17:24 GMT +328 February 2017
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    Seoul Pledges to Free North Koreans From 'Tyranny' After Missiles Fired

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    Amid reports that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has placed North Korea’s nuclear weapons on full alert after the country launched short-range missiles, the South Korean leader promised to do whatever it takes to free North Koreans from Pyongyang “tyranny.”

    President Park Geun-hye pledged to end Kim Jong Un’s oppressive regime and bring back “freedom and human rights” to North Koreans, the same day North Korea made its nuclear alert announcement, UPI reported.

    The North Korean leader has reportedly ordered Pyongyang's nuclear weapons to be fully operational and prepare for "pre-emptive attacks."

    Prior to the order, North Korea launched six short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan. According to local Channel A, all of the objects fell into the sea after traveling 60 to 90 miles.

    South Korean President Park stated that missiles are the main weapons Kim uses to retain power. She pledged to set the nation free from Pyongyang’s "reckless nuclear program."

    To achieve this goal, she continued, South Korea will support all measures by international powers to stop the North Korean regime.

    In particular, Seoul welcomed harsh new sanctions imposed by the UN  on Pyongyang, and the shutting down of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, normally run by both countries as a collaborative business.

    According to UPI, Kim may have launched the short-range projectiles in response to the new sanctions imposed against his country. Another explanation is that, by firing the missiles, the DPRK is demonstrating its military capabilities on the eve of South Korea-US joint military drills, scheduled to begin March 7.


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    • avatar
      President Park Geun-hye is like a little yapping dog hiding behind her NATO owner.
    • avatar
      Yes, North Korea should be freed from the tyranny of the US. What can South Korea do? Well, remove US bases, stop military exercises, join with China for a peaceful Asia union.
    • avatar
      One part of Korean is claimed to be governed by a tyrant , while the other part is governed by a puppies government! The Korean people deserve a real regime changed of both regimes for peace sack.
    • avatar
      NK diplomacy is primarily reactive. The US/SK keep provoking HK with large scale military drills and aggressive rhetoric. If the US/SK would tone down these activities, then NK would not feel the need to respond. Well that is common sense - something sorely lacking in western leadership - imo.
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      in reply toprofessor.hornblow(Show commentHide comment)
      professor.hornblow, Closer relations between S Korea and China would do more to keep the peninsula at peace and increase prosperity for both North and South than anything the US could bring to the table.
    • nshahhsh
      There's nothing tyranny about it.. it's a matter of National Security.. just stop being the US vassal state... The only way to stop all these madness, the world should confronted the Israhell.. until then only will the world be at peace. So, S. Korea.. just stop parroting and do yourself a favor.. stop taking that toilet paper from them
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