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North Korea Warns That Nuclear War Could Break Out Any Moment

North Korea warned that a nuclear war “may break out any moment” as the U.S. and South Korea began one of the largest joint naval drills off both the east and west coasts of the peninsula. Kim In Ryong, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that his nation had become a “full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges” and warned that “the entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range.” He also called North Korea “a responsible nuclear state.” “As long…

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North Korean Hack of U.S. War Plans Shows Off Cyber Skills

The techno soldiers of Kim Jong Un are growing more aggressive in defending North Korea’s supreme leader against threats from The Interview.” If Kim’s cyber warriors have indeed stolen the top-secret intelligence, it raises alarms about the security of U.S.-South Korea information and the effectiveness of potential military options. “The plan is fundamental to conducting a war operation and leakage of even a small part of it is very critical,” Rhee Cheol-hee, the ruling party lawmaker, said in a telephone interview. “How could we fight against an enemy and win a…

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Tillerson Says U.S. Talking With North Korea on Nuke Program

The U.S. is communicating with North Korea about its nuclear program and testing Pyongyang’s appetite for negotiations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the first public acknowledgment by a senior administration official of direct contact on the matter. A State Department spokeswoman later tamped down prospects for a breakthrough in the tense relations between Washington and Pyongyang. Tillerson, speaking to reporters on Saturday after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing, insisted that the U.S. would never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. His remarks offered the clearest glimpse so far into U.S….

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‘A rogue’ and a ‘dotard’: Kim Jong-un’s statement on Trump in full

The North Korean leader has upped his rhetoric against the US president, calling him mentally-deranged and a dotard North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un has once again upped his rhetoric against US president Donald Trump. Here is his statement in full: The speech made by the US president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern. Shaping the general…

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Sound of a dog barking: North Korea ridicules Trump threat

North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, responds to Donald Trump calling Kim Jong-un rocket man North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, has issued a withering riposte to Donald Trump, likening his threat to destroy the regime to the sound of a dog barking, adding that he felt sorry for the US presidents advisers. In his first speech to the UN general assembly, Trump said on Tuesday the US would be forced to tweet last weekend, Trump said to the visible dismay of some in the hall: Rocket man is on…

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Life at ‘the tip of the spear’: defiant Guam refuses to cower to Kim

Idyllic Pacific island relies on tourism and the US military to sustain it. When it comes to North Korea, islanders hope that peace wins over war White sand beaches, crystal clear water, sunny blue skies and palm trees. All the hallmarks of an island getaway perfect for ignoring the problems of the world unless that island is Guam. This far-flung sliver of coral and greenery, which sits 9,700km from the US mainland, is in the crosshairs of North Korea. It has been singled out by Kim Jong-un for a Show…

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Chinese media warn Trump’s war of words with North Korea could spiral out of control

Communist party outlets cite a disaster in the making though some claim America has far more to lose than Kim Jong-un in a conflict An accidental spark could ignite a catastrophic conflagration in north-east Asia, Chinese state media has warned, after Donald Trump threatened to unleash fire and fury on North Korea. In one newspaper likening the situation to a train racing down an increasingly dark tunnel. Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the Global Times, a nationalist Communist party-controlled tabloid, claimed the US would come off worse from any…

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Hope, pride, fear: how North Koreans feel about their homeland

The little evidence seeping out of the repressed nation suggests its people are growing weary of their masters but still harbour a burning hatred for the US Though North Korea consumes an extraordinary amount of international attention for such a small and impoverished country, the Hermit Kingdom remains remarkably closed. We still know very little about what its people think. We know what they say when they meet visitors; but those who get to meet foreigners are at the top of society, and they speak under constant scrutiny and threat…

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Master Diplomat: Pundits Have Noted Similarities Between Trumps N. Korea Statements And JFKs Iconic Prepare To Be Radioactive Skeletons, Motherfuckers Speech That De-escalated The Cuban Missile Crisis

When President Donald Trump delivered a tough warning to North Korea on Tuesday, he was following in the footsteps of one of Americas greatest statesmen. As numerous Washington pundits have now noted, Trumps threat to unleash fire and fury on North Korea bears strong resemblance to JFKs historic Prepare To Be Radioactive Skeletons, Motherfuckers speech that he delivered during the Cuban Missile Crisis. At the peak of the Cold War, tensions were high, and even a slight miscalculation by President Kennedy could have plunged the world into nuclear conflict. JFK…

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US airbase in Guam threatened by North Korea as Trump promises ‘fire and fury’

Pyongyang claims missile strike could hit US Pacific territory, warning any American military action would provoke all-out war North Korea has said it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after Donald Trump warned the regime that any threat to the United States Show Hide In response to comments by US president Donald Trump that North Korea would face “fire and the fury like the world has never seen” if it continued nuclear threats, Pyongyang said it was carefully examining a plan for…

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‘You would have to be a lunatic’: Tourists to North Korea describe risks and rewards

Some visitors to the country have dismissed claims that travellers are exposing themselves to danger while others say threats are obvious James left North Korea this year with smuggled currency, stamps and a poster of the great leader, Kim Il Sung, that he bought on the black market. said it would no longer take Americans into the country having deemed the risk too high, while other agencies are reviewing whether to accept US visitors in the wake of his death. A source in the North Korean tourist industry challenged the…

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Bunkering down: sales of nuclear shelters climb in Japan wary of North Korea tests

Fears of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis are giving way to concerns over atomic attack following multiple missile tests conducted by Pyongyang A brief research trip to Japans north-east coast to witness the aftermath of the VX and sarin. But today, it is the potential for a manmade disaster, not a natural calamity, that has convinced the retired teacher that he was right to part with almost 8m yen to build the tiny shelter. Multiple missile tests conducted by North Korea this year, culminating in the Japan, and ushered in a…

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North Korea: US and its allies face shortage of good options

Pyongyangs latest missile test has revived calls to deal with Kim Jong-un. But all possible strategies carry huge risks North Koreas all options are on the table for blocking its nuclear weapons programme. Talk of a surgical strike often surfaces when politicians are contemplating military intervention in conflicts or troubled areas around the globe, perhaps because it carries connotations of a focused, efficient attack, with minimal collateral damage, like a clean surgical incision. That is a distracting illusion. Could North Korea trigger a nuclear war? There is no option for…

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