* Image source: Asia Pacific Command
1. An interesting discrepancy between the South Korean government & Asia Pacific Command
(1) The Defense News letter, Oct. 22, 2010, reports from the Canadian press
SKorea denies NKorea preparing nuclear test despite personnel, vehicle activities at test site
Google (Canadian Press)
By Hyung-Jin Kim (CP) , Oct. 20, 2010(?)
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials said Thursday that there have been continual movements of personnel and vehicles at North Korea's main nuclear test site, but ruled out the possibility that the country is preparing its third atomic bomb test anytime soon.
The assessment came shortly after the mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday that Pyongyang may be preparing another nuclear test, citing "brisk" activities at its atomic test site in the northeastern county of Kilju.
South Korean officials, however, denied that the North was preparing a nuclear test soon, saying personnel and vehicle movements have been continuously detected for more than a year at the site, where the North conducted two bomb tests in recent years.
"No concrete evidence that North Korea is preparing a third nuclear test has been found," presidential spokeswoman Kim Hee-jung told reporters, according to her office.
The U.S. military command in Seoul said Thursday that it could not comment on the Chosun Ilbo report.
(2) But the Asia Pacific Command site (http://www.pacom.mil/) reports from the Marinecorps Times
PACOM chief warns against N. Korea nuke test
By Hyung-Jin Kim - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Oct 22, 2010 14:52:47 EDT
SEOUL, South Korea — If North Korea carries out a third nuclear test, it would seriously undermine international and regional security, the U.S. Pacific commander warned Friday.
Adm. Robert Willard’s comments were prompted by a South Korean newspaper report that said a U.S. spy satellite detected activity at the North’s main nuclear test site and that a detonation could occur in three months. South Korean officials played down the report, saying the activity didn’t seem unusual.
* Note: The SK newspaper. Chosun Ilbo, is the most conservative right wing newspaper, along with Dong-A, Joongang(Samsung affiliated] in South Korea.
2. Human Rights issue as a weapon to invade North Korea and Iran, along with the issue of nuclear weapon? Yes. One of the so called non-profit organizations behind that converting works is the National Endowment Democracy(NED), a right wing think tank in the United States. Activists should be careful when the media loudly drums about the democracy issues in the so called rogue stages. Wasn't that’s one of the US pretexts before she attacked Iraq, along with the pretexts of non-existing WMD, in 2003? And now I read a Korean article that the US is threatening Turkey for MD cooperation with the Armenian human rights Issue? Yes, we already know that the US gov. has been entertaining the Tibet democracy issue against China. Boy..
The Stars and Stripes reports from the Reuters
North Korea says U.N. rights talk is political plot
By Louis Charbonneau
UNITED NATIONS | Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:19pm EDT
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A North Korean envoy lashed out at the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday, saying criticism of Pyongyang was a plot aimed at overthrowing the country's government.
North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Pak Tok Hun was responding to U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea Marzuki Darusman's report to the committee.
In his latest report, Darusman said there was an urgent need for Pyongyang to take "immediate steps to ensure the enjoyment of the right to food, water, sanitation and health, and to allocate greater budgetary resources to that end."
Pak said Darusman's report, like the General Assembly's annual resolutions condemning the human rights situation in North Korea, was "a political plot fabricated by hostile forces in the attempt to isolate and stifle our system."
"The purpose is clear," he said. "The promotion and protection of human rights is only in words but in reality what they try to do is change the ideology and system of our country."
Darusman, an Indonesian, said reports from inside impoverished North Korea "indicate continued suffering of the people ... from chronic food insecurity, high malnutrition rates and spiraling economic problems."
Pak did not touch on the specifics of Darusman's 19-page report but said his country was determined "in future to fully consolidate and develop our socialist system for promotion and protection of human rights in keeping with the aspirations of our people and the reality of our country."