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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 Peoples 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 Ils 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
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 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 Kims latest act of brinksmanship. At the end of...
  • South Koreas 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 familys 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 Koreas 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 Peoples 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 days 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 ships gas turbine rooma 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 Koreas 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 Peoples Republic of China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il affirmed his governments 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 Peoples 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...
  • Get Ready for DPRK Collapse

    05/13/2010 4:35:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 792+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/12/2010 | By Minxin Pei
    The motives behind North Korean leader Kim Jong-ils unofficial visit to China last week may not be that hard to decipher. Most analysts suspect he went to see his most important patron to seek more aid and, in all likelihood, his Chinese patrons would have thrown a bone or two to him to bribe him back to the increasingly meaningless Six-Party Talks. But if the stakeholders in East Asias peace and stability focus their attention on whether Chinas prodding will lead to a more fruitful outcome in dismantling North Koreas nuclear weapons programme this time, theyre simply wasting their time....
  • Kim Jong-Un raises own slush fund, rivaling that of his father

    05/09/2010 9:11:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 411+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/5/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il's youngest son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Un, has been raising his own slush fund to buy luxury items and provide material goods to the ruling elite. The impoverished nation has set up a company devoted to earning foreign currency for Jong-Un, according to the Chosun Ilbo, citing a source "familiar" with North Korean affairs. "Under the direct control of Kim Jong-Un, the company is secretly amassing a slush fund," it said. The report also said the Organization-Guidance Department and the Propaganda-Agitation Department, both parts of the ruling Workers' Party, have ordered party members to contribute...
  • Probe concludes torpedo sank South Korea ship: report

    05/07/2010 9:36:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 642+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2010 | Jack Kim
    Investigators probing the deadly sinking of a South Korean navy ship in March near the North have concluded that a torpedo was the source of an explosion that destroyed the vessel, a news report said on Friday.The team of South Korean and foreign investigators found traces of explosives used in torpedoes on several parts of the sunken ship as well as pieces of composite metal used in such weapons, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said quoting a senior government official. South Korean officials have not officially accused the North but made little secret of their belief Pyongyang deliberately torpedoed the...
  • Report: China, Iran, North Korea have formed strategic alliance

    05/07/2010 8:22:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 1,021+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 5/7/2010 | World Tribune
    China, Iran and North Korea have established a strategic alliance that focuses on missile and nuclear development, according to a new report. The report said that Beijing, Pyongyang and Teheran were helping each other in missile and nuclear programs. The report, titled "China, Iran and North Korea: A Triangular Strategic Alliance," by Israel's GLORIA Center said China and North Korea were the key suppliers of Scud-based ballistic missiles to Iran's military, the target of Western sanctions. "This flurry of activities underscored the growing proliferation threats posed by DPRK [North Korea] assistance to Iran's missile capabilities, which has also led to...
  • North Korea's Kim seeks lifeline in China

    05/03/2010 10:33:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 565+ views
    Reuters via Taipei Times ^ | 5/04/2010 | Reuters via Taipei Times
    The reclusive leader is expected to demand sweeteners to rein in its military and return to the international talks on nuclear disarmament.Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrived in China yesterday in search of economic support and diplomatic protection from his only major ally, after bungled policies at home and military grandstanding that has exasperated the region. China, which has propped up the Norths leaders for decades, is becoming increasingly fed up with its provocative neighbor, analysts say, but it is willing to bankroll Kim to prevent chaos on its border. Kim, aware of Beijings predicament, is expected to demand...
  • N. Korea: The Latest Kim Jong-il Sighting(photos)

    05/03/2010 7:59:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 990+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/03/10
    The Latest Kim Jong-il Sighting
  • SKorean minister: Torpedo likely sank warship

    04/25/2010 2:51:39 AM PDT · by Enchante · 9 replies · 609+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | April 25, 2010 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea An explosion from a torpedo likely sank a South Korean warship that went down near the tense border with North Korea last month, the South's defense minister said Sunday amid growing speculation Pyongyang may be behind the blast. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said the most likely cause of the disaster was a torpedo exploding near the ship, with the force of the underwater blast ripping the vessel apart. Investigators who examined salvaged wreckage separately announced Sunday that a close-range, external explosion likely sank it. "Basically, I think the bubble jet effect caused by a heavy torpedo...
  • S.Korea raises warship, finds clues on sinking (torpedo)

    04/24/2010 2:03:58 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 63 replies · 4,104+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 April, 2010 | Jon Herskovitz and Jungyoun Park
    South Korea on Saturday raised the front half of a warship that exploded and sank a month ago near a contested sea border with North Korea, finding clues that support growing suspicions Pyongyang attacked the vessel. The 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan sank in what military officials said was a torpedo attack. Forty-six South Korean sailors were killed in what could be one of the deadliest strikes by Pyongyang on its rival since the end of the Korean War. The North denies involvement. South Korea's president on Friday gave the clearest signal yet Seoul had no plan to launch a revenge attack,...
  • North Korea torpedoed South's navy ship

