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Report: North Korea threatens 'pre-emptive nuclear attack'

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News

North Korea threatened to exercise its "right to pre-emptive nuclear attack" Thursday as Pyongyang ratcheted up its rhetoric ahead of a United Nations vote on new sanctions.

"Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to pre-emptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,'' the North's foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. NBC News could not immediately confirm the statement. However, the remarks were also reported by media outlets including The Associated Press.

On Wednesday, the South Korean military said it would strike back at North Korea and target its top leadership if Pyongyang attacks.

North Korea continues military drills and exercises in support of a top general's threat to back military action against South Korea and the United States. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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Tensions have ratcheted higher across the Korean Peninsula since the North, under youthful leader Kim Jong Un who took office just over a year ago after the death of his father, launched a long-range rocket last December.

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Will be interesting to see how the new South Korean president deals with this. She ran on a platform of essentially saying SK should peacefully reconcile with NK

Her dictator father was known for hard-line stance against NK so should be interesting to see whether she reverses course and adapts her father's platform

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"Now that the U.S. is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country,"

Why does this look like it was written by an undergrad trying to make his essay appear longer than it actually is?

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http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2013/03/08/0200000000AEN20130308006300315.HTML

N. Korean general says Pyongyang has nuke-tipped ICBMs on standby

A North Korean general said Thursday that the country has placed long-range missiles armed with nuclear warheads on standby, as Pyongyang said it will not bow to the United Nations resolution condemning its latest atomic weapons test.

According to the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong said soldiers are already positioned to launch a war of reunification if the order is given by its leaders. The paper said the general made clear at a speech given at a rally in Pyongyang that intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other rockets capable of attacking pre-set targets have been armed with various types of atomic warheads.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2013/03/08/0200000000AEN20130308006200315.HTML

Seoul warns N. Korean regime will 'perish from earth' in case of nuclear attack

Seoul's defense ministry on Friday dismissed North Korea's warning of a pre-emptive nuclear strike against South Korea and the United States, warning such provocation will only lead to collapse of the communist regime.

Pyongyang has ramped up tensions on the Korean Peninsula with daily threats of attacks in response to new sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security Council over last month's atomic test.

Wow....

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North Korean report on US poverty makes America look like North Korea.

Hand out N. Korean curtains, cakes and coffee!! lol No birds on a snow covered tree because that is all Americans eat!!

I suspect that video is a parody. Some of the comments are claiming that the translation was completely different than the words actually being spoken by the narrator. Funny as heck tho.

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So, basically the same thing that's going on in this country, only a bit more intense, huh ?

In some ways. The difference is our propoganda is a bit more sophisticated and its not directly controlled by the government. And dissenting voices aren't really suppressed, they're just marginalized/drowned out. As an example, I feel in some ways the average US resident who disliked Chavez probably only did because he/she has been told to by elements of the media, they can't really verbalize whats so bad about him in terms of specific policy actions.

A good read on this subject is 'Manufacturing Consent' by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Hermann. Its an older book (circa 1988 if my memory is right), mostly about the the US media's treatment of the Vietnam war and certain incidents involving the Soviet Union and Latin America, but the points they make are in many ways still relevant today.

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North Korea declares 1953 armistice invalid

Hong Kong (CNN) -- The North Korean army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, the official newspaper of the country's ruling Workers' Party said Monday.

Since last week, North Korea had been threatening to scrap the armistice after the U.N. Security Council passed tougher sanctions against it in response to its February 12 nuclear test.

On Monday, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported that the Supreme Command of North Korea's army had done so.

"The U.S. has reduced the armistice agreement to a dead paper," the newspaper said.

North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.

The armistice agreement, signed in 1953, ended the three-year war between North and South Korea in a truce.

Since the two sides remain technically at war, it remains to be seen whether the invalidation means that either side can resume hostilities.

The Rodong Sinmun reported the Supreme Command saying that it can now make a "strike of justice at any target anytime, not bound to the armistice agreement and achieve the national reunification, the cherished desire of the Korean nation."

However, the North has nullified the agreement on several occasions in the past.

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N. Korean leader threatens strike on South island

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has issued a detailed threat to "wipe out" a small South Korean island in a further escalation of already elevated military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

In a visit Monday to border artillery units, Kim identified Baengnyeong Island on the South side of the disputed maritime frontier as a priority target in the event of conflict.

The visit coincided with the launch of a joint South Korea-US military drill that has prompted Pyongyang to announce the scrapping of the 60-year-old Korean War armistice, along with non-aggression pacts signed with the South.

The North has also threatened nuclear strikes on the United States and South Korea as a reprisal for UN sanctions imposed over its third nuclear test last month.

