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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Nuclear Weapons ‘Matter of Life and Death’: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Nuclear Weapons ‘Matter of Life and Death’: North Korea Says

North Korea is under mounting international pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of sanctions by the United Nations. However, Pyongyang says it needs to continue and develop the programs as a deterrent against hostility by the US and its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.

“This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack.” Choe Son-hui, the director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.

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USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea). Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face.”

Hillary Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump’s social media comments on North Korea, saying, “The insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don’t think they’ve benefited the United States”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump Says, Pyongyang Missile Program ‘Very, Very Far Advanced’, and He Blames Barack Obama for it

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump Says, Pyongyang Missile Program ‘Very, Very Far Advanced’, and He Blames Barack Obama for it

Their scientists are highly capable, and most of them have studied in Russia,” Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program told BBC Urdu, according to a translation of it published by Dawn.

“Hydrogen bombs are much more powerful than atom bombs. For instance, an atom bomb may destroy the area in the radius of 1.5 to two kilometers, but a hydrogen bomb can devastate an entire city,” Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan said.

US President Donald Trump said: “It should have been handled by numerous – not just Obama, but certainly President Obama should have taken care of it. Now it’s at a point where it’s very, very far advanced. Something has to be done. We can’t allow this to happen.”

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USA POLITICS: Top-Secret US Military Documents Stolen By North Korean Hackers

USA POLITICS: Top-Secret US Military Documents Stolen By North Korean Hackers

South Korean Member of Parliament and member of the ruling Democratic party Lee Cheol-hee told local media that the hackers broke into a military data center in September 2016 and stole the most up-to-date blueprint for a military conflict with North Korea, called Operational Plan 5015, Financial Times reported.

The United States and its ally South Korea have been at loggerheads with the North over Pyongyang’s weapons and nuclear programs.

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USA POLITICS: US Bombers Fly Over Korea in Show of Force as Trump, Top Defense Officials Discuss Options

USA POLITICS: US Bombers Fly Over Korea in Show of Force as Trump, Top Defense Officials Discuss Options

The two US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the release said.

China’s influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a “fatal misjudgment”.

“War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions. We strongly urge North Korea and the U.S. to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution,” it said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Hails Nuclear Programme

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Hails Nuclear Programme

North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a “powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said, referring to the “protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

“There is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I don’t think he’s done,“ said Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, which was set up this year. ”In fact, I told my own staff (that) October 10th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That’s Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

“The Kremlin really believes the North Korean leadership should get additional assurances and confidence that the United States is not in the regime change business,” Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Reuters.

“The prospect of regime change is a serious concern. The Kremlin understands that U.S. President Donald Trump is unpredictable. They felt more secure with Barack Obama that he would not take any action that would explode the situation, but with Trump they don’t know.”

Trump, who mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission, told the United Nations General Assembly last month he would “totally destroy” the country if necessary.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub Because of New Sanctions

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub Because of New Sanctions

The Wing Cafe used to advertise its “beautiful North Korean” waitresses on its shopfront by the Yalu. The sign is now gone, and cafe staff said the waitresses had returned home in recent weeks after their visas expired.

“There have been changes in government policy,” the manager of another restaurant said. “It’s not convenient to say more.”

The sanctions have come as a rude jolt to Dandong businesses and traders who had long rolled with North Korea’s unpredictability but believed their neighbour’s economic reliance on China would keep its belligerence in check.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missiles Spotted Moved From Rocket Facility in Pyongyang: KBS Reports

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missiles Spotted Moved From Rocket Facility in Pyongyang: KBS Reports

The missiles could be either intermediate range Hwasong-12 or intercontinental ballistic Hwasong-14 missiles, according to the report, though the missile facility at Sanum-dong has been dedicated to the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea and U.S. forces recently held their first joint short range air defense training exercise in South Korea, according to a statement released by the U.S. Pacific Command on Friday.

