HONG KONG — The state-controlled Bank of China said on Tuesday that it had halted all dealings with a key North Korean bank in what appeared to be the strongest public Chinese response yet to North Korea’s willingness to brush aside warnings from Beijing and push ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Chinese analysts said that the Bank of China’s move carried clear diplomatic significance at a time when [...]
North Korea has stopped work on preparing for the launch of a medium-range Musudan ballistic missile, according to government sources in Japan, the United States and South Korea.
Although the U.S. military has also temporarily eased back from being on high alert, the three nations will continue to keep a wary eye on Pyongyang as it is deemed likely that it will continue with its provocative actions in the medium to [...]
China Orders Troops and Tanks to North Korean Border
China is reportedly beefing up its military presence on the North Korean border amid heightening tensions in the region.
The troop mobilisation is said to be taking place along with deployment of dozens of tanks in the strategically important border region with North Korea, which is separated by the Yalu River.
The Chinese military is on high alert over the ongoing tensions in the [...]
By now you’ve probably heard the news; The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency thinks “with moderate confidence” that North Korea has developed a nuclear weapon capable of being delivered on a ballistic missile. Good news, though: The DIA thinks such a weapon would have “low reliability.”
If you’re like me, “low reliability” doesn’t exactly elicit feelings of confidence. I mean, how accurate do you need to be to do damage with a [...]
April 20, 2013 – CHINA – The Chinese military has deployed its new anti-ship ballistic missile along its southern coast facing Taiwan, the Pentagon’s top military intelligence officer said today. The missile, designated the DF-21D, is one of a “growing number of conventionally armed” new weapons China is deploying to the region, adding to more than 1,200 short-range missiles opposite the island democracy, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the Defense Intelligence Agency director, [...]
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s anti-ship ballistic missile power has forced the US warships in the Persian Gulf to retreat from their positions, a senior Iranian defense ministry official said.
Iran’s deputy defense minister says the Islamic Republic has successfully test-fired a land-to-sea ballistic missile in the Persian Gulf.
Brigadier General Majid Bokaei said on Tuesday that the Defense Ministry has been able to test-fire the new missile, which has a high target-hitting [...]
Jarno Limnéll and Jan Hanska
April 15, 2013
The Whitehouse recently announced that President Barack Obama has the authority to initiate a preventive cyber strike in the event that an attack on the US is threatened. This announcement means that in the cyber domain, the military now has the authority to attack foreign nations, regardless of whether or not the US is involved in a conflict with them. This pre-emptive cyber policy [...]
It appears Rep. Lamborn read aloud a classified portion of secret DIA report supplied to some members of Congress on #DPRK nuke capability.
N. Korea knows how to miniaturize nuclear bombs, U.S. military agency says
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, April 11 (Yonhap) — A U.S. military intelligence agency believes that North Korea has learned how to mount nuclear bombs on ballistic missiles, a U.S. congressman said Thursday, citing a classified report.
But the [...]
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(CNN) – The Pentagon’s intelligence arm has assessed with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile, though the reliability is believed to be “low.”
Disclosed first by a congressman at a hearing on Thursday and then confirmed to CNN by the Defense Department, the assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the [...]
DIA has moderate confidence North Korea “has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however reliability will be low,”
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Pentagon Report Says North Korea Likely Has Nuclear Warheads
There you have it. Amid questions about whether Kim Jong-un can follow through on his nuclear threats, a new Pentagon reports says the answer is probably yes. Eli Lake reports.
A North Korean missile launcher has moved into the firing position with rockets facing skyward, Kyodo reports, citing a Japan defense official.
Kyodo quotes a Japanese defense official that a #DPRK missile launcher is in a “raised position.”
RT @sangwonyoon: #Japan’s Kyodo citing Japanese Defense Ministry: #NorthKorea #missile launchpad moved to face skyward
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NEWS ADVISORY: N. Korea missile launcher in raised position: Japan defense [...]
The following is a press release from the Guam Department of Homeland Security.
The Current Situation as of 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Escalating rhetoric from and tensions with North Korea have raised concerns. The U.S. military has assured that any ballistic missile aimed at the U.S., its territories, or allies will be intercepted.
Test Is Imminent
As reported, a missile test from North Korea is imminent. Admiral Samuel Locklear III, Commander of [...]
Pakistan successfully test-fires Hatf-IV ballistic missile
“According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900km.”
SKorea: North Korea moved missile to east coast
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.
U.S. to move MISSILE DEFENSE TO GUAM
The US is sending a missile shield to the Pacific island of Guam as North Korea threatens nuclear [...]
Here’s a list of of events that have taken place within the DPRK in the last few months…
Dec 12, 2012: North Korea successfully launches three-stage rocket and places satellite in orbit. Seoul, Washington and UN condemn launch as a covert ballistic missile test.
Jan 22, 2013: UN Security Council passes a resolution condemning North Korea’s rocket launch and tightens existing sanctions.
Jan 24: North Korea’s National Defense Commission says it will proceed [...]
U.N. set to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang
Secretive state threatens to end its 1953 peace pact with South Korea
Peoples’ Army Command warns of ‘stronger additional countermeasures’
Strong words come after North conducted nuclear test earlier this month
North Korea today vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States in retaliation for a new sanctions against the rogue communist state currently being considered by the United Nations.
The Badr base, a center for air defense which has about 50 underground missile silos housing Iran’s Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, serves as Iran’s second-largest missile-launching site, and is under the control of the Revolutionary Guards.
The base, in the deserts of Semnan far from any city, has many underground tunnels connecting to the silo launching pads, according to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit.
Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, [...]
Published: 26 January, 2013, 12:19
Russia’s leading shipyard finished deep modernization of the Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak (Sea giant). Armed with latest multi-role missile system, radar and electronics, the sub promises to become the game-changing backbone of the Indian Navy.
