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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Kim Kwan-Jin
North Korea has moved a missile to an east coast launch-site likely to test fire it -- allowing the regime in Pyongyang to save face if it is stepping down from its confrontation with the United States.
The Obama administration appeared eager on Thursday to downplay the North Korean military's latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out "cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear strikes on the United States.
North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.
North Korea moved an intermediate-range missile to a launch site on its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday, as reports said the isolated and crumbling Communist state might be preparing a missile launch, either as a test or a strike again U.S. or allied forces.
North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that the North is preparing for a full-scale conflict.
North Korea on Wednesday stopped South Korean workers from crossing the border to their jobs in a joint industrial zone a few miles inside the isolated communist state — the latest turn in the ratchet of tension on the divided peninsula.
The Defense Department on Monday said the alert readiness for U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula was unchanged following the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that the Asia-Pacific region will be a key focus of U.S. security efforts in the 21st century, but he was cagey about whether U.S. troops would join their South Korean allies in retaliating against North Korean provocations on the troubled peninsula.
On Thursday in Beijing, Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of the People's Liberation Army's general staff, issued an unusual and caustic tirade against the United States at the start of a meeting with visiting South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin.
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a parliamentary committee Monday that North Korea still appears poised to launch a missile from its east coast.