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Report: North Korea test-fires 2 more missiles

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Writer Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 1 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea reportedly tested two more short-range missiles Tuesday, a day after detonating a nuclear bomb underground, pushing the regime further into a confrontation with world powers despite the threat of U.N. action.

Two missiles — one ground-to-air, the other ground-to-ship — with a range of about 80 miles (130 kilometers) were test-fired from an east coast launchpad, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government official.

Pyongyang also warned ships to stay away from waters off its western coast this week, a sign it may be gearing up for more missile tests, South Korea's coast guard said.

North Korea is "trying to test whether they can intimidate the international community" with its nuclear and missile activity, said Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"But we are united, North Korea is isolated and pressure on North Korea will increase," Rice said. On Monday, President Barack Obama assailed Pyongyang, accusing it of engaging in "reckless" actions that have endangered the region, and the North accused Washington of hostility.

Wall Street was lower in early trading as North Korea's actions kept investors on edge. Stocks later rose on upbeat economic news.

North Korea appeared to be displaying its might following its underground atomic test that the U.N. Security Council condemned as a "clear violation" of a 2006 resolution banning the regime from developing its nuclear program.

France called for new sanctions, while the U.S. and Japan pushed for strong action against North Korea for testing a bomb that Russian officials said was comparable in power to those dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

China said it "resolutely opposed" North Korea's test and urged Pyongyang to return to talks on ending its atomic programs.

Russia, once a key backer of North Korea, condemned the test. Moscow's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the current Security Council president, said the 15-member council would begin work "quickly" on a new resolution.

But many questioned whether new punishment would have any effect on a nation already penalized by numerous sanctions and clearly dismissive of the Security Council's jurisdiction.

"I agree that the North Koreans are recalcitrant and very difficult to hold to any agreement that they sign up to," Britain's ambassador to the U.N., John Sawers, told the British Broadcasting Corp. "But there is a limited range of options here."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he felt "frustrated by the lack of progress in the denuclearization process" and said North Korea's only viable option was to return to the six-party talks on disarmament, and continue exchanges and cooperation with South Korea.

Ban, on a visit to Finland, declined to comment on possible further sanctions.

"I leave it to the Security Council members what measures they should take," said Ban, a South Korean who once participated in international negotiations aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear program.

South Korea said it would join a maritime web of more than 90 nations that intercept ships suspected of spreading weapons of mass destruction — a move North Korea warned would constitute an act of war.

North Korea's nuclear test raises worries that it could act as a facilitator of the atomic ambitions of other nations and potentially even terrorists.

Its test of a long-range missile in July 2006 and its first nuclear test in October 2006 drew stiff sanctions from the Security Council and orders to refrain from engaging in ballistic missile-related activity and to stop developing its nuclear program.

South Korean spy chief Won Sei-hoon had told lawmakers earlier Tuesday that a missile test was likely, according to the office of Park Young-sun, a legislator who attended the closed briefing.

Yonhap reported that North Korea was preparing to launch a third missile from a west coast site, again citing an unidentified official. It also reported that three missile tests were conducted Monday.

North Korea had threatened in recent weeks to carry out a nuclear test and fire long-range missiles unless the Security Council apologized for condemning Pyongyang's April 5 launch of a rocket the U.S., Japan and other nations called a test of its long-range missile technology. The North has said it put a satellite into orbit as part of its peaceful space development program.

Monday's nuclear test appeared to catch the world by surprise, but Won told lawmakers that Beijing and Washington knew Pyongyang was planning a test some 20-25 minutes before it was carried out, said Choi Kyu-ha, an aide to lawmaker Park.

Won said Pyongyang warned it would test the bomb unless the head of the Security Council offered an immediate apology. Russia said the test went off at 9:54 a.m. local time (0054 GMT Monday, 8:54 p.m. EDT Sunday). Won confirmed that two short-range missile tests from an east coast launch pad followed.

North Korea's neighbors and their allies scrambled to galvanize support for strong, united response to Pyongyang's nuclear belligerence.

Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak "agreed that the test was a reckless violation of international law that compels action in response," the White House said in a statement after the leaders spoke by telephone. They also vowed to "seek and support a strong United Nations Security Council resolution with concrete measures to curtail North Korea's nuclear and missile activities."

