East Asia

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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Western Spy Agencies Struggle for Information on North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test

February 20, 2013

“This lack of scientific evidence suggests that key questions may remain unanswered about the type of fissile material used in the test, which was detected by seismic sensors. It also leaves unaddressed questions about how far the North has advanced in its bomb design.”

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North Korea Threatens South Korea With “Final Destruction”

February 19, 2013

“North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.”

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White House: State Department Inquiring About Cyber Hacking at “Highest Levels” of the Chinese Government

February 19, 2013

“State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stopped short of saying whether the U.S. was in a cyber-war with China. But she and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said U.S. officials have started a dialogue with the “highest levels” of the Chinese government.”

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Report: Chinese Military Linked to Hacker Group Targeting U.S. Businesses

February 19, 2013

“The Wall Street Journal reports Internet security company Mandiant says in the report it traced 141 major hacking attempts to a People’s Liberation Army building in Shanghai, 115 of which targeted U.S. companies or organizations.”

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Officials: Purchase Orders Reveal Iranian Purchase of Ring-Shaped Magnets for Nuclear Enrichment

February 13, 2013

“The revelation of the new orders for nuclear-sensitive parts coincides with Iran’s announcement that it plans to add thousands of more-advanced, second-generation centrifuges that would allow it to ramp up its production of enriched uranium even further, analysts said.”

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Report: North Korea’s Nuclear Device “Miniaturized and Lighter… with Greater Explosive Force”

February 12, 2013

“The claim about miniaturizing the device could be important, if true. But there has been no proof yet that the North has yet mastered the difficult technology of making bombs small enough to be fitted to ballistic missiles.”

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Chinese Foreign Ministry: China “Firmly Opposed” to North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Testing

February 12, 2013

“Chinese leaders are believed to be increasingly frustrated by Pyongyang’s defiance in the face of international pressure to cease its nuclear weapons program.”

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United Nations Security Council “Strongly Condemns” North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“A united U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and pledged further action Tuesday, calling Pyongyang’s latest defiant act “a clear threat to international peace and security.”"

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United Nations Security Council to Hold an Emergency Meeting to Discuss and Address North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“South Korea’s U.N. Mission informed reporters early Tuesday that the closed-door meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT). South Korea joined the Security Council in January for a 2-year term and currently holds the council’s rotating presidency.”

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President Obama Condemns North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, Promising “Firm Action” in Response

February 12, 2013

“We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.”

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North Korea Confirms Conducting Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“It may take days to ascertain whether the North used highly enriched uranium for the first time in the nuclear test, a move that would give it a second path to a nuclear weapon.”

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Documents: United States is Target of “Sustained” Cyber-Espionage Campaign From China

February 11, 2013

“Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Post.”

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China’s Patience With North Korea “Wearing Thin”

February 11, 2013

“China’s patience with North Korea is wearing thin, and a widely-expected nuclear test by the latter could bring that frustration to a head.”

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China Surpasses the United States as the World’s Biggest Trading Partner in 2012

February 10, 2013

“U.S. exports and imports of goods last year totaled $3.82 trillion, the U.S. Commerce Department said last week. China’s customs administration reported last month that the country’s trade in goods in 2012 amounted to $3.87 trillion.”

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