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  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities

    11/25/2014 12:49:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | Leon Siciliano,
    Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has described Americans as "cannibals" after visiting an anti-US museum in Pyongyang By Leon Siciliano, and AFP, video source ITN 2:36PM GMT 25 Nov 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under pressure over Pyongyang's human rights record, has toured a museum dedicated to alleged atrocities by US forces during the Korean War, state media said Tuesday. The visit to the Sinchon Museum of United States War Atrocities was aimed at rousing the whole country "to an all-out anti-US struggle," the state-run KCNA news agency said. It comes...
  • North Koreans working in Sarawak's coal mines legally

    11/24/2014 5:31:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Asia One ^ | November 24, 2014
    North Koreans working in Sarawak's coal mines legally Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:26 The Star/Asia News Network SARAWAK, MALAYSIA - Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the North Koreans were brought into Sarawak to work via a special arrangement between the Sarawak and North Korean governments. "Only Sarawak has North Korean workers (in Malaysia). This is not (allowed) in the peninsular,'' he said when commenting on the presence of dozens of North Koreans at a coal mine in the Sri Aman division. Besides the 46 North Koreans, the mine's 119 foreign workers were from Myanmar...
  • North Korea seeks to forge alliance with Russia: official

    11/22/2014 1:27:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kim Kwang-tae
    North Korea seeks to forge alliance with Russia: official November 21, 2014 Kim Jong-un asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to exert influence to help silence international debate on his country’s dismal human rights record, according to a South Korean official. By Kim Kwang-tae SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed hope of forging an alliance with Moscow as he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to exert influence to help silence international debate on his country’s dismal human rights record, a South Korean official said Friday. The rare move represents Pyongyang’s desperate attempts to find a diplomatic exit...
  • N. Korea conducts ejection launcher test for submarine missile: report

    11/21/2014 7:01:45 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/22
    N. Korea conducts ejection launcher test for submarine missile: report 2014/11/22 03:48 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has conducted a test of an ejection launcher that helps fire missiles from submarines in a sign that the communist nation is making progress in its efforts to develop a submarine-based ballistic missile, a news report said Friday. The land-based test simulated the initial stage of boosting a missile out of a submarine launch tube and is a sign that the rogue state is moving ahead with plans for underwater missile strike capabilities for a future nuclear-tipped missile, the Washington Free...
  • North Korean linked to Kim Jong-un's purged uncle 'goes missing' in Paris

    11/21/2014 2:34:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Nov 2014 | Henry Samuel
    North Korean linked to Kim Jong-un's purged uncle 'goes missing' in Paris Kim Jong-un's secret agents strike in Paris, reports say, as North Korean architecture student whose father was close to dictator's uncle goes missing By Henry Samuel, Paris 5:44PM GMT 21 Nov 2014 Comments4 Comments The son of an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle has gone missing in Paris, sparking speculation that secret agents tried to kidnap him to spirit him back to the Communist nation. Referred to only by his surname Han, the architecture student went missing two weeks ago, raising concerns for his safety....
  • [N. Korea] Russian FM: Putin ready for summit with N.K. leader

    11/20/2014 9:24:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-11-21
    Russian FM: Putin ready for summit with N.K. leader Published : 2014-11-21 09:28 Updated : 2014-11-21 09:28 Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Moscow's top diplomat said Thursday after holding talks with Kim's special envoy. Russia confirmed that it is ready for contact with North Korea at various levels, including the highest level, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in response to a question from Yonhap News Agency whether his discussions with the North's special envoy, Choe Ryong-hae, included the possibility of Kim's visit to Russia. Lavrov also said that the...
  • North Korea responds to UN with nuclear test threat

    11/20/2014 4:12:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 November 2014
    20 November 2014 Last updated at 04:44 North Korea responds to UN with nuclear test threat North Korea has threatened to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations. Its foreign ministry on Thursday accused the United States of orchestrating a recent UN resolution calling for the investigation. North Korea previously conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Its threat comes as new satellite images emerge indicating fresh activity at a North Korean nuclear facility. A UN human rights committee on Tuesday passed a resolution calling on...
  • (2nd LD) NK special envoy set to meet Putin

    11/18/2014 4:23:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/18
    (2nd LD) NK special envoy set to meet Putin 2014/11/18 18:36 MOSCOW, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's special envoy later Tuesday, an official from Putin's office said. Choe Ryong-hae, the Workers' Party of Korea secretary, "is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Putin at 5 p.m. today," the Kremlin official told Yonhap News Agency. The public affairs office of the Kremlin later confirmed the planned meeting. Putin plans to have a closed-door meeting with Choe and there will be no press availability, it said. Choe is widely...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un abandoning Xi Jinping to chase Putin

