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North Korea’s parliament meets amid nuclear tension

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The meeting comes following near-daily threats from Pyongyang, which has reacted with anger over US-South Korean military drills.

AFTER WEEKS OF war-like rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators today for an annual spring parliamentary session taking place one day after top party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons and the economy the nation’s top priorities.
The meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly follows near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including vows of nuclear strikes on South Korea and the US.
Anger
Pyongyang has reacted with anger over routine US-South Korean military drills and a new round of UN and US sanctions that followed its February 12 underground nuclear test, the country’s third. Analysts see a full-scale North Korean attack as unlikely and say the threats are more likely efforts to provoke softer policies toward Pyongyang from a new government in Seoul, to win diplomatic talks with Washington and to solidify the young North Korean leader’s military credentials at home.
On Sunday, Kim and top party officials adopted a declaration calling nuclear weapons the “the nation’s life” and an important component of its defense, an asset that wouldn’t be traded even for “billions of dollars.” Pyongyang cites the US military presence in South Korea as a main reason behind its drive to build missiles and atomic weapons. The US has stationed tens of thousands of troops in South Korea since the Korean War ended in a truce in 1953.
North Korea also has threatened in recent days to shut down a jointly run factory complex in the North — the last remaining symbol of inter-Korean rapprochement. But officials in Seoul say hundreds of workers traveled as usual across the heavily armed border to the North Korean factory Monday as they have throughout the rising tensions.
While analysts call North Korea’s threats largely brinkmanship, there is some fear that a localised skirmish might escalate. Seoul has vowed to respond harshly should North Korea provoke its military. Naval skirmishes in disputed Yellow Sea waters off the Korean coast have led to bloody battles several times over the years. Attacks blamed on Pyongyang in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans.
South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, is pursuing a policy that seeks to re-engage North Korea with dialogue and aid after five years of standoff. But she told her military Monday to set aside political considerations and respond strongly should North Korea attack.
Meanwhile, deputies to North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly gathered in Pyongyang.
Under late leader Kim Jong Il, North Korea had typically held a parliamentary meeting once a year. But Kim Jong Un held an unusual second session last September in a sign that he is trying to run the country differently from his father, who died in late 2011.
Parliament sessions, which usually are held to approve personnel changes and budget and fiscal plans, are scrutinized by the outside world for signs of key changes in policy and leadership.
At a session last April, Kim was made first chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission, the body’s top post.
Meeting
On Sunday, Kim presided over a separate plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, which set a “new strategic line” calling for building both a stronger economy and nuclear arsenal.
North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a “treasure of a reunified country” not to be traded for “billions of dollars,” according to a statement issued by state media after the meeting. North Korea’s “nuclear armed forces represent the nation’s life, which can never be abandoned as long as the imperialists and nuclear threats exist on earth.”
Sunday marked the first time for Kim to preside over the committee meeting, a top decision-making body tasked with organizing and guiding the party’s major projects. The last plenary session was held in 2010, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry, and before that in 1993.
The plenary statement also called for strengthening the moribund economy, which Kim has put an emphasis on in his public statements since taking power. The UN says two-thirds of the country’s 24 million people face regular food shortages.
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Afgezette premier Noord-Korea terug op post

Pak Pong-ju, die in 2007 als premier van de Noord-Koreaanse regering werd ontslagen, keert terug op die post. Dat heeft het Noord-Koreaanse persbureau KCNA maandag gemeld.

Pak moest destijds vertrekken, omdat hij er niet in was geslaagd economische hervormingen in het stalinistische land door te voeren.

Waarom Pak (73) weer in genade is aangenomen, werd niet bekendgemaakt. Hij volgt Choe Yong-rim op. Het besluit viel tijdens een vergadering van het parlement, dat uitsluitend uit aanhangers van de Noord-Koreaanse leider Kim Jong-un bestaat. Het centraal comité van de Communistische Partij droeg hem zondag voor.

