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U.S. sends in $900M anti-missile radar array as North Korea vows to fire up nuclear reactor

2 Apr

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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As North Korea pledges to never abandon its nuclear capabilities, the National Post’s Scott Barber looks at the escalating rhetoric coming from the Hermit Kingdom, and the world’s response.

March 7
The U.S. “is set to light the fuse for nuclear war,” said a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry after the UN Security Council passes tougher sanctions against North Korea. “[North Korea] will exercise the right to
a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country.”

March 11
The United States and South Korea begin annual “Key Resolve” military exercises. In response, North Korea officially quashes the 1953 armistice which ended the Korean War — an act they have done six times since 1994 — and breaks off a Red Cross communication line with South Korea.

March 12
North Korean leader…

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$277M USS Guardian is a complete loss: Navy plans to dismantle ship that ran aground in Pacific

31 Jan

Originally posted on National Post | News:

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy plans to dismantle a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines because the ship is a complete loss and because removing it intact would cause more damage to the reef and the ship’s hull, a spokesman said Wednesday.

There’s also a chance the USS Guardian might break up or sink if crews tried to remove it without taking it apart first, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Darryn James said.

Limiting damage to the coral, which is part of a national marine park, is important to the Navy, James said.

“We really do care about being good stewards of the environment,” he said by telephone from Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command / The Associated Press

Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command / The Associated Press

The Navy has presented the ship removal plan to the Philippines, which is reviewing it.

“We’re working very closely…

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The Colonies Strikes Back

6 Aug

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