    11/18/2014 4:07:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-11-18
    Kim Jong-un abandoning Xi Jinping to chase Putin Staff Reporter 2014-11-18 15:11 (GMT+8) Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. (Internet photo) North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un appears to be switching his diplomatic focus from China to Russia and is attempting to line up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, reports Duowei News, a Chinese political news outlet based overseas. The 31-year-old dictator, who has reappeared on the scene following a mysterious health-related absence, sent his special envoy Choe Ryong-hae to Moscow on Monday for an eight-day trip with undisclosed intentions, according to a report from South...
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin

    11/14/2014 5:46:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Gopi Chandra Kharel
    North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin By Gopi Chandra Kharel November 14, 2014 14:56 IST North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sending a special envoy to Russia next week before his own possible visit to Moscow, reports from Russia, China and the Korean peninsula suggested on Friday. Kim plans to send a top Communist Party official to Russia next week as his special envoy, according to Moscow's foreign ministry. But this official North Korean trip is likely to be a prelude to a visit to Moscow by the North Korean leader himself, some observers in...
  • 150,000 N.Koreans Sent to Slave Labor Abroad

    11/13/2014 8:01:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Nov. 13, 2014
    150,000 N.Koreans Sent to Slave Labor Abroad The international media have put the spotlight on thousands of North Koreans sent to labor on building sites abroad in conditions of virtual slavery. Extensive reports in the Guardian and the Financial Times have found that the North Korean regime pockets practically all the money they earn racing against time to build the World Cup facilities in Qatar and elsewhere. They are involved in construction of the 86,000-seat main stadium for the 2022 World Cup, a top-class hotel complex and two golf courses in Lusail, a new planned city 20 km north of...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN

    11/13/2014 4:53:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters(via The Guardian) ^ | 13 November 2014
    Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN Comments by special rapporteur in North Korea are strongest yet about supreme leader’s responsibility for abuses Reuters in Seoul The Guardian, Thursday 13 November 2014 08.30 GMT A UN investigator has said there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accountable for “massive” human rights atrocities committed by the state. The comments by Marzuki Darusman, special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, are some of the strongest yet from the UN about Kim’s responsibility for what they say are widespread abuses. A UN inquiry concluded in...
  • Russia To Revamp North Korea's Rail System, Eyes Mineral Resources

    11/10/2014 6:33:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 30 2014 | Michelle FlorCruz
    Russia To Revamp North Korea's Rail System, Eyes Mineral Resources By Michelle FlorCruz  October 30 2014 2:07 PM Russia and North Korea are considering a deal that would allow Russia access to the pariah nation’s mineral resources. Moscow reported that in exchange for access to the North’s mineral-rich lands, Russia would invest $25 billion into revamping the country’s dated railway network. According to Russia’s state-run Rossiskaya Gazeta, which quoted Russia’s minister for development of Far Eastern Russia, Alexander Galushka, the project would take on the task of updating roughly 3,000 km, or about 1,875 miles, of the North’s railroads...
  • (LEAD) S. Korea fires warning shots at N. Korean soldiers approaching border

    11/10/2014 1:20:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10
    (LEAD) S. Korea fires warning shots at N. Korean soldiers approaching border 2014/11/10 16:58 SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean troops fired warning shots Monday after a North Korean patrol approached the tensely guarded land border that separates the rival countries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Monday. No exchange of fire, however, took place between the two Koreas, as the North Korean soldiers moved away from the military demarcation line (MDL) without firing back, according to the JCS. "Some 10 North Korean soldiers came close to the military demarcation line (MDL) in the northern city of Paju...
  • White House: No diplomatic outreach in Clapper’s visit to North Korea

    11/09/2014 4:17:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/14 | Kyle Balluck
    White House: No diplomatic outreach in Clapper’s visit to North Korea By Kyle Balluck - 11/09/14 06:30 AM EST Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to North Korea with the “sole purpose” of obtaining the release of Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, according to a senior administration official. The official spoke to reporters traveling with President Obama early Sunday morning before Air Force One took off for the president’s Asia trip. “It was not to pursue any diplomatic opening,” the official said, according to a pool reporter, adding that Clapper was selected for the secret mission because...
  • 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.
  • Stephens: Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

