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  • Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail

    07/10/2019 12:58:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Louis Casiano, Fox News
    A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea's embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday. As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor. I spent a lot of time reading about you and Im confident youre going to do the right thing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing.
  • Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea

    06/30/2019 4:56:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 147 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 6/30/19 | Josh Lederman and Hans Nichols
    SEOUL, South Korea Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un. Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea, then joined Kim for a roughly 50-minute meeting.
  • President Trump Steps into North Korea

    06/30/2019 6:12:20 AM PDT · by gaijin · 65 replies
    Internet ^ | June 30th, 2019 | Author
    I cannot possibly fathom how deeply this dagger has stabbed into the heart of liberal America. The delicious --how can I fully relish it? It boggles the mind.
  • North Korea 'EXECUTES top diplomat for failing to get deal with Donald Trump'

    05/30/2019 4:42:53 PM PDT · by MeganC · 64 replies
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | 30 May 2019 | Matthew Dresch
    North Korea has reportedly executed Kim Hyok-chol for failing to secure a deal at the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam. North Korea has executed an envoy for failing to secure a deal with US President Donald Trump at the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam, it is claimed. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports that Kim Hyok-chol, who was in charge of negotiating the summit, was killed at Mirim Airfield after he and four other officials were investigated in March. Kim Sung-hye, co-negotiator at the talks, and Shin Hye-yong, who interpreted for North Korea's leader in Hanoi, were also sent to political prison camps,...
  • Kim Jong Un calls for 'full combat posture'

    05/10/2019 9:37:05 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 86 replies
    Singapore Straits Times ^ | 11 May 2019 | Singapore Straits Times
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for a "full combat posture" as state media yesterday released photos showing missiles being fired during a long-range strike drill conducted by Pyongyang. The photos came a day after it tested two short-range missiles. Analysts said the regime may have developed a new missile that is easier to hide, harder to strike down and capable of hitting all of South Korea.
  • N. Korean Launch Could Possibly Be Ballistic Missile, and UN Resolutions Violation (Photos)

    05/05/2019 8:42:49 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 69 replies
    Asahi Shimbun (top Japanese major daily -- in Japanese) ^ | 5 May 2019 | Reporter Takeshi Muta (in Seoul, South Korea)
    Original in Japanese: 北朝鮮の飛翔体、弾道ミサイルか 国連制裁違反の可能性 ("North Korean Launch, Could Possibly Be Ballistic Missile, and Possible UN Violation") Two paragraph synopsis from the original Japanese--my translation (breaking): "Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the launch of projectiles yesterday from the east coast of North Korea into the Sea of Japan. Now based on photo analysis of the launch from images provided by official North Korean news sources, South Korean military specialists have analyzed the vehicle, and a viewpoint is emerging the launch yesterday was, in fact, likely a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions against North Korea launching such ballistic missiles." "...
  • (BREAKING) N. Korea Launches Short Range Missile Toward Japan Sea (90 min. ago)

    05/03/2019 6:48:06 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 180 replies
    Basically leading with short dispatches saying the North Koreans did this at around 0906 am local Saturday (8:06 pm eastern USA) in Korea/Japan, about 90 minutes ago, into the Sea of Japan, traveling 70 to 200 kilometers from a launch site near Wonsan on DPRK east coast. (Report in Japanesebecause fast breaking) Conservative Sankei Shimbun news, Tokyo
  • With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style

    04/24/2019 6:15:12 AM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    wjla ^ | Apr. 24, 2019 | Eric Talmadge
    It's a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There's even a semi-regular flight. But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train... Kim is reportedly traveling with a big entourage possibly more than 200 people and lots of supplies. His train, unmistakable with its dark green paint job and yellow piping, is perfect for that. It's built like a tank. Its cars are equipped with advanced communications and flat-screen TVs so he can give orders and receive news and briefings...
  • Why the US Needs to Revisit Its Negotiating Approach to North KoreaAnd Soon

    04/22/2019 1:33:00 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 47 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 22 April 2019 | Ankit Panda
    Weeks after the collapse of the summit between Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, the North Korean leader finally broke his silence. In a speech heavily focused on foreign affairs delivered to the Supreme Peoples Assembly North Koreas pro forma parliament Kim made clear his position. He said that a third summit with Trump wasnt off the table just yet, but getting there would require evidence that the U.S. position on sanctions relief more seriously. To this end, Kim also echoed a message he had originally delivered during his New Years Day address: that...
  • North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon

    04/17/2019 3:25:13 PM PDT · by blueplum · 55 replies
    wbrc tv ^ | 17 Apr 2019 | sources
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) North Korea announced that it has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon. The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science. The agency reports that Kim said "the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People's Army." The agency says Kim mounted an observation post to learn about the test-fire of the new-type tactical guided weapon and guide the test-fire. The announcement came after reports of...
  • North Korea possibly building new submarine (Korea Times)

    04/13/2019 1:46:33 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 10 replies
    The Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 13 April 2019 | Lee Min-hyung
    North Korea is possibly building a new submarine that can fire ballistic missiles, according to South Korean and U.S. defense officials, Friday. This could be a serious security threat to the United States as the submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) may reach as far as the U.S. mainland. "[SLBM technology] changes the defense equation in terms of where the origin could be," U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said Wednesday (local time) in a Senate hearing. The SLBMs are considered more threatening weapons than intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), as they are harder to detect and increase the regime's strike...
  • How North Korea got away with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam (Rocket Man's Half-Brother)