    04/21/2010 8:03:41 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 48 replies · 1,135+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/21/10 | Jack Kim
    South Korea's military believes a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine sank its navy ship last month, based on intelligence gathered jointly with the United States, a news report said on Thursday. The Yonhap news agency report appears to be the clearest sign yet that Seoul blames Pyongyang for the sinking, thought to have killed 46 sailors in what would be one of the deadliest incidents between the rivals since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
  • N.Korea's Command Center of Clandestine Operations

    04/20/2010 10:07:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 359+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/21/10
    N.Korea's Command Center of Clandestine Operations North Korea's Reconnaissance Bureau, the new integrated agency in charge of spy operations against the South, has become the focus of attention after speculation that it had a hand in sinking the Navy corvette Cheonan and the arrest of two agents in a plot to assassinate a senior defector. The melodramatic plot apparently targeted Hwang Jang-yop (87), a former secretary of the North's ruling Workers' Party and chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly, who is the highest-ranking defector from the communist country. The two spies are said to have had orders from Lt. Gen....
  • Would-Be Assassins' Route (South Korea) (Map Included) Released

    04/20/2010 5:06:51 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies · 2,279+ views
    Chosun Ilbo (original in Korean) ^ | 21 April 2010 | Chosun Ilbo daily news
    In connection with the breaking news out of South Korea, here is a Korean language map from South Korean daily conservative newspaper Chosun Ilbo, showing the land and air routes the potential assassins (two males; highly trained) took from North Korea under orders from North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, until they were arrested in the South. Will post other breaking news as it comes in. No photographs have emerged yet of the two arrested and or whether weaponry was found on their persons.
  • Leadership Change in North Korea--What it Means for the U.S.

    04/11/2010 1:20:24 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 601+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 7, 2010 | Bruce Klingner
    Abstract: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's faltering health has raised concerns about regime stability. Succession rumors have been swirling for years, with Kim's third son, Jong-eun, currently rumored to be Kim's favored choice. But regardless of whether leadership stays in the family or is wrested away by a challenger, a new North Korean leader is likely to keep in place the same belligerent policies--toward South Korea, toward China and Japan, and toward the U.S. If succession does not go smoothly, and if the North Korean regime were to collapse, the ensuing chaos would require immediate action by the U.S. and...
  • SKorea on alert after ship hit by mysterious blast

    03/30/2010 10:29:47 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies · 791+ views
    AP ^ | 03/30/10 | YOUNG-JOON AHN and HYUNG-JIN KIM
    BAENGNYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's president ordered the military on alert Tuesday for any moves by North Korea after the defense minister said a mine from the rival country may have caused the explosion that sank a South Korean naval ship.
  • New North Korean Missile Unit Reflects Growing Missile Threat

    03/11/2010 6:15:54 PM PST · by myknowledge · 179+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 11, 2010 | Bruce Klingner
    North Korea has established an independent military division responsible for controlling and deploying its intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs).[1] Known as the Musudan,[2] these IRBMs are a strategic-level asset controlled by the senior leadership. Little is known about the missile, but U.S. assessments consider it to be a single-stage, road-mobile IRBM with a range of 1,800 to 3,000 miles--capable of targeting U.S. military bases in Japan, Okinawa, and Guam.[3] Twelve of these missiles were reportedly displayed in an April 2007 military parade in Pyongyang. A Musudan test flight from a North Korean test facility has not been identified, but media reports...
  • N.Korea to boost nuclear weapons capability

    03/10/2010 8:39:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 3/09/2010 | Reuters via Yahoo News
    North Korea said on Tuesday it would boost its nuclear weapons capability because U.S. President Barack Obama was determined to ignore its calls for peace and bring it down by military force. North Korea said this week that it had put its army on full combat alert as U.S. and South Korean forces began joint military drills involving nearly 40,000 troops, an annual event that draws anger from the North but typically results in no major incidents. "The U.S. is leaving no means untried to bring down the DPRK (North Korea) including military threat, economic sanctions and ideological and cultural...
  • Colonel tells of lavish shopping for N Korea dictators

    03/08/2010 2:01:56 AM PST · by darkside321 · 11 replies · 96+ views
    A former North Korean colonel, Kim Jong-ryul, has described how he spent two decades shopping in Europe for the dictatorship in Pyongyang. His story is the subject of a new book published in Austria, where the colonel says he has lived under cover since his defection in 1994. Colonel Kim Jong-ryul says he spent 20 years doing business in Europe for the North Korean regime. His story is told in a new book, At the Dictator's Service. In the book, he says Vienna was one of his regular destinations - the hub for his shopping sprees. He says he bought...
  • Donor fatigue threatens aid for North Korea

