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Mar 29, 2013

Nth Korea readies rockets after U.S. flies stealth bombers over South

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) – North Korea put its
rocket units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases
in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two
nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a
rare show of force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a
midnight meeting of top generals and “judged the time has come
to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the
prevailing situation”, official KCNA news agency said.

Mar 29, 2013

North Korea readies rockets after U.S. flies stealth bombers

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea put its rocket units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a midnight meeting of top generals and “judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation”, official KCNA news agency said.

Mar 28, 2013

North readies rockets after U.S. flies stealth bombers over South

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea put its rocket units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a midnight meeting of top generals and “judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation”, official KCNA news agency said.

Mar 28, 2013

U.S. flies stealth bombers over South Korea in warning to North

SEOUL, March 28 (Reuters) – The United States flew two
nuclear-capable stealth bombers on practice runs over South
Korea on Thursday, in a rare show of force following a series of
North Korean threats that the Pentagon said have set Pyongyang
on a dangerous path.

The drill by the two B-2 Spirit bombers – flying all the way
from the United States and back – appeared to be the first
exercise of its kind and showed America’s ability to conduct
long-range, precision strikes “quickly and at will,” the U.S.
military said.

Mar 20, 2013

North Korea’s Kim supervises “drone attack” drill

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised a drone attack on a simulated South Korean target on Wednesday, Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency reported, and the armed forces shot down a target mimicking a cruise missile.

North Korea has stepped up its military exercises in response to what it regards as “hostile” joint drills by South Korea and the United States after Pyongyang was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council for a nuclear test in February.

Feb 24, 2013

Weak yen adds to woes confronting South Korea’s Park

SEOUL, Feb 25 (Reuters) – South Korea’s new president faces
a hostile North Korea that seeks nuclear weapons, a moribund
domestic economy and now new pressure on its exporters and
growth prospects from neighbouring Japan’s yen devaluation.

There is little Park Geun-hye, who will become South Korea’s
first woman president on Monday, can do about the North but her
first statement on the economy indicated she was willing to try
at least to talk down the Korean won’s rise.

Feb 13, 2013

South Koreans shrug off nuclear neighbor, check out cosmetics sale

SEOUL (Reuters) – When South Korean soldier Kim Kyung-rae heard of North Korea’s nuclear test on Tuesday, his first thought was not that war was imminent or that the enemy was closer to a deadly new weapon, but whether the event would interfere with a planned holiday.

Decades of hostile rhetoric and only occasional bellicose action since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War has inured many in the prosperous South to North Korea’s growing nuclear threat under its new 30-year old leader Kim Jong-un.

Feb 13, 2013

U.S. says to take lead to contain North Korea

SEOUL, Feb 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said
North Korea’s third nuclear test, in defiance of U.N.
resolutions, was a threat and a provocation and that the United
States would lead the world in responding.

North Korea has said Tuesday’s test was an act of
self-defence against “U.S. hostility” and threatened stronger
steps if necessary.

Feb 13, 2013

North Korean nuclear test draws anger, including from China

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest.

Pyongyang said the test was an act of self-defense against “U.S. hostility” and threatened stronger steps if necessary.

Feb 12, 2013

N.Korea conducts third nuclear test, angering U.S., Japan

SEOUL, Feb 12 (Reuters) – North Korea conducted its third
nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions,
angering the United States and Japan and prompting its only
major ally, China, to call for calm.

The North said the test had “greater explosive force” than
the 2006 and 2009 tests that were widely seen as small-scale.
Its KCNA news agency said it had used a “miniaturized” and
lighter nuclear device, indicating that it had again used
plutonium which is more suitable for use as a missile warhead.

    • About David

      "I am currently Reuters Malaysia Bureau Chief and have been here since August 2008, tracking Malaysia from the return of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to parliament and the government choosing a new Prime Minister Najib Razak. Prior to Malaysia, I worked as Bureau Chief in Hungary for four years in a tumultuous time that saw mass riots, a record budget deficit and shock election results. I have worked mainly on emerging market economies covering debt restructurings from countries as diverse as Argentina, Russia, Serbia and Iraq."
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