Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Military Space News .




NUKEWARS
N. Korea military meeting hints at nuclear test
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Feb 3, 2013


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has chaired a high-level meeting that discussed a "great turn" in military capability, state media said Sunday, fuelling expectations of an imminent nuclear test.

Kim made a "historic" speech at the ruling party's Central Military Commission meeting, attended by the heads of the army, the National Defence Commission and the strategic rocket force, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The meeting discussed "bringing about a great turn in bolstering military capability", said KCNA, which gave no date for the meeting or details of Kim's speech.

Experts and intelligence sources believe the country has completed preparations for a third nuclear test which it threatened in response to tightened UN sanctions imposed for a long-range rocket launch last December.

Over the past week Pyongyang has issued a series of daily warnings threatening action over the sanctions, including a promise Saturday of the "toughest retaliation".

Several observers in South Korea believe the nuclear test will come before Lunar New Year starts on February 10.

In his "important" speech to the military commission, Kim Jong-Un issued specific guidelines for "defending the security and sovereignty of the country", KCNA said.

It did not elaborate but said participants vowed to "thoroughly implement the military tasks set forth".

The North insists its December rocket launch was a purely scientific mission to put a satellite into orbit.

But the US and its allies, including the South, viewed it as a pretext for a ballistic missile test that violated UN resolutions prompted by the North's rocket launches and nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak urged officials to "stand well prepared" for any test after a meeting Sunday with his top security advisers, the South's Yonhap news agency said.

Seoul's chief nuclear envoy Lim Sung-Nam left for Beijing Sunday to meet his Chinese counterpart as part of last-minute diplomatic efforts to dissuade Pyongyang from another atomic test, it said.

China is the isolated North's sole major ally and economic lifeline. It chairs long-stalled six-nation talks on the North's nuclear disarmament, which have been at a standstill since December 2008.

Recent satellite imagery showed unusually busy activity at the northeastern nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. The North has covered the entrance to a tunnel there in an apparent attempt to block satellite monitoring, Yonhap said last week.

On Monday South Korea and its ally the United States will start a joint naval exercise seen largely as a warning to the North.

The three-day drill involving a US nuclear-powered submarine and other warships is expected to be held in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) off the South Korean port city of Pohang.

The North Saturday slammed the drill as "war exercises" aimed at invading the isolated state.

Pyongyang also bestowed a new round of awards and medals on thousands of scientists behind the latest rocket launch, after making more than 100 awards last December.

.


Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





NUKEWARS
After N. Korea visit, Richardson urges dialogue
Washington (AFP) Feb 02, 2013
Former US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson urged the United States on Saturday to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang refrains from further nuclear tests and missile launches. Richardson, a former New Mexico governor, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea last month in an unsuccessful bid to free Kenneth Bae, an American of Korean descent, who is bei ... read more


NUKEWARS
Boeing-led Missile Defense Team Completes GMD Flight Test

NGC Fire Control Play Key Role in Missile Defense Test

Missile defense EEKV shows value

First Patriot missiles 'operational' on Turkey-Syria border

NUKEWARS
Lockheed Martin Receives US Army Contract for Guided MLRS Rocket Production

India wheels out new long-range missile in annual parade

Raytheon awarded contract for HARM upgrade

Short-range ballistic missile again fired in Syria: NATO

NUKEWARS
US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta

Northrop Grumman's Next-Gen Fire Scout to Beef Up Avionics Protection

Elbit Systems and Windward Team to Introduce Advanced Maritime Surveillance Solution for India

Elbit Systems to Develop Advanced UAS Features for Israel MoD

NUKEWARS
TACLANE-1G Encryptor Certified by NSA

Boeing Completes FAB-T Software Qualification Testing For AEHF and Milstar Birds

Smartphone to hold integrated warrior gear

Raytheon offers Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal Soultion

NUKEWARS
Commander sees women in elite US special forces

Canada receives upgraded LAV III

Marines Get Improved Precision Extended Range Munitions

Raytheon, US Navy demonstrate new dual targeting capability for JSOW C-1

NUKEWARS
Global firms eye lucrative contracts at India air show

Israel seeks major arms deals with India

Rheinmetall, Cassidian gain orders

Shoigu: Russia seeks army 'modernization'

NUKEWARS
Two Chinese ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Taiwan opposition chief visits Japan despite islands row

Japan releases Chinese fishermen: Xinhua

Warnings of Okinawa terrorism

NUKEWARS
A new genre of 'intelligent' micro- and nanomotors

Flat boron by the numbers

Notre Dame studies benefits and threats of nanotechnology research

A nano-gear in a nano-motor inside




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement