Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The United States is reported to be bracing to strike North Korea if its long-range missile capabilities begin to pose too big a threat.
Appearing on the US public broadcaster PBS, General Walter Sharp, the commander of US forces in South Korea said while deterrence is the first and utmost priority against Pyeongyang's provocations, Washington will also be "prepared to respond" if deterrence fails to refrain the North.
Such remarks follow the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' forecast earlier in the week that North Korea will likely develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the US within the next five years.
The general went further to say that Washington and its allies could consider demolishing Pyeongyang's missile sites if circumstances forced them to do so.
The Kim Jong-il regime has already test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles, the last in April 2009, which traveled more than 3-thousand kilometers to land in the Pacific Ocean.
General Sharp, meanwhile, spoke negatively about the North's recent proposals for talks with Seoul, adding there is no evidence of the regime's sincerity towards the denuclearization process.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said North Korea will be among the key issues to be discussed between President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao when the Chinese leader visits Washington next week.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--At some point in 2010 -- 37 years removed from the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision -- a doctor in the United States performed the nation's 53 millionth legal abortion, a sobering stat that ethicists say should drive the public to speak up for the unborn.
The statistic is based on data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice organization whose studies are acknowledged by most major pro-life organizations.
The nation's abortion rate reached a peak of 1.6 million in 1990 and has steadily fallen in most years ever since, although Guttmacher's latest data, from 2008, showed the abortion rate had risen slightly to 1,212,000 million from 1,206,000 in 2005, the most recent data point. Because Guttmacher no longer releases abortion data every year, the 53 million figure is based on assumptions that the abortion rate remained relatively unchanged in 2009 and 2010.
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