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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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Thailand and Muslim separatists agree to peace talks | guardian.co.uk

Thailand has agreed for the first time to hold peace talks with Muslim militants in the south of the country, an apparent breakthrough towards ending a nearly decade-long conflict that has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Senior Thai government officials signed the deal on Thursday with members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where ...

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Can Dennis Rodman’s ‘basketball diplomacy’ make a difference in North Korea? | CSMonitor.com

Rodman’s visit to North Korea comes just weeks after the country’s third nuclear weapons test. Some say such trips, like that of Google chief Eric Schmidt, boost the North’s positioning. For more on this story, visit: Can Dennis Rodman’s ‘basketball diplomacy’ make a difference in North Korea? – CSMonitor.com. ALSO: Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman and three members of ...

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China Keeps the Peace at Sea | Foreign Affairs

In the past few months, China and Japan have appeared to come close to blows over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Yet an outbreak of fighting is unlikely. War would run counter to Beijing’s two most fundamental national interests: promoting stability in Asia to foster China’s economic growth, and preventing the escalation of radical nationalist sentiment at home. ...

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