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  • Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About ‘Setting Up Secret Channels Between Insurgents And Governments’

    10/31/2015 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 30 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that Hillary Clintons longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments. Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blairs chief of staff. (Quote) Hillary, Jonathan Powell has launched a new NGO that has already initiated some very interesting work below the radar, (Unquote) Blumenthal wrote in the March 18, 2012 email. (Quote)Sid We are trying to replicate what we did...
  • North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

    05/26/2016 6:45:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | NICOLE PERLROTH and MICHAEL CORKERY
    Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain. In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and media companies in South Korea in 2013. Government officials in the United States and South Korea have blamed...
  • An American GI defected to North Korea. Now his sons are propaganda stars

    05/25/2016 8:11:50 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2016 | Anna Fifield
    Their names are Ted and James, and they look like the kinds of men you might bump into on the streets of Richmond, Va., where their father was born. But theyre speaking perfect North Korean and wearing badges of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the first two leaders of North Korea, over their hearts. Oh, and the younger one, James, is a captain in the North Korean army. Theyre the Pyongyang-born sons of James Joseph Dresnok, the former American GI who defected to North Korea in 1962 when he was stationed in South Korea after the war. And...
  • North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader

    05/24/2016 6:02:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2016 | Stephanie Nebehay
    North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader GENEVA | By Stephanie Nebehay U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "kind of propaganda or advertisement" in his election race, a senior North Korean official said on Monday. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in New York last week, said he is willing to talk to the North Korean leader to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. "It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether...
  • N.Koreans Toil for Global Clothing Labels in China(Ralph Lauren & Burberry)

    05/21/2016 11:44:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 19, 2016
    N.Koreans Toil for Global Clothing Labels in China North Korean workers are toiling for Chinese factories that make clothes for global labels like Ralph Lauren and Burberry, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday. One of their employers is Mei Dao Garment in Hebei Province, a source told the radio station. Mei Dao first employed 54 North Korean workers via a North Korean trading company from January to July 2012. In April last year it also established another firm in Dandong, Miryong Garment, as a joint venture with another North Korean company. Mei Dao now employs hundreds of North Koreans, according to...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un at a nearly-completed Natural History Museum

    05/21/2016 5:59:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 21, 2016
  • Exclusive: Trump would talk to North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord

    05/17/2016 8:35:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17, 2016 | Steve Holland and Emily Flitter
    Exclusive: Trump would talk to North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord NEW YORK | By Steve Holland and Emily Flitter Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, and said he would seek to dismantle most of the U.S....
  • The Iran Scam Continues

    01/24/2014 9:06:19 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Neither the November 24th P5+1 "deal" nor the White House summary of the subsequent agreement to continue the process deals effectively with Iran's efforts to have nuclear weapons. NOTE: I tried to address much of what follows whenwriting earlier about the Iran Scam and have difficulty understanding why there is very little public or even official interest in the problems the deal raises. Please let me to elaborate here a bit more on why the P5+1 "deal" is a scam, why it matters and to offer some hypotheses about the lack of interest.The text of the English language version of...
  • The next US Secretary of State?

    03/31/2016 7:50:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/31/16 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Say it isn't so. Could this actually be the next US Secretary of State (Hat Tip: Barak Ravid)? Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met during his visit to Washington Wendy Sherman, an adviser to the US Democratic Party's presidential primary candidate Hillary Clinton, the foreign affairs ministry announced on Thursday. The Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that during the meeting Sherman listened to Shoukry's evaluations of political and economic developments taking place in Egypt, the country's regional and international relations, as well as the country's efforts to fight terrorism. "The meeting reflected the mutual wish to...
  • Americans traveling to N. Korea risk 'unduly harsh sentences'-U.S.

