NKOREA BOASTS: US CAN’T STOP “SHOWER OF NUCLEAR STRIKES


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A spokesman for the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army told KCNA state news agency that the US ballistic missile interceptor test conducted on Tuesday “is just a serious military provocation that brings to light the US imperialists’ wild ambition for igniting a nuclear war.”

He called the interceptor test a “risky act” that indicates US “preparations for unleashing a nuclear war against” North Korea. Such “foolhardy moves” of the US military only prove that North Korea’s “bolstering the nuclear force for self-defense is entirely just,” according to the spokesman.

The US military, however, did not call the target of the test an “an ICBM from North Korea” or even imply it. An unnamed Pentagon official told Stars and Stripes that the test was planned “years in advance” and was not a direct response to recent North Korean ballistic missile tests.

The test was hailed by the Pentagon as an “incredible accomplishment” representing a “critical milestone” for the anti-missile program.

“This test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat,” US Missile Defense Agency chief Vice Admiral James D. Syring said in a statement.

North Korea, however, dismissed the results of the test as a “bluff,” as the ICMB interception system, according to the spokesman, would not prevent the “shower of nuclear strike” from North Korea.

“They are now bluffing, bragging about the ‘success’ in the test and the efficiency of the missile interception system. But the DPRK considers it just as a foolish act of those driven to despair,” the spokesman said. “The last-ditch gambling of the Trump administration for a nuclear war will only bring earlier the day when the US mainland will turn into ashes.”

The ability of Pyongyang to “hit US mainland” at the moment is doubtful, as all of the recently tested ballistic missiles have been short to medium range. The latest missile, launched on May 28, flew 450 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, about 300km off the Japanese coast. In May, Pyongyang announced that it had successfully tested the Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile as a projectile was detected landing in international waters off Japan’s east coast.

North Korea, poses a “clear and present danger” to the US, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday, stressing that Pyongyang actions “are manifestly illegal under international law,” as they violate UN Security Council resolutions.

“The current North Korean program signals a clear intent to acquire nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, including those of intercontinental range, that pose direct and immediate threats to our regional allies, partners and all the world,” Mattis said.

https://www.infowars.com/nkorea-boasts-us-cant-stop-shower-of-nuclear-strikes/

N. Korea fires short-range missile into Sea of Japan – report


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Just days prior to that launch, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea.

Both Russia and China have criticized North Korea, saying they do not recognize its nuclear ambitions, and that leader Kim Jong-Un should listen to the UN Security Council’s demands to return to the negotiation table.

However, both Moscow and Beijing agree that rising tensions on the Korean peninsula should not give the US a pretext to deploy a missile shield in the region.

Earlier this month, the “robust” new US-imposed sanctions, blocking businesses from any dealings with North Korea, in an attempt to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear tests.

In a March 2 vote, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved one of the toughest sets of sanctions yet targeting North Korea.

The restrictions include the mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering the communist state by land, sea or air, and banned all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang. The UN punishment stipulates the expulsion of those diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities.” 

https://www.rt.com/news/337557-north-korea-missile-sea/

N. KOREA FIRES SHORT-RANGE MISSILE INTO SEA OF JAPAN – REPORT


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The missile was fired from the North Korean resort town at Wonsan at 5:40 p.m. (08:40 GMT) and flew northeast over the sea for about 200km (124 miles) before it appeared to make contact with land, Yonhap reported.

It comes just one week after the North reportedly launched additional short-range missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan.

Just days prior to that launch, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea.

Both Russia and China have criticized North Korea, saying they do not recognize its nuclear ambitions, and that leader Kim Jong-Un should listen to the UN Security Council’s demands to return to the negotiation table.

However, both Moscow and Beijing agree that rising tensions on the Korean peninsula should not give the US a pretext to deploy a missile shield in the region.

http://www.infowars.com/n-korea-fires-short-range-missile-into-sea-of-japan-report/

China urges United States, North Korea to hold direct talks


China’s foreign ministry on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to sit down with each other face-to-face and resolve their problems, as tension continues to climb on the Korean peninsula after North Korea’s latest rocket test.

While China was angered by the launch, it has also expressed concern at plans by Washington and Seoul to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system, saying it would impact upon China’s own security.

“The focus of the nuclear issue on the peninsula is between the United States and North Korea,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

“We urge the United States and North Korea to sit down and have communications and negotiations, to explore ways to resolve each other’s reasonable concerns and finally reach the goal we all want reached.”

http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2016/02/15/china-urges-united-states-north-korea-to-hold-direct-talks-n2119681

Facing New Sanction Threats, North Koreans Defiant as Ever


The United States and Japan have already announced plans for new sanctions over North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, and the U.N. Security Council is likely to deliver more soon. Cross-border tensions with Seoul are escalating quickly and even China is starting to sound more like an angry neighbor than a comrade-in-arms.

But with a storm brewing all around them, North Koreans have their own take on things — and it’s decidedly unapologetic.

Pyongyang started off the new year with what it claims was its first hydrogen bomb test and followed that up with the launch of a satellite on a rocket condemned by much of the world as a test of banned missile technology. When Seoul responded by closing down an industrial park that is the last symbol of cooperation between the two rivals, Pyongyang lashed back, expelling all South Koreans from the site just north of the Demilitarized Zone and putting it under military control.

Each move brought a new round of international outrage. But while the motives of Kim Jong Un’s regime are — as usual — a matter of speculation, ask a North Korean what’s going on and the reply is swift, indignant and well-practiced.

It’s America’s fault.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/facing-sanction-threats-north-koreans-defiant-36941497

South Korea says North used Kaesong wages for weapons programmes


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Last week, Seoul suspended its operations at Kaesong following the North’s recent rocket and nuclear tests to cut off the money supply.

The North has called the shutdown “a declaration of war”.

Kaesong was one of the last points of co-operation between the two Koreas.

The North reacted to the shutdown by expelling all South Koreans from the complex and freezing the assets of South Korean firms. It has also vowed to cut key communication hotlines with the South.

The privately-run manufacturing zone saw thousands of North Koreans working for South Korean businesses, making clothing, textiles, car parts and semi-conductors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35576278

North Korea Displays Rockets, Begonias for Leader’s Birthday


In North Korea, leaders have rockets named after them. And begonias.

Thousands of Pyongyang residents attended Monday’s opening of an elaborate flower exhibit featuring a bright-red begonia named “Kimjongilia” as well as models of North Korea’s latest Kwangmyongsong rocket. Like the begonias, the rocket and the satellite it carried into orbit are named in honor of former leader Kim Jong Il, who is sometimes called the Kwangmyongsong, or Shining Star, of the nation.

The exhibit celebrates the birthday of the late North Korean leader and father of current leader Kim Jong Un. The elder Kim’s birthday, on Tuesday, is known as the Day of the Shining Star and is one of North Korea’s most important holidays.

Mixing flowers with mock-ups of missiles, rockets and other weaponry is a common feature of the annual festivals, which are designed to bolster national pride and reinforce the primacy of the Kim regime and the military. Another flower festival, featuring orchids named “Kimilsungia,” is held each year on the birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung.

But the rockets took a special place of prominence this year.

Since a nuclear test on Jan. 6 and the subsequent satellite launch, North Korean media have gone into overdrive hailing the nation’s technological and scientific progress and its heightened ability to protect itself against attack from its archenemy, the United States.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/north-korea-displays-rockets-begonias-leaders-birthday-36946809