An official North Korean website has released a new propaganda video portraying a multiple rocket attack on South Korea’s presidential Blue House and other government buildings in Seoul.
It was uploaded Monday to the DPRK Today website
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, which had released another video 10 days before depicting a nuclear attack on Washington.
Tensions have been rising on the Korean Peninsula ever since the North conducted its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.
Over the past month, Pyongyang has issued repeated threats of strikes against Seoul and Washington, largely in response to annual South Korea-U.S. war games that kicked off in early March.
The ongoing joint exercises have been larger than usual and included a special operation to “decapitate” the North Korean leadership in the event of a full-scale conflict.
North Korean video shows rocket attack on Blue House
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Pyongyang took that as a direct threat to leader Kim Jong Un
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, and the Korean People’s Army recently issued an “ultimatum” demanding South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologize and punish those who formulated the strategy.
The new 88-second video — entitled “If the Ultimatum Goes Unanswered” — showed rockets fired from mobile launchers in the North slamming into the Blue House and destroying the buildings in a ball of fire.
It ended with the warning: “Everything will turn into ashes.”
BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- China's national weather observatory continued its blue alert for rainstorms on Tuesday, as heavy rain is expected in parts of north China and some areas in the south over the next 24 hours.
From Tuesday to Wednesday, heavy rain is expected in parts of Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hebei and Hainan, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Precipitation will reach up to 150 millimeters in some regions, and some of these areas may see thunderstorms and gales
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, said the NMC.
The center warned local authorities to reduce outdoor activities and take precautions against strong winds, flooding and geological disasters.
China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red the most severe, followed by orange , yellow and blue.
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Liu Yang and her husband Zhang Hua cook dinner at their home in Beijing in May. Qin Xianan for China Daily Astronaut Liu Yang during training on Friday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center before she became the country's first female astronaut entering space on the Shenzhou IX spacecraft on Saturday. Qin Xianan for China Daily China's first female astronaut Liu Yang salutes during a news conference at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, June 15 , 2012. [PhotoAgencies] This undated photo shows Liu Yang, one of the three taikonauts who will be carried by the Shenzhou IX spaceship for China's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. Liu was selected as a taikonaut in 2010. [PhotoXinhua]
China's first female astronaut has become a mom and is undergoing training for her next mission, according to Chinese media.
Liu Yang, who took part in the Shenzhou IX mission in June 2012
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, confirmed on Tuesday that she is now a mother as she attended an award ceremony in Beijing for the families of members of the military, Global Times reported on Wednesday.
She did not give any details about her family, and the paper quoted her as saying, "We are continuing the training to make ready for the next mission."
Liu is the only deputy to the National People's Congress among the country's 21 astronauts.
When China decided to select two female astronauts in the early 2000s
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, experts wanted to choose married mothers.
"Married women who have a child or some children are believed to be comparatively steadier and more experienced in their profession, so the space authorities tended to choose them as astronauts," an expert close to China's space agency said on condition of anonymity.
"Another consideration that was not discussed openly was that they were very cautious about the possible effects of space radiation on women's fertility, though there is no evidence that it causes harm.
"Considering that many female astronauts from foreign nations have given birth to children who are quite healthy after completing missions there should be no concern about a spacewoman's health or fertility."
China's space authorities have since changed the selection standards and now say the ideal female candidate is a married women who has not yet given birth, he added.