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North Korea Says Missiles Prepped For Strike on U.S. | GSN | NTI

North Korea Says Missiles Prepped For Strike on U.S. | GSN | NTI | DAMB | Scoop.it

The North Korean military leadership on Tuesday said it had ordered its artillery and long-range missile units to go on "the highest alert" for possible retaliatory strikes on South Korea, Guam, Hawaii, and even the continental United States, the New York Times reported.

The country's strategic weaponry is "assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zone in the Pacific as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity," the North Korean People's Army Supreme Command said in a statement carried by official media.

Pyongyang in December demonstrated a capability to send a ballistic missile as far as the U.S. West Coast but it is not assessed to have yet acquired an operational ICBM. The aspiring nuclear power's capacity to send intermediate-range ballistic missiles as far as Guam is thought to be more credible and it does have the capability to hit all areas of South Korea.

"They should be mindful that everything will be reduced to ashes and flames the moment the first attack is unleashed," the Supreme Command said.

"North Korea's bellicose rhetoric and threats follow a well-worn pattern designed to raise tensions and intimidate others," the Associated Press quoted Pentagon spokesman George Little as saying in response to the latest rhetoric.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday called on Pyongyang to alter its aggressive behavior, the Times reported. "North Korea must immediately abandon its thought that nuclear weapons will protect its regime," she said in a speech to observe the anniversary of the 2010 sinking of the naval vessel Cheonan, which North Korea is strongly suspected of being behind.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin on Tuesday directed the national armed forces to remain at the highest state of readiness for a possible counterstrike should the nation face attack from the North, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, Washington is pressing the European Union to add Pyongyang's Foreign Trade Bank -- North Korea's principal entity for exchanging foreign currency -- to its blacklist, Reuters reported.

The United States has already sanctioned the financial institution for its role in acquiring funds for North Korea's weapons of mass destruction work. Australia and Japan also intend to blacklist the bank, Reuters separately reported.

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China Reportedly Tests Antiship Ballistic Missiles | GSN | NTI

China Reportedly Tests Antiship Ballistic Missiles | GSN | NTI | DAMB | Scoop.it

China is believed to have recently tested a new class of ballistic missiles understood to be aimed at undercutting the United States' naval supremacy in the Asia-Pacific, the International Business Times reported on Sunday.

Fresh satellite images taken over the Gobi desert reveal enormous pits have been left in a replica of the deck of an aircraft carrier, according to Taiwanese news reports. The craters are thought to have been caused by trials of the Dongfeng 21D missile. The precision-guided antiship weapon has a range of 1,250 miles.

Separately, the Chinese military has fielded Dongfeng 16 high-altitude missiles on coastal land not far from Taiwan, National Security Bureau chief Tsai The-sheng informed Taiwanese lawmakers. Beijing is believed to have roughly 1,000 missiles pointed at the autonomously governed island, which it claims as Chinese territory.

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cf le missile DF 21 testé en début d'année

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