    05/16/2016 12:59:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | May 16, 2016 | Susan Heavey and Megan Cassella
    WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - Americans who travel to North Korea despite ongoing warnings risk "unduly harsh sentences" for actions that would not be considered a crime in the United States, the U.S. State Department said in its latest travel warning on Monday. The department, in a detailed warning against such travel, cautioned that at least 14 U.S. citizens have been detained in North Korea in the past 10 years and that American travelers should be aware that possessing any media criticizing the country could considered a crime.
  • North Korea seizes Russian yacht with crew in neutral waters

    05/14/2016 5:55:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    RT ^ | May 14, 2016
    North Korea seizes Russian yacht with crew in neutral waters Published time: 14 May, 2016 11:03 Edited time: 14 May, 2016 12:00 North Korean coast guards intercepted a Russian yacht in neutral waters and escorted it to a N. Korean port without giving an explanation on Friday. The Russian embassy in Pyongyang has demanded the immediate release of the Russian vessel and its crew. Sportsmen aboard the Elfin yacht were returning to Vladivostok from an international regatta in the South Korean port of Busan, when it was waylaid by what had appeared to be a fishing boat sailing under the...
  • North Korean Marathon Runners Accused Of Cheating During Race To Qualify For Olympics

    05/13/2016 7:50:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | May 11, 2016
    North Korean Marathon Runners Accused Of Cheating During Race To Qualify For Olympics May 11, 2016 8:35 PM PYONGYANG, North Korea (CBSNewYork) Two North Korean marathon runners are accused of cheating during a race to qualify for the Olympics. South African athletes manager Dewald Steyn told Race Results Weekly that Ra Hyon-ho and Ri Kwang-bom cut the course during the Mangyongdae Prize Pyongyang Marathon North Korea to hit the Olympic qualifying time of 2:19:00 set by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Ra finished fourth at 2:15:45, while Ri came in fifth at 2:16:25 during the April 10 marathon....
  • BBC correspondent in North Korea detained over reporting

    05/08/2016 11:21:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | May 09, 2016
    BBC correspondent in North Korea detained over reporting North Korea detained a BBC journalist and ordered his expulsion over his reporting, the broadcaster said on Monday, as a large group of foreign reporters cover a rare congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party. Posted 09 May 2016 12:55 Updated 09 May 2016 13:40 PYONGYANG: North Korea detained a BBC journalist and ordered his expulsion over his reporting, the broadcaster said on Monday, as a large group of foreign reporters cover a rare congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was detained on Friday as he was about to...
  • Why a conservative economist says Trump could make America the North Korea of economics

    Why a conservative economist says Trump could make America the North Korea of economics By Jim Tankersley May 6 In his run for the White House, Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on imports from China, in almost-certain violation of international rules. He has threatened to confiscate money that immigrants from Mexico wire home to their families, in order to force the Mexican government to pay for a border wall. This week, he suggested that, in an economic crisis, the government might repay only some of the money it owes to certain holders of its debt. Those threats reflect...
  • No Weddings, Funerals in North Korea So Kim Jong Un Can Party

    05/07/2016 6:36:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05.06.16 | Gordon Chang
    05.06.16 2:06 AM ET No Weddings, Funerals in North Korea So Kim Jong Un Can Party No work breaks, no travel, and no food (again). The Dear Leader launched an unprecedented crackdown on his beleaguered masses to celebrate a rare Congress for his elite this weekend. Kim Jong Un has imposed extraordinary social controls across North Koreaand especially in the capital of Pyongyangin the run-up to the Workers Party 7th Congress, which starts Friday. The once-in-a-generation eventthe last was held in 1980is supposed to celebrate Kims rule, but in recent months observers have been seeing signs of a breakdown of...
  • N. Korea: Daily NK obtains snacks to be distributed at Party Congress

    05/07/2016 7:59:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2016-05-06 | Seol Song Ah
    Daily NK obtains snacks to be distributed at Party Congress Seol Song Ah | 2016-05-06 17:57 Snacks for 7th Party Congress participants. Daily NK has exclusively obtained a bundle of snacks that will be part of a larger gift set handed out to participants of the 7th Party Congress, which began today in Pyongyang. The goods were produced on April 25 at the Gold Cup Athletes Comprehensive Food Factory located in Pyongyangs Mangyongdae district. The gift package contains some 30 types of snacks including fried glutinous rice crackers, jam-filled pastries, strawberry lily biscuits [named for an famous North Korean song],...
  • Fake North Korea bills found, Seoul police say (massive pile weighing 330 pounds)

    05/04/2016 3:44:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | May 3, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    Fake North Korea bills found, Seoul police say The counterfeit money was found at a thrift store. By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | May 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM SEOUL, May 3 (UPI) -- South Korean police are investigating a large stack of counterfeit North Korean bills found at a Seoul thrift store. The massive pile of fake North Korean money weighed about 330 pounds, and was found in a heap of wastepaper in southwestern Seoul, Yonhap reported. The counterfeit money was printed in 5,000 North Korean won denominations. There is no official exchange rate for the currency. The...
  • Bernie Sanders says conditions in Baltimore no better than North Korea, West Bank

    05/01/2016 12:19:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    politifact ^ | April 28th, 2016 | Linda Qiu
    Bernie Sanders says conditions in Baltimore no better than North Korea, West Bank By Linda Qiu on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. Residents of some Baltimore neighborhoods are no better off than people living in impoverished North Korea and the violent West Bank, Bernie Sanders said during a campaign rally in Maryland ahead of that states primary. "Poverty in Baltimore, and around this country poverty is a death sentence," Sanders said April 24. He then laid out some rather unflattering and harsh comparisons: "Fifteen neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them...
  • North Korean food supply hit by drought, UN warns, as Kim Jong Un spends on missiles

    04/29/2016 7:45:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | Apr 28, 2016 | Huileng Tan
    North Korean food supply hit by drought, UN warns, as Kim Jong Un spends on missiles Huileng Tan | @huileng_tan Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 | 12:30 AM ET North Korea's already-low food supply is set to deteriorate this year as dry weather hits crop yields, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Given the tight food supplies in 2015/16, the country's food security situation is expected to deteriorate from the previous year when most households were already estimated to have poor or borderline food consumption levels," the agency said in a report on Wednesday. North Korea's total...
  • North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops

    04/29/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | hyung-jin kim
    North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops By hyung-jin kim, associated press SEOUL, South Korea Apr 29, 2016, 4:13 AM ET North Korea on Friday accused U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A North Korean military statement warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." "GIs hurled fully armed MPs of the South Korean puppet army into perpetrating such dangerous...
  • EMP alert: 2 N. Korean satellites now orbit over U.S.

    04/25/2016 5:21:38 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 54 replies
    WND ^ | 4/24/2016 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON North Korea now has two satellites orbiting over the United States capable of performing a surprise electromagnetic pulse attack at an altitude and trajectory that evade U.S. National Missile Defenses, a national security expert warned in an interview with Joseph Farahs G2 Bulletin. Peter Vincent Pry told G2 Bulletin that the satellites can be commanded either to deorbit and hit a target on the ground or explode at a high altitude to create an EMP effect that would knock out the unprotected U.S. national electrical grid system and all life-sustaining critical infrastructures that depend on it. The threat,...
  • Kim Jong Il's former Japanese chef visits N.Korea

    04/24/2016 12:49:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | Apr. 24, 2016
    Kim Jong Il's former Japanese chef visits N.Korea A former Japanese chef for the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, has just ended a visit to North Korea. Kenji Fujimoto served as the chef for the former leader for 13 years until 2001. He arrived at an airport in Beijing from Pyongyang on Saturday after a stay of more than 10 days. Fujimoto did not disclose details about his trip which started on April 12th. Four years ago, Fujimoto was invited by the current leader Kim Jong Un, who assumed power after his father's death, to visit the country...
  • N. Korea's SLBM Launch Pictures

    04/23/2016 10:07:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/24
  • Kim Jong Un broadcasts 'Master Chef'-style cooking competition while North Korea starves

