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The U.S. chokehold on North Korea | SocialistWorker.org

By David Whitehouse — North Korea’s escalating threats are a response to new shows of force by the U.S. IN THE 60 years since the end of the Korean War, U.S. policy toward North Korea has fluctuated between the options of “containment” and “rollback.” Sometimes, the policy has shifted in the course of one presidency. Bill Clinton and George W. ...

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Mobilizing the propagandists in North Korea | BBC News

I have followed Pyongyang’s propaganda since the 1960s. It is a depressing chore, enlivened by the odd wry smile. Their recent jibe at the “venomous swish of her skirt” – a propos Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president – was offensive, but it is an arresting phrase. That is an exception. Most Pyongyang prose is leaden and shrill. Bluster ...

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New Era of Nuclear-Armed North Korea Forces U.S. to Reconsider War Games at Regime’s Door | Democracy Now!

As North Korea threatens to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, the Obama administration is quietly expressing concern its own recent actions may have been too provocative and could inadvertently trigger a deeper crisis. We discuss the latest on North Korea and tensions in the region with Christine Hong, assistant professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and ...

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David Cameron warns Trident needed as deterrent to North Korea | The Guardian

David Cameron has issued a stark warning against any move to abandon Britain’s Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran. The prime minister said it would “foolish” to leave the country defenceless at a time when the “highly unpredictable and aggressive” regime in North Korea was developing ballistic missiles that could eventually ...

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‘Combat-ready’ N. Korea threatens US mainland, Hawaii | GlobalPost, aljazeera.com

North Korea is ready. In a characteristically calm statement, the North Korean army has ordered all long-range artillery and rockets into “class-A combat readiness,” and guess where they’re pointed, just guess. One bonus missile defense shield if you said all US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region, including the mainland. South Korea – which yesterday signed a new pact with ...

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China replaces UK as world’s fifth largest arms exporter, says SIPRI | www.sipri.org

(Stockholm, 18 March 2013) China has become the fifth largest exporter of major conventional arms worldwide, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). This is the first time China has been in the top five arms exporters since the end of the cold war. Overall, the volume of international ...

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Nuclear War Through North Korean Eyes | Counterpunch

by NICK BOWIE There is little doubt that civilians on both sides of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) are weighed down with anxiety as both countries carry out provocative large-scale military drills amid threats of nuclear war. North Korea has recently announced that it will no longer abide by the UN-brokered armistice that ended the Korean War with a ceasefire ...

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US deems North Korea nuclear strike unlikely without threat to dynasty | guardian.co.uk

Intelligence report comes as North Korea state press say people ready to ‘rain bullets on the enemy’ amid increasing tensions North Korea is unlikely to carry out its bellicose threats to unleash a nuclear attack on the US and South Korea unless the Kim dynasty’s control of the communist regime is threatened, the White House intelligence chief said on Tuesday. ...

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North Korea cuts peace hotline as South begins military drills | guardian.co.uk

South Korea has begun annual military exercises with the US and says the North has apparently cut off a hotline used to maintain the armistice that Pyongyang has recently repudiated over nuclear test sanctions. After the start of the drills, South Korean officials said their northern counterparts didn’t answer two calls on the hotline between the sides, apparently following through ...

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Turkey Renews Focus on Peace With Kurds | NYTimes.com

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — When three prominent Kurdish women activists were murdered in Paris in January, analysts worried that the killings would derail the fledgling peace talks, begun late last year. Just the opposite appears to have happened, as both sides have moved forward with more determination to end one of the region’s most intractable conflicts, which has claimed almost 40,000 ...

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