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North Korea vows to wage war in response to isolation attempts

MOSCOW, June 13 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea said Saturday it will respond with war to attempts by the United States and its allies to isolate the reclusive state, and that it will start enriching uranium and using plutonium for military purposes.

The UN Security Council on Friday toughened old sanctions against North Korea and imposed new ones following Pyongyang's unauthorized nuclear test May 25.

The fifteen Council members supported resolution 1874 which in particular expands the arms embargo and allows searches of the nation's ships on high seas, but does not authorize use of force.

Russia's envoy to the UN said after the Security Council session on Friday that Russia is satisfied with the decision and believes it is appropriate.

"The adopted resolution is, on the one hand, an appropriate response to the violation by North Korea of Security Council decisions and, on the other, a balanced step showing an approach to preserving peace and security in the region," Vitaly Churkin said.


North Korea may launch missile toward Hawaii in July

TOKYO, June 18 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile toward the U.S. state of Hawaii in early July, Japan's Yomiuri daily said on Thursday, citing Defense Ministry analysis and U.S. intelligence.

The paper said the Defense Ministry believes the launch is most likely to take place between July 4 and July 8. The ministry has declined to comment on the report.

The paper also said that the missile was likely to fly over Japan's Aomori Prefecture toward Hawaii, but would not be able to reach the main islands.

The missile, thought to be a long-range Taepodong-2, would be launched from the country's Dongchang-ni site on the northwestern coast, said Japan's best-selling newspaper.

North Korea tested a nuclear weapon on May 25, accusing the U.S. and South Korea of aggressive intentions. Pyongyang said on Wednesday that it would meet any attack with "one thousand-fold retaliation."

Following the underground test, the United Nations widened an arms embargo and authorized ship searches in an attempt to disrupt the communist state's nuclear and missile programs.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese leader Hu Jintao said after a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday that they were in favor of resuming six-nation talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem.

The six-nation talks, which involve North and South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and the United States opened in 2003, but stalled last November.


North Korea warns of 'thousand-fold' military retaliation

MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea warned on Wednesday of an overwhelming military strike against the United States and its allies if they provoke the country.

The statement, carried by the communist state's official news agency KCNA, came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the North's nuclear program a "grave threat", and said the new sanctions against Pyongyang would be strictly enforced.

"If the US and its followers infringe upon our republic's sovereignty even a bit, our military and people will launch a one hundred or one thousand-fold retaliation, with a merciless military strike," the agency said.

Obama's comments on Tuesday came after a meeting with South Korean leader Lee Myung-bak in Washington, at which the sides agreed to build a "strategic alliance" to "work together to achieve the complete and verifiable elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, as well as ballistic missile programs."

The presidents' meeting came amid North Korea's threats to strengthen its nuclear arsenal, in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution passed after its May 25 nuclear test.

Both presidents urged the North to change its confrontational stance.

"We urge North Korea not to make any unacceptable demands because we really do not know what will happen if they keep on this path," Lee told reporters after the talks.

The U.S. leader said: "there has been a pattern in the past where North Korea behaves in a belligerent fashion and, if it waits long enough, it is rewarded... I think that is the pattern they have come to expect. The message we are sending them is that we are going to break that pattern."

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Near Washington, D.C., construction crews watch for mystery 'black' wire

A Metrorail extension risks hitting communications lines, including some used for top-secret government intelligence operations.

Reporting from Washington -- This part happens all the time: A construction crew putting up an office building in the heart of congested Tysons Corner in McLean, Va., hit a fiber-optic cable no one knew was there.

This part doesn't: Within moments, three black SUVs drove up, half a dozen men in suits jumped out, and one said, "You just hit our line."

Whose line, you may ask? The guys in suits didn't say, recalled Aaron Georgelas, whose company, the Georgelas Group, was developing the Greensboro Corporate Center. Georgelas assumed that he was dealing with the federal government and that the cable in question was "black" wire -- a secure communications line used for some of the nation's most secretive intelligence-gathering operations.

"The construction manager was shocked," Georgelas recalled about the incident in 2000. "He had never seen a line get cut and people show up within seconds. Usually you've got to figure out whose line it is. To garner that kind of response that quickly was amazing."

