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What Lee Myung-bak actually saying: 'chances' of DPRK bending to pressure better than ever
#ROK Pres. Lee hints at possible N-S Korea summit if planned military talks go well.
The base can apparently accommodate up to 70 of North Korea's hovercraft. Each of the vessels can carry a platoon and travel up to 90 km/h across water and mud flats. Once it is completed, North Korean troops would be able to land on South Korea's five West Sea islands, including Baeknyeong, in 30 to 40 minutes.
Talks begin between colonel-level officers of the two #Koreas at DMZ. about 11 hours ago via TweetDeck
Yonhap: N-S Korea agree to hold more military talks tomorrow. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
YTN: No gaps bridged in N-S military talks, which recessed at 1910KST. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un could visit China this year in a bid to consolidate his power base and ease the North's economic woes, the head of a think tank said Monday.
China is developing "counterspace" weapons that could shoot down satellites or jam signals, a Pentagon official said Friday as the United States unveiled a 10-year strategy for security in space.
Military officers from North, South Korea meet in attempt to quell hostilities (AP)
Military talks between the rival Koreas have "collapsed," a unification ministry official in Seoul said on Wednesday, dealing a setback to efforts to defuse tensions on the divided peninsula.
Originally posted by ajniss
Remember the month of April thats when NK wants to do a nuke test ill wait till then
The #DPRK statement blames the #ROK military for breakdown of talks saying it's only interested in keeping tensions high. #Koreas about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
Yonhap: #DPRK military issues statement saying it won't meet with #ROK counterparts any longer. #Koreas about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
North Korea has started preparing for a possible eruption of Mt. Baekdu, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday. Quoting sources in Ryanggang Province, North Korea, the station said two geography professors of Kim Jung-suk University of Education involved in a Mt. Baekdu expedition team have recently been to Pyongyang to attend a seminar on Mt. Baekdu volcanic activity.
They said there were two evacuation drills in Samjiyon, Taehongdan and Pochon, Ryanggang Province since last fall.
China on Thursday urged North and South Korea to put their differences aside and resume dialogue, a day after the acrimonious collapse of talks that were aimed at easing tensions.
North Korea said Thursday there was no need for further dialogue with "traitors" in South Korea, a day after the collapse of military talks aimed at easing months of high tensions.
Pyongyang asked Stephen Bosworth, the special U.S. envoy on North Korea policy, to meet with North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan when Bosworth visited Beijing on Jan. 5 and 6.
However, the United States rejected the request because Bosworth's stay in China was too short.
New Kyodo poll finds support for #Japan Prime Min. Kan at all-time low: 19.9%.
Minju Joson (#DPRK): S. Korea blaming the North for collapse of military talks will further bedevil relations & escalate confrontation.
AFP: Russian Foreign Minister tells his #Japan counterpart that Tokyo's reaction over territorial dispute "unacceptable."
Is this a Supervolcano? Do you know how long is has been dormant. That's should give the north something new to think about.
Mountain Baekdu, a dormant volcano on the border between North Korea and China, is showing signs of a possible eruption in the near future, experts warned Tuesday.
"Baekdu could erupt anytime soon," said geologist Yoon Sung-hyo at Pusan National University, who has monitored the nation's highest mountain (2,744 meters) for any changes. "A variety of indicators are backing this scenario. The thing we should try to predict is when. It's clear it's imminent."
The geologist cautiously raised speculation that an eruption could take place in a couple of years.
According to historical records, Baekdu was an active volcano. Major activity in the 960s created a caldera on its peak, whose circumference is nearly 14 kilometers with an average depth of 213 meters and maximum of 384 meters.
Volcanic ash from this eruption has been found as far away as the southern part of Hokkaido, Japan, according to records. Small-scale eruptions were recorded roughly on a centurial basis ㅡ in 1413, 1597, 1668 and 1702. The latest volcanic eruption recorded at the 2,744-meter mountain was back in 1903.
If the eruption is major in scale, it would bring about massive consequences to the two Koreas as well as the surrounding states, including China, Japan and Russia.
"The amount of volcanic ash from the most violent eruption nearly 1,000 years ago was enough to cover the entire the Korean peninsula to a height of 1.2 meters," he said, citing scientific studies. "Baekdu's caldera contains nearly two billion tons of water. If it evaporates into the air all of a sudden mixed with volcanic ash of a major eruption, it would be blown to the east and consequently engulf Vladivostok in Russia and Hokkaido in northern Japan."
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Japan is closely monitoring stepped-up activity by Russia's military near disputed islands, Japan's chief spokesman said on Thursday after Moscow said it would deploy new weapons to the area.
Me thinks this is a join Russia-China move against Japan's contested islands.
Iran has allegedly paid North Korea US$2 billion over the past three years in exchange for enriched uranium.
Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper claimed Thursday that North Korea exported enriched uranium from a nuclear facility in Yongbyon to Tehran, which needed the material for its nuclear program.
North Korea is said to have received hard currency to purchase the necessary equipment and centrifuges to build other nuclear plants.
Terming US attempts to woo India and other neighbours of China as "unbearable," an article in a Communist party magazine has said that Beijing must send a "clear signal" to these countries that it is ready to go to war to safeguard its national interests.
The article published in the Qiushi Journal, the official publication of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) said China must adhere to a basic strategic principle of not initiating war but being ready to counterattack.
"We must send a clear signal to our neighbouring countries that we don't fear war, and we are prepared at any time to go to war to safeguard our national interests," the article said, suggesting an aggressive strategy to counter emerging US alliances in the region.
"Throughout the history of the new China (since 1949), peace in China has never been gained by giving in, only through war. Safeguarding national interests is never achieved by mere negotiations, but by war," it said.
The piece said countries like Japan, India, Vietnam, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Korea are trying to join the anti-China group because they either had a war or a conflict of interest with China.
It suggested that China should use its economic clout and trade as a weapon to rein in neighbours.
"China's neighbouring countries need China's international trade more than China needs them, with the vast majority of China's trade deficit caused by these countries," it said.
"Therefore, they, but not China, will suffer greater damage by antagonising China. China should make good use of these economic advantages and strategic power. This is also the most effective means to avoid a war," it said.
China on its part, it said, can consider the idea of launching economic warfare through strategies to contain the US dollar and making effective use of forums like the IMF and initiating a space war by developing strong space weapons.
It also suggested as a counter-strategy the idea of pursuing a strong policy against neighbours joining the US alliance, even attacking a nearby enemy and forming anti-US alliances in Latin America and Africa.