About 70 short-range rockets have been fired into the sea this month, including 30 on Saturday
In Tel Aviv University address, PM compares fundamentalist Islam to North Korea, reiterates demand for more pressure on Iran
Group executions were believed to be carried out in seven cities, including Wonsan, where 10,000 watched eight people die by firing squad in a sports stadium.
AFP – North Korea on Monday lashed out at a new military pact between the South and the US aimed at guarding against potential nuclear attacks and threatened a “final destruction”.
Seoul and Washington last week signed a new joint strategy to counter the growing threat of a North Korean nuclear or chemical weapons attack.
Defence chiefs of the two allies said the new “strategic framework” for dealing with “key North Korean nuclear threat scenarios” would greatly enhance their deterrence capacity in the wake of the North’s third atomic test in February.
The two nations along with Japan are also to stage a massive joint naval drill near the Korean peninsula from Tuesday to Thursday involving the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.
Collaboration aims for warheads capable of striking U.S.
Iran is well launched on two programs with North Korean and Chinese help to develop nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems with the goal of having both ready in less than a year, according to an intelligence officer in the Revolutionary Guards.
The first program, code-named “Green Chariot,” a joint Iran-North Korea effort begun in 2008, seeks to complete the Islamic regime’s nuclear bomb program, said the source, who cannot be named for security reasons. The secret agreement, which would confront perceived threats from America and Israel, expanded collaboration on developing uranium nuclear warheads, producing and assembling centrifuges for enrichment, establishing underground facilities and working on mobile enrichment facilities.
SEOUL: North Korea appears to be gearing up for a major military exercise, a report said on Sunday, amid tensions over an expected missile test and South Korea’s pullout from a joint industrial complex.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects an army unit at an undisclosed location, March 23, 2013. — Photo by AFP
Preparations are under way near the North’s western port of Nampo for a combined live-fire drill involving artillery units and air force jets, the South’s Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul government source.
“It appears that the scale of the drill will be quite big,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying, voicing fears of military provocations against the South or a missile test by Pyongyang during the exercise.
A North Korean artillery attack on a South Korean island in November 2010 killed four people. Seoul also holds Pyongyang responsible for the sinking of one of its naval vessels with the loss of 46 sailors the same year.