A mountain in North Korea believed to have served as the site of five of the rogue regime’s nuclear tests -- including Sunday’s supposed hydrogen bomb explosion -- is at risk of collapsing and leaking radiation into the region, a Chinese scientist said Monday. Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui province, examined the Punggye-ri site and said they “were confident” underground detonations were occurring underneath the mountain, South China Morning Post reported. Wang Naiyan, a former chairman of the China Nuclear Society and a researcher on China's own nuclear weapons
  • Should Japan and South Korea Go Nuclear?

    09/05/2017 6:29:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world's attention. What else does he want? Almost surely not war with America. For no matter what damage Kim could visit on U.S. troops and bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Guam, his country would be destroyed and the regime his grandfather built annihilated. "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting," wrote Sun Tzu. Kim likely has something like this in mind. His nuclear and missile tests have already called the bluff of George W. Bush who,...
  • Japan preparing for evacuation of tens of thousands in South Korea

    09/04/2017 6:32:11 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 36 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 5, 2017
    TOKYO -- As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea. "There is a possibility of further provocations," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. "We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people."
  • N.Korea's missile program affects school trips [Japan]

    09/04/2017 5:06:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    NHK ^ | 2017/09/04
    N.Korea's missile program affects school trips North Korea's missile launches are affecting Japanese school trips to Guam. NHK has learned that at least 18 schools in Japan cancelled or postponed their school trips to Guam after North Korea threatened to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward waters off the US Pacific territory. The schools include 14 senior and 3 junior high schools, and 1 combined junior and senior high school from 11 prefectures. Some schools conducted surveys of students and their parents on whether they want to go to Guam. At a school in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, 75 percent of...
  • South Korea moving to build nuclear-powered submarines

    09/04/2017 11:32:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2017-09-04 | Jun Ji-hye
    With the Republic of Korea Navy currently operating the Type 209 and 214 submarines, the Moon Jae-in government is moving to build nuclear-powered submarines to better deter threats from North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missiles. / Graphic by Cho Sang-won South Korea is moving in earnest to build the nation's own nuclear-powered submarines as part of efforts to enhance its domestic defensive capabilities amid evolving threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The move is in line with President Moon Jae-in's vow to better deal with North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) threats. During his presidential campaign, Moon said, "We...
  • North Korea: US seeks tough United Nations approach

    09/04/2017 8:36:52 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/4/2017 | BBC
    The US envoy to the UN has urged the Security Council to take the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea after its latest nuclear test. "The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means before it is too late," Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the council in New York. She also warned countries which did business with the North that they were aiding their nuclear ambitions. Reports suggest the North is preparing new test missile launches. Ms. Haley said North Korean leader Kim Jong-in had shown through his actions that he was "begging for war"....