    11/14/2013 4:38:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    France, Israel and Saudi Arabia confront an administration conducting a make-believe foreign policy. When the history of the Obama administration's foreign policy is written 20 or so years from now, the career of Wendy Sherman, our chief nuclear negotiator with Iran, will be instructive. In 1988, the former social worker ran the Washington office of the Dukakis campaign and worked at the Democratic National Committee. That was the year the Massachusetts governor carried 111 electoral votes to George H.W. Bush's 426. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sherman was briefly the CEO of something called the Fannie Mae Foundation, supposedly a charity...
  • [Between Seoul and Pyongyang] Details on the Attempted Assassination of Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang

    11/07/2014 5:20:36 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 2014-11-04 | Ju Sung-ha
    /begin my excerpts [Between Seoul and Pyongyang: by Ju Sung-ha] Details on the Attempted Assassination of Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang 2014-11-04 03:00:00 A picture on Nov. 3,2012, the day of assassination attempt. Everybody is laughing, following Kim Jong-un, but only Jang Song-thaek (on the left of Kim) is not, holding his hands back and staring forward. From N. Korea’s Central TV.Attempt on Kim Jong-un’s life occurred in Pyongyang, two years ago, on Nov. 3, 2012 Kim Jong-un’s schedule on the day included the tour of Ryu-kyong-won, a multipurpose recreation facility, people’s outdoor skating rinks, and roller-skating rinks, which were nearing...
  • North Korea leader on TV without cane but still limping in sign of recovery

    11/06/2014 8:07:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 6, 2014
    North Korea leader on TV without cane but still limping in sign of recovery SEOUL Thu Nov 6, 2014 8:38am EST (Reuters) - North Korea's state television showed leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday walking with a limp but without a cane in the clearest indication yet that he was recovering from an unconfirmed health problem that had kept him sidelined for more than a month.
  • North operates new uranium plant

    11/04/2014 4:43:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Joongang Daily ^ | Nov 05,2014 | JEONG YONG-SOO, SER MYO-JA
    North operates new uranium plant Four to five weapons can be made yearly with the enriched fuel Nov 05,2014 Google Earth satellite images of the Yongbyon nuclear complex in North Korea. A new plant producing weapons-grade uranium in the complex has doubled its capacity, according to a senior South Korean official. North Korea has started operating a new plant to produce weapons-grade uranium, doubling its capability to make fuel for atomic bombs, a senior South Korean official told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday. “In 2012, the North started building a new facility next to its old uranium plant, about 120 meters...
  • Korea: Paranoia In High Places

    11/04/2014 3:53:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | November 3, 2014
    Korea: Paranoia In High Places November 3, 2014: In North Korea it appears that another ten senior officials were recently executed for corruption. The ten had disappeared from view in September. The charges also included viewing videos of South Korean TV shows, but the main charge was stealing money meant for the state. Even more officials were sent to labor camps, where is a slight chance they may later be “rehabilitated” and returned to power. So far this year Kim Jong Un has had at least fifty senior officials executed and over 200 demoted and some of these were sent...
  • N. Korea launches ballistic missile submarine: gov't sources

    11/01/2014 7:24:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/02
    N. Korea launches ballistic missile submarine: gov't sources 2014/11/02 08:00 SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has launched a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, military and government sources in Seoul said Sunday, raising further concerns over the North's evolving missile and nuclear threats. The communist country "imported a Soviet-era Golf-class diesel submarine and modified it," a government source said on condition of anonymity. The Soviet vessel was built in 1958 and decommissioned in 1990. "The new submarine is 67 meters long with a beam of 6.6 meters, and has a dived displacement in the 3,000-ton range," the...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Un unhappy with construction of new airport terminal

    11/01/2014 6:02:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    NK News ^ | November 1st, 2014 | Justin Rohrlich
    Kim Jong Un unhappy with construction of new airport terminal Recent field guidance continues state media trend of showing Kim's hands-on leadership November 1st, 2014 Justin Rohrlich North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed dissatisfaction during a recent inspection of the construction of Terminal 2 at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. Construction at the airport, which has been undergoing renovations since 2011, will now be halted while modified designs for the interior are prepared. “Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to...
  • Hot Shots Photos of the Day: Cute Baby Gorilla, Wooden Car, and Kim Jong-Un Stuffed Toys