Obama also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, the White House said, with the leaders agreeing to step up coordination with South Korea, China and Russia. Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to defend both South Korea and Japan, U.S. and South Korean officials said.

North Korea responded by accusing the U.S. of hostility, and said its army and people were ready to defeat any American invasion.

"The current U.S. administration is following in the footsteps of the previous Bush administration's reckless policy of militarily stifling North Korea," the North's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in commentary carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

In Japan, the lower house of parliament quickly passed an unanimous resolution condemning the test and demanding that North Korea give up its nuclear program, a house spokeswoman said.

"This reckless act, along with the previous missile launch, threatened peace and stability in the region, including Japan," the resolution said.

"North Korea's repeated nuclear tests posed a grave challenge to international nuclear nonproliferation," it said. "Japan, the only nation to suffer atomic attacks, cannot tolerate this." Japan is considering tightening sanctions against North Korea, the statement said.

Russia called the test a "serious blow" to efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and suspended a Russia-North Korean intergovernmental trade and economic commission, apparently in response to the test. The slap on the wrist was a telling indication that Moscow, once a key backer of North Korea, was unhappy with Pyongyang.

Seoul reacted to the nuclear test by signing on to the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative, joining 94 nations seeking to intercept ships suspected of carrying nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, materials to make them, or missiles to deliver them.

North Korea for years has warned the South against joining the blockade. The Rodong Sinmun last week said South Korea's participation would be "nothing but a gambit to conceal their belligerence and justify a new northward invasion scheme."

Joining the PSI would end in Seoul's "self-destruction" it said.

In Beijing, the defense chiefs of South Korea and China held a security meeting Tuesday, and they were expected to discuss ways to respond to the nuclear test, Yonhap quoted a South Korean official as saying.

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Associated Press writers Kwang-tae Kim and Jean H. Lee in Seoul, Shino Yuasa in Tokyo, Matti Huuhtanen in Helsinki, Finland, and Mike Eckel in Moscow contributed to this report.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 11:21 AM

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If everyone else in the world is just gonna sit back and watch this shit, we need to grow some balls and do something about these lunitics. This could get ugly...fast. It seems to me like we're too busy trying to make friends while others are taking advantage of the opportunity because they know we have a neutered leader. The UN is a joke. They just want to TALK about everything instead of doing something about it. They always expect us to have their backs, but never have ours.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 11:24 AM

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s*** like this from iran soon...this should be interesting

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 2:13 PM

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US, SKorea militaries gird for NKorean provocation

By JAE-SOON CHANG, Associated Press Writer Jae-soon Chang, Associated Press Writer – 10 mins ago

SEOUL, South Korea – The U.S. and South Korea put their military forces on high alert Thursday after North Korea renounced the truce keeping the peace between the two Koreas since 1953. The North also accused the U.S. of preparing to attack the isolated communist country in the wake of its second nuclear bomb test, and warned it would retaliate to any hostility with "merciless" and dangerous ferocity.

Seoul moved a 3,500-ton destroyer into waters near the Koreas' disputed western maritime border while smaller, high-speed vessels were keeping guard at the front line, South Korean news reports said. The defense ministry said the U.S. and South Korean militaries would increase surveillance activities.

Pyongyang, meanwhile, positioned artillery guns along the west coast on its side of the border, the Yonhap news agency said. The Joint Chiefs of Staffs in Seoul refused to confirm the reports.

The show of force along the heavily fortified border dividing the two Koreas comes three days after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test and fired a series of short-range missiles.

The test drew immediate condemnation from world leaders and the U.N. Security Council, where ambassadors were discussing a new resolution to punish Pyongyang. President Barack Obama called it a "blatant violation" of international law.

In response, South Korea said it would join more than 90 nations that have agreed to stop and inspect vessels suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea called South Korea's participation in the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative a prelude to a naval blockade and a violation of the truce signed to end the three-year war that broke out in Korea in 1950.

On Wednesday Pyongyang renounced the 1953 armistice and the following day warned U.S. forces against advancing into its territory.

"The northward invasion scheme by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet regime has exceeded the alarming level," the North's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. "A minor accidental skirmish can lead to a nuclear war."

The U.S., which has 28,500 troops in South Korea and another 50,000 in Japan, has denied it is planning military action. But U.S. and South Korean troops were placed on their highest alert level for more than two years.

