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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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