(NYT) – Two years after a triple meltdown that grew into the world’s second worst nuclear disaster, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater that workers are struggling to contain.
Groundwater is pouring into the plant’s ravaged reactor buildings at a rate of [...]
(more at What Would Jack Do?)
(WaPo) – After North Korea on Friday rejected formal talks to resolve a standoff at a jointly operated border industrial complex, South Korea said it would call home its remaining workers from the facility, formally severing the last major connection between the two countries.
National Security Archives: Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013 – China was exporting nuclear materials to Third World countries without safeguards beginning in the early 1980s, and may have given Pakistan weapons design information in the early years of its clandestine program, according to recently declassified CIA records. The formerly Top Secret reports, published today by [...]
(AFP) – North Korea offered talks Thursday with South Korea and the United States, but laid out pre-conditions that Seoul and Washington dismissed and analysts said would do little to reduce soaring tensions.
(AFP) – North Korea on Wednesday barred a delegation of South Korean businessmen from delivering food and supplies to 200 of their staff inside the closed Kaesong joint industrial zone.
The present Korean crisis is fusing a callow dynast with entrenched generals, putting on a show of strength and purpose for the people who must endure dreadful hardships, and setting the stage for demanding greater aid and reduced sanctions from outside powers. The crisis may also prove important in the geopolitics of East Asia where [...]
(AP) — A rat causing a power outage by short-circuiting a temporary switchboard. Another blackout occurring as workers install anti-rat nets. Holes in the linings of huge underground tanks leaking radioactive water.
Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has run into multiple problems recently that highlight its precarious state more than two years after [...]
AP, By Robert Burns, April 7
Bagram, Afghanistan — The top U.S. military officer said Sunday the Pentagon had bolstered its missile defenses and taken other steps because he “can’t take the chance” that North Korea won’t soon engage in some military action.
Heightened tensions with North Korea led the United States to postpone congressional [...]
A true test of a nation’s mettle comes not in how it deals with “existential threats” (i.e. a force equal to or greater than its own) but with the niggling trouble-makers.
Thus enters North Korea:
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s defense chief said on Thursday that North Korea had moved to its east coast [...]
Russia Today, April 3
Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.
In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar [...]
(AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday ordered preparations for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland and military bases in the Pacific and South Korea.
The order, issued at an overnight emergency meeting with top army commanders, was a direct response to the use of nuclear-capable US B-2 stealth bombers in ongoing [...]
You probably heard on the news today about the war exercises in the Sea of Japan, including South Korea, this morning.
Two long-range B-2 bombers made the 6,500 mile flight from Missouri to South Korea, simulated a bombing run, then turned around and made it back to Missouri, possibly in time for breakfast. Wrap your [...]
Grumpy Cat takes North Korea off line.
What the hell is the dictator of North Korea thinking?
SEOUL—As the South Korean and U.S. militaries began a second phase of their annual joint winter exercises Monday, North Korea cut off a phone hotline to the South and repeated its threat to nullify the Korean War armistice.
Seoul said the North was conducting its [...]