    04/22/2016 7:34:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 22, 2016
    Kim Jong Un broadcasts 'Master Chef'-style cooking competition while North Korea starves Published April 22, 2016 Cheese-chomping despot Kim Jong Un held a Master Chef-style competition to find North Koreas top cooks as millions across the nation starve. The Emmental-obsessed dictator gave the show, which was broadcast on state TV, the green light despite an estimated two-thirds of the countrys 27 million people surviving on food rations. The Commie connoisseur developed a love of European cheeses and fine wines when he went to school in Switzerland. But the tubby tyrant was served decidedly different fare during the contest as competitors...
  • North Korean Missile Exploded, Damaged Launcher in Failed Test

    04/22/2016 8:09:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 20, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    North Korean Missile Exploded, Damaged Launcher in Failed Test U.S. commander says threats from Pyongyang increasing BY: Bill Gertz April 20, 2016 5:00 am North Koreas first attempt to test-launch a new intermediate-range missile last week failed after the Musudan blew up shortly after launch, causing a huge fireball that damaged the mobile launcher, according to American defense officials. Were still assessing the specifics of it but I can tell you that it was a fiery, catastrophic attempt at a launch, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday. It was not successful. The test failure on Friday represents...
  • N. Korea: Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament...

    04/19/2016 5:18:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/20 | Chang Jae-soon
    (2nd LD) Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament: incoming USFK commander 2016/04/20 05:23 (ATTN: ADDS comments in paras 16-17; CHANGES headline) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea would have to think about developing its own nuclear weapons for self-defense if the United States removes its "nuclear umbrella" protection for the Asian ally, the incoming commander of U.S. Forces Korea said Tuesday. Gen. Vincent Brooks, nominated to succeed Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti as USFK commander, made the remark during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing, stressing that it's very important for...
  • Govt closes down city North Korean clinics (Tanzania)

    04/19/2016 6:16:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Govt closes down city North Korean clinics Apr 17, 2016 Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, announced during an impromptu visit to the clinics on Friday, one located at Mahiwa Street and the Oriental Traditional Medicine at Magomeni Mikumi both operated by Maibong Company, a North Korean firm.The deputy minister said the two clinics were operating without legal documents including lacking a business license. While being interrogated by the minister, a healer at the clinic whose name could not easily be availed told the minister that their business is jointly operated with...
  • Three Nobel prize winners to visit North Korea in late Aril: VOA

    04/19/2016 5:40:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/18
    Three Nobel prize winners to visit North Korea in late Aril: VOA 2016/04/18 13:10 SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- Three Nobel laureates will visit North Korea late this month on a rare mission to engage the communist country through science and technology, a media report said Monday. During their April 30 to May 6 trip, the Nobel prize winners will give lectures and hold seminars at the North's three most prestigious schools -- Kim Il-sung University, Kimchaek University of Technology and Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, according to the Washington-based Voice of America (VOA). VOA made the report in...
  • North Korea bans piercings and Western-style clothing

    04/18/2016 6:53:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2016 | James Rothwell
    North Korea bans piercings and Western-style clothing By James Rothwell 17 April 2016 7:42pm They are already forced to wear regime-approved hairstyles, chosen from a state-sanctioned list of drab cuts. Now North Koreans have been banned from having piercings as part of a crackdown on Western culture in the secretive regime ahead of its annual workers' conference. The rule, which also forbids wearing Western clothing such as jeans, has reportedly focused on the North Hamgyong and Yanggang provinces. Both areas border with China, where citizens to have easier access to information - and cultural trends - from the outside...
  • North Korean official on Trump comments: 'Totally absurd and illogical'

    04/17/2016 6:09:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2016 | Will Ripley and Tim Schwarz
    North Korean official on Trump comments: 'Totally absurd and illogical' By Will Ripley and Tim Schwarz, CNN Updated 1344 GMT (2044 HKT) April 17, 2016 Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) A North Korean official said recent remarks by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump are "absurd and illogical," in a rare interview granted to a CNN team in Pyongyang. Trump suggested the U.S. military should withdraw from key allies South Korea and Japan, and both countries could instead arm themselves with nuclear weapons. "Donald Trump's remarks are totally absurd and illogical," says Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International...
  • North Korea gearing up for another 'nuclear test' after failed missile launch