Voor hij in september 2003 premier werd, was Pak minister van de Chemische Industrie. Hij was in de jaren 70 en 80 directeur van een groot chemisch bedrijf in Noord-Korea. In 1994 was hij lid van de commissie die de begrafenis voorbereidde van Kim Il-sung, de stichter van het communistische Noord-Korea en grootvader van de huidige leider.
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Steve Herman @W7VOA 5h #ROK MoFA: Foreign Min. Yun Byung-se will visit US April 2-4 at invitation of Secretary of State John Kerry.



Steve Herman @W7VOA 4h .@KoryoTours: Life normal in #DPRK & "we've been asked by our (N.) Korean colleagues to run trips as scheduled." is.gd/Hj6Abb



Steve Herman @W7VOA 22m #DPRK announces Pak Pong-Ju has returned as premier. He was ousted from same post in 2007.



Steve Herman @W7VOA 8m Supreme People's Assembly (rubber stamp #DPRK parliament) approves boosting #nuclear weapons development.


Steve Herman @W7VOA 3h RT @AmbVPrakash: Emb. of #India's assessment on situation in #ROK - indembassy.or.kr/PressReleaseEv…
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Noord-Korea brengt reactor weer in bedrijf

Noord-Korea brengt alle nucleaire installaties weer in bedrijf, waaronder ook de kernreactor van Yongbyon, die het land in 2007 sloot.

Dat heeft het staatspersbureau KCNA dinsdag gemeld. De installaties zullen worden gebruikt voor de opwekking van energie en voor militaire doeleinden, aldus KCNA.
De reactor van 5 megawatt in Yongbyon ging in het midden van 2007 dicht in het kader van een internationale overeenkomst, waarbij behalve Noord-Korea ook Zuid-Korea, Japan, Rusland, China en de Verenigde Staten betrokken waren.

Noord-Korea doekte zijn nucleair programma op in ruil voor meer economische hulp en brandstof.
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In een eerder gepubliceerde speech van de Noord-Koreaanse leider Kim Jong-un zegt hij dat kernwapens een garantie voor vrede zijn.
''Onze nucleaire kracht is een betrouwbaar afschrikwekkend middel'', zei Jong-un in de speech tegenover de algemene vergadering van de regerende Arbeiderspartij. ''Ze garanderen onze soevereiniteit.''
De afgelopen weken gebruikte Noord-Korea veel oorlogsretoriek richting Zuid-Korea. Het noorden voerde in februari een kernproef uit.

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China mobilizing troops, jets near N. Korean border, US officials say

China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said.
Reports from the region reveal the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently increased its military posture in response to the heightened tensions, specifically North Korea's declaration of a "state of war" and threats to conduct missile attacks against the United States and South Korea.
According to the officials, the PLA has stepped up military mobilization in the border region with North Korea since mid-March, including troop movements and warplane activity.
China's navy also conducted live-firing naval drills by warships in the Yellow Sea that were set to end Monday near the Korean peninsula, in apparent support of North Korea, which was angered by ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that are set to continue throughout April.
North Korea, meanwhile, is mobilizing missile forces, including road-mobile short- and medium-range missiles, according to officials familiar with satellite imagery of missile bases.
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U.S. on alert for nuclear blast overhead

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials quietly are expressing concern that North Korea could use its “space launch vehicle” to explode a high-altitude nuclear device over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy major portions of the U.S. electrical grid system as well as the nation’s critical infrastructures.

The concern is so great that U.S. officials who watch North Korea closely are continually monitoring the status of the North Korean “space launch vehicle,” whose status could suggest a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States...
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U.S. moves warship, sea-based radar to watch North Korea

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Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy is moving a warship and a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast in order to monitor that country's military moves, including possible new missile launches, a Defense Department official said Monday.
The decision to move at least one ship, the destroyer USS John S. McCain, and the oil rig-like SBX-1 are the first of what may be other naval deployments, CNN has learned.
They follow weeks of belligerent rhetoric from North Korea, including threats to use nuclear weapons.
The United States and South Korea have gone ahead with joint military exercises despite the threats, and South Korea warned Monday that any provocative moves from North Korea would trigger a strong response "without any political considerations."


