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Old 03-09-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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North Korea looked to ratchet up already elevated tensions on the Korean peninsula still further Wednesday, firing a pair of short-range missiles and announcing the liquidation of all remaining South Korean assets on its territory. The moves were a direct response to unilateral sanctions announced by South Korea on Tuesday to punish the North for its January nuclear test and last month's long-range rocket launch. Military tensions have been on the rise ever since the January test -- the fourth nuclear device North Korea has detonated in defiance of UN resolutions.




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North Korea vows 'baptism of nuclear fire' on U.S.
April 27, 2016 - Pyongyang is ramping up statements of nuclear power ahead of its Seventh Party Congress.
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North Korea threatened to put the United States through a "baptism of nuclear fire" if Washington does not suspend its "hostile policy" against Pyongyang. The statement of condemnation was published in Wednesday's issue of the Rodong Sinmun, under the headline, "Will they change policy, or prefer a baptism of nuclear fire"?

Pyongyang's media blamed the United States for "blowing away" a chance for a peace proposal, and the only choice for Washington now is the "method of last resort," South Korean news service Newsis reported. The editorial stated the North had recently offered concessions, although North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Tae Song told reporters in Beijing Tuesday there are no conditions for which nuclear tests would be stopped. "The United States has ignored reality and if they dare attack us a nuclear bolt of lightening would hit the U.S. landmass, leading to catastrophic disaster that would turn the country into powder," North Korea said in a statement.

Pyongyang went on to say the United States "cannot deny the fact we are able to pressure it as a nuclear power," stating there is "scientific confirmation" the North can beat down enemies with its "revolutionary weapons." U.S. policy is to be blamed for this predicament, North Korea stated in the newspaper that analysts have said targets a domestic audience.

North Korea has increased its verbal attacks on the United States and South Korea since the adoption of sweeping sanctions at the United Nations Security Council. The sanctions have made it difficult for North Koreans overseas to remit earnings. In Seoul on Wednesday, South Korean intelligence chief Lee Byung-ho said more North Korean restaurants are closing. A total of 20 state-run restaurants have suspended operations, Newsis reported.

North Korea vows 'baptism of nuclear fire' on U.S. - UPI.com
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U.S. compiling list of North Korea human rights violators
April 27, 2016 - Tom Malinowski says a list is being created so North Korean officials under Kim Jong Un can be held accountable.
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A U.S. State Department official said North Koreans linked to human rights abuses will be held responsible in the event that Kim Jong Un's regime collapses. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski made the statement as the State Department is leaning toward releasing a full list of North Korean human rights violators, South Korean newspaper Kyunghyang Shinmun reported.

The list would include North Korean officials responsible for overseeing political prison camps, executions and other rights abuses. A list of names is being assembled, Malinowski told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The senior U.S. official said that it's easy to say Kim is a bad person, and that's something everyone knows. But the list the senior diplomat has in mind would hold accountable the people below Kim who are involved in regular human rights abuses especially in the event of a sudden change on the Korean peninsula, such as the collapse of the North Korean government.

A U.S. sanctions bill on North Korea that passed in February includes a clause that can blacklist rights violators. Secondary sanctions could also follow in the wake of a possible fifth nuclear test. North Korea is sensitive to international criticism of its human rights record, and earlier in April slammed the United States for releasing a human rights report critical of the regime.

The State Department's 2015 report on human rights practices around the world described North Korea as an "authoritarian state" where citizens do "not have the ability to change their government." "The government subjected citizens to rigid controls over many aspects of their lives, including denial of the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, religion, movement and worker rights," the report read. North Korea has called U.S. statements on the country's political prison camps, forced labor and summary executions "outright lies," and has said the United States will be met with "bone-crushing" consequences.

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China won't allow chaos or war on Korean peninsula: Xi
Apr 27 2016 - China will not allow chaos and war to break out on the Korean peninsula, which would be to no one's advantage, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a group of Asian foreign ministers on Thursday.
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North Korea's drive to develop a nuclear weapons capability, in defiance of U.N. resolutions, has angered China and raised tension in the region. "As a close neighbor of the peninsula, we will absolutely not permit war or chaos on the peninsula. This situation would not benefit anyone," Xi said in a speech to a Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia. North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with tests of various missiles that could deliver such a weapon. The isolated state is expected to conduct another nuclear test before a rare congress of its ruling party, beginning on May 6, at which young leader Kim Jong Un is expected to try to cement his leadership.

China is North Korea's sole major ally but it disapproves of its development of nuclear weapons and backed harsh new U.N. sanctions imposed last month. China has long called for the Korean peninsula to be free of nuclear weapons. Nearly 30,000 U.S. troops are based in South Korea and the two Koreas are still technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a treaty. Xi also told the meeting China would safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, while at the same time maintaining its sovereignty and rights there.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to rich in oil and gas deposits. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the waters, through which about $5 trillion in trade is shipped every year. China has rattled nerves with its military and construction activities on tiny islands in the disputed waters, including building runways, though it says most of its activity is for civilian purposes. Chinese officials say the United States is pushing militarization and endangering stability with "freedom of navigation" operations by its military ships and aircraft in the South and East China seas.

The United States says it conducts such patrols across the world in an effort to demonstrate that the international community does not accept restrictions set up by some countries in international waters. The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia involves 26 members, including Russia and many countries from Central Asia and the Middle East. The United States and Japan are among eight observers.

China won't allow chaos or war on Korean peninsula: Xi | Reuters
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North Korean Threat Changes Timelines for US Moves
Sep 24, 2016 | The increasing threat from North Korea means that decisions about moving U.S. forces away from the front lines, and transferring operational control to the South, must be driven by conditions -- not timelines -- the U.S. Eighth Army commander said.
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Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal said the much-delayed relocation of the bulk of U.S. forces in Korea to regional hubs south of Seoul is finally on track, with most major units expected to be in place by early 2018. But the 210th Field Artillery Brigade will remain near the heavily militarized border with North Korea for the foreseeable future. The Combined Forces Command and USFK headquarters also will maintain a residual force at the Yongsan U.S. Army Garrison in Seoul. "Right now, it's conditions-based moves," Vandal said in an interview Thursday with Stars and Stripes at his office at the military's headquarters in Yongsan. "That is because of the criticality of having the counter-fire capabilities to the north."

Vandal, who is also the chief of staff for USFK and the Combined Forces Command, said the artillery brigade and supporting forces will remain at Camp Casey at least until 2020, according to an agreement with the South Korean government. But the trigger for the move will rely on the ability of the South Korean military to fully take over the positions. That would include having and being able to operate a comparable multiple-launch rocket system capable of defending against the North's massive arsenal. Pyongyang has raised the stakes this year by conducting two nuclear tests and stepping up the pace of its missile launches as the Communist country marches toward its stated goal of developing an nuclear weapon that could reach the U.S. mainland.


A North Korean defector in the border town of Paju, South Korea, prepares to release a banner into the air on Sept. 15 that denounces North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The advances prompted South Korea to agree to allow the U.S. to deploy a high-altitude missile defense system known as THAAD. The military has missed many deadlines and been forced to scale back efforts to relocate most U.S. troops to regional hubs south of Seoul. It also has put on hold plans to transfer wartime operational control to South Korea, originally scheduled for 2012, then 2015. Under the current arrangement, the South is in charge of its own troops during peacetime, but U.S. commanders would take charge of all combined forces if war breaks out with North Korea.

Vandal said USFK has been working with South Korea's military to develop its core capabilities so it could be fully responsible for its own security. "I would anticipate sometime in 2025 time frame, but again we're not tied to a specific time; we're tied to the conditions," he said. He said the $10.7 billion program to expand Camp Humphreys to accommodate an eventual population of 42,000 is finally shifting from the construction phase to the move phase, pointing out that the Republic of Korea is covering 92 percent of the cost. He said the Eighth Army headquarters will be in place by next July and the 2nd Infantry Division by January 2018. The 6th Medical Brigade also will move next summer, he said.

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Report: Two North Korea ICBMs placed in position
Jan. 23, 2017 - China is monitoring North Korea missile launches with a new radar.
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North Korea placed two new intercontinental ballistic missiles into position in an area north of Pyongyang, a Japanese television network reported. NHK reported Sunday two ICBMs that may be equipped with newly developed engines might have been deployed ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday. A South Korean military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told NHK the two missiles can be "launched at any time." Last week, Yonhap reported two new road-mobile ICBMs were recently captured by South Korea military intelligence.

The new road-mobile ICBMs appear to be shorter than Pyongyang's other versions, including the 19-20 meters in length KN-08 and the 17-18-meter-long KN-14, officials had told the South Korean news agency. According to NHK, the South Korean official said the "two-stage missile is similar to the medium-range ballistic missile Musudan. The first stage of the missile is different from the Musudan, and may be equipped with a newly developed engine."


A South Korean official told NHK two new two-stage missiles, "similar" to the midrange ballistic missile Musudan, is being deployed north of Pyongyang.

China, which shares an 880-mile border with North Korea, is wary of Pyongyang's provocations and has warned its neighbor about weapons development. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, a nongovernmental organization in Hong Kong, said Sunday China has installed a new radar at a missile base in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, in northeastern China. The center quoted data on movements, provided by Chinese missile analysts, that states the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force has deployed high-performance radar at missile base 51 in Sujiatun, in order to closely monitor the movements of North Korea's ICBMs.

The analysts pointed out the radar at the Shenyang base will be able to easily monitor and track a North Korea launch of an ICBM. The PLARF is a Chinese tactical missile force of about 110,000 troops, with headquarters for operations located at Qinghe, Beijing. PLARF oversees subordinate missile bases in Shenyang, Qimen, Luoyang, Kunming, Baoji, Huaihua and Xining.

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