    04/16/2016 8:12:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 16, 2016 | Jacob J
    North Korea gearing up for another 'nuclear test' after failed missile launch April 16, 2016 08:27 SGT By Jacob J North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suffered a double whammy as a medium-range rocket launch failed and ally China castigated the reclusive regime for its military misadventures. However, the setback will only spur the dictator to adopt a tougher posturing in a bid to shore up power and Pyongyang was more likely than not to carry out a fifth nuclear test, observers have said. South Korean officials and international experts said the chances of North Korea conducting another nuclear test were...
  • US says North Korean missile launch was a 'catastrophic' failure

    04/15/2016 5:57:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    KSL ^ | Apr 15th, 2016
    US says North Korean missile launch was a 'catastrophic' failure By The Associated Press | Posted Apr 15th, 2016 @ 6:31pm WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon is describing a North Korean missile launch today as a "catastrophic" failure. The launch was meant to celebrate the birthday of the country's founder. But a South Korean news agency says the missile exploded in the air just a few seconds after liftoff. It was reportedly a new and powerful type of mid-range missile. A Pentagon spokesman says it appears to have been fired from a mobile launcher, since the location of the launch...
  • Waking supervolcano makes North Korea and West join forces

    04/15/2016 5:48:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    New Scientist ^ | April 15, 2016 | Andy Coghlan
    Waking supervolcano makes North Korea and West join forces Rare example of collaboration with isolationist regime's researchers helps reveal secrets of one of the worlds largest volcanoes By Andy Coghlan If it blows again, it could make Vesuvius look like a tea party. Now, in a ground-breaking collaboration between the West and North Korea, vulcanologists are gaining new insights into Mount Paektu, on North Koreas border with China, and whether it might blow its top any time soon. If it does, the outcome could be catastrophic. Paektus last eruption, a thousand years ago, is the second largest ever recorded, topped...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military

    04/15/2016 7:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/15
    (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military 2016/04/15 15:46 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES throughout) SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea conducted its first test-launch of the medium-range ballistic missile Musudan early Friday from its east coast, but the launch ended in failure, officials said. "North Korea seems to have tried a missile launch from the East Sea area in the early morning today, but it is presumed to have failed," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Sources said the launched missile was the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), also known as the BM-25. The...
  • U.S. sources: Signs of North Korea mobile ballistic missile launch

    04/12/2016 1:21:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | April 12, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    U.S. sources: Signs of North Korea mobile ballistic missile launch By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Updated 1807 GMT (0107 HKT) April 12, 2016 CNN) — U.S. intelligence satellites have spotted signs that North Korea may be preparing for an unprecedented launch of a mobile ballistic missile which could potentially hit portions of the U.S., CNN has learned. Opinion: Impose sanctions on North Korea's enablers Two U.S. officials told CNN that if the regime proceeds with a launch, the latest assessments are the most likely scenario is the launch of the so-called Musudan missile, which the U.S. believes could potentially...
  • North Korean restaurant defectors 'were in China and left legally'

    04/12/2016 5:55:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Apr. 12, 2016
    North Korean restaurant defectors 'were in China and left legally' China has said that 13 North Korean restaurant workers who defected to South Korea last week had been working in China and had left legally. In a rare comment on such issues, a foreign ministry spokesman said the 13 had the right documents to exit China. China tends to view North Koreans who escape across its border as illegal economic migrants and sends them back. The group are now in South Korea, which provides an aid and adjustment package for all North Koreans who defect.
  • North Korea scolds Obama by adopting the voice of Abraham Lincoln

    04/12/2016 5:36:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 11, 2016 | Anna Fifield and Yoonjung Seo
    North Korea scolds Obama by adopting the voice of Abraham Lincoln By Anna Fifield and Yoonjung Seo April 11 at 7:51 AM  TOKYO — We don’t know what Abraham Lincoln would have made of Barack Obama, since the 16th president died 144 years before the 44th took office. But never fear. North Korea’s propagandists have taken it upon themselves to channel Honest Abe and — surprise, surprise — the report card they give the current leader of the United States is not a good one, especially not when it comes to his policy toward the regime of Kim Jong...
  • (2nd LD) N.K. military intelligence officer defected to S. Korea last year: Seoul (Senior Colonel)