    10/31/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | October 31, 2014 | David Sim
    Hot Shots Photos of the Day: Cute Baby Gorilla, Wooden Car, and Kim Jong-Un Stuffed Toys By David Sim October 31, 2014 11:24 BST Kim jong-un stuffed toys North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the newly-completed Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage. We can't help wondering who arranged the stuffed toys behind him
  • [N. Korea] Report: Kim Jong-un Executes Another Powerful Aide

    10/31/2014 7:05:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 31, 2014 | Tae-jun Kang
    Report: Kim Jong-un Executes Another Powerful Aide Kim Kyong Ok of North Korea’s powerful Organization and Guidance Department has reportedly been executed. By Tae-jun Kang October 31, 2014 Kim Jong-un may have executed one of his closest aides according to a Seoul-based think tank. According to North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS,) earlier this month Kim Kyong Ok, the First Deputy Director (First Vice Director) of the Organization and Guidance Department [OGD] of North Korea’s ruling party was executed along with some of his aides. The OGD is widely believed to be among the most powerful institutions within the DPRK state,...
  • North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears (for 21 days)

    10/31/2014 1:12:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 30 October 2014
    North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears Pyongyang says foreign nationals will be put under medical observation for 21 days regardless of country or region of origin Associated Press in Pyongyang The Guardian, Thursday 30 October 2014 14.22 GMT North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and few foreigners are allowed to enter.
  • N. Korea's most powerful man after leader Kim may be Choe again (flip-flops at the top)

    10/29/2014 2:52:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Global Post ^ | October 29, 2014
    Kyodo News International October 29, 2014 3:30pm N. Korea's most powerful man after leader Kim may be Choe again North Korea's most powerful man after leader Kim Jong Un may again be Choe Ryong Hae, a secretary of the ruling Workers' Party, an official media report indicated Wednesday. Among senior officials who accompanied Kim's viewing Tuesday of a soccer match, the Korean Central News Agency introduced Choe's name before that of Hwang Pyong So, who had been considered by outside watchers in recent months as the No. 2 man in Pyongyang's power hierarchy.
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister 'Weds Key Official'

    10/29/2014 2:32:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2014/10/29
    Kim Jong-un's Sister 'Weds Key Official' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong is rumored to have married a senior official. Radio Free Asia on Tuesday cited an ethnic Korean in China who visited North Korea on Sept. 10 as saying he heard from a high-ranking official in a trading company that Kim Yeo-jong is married. The source added that the official told him that Kim Yeo-jong's husband works for the Workers Party's Room 39, which manages Kim Jong-un's slush funds, but he was not able to get detailed information about him and when they got married. Ahn Chan-il at...
  • N. Korea: Seoul’s Spooks Say Kim Jong Un Had Ankle Tumor

    10/28/2014 5:23:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct 28, 2014
    Oct 28, 2014 North Korea Seoul’s Spooks Say Kim Jong Un Had Ankle Tumor Here’s a new theory about why Kim Jong Un was out of camera shot for 40 days: he was recovering from surgery to remove a tumor on his ankle. That’s according to South Korea’s spy agency, which told lawmakers on Tuesday that a cyst appeared on the North Korean leader’s ankle in May and foreign doctors removed it during the September-October period. Officials from the National Intelligence Agency gave their assessment during a regular parliamentary audit, but, as usual, didn’t specify how they gathered the information....
  • North Korea in a fluster about Kim Jong-un?

    10/26/2014 6:11:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jang Jin-sung
    North Korea in a fluster about Kim Jong-un? October 20, 2014 by nfi-admin —1 Comment On October 19, Korean Central TV (KCTV, central state broadcaster) released footage of Kim Jong-un greeting medalists from the Incheon Asian Games, in a move confirming his continued presence. But this latest coverage of Kim Jong-un’s public activities lays bare a haphazard implementation of procedures. In North Korea, protocol requires for cadres to stand tense while facing the direction of the “Supreme Dignity” and then salute respectfully as he passes by. Yet the still below features two generals standing in a perfunctory manner in the...
  • Coalition Seeks to Send North Korea to International Court Over Rights Abuses

    10/25/2014 5:24:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | OCT. 25, 2014 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    Coalition Seeks to Send North Korea to International Court Over Rights Abuses By SOMINI SENGUPTA OCT. 25, 2014 UNITED NATIONS — Seven months after a groundbreaking report documenting how North Korea tortured and starved its citizens, a broad coalition of countries is pushing for the first time to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court for prosecution of crimes against humanity. Japan and the European Union circulated a draft resolution last week among United Nations member states that encourages the Security Council to refer North Korea to the tribunal in The Hague; 43 countries have so far signed on in...
  • North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says

