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BACK TO THE BUNKER
By William M. Arkin
Sunday, June 4, 2006
On Monday, June 19, about 4,000 government workers representing more than 50 federal agencies from the State Department to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will say goodbye to their families and set off for dozens of classified emergency facilities stretching from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs to the foothills of the Alleghenies. They will take to the bunkers in an "evacuation" that my sources describe as the largest "continuity of government" exercise ever conducted, a drill intended to prepare the U.S. government for an event even more catastrophic than the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
New York Times
North Korea May Test Long-Range Missile
By HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL R. GORDON
Published: June 17, 2006
WASHINGTON, June 16 — North Korea appears to have stepped up preparations to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, perhaps as early as this weekend, American officials said Friday.
The move, if carried out, would put the North's military efforts back into the spotlight and could demonstrate that it has a missile with the range to reach the United States.
In a sign of how seriously the United States is treating the prospect of a test, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned her Chinese counterpart on Tuesday and asked Beijing to use its influence to stop the test, a senior Bush administration official said.
President Bush made a similar appeal two weeks ago in a telephone call to China's president, Hu Jintao, the official said.
Report: U.S. activates missile defense system
North Korea seems headed 'towards a launch'
Tuesday, June 20, 2006; Posted: 2:50 p.m. EDT (18:50 GMT)
SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) -- The United States has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday.