' International Criminal Court Will Not Open Investigation into Sinking of South Korean Warship the Cheonan in 2010 '

#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – June 23 – The International Criminal Court will not open an investigation into the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010 in which 46 sailors died because the attack was directed at a lawful military target, Reuters said.

“Even though the shelling resulted, regrettably, in civilian casualties, the information available does not provide a reasonable basis to believe that the attack was intentionally directed against civilian objects,” prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Monday.

​(Court Will also Not Open an Investigation into the Shelling by North Korean forces of Yeonpyeong Island later the same year).


​(PRLog) – 28 May 2010 – Facing this problem, many people would think of the Yellow Sea conflict between two countries in November last year.

​During that conflict, North Korean’ patrol warship has been hit hard, which resulted in the death of one sailor and two civilians.

​So, some people would believe that it’s the main reason for North Korea to carry out revenge attacks on the Cheonan ship.

Some analysts pointed out that the conflict at Yellow Sea last year was a shame for North Korea. One of North Korea’s experts said: "They didn’t show very arrogant pose, but they were beaten."

Some others pointed out that the Cheonan ship incident caused the death of 46 South Korean sailors, but in the Yellow Sea conflict only one North Korea sailor was killed, which seem disproportionate.

Moreover, most Korean people may have no knowledge of the Yellow Sea events.

Of course, that North Korea will not release the news of that battle which they deemed as a shame.

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North Korean and South Korean Ships Exchange Fire in Yellow Sea


South Korean navy warships patrol around Daecheong island near the West Sea border with North Korea, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

A North Korean vessel starts shelling two days after the South fired warning shots at ships crossing the maritime border. Residents on Yeonpyeong island, where four people were killed in 2010, were evacuated to bomb shelters

A North Korean navy shipfired two artillery shells in the vicinity of a South Korean warship in the disputed waters near Yeonpyeong island on Thursday, and the South Korean vessel fired several rounds back in response, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

The North Korean shells landed about 200 meters from the South Korean ship, which was on a regular patrol mission according to the ministry.

The incident took place two days after South Korea fired warning shots at three North Korean ships that crossed the maritime border between the two countries in the Yellow Sea border. Pyongyang condemned the act as “gravely provocative” and said it would retaliate.

Residents on Yeonpyeong, where North Korean shelling killed four people in 2010, were reportedly evacuated to bomb shelters as the naval exchange broke out.

The rhetoric between the two countries has been intensifying, with Pyongyang dishing out an increasing number of insults at Seoul, and a spokesperson from South Korea’s defense ministry saying that the North was not a real country and “must disappear soon.” Both sides regularly conduct artillery drills in the disputed waters, which lack a clearly marked sea boundary. Over the past two months, hundreds of shells have been fired, causing island residents to evacuate on a number of occasions.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/koreas-exchange-fire-disputed-sea-2014522125441738363.html

http://www.dw.de/north-and-south-korean-warships-exchange-fire-in-disputed-yellow-sea/a-17654153

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` North and South Korean Warships Exchange Fire in Disputed Waters

#AceWorldNews – NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA – Dispute – May 22 – North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire Thursday in disputed waters off the western coast of the peninsula, AP reported, citing South Korean military officials.

A South Korean navy ship was engaged in a routine patrol near the countries’ disputed maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea when a North Korean navy ship fired two artillery shells, according to officials from the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defence Ministry.

The shells did not hit the South Korean ship.

The South Korean ship then fired several artillery rounds in waters near the North Korean ship.

Residents on the front-line Yeonpyeong Island were evacuated to shelters.

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` Disaster’s, Deaths and Destruction are Man-Made for Profit ‘

#AceNewsServicesDISASTER‘s – May 17 – When l first came onto my news today l found these updates of theses two major disasters. What came to mind was both could have been avoided, as they were caused by the owners of the mine and ferry companies. Their job being to make sure people’s lives were protected, by health and safety being a priority.

The mine required a full health and safety check days before it collapsed and the ferries cargo hull was over full and not stowed correctly for its weight distribution, when sailing.

These two disasters so far account for 584 deaths and have affected families, leaving children with out fathers and mothers.

The REASON IS SIMPLE PEOPLE WERE FORGOTTEN IN PURSUIT OF PROFIT.

Death toll rises to 299 in Turkey mine disaster

A fire in a mine in western Turkey is hindering efforts to find three workers who are still believed to be trapped. The accident, which happened in the town of Soma has now killed 299 miners, with 15 bodies recovered overnight.

Hopes are fading for those still stuck as they have now been underground for four days, after an explosion released carbon monoxide through the mine. The disaster triggered angry protests across Turkey, aimed at mine owners accused of ignoring safety for profit, and at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government who is too close to industry bosses and insensitive in its reaction to the tragedy.

Death toll in South Korean ferry disaster rises to 285

The death toll from the South Korean ferry tragedy rose to 285 after rescue divers recovered an additional body on Saturday morning from the ferry that sank off South Korea’s south-west coast last month, Yonhap news agency reported, citing officials.

Rescuers brought up the body of a man during their search operations. Nineteen people still remain unaccounted for. Rescue efforts have been difficult due to strong ocean currents. Some bodies have been recovered from as much as two kilometres away from the wreckage of the ship. Several crew members have been arrested in relation to the sinking.

Maybe one day company mine and ferry owners, will put, health and safety first ……….. maybe just …… maybe …………. God willing ..

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#AceWorldNews SOUTH KOREA May 15 Prosecutors in South…

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – May 15 – Prosecutors in South Korea on Thursday indicted 15 crew members over ferry sinking on April 16, which has left more than 300 people dead or missing, AP said.

Homicide charges were brought against the ship’s captain and three other crew members because they failed to carry out their duties to protect passengers in need.

If convicted, they could face the death penalty. Eleven others were indicted for alleged negligence and abandoning passengers in need.

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#AceGuestNews WASHINGTON May 04 RT Exclusive Most important…

#AceGuestNews – WASHINGTON – – May 04 – (RT Exclusive) – Most important lesson for Japan from Obama’s trip: Improve ties with Russia. Japan can do this by cozying up to Russia and South Korea while redoubling its efforts and pace in further deepening ties with India.

This is the important fine print one can read in the President Barack Obama’s recently concluded visit to Japan, the first state visit by an American president to Japan in 18 years.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a shrewd politician who has the will and the capability to restore his country to its pristine glory. He should separate the chaff from the wheat in what Obama said and did not say during his trip to Tokyo.

Nothing bothers the Japanese political leadership more than the question: how to deal with China? Japan can take a cue from India in this context. India has been handling China much better than any other country.

The Indian mantra is this: engage with China on all issues, including the contentious ones, while giving fillip to bilateral trade and people-to-people contacts.

If political leaders and the people of Japan thought that Obama would say comforting words to Japan at the cost of China, and that the US alone is capable of safeguarding their interests vis-a-vis China, then they were mistaken. Nothing of the sort happened.

From the Japanese perspective, the core issue in Abe-Obama talks was the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute between Japan and China. It must have been music to Japanese ears when Obama reaffirmed his support for Japan over the disputed islands, and remarked that the islands fell under a security treaty that commits the US to act if Japan is attacked.

But wait! Obama did not come up with anything new here. And he did not stop here. Sample his remarks that followed soon thereafter.

“I’ve said directly to (Abe) that it would be a profound mistake to continue to see escalation around this issue rather than dialogue and confidence-building measures between Japan and China.”
“In our discussions, I emphasized with Prime Minister Abe the importance of resolving this issue peacefully … Not escalating the situation, keeping the rhetoric low, not taking provocative actions, and trying to determine how both Japan and China can work cooperatively together.”
Obama also called upon Japan and China to take “confidence-building measures” and significantly added: “We have strong relations with China.”

This should have punctured Japan’s ballooning hopes. Japan may well be justified in keeping up a brave front as is evident from this quote Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made at a separate press conference after Abe-Obama talks: “Perhaps you should read his (Obama’s) comments more honestly. The president clearly said Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applied to the islands. The comments are no more or no less than that.”

But then in their heart of hearts they must be feeling that something is terribly amiss. The US security umbrella over Japan is losing its sheen with the rapid rise in China’s military and economic might. This trend is likely to accelerate in the coming years.

The moral of the story from Obama’s trip to Japan is as follows: America is a great friend of Japan but China too cannot be ignored and it is not a zero sum game.

Gone are the days when the US would take a maximalist position with a friend like Japan and a minimalist position with a strong competitor like China. These are the days of economic diplomacy. Gunboat diplomacy has been relegated to the fringe.

Therefore, against this backdrop, Japan needs to think out of the box and explore newer foreign policy options.

Mending relations with Russia should now be a top priority for Tokyo. In a way, Abe is already walking down this road. Abe paid a visit to Moscow on 29-30 April, 2013, the first visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in over a decade.