    04/10/2016 11:44:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/11
    (2nd LD) N.K. military intelligence officer defected to S. Korea last year: Seoul 2016/04/11 14:23 (ATTN: UPDATES with more info in paras 6, 12, 15-17) SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- A ranking North Korean military officer in charge of conducting intelligence operations defected to South Korea last year, Seoul's defense ministry said Monday, as the North's leader is tightening his grip on the regime. A North Korean senior colonel, whose name has been withheld, defected in 2015 after working at the North's reconnaissance bureau tasked with carrying out espionage missions against the South, the ministry said. "(The North Korean military...
  • North Koreas Largest Recent Defector Group Arrives in South Korea

    04/09/2016 7:07:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 8, 2016 | Alastair Gale
    North Koreas Largest Recent Defector Group Arrives in South Korea The group of 13 worked in a North Korean restaurant in an unidentified country By Alastair Gale Updated April 8, 2016 10:00 a.m. ET SEOULIn one of the largest known group defections of North Koreans in recent years, 13 restaurant workers from the country have arrived together in South Korea, Seoul said. The group of one male manager and 12 female employees were based at a restaurant in an undisclosed country outside North Korea and reached South Korea on Thursday, a spokesman for South Koreas Unification Ministry said. The defection...
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea claims success in new ICBM engine test

    04/09/2016 2:30:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/09
    (2nd LD) N. Korea claims success in new ICBM engine test 2016/04/09 11:04 (ATTN: ADDS photo, details in last 5 paras) SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea claimed Saturday that it has successfully conducted a ground test of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the latest in a series of Pyongyang's claims of progress in its nuclear and missile programs. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued an order to conduct a "jet test of a new type high-power engine of intercontinental ballistic rocket and personally came to the Sohae Space Center to guide the test," the...
  • 'Suspicious activity' at N. Korea's nuclear complex

    04/04/2016 7:50:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 4th, 2016 | By Chang Jae-soon
    WASHINGTON, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Recent satellite imagery shows "suspicious activity" at North Korea's nuclear complex in what could be a sign that Pyongyang might be trying to harvest weapons-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel, a U.S. website monitoring the North said Monday. The website 38 North said in a report that the satellite imagery has shown "exhaust plumes" from a thermal plant used to heat the Yongbyon nuclear complex's Radiochemical Laboratory, where spent nuclear fuel rods are reprocessed to extract plutonium. "During the past five weeks, exhaust plumes on two, possibly three, occasions were observed at the Radiochemical Laboratory's...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister Consolidates Power

    03/28/2016 3:01:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 28, 2016
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Consolidates Power North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong appears to have risen to a position of considerable power in the secretive regime. Kim Yeo-jong now holds a key post in the Workers Party's department in charge of promotions and appointments. A source said Kim Yeo-jong's husband is a university professor in Pyongyang and comes from an ordinary background, denying recent rumors that she is married to the son of senior official Choe Ryong-hae. Kim Yeo-jong rose quickly through the party ranks and consolidated her position, thanks to her quick wit and natural political acumen. Since September...
  • Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? Its not as far-fetched as it sounds.

    03/26/2016 5:41:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 25, 2016 | Adam Taylor
    Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? Its not as far-fetched as it sounds. By Adam Taylor March 25 This week, representatives of Western-backed Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva told Russian state media that President Bashar al-Assad had a surprising new ally on the Syrian battlefield: militia units from North Korea. "Two North Korean units are there, which are Chalma-1 and Chalma-7," Asaad az-Zoubi, head of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to Syrian peace talks in the Swiss city, reportedly told Tass news agency on Tuesday. In any other context, the presence of soldiers from the internationally isolated and geographically distant...
  • North Korea Nukes US In Propaganda Video

    03/26/2016 5:27:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Sky News ^ | March 26, 2016
    North Korea Nukes US In Propaganda Video Kim Jong-Un lays waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in Pyongyang's latest menacing video. 10:20, UK, Saturday 26 March 2016 North Korea has threatened to lay waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in a menacing propaganda video. The four-minute film - titled Last Chance - runs through the history of US-Korea relations, including images of US prisoners of war on Korean soil. It ends with a digitally-enhanced sequence showing a missile emerging from the clouds and slamming into the road in front of the Lincoln Memorial - sending a...
  • North Koreas Punggye-ri Facility Appears Ready to Support New Nuclear Tests

    03/18/2016 8:34:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    38 North ^ | March 18, 2016 | Jack Liu
    North Koreas Punggye-ri Facility Appears Ready to Support New Nuclear Tests By 38 North 18 March 2016 A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates continued activity at North Koreas Punggye-ri nuclear test site that does not appear directed at further tunnel excavation but rather to maintain existing tunnels as well as to clean up after the January 2016 nuclear test. It is highly likely that site is capable of supporting additional tests at any time. Maintenance and Clean Up at the North Portal Commercial satellite imagery from March shows that the North Portal,...
  • North Korea lost a submarine, defense officials say

    03/11/2016 6:40:22 PM PST · by Signalman · 13 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/11/2016 | foxnews.com
    North Korea has a missing submarine, two defense officials told Fox News Friday. One official told Fox the submarine is a 70-foot Yono class "midget" submarine that is diesel powered and has a crew of two, with room for a squad of saboteurs. It was unclear who may have been onboard. North Korea does not operate large ballistic missile submarines, such as the U.S. Navys Ohio-class fleet. Fox News has learned North Korea has not asked the United States to assist in search and rescue efforts. On Thursday, North Korea responded to new sanctions from South Korea by firing short-range...
  • North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles: South Korea

    03/09/2016 9:56:26 PM PST · by JPX2011 · 75 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 9, 2016 | Stella Kim
    North Korea fired two ballistic missiles Thursday morning, a South Korean military official said, in the latest controversial move amid U.S.-South Korean military drills that have angered the rogue state. The two missiles flew about 310 miles at about 5:20 a.m. (3:20 p.m. Wednesday ET) and were fired from North Korea's northern shore, the military official said. Analysts said they were Scud-type missiles. The apparent launch comes after heated rhetoric from North Korea in recent days that has included threats of a preemptive nuclear strike.
  • N. Korea claims it can fit nuclear warheads on missiles

    03/08/2016 8:25:34 PM PST · by HWGruene · 20 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | 3/8/16 | Ana Fifield
    U.S. commanders say country has capability to make weapons small and light enough. Tokyo North Korea has been able to make its nuclear warheads small enough to fit onto ballistic missiles, the state media claimed Wednesday in Pyongyang's latest boast about improvements in its weapons capabilities. North Korea has made the claim before and it is not known whether it is true, but the timing of the announcement is inauspicious. The United States and South Korea are conducting huge military exercises that North Korea views as a pretext for an invasion. On Tuesday, South Korea unleashed a wave of...
  • North Korea ship impounded in Philippines as part of fresh sanctions

    03/05/2016 3:16:39 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Mar 4, 2016
    While North Korea keeps firing literal and figurative salvos, the world has responded with harsher sanctions -- ones that the Philippines has put into effect by detaining a ship from the reclusive East Asian nation. The Philippine government has impounded a North Korean freighter, the Jin Teng, in Subic Bay and plans to deport its crew, presidential spokesman Manuel Quezon III said in a radio interview, according to the official Philippines News Agency. This wouldn't have happened if not for Pyongyang's recent nuclear test and missile launch, and the global community's reaction to these defiant acts.
  • North Korea makes nuclear threat

    03/03/2016 4:28:06 PM PST · by yoe · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2014 | AP
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country's nuclear weapons made ready for use at a moment's notice, the country's official state news agency reported Friday. Kim also said his country will ready its military so it is prepared to carry out pre-emptive attacks, calling the current situation very precarious, according to the Korean Central News Agency. The threats in the statement are part of the authoritarian nation's regular propaganda effort to show strength in the face of what it sees as an effort by its enemies South Korea and the United States to overthrow its leaders; it follows...