    03/03/2010 5:56:13 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 22 replies · 404+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 3 March 2010 | Christian Oliver and Anna Fifield
    The World Food Programme will have to stop delivering aid to starving North Koreans by July if it does not receive more donations immediately. Although a senior UN official said the Pyongyang office risked closure, Torben Due, the programme's North Korea representative, said he remained optimistic despite growing donor fatigue The WFP can continue to support around 1.4m children and pregnant women with fortified foods until the end of June. However, new contributions are required now or the operation will come to a standstill in July. We are hopeful that donors will come forward with contributions, given the situation, he...
  • North struggling to survive effects of UN sanctions

    02/15/2010 11:01:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 304+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 2/16/2010 | Yoo Jee-ho
    North Korea, apparently strapped for cash and life supplies under tight international sanctions and suspended aid from South Korea, has made moves aimed at giving its sagging economy a boost. Won Tong-yon, a senior Workers Party official, spent about a week in Beijing earlier this month and studied the Souths plan to launch a tree-planting campaign in the North. In January, a special presidential committee on social integration in Seoul named planting trees north of the border one of its 10 core projects of 2010. Aware of this, Won asked a South Korean acquaintance about the possibility that the committee...
  • North Korea says will release U.S. activist Park

    02/04/2010 5:43:43 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 4, 2010 | Jon Herskovitz
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it will release U.S. religious activist Robert Park, arrested in December for illegally entering the country in a journey to raise awareness about Pyongyang's human rights abuses. "The relevant organ of the DPRK (North Korea) decided to leniently forgive and release him, taking his admission and sincere repentance of his wrong doings into consideration," the state KCNA news agency said.
  • Japanese Reports Kim Jong il's Son Kim Jong Un Birthday to Be Celebrated in North Korea (Jan. 8th)

    01/05/2010 7:00:55 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies · 595+ views
    Jiji Press from North Korean Refugees Based in South Korea Using N. Korean Sources ^ | 5 January 2010 | Jiji Press in Japan (original in Japanese)
    Word is being reported that the Communist Government of North Korea is preparing people to celebrate JANUARY 8TH, as the birthday of Kim Jong-il son and heir apparant Kim Jong-un. This is the first time there have been public reports of celebrations or observances of such a birthday.No word yet on any DPRK speeches, songs or other commemorations, but it remains to be seen if he is elevated in any way as additional steps to transfer power to him. Already there are reports the notoriously lying North Korean media is faking sonny boy's true age and getting him into his...
  • North Korea declares disputed waters 'firing zone'

    12/21/2009 12:39:42 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 553+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 12/21/2009 | Associated Press via Yahoo
    South Korea North Korea declared waters along its disputed sea border with South Korea a "firing zone" Monday and warned ships from the South to stay away from the area, which was the scene of a deadly clash last month. The naval command in Pyongyang accused the South of "reckless military provocations" in the area in an attempt to hold on to what it called an illegal border. It accused its neighbor of violating its waters and staging military drills in the area and vowed to protect its border by force. North Korea does not recognize the sea border,...
  • N.Korea says it may open fire near disputed sea border

    12/21/2009 11:32:39 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 7 replies · 523+ views
    AFP/Google News ^ | Dec 21, 2009 | Jun Kwanwoo
    SEOUL North Korea Monday warned South Korean ships to avoid the disputed Yellow Sea border area where a clash broke out last month, saying its coastal artillery would target the area in firing exercises. The communist state's naval command, in a statement on official media, said the move came in response to "reckless military provocations" from the South. Tensions have remained high off the west coast since a brief but intense gunfight on November 10 left a North Korean patrol boat in flames. There were deadly naval gunbattles there in 1999 and 2002. The North refuses to accept the...
  • Hackers steal SKorean-US military secrets

    12/18/2009 12:01:08 AM PST · by notaliberal · 12 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP ^ | December 17, 2009 | Kwang-Tae Kim
    SEOUL, South Korea South Korea's military said Friday it was investigating a hacking attack that netted secret defense plans with the United States and may have been carried out by North Korea. The suspected hacking occurred late last month when a South Korean officer failed to remove a USB device when he switched a military computer from a restricted-access intranet to the Internet, Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae said. The USB device contained a summary of plans for military operations by South Korean and U.S. troops in case of war on the Korean peninsula. Won said the stolen documents...
  • Gotta See This! Footage Of Seized N. Korean Cargo Headed for Iran (Japanese TV Filmed in Thailand)