The United States has bolstered the exercises with shows of force that included overflights by nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers, massive Cold War-era B-52s and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters.
Read more: Threats of annihilation normal for South Koreans
"If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations," South Korean President Park Geun-hye said at a meeting with senior defense and security officials, according to her office.
Her comments came after North Korea rattled off fresh volleys of bombastic rhetoric over the weekend, declaring that it had entered a "state of war" with the South and labeling the U.S. mainland a "boiled pumpkin," vulnerable to attack.
The two Koreas are technically still at war after their conflict in the early 1950s ended in a truce not a peace treaty.
The secretive regime of Kim Jong Un has delivered a steady stream of verbal attacks against South Korea and the United States in recent weeks, including the threat of a nuclear strike.
It has lashed out at the U.S.-South Korean military drills currently under way and at the tougher U.N. sanctions that were slapped on it after its latest nuclear test in February.
On Monday, Pentagon spokesman George Little warned against connecting the ship deployment to recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
"I would urge everyone to disconnect this ship deployment from recent military exercises in South Korea. We have regular ship movements in the Asia-Pacific region and we use our ship movements for any number of purposes," he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
Analysts have expressed heavy skepticism that the North has the military capabilities to follow through on many of its melodramatic threats.
But concerns remain that it could carry out a localized attack on South Korea, as it did in November 2010 when it shelled Yeongpyeong Island, killing four people.
Displays of strength
The United States has sought to show its willingness to defend its South Korean ally by drawing attention to displays of its military strength during the drills taking place in South Korea.
Washington's recent announcements concerning practice flights over South Korea by B-52 bombers and B-2 stealth bombers, both of which can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons, have not been lost on Pyongyang, which has described them as acts of U.S. hostility.
Read more: N Korea readying rockets to aim at U.S. targets
There was no immediate reaction on North Korean state media Monday to the U.S. statement saying the stealth fighters, F-22 Raptors, were sent to the main U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea to support air drills in the annual Foal Eagle training exercises there.
U.S. and South Korean officials have been trying to strike a balance between acknowledging that the North's rhetoric is cause for concern and at the same time playing down the severity of the threat.
Park said Monday that she was "viewing the threat from North Korea in a serious manner."
But a senior U.S. Defense Department official said late last week that there were "no indications at this point that it's anything more than warmongering rhetoric."
And Little, the Pentagon spokesman said Monday that recent U.S. activities with South Korea "have been about alliance assurance, about ensuring them that we are there to protect them."
"We haven't seen any kind of troop movements on the North Korean side that would indicate imminent military action. So we think that things may be dialing down just a bit on the Korean Peninsula, at least we hope so," he said.
South Korea has noted that scores of its workers have continued in recent days to enter and leave the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a joint economic cooperation zone between the two Koreas situated on the North's side of the border.
That is despite Pyongyang cutting a key military hotline on the border and threatening to shut down the complex.
Read more: Why N Korea regime is scary
Moscow and Beijing call for calm
The heightened tensions have prompted North Korea's traditional allies, China and Russia, to urge the different sides to keep a lid on the situation.
"Moscow expects all parties to exercise as much responsibility and restraint as possible in light of North Korea's latest statements," the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday according to Russian state broadcaster Russia Today.
China, which expressed frustration over Pyongyang's most recent nuclear test, also called for calm.
"We hope relevant parties can work together to turn around the tense situation in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday, describing peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as "a joint responsibility."
But the coming weeks appear laced with potential for more bouts of saber-rattling.
North Korean delegates are currently gathered in Pyongyang for the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's rubber stamp parliament.
And April 15 is the anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder and the grandfather of Kim Jong Un. That day, the biggest national holiday in North Korea, is usually marked by large-scale parades.
Meanwhile, the U.S.-South Korean military exercises that have already stirred so much ire from the North are due to continue until the end of the month.
Some analysts have noted that Pyongyang has carried out some sort of military provocation within weeks of every South Korean presidential inauguration.
Park, the current president, took office on February 25, five weeks ago.
"You can't put it past them the idea that they are ... trying to establish a new equilibrium in which they are accepted as a nuclear weapons state," Victor Cha, former director of Asian affairs for the U.S. National Security Council and now a Georgetown University professor, said about North Korea.
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U.S. on alert for nuclear blast overhead

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials quietly are expressing concern that North Korea could use its “space launch vehicle” to explode a high-altitude nuclear device over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy major portions of the U.S. electrical grid system as well as the nation’s critical infrastructures.

