Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Crisis On The Korean Peninsula -- News Updates For May 30, 2009

South Korean soldiers on a drill Friday in the border town of Paju. North Korea warned this week of possible military action after the South said it is joining a U.S.-led initiative to stop trade in weapons of mass destruction. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

U.S. Warns North Korea Against Nuclear Activity -- Wall Street Journal

Defense Secretary's Tough Talk, Following Another Missile Test, Signals Washington May Be Rethinking Pyongyang Policy

SINGAPORE -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued North Korea the sternest warning from Washington since Monday's test of a nuclear weapon, saying the U.S. "will not stand idly by" as Pyongyang develops nuclear and missile technologies that could threaten America and its allies in the region.

The warning came in a Saturday-morning address Mr. Gates delivered to an annual gathering of Asian defense officials here. "President Obama has offered an open hand to tyrannies that unclench their fists; he is hopeful but he is not naive," Mr. Gates said. "North Korea's latest reply to our overtures isn't exactly something we would characterize as helpful or constructive."

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More News On The Crisis On the Korean Peninsula

Gates draws the line on North Korea's nuclear program: No proliferation -- L.A. Times
Gates: Tougher sanctions against NKorea needed -- Yahoo News/AP
North Korea Is Warned by Gates on Testing -- New York Times
Official: New signs of NKorea missile preparations -- AP
US warns N.Korea amid reports of rocket test -- AFP
Official: Signs NKorea prepping long-range missile -- Yahoo News/AP
N. Korea seen preparing for new ICBM test -- UPI
Officials: NKorea may plan long-range missile test -- Breitbart/AP
North Korea 'may' launch new long-range missiles -- Press TV
N. Korea Fires Sixth Missile in a Week -- Washington Post
North Korea's next move: long-range missile tests? -- Christian Science Monitor
N.Korea fires short-range missile; may take more action -- Alertnet
U.S. ‘Likely’ Could Intercept North Korean Missile -- Bloomberg
UK military aid Korean nuclear investigation -- Times Online
U.S., Japan, S Korea reaffirm position on DPRK's nuclear issue -- China View
Analysis: NKorea nuke test won't break China ties -- Yahoo News/AP
Nuclear N.Korea won't change Japan defense: minister -- Reuters
A military answer to North Korea? Not likely. -- Christian Science Monitor
North Korea and Diplomacy -- Wall Street Journal opinion
Loose cannon gives Obama a lesson -- The Australian opinion

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