National Security & Defense

Envelope Addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) Tests Positive For Ricin at U.S. Capitol’s Off-Site Mail Facility

April 16, 2013

“After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive…The envelope was addressed to a U.S. senator, though the sources would not say which one.”

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North Korea Threatens To Strike Colorado Springs (But Doesn’t Know Where It Is)

April 14, 2013

“The latest ridiculous North Korean propaganda video includes threats to launch that nation’s (untested) KN-08 missiles at four U.S. cities: Washington, Colorado Springs, Colo., Los Angeles and Honolulu.”

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Japanese Defense Official: North Korean Missile Launchpad Moved Into Firing Position

April 11, 2013

“A North Korean missile launcher has moved into the firing position with rockets facing skyward, Kyodo reports, citing a Japan defense official.”

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Report: State Department Official Secretly Met With “Top Representative” of North Korean Government in March

April 9, 2013

“No real progress was made during the meeting and no new offers were made by the U.S. officials present, the sources said.”

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U.S. Intelligence: North Korea Could Test-Launch Latest Mobile Ballistic Missile At Any Time Now

April 9, 2013

“A test launch of one or both of missiles thought to be loaded into mobile launchers could happen without North Korea issuing a standard warning to commercial aviation and maritime shipping, according to the official.”

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South Korean Military Official: North Korea May Be Preparing Missile Test Or “Another Provocative Act”

April 7, 2013

“A top South Korean national security official said Sunday that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act with its warning that it soon will be unable to guarantee diplomats’ safety in Pyongyang.”

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U.S. Delays Long-Planned Missile Test in California Due to Tensions With North Korea

April 7, 2013

“The unusual precaution by the US follows a barrage of hostile rhetoric from North Korea – including the threat of open war – that has created jitters in South Korea’s financial markets.”

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Intercepted North Korean Internal Communications Reveal Mobile Baillistic Missile Launch Plans in “Days or Weeks”

April 4, 2013

“”While it has ‘considerable’ range, the missile isn’t capable of hitting the continental U.S.,” reads the report from Bloomberg’s Sangwon Yoon, who gleaned a briefing from South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin.”

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY): U.S. Could Take Pre-Emptive Military Action Against North Korea

April 3, 2013

“Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Tuesday that the United States had the right to take preemptive military action against North Korea if there was “solid evidence” that Kim Jon Un planned to attack the U.S. or South Korea.”

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North Korea Authorizes Plans For Nuclear Strikes Against Targets Within the United States

April 3, 2013

“”The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow”.”

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Pentagon Announces Plans to Deploy U.S. Advanced Ballistic Missile Defense System to Guam

April 3, 2013

“The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was sending an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cited a “real and clear” danger from North Korea.”

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North Korea Vows to Expand Nuclear Arsenal, Restart the Yongbyon Plutonium-Producing Reactor

April 2, 2013

“The regime said Tuesday that it would expand all parts of its nuclear arsenal, including reactivating a plutonium-producing reactor complex at Yongbyon shut in 2007 as part of a disarmament agreement. Although restarting the Soviet-era facilities could take more than six months, the announcement sparked concern [of] military escalation.”

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U.S. Navy Deploys Pacific Guided-Missile Destroyer to Near the Korean Peninsula

April 1, 2013

“The White House on Monday said the United States hasn’t seen large-scale movements from North Korean military forces in the aftermath of harsh rhetoric from the reclusive government.”

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Defense Secretary Hagel: U.S. Didn’t Aggravate Tensions With North Korea By Flying B-52 Bombers in Test Flights

March 28, 2013

“”We have to take seriously every provocative, bellicose word and action that this new young leader has taken so far” since coming to power, Hagel told a Pentagon news conference, referring to Kim Jong-un.”

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North Korea Leader Kim Jong-Un Signs Order to Train Sights on American Military Bases in South Korea and the Pacific

March 28, 2013

“The move was followed by reports of increased activity at North Korea’s mid to long range missile sites, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.”

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