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  • Images show North Korean vessel firing new SSM

    02/11/2015 7:26:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | February 9, 2015 | Mrityunjoy Mazumdar
    North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun released images on 7 February showing a new type of surface-to-surface missile (SSM) being fired from a surface-effects ship (SES) from the Korean People's Navy (KPN) Eastern Fleet. The images, which showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in attendance, were accompanied by an article translated by the English-language website KCNA Watch. The article noted that the test-firing proved in a "scientific" way that the capabilities of the long-rumoured vessel and its weapons system had reached design and engineering specifications.
  • North Korea says its people do not want ‘flashy lights’ after satellite image

    02/10/2015 5:50:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2015 | Damien Gayle
    This was the satellite photo which shamed North Korea by showing how the people of the hermit kingdom endure inky blackness at night. But now the hermit kingdom's propaganda machine has hit back, proclaiming that the stoic workers of the People's Republic have no need for 'flashy lights'. A recent editorial in the Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's tightly leashed newspaper of record, also says the photo represents the future of the U.S. - 'an old superpower that is meeting its sunset'.
  • Kim Jong-un executes army general over difference of opinion

    02/05/2015 12:48:09 PM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed an army general last month following a difference of opinion as part of his latest purge of senior government officials. Gen. Pyon In Son, head of operations in the Korean People’s Army, was killed for disagreeing with the “Supreme Leader,” a South Korean official told reporters in Seoul Wednesday, but did not make clear what the two disagreed on, Bloomberg reported.
  • North Korea slams 'loser' Obama for regime collapse remark

    01/25/2015 1:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/25/15
    North Korea Sunday described US President Barack Obama as a "loser" over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility towards Pyongyang. The comment from the North's foreign ministry came after Obama spoke of the eventual collapse of the regime ruling what he called "the most isolated, the most sanctioned, the most cut-off nation on Earth". "We will keep on ratcheting the pressure, but part of what's happening is... the Internet over time is going to be penetrating this country," Obama said in an interview on YouTube from the White House last week.
  • North Korea Might Put Nukes Aboard Submarines

    01/23/2015 7:00:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    North Korea is attempting to put nuclear weapons to sea, according to a longtime regime watcher. Joseph Bermudez—an expert on North Korean weapons—believes the evidence is commercial satellite imagery showing a submarine with possibly two vertical launch tubes. The regime also appears to have constructed a test stand for launching sea-based ballistic missiles. The two revelations may not be directly related. For one, the vessel might not end up carrying nuclear-capable missiles. But Bermudez’s evidence is highly suggestive. And if the North is planning to put nukes aboard submarines, this would make Kim Jong Un’s atomic arsenal more survivable in...
  • 2002 Document: Orders To Watch For Americans Burying WMD in The Western Desert (Translation)

    07/05/2006 7:28:40 AM PDT · by jveritas · 78 replies · 6,665+ views
    Document ISGQ-2003-0044 ISGQ-2003-00044390 390 contains a November/27/2002 Top Secret and Urgent memo from the Baath Party Command in Fallujah and in relation to another letter from the office of the Presidential Secretariat (Saddam Hussein Personal Secretary) and it is addressed to all the People Commands in the Anbar Province (The Western Desert) asking them to watch for Americans or Zionists (Israelis) forces that can potentially bury prohibited materials, WMD, in the Anbar province so it will frame Iraq and find an excuse to punish Iraq according to the memo. The Anbar province which is the hot bed of the terrorists...
  • South Korean president says open to summit with North's Kim, no pre-condition

    01/11/2015 10:02:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:58pm EST | Ju-min Park
    The two sides are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended only in a truce and not a peace treaty. More than 1.8 million troops are deployed on both sides of their border, one of the most heavily fortified in the world. Park also told the news conference that an anti-North law, the National Security Law, continued to remain necessary in the South. "We need the very minimum of law to ensure security in this country as we remain in a standoff with the North, and the law is enforced according to that," she said.
  • Korea’s Next Flagship Project Revealed

    01/08/2015 8:31:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Korea Bizwire ^ | January 9, 2015 | J.W. Choi
    The Korean government will focus their efforts to promote 270 degree movies, thermoplastics, and fuel cells, according to an announcement from the third public-private meetings of the ‘Creative Economy.’ The meeting was held to draft a plan for a second flagship project. The flagship project concept was initiated by the government to accelerate private businesses that have large growth potential. The first flagship project, which dealt with carbon fiber and energy storage systems, was initiated in May 2014. According to plans for the second flagship project, the government will support the development of a new cinema system that shows movies...
  • North Korea says new U.S. sanctions for Sony hack will only 'harden its will'

    01/04/2015 6:17:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 1/04/15 | Julie Makinen
    BEIJING — North Korea on Sunday denounced new economic sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in response to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that U.S. officials have blamed on the regime. The country's official news agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the new sanctions would only "harden its will and resolution to defend ... the dignity of the nation." The new penalties —which cut off access to the U.S. financial sector for 10 individuals and three government entities identified as key operatives engaged in hostile behavior, including the country's intelligence agency — add to sanctions imposed...
  • North Korean student and son of executed Kim Jong-un uncle’s aide on run from Pyongyang agents in Fr

    12/31/2014 9:05:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Henry Samuel, The Telegraph ^ | December 31, 2014 9:36 PM ET | Chong Dyn
    Kim Jong-un says North Korea is 'Open' to highest-level talks with South.
  • Activist Plans to Bring 'The Interview' to North Korea by Balloon

    12/31/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/31/14
    A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony's "The Interview" toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un. Activist Park Sang-hak said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie by balloon in North Korea as early as late January. Park, a North Korean defector, said he's partnering with the U.S.-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation, which is financing the making of the DVDs and USB memory sticks of the movie with Korean subtitles. **SNIP** It is not clear how effective the...
  • Kim Jong Un Shown at Aircraft Controls in New TV Documentary

    12/31/2014 10:42:57 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    NBC ^ | 12-31-14 | unattributed
    North Korea's KRT aired a new documentary showing leader Kim Jong Un at the controls of an aircraft. Kim Jong Un Shown at Aircraft Controls in New TV Documentary
  • SELECT US THEATERS SAY THEY’LL SHOW ‘THE INTERVIEW’ THURSDAY

    12/23/2014 11:58:49 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | AP
    Several movie theaters said they will begin showing “The Interview” Thursday, seemingly putting the comedy back in theaters after Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its release. The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas said on Tuesday that Sony has authorized it to screen the film starting Christmas Day. Atlanta’s Plaza Theater also said it will show the film.
  • Sony could launch The Interview on YouTube: Firm is considering releasing the controversial film

    12/23/2014 6:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Following cinema chains across the US pulling Sony Pictures' The Interview, the California-based firm is now considering ways in which the controversial film can be shown online. Sites such as YouTube, Netflix and Crackle are among the options currently being discussed to make sure the film gets distributed. During an interview with CNN, Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton said the movie will be released, but it just needs to work out the best way of doing so.
  • Attack Is Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses

    12/22/2014 4:10:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger
    North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years. The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures, which government officials have linked to North Korea. While an attack on North Korea’s networks was suspected, there was no definitive evidence of it. Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said...
  • Failure Against North Korea: Bill Whittle's Fiery Take on Sony’s Hack

    12/22/2014 12:12:46 PM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | Bill Whittle/PJ Media
    Watch a rare peak into PJTV’s Member series, Hot Seat w/ Bill Whittle. Is freedom of speech a thing of the past, now that N. Korea shut down Sony’s movie?
  • Vanity - any fans of Jumong from Korea?

    12/22/2014 10:04:57 AM PST · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    Are there any fans of the TV series Jumong from Korea? Is it worth investing the time?
  • Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel (luxury pad - in China)

    12/21/2014 9:34:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/20/14 | Michael Daly
    North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China. The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advisor review for the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, China. For just $53, you get “a deluxe twin room,” including a North Korean breakfast considerably more substantial than those enjoyed by the vast majority of...
  • Sony Gives Sharpton Say So on Future Movie Releases [satire]

    12/20/2014 1:32:01 PM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    In an effort to undo some of the damage from the release of embarrassing internal emails by hackers angry over the movie "The Interview," Sony executive Amy Pascal agreed to let race expert Al Sharpton have the final say on any future movies the firm makes. Although not a party to the hacking, per se, Sharpton castigated Sony for "it's extreme racial bias in the way this controversial film was made. Blacks were excluded from all the major roles. I don't buy the idea that a movie about a Korean dictator isn't a good fit for Black actors. If Jamie...
  • Journalist: First Amendment Rights Mean Not Offending The North Korean Dictator, Okay?

    12/19/2014 11:30:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Did you know that having First Amendment rights in the United States comes with the responsibility not to offend dictators from North Korea? Had no idea? Me either. Last night on CNN "journalist" Sharon Waxman, who has worked at a number of media outlets including the Washington Post, argued that having First Amendment rights means we shouldn't be making fun of North Korean dictators because they might get upset. She was of course referring to the recent and massive hack on Sony pictures by North Korea as retaliation for "The Interview," a comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-Un. "I also want...
  • Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’

    12/19/2014 8:43:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12.17.14 | William Boot
    The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictator’s head explode—their blessing. The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony Entertainment CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interview would be useful propaganda against...
  • #BREAKING New message to @Sony top execs from hackers:

    12/19/2014 8:17:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    CNN Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Carol Costello
    #BREAKING New message to @Sony top execs from hackers: "very wise" decision to scrap movie from theaters via @CNN @brianstelter #SonyHack
  • George Clooney reveals top Hollywood names refused to sign petition supporting Kim Jong-un

    12/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Darren Boyle
    Hollywood star George Clooney said fellow celebrities and industry figures did not want to sign a petition supporting 'The Interview' film featuring the assassination of Kim Jong-un as they were afraid of the consequences. Clooney said he wanted to see the film released on-line to undermine the threats of the hacking gang, who are believed to be supported by North Korean agents. Sony's computer systems were breached following a major hacking attack last month, which saw highly confidential material released as well as a string of embarrassing emails.
  • Stockholm Syndrome and Hollywood

    12/18/2014 3:36:06 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 14 replies
    Showbiz411 ^ | - December 18, 2014 | Roger Friedman
    "“The Interview”: Orgy Scene with Kim Jong Un and James Franco Might Have Caused Concern"
  • Romney urges Sony Pictures: Fight back and release “The Interview” for free online

    12/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    By gum, he sounds like presidential material to me. Your move, Jeb. .@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014 More than 13,000 retweets as I write this. Clearly there’s a demand for countermeasures among an American public that doesn’t like the idea of foreigners, especially savages like the Kim cabal, holding veto power over their culture. (Too bad China, Kim’s chief patron, already sort of does.) Am I right, though, in thinking that no major Republican pol aside from Romney has said anything...
  • Texas theater to show “Team America” in place of canceled “Interview”

    12/17/2014 8:19:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Sometimes, you just need Texas. As the rest of the entertainment industry was being brought to its knees by the threat of more hacking and terrorism, a theater in Texas decided to both capitalize on this story and stand up for freedom of speech. The only bummer is they’re holding a free screening, as I’d hoped they’d rake in a bunch of cash for filling a gap in the market, which would be as appropriately American as the statement they’re making about our values. They should be rewarded, and they will be, at least with brand recognition and good will:...
  • NYC Film Premiere Canceled After Threat

    12/17/2014 11:07:24 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    WOR710 ^ | 12/16/14
    The threat of a 9/11-style attack has caused Sony to cancel the New York premiere of its new film, “The Interview.” "Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time," a note from hackers warned. The premiere was supposed to be held tomorrow night at the Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan. Sony is telling other theaters they don’t have to show the movie when it opens. “It’s actually not...
  • Source: Top Five Theater Circuits Drop 'The Interview' After Sony Hack

    12/17/2014 11:59:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 17, 2014 | Gregg Kilday
    The country's top five theater circuits have decided not to play Sony's The Interview, a knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film. Carmike Cinemas confirmed its decision to drop the film on Tuesday. The other chains did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sony also had no immediate comment.
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Texan says he entered North Korea illegally, slamming U.S.

    12/14/2014 1:23:18 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 14, 2014 | The Associated Press
    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea on Sunday presented to the media an American man who says he illegally crossed into the country but has not been put into custody and is seeking asylum in Venezuela. Arturo Pierre Martinez, 29, of El Paso, Texas, said he entered North Korea by crossing the river border with China. Details of how and when he got into the country were not immediately clear. In his comments to reporters, Martinez strongly criticized the U.S. for alleged human rights violations. "The illegal war carried out against the nation of Iraq serves as a perfect example...
  • This Is What It Was Like To Be At Sony's 'The Interview' Premiere Last Night In LA

    12/12/2014 9:12:40 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | 12-13-2014 | ALY WEISMAN
    “The Interview” —  the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about killing Kim Jong Un at the center of the Sony hacking scandal —  had it’s world premiere last night in Los Angeles. Leading up to the premiere, a series of scary cyber attacks hit the studio, releasing everything from employees’ Social Security Numbers to execs’ entire email inboxes. So it was no surprise when Sony announced that the premiere would be low key, with just a red carpet for photo-ops but no interviews. Judging by Franco’s Instagram photo from the movie’s premiere party, the film’s stars aren’t too worried.
  • 'Dwarfs castrated and children sent for chemical weapons tests': How North Korea is 'purging the

    12/11/2014 8:09:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2014 | Simon Tomlinson
    North Korea is systematically purging its disabled population by making them disappear from public sight, subjecting them to chemical weapons tests and castrating them, defectors claimed today. Ji Seong-ho, 32, who escaped after he himself suffered horrific treatment after losing a leg and hand, said the Kim Jong-un's regime felt 'humiliated' by them. He claims babies with mental and physical disabilities are routinely snatched from hospitals and left to suffer 'indescribable things' until they die. Two other defectors also told him of a village in a remote mountain region that had been effectively turned into an asylum to house people...
  • Men, women blast contraception poster (Korea)

    12/08/2014 9:40:20 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2014-12-07 | Chung Hyun-chae
    A government poster encouraging the use of contraception to prevent abortions has prompted a public outcry. In the advertisement issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Friday, a young couple is seen from behind. The woman glances behind her, smiling, while walking arm in arm with her boyfriend/husband. The man is carrying paper shopping bags and a woman's pink handbag. Next to the photo, a slogan reads: "Although you leave everything (to men), don't leave the responsibility for contraception (to men)." Another shorter phrase states: "Contraception is a matter of self-service." The poster further explains that contraception is...
  • In North Korea, hackers are a handpicked, pampered elite

    12/06/2014 1:04:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 5, 2014 | Ju-min Park and James Pearson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) SEOUL-Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the attack that was launched last month but a U.S. national security source said it was a suspect. Defectors from the North have said Bureau 121, staffed by some of the most talented computer experts in the insular state, is part of the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, an elite spy...
  • North Korea ordered citizens named Kim Jong Un to change their names, says new report

    12/03/2014 3:24:35 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/3/14 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Kim Jong Un, North Korea's young dictator, sits at the top of a nation that for decades has enshrined the ruling Kim dynasty as demigods. The personality cult that surrounds the hermit kingdom's leadership is one of the strange realities of this pariah state, spawning eerie totalitarian spectacles and the most vigorous displays of clapping the world has ever seen. It also leads to whole ranks of the population having to surrender their names. According to a new report on a South Korean TV station, North Korean authorities issued a directive in 2011 — when Kim Jong Un came to...
  • Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry receives 36 years in prison

    11/11/2014 4:06:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11-11-2014 | foxnews.com
    A South Korean court sentenced the captain of a ferry whose sinking left over 300 people dead and plunged the country into prolonged mourning and soul-searching to 36 years in prison Tuesday. Capt. Lee Joon-seok was convicted of gross negligence, but was also acquitted of a homicide charge, which claimed that he left the passengers behind while the ship was sinking. Family members of the victims, most of whom were teenagers, immediately criticized the sentence for Lee and other crew members as too lenient, some weeping and shouting during the court proceedings. The vessel's chief engineer got 30 years, and...
  • North Korea Releases 2 Detained Americans

    11/08/2014 7:54:26 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been released from North Korea, where they were detained for two years and seven months, respectively, the U.S. State Department announced Saturday.
  • North Korean officials executed ‘for watching South Korean TV soap operas’ in Kim Jong-un’s latest

    10/30/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Ten senior members of North Korea’s ruling party have been executed after they were caught watching soap operas. The officials were killed on the order of dictator Kim Jong-Un, taking the number of senior government and military members executed this year to 50, South Korea's intelligence agency have said. The ten were ‘executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising’.
  • S. Korea Spy Agency: North Korea Leader Had Ankle Surgery

    10/28/2014 3:26:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 28, 2014 | VOA News
    What caused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to begin walking with a cane earlier this month? Ankle surgery, says South Korea's spy agency, as reported by Yonhap news agency on Tuesday. Kim’s six-week absence from public events set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world, from serious health issues to a possible coup. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told South Korean legislators that a foreign doctor flew to the counrty and operated on Kim in September or October to remove a cyst from his ankle, said Park Byeong-seok, an aide for opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min.
  • (URGENT) Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

    10/19/2014 3:16:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/19
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  • North Korea leader Kim re-appears, with walking stick: state media

    10/14/2014 3:05:34 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | Tony Munroe
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Tuesday after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive, nuclear-capable country. Several pictures on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing on a visit to a housing development, although there was no indication which day the event took place. He was surrounded by aides and wearing his signature dark buttoned suit, and appeared to be supporting himself with a black walking stick.
  • Why so many Koreans are called Kim