The concern is so great that U.S. officials who watch North Korea closely are continually monitoring the status of the North Korean “space launch vehicle,” whose status could suggest a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States...
Bron en meer informatie: ->> http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/u-s-on-alert ... R0L1gkW.99[/quote]

Tja... helemaal gek daarzo! Of is het wél werkelijk "daarzo"...

"Zonnecultus"...

Is het de NASA niet dat met regelmaat de mensch de schrik op het lijf jaagt dat onze Zon onvoorspelbare CME's uitbraakt en dus daarmee critische electronica uit kan vallen. Een fraaie CME heeft namelijk vrijwel dezelfde gevolgen als een EMP.

Dit scenario lijkt nu steeds reëler worden. Afwachten dat de Zon een windje laat en dit als strategisch middel gebruiken. De Zon zich (theoretisch) in haar "Zonnemaximum (2013 - 2014)" - én kan dus militair ingrijpen plaatsvinden als de metertjes op Solarham.com in het rood staan....

(P.s. echter NASA krabt zich momenteel achter de oren, omdat onze Zon vrijwel helemaal niets doet, dan slechts een paar fluttertjes te laten, géén zonnemaximum dus, maar het tegenovergestelde - én is al geconstateerd 2008 - 2009).

Even voor het detail: April 2001 vond er een CME in de categorie X20 !!! dit is énorm! Het overgrote deel was niet gericht naar de Aarde, maar de restenergie gaf spectaculair noorderlicht en wat randverschijnselen.

Recent haalden CME's van amper X1 tot X6 de media en brulde hysterisch over de "vlam des doods nadert Aarde". Echter lijkt er een "trendbreuk" te zijn want de meest recente CME's met fraai Noorderlicht als gevolg worden ineens niet meer vermeld in de MSM.

Het lijkt erop dat "het Zonnecultus" steeds actueler begint te worden, ofwel in ere wordt gehouden. De druk is immers flink opgevoerd als het gaat over het gebruik van (fossiele)brandstoffen en het effect daarvan op ons klimaat. We weten immers dat dit leuke Aprilgrapleugens zijn, echter zijn de conflicten hieromtrent er niet minder om.
Nu blijkt zélfs dat onze Zon volledig andere dingen doet dan we verwachten wat behoorlijk veel roet in het eten gooien én de onzekerheid én bemoeiende conflicten over natuur en milieu doen toenemen. Er zijn zélfs politici - reeds al in 2007 - die waarschuwen voor het nemen van té snelle conclusies welke onverantwoorde financiële investeringen meebrengen én daarmee risicovolle globale onrusten als gevolg kunnen hebben!

De internationaal vermaarde sterrenkundige Dr. Kees de Jager zegt het volgende:
Ofwel samenvattend...: Politieke globale onrust met de hete adem van klimaatbemoeienissen-, foute beslissingen-, én schandalen. Wat uiteindelijk allemaal de "schuld" van de Zon blijkt te zijn. Echter dat goed uitkomt in het straatje van een aantal snode idioten op deze wereld. Ofwel het oude "Zonnecultus" doet weer herleven !

Dus... nu wellicht afwachten op een CME? Terwijl Noord Korea alle wapens in de aanslag heeft. Dan USA gebruik kan maken van deze CME - met als excuus dat Noord Korea dreigt gebruik te maken van een EMP. We weten immers ook welke tekenen HAARP aan de hemel kan brengen. Verlies niet uit het oog dat alle waarneming van onze Zon in handen zijn van de NASA/SOHO en dat deze data voor het aangezicht simpel is te manipuleren (bijvoorbeeld wat we zien op Solarham.com).

