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North Korea has reportedly moved a long-range missile that it says it will test-launch soon following its second nuclear test to a new place.
The intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers was moved from a military research center in Sanumdong near Pyongyang and is known to be headed for a base in Musudan-ri, North Hamkyong Province.
During a summit meeting this month of the leaders of South Korea and the United States, there is “a high possibility” the U.S. will issue a written pledge of a nuclear umbrella over the South, a Blue House official said yesterday.
The U.S. Defense Department has said it could intercept a long-range North Korean missile with ground-based interceptor rockets before it reached the U.S. mainland.
North Korea has declared a wide area in the West Sea off Hwanghae and Pyongan provinces off-limits until the end of July. It is also becoming more secretive. A South Korean government official on Sunday said the North Korean Army has reduced communications to a significant extent, "and they exchange only messages that seem essential during communications as if they are mindful of our monitoring."
By Sam Kim
SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has intensified landing exercises using amphibious vessels along its west coast, amid growing fears in Seoul that the communist country may be plotting an attack on a South Korean island, a source said Monday.
North Korea, which defied warnings and went ahead with its second nuclear test on May 25, is threatening aggression near its western sea border with South Korea.
Associated Press - June 1, 2009 2:13 AM ET
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - News reports out of South Korea say the communist regime in the north is bolstering its coastal defenses and preparing to launch another long-range missile.
The Yonhap news agency reports North Korea has transported its most advanced missile to a newly completed launchpad on its western coast near China. The missile is believed to be able to reach as far as Alaska or Guam.
The news agency also reports that South Korea is scrutinizing an intelligence report that the North has ordered troops in charge of the disputed western sea border and along the west coast to double their stocks of ammunition.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is warning North Korea against any provocation. In a radio address, he says South Korea will not tolerate Pyonyang turning "its back on dialogue and peace" and following through on its "military threats and provocations."
Lee says the North should understand that its nuclear threat to world peace threatens the regime itself.
EOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may this month test a missile designed to fly as far as U.S. territory and may also be gearing up for skirmishes with the South around their disputed sea border, South Korean news reports said on Monday.
The rogue state may also be gearing up for skirmishes with South Korea around their disputed sea border, the reports added.
The secretive communist state was also said to be stepping up military drills near the border with the South, which is on heightened alert for a possible repeat of the deadly naval clashes seen in 1999 and 2002
Originally posted by gallifreyan medic
Propaganda at its finest.My apologese for having used that word so often in my posting.
When seeing it happening almost daily even here in the UK it ain't easy getting it across without actually using the word.
[edit on 1/6/09 by gallifreyan medic]
An imminent missile launch into the sea? An armed incursion of North Korean ships? A full-scale invasion of Yeonpyeong, the small South Korean island hard up against the maritime boundary? Too much blood has already been shed in these waters for anyone to risk taking any chances, and for the past week South Korea has been dispatching reinforcements.
SEOUL (AFP) — North Korea is stepping up naval landing exercises amid growing tensions with South Korea, which is not ruling out an attack on one of its islands, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.
WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - The Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee is considering requiring the U.S. Air Force to study the viability of creating an export version of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 fighter jet, a source closely following the issue told Reuters on Monday.
North Korea has apparently instructed naval troops in the West Sea to stockpile more than twice the normal amount of ammunition and artillery shells and staged an unprecedented surprise landing exercise.
North Korea is poised to test launch its most advanced missile, reports said today, a week after it defied the international community and conducted its second nuclear weapons test in three years.
June 2 (Bloomberg) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il named his third son Kim Jong Un as successor and notified its diplomatic offices around the world last month, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.