Black wire is one of the risks of the construction that has come to Tysons, where miles and miles of secure lines are thought to serve such nearby agencies as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Counterterrorism Center and, a few miles away, the CIA. With work underway on a Metrorail extension, crews are stirring up tons of dirt where the black lines are located.

"Yeah, we heard about the black SUVs," said Paul Goguen, the engineer in charge of relocating electric, gas, water, sewer, cable, telephone and other communications lines to make way for Metro.

"We were warned that if they were hit, the company responsible would show up before you even had a chance to make a phone call."

So far, so good, Goguen added. But the peril remains for a project that will spend $150 million moving more than 75 miles of conduit along a three-mile stretch.

The Tysons corridor is also home to part of MAE-East, one of the nation's primary Internet pipelines installed years ago by the government and private companies. Most major telecommunications carriers link to the pipeline, meaning there's a jumble of fiber-optic wire under the new rail route.

Moving utilities quickly and cheaply is a big part of any construction work. But the $5.2-billion rail project, which will extend service to Dulles International Airport, is particularly complex.

Construction crews have been digging for more than a year to shift the wires of more than 21 private utilities out of the path of the rail line -- and they have another year to go.

And they have snapped, accidentally, dozens of those carriers' lines, because even not-so-secret commercial lines sometimes don't show up on utility maps. Goguen, the utility manager, estimates that the rail project has already hit three dozen lines.

Such issues are likely to resurface this summer, when tunnel construction is scheduled to begin. Above the tunnel's path is a giant microwave communications tower operated by the U.S. Army. And if you want to know what the 280-foot tower is for, too bad. "The specific uses of the system to which this particular antenna is attached" are classified, Army spokesman Dave Foster said.

Other government agencies near Tysons also had little to say. A CIA spokeswoman would not comment. And Mike Birmingham, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, would say only that if a communications line used by the agency was cut, the nation's intelligence-gathering would carry on uninterrupted.

"No particular project puts us at risk -- highway construction, building construction," Birmingham said. "We don't have a single point of failure. Our systems are redundant."

Georgelas, the developer whose company was overseeing the work when the Chevy Suburbans drove up, said he figured the government was involved when an AT&T crew arrived the same day to fix the line, rather than waiting days. His opinion didn't change when AT&T tried to bill his company for the work -- and immediately backed down when his company balked.

"These lines are not cheap to move," Georgelas said. "They said, 'You owe us $300,000.' We said, 'Are you nuts?' "

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Gardner writes for the Washington Post.

US creates problems for Russia in the North Caucasus

The President of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has accused the United States of working to destroy Russia.

Kadirov says the US is trying to undermine the country by creating conflict and tension in Russia's southern republics in the North Caucasus.

In recent weeks the number of attacks in Ingushetia and Dagestan has increased sharply.

These events are just part of the violence that has flared up in various parts of the Caucasus during the last two weeks.

The President of the Chechen Republic, whose father was killed in a terrorist attack, is pointing the finger not at Islamists in the Middle East or Afghanistan but at the USA.

“I like to call things by their proper names. The center is in America. And it is America that is working to undermine the sovereign Russian state. It's not the terrorists, not the Islamic radicals. It has nothing to do with Islam. They [the US] have invented this system. They are creating problems for Russia; they want to undermine Russia,” Kadyrov said in an interview posted on the official website of the Chechen President and Cabinet on Wednesday.

Kadyrov had identified Washington’s tools in this process as public bodies or NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

Kadyrov says they use professional subversives in their mission to destabilize the region.

The Chechen President has added that the US failed to undermine Russia through Chechnya and is now trying to do it through Dagestan and Ingushetia.

“They have such a system: all kinds of public organizations that were set up to spread rumors and gossip, to stir people, as they know that it is possible to create problems for Russia in the Caucasus only on religious grounds. They are training and using top experts. Take the Arabs that are moving here – Yaser, Makhdan – they have been here for 14 years already. They speak Russian better than I do but do not know a single word in Chechen. They were perfectly trained. They don't take part in combat. They are intelligence officers. They are being provided for, they are guarded and financed. They have been sent to Russia to take part in subversive operations,” Kadyrov said.