Of zou het een samenloop van omstandigheden kunnen worden...: Dat provocerend Noord Korea een raket de ruimte inschiet (bijvoorbeeld slechts om een satelliet in omloop te brengen) en hierop USA natuurlijk in paniQue zal reageren - op haar beurt HAARP haar werk laat doen onder het mom van CME én hiermee aanleiding krijgt de Koreaanse raket om te dopen tot EMP raket, en dus daarmee Noord Korea kan aanvallen...
Of dat de Noord Koreaanse raket uit het zicht is verloren door een CME, en HAARP haar tekenen laat zien, welke vertolkt kan worden als een EMP aanval van Noord Korea?

Wellicht een beetje vergezocht, maar er lijken raakvlakken te zijn.

Goed, ik ga weer naar buiten, het zonnetje schijnt en ga haar ritueel daarvoor danken.
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wo 03 apr 2013, 12:31

Noord-Korea frustreert zeldzame samenwerking

Noord-Korea heeft Zuid-Korea de toegang tot een industriegebied waarin de twee landen samenwerken ontzegd.

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Toegang industriegebied Noord-Korea ontzegd

Uren na de gebruikelijke openstelling van woensdag kunnen de Zuid-Koreanen het terrein nog niet op. Het is onduidelijk of het terrein überhaupt weer wordt opengesteld.
Het industriegebied Kaesong is een zeldzame samenwerking tussen het noorden en het zuiden. Het ligt in Noord-Korea, maar de ruim 120 bedrijven zijn Zuid-Koreaans. Er werken zo'n 50.000 Noord-Koreanen, waarmee het een van de belangrijkste inkomstenbronnen van het land is.
Op het moment van afsluiting van het terrein waren er 861 Zuid-Koreanen in Kaesong aan het werk. Zij mogen het terrein wel verlaten, al is nog onduidelijk wanneer. Het industriegebied ligt 10 kilometer over de grens in Noord-Korea.

Spanning
De spanning tussen de twee landen is toegenomen sinds Noord-Korea in februari een kernproef uitvoerde. Dinsdag kondigde Noord-Korea aan een kernreactor die in 2007 werd stilgelegd weer op te starten.
Bron: ->> http://www.nu.nl/buitenland/3387524/noo ... rking.html

Iets waar ik volgens diverse bronnen uit Zuid Korea op moest letten...

Deze fabriek / dit industrietrein, als die dicht gegooid ou worden dan zou het echt oorlog zijn...
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ACCESS TO KAESONG TEMPORARILY CLOSED
861 WORKERS CROSSED BORDER, 446 SOUTH KOREANS DUE BACK BY CLOSE OF PLAY


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April 3, 2013

SEOUL – Access to the joint North-South Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex has been closed by North Korea – South Korean workers are allowed to travel back to the Southern side, but the traffic is one way.
The KCNA said this morning that Kim Jong Un is to issue a “final order,” to end North Korea’s ”long-standing history of showdown with the U.S.”
“The aggressors and provocateurs will face a disgraceful ruin in the final battle [for reunification] to be started soon, and the great Korean nation will greet the bright day of national reunification,” the article said.
Pyongyang threatened to close the joint industrial zone, which is seen as a major source of trade income for North Korea, after it accused the South Korean media of “ridiculing” the North for keeping the complex open, despite its threatening rhetoric. Pyongyang introduced an entry ban to the industrial zone in 2009, during exercise “Key Resolve” – the same exercise the U.S.–South Korean militaries are currently engaged in.
“South Korea’s government deeply regrets the entry ban and urges it to be lifted immediately,” a Ministry of Unification spokesman told reporters gathered at a press conference in Seoul, South Korean-based news agency Yonhap reported.
Many analysts have been viewing the continuation of operations in the joint industrial zone as a litmus test for a genuine increase in tensions. The South Korean government as a contingency plan in the event of a hostage situation, Reuters reported, although was unable to expand on what that plan involved.
“Limiting access to Kaesong raises the stakes a little in Pyongyang’s high tension game of diplomatic and political chess, but its too early to say whether this increases the risk of actual conflict on the peninsula,” John Swenson-Wright, Chatham House fellow and lecturer in East Asian International Relations at the University of Cambridge, told NK NEWS.
“Much will depend on long-term developments and with over 800 South Koreans reportedly still in Kaesong and showing no immediate interest in leaving, it seems unlikely that the North is preparing for actual conflict.”
Roughly 800 South Koreans live in the joint industrial zone during the week, with over 1000 commuting daily. 446 citizens were due to cross the border back into South Korea today, although reports on the ground suggest many may delay their return, fearing a lack of access later in the week. South Korean media reported this afternoon that South Korean soldiers had replaced customs and immigration officials at the Southern side of the border crossing. Six South Korean workers are known to have already returned, as scheduled.

