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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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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

In its first official reaction to the sanctions resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the sanctions would only strengthen the country’s resolve to pursue its nuclear weapons program “at a faster pace without the slightest diversion.”

North Korea remained defiant saying it would “redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence” and establish “practical equilibrium with the U.S.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: The North Korean Nuclear ‘Crisis’ is an Illusion

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: The North Korean Nuclear ‘Crisis’ is an Illusion

North Korea is a tiny, impoverished country that would be instantly vaporized if it ever launched a serious attack on the United States, and so the probability of such an attack is vanishingly small. Absent a media environment that encourages a perception of crisis, the likelihood of an American preemptive attack is equally small.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: DPRK Warns US of ‘Greatest Pain’, Rejects Sanctions

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: DPRK Warns US of ‘Greatest Pain’, Rejects Sanctions

North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on Sept. 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “ready to use a form of ultimate means”, Pyongyang’s ambassador, Han Tae Song said without elaborating.

“The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history,” he said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Holds Celebration Bash, Fetes Nuclear Scientists

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Holds Celebration Bash, Fetes Nuclear Scientists

KCNA said on Sunday the scientists and technicians “brought the great auspicious event of the national history, an extra-large event through the perfect success in the test of H-bomb”.

Kim praised the developers in his own remarks as “taking the lead” in attaining the “final goal of completing the state nuclear force” in line with his parallel pursuit of nuclear and economic development.

“The recent test of the H-bomb is the great victory won by the Korean people at the cost of their blood while tightening their belts in the arduous period,” Kim was quoted as saying.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘US an Insolent Brigand’: North Korean Official claims

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘US an Insolent Brigand’: North Korean Official claims

Pyongyang was in fact pushed down the path of creating its own nuclear stockpile by the US hostility and constant “nuclear blackmailing,” Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and head of the North Korea delegation Kim Young-jae told reporters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum claimed.

“To eradicate the hostile moves and nuclear blackmail on part of the US, which have been ongoing for over a decade, we’ve chosen the path of nuclear armament, and the recent hydrogen bomb to arm the ICBMs is a step to achieve the goal of … modernizing the state nuclear armed forces,” Kim Young-jae added.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Doubts Grow as North Korea Warns of ‘Gift Packages’ for United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Doubts Grow as North Korea Warns of ‘Gift Packages’ for United States

Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said, “The U.S. will receive more ‘gift packages’ from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of “begging for war” with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests. She urged the 15-member Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang ‘Moving Missile Towards West Coast’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang ‘Moving Missile Towards West Coast’

North Korea alarmed the region with its most powerful test to date on Sundayof what it claimedwas a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on to a long-range missile.

The US responded by saying that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

“That scale is to the level where anyone can say (it is) a hydrogen bomb test,” said Kune Y. Suh, a nuclear engineering professor at Seoul National University.

“North Korea has effectively established itself as a nuclear state. This is not just a game changer, it’s a game over,” Suh said.

Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of nuclear test ban watchdog CTBTO, said: “The physics of the event that we’re talking about today seems to indicate a much larger event than the one from 2016 and before.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

North Korea said in an announcement on state television that a hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a “perfect success” and a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programmes.

“All components of the H-bomb were homemade and all the processes … were put on the Juche basis, thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un In as saying.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: United Nations Condemns North Korea Missile Launch, Pyongyang Remains Defiant

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: United Nations Condemns North Korea Missile Launch, Pyongyang Remains Defiant

China’s and Russia’s ambassadors to the United Nations said they opposed any unilateral sanctions on North Korea and reiterated calls to halt deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

“I certainly hope that we’ll be able to have a strong resolution following up this … statement,” Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Koro Bessho, told reporters after the meeting.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Will Kim Jong Un Pull the Trigger? Possible Signs to Watch

This could be the biggest trigger. North Korea says it was compelled to put the Guam plan together because it feels threatened by a squadron of B-1B bombers on the island that the U.S. has increasingly sent to fly in Korean airspace in symbolic shows of force during times of particular tension. But that may be only a pretense. North Korea is certainly sensitive to the bombers, which could cause a lot of devastation if a war did start.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: 3.5m Volunteers ‘Ready to Retaliate Against US’: North Korea

“All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times,” North Korea Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party newspaper, reported, as cited by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests,” the paper said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Ready to Fire Missiles at Guam By Mid-August

“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” said the report, citing KPA Commander General Kim Rak-gyom.

“They will fly 3,356.7 kilometers for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 kilometers away from Guam,” added the report.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: WAR, WAR, WAR: North Korea Reveals Plan to Attack US Island Guam After Trump ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: WAR, WAR, WAR: North Korea Reveals Plan to Attack US Island Guam After Trump ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning

North Korea said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam. “Guam is American soil … We are not just a military installation,” Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said in an online video message.

“Tensions will continue to mount and could eventually develop into a black swan event that the markets are not prudently considering,” Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Rejects UN Sanctions, Vows ‘Righteous Action’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Rejects UN Sanctions, Vows ‘Righteous Action’

North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite warnings issued and sanctions imposed by the international community. “We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Vows ‘Merciless Blow With Nuclear Hammer’ if US Attempts to Topple Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s FM said it would “preemptively annihilate those countries and entities” by all possible “kinds of strike means, including nuclear ones.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Missile Could Reach US in a Year: Intelligence Officials

The officials also said that the new assessment shows they underestimated the determination of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un to race ahead with a weapon that could reach the US soil, even if it is not accurately engineered.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang May Have More Bomb Fuel than Thought: US Think Tank

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang May Have More Bomb Fuel than Thought: US Think Tank

There were signs too of at least short-term activity at North Korea’s Experimental Light Water Reactor that could be cause for concern, 38 North said.

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