North Korea deploys seven mobile missile launchers

кндр северная корея баллистическая ракета мусудан Musudan

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Up to seven mobile units with ballistic missiles of various range, from 300 km to over 3,000 km have been detected on the east coast of North Korea. They can be launched simultaneously or in succession over several days, starting from today, military sources said in Tokyo.

 Besides the two mobile launchers with medium-range Musudan missiles detected on the east coast of the country, missile units have been moved to the coast of Hamgyong Province in the northeast of the country, with “Scud” ballistic missiles with a range of up to 500 km, and “Nodong” missiles with a 1.3 thousand kilometer range mounted on about five mobile launchers.

 Border crossing between N.Korea and China shut to tourists

 A key border crossing between North Korea and China been closed to tourist groups, a Chinese official said Wednesday as nuclear tensions mounted, but business travel was allowed to continue.

 An official at the Dandong Border Office, who declined to give his name, told AFP: “Travel agencies are not allowed to take tourist groups to go there, since the North Korean government is now asking foreign people to leave. As far as I know, business people can enter and leave North Korea freely.”

 Earlier, Pyongyang advised all foreigners to “consider leaving South Korea”, warning that the Korean peninsula was headed for “thermo-nuclear” war.

 An AFP photographer at the border on Wednesday saw cars and a larger vehicle passing over the bridge crossing the Yalu River that marks the frontier, in both directions.

 China is North Korea’s sole major ally and the provider of the vast majority of its trade and aid, with most of the business passing through Dandong.

 North Korea could test fire missiles at any time – U.S. officials

 The U.S. administration says that based on recent intelligence it’s likely North Korea may test fire mobile ballistic missiles at any time, reports CNN. Earlier it was announced that a missile might be launched in the direction of Japan. Pyongyang has most probably completed launch preparations, said a U.S. official Tuesday.

 Most of the information comes from satellite imagery, so it’s impossible to reach a definitive conclusion because the U.S. has no means to gather information on the ground.

 On Tuesday Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, confirmed that Pyongyang had loaded a medium-range ballistic missile onto mobile launchers at an “unidentified” facility near the east coast.

 He said the Pentagon would shoot down such a missile if its calculated flight trajectory would be potentially threatening for the U.S. or its allies.

 Meanwhile, South Korea does not exclude the likelihood that North Korea might test-launch several such missiles from a number of diverse facilities in the country.

 Moscow presses for calming the situation on the Korean Peninsula

 Moscow will seek to normalize the situation on the Korean peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “We are confident that the situation is serious. Nuclear tests and missile launches are not jokes.”

 However, the rhetoric also plays as just harmful role because mutual accusations, threats and warnings might reach a critical level when people drive themselves into a corner, and they will have to show something to the public opinion, Lavrov said in an interview with RTVi TV channel.

 He urged not to escalate emotions over the situation linked with North Korea and diplomatically try to reach an agreement on the resumption of six-country talks.

 At present, Russia is working with other countries of the group of six, Lavrov said.

 Earlier this month, North Korea nullified Armistice with South Korea.

 N. Korea wraps up missile launch preparations

 North Korea has wrapped up preparations for a ballistic missile launch which could be carried out on Wednesday, Yonhap reports.

 South Korean and American military are planning to track the missile’s flight using two destroyers fitted out with the Aegis Combat System.

 Japan has deployed two warships provided with identical missile tracking systems and SM-3 missiles in the Sea of Japan to intercept the North Korean missile or its fragments should they fall on the territory of Japan.

 According to experts, Pyongyang is planning to launch a Musudan-class missile with a range of 3,000-4,000 km that can hit targets in Japan and on Guam Island in the Pacific.

 North Korea warns foreigners to evacuation measures in South Korea – KCNA

 North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea to take evacuation measures on Tuesday in case of war, in the latest escalation of warnings from Pyongyang.

 “We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war,” its KCNA news agency, citing the spokesperson for its Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.

 S.Korea president says no company will invest in N.Korea if Pyongyang shuts down Kaesong complex

 South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Tuesday North Korea would hurt its credibilty as a place to do business if it shut down the Kaesong industrial zone and no company from any country would want to invest in the country.

 “Investment is all about being able to anticipate results and trust and when you have the North breaking international regulations and promises like this and suspending Kaesong while the world is watching, no country in the world will invest in the North,” Park told a cabinet meeting.

 US praises Russia, China over Korea mediation

 The US Administration hails Russia’s and China’s effort aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

 White House spokesman Jay Carney said in Washington on Monday that the United States kept working with its partners in Russia, China and other countries to make Pyongyang abide by its international commitments.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier voiced alarm over the situation on the divided peninsula. China, too, expressed “serious concern” about the growing tensions between the two Korean states.

 Voice of Russia, TASS, AFP, IF, RIA, Reuters, Yonhap News Agency, Interfax

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