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Uncle of Kim Jong Un Executed

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Late Thursday, December 12, the purge against North Korea’s number two was complete. Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean President Kim Jong Un, was executed.

Just days before, Jang was escorted out of a Worker’s Party of Korea session and arrested for womanizing, gambling, corruption and drugs.

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China’s Position on North Korea

By William Tucker

Washington has decided to postpone an intercontinental ballistic missile test at Vandenberg Air Force Base this week due to tensions with North Korea. It may seem a strange move considering the assets the U.S. had made available for the recent war games with South Korea, but it is logical. Any deployment of military hardware to South Korea that seemed out of the norm could easily be sent under the guise of the war games, but a ballistic missile test could easily be mistaken as an overt provocative measure.

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U.S. Increases Presence in Korea

By William Tucker

The U.S. has been steadily increasing its military presence on the Korean Peninsula as of late. Though some of the earlier deployments were related to the joint U.S.-South Korean War games, it is the recent deployment of heavy bombers, stealth aircraft, and naval assets with missile defense capabilities that have drawn the most scrutiny.

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Considering a North Korean Collapse

By William Tucker North Korea severed the military hot-line with the South today in a continuing response to the recent UN sanctions that were levied against the hermit country. The escalation in rhetoric is nothing new, and there are other developments regarding the Korean peninsula that are far more important. Indeed, Pentagon spokesman George Little said that North Korea's threats “followed a pattern designed to raise tensions."
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North Korea’s Heated Rhetoric

By William Tucker The commonly bizarre behavior of North Korea has been on full display in recent days as Pyongyang made multiple threats in response to a new round of UN sanctions. These sanctions were unanimously approved by the UN Security Council following last month’s test of a nuclear device. Indeed, North Korea has been testing and demonstrating its military advances as of late.
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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

By William Tucker North Korea conducted their third nuclear test today reaching a seismic magnitude of approximately 5.1. This is quite higher than their previous two nuclear tests reaching a suspected yield of between 6-7 kilotons. Pyongyang stated at this test was of a miniature nuclear device; however we have no evidence to confirm that claim. Furthermore, some analysts are claiming that this may have been a device using enriched uranium.
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North Korea Threatens Retaliation for Newest Sanctions

By William Tucker North Korean leader Kim Jong-un publically ordered the military to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures” to retaliate against the new sanctions that were levied by the UN Security Council last week - citing the U.S. specifically for spearheading the measure. The sanctions were proposed for the recent satellite launch undertaken by the North just a few weeks ago.
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The Latest North Korean Rocket Launch

By William Tucker North Korea launched another long range UNHA-3 rocket Wednesday, but unlike previous attempts this launch was actually successful. The same cannot be said for the satellite that was put in orbit. According to several reports, the satellite is in an erratic orbit. Shortly after the launch the international condemnation rained down without so much as an acknowledgement from Pyongyang. They done this before and they’ll do it again.
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