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  • U.N. condemns attack of S. Korean warship without naming N. Korea

    07/09/2010 9:46:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/9/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement Friday condemning the attack that led to the sinking of a South Korean warship without directly linking North Korea to the incident. The 15-member council unanimously approved the statement one day after five veto-wielding members, including the North's major ally China, agreed to a draft statement. China succeeded in diluting the statement, as it did not point the finger at North Korea and included North Korea's denial of involvement in the incident, which killed 46 sailors in the Yellow Sea in March. "The Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking...
  • Our Ongoing War In Korea

    06/24/2010 7:46:49 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | Editorial staff
    The North Korean government yesterday threatened to exact more severe punishment against captive American Christian human rights activist Aijalon Gomes if the United States keeps pressing to censure Pyongyang for sinking a South Korean warship. North Korea's government news agency said, "if the U.S. persists in its hostile approach toward the DPRK," it will "naturally be compelled to consider the issue of applying a wartime law to him," which could include the death penalty. Applying wartime law might make sense from North Korea's point of view because the war has never really ended. In June 2009, Pyongyang unilaterally withdrew from...
  • N. Korea: Jang Sung Taek's Star Ascends Again (No.2 and designated regent?)

    06/08/2010 12:00:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 37+ views
    Jang Sung Taek's Star Ascends Again By Kim So Yeol [2010-06-07 18:09 ] The unexpected third meeting of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly was held today, the 7th, just two months after the second meeting on April 9th. In the meeting, Jang Sung Taek was designated Vice-chairman of the National Defense Commission at Kim Jong Il’s suggestion, according to the Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA). Additionally, the Premier of the Cabinet was replaced, with Choi Young Rim taking over from Kim Young Il. Choi Young Rim was formerly Chief Secretary of the Party in Pyongyang, and is a member of...
  • US concerned over Myanmar's military ties with North Korea

    06/03/2010 11:12:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 238+ views
    Times of India ^ | Times of India
    The United States is concerned over Myanmar's "growing military ties" with North Korea and will work to ensure a UN ban on arm exports from Pyongyang is enforced, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday. US defense secretary Robert Gates's press secretary said the United States was closely monitoring Myanmar's cooperation with North Korea in light of UN Security Council resolutions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or nuclear technology. "We are concerned with growing military ties with the DPRK (North Korea) and are following it closely to ensure that the multiple UNSCRs (UN Security Council resolutions) are enforced," press secretary Geoff...
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • Behind Beijing's intransigence on N. Korea: Monroe Doctrine with Chinese characteristics

    05/28/2010 9:14:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 334+ views ^ | 5/26/2010 | By Willy Lam*
    High-level lobbying by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has failed to persuade the Chinese leadership to do anything substantial regarding Pyongyang's sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in late March. Diplomatic sources in the Chinese capital said State Councillor Dai Bingguo privately told the American delegation — which just ended the second bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing — that Chinese diplomats would privately urge the Kim Jong-Il regime to refrain from further provocative acts against South Korea. But there would be no public statements from Beijing condemning Kim’s latest act of brinksmanship. At the end of...
  • South Korea’s Collective Shrug

    05/28/2010 3:05:51 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 18 replies · 650+ views
    NY Times ^ | 27 May 2010 | B R Myers
    ONE of the students at my university was killed in the attack that sank a South Korean naval vessel on March 26. A visual communications major, Mun Yeong-uk was only a few months from concluding his military service when a North Korean torpedo split the warship, the Cheonan, in half. His classmates loyally collected money for his family’s funeral expenses, but I was struck by how few people on our campus evinced any real anger toward the regime of Kim Jong-il. This lack of indignation is mainstream here. Most people now accept North Korea’s responsibility for the sinking that killed...
  • Behind the Axis: The North Korean Connection

    05/27/2010 6:27:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 290+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/22/2010 | Jonathan Spyder
    North Korean spokesmen reacted furiously last week to claims by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Pyongyang is supplying weapons technology to Iran and Syria. Representatives of the regime of Kim Jong-Il described Lieberman as an “imbecile.” The official Korean Central News Agency in a memorable phrase accused the foreign minister in an official statement of “faking up sheer lies.” The indignant denials notwithstanding, recent studies indicate that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as North Korea is officially known, is indeed playing a crucial but little remarked upon role in facilitating the arming of the Iran-led regional axis, including in...
  • Pyongyang'd Again

    05/26/2010 8:52:21 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 12 replies · 507+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 26 May 2010 | David Warren
    A North Korean submarine torpedoed and sank a South Korean gunboat in March, killing 46 sailors. This was the conclusion of a thorough investigation by experts from the U.S., Australia, Britain, and Sweden, last week. The White House then decried "an act of aggression," omitting that it was also an act of war. Perhaps the greatest tactical error in diplomacy is to make a threat you are not prepared to act on. The Bush administration earned a reputation for being as good as its word, alas at the sacrifice of much public support. The Obama administration has already squandered its...
  • BUSTED: "Is DELL Computer Aiding N. Korea [Weapons Program] In Violation of US Federal Law?"