    12/17/2009 3:52:27 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 2,149+ views
    NNN (Nihon Television) Network, Japan (Evening News) ^ | 17 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Caveats:1) The streaming video, located on THIS Japanese news web page, may only be up for a half day or so. The link could go dead, or could link to another, new story.2) Not all computer systems might be able to play the video. You might need Microsoft Silverlight installed, but probably most can see the short stream.3) Go to the link and hit the photo with the white triangle and stream. Now for the explanation of this important video taken today of photos of the cargo of an aircraft seized in Bangkok which was heading from North Korea...
  • North Korean plane impounded, tons of weapons seized

    12/12/2009 11:46:23 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 1,388+ views
    www.nationmultimedia.com ^ | 12/11/09 | Staff
    Five Eastern European men were detained and their plane was impounded and grounded at Don Muang Airport on Saturday after it was found loaded with tons of war weapons. Government Spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn declined to reveal where the plane was from and its its destination, saying Thai authorities are investigating the five men reportedly from Belarus and Kazakhstan. A TV footage showed military trucks believed to be loaded with the confiscated weapons left Don Muang Airport. The footage also showed the grounded plane. Thai TV reported that the weapons were transferred in the military trucks to a depot in Nakhon...
  • U.S. Fails to Persuade N.Korea Back to 6-Way Talks

    12/10/2009 5:36:05 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies · 704+ views
    Chosun Ilbo News, Seoul (English) ^ | 11 December 2009 | Chosun Ilbo, Seoul, S. Korea (English)
    A visit to North Korea by U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth ended in failure Thursday to convince the North to return to multilateral nuclear disarmament talks. "We identified some common understandings on the need for and the role of the six-party talks and the importance of the implementation of the 2005 Joint Statement," Bosworth told reporters. "It remains to be seen when and how [North Korea] will return to the six-party talks." He added, "This is something that requires further consultations among all six of us." But Bosworth claimed he had "very useful" meetings with senior North Korean officials. Further bilateral...
  • North Korean Money Shift Sparks Violence (execution,open defiance,stroke,suicide)

    12/09/2009 9:47:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 1,061+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/09/10 | EVAN RAMSTAD
    North Korean Money Shift Sparks Violence By EVAN RAMSTAD SEOUL -- New reports emerged Tuesday of protests and deadly violence in North Korea as the country's authoritarian regime over the past week seized most of its citizens' money and savings via a new-currency issue. Open Radio for North Korea, a Seoul-based shortwave radio station that broadcasts news to the North, said police killed two men in Pyongsong, a market center outside of Pyongyang, on Friday after they divided their savings among a large group of people and urged them to exchange the money for them, attempting to get around the...
  • U.S. envoy Bosworth arrives in Pyongyang: N. Korean media

    12/08/2009 6:04:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 756+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/08/09
    U.S. envoy Bosworth arrives in Pyongyang: N. Korean media SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. envoy on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the North's media said, in the highest-level visit to the communist nation since the Barack Obama administration took power in Washington early this year. Stephen Bosworth and his entourage "arrived in Sunan Airport" just outside the capital, the Korean Central News Agency said. Bosworth departed from the U.S. Osan air base in South Korea at around 2 p.m. on a three-day mission to bring the North back to a multilateral forum on its nuclear program
  • "N. Korea's Currency Reform Could End in Chaos" (Editorial from South Korea)

    12/07/2009 12:09:21 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 10 replies · 830+ views
    Chosun Ilbo News, Seoul ^ | 7 December 2009 Pearl Harbor Day | Chosun Ilbo Editorial
    N. Korea's Currency Reform Could End in Chaos The North Korean military is on alert for a possible civil uprising following last week's sudden currency reform, according to a Russian business newspaper citing foreign diplomats in the communist country. The currency reform involved the exchange of only limited amounts of old bills at a rate of 100:1, with the state confiscating the remainder. People who are afraid of exposing the size of their wealth have no choice but to hide their old bills. It is difficult to ascertain the actual circumstances, but it is apparent the North Korean regime is...
  • N.Korean Rulers Worried Over Devaluation Backlash; Military Put On Sub-War Level Alert (Breaking)

    12/06/2009 5:34:54 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 209 replies · 6,645+ views
    Chosun Ilbo News, Seoul, S. Korea (original in Japanese) ^ | 7 December 2009 Pearl Harbor Day | Anh Yon Hyon, Reporter
    OK, this is confusing: but this is the LINK to the original Japanese language article from the conservative/trustworthy South Korean "Chonsun Ilbo" daily newspaper website in Korean which reported from a Russian news agency just a little while ago.The headline is 北朝鮮デノミ:「住民騒乱を懸念、軍が戦闘準備」 ("North Korean Currency Devaluation: Worries Over Uprising By North Korean People; North Korean Army Goes on Sub-War Status")