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North Korea steps up threats

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 01:28

March 29 - Increased provocation from North Korea prompts calls for calm from China, U.S. Julie Noce reports.

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL A North Korean newsreader announces the country's missiles are on standby, ready to strike the U.S. and it's military bases. This latest threat comes a day after the U.S. military conducted stealth bomber exercises over the Korean peninsula. From crude propaganda films, like this one showing a U.S. war plane being blown up-- to massive pro North Korea rallies, rhetoric from the hermit nation has intensified in recent weeks. During a visit to Seoul, the head of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican Bob Corker said that while Washington is taking the threats seriously, he feels this latest round of saber rattling will subside. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SENATOR BOB CORKER SAYING: "Obviously, in our country, we're building additional missile interceptors. And I met with General Thurman this morning, who handles a U.S. operation and they're prepared for anything it might take place, but hopefully what will occur is that cooler heads will prevail. This will deescalate and hopefully we can have a fruitful negotiation about the future. My sense is that's what's going to happen." The North's only economic ally, China is also calling for calm. During a foreign ministry briefing Friday, the spokesperson said peace on the peninsula will serve the common interests of all parties involved.

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North Korea steps up threats

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 01:28