    05/25/2010 12:56:42 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 102 replies · 2,151+ views
    Just found this photo from Communist North Korea from several days ago apparantly during one of dictator Kim Jong il's "on the spot guidance tours".and also here: Note the manufacturer of the computer monitor (and presumably the hard drive itself) (Dell Computer, Round Rock, Texas, USA), which General Secretary Kim Jong-il is inspecting. Link to article on North Korean news through Japanese website: LINK
  • North Korean leader Kim orders military to be on combat footing: report

    05/24/2010 6:53:41 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 84 replies · 2,646+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2010
    It's just a banner now on Reuters home page.
  • Special Address to the Nation by The President Lee Myung-bak(Speech on Cheonan and North Korea)

    05/24/2010 1:46:42 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 676+ views
    Cheong Da We ^ | 5/24/2010 | Cheong Da We
    Fellow Koreans, I am standing here today, keenly aware that the Korean Peninsula is facing a critical turning point. My fellow citizens, The Cheonan was sunk by a surprise North Korean torpedo attack. Again, the perpetrator was North Korea. Their attack came at a time when the people of the Republic of Korea were enjoying their well-earned rest after a hard day’s work. Once again, North Korea violently shattered our peace. The sinking of the Cheonan constitutes a military provocation against the Republic of Korea by North Korea. Since the end of the Korean War, the North has perpetrated incessant...
  • Obama tells military: prepare for North Korea aggression

    05/24/2010 12:50:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 934+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo news ^ | 5/24/2010 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday. The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said. "We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent...
  • S. Korea to launch anti-North military drills, broadcasts

    05/24/2010 1:06:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/24/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    South Korea's defense chief said Monday his military will launch its own anti-proliferation exercise and resume psychological warfare against North Korea, as parts of its initial military measures to punish Pyongyang for a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March. The planned military exercise scheduled to take place in the second half of the year to deter proliferation of North Korean weapons of mass destruction will be the first of its kind by the South's military. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young also said the South would actively participate in a U.S.-led anti-proliferation drill, known as the Proliferation of...
  • Lee says Seoul ready to invoke self-defense against future N.K. provocation

    05/24/2010 12:57:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 735+ views
    Yonghap News ^ | 5/24/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korea said Monday it will unhesitatingly exercise its right of self-defense in the event of future armed provocation by North Korea and freeze all of its remaining exchanges with the communist neighbor, except for Kaesong industrial park. Announcing a set of tough punitive steps against Pyongyang for its fatal attack on one of its warships in March, President Lee Myung-bak said his government will request the U.N. Security Council take up the case."From now on, the Republic of Korea will not tolerate any provocative act by the North and will maintain a principle of proactive deterrence," the president said...
  • Goodbye Sunshine

    05/21/2010 11:42:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 760+ views
    Foreign Press Magazine ^ | 5/21/2010 | Christian Caryl
    So now it's official: North Korea did it. In the early morning hours of March 26 an explosion tore through the hull of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, which was sailing in waters not far from the disputed maritime boundary with the North. The 1,200-ton patrol boat split in two and sank, and 46 sailors lost their lives. The cause of the disaster wasn't immediately obvious. No one claimed responsibility for an attack, and some sort of accident was, of course, within the realm of possibility. So the South Korean government launched a probe to figure out what happened....
  • DPRK Hardliners Sink Talks?

    05/21/2010 8:43:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 360+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/21/2010 | Patrick Cronin
    The official investigation is over. After weeks of careful technical review, an expert team of South Korean, US and European investigators believe that a North Korean torpedo blew in half and sunk a South Korean Navy corvette on March 26. The torpedo not only struck its immediate intended target (killing 46 sailors in the process), but has also undermined planned nuclear arms talks. On Thursday, officials in Seoul released critical evidence with photos of the recovered wreckage showing colossal damage to the keel. The Ministry of National Defense simulated striking the ROKS Cheonan near the ship’s gas turbine room—a strike...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS: Anti-North Korea Rally in Seoul/N. Korean Announcer Declares War is Coming (VIDEO)

    05/20/2010 11:53:48 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 109 replies · 4,368+ views
    FNN News, Japan (TV) via Yahoo! Japan ^ | 21 May 2010 | FNN News, Japan (original in Japanese) video clip
    Video Link is HERE.Video may stream for 1/2 more day. Not all systems can stream. Hit the white triangle in the center of the photo of the irate South Korean demonstrators bashing the cr*p out of an effigy of a North Korean torpedo, with sledgehammers, in busy downtown Seoul today.**NOTE THE CLOSING SECONDS OF VIDEO WITH RABID NORTH KOREAN TV GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCERETTE ON PYONGYANG (NORTH) KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS TV JUST TODAY DECLARING THAT NORTH KOREA WILL GO TO WAR AGAINST THE SOUTH IF THEY TRY TO DO ANYTHING UNWARRANTED IN RESPONSE.** She/he/it(?) spits this out in usual psychotic North...
  • South Koreans display wreckage of sunken patrol ship

    05/19/2010 11:10:47 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 51 replies · 1,174+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 19, 2010 | Ashley Rowland
    PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Investigators let media have a look at the wreckage of the Cheonan on Wednesday, the day before South Korea was to formally announce that a North Korea torpedo sank the South Korean patrol ship. The wreckage of the March 26 sinking was retrieved from the Yellow Sea near the maritime border between the two Koreas and hauled to South Korea’s Second Fleet Command base in Pyeongtaek. Yoon Duk-yong, an investigator with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, told reporters Wednesday that evidence from the recovered pieces of the ship points to a torpedo attack....
  • China Prefers Devil It Knows

    05/13/2010 5:30:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 194+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/10/2010 | By Richard Weitz
    Following his return from a May 3-7 visit to the People’s Republic of China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il affirmed his government’s willingness to respect his hosts’ desires and resume participation in the Six-Party Talks on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula at an appropriate time. The talks have remained suspended following an upsurge in tensions last April, when the UN Security Council imposed additional sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea after North Korea launched a ballistic missile under the guise of testing space rockets. Pyongyang responded defiantly by withdrawing from the talks and then testing another nuclear weapon, the...