N. Korea slams new South-US pact against nuclear attack

A US M1A2 tank crosses a river by a South Korean military barge duirng a US-South Korea joint exercise in the border city of Yeoncheon, northeast of Seoul, on May 30, 2013

A US M1A2 tank crosses a river by a South Korean military barge duirng a US-South Korea joint exercise in the border city of Yeoncheon, northeast of Seoul, on May 30, 2013

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.

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Two killed, many injured as South Korean airliner crashes, burns in San Francisco

Search and rescue officials surround an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in California on July 6, 2013. REUTERS-Jed Jacobsohn

(Reuters) – An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 300 people on board crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul and burst into flames, and initial reports said two people were killed and over 70 injured.

 

Pictures taken immediately after the crash showed passengers streaming off the plane. TV footage from the air later showed the badly damaged fuselage of the Boeing 777 blackened by fire and the plane’s tail broken off.

 

The airline said the plane had carried 291 passengers and 16 crew members.

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North Korea set to stage major military drill: report

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.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects an army unit at an undisclosed location, March 23, 2013. — Photo by AFP

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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.

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