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A North Korean solider stands next to a sitting South Korean worker outside a branch of Family Mart in the Kaesong Industrial Complex

The decision by Pyongyang is the latest escalation in a long line of threats, ranging from preemptive nuclear strikes to missile attacks on U.S. military bases in the Pacific. North Korea views on-going joint U.S.-South Korean drills as a dress rehearsal for the invasion of its territory.
Some observers argue the move is designed to drive a wedge between South Korea and its allies, and to take charge of an increasingly unpredictable situation on the Korean peninsula.
“This is likely another provocation – an unhelpful effort to prod and antagonize both the South Koreans and the Americans – and to control the pace and focus for the current crisis,” Dr. Swenson-Wright told NK NEWS in Seoul.
“The DPRK has temporarily suspended access to Kaesong in the past, and I imagine (and hope) this latest development is consistent with past patterns.”
The Kaesong Industrial Complex was a joint venture between North Korea and South Korea begun during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, but was a product of a summit between Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong Il. The complex features 123 South Korean companies who employ over 53,500 North Korean workers.
The complex is especially beneficial for North Korea, bringing in an estimated $470 million dollars in the past year alone.
North Korea has not indicated for how long entry to Kaesong will be banned. At present, access is only closed today; business could potentially resume tomorrow.
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The KCNA said this morning that Kim Jong Un is to issue a “final order,” to end North Korea’s ”long-standing history of showdown with the U.S.”

“The aggressors and provocateurs will face a disgraceful ruin in the final battle [for reunification] to be started soon, and the great Korean nation will greet the bright day of national reunification,” the article said.
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China mobilizes military, on 'high alert' over N. Korea threats

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China has started mobilizing military forces around the Korean peninsula in response to rising tensions that follow recent threats by North Korea to launch missile attacks against its southern neighbor and the United States.

According to US officials, Pyongyang’s declaration of a ‘state of war’ against South Korea has led to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to increase its military presence on the border with the North. The officials say the process has been going on since mid-March, and includes troop movements and readying fighter jets. The PLA is now at ‘Level One’ readiness, its highest.

Chinese forces, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, have been spotted in the city of Ji’an and near the Yalu River, which splits China and North Korea. Other border regions were also reportedly being patrolled by planes.

China has also been conducting live-firing naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, scheduled to end on Monday. The move is widely viewed as open support for North Korea, which continues to show extreme opposition to the US-South Korean military drills that are to last until May.

The news comes as the US deployed its USS Fitzgerald destroyer off the coast of North Korea, adding to its Sunday deployment of F-22 fighter jets to take part in the drills with the friendly South, which has further served to heighten tensions on the peninsula.

Meanwhile, North Korea has been mobilizing its short and medium-range missile arsenal, according to analyses of satellite imagery. Officials say Pyongyang is set to test its new KN-08 medium-range mobile missile; they say preparations have been spotted in the past. Pyongyang claims that since March 26, its forces have been placed on their highest possible status of alert.

Although officials believe Pyongyang will not provoke Seoul during the war games, they also fear that a miscalculation by South Korea could lead to all-out war, following its promise of retaliation against the North, should it launch its missiles first.

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South Korean anti-aircraft armoured vehicles move over a temporary bridge during a river-crossing military drill in Hwacheon near the border with North Korea on April 1, 2013 (AFP Photo / KIim Jae-Hwan)

North Korea and China have maintained a long-standing defense treaty under which Beijing is to come to Pyongyang’s aid in the event of an attack. The last time this was put into practice was during the Korean War, when tens of thousands of Chinese volunteer forces were deployed on the Korean Peninsula. The relationship between the two countries is often referred to as being “as close as lips and teeth” by Chinese military spokesmen.

