In 2011, as the United States was removing the last of its troops from Iraq, few people in the West had ever heard of ISIS, North Korea didn’t have advanced nuclear or missile technology, Putin wasn’t the president of Russia, and former President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) into law. This law, often referred to by its enforcement mechanism “sequestration,” set the yearly defense spending caps for the next 10 years based more on budget than on strategic and military necessity. As a result, the 2018 defense spending top line is influenced more by domestic spending caps than by very real and credible threats: a nuclearized North Korea,

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In 2011, as the United States was removing the last of its troops from Iraq, few people in the West had ever heard of ISIS, North Korea didn’t have advanced nuclear or missile technology, Putin wasn’t the president of Russia, and former President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) into law. This law, often referred to by its enforcement mechanism “sequestration,” set the yearly defense spending caps for the next 10 years based more on budget than on strategic and military necessity. As a result, the 2018 defense spending top line is influenced more by domestic spending caps than by very real and credible threats: a nuclearized North Korea,

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North Korea is on an “aggressive schedule” to build and deploy its first operational ballistic-missile submarine, a U.S. think tank said, citing commercial satellite imagery. The report by 38 North, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, suggests that the North is making progress in developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles in addition to its land-based nuclear weapons program. Images from Nov. 5 showed parts being moved into and out of areas near constructions halls, indicating a shipbuilding program is in progress at the Sinpo base on North Korea’s east coast. 38 North pointed to two large circular objects in a yard that could be parts of a submarine’s

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North Korea is on an “aggressive schedule” to build and deploy its first operational ballistic-missile submarine, a U.S. think tank said, citing commercial satellite imagery. The report by 38 North, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, suggests that the North is making progress in developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles in addition to its land-based nuclear weapons program. Images from Nov. 5 showed parts being moved into and out of areas near constructions halls, indicating a shipbuilding program is in progress at the Sinpo base on North Korea’s east coast. 38 North pointed to two large circular objects in a yard that could be parts of a submarine’s

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On Monday during a Cabinet meeting, President Donald Trump announced that he intends on declaring North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror. Trey Yingst (Twitter) Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! Speaking on declaring North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, Trump said it “should’ve happened a long time ago, should’ve happened years ago.” “Today the United States is designating North

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On Monday during a Cabinet meeting, President Donald Trump announced that he intends on declaring North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror. Trey Yingst (Twitter) Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! Speaking on declaring North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, Trump said it “should’ve happened a long time ago, should’ve happened years ago.” “Today the United States is designating North

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North Korea may have violated the armistice with the US and South Korea by firing an AK-47 assault rifle in the DMZ. South Korea contends North Korea broke the armistice, but has little recourse. North Korea has killed countless South Koreans since the armistice went into effect in 1953, and there’s not much that can be done about it. The Korean war of the early 1950s did not end with a peace treaty, but an armistice, and now North Korea has reportedly violated it by firing AK-47 assault rifles in the demilitarized border zone separating the country from South Korea. North Korean soldiers opened fire spraying 40 or so bullets at

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North Korea may have violated the armistice with the US and South Korea by firing an AK-47 assault rifle in the DMZ. South Korea contends North Korea broke the armistice, but has little recourse. North Korea has killed countless South Koreans since the armistice went into effect in 1953, and there’s not much that can be done about it. The Korean war of the early 1950s did not end with a peace treaty, but an armistice, and now North Korea has reportedly violated it by firing AK-47 assault rifles in the demilitarized border zone separating the country from South Korea. North Korean soldiers opened fire spraying 40 or so bullets at

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A North Korean defector shot five times while running across the border to South Korea has been found riddled with parasites, one of which has never been seen in the country. North Korean defectors often come over to South Korea with parasites, in one case with more than 30 types of round worm. South Korean surgeons operating on a North Korean defector who ran across the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries under a hail of gunfire on Monday have found a parasite in the man’s stomach unlike any other they had seen. The defector, who was shot five times, remained in critical condition after hours in two rounds of surgery, said an article

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A North Korean defector shot five times while running across the border to South Korea has been found riddled with parasites, one of which has never been seen in the country. North Korean defectors often come over to South Korea with parasites, in one case with more than 30 types of round worm. South Korean surgeons operating on a North Korean defector who ran across the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries under a hail of gunfire on Monday have found a parasite in the man’s stomach unlike any other they had seen. The defector, who was shot five times, remained in critical condition after hours in two rounds of surgery, said an article

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North Korea hasn’t secured the key technologies needed to build a ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. An official from South Korea’s top spy agency told lawmakers Thursday that Pyongyang’s missile program still faced the barrier, Yonhap reported Friday, citing a “parliamentary source.” Building a vehicle that can protect warheads from the heat and stress of a return flight — or re-entry capability — is critical for developing functional intermediate-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The National Intelligence Service told members of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee that North Korea’s recent missile engine tests haven’t provided the necessary capability, Yonhap said.

