North Korea Stages Exercise, Issues New Nuclear Warning

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
Global Security Newswire Staff
April 29, 2014, 7:12 a.m.

North Korea on Tues­day staged a live-ar­til­lery ex­er­cise in wa­ters near the South, and the re­gime is­sued a fresh nuc­le­ar warn­ing, news re­ports said.

Roughly 50 mu­ni­tions were fired from two coastal mil­it­ary fa­cil­it­ies in the af­ter­noon, the Yon­hap News Agency re­por­ted. South Korea was no­ti­fied ahead of time about the mari­time ex­er­cise and did not re­turn fire as no North Korean shell crossed in­to its ter­rit­ory.

Mean­while, a power­ful North Korean mil­it­ary body on Monday threatened to do “more than nuc­le­ar tests” in re­sponse to re­cent in­ter­na­tion­al warn­ings on the mat­ter.

“The world is mak­ing all the guesses and con­jec­tures that our new nuc­le­ar test and the rock­et launch will de­vel­op in­to a boos­ted fis­sion weapon or a new gen­er­a­tion of in­ter­con­tin­ent­al bal­list­ic mis­siles,” the North Korean Na­tion­al De­fense Com­mis­sion said in a state­ment quoted by the Cho­son Ilbo news­pa­per.

“If you ask us to tell the truth, we will not deny that we are cap­able of do­ing more than these spec­u­la­tions,” the de­fense com­mis­sion said.

The United States and South Korea are keep­ing a close eye via satel­lites on the North’s Punggye-ri nuc­le­ar test site, where per­son­nel ap­pear to be in the thick of pre­par­a­tions for an ex­pec­ted fourth un­der­ground atom­ic tri­al. U.S. Pres­id­ent Obama and South Korean Pres­id­ent Park Geun-hye on Fri­day warned that Py­ongy­ang could ex­pect more sanc­tions and an end to any hope of re­viv­ing a moribund aid-for-de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion pro­cess if it pro­ceeds with the test.

In re­lated news, the South Korean gov­ern­ment on Monday au­thor­ized a plan to boost do­mest­ic mis­sile de­fenses by up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing in­ter­cept­ors and pur­chas­ing more-cap­able sys­tems from the United States, the Korea Times re­por­ted.

Un­der the ap­proved plan, the South would ac­quire as many as 100 Pat­ri­ot Ad­vanced Cap­ab­il­ity 3 mis­siles between 2016 and 2020 and would seek to buy up­grades for its 48 PAC-2 sys­tems through a com­pet­it­ive bid pro­cess, the Korea Her­ald re­por­ted.

The new in­ter­cept­ors and mis­sile up­grades will be used to boost the ef­fect­ive­ness of the coun­try’s Korea Air and Mis­sile De­fense frame­work, which is de­signed to counter lower-alti­tude bal­list­ic mis­siles fired by North Korea.

What We're Following See More »
ANOTHER NUCLEAR OPTION?
Byrd Rule Could Trip Up Health Legislation
20 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"Even if House Republicans manage to get enough members of their party on board with the latest version of their health care bill, they will face another battle in the Senate: whether the bill complies with the chamber’s arcane ... Byrd rule, which stipulates all provisions in a reconciliation bill must affect federal spending and revenues in a way that is not merely incidental." Democrats should have the advantage in that fight, "unless the Senate pulls another 'nuclear option.'”

Source:
ONE WEEK
Senate Votes To Fund Government
23 hours ago
BREAKING
ON TO SENATE
House Passes Spending Bill
1 days ago
BREAKING

The House has passed a one-week spending bill that will avert a government shutdown which was set to begin at midnight. Lawmakers now have an extra week to come to a longer agreement which is expected to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before President Trump signs it.

PRESIDENT CALLS MEDICAID FUNDS A “BAILOUT”
Puerto Rico Another Sticking Point in Budget Talks
1 days ago
THE DETAILS

President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."

Source:
POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN?
Democrats Threaten Spending Bill Over Obamacare
1 days ago
BREAKING

Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login