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#ROK Defense Ministry says military talks offer from #DPRK came today via "telegram." #Koreas about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck
Yonhap: #ROK accepts #DPRK proposal for high-ranking military talks & proposes to hold preparatory working-level military talks. #Koreas about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
#ROK sr. gov't official refutes media reports of new negotiations with US to extend range of S. Korean ballistic missiles. about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
North Korea has been developing a uranium enrichment programme -- a potential second way to make nuclear bombs -- since the late 1990s, a senior defector was Wednesday quoted as saying.
The North, using plutonium extracted from its Yongbyon reactor, staged nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. It is believed to have enough plutonium for six to eight atomic bombs.
The defector said Pyongyang was "likely to seek to enhance its nuclear capability via a third nuclear test" since the current arms programme "is behind on efficiency".
An unnamed Chinese defence ministry official was quoted in China's state-run Global Times newspaper as saying: "China will not send a single soldier to other countries without the approval of the UN."
"A peaceful resolution of the threat posed by North Korea might cause China to call for an end to the U.S. base presence on the Korean Peninsula."
China has developed a stealth missile speedboat and deployed it in the East China Sea, the official People's Daily reported Wednesday.
# US State Dept.: "We still believe that N. Korea has a ways to go before we can engage in meaningful Six-Party Talks." 40 minutes ago via web
# White House: Inter-Korean military talks "clearly a positive step." about 2 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
When U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao held a joint press conference after their meeting on Wednesday, Obama said the two "agreed that North Korea must avoid further provocations." This raised brief expectations that China may have shifted its position on North Korea, since the North's only ally has so far declined to admit that the North is responsible for provocations like the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island last year.
But the joint statement released a few hours later merely said, "Both sides expressed concern over heightened tensions on the Peninsula," which they said were "triggered by recent developments" rather than North Korean provocations.
All this shows what a delicate balance China is treading with regard to North Korea. Sources earlier claimed U.S. and Chinese officials got bogged down for hours in working on the paragraph referring to the Korean Peninsula.
Originally posted by john124
Gotta' love this photo from the Chosun website!
Bush is like move the hell over this side man!!
Obama is worshipping his new masters!!
MoU: #ROK military will meet with #DPRK counterparts as long as N. Korea willing to discuss Cheonan sinking, Yeonpyeong Is. shelling. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
MoU spokesman: #ROK to also suggest "high level" bilat talks on nukes since #DPRK didn't mention that issue in its proposal. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
MoU: #ROK will ask for apology or acknowledgment of Cheonan sinking & Yeonpyeong shelling in #DPRK military talks. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
DPRK broadcast: Inter-Korean military talks should be held wthin first 10 days of February. 36 minutes ago via TweetDeck
(North) Korean Central Broadcasting Svc.: Agenda will include expressing views on Cheonan incident and Yeonpyeong artillery battle. 36 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Originally posted by crazydaisy
reply to post by Vitchilo
Right, N Korea doesn't like to be reminded of sinking and shelling!
The denuclearization of North Korea remains an unexpendable issue for South Korea even as Seoul prepares for talks with Pyongyang over a pair of other security issues, an official said Friday.
The comments by Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung mean that South Korea will continue to press North Korea to agree to separate talks on the nuclear programs the communist state operates.
North Korea on Thursday called for high-level military talks to South Korea to discuss the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island last year. The North has pushed for all manner of talks but so far refused to talk about the attacks.
South Korea is to send a message to the North on Wednesday or Thursday calling for denuclearization talks. Seoul is also going to accept a proposal from Pyongyang for military talks.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was against a third-generation power succession, but had no other option in order to stabilize the troubled communist regime, a Japanese newspaper quoted Kim's eldest son as saying in its Friday edition.
January 25, 2011: In North Korea, a terror campaign is in progress. Security forces have been ordered to arrest anyone openly criticizing the government, or communicating with the outside world (via cell phone or just reading pamphlets from South Korea). Violators are increasingly being executed publically, and news of these deaths allowed to quickly spread.
Until three years ago, when South Korea cut off aid to North Korea, that aid amounted to over $600 million a year (mostly food and fuel). That had been going for a decade, as the previous South Korean government sought to buy better relations from the north. Trade with South Korea raised that to about a billion dollars a year. For the last year there has been no aid or trade. That billion dollars mainly went to pay for goods imported from China. Aid from China only amounts to about $300 million a year. That's still coming in, but not the larger amount of goods bought from China (including a lot of food and fuel, but mostly industrial goods for the arms industries and the military.) The shortages have fallen largely on industry (lots more dark and empty factories) and the military (lots of army bases with less, or no, heat this time of year, and lower quality food as well.) There's less food and fuel for everyone, and for most of the country, there is electricity only a few hours a day, if that.
In response to the growing shortages, North Korea has been spending more on the military. It's is now believed that a third of the North Korea GDP (about $20 billion, compared to $1,000 billion for South Korea) goes to the million man armed forces.
Theft and other crime is becoming more common, much of it committed by teenage boys who have left home (or been orphaned and fled to avoid an orphanage) and joined youth gangs. In the cities, these gangs survive because the cops are corrupt and lazy, and if you avoid high profile crimes, you can keep out of labor camps. Begging also works, although the kids often fight over the choice spots. The gangs are also responsible for a lot of the anti-government graffiti.
January 27, 2011: After two decades of rumors and not much else, the North Korean hackers are now definitely active. Apparently. Recently, a South Korean radio station got it website shut down by a DDOS attack traced back to North Korea. Several other attacks on anti-North Korea media in South Korea are believed the work of North Korea hackers. And back in the Summer of 2009, there were what appeared to be 25 similar attacks on South Korean and American web sites.
Attacks on South Korean data networks were up 20 percent a year in each of the last two years, with hundreds of serious attempts each day, to hack in and steal defense secrets. More North Korean locations are showing up as the source of these attacks. This appears to solve the growing mystery about what the mysterious North Korean Cyber War units were up to.
Possible candidates for jets include Boeing's F-15SE and Lockheed Martin's F-35, sources said.
North Korea blasted South Korea Saturday for punishing a pro-unification pastor who illegally traveled to the communist country last summer, saying that the move will certainly aggravate inter-Korean confrontation.
Russia does not oppose referring North Korea's uranium enrichment program to the U.N. Security Council, Moscow's chief nuclear envoy said Friday, boosting Seoul's hope of raising the issue before the global security body.
Yonhap: #ROK rejects #DPRK push for earlier working-level military talks, sticks to original suggestion of Feb. 11. #Koreas
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un is already being treated with the same level of protocol as his father.
A senior South Korean government official last Friday said Kim Jong-un seems to have moved up to the same rank as his father. "The most conspicuous sign is that Kim Jong-un has started wearing a top-quality furry hat that only Kim Jong-il has been wearing so far," the official added.
South Korea on Monday rejected a push by the North to bring forward military talks by 10 days, saying it was not enough time to prepare for their first dialogue since the North's deadly attack against a border island last year.