Welcome to the American Revolution II

Welcome to the American Revolution II
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
"We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, June 14, 2009

North Korea underground nuclear test sites

N.Korea may have more nuclear test sites: report

SEOUL (AFP) — North Korea may have built more underground nuclear test sites in the northeastern district where it staged its first two tests, a news report has said.

South Korean intelligence sources quoted by Yonhap news agency said the North could have built two or three such sites in and around Punggyeri in Kilju district near the coast.

US intelligence sources quoted by American TV networks said last week the North intends to respond to new UN sanctions with a third nuclear test.

"There are no signs yet of preparations for a third test," a source told Yonhap.

News of the hardline Stalinist state's nuclear developments come as South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak left for talks with US President Barack Obama on growing tensions with North Korea, with Obama expected to reassure the US ally of security commitments.

Trade and economic issues will also figure in Tuesday's summit.

In further developments on the issue of North Korea's nuclear programme JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, quoting intelligence sources, said South Korean and US officials have intensified satellite monitoring of 11 underground facilities for a possible test.

It said some sites are in the north of the country and include Kumchang-ri in the northwest, which came under suspicion back in 1998 as a possible hidden atomic facility.

The United States gave the North 600,000 tons of food aid in return for permission to inspect the site but US visits in 1999 revealed only empty tunnels.

An intelligence source told AFP that the North's activities are being closely monitored but it was not true that 11 sites were being watched.

"It's not easy to pick a multiple number of possible nuclear test sites and closely monitor all of them," one official told Yonhap.

"In 2006 we made a list of suspected North Korean nuclear facilities for possible verification. But we cannot just conclude that these facilities are all possible nuclear test sites."

The National Intelligence Service declined to comment on the media reports.

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