Despite the heated tensions leading to an apparent disruption in trade and commerce between China and North Korea, the two are already making future plans to bolster their economic ties. March 27 saw the announcement of a new high-speed railway, as well as a special highway passenger line.

Still, many in Chinese circles have shown displeasure at Pyongyang’s seemingly aggressive relationship with Seoul and Washington. A Chinese official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, has testified that US presence in the region is a helpful restraint against an unpredictable Kim Jong-un, which many believe to be the real reason Beijing has not been strong in its criticism of the amassing of US forces in the region.

Furthermore, Chinese websites and blogs could sometimes be found openly bashing the North Korean leader for an apparent mishandling of the situation in the region, playing diplomatic games amid chronic food shortages in his country. An editor at the country’s Study Times newspaper was recently suspended for openly criticizing China for abandoning North Korea.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending the plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang (AFP Photo / KCNA via KNS)

Expert opinion differs on what China’s exact position is in the unfolding regional crisis.

US officials claim the China’s main fear is a collapse of order in North Korea, which would lead to a large-scale refugee flow into China.

Another possible reason for China to worry is advanced by journalist James Corbett, host of the Corbett Report, who believes that foreign military presence in the region is just as unnerving to China as it is to Pyongyang. He discussed this in the light of the latest war drills.

“I think that this has the possibility of ratcheting things up to the point where tensions might actually spill over as a result of this, and we saw that recently with the deployment of B-2 nuclear armed bombers in South Korea which is not only, I think, worrying to Pyongyang, but also to China, to have nuclear bombers that close to the peninsula there, on China’s southern border. I think that China wouldn’t be pleased with that either, so this is quite an escalation that’s taking place.”

Others believe openly that the US strategy is geared not towards the destabilization of North Korea, but that of China. Li Jie, an expert with a Chinese navy research institution, has told Reuters that “the ultimate strategic aim is to contain and blockade China, to distract China's attention and slow its development. What the US is most worried about is the further development of China's economy and military strength."

Retired Major General Luo Yuan, who is one of China’s foremost military authorities, believes, however that "once the joint US-South Korean exercises have finished and with birthday celebrations for (late founder of North Korea) Kim Il-sung imminent, the temperature will gradually cool and get back to the status quo of no war, no unification."

While it has been urging calm and peace in the region, Beijing has been very obliging at the UN Security Council, when it helped push through the latest round of sanctions against North Korea in March, following its third nuclear test the previous month. Despite being Pyongyang’s greatest ally in the region, some experts believe this is a sign of Beijing’s growing impatience. American diplomat Christopher R. Hill, who helped under the Bush administration to negotiate a deal for the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear facilities (which didn’t last), says that the Chinese strategy is“not about the words, it is about the music.”

The resolution came hours after North Korea, angered at both the US-South Korean war games, and at the proposed UN plan, threatened pre-emptive nuclear action against the South and US military bases in the region.

This latest standoff between North and South Korea and the US is credited to have started on February 12, when Pyongyang supposedly performed its latest underground nuclear weapons test. Just this weekend, North Korea vowed to boost its nuclear arsenal, calling it a “treasure of a reunified country” which it would never trade for anything, even “billions of dollars” worth of aid.
Bron: ->> http://rt.com/news/chinese-military-korea-alert-184/

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Defense ministry considers military options for workers at Kaesong industrial zone

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul's defense chief said Wednesday the military is considering all available options, including possible military action, to ensure the safety of the hundreds of South Koreans who remain in the North's border town of Kaesong after the communist state cut off access to a joint industrial complex there.

Early Wednesday, Pyongyang banned South Korean workers from entering the inter-Korean industrial park in Kaesong, only allowing South Koreans currently staying in the border town to return home.
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do 04 apr 2013, 16:16

Ben ik de enige die grote vraagtekens heeft bij al 'het nieuws'?

Het zou me niks verbazen dat dit gewoon een plan is, de hele media is een en al opgezet plan. Aan de andere kant: In Irak zijn ook kernwapens gevonden! Ohw, wacht...

Naja, volgend argument: Noord Korea zou natuurlijk met hun enorme overwicht zomaar de hele wereld kunnen overnemen :huh:
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