» 02/13/2009, 00.00
Pyongyang prepares to launch a missile able to carry nuclear warheads
The test could take place on February 25th the first anniversary of the mandate of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. The Taepodong-2 missile is 36 metres tall and can contain up to 500 kg of nuclear warheads. February 16th the North celebrates the 67th birthday of the “dear Leader”.
Pyongyang: satellite launch “imminent”
The North’s communist regime reiterates its’ intention to push ahead with its spatial experiment. The launch should take place between April 4th and 8th. Seoul and Washington maintain it is a missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The US government threatens fresh sanctions at the UN Security Council. Kim Jong-un is not among the 687 new North Korean parliamentarians.
Pyongyang, the olive branch and the hammer for Hillary Clinton and Obama
North Korea is issuing signals of detente, but also threats, hoping that the United States can assist in a transformation of the country, in the grip of economic collapse and the crisis of its ailing leader. Remarks come as Clinton visits Japan, South Korea, and China.
20/02/2009 KOREA – UNITED STATES
If North attacks, we shall respond appropriately, says Seoul
The South Korean government abandons conciliatory tone, announces military response in case of a missile attack from the North. Radio Pyongyang warns against “the worst crisis” possible. Kim Jong-il promotes hawk to vice chairmanship of North Koera’s National Defence Commission. US Secretary of State Clinton says United States concerned about succession in North Korea.
26/07/2005 NORTH KOREA SOUTH KOREA
Some signs of flexibility between the United States and North Korea in Beijing
Six-nation talks re-start in Beijing. They were interrupted in June 2004 when North Korea walked away from the negotiating table.
19/02/2009 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Pyongyang ready for "all-out confrontation" with Seoul and Washington
The statement, released by the official North Korean news agency KCNA, comes as U.S. secretary of state Clinton visits South Korea. Analysts say that the threat is intended to draw the attention of the United States to the nuclear question, and aid to the North. In China, a scholar has disappeared who released news about Kim Jong-il's health condition.
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