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North Korea hasn’t secured the key technologies needed to build a ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. An official from South Korea’s top spy agency told lawmakers Thursday that Pyongyang’s missile program still faced the barrier, Yonhap reported Friday, citing a “parliamentary source.” Building a vehicle that can protect warheads from the heat and stress of a return flight — or re-entry capability — is critical for developing functional intermediate-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The National Intelligence Service told members of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee that North Korea’s recent missile engine tests haven’t provided the necessary capability, Yonhap said.

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It looks like North Korea is in the process of building a ballistic missile submarine, according to a new report. The U.S. institute 38 North, which is based in Washington, D.C., and monitors North Korea, said Thursday there are satellite images of a North Korean naval shipyard that indicate Pyongyang is building what would be the country’s first operational ballistic missile submarine, Reuters reported, and it is currently pursuing an “aggressive schedule” for completion. While the images show activity in the shipyard, there is no evidence of preparations for tests of the submarine-launched missile yet, 38 North said. “The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull

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It looks like North Korea is in the process of building a ballistic missile submarine, according to a new report. The U.S. institute 38 North, which is based in Washington, D.C., and monitors North Korea, said Thursday there are satellite images of a North Korean naval shipyard that indicate Pyongyang is building what would be the country’s first operational ballistic missile submarine, Reuters reported, and it is currently pursuing an “aggressive schedule” for completion. While the images show activity in the shipyard, there is no evidence of preparations for tests of the submarine-launched missile yet, 38 North said. “The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull

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North Korea has gone two months without test firing a missile, the longest such dry spell this year. Is it reason for hope? “Any answer is speculative,” said Jonathan Pollack, an analyst at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “The reasons could be technical. The reasons could be political.” The problem is that that the United States has very little insight into the isolated country and its enigmatic leader, Kim Jong Un. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! U.S. intelligence agencies can peer from the sky and count missiles, tanks and other weapons, at least those that aren’t hidden underground.

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North Korea has gone two months without test firing a missile, the longest such dry spell this year. Is it reason for hope? “Any answer is speculative,” said Jonathan Pollack, an analyst at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “The reasons could be technical. The reasons could be political.” The problem is that that the United States has very little insight into the isolated country and its enigmatic leader, Kim Jong Un. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! U.S. intelligence agencies can peer from the sky and count missiles, tanks and other weapons, at least those that aren’t hidden underground.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday said China backed him on North Korea. But the next day China contradicted him. Even South Korea has expressed doubts about Trump’s goal in dealing with North Korea. After a 12-day trip to Asia in which President Donald Trump stressed his friendship and mutual understanding with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing appears to have crossed Trump on a key issue: North Korea. At every turn during his trip, Trump insisted that the US’s goal was North Korea’s denuclearization. He stressed the “grave threat” he said the rogue nuclear nation posed to millions in the region and around the world. But China seems to have rejected the idea

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Donald Trump on Wednesday said China backed him on North Korea. But the next day China contradicted him. Even South Korea has expressed doubts about Trump’s goal in dealing with North Korea. After a 12-day trip to Asia in which President Donald Trump stressed his friendship and mutual understanding with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing appears to have crossed Trump on a key issue: North Korea. At every turn during his trip, Trump insisted that the US’s goal was North Korea’s denuclearization. He stressed the “grave threat” he said the rogue nuclear nation posed to millions in the region and around the world. But China seems to have rejected the idea

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China will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, just days after President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia, Chinese and North Korean state media announced Wednesday, marking a potential diplomatic thaw between Pyongyang and Beijing. The announcement closely follows Trump’s Tuesday departure from Asia after a 13-day trip in which North Korea topped the agenda. Chinese President Xi Jinping will send special envoy Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, to Pyongyang, according to the announcement. Trump has made pressuring China a centerpiece of his strategy to thwart North Korea’s ambition of developing the ability to launch a nuclear strike on the continental U.S.

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China will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, just days after President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia, Chinese and North Korean state media announced Wednesday, marking a potential diplomatic thaw between Pyongyang and Beijing. The announcement closely follows Trump’s Tuesday departure from Asia after a 13-day trip in which North Korea topped the agenda. Chinese President Xi Jinping will send special envoy Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, to Pyongyang, according to the announcement. Trump has made pressuring China a centerpiece of his strategy to thwart North Korea’s ambition of developing the ability to launch a nuclear strike on the continental U.S.

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