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North Korea’s 13,000 Deadly Artillery Pieces: The Real Threat Trump Should Fear?

North Korea’s 13,000 Deadly Artillery Pieces: The Real Threat Trump Should Fear?"Even without using nuclear weapons, North Korea has the capacity to unleash a devastating level of violence against a significant portion of the ROK population through some mix of conventional artillery and possibly chemical munitions," according to a January 2019 report from RAND, a California think tank with close ties to the U.S. military.North Korea on May 4, 2019 test-fired a short-range ballistic missile \– its first major launch in the 18 months since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended missile testing ahead of a summit with U.S. president Donald Trump.Pyongyang on May 9, 2019 launched a second “projectile,” South Korean officials said.(This first appeared in May.)The May tests of at least one apparently nuclear-capable short-range missile startled foreign observers and threatened to elevate tensions between the United States and its allies South Korea and Japan on one side and, on the other side, North Korea and its main patron China.But a less dramatic test of North Korea’s heavy artillery that occured at the same time as the May 4 rocket launch arguably is more important.



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North Korea’s Kim Urged to Restart Talks With U.S. by South Korea’s Moon

North Korea’s Kim Urged to Restart Talks With U.S. by South Korea’s Moon“I expect North Korea to respond to efforts made by South Korea and the U.S.,” Moon said during a meeting with his senior advisers Monday in Seoul. Moon is expected to travel to the U.S. next week for his first meeting with the American leader since the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi fell apart without an agreement advancing North Korea’s disarmament.



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Forget About Nuclear Weapons: North Korea’s Artillery Could Kill Thousands

Forget About Nuclear Weapons: North Korea’s Artillery Could Kill ThousandsAnd impact millions within 24 hours.



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Trump directly contradicted by US intelligence chief on Iran and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions

Trump directly contradicted by US intelligence chief on Iran and North Korea’s nuclear ambitionsA US intelligence chief has completely contradicted Donald Trump’s claims over the nuclear ambitions of both North Korea and Iran. Pyongyang is unlikely to give up its nuclear capabilities, while Tehran is currently not engaging in activities necessary to produce nuclear weapons, national intelligence director Dan Coats concluded in his annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment”. Presenting his conclusions to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Mr Coats said the US faced unique threats from each of the “big four” of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, including cyber warfare and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).



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Koreas and UN Command discuss demilitarising border

Koreas and UN Command discuss demilitarising borderThe two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command held talks Tuesday on demilitarising a section of the heavily fortified border dividing the peninsula, as a diplomatic thaw gathers pace. “The three parties examined the progress in removing landmines at the Joint Security Area (JSA)…and discussed other practical matters regarding steps toward disarming the area,” Seoul’s defense ministry said in a statement. The JSA, also known as the truce village of Panmunjom, is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometre (155-mile) frontier where troops from the two countries stand face to face.



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Two Koreas, UN Hold Talks to Disarm Heavily Fortified Border

Two Koreas, UN Hold Talks to Disarm Heavily Fortified BorderSouth Korea’s defense ministry said the meeting at the border village of Panmunjom will focus on landmine removal operations that the two Koreas began undertaking this month and discuss details of disarming and reducing the number of guards at the Joint Security Area. South Korea President Moon Jae-in touted the military pact as a meaningful move to reduce conventional military threats. The meeting comes as the U.S. expressed discontent with South Korea for moving forward with the plans without consulting U.S. officials, who fear such inter-Korea pacts could undermine nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea.



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Two Koreas hold high-stakes summit with nuclear talks in jeopardy

Two Koreas hold high-stakes summit with nuclear talks in jeopardyThe inter-Korean summit will be a litmus test for another meeting Kim has recently proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump, giving clues to whether Kim is serious about denuclearization, a commitment he made at their first encounter in June. Trump has asked Moon to be “chief negotiator” between himself and Kim, according to Moon’s aides, after Trump canceled a trip to Pyongyang by his secretary of state last month. “I’d like to have frank dialogue with Chairman Kim on how to find a point of contact between U.S. demands for denuclearization and North Korea’s demands for ending hostile relations and security guarantees,” Moon told a meeting with senior secretaries on Monday.



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Shattering North Korea’s Glass Ceiling

Shattering North Korea’s Glass CeilingOne group of North Koreans stands to benefit most from the country's denuclearization: women.



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Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next month

Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next monthOfficials from both sides meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, reached an agreement on a September summit between the countries’ leaders in the North’s capital of Pyongyang. No date was announced for what will be the third meeting this year between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. There they agreed that Moon would visit the North’s capital in the autumn, though the pair met again in May in an unannounced meeting at Panmunjom.



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Two Koreas hold military talks as U.S. detects activity at North Korea missile factory

Two Koreas hold military talks as U.S. detects activity at North Korea missile factoryBy Hyonhee Shin and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – North and South Korea held military talks to build trust on Tuesday, while the United States detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory, casting more suspicion over the North’s intentions. The meeting, their second since June, held in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), was designed to follow on from an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tensions and halt “all hostile acts.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also vowed during his separate summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last month to work toward denuclearization, but there has not been a concrete agreement to accomplish that goal.



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