    10/13/2014 7:15:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    economist ^ | 9-8-2014
    A SOUTH KOREAN saying claims that a stone thrown from the top of Mount Namsan, in the centre of the capital Seoul, is bound to hit a person with the surname Kim or Lee. One in every five South Koreans is a Kim—in a population of just over 50m. And from the current president, Park Geun-hye, to rapper PSY (born Park Jae-sang), almost one in ten is a Park. Taken together, these three surnames account for almost half of those in use in South Korea today. Neighbouring China has around 100 surnames in common usage; Japan may have as many...
  • Nuke negotiations with Iran are worse than the 1951-53 peace process with North Korea

    10/12/2014 10:53:21 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Parallels between the current negotiations with Iran over nukes and those with North Korea and China over the end of the U.S. - U.N. “police action” in Korea should be considered in evaluating the former. That is the purpose of this article.Among the conclusions to be drawn is that Obama's America and the rest of the "international community" are heading down a foolishly misguided path in nuke negotiations with Iran. The path is likely to lead to results more inconclusive and substantially worse than did negotiations to end the Korean Conflict. Korea negotiationsNegotiations looking to the end of the Korean conflict began on July 10, 1951 at Kaesong, a...
  • Coup D’état: Dennis Rodman Takes Over North Korea In Violent Overthrow (Satire)

    10/10/2014 3:58:17 PM PDT · by Cry if I Wanna · 7 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | October 10, 1946 | Paul
    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been deposed in a violent overthrow led by Dennis Rodman, the former NBA basketball star who had been serving as Mayor of Pyongyang since earlier this year. According to two high-level sources, Rodman jailed Jong-un and his top lieutenants before naming himself Supreme Worm of the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, Duffel Blog has learned. The sources said that Rodman seized power after he won a game of H-O-R-S-E against the former leader he once called his “best friend.”
  • North Korea fires artillery into South: Yonhap

    10/10/2014 3:18:31 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Oct 10, 2014 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - North Korea fired artillery into South Korea on Friday, aimed at a region near the rivals' military border where an activist group had sent leaflets flying into the North, Yonhap news agency said.
  • Koreas trade fire after N Korea ship violates NLL

    10/08/2014 1:07:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Korea Herald/Asia News Network ^ | Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 | The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
    South and North Korean patrol ships traded fire in the West Sea on Tuesday morning after a North Korean warship violated the Northern Limit Line, a de facto sea border.
  • Sorry, North Korea Conspiracists: Kim Jong Un Is Probably Just Sick

    10/04/2014 5:38:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 37 replies
    Time ^ | 10/03/2014 | Hannah Beech
    North Korean state media reports also serve to educate local elite who know how to read between the lines. “These are signals but signals only for people in the know,” says Lankov. “I am quite sure the official media reports about his ill health would have been signed off on by the great man himself.” Another possible hint that Kim is not fully incapacitated, as some of the wilder North Korea rumors have it: a leadership shuffle was recently announced in Pyongyang. “I don’t think that would have been authorized without him,” says Lankov. “He may be undergoing some sort...
  • High-level North Korean delegation to attend AG closing ceremony (current & former No. 2 men)

    10/03/2014 6:32:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 159 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-10-04
    High-level North Korean delegation to attend AG closing ceremony North Korea plans to send a high-ranking delegation to the Incheon Asian Games closing ceremony Saturday, Seoul's Ministry of Unification said. According to official sources, the North informed the South on Friday that it wants to send Hwang Pyong-so, Choe Ryong-hae and Kim Yang-gon to the ceremony slated for 6 p.m. Saturday. The three officials plan to arrive via a direct air route from North Korea to Incheon at 10 a.m. Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae is expected to hold talks with the North Korean officials after their arrival. Hwang was recently...
  • Has Kim Jong-Un lost control of North Korea? Pyongyang is on lockdown and nation's former

    10/03/2014 10:46:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a 'puppet leader'. Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il's propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it's been reported. The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lockdown with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung's claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is...
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Suffering From 'Gout Due to Hereditary Obesity'

    09/26/2014 5:48:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26, 2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to be suffering from gout, a hereditary disease which he seems to have inherited from his father and grandfather. The ruling North Korean leader, who is believed to be his early 30s, has not been seen in public for more than three weeks. He also skipped the regular session at the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on Thursday amid increasing speculation that he is severely ill.