SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials are telling the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) that B-2 stealth bombers are currently dropping leaflets over the city of Pyongyang warning its citizens of an impending attack. At the time of this posting, the U.S. government or its military has not made a statement regarding this late breaking story.
34-year-old Paul Horner who is in Donggang, China on business told CNN that it is [...]
NORTH KOREA SET TO LAUNCH MISSILE TEST THIS WEEK, CHINESE TROOPS MOVE TO HIGHEST STATE OF ALERT NEAR THE BORDER — REPORT
@L0gg0l: NORTH KOREA SET TO LAUNCH MISSILE TEST THIS WEEK, CHINESE TROOPS MOVE TO HIGHEST STATE OF ALERT NEAR THE BORDER — REPORT
Large scale Chinese troops movement seen, posts on China social network. DPRK may test missiles this week
Troops in Motion
China’s military is continuing to mobilize military forces [...]
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#Breaking: North Korea constructing anti-tank barricades on its border with South Korea – @YonhapNews, @RIA_Novosti
China’s PLA chief: North Korea may be about to conduct 4th nuclear test
North Korea may proceed with a fourth nuclear test, according to Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army.
The 62-year-old general made the comment following a meeting with Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of [...]
Seoul: North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, reports say.
Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea’s late founding leader Kim Il-sung on April 15 but it did not materialise.
April 25 could be another possible date [...]
“North Korea was today warned that it faced fresh sanctions if it went ahead with a predicted missile test in the escalating nuclear stand-off with its neighbours and their Western allies.
Following talks in London of foreign ministers from the G8 industrialised nations, Foreign Secretary William Hague said they had committed themselves to “further significant measures” if the test went ahead.”
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 [...]
North Korea prepares to test medium-range ballistic missile as it closes border with China
April 10, 2013 5:39PM
US satellites have located North Korea’s missiles
They have been pictured fueled and ready for launch
Fears North Korea will not issue test-fire warning
SOUTH Korea has raised its military watch alert to “vital threat” before an expected North Korean missile launch, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned the Korean peninsula may be slipping out of [...]
Vladimir Putin has said a war in Korea could be more devastating than the Chernobyl disaster as Pyongyang was warned against another nuclear test.
The Russian President said he was “worried about the escalation on the Korean peninsula, because we are neighbours”.
And Mr Putin, who also praised a US decision to postpone a planned missile test as part of efforts to reduce tensions, said he feared a situation worse than that [...]
SKorea: NKorea may be preparing to test missile
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top South Korean national security official said Sunday that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act with its warning that it soon will be unable to guarantee diplomats’ safety in Pyongyang. But he added that the North’s clearest objective is to extract concessions from Washington and Seoul.
North Korea’s warning last week followed weeks of [...]
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 [...]
China’s PLA “sunk” a U.S. aircraft carrier during a war game in remote China using its DF-21D “Carrier Killer” missile, reports Taiwan paper Want China Times.
The China Times is a 63 year old Taiwanese paper slightly slanted toward unification, but with a solid reputation and accurate reporting.
The Times report originates with a Google Earth image published at SAORBOATS Argentinian internet forum.
The photo shows two big craters on a 600 foot platform deep in China’s Gobi [...]
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring China’s missile facilities in anticipation of a test of China’s missile defense interceptor, which also doubled in the past as an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile.
The officials commented in response to reports that China is set to conduct another potentially destabilizing anti-satellite missile test in space. In 2007, China fired a missile that destroyed a weather satellite and resulted in tens of thousands of dangerous pieces [...]
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 [...]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A near two-week launch window for a North Korean long-range rocket began Monday, a day after Pyongyang said it may delay liftoff. North Korea has faced mounting international pressure to abandon what critics call a cover for a banned missile test.
Scientists had been pushing forward with final preparations for the launch from a west coast site but are considering “readjusting” the timing for unspecified reasons, [...]
China conducts military drills amid heightened tensions
from Washington Times:
China military drills
Amid heightened tensions between China and its Asian neighbors, China’s military is holding naval exercises in the Bohai Sea — not far from Japan.
The exercises are being closely watched, as China announced a sea-closure area near the nuclear submarine base at Huludao, where China builds its Type 094 ballistic-missile submarines, called the Jin class by the Pentagon.