The South Korea-U.S. combined forces command rates its surveillance alert on a scale to 5, with 1 being the highest level. On Thursday, the level was raised from 3 to 2, the second-highest level, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae said. He said the last time the alert level was that high was in 2006, when the North conducted its first nuclear test.

Won said both militaries were raising their surveillance activities, although he would not explain what that meant. South Korean media reported that the higher alert would involve increased monitoring of North Korea using satellites and navy ships.

The U.N. Command on Korea said it would continue to observe the armistice, saying it "remains in force and is binding on all signatories, including North Korea."

North Korea has repudiated the armistice several times before, most recently in 2003 and 2006.

South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young accused the North of "seriously distorting" the decision to join in the initiative.

Seoul has said its military would "respond sternly" to any North Korean provocation, and that it would be able to contain the North with the help of U.S. troops.

The South Korean military has dispatched "personnel and equipment deployment" along its land and sea borders, a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer said. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing department policy.

He said there has been no particular movement of North Korean troops in border areas.

The two Koreas technically remain at war because they signed a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953. However, North disputes the U.N.-drawn maritime border off their west coast, and used that dispute to provoke deadly naval skirmishes in 1999 and 2002.

South Korea's mass-circulation JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said more anti-air missiles and artillery were dispatched to military bases on islands near the disputed western sea border with North Korea.

Yonhap said the destroyer has artillery guns, anti-ship guided missiles, ship-to-air missiles and torpedoes. Air force fighters are were on standby, the report said.

North Korea's West Sea fleet has 13 submarines and more than 360 vessels, Yonhap said.

The recent flurry of belligerence could reflect an effort by 67-year-old leader Kim Jong Il to boost his standing among his impoverished people.

It was also seen as a test of Obama's new administration, and came as two Americans, journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, remained in custody in Pyongyang accused of illegal entry and "hostile acts." They face trial in Pyongyang next week.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said any new Security Council resolution must be stronger than the one issued after the North's first atomic test in October 2006, and contain sanctions.

A Russian Foreign Ministry official said Moscow did not want to see Pyongyang further isolated. Andrei Nesterenko said Russia opposed sanctions but did not object to a U.N. resolution.

Hong Hyun-ik, a senior analyst at the Sejong Institute security think tank, said sanctions would not be effective unless China — North Korea's traditional ally — implemented them.

"Kim Jong Il must be scoffing" at the talk of sanctions, he said. "He knows the world will forget about any sanctions in the end."

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Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim and Eric Talmadge in Seoul, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo, contributed to this report.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090528/ap_on_re_as/as_koreas_nuclear

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 2:40 PM

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Obozo is going to shit himself!

5 years 8 weeks ago, 2:45 PM

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KN has historically been a trouble maker in the region. They generally act like this when they want something. Right now they might want huge food reliefs although they are in a growing season.
They will generally do something stupid inside the DMZ (they said the treaty doesn't exist), resulting in the death of Americans or KS soldiers. In addition, they have probably inserted spec force team assets in several places. I suspect they are also flexing their muscles to intimidate Japan.
KN is not going away. Their leadership is so attuned to their current ideology (it benefits certain people)that, they are not going to be any easier to deal with. I think they feel the U.S. is stretched too far and could do nothing to suppress them..

(You have to look behind all of that outer space stuff)
5 years 8 weeks ago, 2:47 PM

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more UN talks

lets schedule a meeting in a few weeks to talk about the fact that N Korea keeps defying our orders.... then we can schedule another meeting so we can talk some more... but first, I have to go visit Cairo to speak at some universities on how we're a nation of change and how we will rectify all of the wrong doings we've done in the past. I'm so sorry, please don't throw your shoes at me.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 2:58 PM

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Fuck em all! If NK starts something it shouldn't take long to Fuck up that shithole big time.

5 years 8 weeks ago, 3:32 PM

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ryo is frighten about situation in north korea. were talking in car on way home from swim meet and my pops have very grim look on face. little brother say we should give them real nuclear test. ryo wakarimasu that both American Army in south korea and in nihon have been put on very high alert. south korean navy is moving heavy warship into north korean waters. from what ryo read from reaper chan and so am frighten we may have to go to war. would honto like to know what you all think.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 3:38 PM

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I think going to war in some cases is better than turing a blind eye and trying to aviod conflict. When there are power hungry nations out there with nuclear power... things can get fubar real fast. Its better to take precautionary actions then to just sit back and hope that nothing happens. They obviously don't care what the US or any other nato nation thinks.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 4:01 PM

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ryo agree with you very much neh. North Korea is criminal nation neh. head of north korea is whacko nut case too neh. it just sad to have to put our men and women into harm's way. what must be done must be done. but it sad to have to pay in human lives neh.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 3:40 PM

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fast and furious all out banzaii OFFENSE!