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North Koreans Reportedly Turn to Cannibalism Due to 'Hidden Famine'

News out of North Korean in notorious unreliable, but food shortages in the country have gotten so bad and people so desperate that there are now reports of men murdering their own children for food. These startling reports were compiled by independent reporters commissioned by Asia Press, a independent press agency focusing on Asia, and were published by the Sunday Times. And here's one of the most disturbing thing you'll read this morning:

The source said: "While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.'

"But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children's bodies under the eaves."

And another from Gu Gwang-ho, one of the Asia Press's citizen journalists said:

"There was an incident when a man was arrested for digging up the grave of his grandchild and eating the remains."

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-korea-north-usa-defense-idUSBRE92E0SV20130315

U.S. to bolster missile defenses to counter North Korea threat: Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster U.S. missile defenses in response to a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, adding 14 interceptors to a missile defense site in Alaska by 2017 and deploying a radar tracking system in Japan.

The decision to add 14 new anti-missile interceptors at Fort Greely in Alaska amounts to a reversal of an Obama administration decision in 2010 to stop expansion of the missile field there at 30 interceptors. The Bush administration had planned to deploy 44 total interceptors.

Hagel said the decision to deploy all 44 interceptors came as a result of the growing threats from Iran and particularly North Korea, which tested a third nuclear device last month and launched a rocket that put a satellite in orbit in December.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/us-korea-north-drill-idUSBRE92K01D20130321

North Korea issues air raid warning, seen as drill

North Korea issued an air raid warning on Thursday, South Korea's Unification Ministry said quoting a radio broadcast monitored in Seoul. A news report said the warning appeared to be part of a defense drill.

The warning was issued at 0032 GMT and carried a message to military units to stand ready, but the action appeared to be a drill under an air raid scenario, Yonhap news agency said.

An official at the Unification Ministry, which handles ties with the North and monitors North Korea's news broadcasts, confirmed air raid warning on Thursday morning.

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North Korea's military threatens U.S. bases as "within target"

North Korea's supreme military command said on Thursday its "precision attack" weapons have U.S. navy bases in Guam and Okinawa in their sights and will attack them if it is provoked.

"The United States is advised not to forget that our precision target tools have within their range the Anderson Air Force base on Guam where the B-52 takes off, as well as the Japanese mainland where nuclear powered submarines are deployed and the navy bases on Okinawa," the North Korean command spokesman was quoted by KCNA news agency.

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With NK increasing their rhetoric lately, I'm surprised there isn't more uproar on this board over this topic.......Maybe I just think about it more because I'm actually living in Guam right now.

We've heard it all before. Over and over again.

~Bang

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We've heard it all before. Over and over again.

~Bang

True. But I have have been reading in some news articles (granted I don't really trust the media) that NK's capabilities may be higher than originally thought. And Lil' Kim hasn't been in power long enough for us to really know what he is capable of. Though I admit I may be more paranoid because I actually live in missle range.

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True. But I have have been reading in some news articles (granted I don't really trust the media) that NK's capabilities may be higher than originally thought. And Lil' Kim hasn't been in power long enough for us to really know what he is capable of. Though I admit I may be more paranoid because I actually live in missle range.

Oh wow I just noticed your location. I can see why you would be more worried than most people.

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The US Army Is Planning For A Failed Nuclear State In North Korea

By Geoffrey Ingersoll | Business Insider

Don't mind the headlines.

Crippling sanctions, starving soldiers , and an antiquated, rickety military collectively push the idea of a concerted North Korean strike to the fringes of credibility.

Planners in Washington envision a more insidious threat: the untimely collapse of Kim Jong-un's government.

Paul McLeary of Defense News posted today about a classified military wargame that played out the sudden collapse of North Korea and the immediate actions of the U.S. Military.

McLeary writes:

The Unified Quest war game conducted this year by Army planners posited the collapse of a nuclear-armed, xenophobic, criminal family regime that had lorded over a closed society and inconveniently lost control over its nukes as it fell. Yes, the most terrifying thing about North Korea is actually if it loses positive control of its nuclear technology and any active warheads it has.

The war games didn't go smoothly:

It took 56 days for the U.S. to flow two divisions’ worth of soldiers into the failed nuclear-armed state of “North Brownland” and as many as 90,000 troops to deal with the country’s nuclear stockpiles, a major U.S. Army war game concluded this winter. There were a few major problems tripping up the military, generals at the event told a handful of reporters, talking only without attribution.

— No "ISR": It's difficult to establish Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance in a hermit kingdom as closed off to the world as North Korea. Essentially, the generals involved agreed that they would move rapidly north of the 38th parallel and be totally blind, without well established information infrastructure.

More:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-army-planning-failed-nuclear-233937289.html

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