CNN's Jim Clancy on the latest moves by North Korea in continuing escalation in hostile rhetoric with the U.S.
CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the U.S.'s plan to dial down tensions in response to hostile threats from North Korea.
CNN's Jim Clancy reports on North Korea's newest threat to restart a nuclear plant that was shut down in 2007.
(CNN) - After weeks of hurling threats at the United States and its allies, North Korea announced plans on Tuesday to restart a reactor at its main nuclear complex that it had agreed to shut down more than five years ago.
The declaration demonstrates Kim Jong Un's commitment to the country's nuclear weapons program that the international community has persistently but unsuccessfully tried to get it to abandon.
On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the U.S. response to increasingly hostile rhetoric from North Korea.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - The South Korean president on Monday warned North Korea that any provocative moves will be met with "a strong response" as the United States deployed stealth fighter jets in the tense region as part of joint military exercises.
"If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations," President Park Geun-hye said at a meeting with senior defense and security officials, according to her office.
Her comments came after North Korea rattled off fresh volleys of bombastic rhetoric over the weekend, declaring that it had entered a "state of war" with the South and labeling the U.S. mainland a "boiled pumpkin," vulnerable to attack.
On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Kyung Lah reports on South Korea's response to North Korea's increasingly hostile rhetoric.
(CNN) - North Korea on Tuesday served up its latest round of threats against the United States, saying it plans to place military units tasked with targeting U.S. bases under combat ready status.
The Supreme Command of the North Korean military said it "will put on the highest alert all the field artillery units including strategic rocket units and long-range artillery units, which are assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zone in the Pacific, as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity."
Angered by tougher U.N. sanctions and joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea, Pyongyang has issued a range of bombastic threats in recent weeks.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the latest threat from North Korea.
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Saber rattling rose to new levels Monday on the Korean Peninsula as Pyongyang officials "scrapped" the armistice credited for nearly 60 years of uneasy peace and then failed to answer a hotline phone.
"The Korean Armistice Agreement is to be scrapped completely just from today," said a spokesman for the North Korean military - the Korean People's Army Supreme Command - according to Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.
North Korea cited the U.N. Security Council's unanimous passage Thursday of tougher sanctions against Pyongyang for carrying out missile and nuclear tests.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Anna Coren reports from outside the Korean demilitarized zone on the escalating tensions.
This morning on "Early Start," Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) previews President Obama's State of the Union address and solutions for the economy, rocker Ted Nugent's scheduled appearance at the speech and North Korea's nuclear test.
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Hong Kong (CNN) - North Korea said Tuesday that it had conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology, jolting the already fragile security situation in Northeast Asia and drawing condemnation from around the globe.
It is the first nuclear test carried out under the North's young leader, Kim Jong Un, who appears to be sticking closely to his father's policy of building up the isolated state's military deterrent to keep its foes at bay, shrugging off the resulting international condemnation and sanctions.
The test was designed "to defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S.," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, referring to new U.S.-led sanctions on Pyongyang in the wake of a recent long-range rocket launch.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Anna Coren explains what this could mean for North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
The rocket flew for more than minute and reached 400,00 feet before breaking up and falling into international waters. Gen. James "Spider" Marks gives us insight on North Korea's rocket launch and what this means for the international world.