5 years 8 weeks ago, 7:21 PM

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there is much wisdom in what you say for some kinds of war neh. but there is also good offense that do with stealth in secret behind enemy line with special forces groups neh. ryo also think that cruise missile is very big fist too neh.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 7:36 PM

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North Korea's missiles

The threaghts should'nt be taken lightly, and Obama needs to be willing to do his job if need be! North Korea needs to think real hard.....We Know How They Work, But One More Test Could'nt Hurt!!

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 9:01 PM

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well i think

if our intel, tells us that this is a serious threat then we need to act fast, if not I think we giveKorea too much time to gain allies through fear....this is definatly the world looking to see what kind of leader. Obama is.....and like him or not we need to support our President.

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 11:26 PM

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All of these little rogue nations have figured out that our president is a big, liberal pussy and won't do anything about what they are doing. They know that he will not knock the chip off of their collective shoulders and they are poking us with a big ol' stick. They know that we won't do anything about it...Ooooooo...diplomacy...scary stuff. That sounds like some of that pussy stuff that Jimmy Carter used.

Turn the other cheek, my big ol' hairy ass!!! Barney Fife said it best..."Nip it in the bud!"

Just wait, Iran will join in the chorus and Venesuela and Libya and Pakastan and so on.

Obama has made us all look like we are panty-assed pussies. The terrorist attacks will start up again and all he will want to do is "talk" to the evil bad terrorists and ask them nicely to stop killing us...

These libseral, panty-assed, titty baby, tofu sucking, faggot don't ask don't tell, momma's boy pussies have cut the nuts off of the entire country and made us all look like what they are. I, for one, will not be placed in the box with these liberal maggots.

I say we go to North Korea with some ships, armed with cruise missles, take out their launch sites and their plutonium plants and then dare them to step across the line again. Then tell Iran, "You are next!"

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5 years 8 weeks ago, 2:01 AM

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They develope them

ONLY if we let them. Korea backed off while Bush kept the pressure on them. Israel's nukes are ours. Under Bush, they would not even think about pushing the button. They knew they would be signing their own death warrant. With Obama, he will want to "talk" it out. How long can he talk before the Korean missle hits it's target? How many people will have to die before everyone wakes up? How long will it take for the effects of Obama's Koolaid to wear off? He is all talk and no substance. All he is good at is getting elected. He is clueless after that. Have you seen how screwed up Chicago is? Do we want the entire country to be like that?

I don't.

He needs a long stay in Leavenworth for crimes against the State and the American people. He has committed treason by sabotaging our national security, our economy and by usurping the powers set forth by our Constitution. He is setting himself up as our dictator and it is the idiot lemmings that voted for him that are paving the way for that. We can't keep our country safe by putting flowers in the barrels of our rifles like they did in the '60's. Flower Power ain't gonna deter the Muslim extremists from setting off dirty bombs in our cities.

No, I am not an idiot. I am very well informed and I have got eyes. I see what is going on. This president is kneecapping our national security and we are soon not going to be able to conduct our lives as we see fit without having to watch the person next to us. We will have to keep on high alert while we look out for the terrorists that have infiltrated our shores.

The government calls all of this activity in the Middle East and in Asia nothing more that saber rattling, but what if it isn't? What if Korea, who has already stated that they are no longer bound by the treaty with South Korea, decides that they are tired of being a little fish in a big pond, and set of a nuke in the West? Or in Japan? Is Obama gonna do anything about that? I think not. He will sit on his hands and attempt diplomacy or wait for the UN to take care of the problem. He has got no balls and he is trying to make sure that none of us have any either. This is all going to blow up in his face and then another great president like Ronald Reagan will come along and fix it all. I can't wait for that day.

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5 years 7 weeks ago, 10:17 PM

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You guys are making me look like I am crazy. LOL
Make the voices stop. My dog keeps telling me to kill.

Go ahead punk, Make My Day!

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