North Korea Moves Missile, Threatens To Close Factories Used By South | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

North Korea Moves Missile, Threatens To Close Factories Used By South

Bear in mind that, as NPR's Louisa Lim has said, North Korea's regime is skilled at making threats. And fortunately, the most ominous of those threats have not been followed by action in recent decades.

With those caveats in mind, here are Thursday's developments in the latest round of provocative moves by the communist state. From Beijing, Louisa tells our Newscast Desk that:

-- South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin says North Korea has moved a missile with considerable range to its east coast. Kim told the South Korean parliament Thursday that the North Korean missile is not capable of hitting the United States. He said the missile could have been moved for testing or for drills. So far, according to Kim, there's no sign of military mobilizations that could suggest preparations for a full-scale conflict.

-- North Korea has said it may shut down a joint industrial zone within its borders where companies from the South get some goods produced. And for a second day, South Koreans have been blocked from entering the Kaesong industrial zone.

Update at 1:45 p.m. ET. North Korea Is Looking For Ways To Show "It Means Business":

Louisa will have more on All Things Considered later today. Patrick Cronin, a senior adviser at the Center for a New American Security, has written a report about the Kaesong industrial complex. He tells her that while North Korea could block South Korean companies from the project and try to run the factories there on its own, "the thing that North Korea [would] lack is buyers" for the goods — which now go to the South.

But North Korea is "looking for ways to demonstrate that it means business," Cronin says. "It's going to threaten the outside powers until they decide negotiation is better than pressuring North Korea, which could lead to war."

Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams All Things Considered.

Wednesday's headlines included:

-- North Korea's Brinksmanship: Same As Before, More Dangerous Or Both?

-- 'Best Jobs In North Korea' Pay $62 A Month; Now They're Diplomatic Pawns

-- Responding To North Korea, U.S. Sends Missile Defenses To Guam

-- Amid Threats, N. Korea's Neighbors Rethink Defense Policies

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
NPR

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it's a win for consumers, trees and animals.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion Effort

The Republican majority killed a compromise effort on a 64 to 33 vote. That means no action will be taken to expand Virginia's Medicaid program.
NPR

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.