In the News – Taiwan Prepares to Intercept N.Korean Missile

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In the News – Taiwan Prepares to Intercept N.Korean Missile

As the date approaches for the launch of what North Korea claims is a space rocket, Taiwan is following Japan in preparations to intercept the missile should it stray off course and fall on its territory.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has told missile units to have PAC-3 Patriot and Tienkung missiles in wartime readiness, local media reported Sunday.

If the North Korean rocket is readied for launch this week, Taiwan will move the interceptor missiles to the eastern part of the country and await orders to intercept. A spokesman for the Taiwanese military said, “We have focused on gathering intelligence on North Korean developments and ordered our forces to take necessary measures.”

If the rocket were to stray off course and Japan fails to intercept it, Taiwan would let its Patriot missiles handle the job while putting the Tienkung missiles on standby. Taiwanese media said other defense systems in the capital Taipei will also enter wartime readiness levels.

 

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In the News – 150,000 Sign Global Petition for N.Koreans in China

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In the News – 150,000 Sign Global Petition for N.Koreans in China

A child holds a picket sign against Chinas repatriation of North Korean defectors in front of the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Monday.

A child holds a picket sign against Chinas repatriation of North Korean defectors in front of the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Monday.

Some 153,000 people have signed a worldwide online petition to stop China repatriating a group of North Korean defectors who were arrested there. The petition started on a website called www.change.org on Feb. 12 and has now drawn signatures from people from 100 countries, including South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Russia and even China itself.

Anyone can launch an online petition drive at change.org or find one or take part in an existing signature drive. The website www.savemyfriend.org opens straight to the online petition.

Staff at savemyfriend.org said they confirmed that people from around 100 countries accessed the website and left their signatures. “We delivered the petition” then containing about 147,000 signatures, “to the Japanese and U.S. embassies in South Korea.”

“We initially targeted 200,000 signatures but now aim to draw 1 million three weeks from now and send them to the heads of each country and to the UN Human Rights Council.”

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An Interesting Pair

My mentee wished me a happy belated birthday this morning. I was surprised. I was convinced he had forgotten me after I tried sending him letters and emails. He was a funny kid. The first time I met him was when all mentors were paired with their mentees; he said something to me in Korean and then suddenly left. I did not understand what he said other than that he was leaving and I didn’t know if or when he was coming back, so I chased him down the corridor calling after him. I clarified the matter then, but I could tell it would be an interesting two weeks. Continue reading