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    Missiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015

    Pyongyang Orders Nuclear Weapons to be Placed on Alert

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered all of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons to be placed on full alert, citing the need to be ready "at any time."

    The announcement came as Kim Jong-un attended a test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher, urging the military to "promptly" deploy the weapons system that can hit major military targets in South Korea.

    According to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea will also revise its military posture to address threats on a "pre-emptive basis."

    The move comes just one day after the United Nations placed harsh new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear tests earlier this year. The harshest in 20 years, the penalties also address Pyongyang's recent satellite launch, which the UN deemed a veiled attempt to demonstrate the DPRK's long-range ballistic missile capabilities.

    In response to those sanctions, North Korea launched a series of short-range missiles into the East Sea on Wednesday.

    The announcement comes ahead of joint military drills to be conducted by the United States and South Korea which are meant to simulate an invasion of the DPRK.

    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), nuclear weapons, UN Security Council, UN, Kim Jong-un
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    • FlorianGeyerin reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
      Is it because I am black?,

      There is zero chance of that as South Korea is fully aware of the destruction they will suffer even if they win, plus the effectiveness of the US military is now regarded as a paper tiger in much of the world.
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      The screen is also made in N. Korea or in China?
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      goldcamshaftin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, The paper tiger doesn't have to be strong. It has 28 + another 6 war donkeys and 2 war mules plus one war zebra (donkey that is basically in chains/ jailbird donkey) to perform the task at the beckon of the release valve operator. america is stong only with the contribution of the countries run by these war donkeys, the two war mules and occasionally the war zebra.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply togoldcamshaft(Show commentHide comment)

      Are you saying that we may see the black flag of the DAESH camel flying in South Korea soon lol. Or even a few wild Turkey's?
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      goldcamshaftin reply toptcjm(Show commentHide comment)
      ptcjm, some country should consider what the result would be if there was a color revolution in Puerto Rico. It is rich for the plucking. Also the result of assistance to the monarchists of Hawaii, who have been revolting periodically.
    • Ann
      "Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered BOTH of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons to be placed on full alert, citing the need to be ready "at any time."
    • Ann in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, The US doesn't need Russia to protect it, nor should Russia try. The stupid fkers in washington would climb all over the chance to claim that Russia was "bullying", or "aggressive." I think the same of their demonizations of NK as I do of their demonizations of Assad and Putin...it's probably mostly lies. Think about it - it's not like we don't know the west lies to meet their own agenda. Reality is, the US has no right trying to disarm any and every other country... NK has as much right to have an arsenal to protect itself as anybody else does, despite the western bully rhetoric.
    • Ann in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, agreed.
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      East and West Germany have reunited,Hong Kong has returned to China and Crimea back to Russia.These place enjoy peace and prosperity now.Why are Korea still divided and Taiwan not returned back to China?
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      Why were these ridiculous sanctions not vetoed?
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      My question is this: Why doesn't the UNSC resolution contain language that condemns the United States aggression and constant threats of invasion against the DPRK????? Does Russia and China believe that this situation is just one sided? Or is this resolution more about keeping the nuclear club exclusive?
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      hopscotch64in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, I think the world is going to be unpleasantly surprised at what the DPRK has and what they can do.
    • Ivan Buckeyein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, Exactly.
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      Good for you North Korea, stand up to the international bullies.
    • pantovic2015
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      Why do we never hear a word, comment, from China concerning NK ? The succeses of NK are blessed by its mighty neighbour. Another point " NK people appear to be well-fed, well dressed, educated to produce such weapons, the country is clean, disciplined. They are said to live under tyranny. I need to see, am puzzled,
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, well, that is comforting,
      and I appreciate that with you, we Africans do not seem to come out of a can! Thanks for the respect!
    • Is it because I am black?in reply togoldcamshaft(Show commentHide comment)
      goldcamshaft, they are trying to intimidate NK just like the rest of the world.
    • Mother Gorilla
      Bob Hoferer, well I suppose they have enough money on their stick.
    • Ann in reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
      hopscotch64, agreed, and they asked for it.
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