Indeed Abe has invested a lot of political capital in improving ties with Russia since taking over in December 2012 and has met Russian President Vladimir Putin five times.

It is a win-win situation for both Russia and Japan to get closer. Stung by the Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russia has already stated that it would be tapping new business and investment opportunities elsewhere, particularly Asia. Japan is a vast market for Russian oil and gas.

Japan should sew up as many trade pacts with Russia as soon as possible and strike a political deal with Russia over territorial disputes.

South Korea is a bit more difficult for Japan to handle, considering the historical baggage. But if rough edges with Russia are smoothed out, South Korea should be a doable diplomatic mission for Japan to handle.

Japan’s relations with India are already free of any disputes. So is the case between India and Russia and India and South Korea. If Japan and Russia are able to forge closer bonds, it will be a strategic game-changer in the Asian matrix.

The China factor will not be such a great worry for Japan then.

Courtesy of the writer who is a New Delhi-based columnist and a strategic analyst who tweets @Kishkindha.

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` North Korea Releases list of Human Rights Abuses Against United States ‘

#AceNewsServices – PYONGYANG – May 03 – North Korea is pushing back against a United Nations report on its human rights violations with a report of its own — one that lists “human rights abuses” in the U.S.

The official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday released a news article titled “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.,” which discusses racial discrimination, unemployment and poverty, The Washington Post reported.

The article refers to the U.S. as “the world’s worst human right abuser and tundra of a human being’s rights to existence” and makes the following points:

“Under the citizenship act, racialism is getting more severe in the U.S. The gaps between the minorities and the whites are very wide in the exercise of such rights to work and elect.”

“The U.S. true colours as a kingdom of racial discrimination was fully revealed by last year’s case that the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot to death an innocent black boy.”

“That’s why 52 percent of the Americans have said that racism still exists in the country while 46 percent contended that all sorts of discrimination would be everlasting.”

“The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.”
North Korea previously accused the U.S. of orchestrating the U.N. commission’s February report that it committed crimes against humanity, calling the findings and recommendations “extremely dangerous” political provocations.

The U.N. Commission of Inquiry found evidence of an array of crimes, including “extermination,” crimes against humanity against starving populations and a widespread campaign of abductions of individuals in South Korea and Japan.

The three-member panel recommended that the U.N. Security Council refer its findings to the International Criminal Court, which is unlikely to happen given likely opposition among permanent council members that have veto power to prevent the move.

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` North Korea Conducts Five Live Fire Drills in Two Areas Near Disputed Sea Border with South Korea ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April – North Korea conducted live fire drills on Tuesday in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea that have been the scene of deadly clashes and where they fired hundreds of artillery rounds only weeks ago, defence ministry said Tuesday.

North Korea conducted similar drills in late March, firing more than 500 artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed maritime border that has been the de facto sea border since the 1950-53 Korean war.

More than 100 rounds landed south of the border during that drill, prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds back into the North’s waters.

The latest round of firing began in mid-afternoon. No rounds appeared to have landed south of the NLL border, a military official from the South said.

It came hours after the North notified South Korea of the areas near populated South Korean islands where it would conduct the exercise.

The isolated nation conducted a similar test in late March, shooting over 500 artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line, which is generally recognized as the ocean border between the two countries since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

At least 100 of the artillery rounds landed on the South Korean side of the water, prompting the South to return fire into North Korean waters.

Reuters – Fox News

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#AceNewsServices SEOUL April 25 North Korea on Friday…

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – April 25 – North Korea on Friday denied accusations from Seoul that it sent small, unarmed drone aircraft over the border recently, AP reported.

The military in South said three of the drones that crashed recently near the border with the North were flown on possible surveillance missions. Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean ruling party, described the claim as farce, adding that Seoul is trying to provoke a war.

SEOUL/DAEJEON, April 11 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Friday that three small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) discovered near the tensely guarded border were built and sent by North Korea for spying purposes, though a smoking gun has yet to be found.

The military has retrieved the three drones from separate areas near the inter-Korean border since late March, prompting serious concerns about holes in South Korea’s air defence as one of them had taken photos of Seoul’s presidential compound and important military installations.

While the three blue sky drones built with rudimentary UAV technology have widely been believed to be sent from the communist state, Seoul’s defence ministry officially announced an interim investigation result pointing to Pyongyang over the drone incursion 18 days after the first one was discovered.

One was found on March 24 in Paju, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, and the other was retrieved from the front-line island of Baengnyeong during the North’s live-fire drills near the western maritime border on March 31.