The exercises began last week and will continue through Friday.
Based on the announced closure [...]
Remember back in 2008, when Iran Photoshopped an extra missile into a photograph of its missile test? Turns out, bad habits die hard. The Atlantic Wire has caught Iran’s semi-official Mehrs News Agency (MNA) using another digitally-altered image to depict its missile program. Only this time, the image is even more egregiously Photoshopped.
On the homepage of its website today, the image appears next to a story downplaying the threat of Iran’s ballistic missile program. It’s a small image but [...]
After carrying out two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, North Korea has completed preparations for a third such nuclear test, which could take place within two weeks, AFP reported Saturday, citing South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.
Satellite images show an underground tunnel has been built at the site of North Korea’s two previous nuclear tests. “Heaps of earth and sand which had been piled up outside the new tunnel have disappeared…It [...]
* Panetta declines to detail support due to ‘sensitivity’
* Military, economic ties with China date back decades
* Says recent provocations followed some recent progress
WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) – China has provided some assistance to North Korea’s missile program, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, a week after the hermit state’s failed missile launch triggered broad international condemnation.
“I’m sure there’s been some help coming from China. I don’t know, you know, [...]
North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder’s birth, with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson’s credentials.
The secretive state, in an unprecedented move, on Sunday invited foreign journalists to its rocket launch site to try to persuade the world of its peaceful intentions.
The United States and other nations said the satellite launch will be a pretext for a ballistic missile [...]
N. Korea prepping for nuclear test: intelligence official
SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) — North Korea is believed to be gearing up for a nuclear test, an intelligence official said Sunday, a move certain to fuel the already high tensions over its planned long-range rocket launch.
Satellite images show the communist nation digging a new tunnel underground in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the country’s northeast, where it conducted two previous nuclear [...]
A military spokesman yesterday refused to comment on media reports alleging that two advanced anti-missile systems — the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and Tien Kung-III “Sky Bow” (TK-III) air defense systems — had been deployed in eastern Taiwan to deal with the possible launch of a North Korean rocket later this month.
Ministry of National Defense spokesperson David Lo (???) said the military was collecting information about Pyongyang’s anticipated rocket launch [...]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show a mobile radar trailer and rows of what appear to be empty fuel and oxidizer tanks, evidence of ramped-up preparation for what Washington calls a cover for a long-range missile test.
An analysis of images provided to The Associated Press by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies shows Pyongyang “has [...]
In a double-whammy of mounting geopolitical tension, Channel News Asia reports that North Korea has started fueling a rocket in preparation for a launch date set for April 12 or 13. The supposed ‘satellite launch’ is being considered a missile test by the West and in the meantimesnubbing Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama for his ‘confrontational mindset’. In retaliation Pyonyang will not be receiving food aid (according to a Pentagon official). Meanwhile, Israel National News highlights that [...]
North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch that the West considers a missile test, a Japanese newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a source “close to the government” in Pyongyang.
“The launch is coming closer. The possibility is high that the launch date will be set for April 12 or 13,” the source said according to the Tokyo Shimbun in a report from Seoul.
It cited the source as saying [...]
US President Barack Obama has visited the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, amid rising tensions over the North’s planned rocket launch.
At an observation post on the volatile border, he told US troops they were “at freedom’s frontier”.
The US has voiced concern that the rocket launch due in April is a pretext for a missile test. Pyongyang says it wants to put a satellite into orbit.
On Monday, Mr [...]
(Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday rejected criticism of its planned long-range missile launch which threatens to upset its only major benefactor, China, and put relations with the United States back in the freezer just as they seemed to be starting to thaw.
Political analysts say the launch, which would violate U.N. resolutions on the heavily sanctioned state, is aimed at boosting the legitimacy of its young new ruler Kim Jong-un who [...]
DIA Director LTG Ronald Burgess
BY: Bill Gertz - February 23, 2012 5:00 amArmy Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities.
Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites.
Much of [...]
December 30, 2011
Amid a verbal row with the United States over blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, Iran proclaimed on Friday that it will start testing long range missiles in the Persian Gulf.
“On Saturday morning the Iranian navy will test several of its long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf,” navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told Fars news agency.
The testing of the missiles is part of [...]