NEW DELHI January 27, 2013 (AP)
An Indian news report says India has successfully tested a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile fired from an underwater platform in the Bay of Bengal.
The discovery by American intelligence agencies that North Korea is moving mobile missile launchers around the country, some carrying a new generation of powerful rocket, has spurred new assessments of the intentions of the country’s young new leader, Kim Jong-un, who has talked about economic change but appears to be accelerating the country’s ability to attack American allies or forces in Asia, and ultimately to strike across the Pacific.
The new [...]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has repaired flood damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a quick atomic explosion if it chose, though water streaming out of a test tunnel may cause problems, analysis of recent satellite photos indicates.
Washington and others are bracing for the possibility that if punished for a successful long-range rocket launch on Dec. 12 that the U.N. considers a cover for a [...]
North Korea could have U.S. within missile range, says South Korea
North Korea’s rocket launch this month showed it has likely developed technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 kilometers, South Korean military officials
SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) — After examining a piece of the debris from a long-range rocket launched by North Korea, South Korean experts have concluded that the communist country in fact had tested [...]
During the nuclear honed days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed a uniquely dangerous missile able to strike anywhere in the U.S.
Loaded with multiple maneuverable warheads (MIRVs), while carrying decoys and chaff to keep from getting struck down, the technology undermined the entire balance of power between the two superpowers and struck fear into hard hearts at the Kremlin and the Pentagon alike.
It was a difficult era, fraught [...]
North Korea plans to launch a satellite into orbit later this month, the rogue state announced today.
“In the announcement attributed to a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology, North Korea said the rocket would carry a ‘polar-orbiting earth observation satellite’ for ‘peaceful scientific and technological’ purposes,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
In a statement released today, the State Department says the launch “would be a highly provocative act that threatens [...]
September 7, 2012
Washington D.C. foreign policy think tank the Center For Strategic & International Studies took a long hard look at what it really means to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions, what it would take, and what it could lead to in a report released yesterday.
The speculation that Israel can go it alone against Tehran remains, but the specifics of what’s required by a US attack to put the [...]
Iran currency on a freefall: rial down 4% now trading at 1US$ = 21,300.
Cbank, to officially devalue rial min 30%, allows market to dive.
Iran’s currency plunged five percent on Monday in street trading after the central bank announced an imminent decision to revise upwards its official fixed exchange rate used as a market reference.
Money changers were exchanging one US dollar for 21,450 rials at midday, significantly higher than Sunday’s 20,440 [...]
Hundreds of Damascus residents fled from clashes and army shelling of several districts of the embattled Syrian capital Thursday, a rights watchdog reported, as the military gave them two days to get out.
The military said residents have 48 hours to leave areas where clashes are taking place between security forces and rebels, a security source told AFP.
Syria’s Ballistic Missile Arsenal Looms As Assad Regime Buckles
If in its final hours Syria’s [...]
July 11, 2012
The Pentagon has admitted that the “lethality and effectiveness” of Iran’s missile systems has improved and Tehran would present a “formidable force” while defending its territory.
“According to a June 29 report by the Pentagon, “Iran has boosted the lethality and effectiveness of existing systems by improving accuracy and developing new submunition payloads” that “extend the destructive power over a wider area than a solid warhead,” Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.”
The report, [...]
Declassified US military report discloses improved accuracy of missiles, new sub-munition payloads, Tehran advancing anti-ship missiles, better countermeasures to stop attacks on its missiles.
Iran’s military has “boosted the lethality and effectiveness of existing” ballistic missile systems with “accuracy improvements and new sub-munition payloads,” according to a Pentagon report. Portions of the document were declassified on Wednesday after having been presented to Congress last week.
The Pentagon report, obtained by Bloomberg, specifically [...]
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Saudi Arabia has set its feet on the path to a nuclear weapon capability and is negotiating in Beijng the purchase of Chinese nuclear-capable Dong-Fen 21 ((NATO-codenamed CSS-5) ballistic missile.
China, which has agreed to the transaction in principle, would also build a base of operations near Riyadh for the new Saudi purchases.
A source who served in Iranian intelligence says the Iranian regime is preparing to down Western airliners in case of an attack on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has been preparing for war for some time as the Islamic regime closes in on developing nuclear weapons, says a source who served in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence and has recently defected to a country in [...]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces using a new Raytheon Co interceptor missile downed another missile in space in a high-stakes test of a shield built to thwart growing capabilities of countries like North Korea and Iran.
The mission off Hawaii late Tuesday was against a medium-range, separating ballistic missile, the Pentagon agency responsible for it said. The mock warhead split from the target’s booster section, presenting what is supposed to be [...]
June 11, 2012
South Korea has warned it would immediately retaliate against the North and has held unscheduled military exercises after series of threats from Pyongyang. A week ago the North threatened to launch rocket attacks on media offices in the South.
Seoul’s armed forces held the exercise on Monday because of a “series of peculiar activities”, a Defense ministry spokesman told AFP.
It was ordered by the country’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin [...]
A conservative South Korean newspaper said on Monday it had been the victim of a major cyber attack, less than a week afterNorth Korea threatened the paper and other Seoul media over their reports.
Police are investigating Pyongyang’s possible involvement in the hacking of the Internet news site and database server at theJoongAng Ilbo and sister paper the Korea JoongAng Daily, the Daily reported.
The English-language Daily said both papers lost the databases for articles and photos. The [...]
SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s military warned Monday that it would “immediately punish the core forces of provocations” if provoked again by North Korea, as the North vowed to attack major South Korean media for insulting its top leader.
The South’s warning came after its Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) held an unscheduled readiness exercise earlier in the day to check out its defense posture involving its ballistic missile [...]