East Asia

North Korea Invalidates 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korea War

March 11, 2013

“North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.”

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Analysis: Chinese Economic Data Indicates Weakest Start to Year Since 2009

March 10, 2013

“Production increased 9.9 percent in the first two months and retail sales rose 12.3 percent, government data showed March 9, trailing economists’ estimates.”

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North Korea Vows to End Non-Aggression Pact With South Korea

March 9, 2013

“The state-run agency said North Korea “abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South … [and] also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline.”"

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Greenland Prime Minister Threatens European Union to Block Preliminary Mineral Resources Deal

March 9, 2013

“To the dismay of many European politicians, China has been eyeing investments in the former Cold War ally of the West, which include iron, zinc and rare earth minerals.”

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China Posts Unexpected Trade Surplus in February

March 9, 2013

“February’s exports were 21.8% higher than a year earlier, when the Lunar New Year fell in January, while imports were 15.2% lower than the year-earlier month.”

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North Korean General: Country Has Placed Nuclear-Tipped Long-Range Missiles on Standby

March 8, 2013

“According to the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong said soldiers are already positioned to launch a war of reunification if the order is given by its leaders.”

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Australia Blocks North Korea From Re-Opening Embassy, Citing North Korea’s Nuclear Test

March 7, 2013

“Australia, a close U.S. ally, is one of a few Western countries to have diplomatic ties with North Korea, which first opened a Canberra embassy in May 2002. It closed the embassy six years later and then sought this year to reopen it.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

March 7, 2013

“The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.”

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North Korea Warns United States of a Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

March 7, 2013

“An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.”

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North Korea Threatens to Nullify 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korean War

March 6, 2013

“The threat came on Tuesday as the United States, with Chinese backing, introduced a draft UN resolution to punish North Korea for its nuclear test on February 12.”

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Chinese General Who Threatened the United States With a Nuclear Strike Visits the Pentagon

March 5, 2013

““If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on the target zone on China’s territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” Zhu told a Financial Times reporter in 2005.”

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United Nations Security Council Considering Resolution to Increase Sanctions Against North Korea

March 5, 2013

“The United States and China introducing a resolution that would target North Korean bankers and overseas cash couriers, tighten inspections of suspect ship and air cargo and subject the country’s diplomats to invasive scrutiny and increased risk of expulsion.”

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Shipment Seized Off the Coast of Yemen Contained Chinese Anti-Aircraft Missiles

March 4, 2013

“The Chinese missiles were part of a larger shipment interdicted by American and Yemeni forces in January, which American and Yemeni officials say was intended for the Houthi rebels in northwestern Yemen.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) Dismisses China’s Hacking Denials

February 24, 2013

“He said the attacks were illegal and unprecedented in scope, and that the United States was not currently able to protect American companies from them.”

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Report: Government Officials Stonewalling FBI Investigation Into Transfer of Classified Weapons Technology to China From NASA’s Ames Research Center

February 24, 2013

“The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.”

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