    10/25/2014 4:45:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Felicia Schwartz
    North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says Nation Now Capable of Building Miniaturized Warhead, U.S. General Reports By Felicia Schwartz Updated Oct. 24, 2014 7:04 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—North Korea probably has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, a top U.S. commander said Friday, moving it closer to building a nuclear missile. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea now is capable of building a miniaturized nuclear warhead, a step needed to complete development of a nuclear-tipped missile....
  • Ex-US President Bush meets N. Korean defectors

    10/25/2014 4:18:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/24
    Ex-US President Bush meets N. Korean defectors 2014/10/24 11:27 SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Yonhap) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush hosted a forum on North Korean human rights in Texas on Thursday (local time), his institute said. The George W. Bush Presidential Center said he met with leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to address the North Korean human rights problem. "Five North Korean refugees also shared their stories of escape and their experiences building new lives in the United States as a result of the 2004 North Korean Human Rights Act, which President Bush signed...
  • Relax, North Korea has given us something new to speculate about

    10/24/2014 6:17:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    WP ^ | October 23, 2014 | Anna Fifield
    Relax, North Korea has given us something new to speculate about By Anna Fifield October 23  Conspiracy theorists disappointed with the reappearance of Kim Jong Un earlier this month can breathe a sigh of relief. North Korea has provided new fodder for unchecked speculation, wild rumors and frenzied tea-leaf reading. Citing fears about the spread of Ebola, the world’s most closed state abruptly told Western travel agencies Thursday that it would not allow foreign tourists to enter, starting on Friday. Never mind that it’s 8,261 miles from Monrovia to Pyongyang. Never mind that North Korea is hardly a major...
  • American released from North Korea

    10/21/2014 10:14:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Jeffrey Fowle, an American arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at his hotel, has been released and is on his way home, a senior State Department official told CNN on Tuesday. An American government plane picked up Fowle on Tuesday before flying to Guam, the official said. Fowle was arrested at the airport earlier this year while trying to leave North Korea.
  • (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
    Headline Only.
  • N. Korea: Today's Fat Boy Sightings

    10/14/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/14
    He still loves smoking (look at an ashtray and a cigarette pack on the table)
  • Where's Kim-Jong Un? Can you find the North Korean leader in our game? [Dumb Humor]

    10/11/2014 1:34:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Mirror ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | Richard Beech
    Where's Kim-Jong Un? Can you find the North Korean leader in our game Oct 10, 2014 12:22 By Richard Beech With the North Korean leader not having been seen for over a month - can YOU help find him? ...since we last saw Kim-Jong Un. With speculation growing as to the whereabouts of the leader of North Korea, a number of conspiracy theories have emerged. Kim-Jong failed to turn up at a celebration to mark his party's anniversary, and there are claims from North Korea that he is no longer in control of the country. So, where is he?
  • [Exclusive]Troubles in Endocrine System & Internal Organ(s): A German Doctor Who Treated Kim Jong-un

    10/10/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Channel A ^ | 2014-10-10
    /begin my excerpts [Exclusive] "Troubles in Endocrine System and Internal Organ(s)," According to a German Doctor Who Treated Kim Jong-un 2014-10-10 German and French doctors, who recently went to N. Korea to treat Kim Jong-un, came back and filed reports on his condition to intelligence agencies of their country, which sent the reports to S. Korean government. Reportedly, he has problems in his legs and his face looked really sick. In particular, problems in his endocrine system and key internal organ(s) are suspected. Here is the exclusive report by correspondent Kim Nam-sung [Report] The government disclosed that European doctors treated...
  • (LEAD) Two Koreas exchange machine gun fire: Seoul's military

    10/10/2014 3:56:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/10
    (LEAD) Two Koreas exchange machine gun fire: Seoul's military (ATTN: ADDS details throughout; CHANGES slug) SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- The two Koreas exchanged machine gun fire Friday, Seoul's military said, after the North launched shots toward balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated by South Korean civic activists across the tense border. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said some of the North Korean shots landed south of the border, prompting the South's military to fire back in response. No further details were available, including whether there were any casualties on either side. Seoul's military officials corrected earlier reports that...
  • 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...
  • U.S. doctor visits N. Korea to treat leader Kim's aunt: source

