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    South Korea Expects Backlash After UN Sanctions on North

    South Korean President Park Geun-Hye cheers with new military officers during a military commissioning ceremony at Gyeryongdae, the country's main military compound, March 4, 2016.
    South Korean President Park Geun-Hye cheers with new military officers during a military commissioning ceremony at Gyeryongdae, the country's main military compound, March 4, 2016.
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    South Korean President Park Geun-hye says her country must make it clear the North Korean regime will not survive if it does not give up its nuclear program.

    Park made the remarks in a televised speech for newly commissioned military officers Friday, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to be ready to use its nuclear weapons "at any moment."

    Park said to expect a fiercer backlash than usual from North Korea in response to new international sanctions on Pyongyang that went into effect Wednesday.

    People walk by a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 4, 2016.
    People walk by a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 4, 2016.

    Also Friday, a North Korean cargo vessel was stopped in the Philippines after inspections mandated by the new sanctions resulted in the discovery of some safety violations.

    The MV Jin Teng was held in Subic Bay, Philippines, north of Manila. A report to the coast guard said inspectors found no suspicious cargo, but spotted safety violations such as missing or damaged equipment that must be corrected before the ship can leave port.

    On Thursday, North Korea fired six short-range missiles off its eastern coast, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry, which said the projectiles flew up to 150 kilometers before landing in the sea.

    The North Korean news agency also quoted Kim on Friday threatening to carry out "a preemptive attack" on his country's enemies.

    North Korea often threatens nuclear strikes during times of elevated tensions. But experts question whether the North has the ability to place its nuclear weapons on long-range missiles.

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    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    March 04, 2016 10:13 AM
    We should do our best to ignore his antics. We should send them 100 tons each of corn, wheat and rice. That cannot be ignored as a good will gesture. It would cost less that deploying the THAAD system.

    by: Mark from: Virginia
    March 04, 2016 7:40 AM
    Not sounding like North Korea is thinking of using its nukes for 'defensive' strikes, after all... There is nothing 'defensive' about a 'pre-emptive strike'. For a country that is in economic ruin, how could it possible afford the cost of six missiles to be fired into the ocean, wasted on a demonstration of bravado?

    by: Anonymous
    March 04, 2016 4:28 AM
    We are all looking forward to the next level of idiocy this fat clown can drum up. I honestly don't know if he's just an imbecile, or totally insane. Either way, he must surely realize if he keeps it up, someone, somewhere, is going to make a bad mistake and all organic matter in North Korea will be essentially vaporized in a Nano-second. When it cools enough, it will become a featureless landscape on a massive scale, an uninhabitable, self-illuminating, glass-topped blight for the next ten thousand years. Fat Boy and his reign of terror will be but a marginalized blip-fart in the footnotes of history. Why didn't Dennis Rodman tell him this the last time he was over there kissing his stupid fat ass?
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    by: Dieter patsch from: California
    March 06, 2016 12:09 AM
    Come to think of,the other nut,Rodman,has not been heard of lately.Apparently he has given up on going North to see his Lunatic buddy,perhaps he wore out his welcome with the little fat dictatorial insane Ruler of a downtrotten Nation.That sick fat sorry excuse of a human being deserves to be watched,as you never know if and when he gets to something rael stupid,like dropping a bomb on someone that wont hesitate to retaliate in a very BIG WAY.....

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