Sunday, March 27, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: While you're away...

Couple of things while you're away...

March 24, 2016

On North Korea's explicit threat of attacking South Korea's presidential office and the president, the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae ordered Thursday to rev up military alert against the North. 

President Park Geun-hye called the North’s threat a direct challenge to the world and ordered to reinforce defense readiness to guarantee the safety of the people and called on the public to be alert for any emergency. 

Denouncing South Korea and the U.S.' joint military drills, of which some were targeting to attack the North,
Pyongyang on Wednesday broadcasted through its state media that it will remove South Korea's president, 
specifically targeting the top office with its military and special forces.

Seoul's Unification Ministry on the same day responded that it will not overlook Pyongyang's terror threats 
and that the North should give up its nuclear ambitions and take the route to change.

North Korea said Thursday it has successfully conducted a solid-fuel rocket test, adding that the accomplishment 
will boost the country's ballistic rocket capabilities to hit its enemies.

According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made such comments during his visit to a site of a ground-based test on the rocket engine and its separation.

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on North Korea's human rights issues in Geneva Wednesday to set up a group of experts in a bid to find ways to make the regime accountable for its violations against humanity. 

The resolution was submitted by the European Union and Japan condemning the North's crimes that are said to include acts of extermination, murder, torture, and rape. 

South Korea's government welcomed the adoption by the 47-member forum by consensus, saying it shows how deeply the international community is concerned about the human rights situation in North Korea

March 25, 2016

Beginning this year, every fourth Friday of March will be designated as West Sea Defense Day.

And the government held a memorial ceremony this morning to mark the day and the 6th anniversary of the Cheonan warship sinking. 

The ceremony was held at Daejeon National Cemetery and was attended by some 7,000 people including officials and victims' families. 

46 sailors were killed in 2010 when a North Korean submarine torpedoed the South Korean ship while on a training mission in the West Sea. 

The service also paid respects to the six sailors that lost their lives in the second battle of Yeonpyeong in 2002.

Paying tribute to the fallen soldiers, President Park Geun-hye stressed that the South Korean government will not tolerate Pyongyang’s nuclear development and provocations and that its reckless provocation will only lead to self-destruction. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to destroy South Korean government offices in Seoul.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (or KCNA) on Friday reported Kim as saying the North should “mercilessly” annihilate offices such as South Korea’s presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.

He reportedly made the orders while directing a long-range artillery exercise.

The KCNA said the training was the largest in scale ever and that it involved some 100 artillery pieces.

The agency said that the regime aimed to show its strong intent to retaliate against South Korea’s recent training 
that simulated hitting the offices of the North’s most senior officials and its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s central committee.

Source: Arirang News

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