    04/01/2019 6:31:33 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 1 April 2019 | Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Kuala Lumpur and Benjamin Haas
    (Kim Jong-Un's Assassinated Half-Brother) The morning of 13 February 2017 was like any other at Kuala Lumpurs hectic international airport terminal so it would have been easy to miss a lone North Korean man, clad in a blue polo shirt and jeans, heading to check into his flight to Macau. As he ambled past a column, a backpack slung over one shoulder, a woman approached him and wiped an oily substance on his face before disappearing, her unusual actions caught on CCTV. Moments later, another woman came from behind and covered his eyes with her hands. She then slid...
  • North Koreas Tongchang-ri: Rebuilding Commences on Launch Pad and Engine Test Stand (BREAKING)

    03/05/2019 7:57:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    38 North ^ | 5 March 2019 | Jack Liu and Jenny Town (Exclusive)
    Reports of a recent briefing by South Koreas National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the National Assemblys intelligence committee noted that North Korea has started restoring structures on the rocket launch pad at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). The North had previously started to dismantle the rail-mounted transfer building on the launch pad along with the engine test stand last year at the beginning of US-DPRK negotiations. While progress was quick at first, both the launch pad and engine test stand had remained in about the same condition since August 2018. However, based on commercial satellite imagery, efforts to...
  • North Koreans threatened with FIRING SQUAD for tuning into western television

    01/29/2019 2:46:31 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 35 replies
    UK Express (London) ^ | 28 January 2019 | Tom Nellist
    KIM Jong-un has threatened to kill his own citizens if they switch on South Korean tv shows. A source told Radio Free Asias Korean service that authorities have launched a crackdown on the illegal activity including a death sentence threat for those found breaking the law. The insider said: In a recent lecture, they told us they are aware that a growing number of people are able to manipulate the frequencies to watch South Korean TV programmes. They said that regardless of any individuals status, those caught in violation could be executed by firing squad. They want to instill fear....
  • President Trump Should Connect Both Ends of Korea Policy

    01/25/2019 12:19:18 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 25, 2019 | Doug Bandow
    A year ago the Left was convinced that President Donald Trump was going to plunge the world into nuclear war in Korea. Today it is upset because he hasnt done so or at least has yet to achieve what no other president managed to do, force the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to disgorge its nuclear weapons. Neoconservatives are mad that he is talking with instead of bombing the Norths Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. And that the president has mooted the possibility of withdrawing U.S. troops from South Korea. It doesnt seem to matter what he does or doesnt...
  • North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy Jo Song-gil reportedly 'disappears' with his family

    01/03/2019 8:07:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/03/2019
    A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing after reports he was seeking asylum in the West. The diplomat, Jo Song-gil, disappeared with his wife and children after leaving the embassy without notice in early November, according to Kim Min-ki, a South Korean politician who was briefed by the National Intelligence Service. The Seoul-based JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, citing an unidentified diplomatic source, said Mr Jo, 48, had applied for asylum to an unspecified Western country and was in a "safe place" with his family under the protection of the Italian Government. But a...
  • North Korea's new 'tactical' weapon test highlights military modernization

    11/18/2018 3:47:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2018 | Hyonhee Shin
    North Koreas claim last week that it had tested an unidentified ultramodern tactical weapon highlighted its desire to upgrade its conventional arms and reassure its military even as talks are under way to end its nuclear program, analysts said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un witnessed the test of a newly developed tactical weapon that could serve as a steel wall, state media reported on Friday, without giving details of the weapon. It was Kims first observation of a weapons test this year and could complicate already stalled nuclear talks with the United States, although Washington and Seoul downplayed the...
  • Dog hide tax starting to bite for North Koreans

    10/05/2018 3:11:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 5, 2018 | Julian Ryall
    North Korea has ordered its citizens to donate dog hides to the regime as part of celebrations marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party of Korea on October 10. The government collects dog hides ahead of the anniversary each year to raise funds for the party, the dissident Daily NK website reported, but this year the authorities have raised the amount of money that families who do not keep dogs are required to pay instead. Although the party is asking for dog hides, there are not many houses that have the luxury of raising a dog...
  • N Korea is derailing peace talks with a letter that threatens more missile tests and...

    08/29/2018 1:15:19 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies
    UK Business Insider ^ | 29 August 2018 | Ryan Pickrell
    North Korea warned the US in a recent letter that talks are "again at stake and may fall apart," adding that it may resume "nuclear and missile activities" if its demands are not met. President Donald Trump unexpectedly canceled what was expected to be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's fourth trip to Pyongyang last Friday due to insufficient progress on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The decision was preceded by a "belligerent" letter that criticized his administration for failing "to meet (North Korean) expectations in terms of taking a step forward to sign a peace treaty," CNN reported Tuesday,...
  • Trump calls off Pompeos planned trip to North Korea

    08/24/2018 8:58:12 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 29 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 25 August 2018 | Irish Times
    US president Donald Trump said on Friday he had cancelled secretary of state Mike Pompeos planned trip to North Korea because we are not making sufficient progress toward the goal of denuclearising the Korean peninsula. Mr Trump said in a message on Twitter that Mr Pompeos visit, which was set for next week, now would likely not take place until after Washington has resolved its trade dispute with China. Mr Trump said China was no longer helping on the North Korea issue. It was a dramatic shift of tone for Mr Trump, who had previously hailed his June summit with...