Most recently on Sunday, the military revealed a third drone similar to the other two drones, which a person searching for wild herbs found in the east coastal city of Sokcho in early October.

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` North Korea Prepares for Another `Nuclear Test ‘ Tunnels Already Sealed at Punggye-ri Test Site ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 25 – North Korea has completed preparations for conducting a possible nuclear test, Japanese media reported.

The sources in the South Korean government say that Pyongyang has placed detonators and measurement devices in one of the tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country.


The entrance to the tunnel has already been sealed.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the National Defence Ministry of South Korea said that Pyongyang can conduct a nuclear test at any moment. He noted that South Korean intelligence has noticed increased activity in and round the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where North Korea had conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

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` Two More Crew of the Sunken South Korean Ferry are Arrested as 121 Bodies are Found '

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 22 – Two more crew-members from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol were arrested Tuesday, bringing to nine the total number facing charges, CNN reported.

Four crew-members were arrested the previous day. Some of them said Tuesday they were unable to reach the lifeboats as the ship was tilting over.

The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on Tuesday.
The official toll stood at 121, with 181 still missing, AFP reported.

Nearly one week after the ferry sank, close to 200 of the 476 people who were aboard the 6,825-tonne Sewol are still unaccounted for.

The exact cause of the disaster is unknown.

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` US Pushing North Korea towards the Nuclear Arms Race and Greater Potential ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 22 (Interfax) – The upcoming trip by the United States President Barack Obama to the Pacific region will only intensify the confrontation and instigate a nuclear arms race, said a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry ahead of the U.S. leader’s visit to Japan and South Korea.

This trip, along with the growing intensity and scale of the joint U.S.-South Korean drills in the region, aims “to artificially keep the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) in tension and push it towards having to strengthen its nuclear deterrence forces and respond with military steps,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said.

“Washington needs that in order to stick a belligerent-nation label onto the DPRK and find a justification for its own military policy,” Pyongyang said.

“The DPRK does not intend to make a slightest concession on the fundamental issues of its national security or leave anything to a chance in the fear of baseless U.S. accusations of belligerence,” the spokesperson said.

“As long as the U.S. continues to remain on hostile terms with us, the DPRK will double its efforts to strengthen its deterrence forces for self-defense purposes so as to give a resolute response to this policy,” the spokesperson said.

During his Asian tour Obama will visit Japan and South Korea on April 23 – 26.

Meanwhile, Seoul notes signs of Pyongyang’s preparations for another nuclear test.

North Korean specialists may indeed be holding preparations for another test of a nuclear weapon, the South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok said at a briefing in Seoul.

“Our military have noted increased activities in the Phunggyere site and in the immediate vicinity from it,” he said.

Earlier North Korea’s possible preparations for a nuclear test were reported by South Korean media outlets which cited unnamed military sources.

Nor has Seoul ruled out the possibility that Pyongyang could stage a provocation timed to coincide with Obama’s two-day visit to South Korea which begins on Friday.

North Korea held nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

Interfax – DPRK –
Contributions on Editorial – kk cm

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` North Korea Upcoming Trip of Barack Obama to South Korea a Dangerous Trip Citing Nuclear Arms Race ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 21 – North Korea lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday for planning to visit South Korea this week, calling it a dangerous trip.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry claimed the two-day trip that will begin on Friday has been planned to “escalate confrontation and bring dark clouds of a nuclear arms race” to the region.(Yonhap News Agency) reported.

The country’s Foreign Ministry warned in a statement that Obama’s two-day trip that will begin on Friday has been planned to “escalate confrontation and bring dark clouds of a nuclear arms race” to the region.

The note was released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. Obama’s visit comes amid Pyongyang’s threat to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test after the United Nations condemned its ballistic missile launches toward the Japan Sea.

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` South Korean Ferry Disaster Death Toll Mounts with 240 Unaccounted for and Crew Members Detained '

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL/SOUTH KOREA – April 21 – The death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 64, after divers entered the vessel and discovered more than a dozen bodies. Almost 240 people, mostly high school students, remain unaccounted for.

Rescue divers were finally able to get inside the ferry after numerous failed attempts, media quoted officials as saying. Strong currents and poor visibility made it difficult for the search and rescue operation to take place.

The ferry capsized on Wednesday while on its way from Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. It was carrying over 400 people. Rescuers managed to save 179 passengers.

