ííPYONGYANG, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) announced Wednesday that it will no longer stand by the ceasefire
agreement ending the 1950-53 Korean War, in response to South Korea's
participation to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).
South Korea's full participation to the U.S.-led
program, aimed at stopping the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction
"dragged the Korean peninsula into the state of war," the DPRK said in a
The DPRK saw the participation as "declaration of
war" and if DPRK's ships were intercepted or checked by the PSI members, it
would immediately strike back, the official KCNA news agency quoted the
statement as saying.
The DPRK accused Washington of "indulging South Korea
to participate the PSI," and announced that the armistice was invalidated and
Korean peninsula restored to state of war. The DPRK army would take "military
actions," said the statement.
The statement also said the DPRK would not guarantee
the safety of warships of U.S. and South Korea and civil ships sailing in the
The retaliation from the DPRK would be
"beyond-imagination" and "merciless," the statement added.
Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) was designed
to interdict the trade of weapons of mass destruction. South Korea became its
95th member one day after DPRK said it bombed its second nuclear explosive
South Korea announced on Tuesday that it will fully
participate in the U.S.-led nonproliferation campaign, one day after the DPRK
conducted its second nuclear test.
The DPRK launched an additional short-range missile
from its east coast Tuesday night, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported
Pyongyang had launched two short-range missiles from
its east coast earlier Tuesday, following firing two missiles on Monday after
its claimed nuclear test the same day.
Russia, S Korea vow to participate in working out new UN resolution on DPRK
MOSCOW, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and
his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak pledged to participate in mapping out a new
UN Security Council resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK),
the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday.
The leaders, during phone talks, exchanged views on the evolving situation after the DPRK's nuclear test and other moves of Pyongyang that led to the escalation of tensions in northeastern Asia, the Kremlin said. Full story
Russia adopts preventive measures over
possible conflict on Korean
MOSCOW, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Russia has stepped up preventive measures in case the situation on the Korean Peninsula gets out of control, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a source within Russia's security services.
"The escalation of the situation in the region as a
result of recent decisions and actions of Pyongyang may impact the security of
the population of our Far East regions," thus it is needed "to take appropriate
preventive measures," the source said.Full story
Japan's upper house calls for "stern
action" against DPRK
TOKYO, May 27
(Xinhua) -- Japan's upper house on Wednesday passed a resolution, calling for
"stern actions" including tougher sanctions against the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) after the latter's nuclear test.
Lawmakers in the House of Councilors also requested Pyongyang to abide by international treaties to completely
abandon nuclear tests.Full story
S Korean President urges calm reaction
to DPRK's threats
SEOUL, May 27
(Xinhua) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday that related
ministries should take "calm reactions" towards the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK)'s recent military threats.
"President Lee ordered the related ministries to remain
calm in taking countermeasures to the North (DPRK)'s military threats after he
was notified of the reports," said Lee Dong-kwan, spokesman for the presidential
S Korea ready to retaliate against
SEOUL, May 27
(Xinhua) -- The South Korean forces are ready to retaliate quickly if there is
any armed provocation amid heightened military tensions on the Korean Peninsula,
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday, citing a defense official.
They also vowed that they would respond "mercilessly"
against any foreign attempt to intercept and search its vessels, Yonhap added.
DPRK reiterates tough stand on South
Korea's participation in PSI
PYONGYANG, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
issued on Wednesday a second-in-one-day tough statement over South Korea's full
participation in the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), warning
to take "decisive measures."
If anyone attempts to stop, seize or check DPRK
vessels, the DPRK will regard it as an intrusion into its territory and a
violation of its sovereignty, and will make "decisive and merciless
retaliation," a statement issued by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification
of Korea said, according to the official KCNA news agency.Full story
S Korea declares to join PSI after
Pyongyang's nuke test
26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea announced on Tuesday that it will fully participate
in a U.S.-led nonproliferation campaign, one day after the Democratic people's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted its second nuclear test.
A spokesman of the South Korea's foreign ministry said
that Seoul fully joins the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) so as to
counter serious threats posed by the spread of weapons of mass destruction and
missiles. Full story
DPRK seemingly have restarted nuclear
SEOUL, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK) seems to have restarted its nuclear reprocessing facility at
Yongbyon, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said Wednesday, citing its source.
"The Yongbyon nuclear facility was spotted to have
opened the plutonium fuel rods in mid-April, in addition to smoke rising from
the steam facility later in the month," the source was quoted as saying by
Yonhap. Full story
DPRK launches another missile:
SEOUL, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Democratic People's Republic of
Korea(DPRK) launched an additional short-range missile from its east coast
Tuesday night, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday.
According to Yonhap, a South Korean official at the
presidential office told it that "the North appears to have launched a
ground-to-ship missile into the East Sea shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday." Full story
DPRK's two additional short-range
missiles detected on east coast
SEOUL, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK)'s firing a pair of short-range missiles was detected on the east
coast of the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency
The DPRK fired two short-range missiles to the East
Sea from a site near Hamheung in the Southern Hamkyong Province, Yonhap said,
citing its source in the South Korean government. Full story
Yonhap: DPRK test fires two more
SEOUL, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) test fired two additional missiles off its east coast on Monday
amid heightened tension over its second nuclear test, South Korea's Yonhap News
Agency quoted an anonymous source report.
The launch came after the country fired a short-range
missile off its east coast base around noon, the source said. Full story
DPRK conducts successful nuclear test:
A Democartic People's Republic of Korea
missile launch facility at Musudan-Ri is seen in this April 5, 2009
GeoEye-1 satellite file photo taken from 423 miles in space as the
GeoEye-1 commercial Earth-imaging satellite moved from north to south over
the Korean peninsula at a speed of 4 miles per second.(Xinhua/Reuters
PYONGYANG, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday it has successfully conducted "one more"
underground nuclear test earlier in the day.
In a statement released by the official news agency KCNA,
the DPRK government said the test was "part of the measures to bolster up its
nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way as requested by its scientists
and technicians." Full story
Backgrounder: Nuclear issue on Korean
Backgrounder: DPRK's two nuclear