The U.S. and South Korean warships flock to the waters off South Korea

The rehearsals will be conducted on the east coast of the Korean Peninsula
The U.S. and South Korean warships have flocked to the waters off South Korea to participate in exercises on 4/2 past in the context of stress levels due to nuclear North Korea may soon try.

Join exercises two U.S. warships equipped with long-range ballistic missiles is 6800 ton nuclear submarine USS San Francisco (with Tomahawk missiles) and Shilo 9800-ton destroyers equipped with Aegis air.

South Korea deployed 10 warships,…

N. Korea likely to conduct nuclear test next week: analysts

By Kim Tae-gyu

The majority of analysts in South Korea predict North Korea will carry out its threatened nuclear test next week despite opposition from the international community.

They think the detonation will come ahead of the North’s previous leader Kim Jong-il’s birthday, which falls on Feb. 16. The son of the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung is the late father of current ruler Kim Jong-un.

“In 2006 and 2009, the North carried out nuclear detonations within a month after it declared it would do so. As it announced its intention to conduct a third test late last month, it will be sometime in February..

U.N. Council to take strong action against N. Korea’s nuke test

Seoul, Washington discuss new measures to punish Pyongyang’s provocation
The U.N. Security Council will take “very stern and strong” action should North Korea carry out another nuclear test, Seoul’s top envoy to the international organization warned Monday.

In a meeting with reporters, Kim Sook, who holds the rotating UNSC chairmanship this month, said Pyongyang’s third atomic test in its Punggye-ri site in the country’s northeast was imminent.

“The stances of the 15 UNSC member states are united and firm. If North Korea carries out another nuclear test, (I) anticipate that (the UNSC) would take swift, grave measures,” he said.

“The UNSC can’t just sit idle when the North makes a shocking, provocative action. The North should give up a dangerous attempt that would undermine the authority and confidence of the UNSC.”

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UNSC Resolution 2087, which was adopted on Jan. 22 to condemn the North’s December rocket launch, already warns of “significant action” in case of additional provocations…

N. Korea not ‘suicidal’ enough to attack U.S.: Perry
2013-02-06 09:45

North Korea could conduct a nuclear test soon with either plutonium-based devices or highly enriched uranium, or with both, “a destabilizing event” that would prevent the United States from returning to negotiations but would not threaten the country, a former U.S. secretary of defense said Wednesday.

Pyongyang has vowed to conduct its third nuclear test in retaliation for the U.N. Security Council’s resolution condemning its Dec. 12 long-range rocket launch, and there have been a series of signs indicating its imminent detonation.

Making good on the nuclear threat, the North issued a string of warnings that it will “target the U.S.”

“I think they are technically ready or will be ready in a few weeks (for the nuclear test),” William Perry said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency. “It all depends on its political decision.

They have to decide their political cost of the test.”

Perry, who served as Washington’s point man on Pyongyang during the Clinton era, also noted that the North can make “a couple of bombs per year with its highly enriched uranium,” adding it would either conduct “the first test with bombs made of high enriched uranium” or “the plutonium design they already have to make missiles,” or they could do the both...

Activists in Seoul protest U.S.-S. Korea joint drill
2013-02-05 21:54:54 |
South Korean activist speaks during a demonstration to protest against the joint naval military drill between South Korea and the United States in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 5, 2013. South Korea and the United States launched a three-day joint naval military drill Monday in a show of force as speculation abounds over a potential nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea


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