Four more crew-members from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers, South Korean Senior Prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday. Among arrested are two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer.

They have been accused of abandoning the ship. As under the law South Koreans can only be detained for 48 hours without a court-issued formal arrest warrant. The prosecution is now considering whether to ask a court for a formal arrest warrant that would extend their detention.

The recent arrests come after the ferry’s captain along with and two other crew-members were formally arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.

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` Korean High School Vice Principal whose Pupils Died in Ferry Disaster Appears to have Committed Suicide ‘

#AceWorldNews – April – SOUTH KOREA – The vice principal of a high school whose pupils died or are missing in a South Korean ferry accident has committed suicide by hanging himself, Reuters reported. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday and appeared to have hung himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym where families of the victims were staying.

Out of 475 passengers and crew on the ship, about 340 were students and teachers from the Danwon High School in Ansan, a town near Seoul.

They account for about 250 of those missing.

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` South Korea Ferry Disaster Carrying 476 People Capsized and Sank off ` South Korea ‘ 290 People Missing ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 16 – (BBC) has reported that several hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank off South Korea.

The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju.

A major rescue effort is under way, using dozens of ships and helicopters.

Several hours after the disaster, at least 290 people remained missing, local media said.

South Korean officials had earlier said that 368 people had been plucked to safety, but later said there had been a counting error.

They have now revised down the number rescued to about 180, Yonhap news agency reported.

Two people are known to have died and at least 13 others have been injured, reports say.

Images showed the ferry listing at a severe angle and then later almost completely submerged, with only a small part of its hull visible.

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` South Korea summons Japan over ` Disputed Islet Claim ‘ and Plan to Promote its Stance on School Text-Books’

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 04 – The South Korean Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese ambassador Friday over an alleged claim by Tokyo to a disputed set of tiny islets and a plan to promote its stance in school text books, AFP said.

Seoul formally conveyed its protest to Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho over a section in Japan’s newly released foreign policy report ‘Diplomatic Bluebook 2014’.

The report identified the disputed islets – known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese – as Japanese territory.

“Our government expresses strong regret at Japan’s outrageous claim on our indigenous territory, Dokdo,” the South Korean ministry said.

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` North Korea is Preparing for ` Missile Launches ‘ – Reports by South Korean Media ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 01 – North Korea (DPRK) is preparing for missile launches, to which a ban on the passage of ships, imposed by the North, testifies, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday.

“North Korea has internally set the no-sail zone in waters near Wonsan this week to control its vessels,” the agency quotes a South Korean military source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“It is highly likely that the North may fire ballistic missiles.” Wonsan is located on the south-eastern coast, where missile and rocket launches have taken place in recent weeks.

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#AceWorldNews PYONGYANG March 29 KCNA The spokesman for…

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – March 29 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on Friday blasting the U.S. for disclosing its attempt to intensify military provocations disturbing peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity:

The U.S. president at a recent summit of the U.S., Japan and south Korea held in Hague openly justified the on-going joint military exercises, disclosing his provocative intention to further intensify them.

The danger of a war on the Korean peninsula is increasing obviously due to the U.S. massive introduction of aggression forces and destructive weapons and its ceaseless madcap maneuvers for a nuclear war.

Courtesy of KNS

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` North Korea’s `UNHA-3 Rocket ‘ was built with Components from South Korea, UK and the United States ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA – March 29 – North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket was built with components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, UN experts revealed.

In a little-publicized March 10 report, the UN Panel of Experts also discovered the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from China and Switzerland, while Soviet-era SCUD-missiles have also been stripped down for components.

The bulk of the components had not been obtained in violation of sanctions targeting the North, the UN said, adding their utilization “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.”

Many of the parts in question listed are widely available computer components. However, a US-manufactured video decoder, along with UK-made temperature and pressure sensors, were also recovered.

The panel noted that the South Korean parts consisting of electronic circuits and other computer parts were manufactured between 2003 and 2010. They were unable to trace the components back to the manufacturers however, due to “insufficient identifiers.”

However, placing these dual-use components on the North Korean sanctions list could prove problematic, analysts say.

“The current list of banned military and dual-use goods is already comprehensive. Adding more readily available materials to it would both risk infringing on legitimate non-military end-uses and be extremely difficult for member states to effectively implement,” Lawrence Dermody, an analyst specializing in illicit trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told NK News.

“If you start to ban items that are not in themselves offensive, but that just might be used for building a missile, where do you stop?” an anonymous source familiar with UN sanctions told the news site.

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