Some analysts agree the recent wave of violence shows signs of being centrally controlled.

“The attacks in the Caucasus obviously seem organized and planned and have the aim of showing that neither the federal center nor the regional authorities can control the situation in these republics”, independent analyst in Moscow Dmitry Evstafyev said.

Even though many experts agree that the recent wave of violence in the Caucasus was organized from outside, Ramzan Kadyrov remains in a minority in laying the blame on the United States.

While there may be disagreement about who is behind the violence, it is believed the attacks are unlikely to stop while the militants continue to be financed.
The situation in the North Caucasus remains volatile. Hundreds of terrorist-related crimes have already been committed in 2009.


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The Dangers of Microwave Radiation

Are Microwave Ovens Safe?

Microwave ovens are now present in over 90% of American homes. They offer a fast way to prepare and reheat food, which is perfect for today's fast paced world. In fact, microwaves have become commonplace in American homes and have even replaced the conventional oven and stove-top for preparing meals.

However, there has long been concern about the safety of microwave ovens. The results of some of these studies may alarm you. As you read about some of the radiation dangers associated with microwaves, you may wonder whether microwave ovens may not be safe after all, and why they are not discouraged more by the government.

What Indications Can We Take from Medical Practices

Consider this: Pediatricians tell parents specifically not to microwave their babies' formula. It kills whatever is good in them, in effect leaving you garbage to feed your babies. You can't precisely control the heat and can burn the babies too. Do you think that other foods are safe from this? They aren't. And in another example: In hospitals, patients are given warmed blood in their transfusions. Hospitals never heat the blood in microwaves. What's the reason? The reason microwaves are disallowed is because, in both of these examples, the microwave destroys what it heats.

Microwaves don't work different ways on different substances. Whatever you put into the microwave suffers the same destructive process. Microwaves agitate the molecules to move faster and faster. This movement causes friction which denatures the original make-up of the substance. It results in destroyed vitamins, minerals, proteins and generates the new stuff called radiolytic compounds, things that are not found in nature.

Did You Know?

Russians have banned the use of microwaves due to the negative impact it had on people's health. A few of the effects that the Russian scientists observed included: the creation of cancer-causing agents, increased chance of cancer development, and decreased nutritional value of the food

The Dangers of Microwave Radiation

Obviously, the dangers of microwave radiation are very real. These devices can cause a variety of health problems in humans. Here are just a few of the possible health effects² related to microwave ovens:
Microwave ovens turn some minerals into cancerous agents.
Foods from a microwave can cause tumors in the stomach or intestine. This may be an explanation for the increased rate of colon cancer in America.
Regularly eating microwaved foods can cause an increase in cancerous cells in human blood.

The radiation dangers involved with microwaved food can cause decreased immune system function in humans.

There is even a mental danger to eating foods from a microwave. Regularly doing so can cause memory loss, emotional problems, and a decrease in intelligence.

A steady diet of microwave-cooked food can cause your body to shut down its hormones production.

Microwave Radiation is a very serious concern that many people will overlook in order to maintain their toxic paces. Many people have not even heard of the threat of microwave cooking and heating. That doesn't make it any less harmful. In fact, that makes it all the more insidious because there are people in key positions who could bring these dangers to the forefront. As it happens, they don't. So, once again, we must look to ourselves to seek out the answers to make the best decisions that we can. We have the indicators that we need when you consider these: if it's not safe for infants and hospitals, the rest of us should steer clear of it too.

How To Eliminate Radiation From Microwave Ovens

The only way to completely eliminate the radiation dangers associated with microwaves is to get rid of all of your microwave ovens and never use one again. Never eating food prepared in a microwave is a sure way to avoid and negative health effects.

Use convection ovens to heat your meals. They offer safe heating by circulating hot air to raise the temperature of food.

Don't dismiss the traditional methods of stovetop and oven cooking and heating. It may take longer but it's definitely worth the effort.

When you think you need to microwave food because you're always on the go, it may be a sign that you need to slow down and put more space in your break-neck schedule. This will help to relieve some stress too.