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The information being reported by some South Korean press that alleges the U.S prevented the Republic of Korea from responding to the Nov. 23 attack on Yonpyeong Island using their military aircraft is not true. The Republic of Korea did not ask Gen. Walter L. Sharp, commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea for permission to strike North Korean targets.
Pyongyang will rely on nuclear might to defend itself against the United States and South Korea, North Korea's Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun told Russia's Interfax news agency Friday.
Analysts say president is rejecting dialogue, promoting regime change
Funding to increase eight-fold, staffing to be beefed up
The United States Friday said it wants to discuss with China ways to dissuade North Korea from going nuclear and making provocations.
North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities grew substantially under the Sunshine Policy during the Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun administrations, and the North now reportedly has about a dozen nuclear weapons. Pyongyang is also operating hundreds or even thousands of uranium enrichment centrifuges, whose existence South Korean leftwingers denied.
"As a result of the former administrations' deliberate disregard under a decade of the Sunshine Policy, the crisis is now coming to a head," a Cheong Wa Dae staffer said Monday.
When Kim Jong-un officially emerged as heir to Kim Jong-il on Oct. 10 in a military parade on the anniversary of the Workers Party, an intermediate-range ballistic missile was shown to the international press for the first time. Dubbed "Musudan" by the U.S. intelligence services, it has a range of 3,000 to 4,000 km, making it capable of reaching the strategic U.S. military base in Guam.
Pyongyang 0100UTC radio news reiterates US-ROK alliance preparing for an "aggressive war at any moment." (But no new threat from #DPRK)
Reading KCNA & monitoring Pyongyang radio give indications of #DPRK intent, as like Al Qaeda, they try to justify actions before strikes. 1 minute ago via TweetDeck
U.S. legislators should "change their rude and arrogant attitude" toward China over the Nobel Peace Prize issue, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
China condemned the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the "convicted Chinese criminal" Liu Xiaobo and more than 100 countries and international organizations support China on the issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news briefing.
The U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 401-1, this week passed a resolution congratulating Liu on winning the Peace Prize.
"The so-called resolution approved by the U.S. House of Representatives disregards facts and distorts truth and is flagrant interference in China's internal affairs. We urge relevant U.S. lawmakers to stop their wrongdoing on this issue, change their arrogant and rude attitude and show due respect for the Chinese people and China's judicial sovereignty," Jiang said.
The United States has not provided any help to Taiwan in its bid to mass produce cruise missiles, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday, as a Chinese military delegation held talks here.
Northrop Grumman is wooing South Korean support for a proposal to upgrade its F-16 jet fighter program with mechanically scanned radar system.
Minister Pak Ui-chun made the remark in an interview with Russia's Interfax news agency Friday ahead of his planned trip to Moscow, set for Dec. 12-15. The visit comes amid a flurry of diplomacy to deal with high tensions over North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island.
Dec. 12 1948 -- The U.N. General Assembly recognizes the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, as the legal government of Korea.
Japan reacted coolly to pressure from the U.S. to strengthen military cooperation with South Korea, suggesting that historical tensions and domestic political challenges will limit its ability to work directly with Seoul on efforts to prevent further aggression from North Korea.