    10/02/2014 8:51:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/02
    U.S. doctor visits N. Korea to treat leader Kim's aunt: source SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- A Korean-American cardiologist arrived in North Korea last month to treat the aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a source familiar with affairs inside the communist state said Thursday, prompting speculation about the state of her health. Kim Kyong-hui, the current leader's aunt and younger sister of late former leader Kim Jong-il, has been known to have a heart disease, but the doctor's alleged visit could be an indication that she has fallen into critical condition. "An American cardiologist arrived in Pyongyang around...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un 'Had Surgery on Fractured Ankles'

    09/30/2014 6:13:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Sep. 30, 2014
    Kim Jong-un 'Had Surgery on Fractured Ankles' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had surgery in Pyongyang in mid-September to treat fractures to both ankles and remains in hospital, a source claimed Monday. The source, who recently visited the North, said, "I heard that Kim Jong-un injured his right ankle in June after pushing ahead with on-site visits and ended up fracturing both ankles because he left the injury unattended." The source added Kim had surgery at the Bonghwa Clinic, an exclusive hospital for high-ranking party members, in mid-September and is now recovering there. The source said bodyguards have been posted...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean leader suffering from gout: source

    09/26/2014 2:52:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/09/26
    (LEAD) N. Korean leader suffering from gout: source 2014/09/26 14:30 SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to be suffering from gout due to his poor management of his health as well as family traits, a source familiar with North Korea affairs said Friday. Speculation has been rife that the young leader in his early 30s may have a health problem as recent video footage released from the North has shown him walking with a limp. Kim last appeared in public on Sept. 3 to attend a concert. He was absent from this year's second...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's absence triggers speculation over his health

    09/25/2014 6:11:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Sep 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Kim Jong-un's absence triggers speculation over his health North Korean leader failed to appear in public for nearly three weeks after appearing unstable on his legs By Julian Ryall, Tokyo 8:30AM BST 25 Sep 2014 The failure of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to appear in public for nearly three weeks has triggered renewed speculation over his health and the stability of his regime. South Korea and governments around the region will be watching carefully to see whether Mr Kim takes part in a specially convened session of the North's rubber-stamp parliament today - and, if he does attend,...
  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    09/20/2014 3:02:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | James Pearson
    North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden' By James Pearson SEOUL Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:10pm EDT (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the...
  • (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea (U.S. citizen of Arabic descent)

    09/18/2014 7:23:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/09/17
    (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea 2014/09/17 10:49 SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- A young American man has been caught trying to swim across a river border into North Korea, a government source said Wednesday. The man was arrested by Marine sentries at around 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday while he was swimming across the Han River, which borders with North Korea, the source said. The river cuts through the South Korean capital of Seoul and its adjacent county of Gimpo into the Yellow Sea. During an interrogation following the arrest, the U.S. citizen of Arabic descent...
  • North Korea: We have the 'most advantageous human rights system'

    09/16/2014 5:35:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | September 15, 2014 | Madison Park
    North Korea: We have the 'most advantageous human rights system' By Madison Park, CNN September 15, 2014 -- Updated 0851 GMT (1651 HKT) (CNN) -- North Korea has "the world's most advantageous human rights system," the country declared in a lengthy report released on Saturday. Its political system "bestows upon (its citizens) priceless political integrity." Its economic system "ensures people an independent and creative working life, as well as affluent and civilized living standard," according to a report by the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies. The 53,000-word report -- which repeats the phrase "human rights" over 700 times --...
  • S. Korea spots signs of N. Korea's submarine rocket development (submarine's launch tube)

    09/13/2014 9:01:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Sept. 14, 2014
    S. Korea spots signs of N. Korea's submarine rocket development SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military confirmed Sunday it has detected signs of North Korea's development of a submarine-based ballistic missile launch system. In a report to an opposition lawmaker, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said there is an indication that the North is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). "There is no intelligence yet that North Korea has an SLBM in operation. But the possibility of a North Korean submarine equipped with an SLBM has been detected recently," the JCS said in the document submitted to...
  • North Korea Owes Sweden €300m for 1,000 Volvos It Stole 40 Years Ago - And Is Still Using

    09/07/2014 5:12:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ericson
    North Korea Owes Sweden €300m for 1,000 Volvos It Stole 40 Years Ago - And Is Still Using By John Ericson / August 29, 2014 6:43 AM EDT North Korea’s foremost trade debt to the western world is bizarre even by North Korean standards. Each time the administration misses a payment, as it has done every year for the past 40 years, we are reminded of one of the most unexpected political twists of the last century: Kim Il-sung scamming Sweden out of 1,000 Volvo 144 sedans. It is a story that is just as strange as it sounds –...