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Apr 12, 2013

Pentagon report says North Korea can likely launch nuclear missile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pentagon spy agency concluded for the first time that North Korea likely has the ability to launch nuclear-armed missiles, illustrating the high stakes surrounding the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

But a Defense Department spokesman later on Thursday cast doubt on whether Pyongyang is fully capable of firing nuclear missiles, as a study dated last month by the Pentagon’s own Defense Intelligence Agency suggested.

Apr 11, 2013

Pentagon says North Korea can likely launch nuclear missile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pentagon spy agency concluded for the first time that North Korea likely has the ability to launch nuclear-armed missiles, illustrating the high stakes surrounding the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

A study dated last month by the Pentagon’s Defence Intelligence Agency reckoned with “moderate confidence” that Pyongyang is able to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles but the weapons would probably be unreliable, officials said on Thursday.

Apr 11, 2013

North Korea can launch nuclear missiles, U.S. spy agency says

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, although they would likely be unreliable, a Pentagon spy agency has concluded, as the United States and South Korea kept watch on Thursday for a missile test-launch by Pyongyang.

The Defence Intelligence Agency study, dated last month, appeared to be the first time the agency had reached such a conclusion.

Apr 11, 2013

Pentagon spy agency says North Korea can launch nuclear missile: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pentagon spy agency concluded with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles but the weapons would probably be unreliable, officials said on Thursday

A study dated last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency appeared to be the first time the Pentagon spy agency had reached such a conclusion and illustrated the high stakes surrounding the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 11, 2013

South Korea and U.S. on missile watch as North hails Kim dynasty

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, although they would likely be unreliable, a Pentagon spy agency has concluded, as the United States and South Korea kept watch on Thursday for a missile test-launch by Pyongyang.

The Defense Intelligence Agency study, dated last month, appeared to be the first time the agency had reached such a conclusion.

Apr 10, 2013

Pentagon’s $526.6 bln budget asks Congress for unpopular steps

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The Pentagon proposed a
$526.6 billion budget on Wednesday that calls for closing bases,
slashing the civilian workforce and scrapping arms programs,
holding out hope the U.S. Congress might still opt for an
alternative to even more draconian cuts already on their way.

The proposed 2014 fiscal year budget would let the U.S.
Defense Department implement new spending reductions of $150
billion over the next decade rather than forcing it to carry out
the $500 billion in automatic cuts known as sequestration that
began on March 1.

Apr 10, 2013

Pentagon’s $526.6 billion budget asks Congress for unpopular cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon unveiled a $526.6 billion budget on Wednesday that calls for base closures, program cancellations and smaller pay increases, but which is still $52 billion higher than spending caps set by law, putting the department on a path toward another year of financial uncertainty.

The Defense Department request for the 2014 fiscal year beginning on October 1 asks Congress to implement a series of politically difficult cuts, involving a new round of base closure proceedings, increased healthcare fees and slower military pay increases.

Apr 9, 2013

New defense budget means more financial uncertainty for Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is poised to roll out a 2014 defense budget that is billions of dollars higher than legally mandated spending caps, setting the stage for another year of financial uncertainty and turmoil at the Pentagon, defense analysts say.

The White House will propose a $526.6 billion defense budget on Wednesday when it unveils its spending plan for the fiscal year beginning October 1, U.S. officials say. That is $51 billion above the spending caps set by a 2011 law aimed at controlling government deficits.

Apr 8, 2013

Hagel to ask Congress to end commanders’ power to overturn jury verdicts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday he would ask Congress to change U.S. military law to eliminate the power of senior commanders to alter courts martial verdicts for major crimes like murder or sexual assault.

The decision follows a controversial ruling in which a senior military commander in Europe set aside the sexual assault conviction of an Air Force officer, throwing out his one-year prison term and dismissal from the service.

Apr 3, 2013

U.S. to send missile defenses to Guam over ‘clear’ N. Korea danger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it will soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described as a “real and clear danger” from Pyongyang.

North Korea has threatened a nuclear strike on the United States and missile attacks on its Pacific bases, including in Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, since new U.N. sanctions were imposed over the country’s third nuclear weapons test in February.

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