Sunday, May 31, 2009

North Korea News Updates -- May 31, 2009

A missile-firing drill in an undisclosed location in North Korea.
Photograph: KCNA/KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

Gates, Allies Discuss Response to North Korea -- Wall Street Journal

SINGAPORE -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates Saturday began to lay the groundwork for building up U.S. and allied military defenses in East Asia should the Obama administration fail to convince China and Russia to join in a multilateral diplomatic response to North Korea's nuclear test.

In closed-door meetings with the defense ministers of U.S. treaty allies Japan and South Korea -- and a separate half-hour discussion with a senior Chinese general -- Mr. Gates said the U.S. preferred for the five countries that have engaged Pyongyang in talks on its nuclear program to present a unified front to punish North Korea.

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More News On The North Korean Crisis

Gates Looks to Tougher Approach on North Korea -- New York Times
U.S., Asian allies gear up for tougher stance toward N. Korea -- L.A. Times
Gates Issues Tough Warning to N. Korea -- Washington Times.
Gates: 'Painful' Sanctions May Be Required Against North Korea -- Voice of America.
Gates Calls North Korea’s Actions ‘Reckless, Ultimately Self-destructive’ -- American Forces Press Service
North Korea planning to launch long range rocket -- Times Online
N. Korea Seen Moving Missile to Launchpad -- Washington Post
US May Shoot Down NK Missile -- Korea Times
Pentagon Official: U.S. Could Shoot Down North Korean Missiles -- FOX News
A look at North Korea's missile arsenal -- AP
Nuclear-armed North Korea is 'not acceptable', warns US -- The Guardian
N.Korea threat hangs over S.Korea, ASEAN summit -- AFP
Dealing with North Korea by Ralph A. Cossa -- Global Security
Understanding China's Approach to North Korea -- Huffington Post
US journalists' trial begins in NKorea this week -- Yahoo News/AP

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