North Korea’s Missiles Able to Reach US Mainland: South Korea

North Korea’s Missiles Able to Reach US Mainland: South Korea

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Military & Intelligence
16:00 06.01.2015(updated 16:39 06.01.2015)
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North Korea has the capability to threaten the US mainland, according to the statement of the South Korean Defense Ministry.

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MOSCOW, January 6 (Sputnik) — The South Korean Defense Ministry has said in a white paper that North Korea is in possession of missiles that could reach the US mainland, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

“[North Korea has the] capability to threaten the US mainland,” an extract from the document read, as quoted by the news agency.

This conclusion was made after North Korea completed five rounds of long-range missile testing. The assessment is also said to be based on North Korea’s successful launch into orbit in December 2012 of the Unha-3 rocket with a range of some 8,000 kilometers (almost 5,000 miles).

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According to Korea’s defense ministry’s report, the Taepodong-2 missile has an even longer range of some 10,000 kilometers.

The paper also reportedly indicates that North Korea has made significant advancements in miniaturizing nuclear weapons, which has been attributed to the country’s nuclear tests.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Its nuclear program is a matter of great concern for the international community, leading to sanctions being imposed by UN Security Council.

Pyongyang’s nuclear program has triggered demands for the country to return to talks on the reduction of its nuclear activities, from which North Korea withdrew in 2009.

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North Korea Stages Exercise Targeting Imaginary US ‘Imperialist Carrier’

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Asia & Pacific
10:00 01.02.2015(updated 10:50 04.02.2015)
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North Korea claims it has successfully staged joint naval and air force drills targeting an imaginary US aircraft carrier “which sailed into the operation waters in the southern half to make military strikes at strategic targets of the DPRK.”

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MOSCOW, February 1 (Sputnik) – North Korea has successfully staged joint naval and air force drills targeting the US Navy, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The military exercises were inspected by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in person.

“A drill of services of the Korean People’s Army for hitting enemy naval target was staged at the personal initiative of Supreme Commander Kim Jong-un,” KCNA reported.

The drill focused on “rounding off the war method of mounting surprise air and naval attacks on the US imperialists’ carrier which sailed into the operation waters in the southern half to make military strikes at strategic targets of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).”

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The exercise also was aimed at “helping flying corps and submarine units get familiar with combat methods, command and coordination.”

The North Korean leader stated that Pyongyang would not sit any longer with “the rabid dogs openly barking” about toppling its socialist system. The statement came as an ongoing reaction to a recent Youtube interview of US President Barack and his comments that the country’s regime will collapse over time.

“He (Kim Jong-un) solemnly declared that we have no willingness to sit any longer with the rabid dogs openly barking that they will bring down by the method of bringing about ‘changes’ to the socialist system, the cradle which our people consider dearer than their own lives,” the KCNA quoted North Korea’s supreme leader as saying.
The leader also added that his country is ready to “counter any war including a war by conventional armed forces and a nuclear war.”

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