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  • To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China

    11/28/2016 11:01:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 27, 2016 | Gordon G. Chang
    To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China Nov 27, 2016 @ 12:01 AM Gordon G. Chang To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China /snip Virtually every American analyst agrees on what Trump should do to meet the No. 1 threat: drop his plans of confronting China on trade to obtain its assistance on “denuclearizing” the Kim regime. This line of thinking is not new and ignores 13 years of American foreign policy failure. In fact, it’s possible the opposite is true, that waging a trade war on China may be the only way to obtain Beijing’s...
  • JUST IN: Trump Receives Letter from Kim Jong-Un Demanding End to ‘Hostile Nuclear Threats’

    11/23/2016 1:36:23 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Young Cons ^ | November 22, 2016 | John S. Roberts
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had one of his indentured servants write a nine-page paper to President-elect Donald Trump. That’s the way I see it happening, anyways. What does Lil’ Kim want?Demanding an end to ‘hostile nuclear threats’ from the U.S. Classic, Kim. From Fox News: Cheeky North Korea has sent a nine-page letter to the U.S. demanding it stops the ‘hostile nuclear threats’ towards the rogue state and its despotic leader.The missive sets out what it now expects from American and is being seen by many in Washington as a direct message to new President-elect Donald Trump.North Korea...
  • North Korea using Australian camera for 4K movies, footage reveals

    11/20/2016 7:24:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NK News ^ | November 17th, 2016 | Leo Byrne
    North Korea using Australian camera for 4K movies, footage reveals The camera is part of a sophisticated rig which can track people and objects Leo Byrne November 17th, 2016 North Korean movies are making the leap to 4K resolution with the help of an Australian-made camera, according to a segment from Korean Central Television (KCTV) showing sophisticated new filmmaking equipment published on Wednesday. The footage shows a 13 jointed, computer controlled camera rig, which can run on rails as well as track people and objects. While the KCTV footage says the rig was designed and manufactured by a local engineering...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong Un, KPA seen targeting South Korean island

    11/13/2016 5:47:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NK News ^ | November 11th, 2016 | JH Ahn
    Kim Jong Un, KPA seen targeting South Korean island N.Korean firepower strike plan shows eastern part of Baengnyeong Island JH Ahn November 11th, 2016 Kim Jong Un and various high-ranking North Korean officials have visited a coastal defense station located on the Mahap Islet, with a North Korean firepower plan shown in the picture targeting a nearby South Korean island, state media reported on Friday. Visiting the site with officials, including Vice-Marshal of the Korean People’s Army Hwang Pyong So, this visit might be Kim’s closest approach to South Korean territory this year, with the unit located less than 20...
  • [N. Korea] Pyongyang may launch a missile before U.S. election

    11/02/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | Nov 03,2016 | JEONG YONG-SOO, KIM YUNA
    Pyongyang may launch a missile before U.S. election Nov 03,2016 North Korea is preparing to launch another intermediate range ballistic missile ahead of the U.S. presidential election, said a Korean military official Wednesday. According to the official, movements by the loading transporter erector launcher (TEL) were detected in North Korea, which appear to be in preparation to launch another Musudan missile. Pyongyang has a history of staging military provocations in time with political events. Speculations are high that the North will likely launch another missile in two to three days, as a probe into the so-called Choi-gate scandal, in which...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong-un orders full probe into Musudan missiles launches

    10/28/2016 10:18:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/10/28
    Kim Jong-un orders full probe into Musudan missiles launches 2016/10/28 SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered a special investigation team to conduct a full-fledged probe into the causes of the failure of recent intermediate-range missiles launches, a North Korean defectors group claimed Friday. "Kim has instructed the special investigation team to implement a probe into the national defense sector starting on Nov. 1 to make the causes for the launch failures clear," said Kim Heung-kwang, a North Korean defector and executive director of Seoul-based dissidents' group North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, in a press conference....
  • Reddit Autists Mine WikiLeaks Podesta Email Dump #16

    10/23/2016 12:00:16 PM PDT · by AndyJackson · 52 replies
    Reddit ^ | 10/23/2016 | various
    The fine "autists" at Reddit are doing their usual thorough real-time mine through the latest Podesta Email dump #16 by WikiLeaks. Read analysis here
  • One of the world’s most powerful nations is standing in the way of subduing North Korea(NK's lawyer)

    10/20/2016 8:16:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    BI ^ | Oct 19, 2016 | Amanda Macias
    One of the world’s most powerful nations is standing in the way of subduing North Korea Amanda Macias WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the world, led by the US and its Asian allies, has tried to confront and defuse North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the Hermit Kingdom’s closest ally and the region’s most powerful nation has ignored and thwarted international efforts. “China has been part of the problem rather than part of the solution to the North Korean nuclear problem,” Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow of Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, told Business Insider. “They have acted like North Korea’s lawyer...
  • U.S. says N. Korea's launch of Musudan missile ends in failure again

    10/19/2016 7:46:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/10/20
    U.S. says N. Korea's launch of Musudan missile ends in failure again 2016/10/20 10:39 WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile on Thursday (Korean time), but the launch ended in failure, the U.S. Strategic Command said. "U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch" at 7 a.m. (Korean time) near the northwestern city of Kusong, the command said in a statement. "The missile is presumed to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile," it said. "The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from...
  • N. Korea lambasts Russel for his 'immediately die' comment

    10/15/2016 8:01:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/10/15
    N. Korea lambasts Russel for his 'immediately die' comment 2016/10/15 20:37 SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday vehemently shot back at a comment made by a top U.S. official on East Asia. In a statement from the Foreign Ministry, reported by the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) on Saturday evening, Pyongyang called Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Russel's comment "hurting the dignity" of its leader and threatened to pay it back. Previously, Russel told U.S. defense reporters "Put yourself in Kim Jong-un's place. That is not a good place to be. Perhaps he's got an enhanced...
  • Russel Warns N. Korean Nuclear Capability to Kill Leader Kim

    10/13/2016 5:56:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    KBS ^ | 2016-10-14
    Russel Warns N. Korean Nuclear Capability to Kill Leader Kim Anchor: Amid North Korea's continuous pursuit of advancing its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international demands, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel has warned that having the capability to launch a nuclear attack could mean the immediate death of leader Kim Jong-un. In some of his strongest words made against the regime yet, Russel argued that Pyongyang's nuclear program has only diminished the security of North Korea. Mina Cha has more. Report: The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia has warned that...
  • N.Korea 'Could Make 100 Nuclear Weapons by 2020'

    10/11/2016 4:23:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | October 10, 2016
    N.Korea 'Could Make 100 Nuclear Weapons by 2020' October 10, 2016 13:07 North Korea will have 50 to 100 nuclear weapons and be capable of striking any target in the U.S. mainland with nuclear-tipped long-range missiles within four years, the conservative Rand Corporation claimed Saturday. The Rand Corporation makes the prediction in a report for the leaders of the next U.S. administration, citing the North's nuclear weapons as one of the major threats facing it. The defense think tank points out that the North is believed to have enough nuclear materials to make 13 to 21 nuclear weapons. The regime...
  • North Korea Activity at Nuclear Site Raises Speculation Over New Test

    10/07/2016 2:10:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 6, 2016 | Alastair Gale
    North Korea Activity at Nuclear Site Raises Speculation Over New Test Satellite images show vehicles and people around the tunnel entrances of nuclear test site By Alastair Gale October 6, 2016 New satellite photos show activity at all three of the tunnel complexes at North Korea’s nuclear test site amid speculation that Pyongyang will stage another nuclear test around major national anniversaries in the coming days. The photos, taken on Oct. 1, show vehicles and people around the tunnel entrances. While activity occasionally takes place at individual portals it is unusual to have activity at all three at once, experts...
  • Why the torrent of North Korean weapons? Maybe the US elections

    10/06/2016 7:30:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Times of India ^ | Oct 6, 2016
    Why the torrent of North Korean weapons? Maybe the US elections AP | Updated: Oct 6, 2016, 06.00 PM IST WASHINGTON: Over the past 10 months, the young ruler of North Korea has ordered an unprecedented torrent of weapons tests+ , forging an increasingly sophisticated arsenal. There have been truck-launched missile tests, two nuclear explosions, experiments with powerful rocket engines and more than a dozen other major missile trials. But why the rush now, after so many years of a North Korean weapons program that progressed relatively slowly? It's all about November 8, and the US presidential elections, according to...
  • North Korea sees a surge in deformed babies and radiation deaths as Kim Jong-un's nuclear bomb tests

    10/04/2016 5:03:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2016 | Thomas Burrows
    <p>North Korea has reportedly seen a surge in incurable diseases and radiation deaths after it carried out its fifth nuclear test.</p> <p>Last month the secretive state triggered a magnitude 5.3 earthquake with a successful explosion which drew immediate condemnation from North Korea's neighbours and Washington.</p>
  • North Korea's new rocket engine too powerful for ICBMs, analyst says

    09/24/2016 3:09:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 23, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    North Korea's new rocket engine too powerful for ICBMs, analyst says By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | Sept. 23, 2016 at 11:41 AM SEOUL, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A North Korean rocket engine Pyongyang tested earlier this week may be too powerful for the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising speculations it could be used for space development. Writing on 38 North, a Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analyst John Schilling said, "Given the size of the engine, they probably aren't going to build an intercontinental ballistic missile with it." /snip "China's space launch vehicles, and...
  • Chinese conglomerate suspected of illicit dealings with N. Korea: think tank report

    09/19/2016 11:48:55 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2016-09-20
    Chinese conglomerate suspected of illicit dealings with N. Korea: think tank report Published : 2016-09-20 09:20 Updated : 2016-09-20 09:20 A Chinese conglomerate trading heavily with North Korea is suspected of involvement in exports of "dual-use" goods, dealings with sanctioned entities and provision of IT services underpinning cyber infrastructure in the North, a joint South Korea-U.S. research report showed Monday. Six subsidiaries of China's Liaoning Hongxiang Group "have transacted with sanctioned Burmese and North Korean entities, have been associated with North Korean cyber operators, and have traded in various goods and services that raise proliferation concern," said the report jointly...
  • [N. Korea] The Enduring Beijing-Pyongyang Axis

    09/19/2016 8:39:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 19, 2016 | David Feith
    The Enduring Beijing-Pyongyang Axis Ideology drives much of China’s support for North Korea. By David Feith Sept. 19, 2016 7:34 p.m. ET 14 COMMENTS The 5.1-magnitude explosion at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear testing site this month didn’t shake China’s loyalty to the Kim regime in Pyongyang. While U.S. and South Korean leaders increasingly call for crippling sanctions intended to make Kim Jong Un choose between his regime’s survival and its nuclear program, China may not support even an incremental tightening of sanctions at the United Nations. As experts around the world typically tell it, China protects its despotic and often...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong-un's Sister Purges Own Superiors

    09/19/2016 3:26:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2016/09/19
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Purges Own Superiors North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong is apparently responsible for sending a string of high-ranking party officials off to humiliating "re-education." Kim Yeo-jong rose to the post of vice director of the Workers Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department in November 2014, where she is in charge of the personality cult surrounding her brother and party propaganda. She immediately sent three elderly superiors off for re-education -- Kim Ki-nam (87), Ri Jae-il (81) and Choe Hwi (62), intelligence sources here said. Re-education usually takes the form of labor at chicken farms and rural plantations....
  • To Secure His Brutal Grip on Power, North Korean Leader Adopts Grandfather’s Folksy Image

    09/18/2016 10:00:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 18, 2016 | Alastair Gale
    To Secure His Brutal Grip on Power, North Korean Leader Adopts Grandfather’s Folksy Image Kim Jong Un fashions his propaganda, policies and nuclear ambitions after the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung. He even copies his haircut and dress By Alastair Gale Sept. 18, 2016 5:50 p.m. ET 46 COMMENTS SEOUL? Kim Jong Un was a virtual unknown when his father died of a heart attack in December 2011 and left him the leader of North Korea. Intelligence analysts knew little more than he was a man in his 20s who had attended school in Switzerland and loved basketball. Some guessed...
  • [N. Korea] Did Kim Jong Un Just Nuke China's Economy?

    09/17/2016 7:53:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 11, 2016 | Gordon G. Chang
    Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:01 AM Did Kim Jong Un Just Nuke China's Economy? Gordon G. Chang , Contributor I write about Asia, especially the Chinese economy. Full Bio  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Friday, North Korea detonated a nuclear device, claiming it to be a “warhead.” The warhead, Pyongyang said, would pave the way for “a variety of smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.” The boast seemed nothing out of the ordinary for bombastic ruler Kim Jong Un, but the test, the North’s fifth, is generating far more concern in Washington...
  • North Korea's 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Obama, South Korea

    09/16/2016 9:24:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2016 | James Griffiths
    North Korea's 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Obama, South Korea By James Griffiths, CNN Updated 1050 GMT (1850 HKT) September 16, 2016 (CNN) — "I smacked my head on the bathroom floor," a bloodied and bandaged President Barack Obama says, "as I was so shocked by North Korea's hydrogen bomb detonation!" This is satirical political comedy, Pyongyang style. A recent episode of the snappily named "The stage of optimism that Songun presented -- Volume 11," which airs on state-controlled Korea Central Television (KCTV), lampooned the US leader and "oppressed" South Koreans ahead of the North's nuclear warhead test this month....
  • North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Beat A Nuclear Umbrella

    09/16/2016 2:09:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2016/09/16 | DOUG BANDOW
    North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Beat A Nuclear Umbrella DOUG BANDOW 2:42 PM ET The Obama administration is debating a declaration of no first use of nuclear weapons. Some Asia specialists fear the resulting impact on North Korea. But dealing with Pyongyang is a reason for Washington to encourage its ally South Korea to go nuclear. /snip Washington's chief responsibility should be America's security. Backers of the status quo act like there is no alternative to leaving South Korea (and Japan, which faces a real, though less direct, threat from the DPRK) vulnerable to attack. However, Seoul is well able...
  • N. Korea capable of building 7 bombs a year, likely to build nuclear ICBM reaching

    09/12/2016 8:49:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-09-13
    N. Korea capable of building 7 bombs a year, likely to build nuclear ICBM reaching North Korea is capable of building seven nuclear warheads a year in addition to the existing stockpile of fissile material for some 20 bombs, and is expected to master the capability to fly nuclear missiles to the U.S. in a decade, a top U.S. nuclear scientist said Monday. Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University professor known for having a first-hand look at North Korea's uranium-enrichment facility during his 2010 visit, made the remark in an article to the website 38 North, calling for diplomatic efforts, rather...
  • N. Korea can conduct another nuke test at any time: sources (Shaft No. 3)

    09/11/2016 11:46:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/09/12
    N. Korea can conduct another nuke test at any time: sources 2016/09/12 14:26 SEOUL, Sept 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is capable of conducting another nuclear test at any time, South Korean intelligence officials said Monday, citing advanced preparations made by the reclusive country. "North Korea appears to be fully ready to carry out a nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site on short notice. We are closely watching for any moves indicating another test," an official familiar with the matter said asking not to be named. He pointed out that while the second shaft at Punggye-ri has been used...
  • Calls growing in South Korea for nuclear armament

    09/11/2016 8:05:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/09/11
    Calls growing in South Korea for nuclear armament 2016/09/11 15:27 SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- A group of security and nuclear experts has recently launched a think tank to discuss ways to arm South Korea with nuclear weapons, while ruling party lawmakers on Sunday renewed calls for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons here and eventually South Korea's independent nuclear weapons development in response to North Korea's repeated nuclear tests. "The South Korean nuclear research group, composed of about 10 North Korea, security and nuclear specialists, was launched in early September," Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea researcher at the...
  • Clinton condemns North Korea nuclear test, backs Obama's call for more sanctions

    09/10/2016 7:52:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9th, 2016 | by Eric Walsh
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test and said she supported U.S. President Barack Obama's call to increase sanctions on the East Asian country. "I support President Obama’s call to both strengthen the sanctions passed earlier this year with the United Nations and to impose additional sanctions," Clinton said in a statement.
  • North Korea’s Nuclear Enabler

    09/09/2016 8:13:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 9, 2016
    North Korea’s Nuclear Enabler By THE EDITORIAL BOARD SEPT. 9, 2016 No country has more influence over the rogue state of North Korea than China, which provides it with food, fuel and access to vital trade routes. Yet when North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear weapons test on Friday — underscoring once again the failure of international efforts to halt the nuclear program — Beijing’s response amounted to pap. In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry expressed “strong opposition” to the test and reaffirmed its commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. The foreign minister urged North Korea...
  • North Korea’s star newsreader back to announce nuclear test success

    09/09/2016 2:17:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Sep 09, 2016
    North Korea’s star newsreader back to announce nuclear test success AFP, Pyongyang | Updated: Sep 09, 2016 14:20 IST North Korea deployed its most trusted newsreader on Friday to herald the success of its fifth nuclear test on state television. The special broadcast was aired at around 1:00 pm Pyongyang time (0430 GMT) without prior notice, coming a few hours after South Korea said its neighbour had conducted another nuclear test. Wearing her trademark pink and black traditional Korean dress, veteran announcer Ri Chun-Hee smiled as she told viewers of KCTV — and the world — that the latest test...
  • Kim Jong-un bans sarcasm in North Korea fearing people will only agree with him 'ironically'

    09/08/2016 4:18:57 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    North Korea's Kim Jong-un has banned sarcasm because he fears people only agree with him ironically, according to reports. Government officials were apparently warned they will "not be forgiven" if they are heard being sarcastic. Mass meetings were organised across the country to spread the word about the new order. “One state security official personally organised a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements," Radio Free Asia's Korean Services quoted a source as saying. “The main point of the lecture was ‘keep your mouths shut’.” One of the banned phases is “this is all...
  • Tremor Points to a Nuclear Test in North Korea

    09/08/2016 7:09:23 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 8, 2016
    South Korean officials said that they had detected an “artificial” tremor emanating from North Korea on Friday morning, indicating that the country has conducted its fifth nuclear test despite threats of more sanctions from Washington ... A statement from the South Korean military also said that an artificial tremor, registered as magnitude 5.0, had originated from Punggye-ri in northeastern North Korea, where the North has conducted its four previous underground nuclear tests. North Korea last tested a nuclear device on Jan. 6. In April, President Park Guen-hye of South Korea warned that the North might be preparing for another underground...
  • (URGENT) Artificial earthquake detected in N. Korea: weather service

    09/08/2016 5:53:38 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 110 replies
    Yonhap ^ | Sept 8, 2016
    (URGENT) Artificial earthquake detected in N. Korea: weather service
  • Did North Korea abduct missing U.S. student David Sneddon?

    09/06/2016 10:32:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 2, 2016 | KJ Kwon and Ben Westcott
    Did North Korea abduct missing U.S. student David Sneddon? By KJ Kwon and Ben Westcott, CNN Updated 2223 GMT (0623 HKT) September 2, 2016 (CNN) — If true, it could be one of the most astonishing stories to ever emerge from North Korea. A media report on Friday repeated claims that a 24-year-old American man was kidnapped in China in 2004 and taken to Pyongyang to work as an English tutor for current leader Kim Jong Un. However, the US State Department says there is no evidence to confirm reports that missionary David Sneddon was seized while hiking in China's...
  • China could have provided N. Korea with submarine missile

    09/02/2016 6:52:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-09-02
    China could have provided N. Korea with submarine missile China could have provided North Korea with the submarine-launched ballistic missile that the regime in Pyongyang successfully test-fired last week, a U.S. expert claimed Thursday. Bruce Bechtol, a North Korea expert at Angelo State University in Texas, made the remark during an interview with the John Batchelor Show radio news program, calling the North's SLBM, known as KN-11, a "carbon copy" of China's JL-1 submarine missile. "The missile that the North Koreans launched looks like it's a two-stage missile just like the JL-1. It looks like it's a solid-fuel missile just...
  • North Korean Missile Test