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USA POLITICS: Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korean Economic Squeeze

USA POLITICS: Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korean Economic Squeeze

“Tillerson‘s working against the unified view of our intelligence agencies, which say there’s no amount of pressure that can be put on them to stop,” Senator Bob Corker told a Senate hearing on Thursday.

Kim, Corker said, saw nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles as “his ticket to survival.”

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USA POLITICS: US Imposes Sanctions on North Korean Banks, Executives

USA POLITICS: US Imposes Sanctions on North Korean Banks, Executives

In a letter to international leaders on Sunday, a North Korean parliamentary committee said Trump’s threat constitutes a declaration of war against Pyongyang. The letter described Trump’s comments as an “intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against North Korea and grave threats to the global peace.”

“If Trump thinks that he would bring North Korea, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance,” read the letter.

The new sanctions also came days after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the nuclear-armed nation, which is opposed to US hegemony.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: DPRK Has Every Right to Shoot Down US Strategic Bombers Outside DPRK’s Airspace: Ri Yong North Korean FM

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: DPRK Has Every Right to Shoot Down US Strategic Bombers Outside DPRK’s Airspace: Ri Yong North Korean FM

Delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Ri stressed that North Korea would inevitably target the US mainland with missiles as Trump called Pyongyang’s leader a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

The development comes as US bombers flew in the international airspace off the North Korean eastern coast. Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the move was made to showcase US military options available to Donald Trump.

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USA POLITICS: US Cannot Shoot Down North Korean Ballistic Missiles Because No Missile Defense Weapons Can Reach that High: Global Defense Experts

USA POLITICS: US Cannot Shoot Down North Korean Ballistic Missiles Because No Missile Defense Weapons Can Reach that High: Global Defense Experts

Despite that the US has reportedly poured some $320 billion into missile defense systems over the last several decades, none of the systems is capable of reaching an ICBM (or even an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)) in its middle or post-launch stage.

In stating that the US will destroy a Pyongyang ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead in mid-air, the Pentagon is not only misleading the public and its own government, it is outright lying, according to military experts with deep knowledge of missile-defense technology.

According to the experts, “The only system designed to defend the US homeland, known as the [GMD], has suffered from numerous technical and engineering problems, and testing in controlled conditions has not demonstrated that it can provide a reliable defense against even a small number of unsophisticated ICBMs.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump’s Threat is ‘Declaration of War’: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump’s Threat is ‘Declaration of War’: North Korea Says

In an open letter to international leaders, a North Korean parliamentary committee says:

“If Trump thinks that he would bring North Korea, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance.”

The letter said that, “From the first day of his office, Trump has conducted high-handed and arbitrary practices, scrapping international laws and agreements,” giving priority to the US’s own interests “at the expense of the whole world.”

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USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

The latest round of rhetoric began on Tuesday when Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, made the threat to destroy North Korea, a country of 26 million people. He also called Kim a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

“His remarks … have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last,” Kim said in the statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Friday, promising to make Trump “pay dearly for his speech.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Block Imports of Athletes’ Gear: North Korea Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Block Imports of Athletes’ Gear: North Korea Says

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea.

“This association has sent several letters of purchase intention to more than 20 ski equipment production companies and sales agencies including Atomik (Atomic), Blizzard, Fischer, in June and July and made its effort to purchase the equipments,” read the letter from the Ski Association of the DPRK, referring to three Austrian makers of ski equipment.

“But unfortunately, those ski equipment companies and sales agents rejected or have not responded to its request,” it said.

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USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

USA POLITICS: US May ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea: Trump Warns

Unless North Korea backs down, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Threatens to Reduce US to ‘Ashes and Darkness’, ‘Sink’ Japan

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Threatens to Reduce US to ‘Ashes and Darkness’, ‘Sink’ Japan

The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a U.S.-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday in response, banning North Korea’s textile exports that are the second largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies. The North reacted to the latest action by the Security Council, which had the backing of veto-holding China and Russia, by reiterating threats to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“Let’s reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness. Let’s vent our spite with mobilization of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now,” the statement said.

“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the committee said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency.

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