North Korea

U.S., South Korea Sign New Military Plan Formalizing Joint Response Against Any North Korean Provocations

March 25, 2013

“They called the contingency plan “South Korean-led, U.S.-supported.” It laid out various types of localized North Korean provocations and a joint South Korean-American response to each of them, South Korean officials said.”

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Pentagon: U.S. B-52 Fighter Jets Conducted Simulated Nuclear Bombing Raids on North Korea During Military Exercises

March 18, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training mission over South Korea March 8 during war games known as Exercise Foal Eagle.”

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North Korea Threatens Japan For Advocating Additional Sanctions Against North Korea

March 17, 2013

“The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried a statement from the Foreign Ministry Sunday saying that it would be a fatal mistake for Japan if it thinks it will be safe when a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.”

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North Korea Propaganda Website Warns South Korean Residents to Leave Yeonpyeong Island

March 17, 2013

“Pyongyang has made a series of threats since its last nuclear test in February prompted the UN to tighten sanctions.”

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U.S. and South Korea Begin 11-Day Military Drills With 10,000 South Korean and 3,000 American Troops

March 15, 2013

“The 11-day military drills that started Monday involve 10,000 South Korean and about 3,000 American troops. Those coincide with two months of separate U.S.-South Korean field exercises that began March 1.”

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Defense Secretary Hagel Announces Missile Defense Expansion to Defend Against North Korea and Iran

March 15, 2013

“Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.”

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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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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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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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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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North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un Visits Military Base

February 20, 2013

“Kim Jong-un recently toured a military unit, the first reported inspection by the North Korean leader since the country conducted a nuclear test earlier in the month, Pyongyang’s state media said Thursday.”

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