DPRK declares to tear up truce agreement
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  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 three-point statement.

    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 region.

    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 device Monday.

    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 Wednesday.

    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.



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    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 Peninsula

    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 office.Full story

S Korea ready to retaliate against military provocation

   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. Full story

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

    SEOUL, May 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 facility: Yonhap

    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: Yonhap

    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 reported.

    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 short-range missiles

    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: state media

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 Photo)
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    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

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