    08/29/2016 10:56:43 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 9 replies
    38 North ^ | 24 August 2016 | Staff and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.
    At approximately 5:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted what appears to be a successful test of a Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The missile was launched from the country’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine that was submerged off the port city of Sinpo and reportedly flew approximately 500 km before impacting the East Sea (Sea of Japan)—within Japan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). This was the third test of the KN-11 this year alone and the most successful test to date.
  • N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources

    08/23/2016 9:08:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/08/23
    N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources 2016/08/23 16:45 SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea was seen laying anti-personnel mines along its side of the inter-Korean border, presumably to block potential defection by its own soldiers, a government source said Tuesday. "The North Korean military was witnessed burying land mines on the northern side of a bridge in Panmunjeom last week," the source said. The small bridge known as the Bridge of No Return is located within the truce village and spans the military demarcation line between the two Koreas. It was the...
  • North Korea Confiscates Olympic Athletes' Free Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition

    08/13/2016 8:19:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Tech Times ^ | August 13, 2016 | Horia Ungureanu
    North Korea Confiscates Olympic Athletes' Free Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition 13 August 2016, 11:21 am EDT By Horia Ungureanu Tech Times North Korea has confiscated the complimentary Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition smartphones meant for its Olympians, making sure none of its athletes got their gift. Samsung, one of the main sponsors of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, wanted no athlete participating in the competition to go home empty-handed. That is why the OEM crafted a limited edition of Olympic Galaxy S7 edge handsets, with 12,500 units in total reserved for Olympians. The smartphones...
  • (LEAD) N.K. publicly executes some 60 people this year: source [N. Korea]

    08/11/2016 10:37:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap news ^ | 2016/08/12
    (LEAD) N.K. publicly executes some 60 people this year: source 2016/08/12 12:20 (ATTN: ADDS more info, backgrounds from para 7) SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has publicly executed some 60 people so far this year as the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong-un strengthens his reign of terror, a source said Friday. The move comes as more ordinary North Koreans are expressing dissatisfaction as Pyongyang has been forcing people to work longer hours and pay money to the regime in the face of economic hardships stemming from international sanctions, according to an insider familiar with the matter. "As of...
  • North Korea 'feeding workers crystal meth' to speed up skyscraper project

    North Korea 'feeding workers crystal meth' to speed up skyscraper project By James Rothwell 10 August 2016 • 10:42am North Korean workers are being given a methamphetamine-based drug in the hope it will speed up a major construction project, according to reports. Project managers in the city's capital of Pyongyang are said to be under so much pressure to finish the job on time that they have resorted to openly providing builders with the drug. Nicknamed "ice," it is a form of the powerful stimulant methamphetamine, which is also known as crystal meth. When snorted or inhaled, crystal meth gives...
  • China Produces Fake N.Korean Defectors

    08/05/2016 6:02:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Aug. 05, 2016 | Kim Myong-song
    China Produces Fake N.Korean Defectors China is rolling out fake North Korean defectors who then apply for asylum overseas and reap medical and other benefits from foreign governments. The ruse is another feather in the cap of China's burgeoning industry in fakes and knockoffs that covers everything from electronics to toxic frozen peas. A source on Tuesday said there are a couple of private academies in Beijing's Wangjing district, which is home to a large ethnic Korean population, that help Chinese citizens fake documents to pose as North Korean defectors. The main clients are ethnic Koreans from northeastern China who...
  • North Korea's new satellite mission aims for the moon, and beyond

    08/04/2016 6:12:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    IBTimes ^ | August 4, 2016 | Nandini Krishnamoorthy
    North Korea's new satellite mission aims for the moon, and beyond The North has asserted that international sanctions cannot stop Pyongyang's satellite programme to put its flag on the moon. By Nandini Krishnamoorthy August 4, 2016 12:10 BST North Korea is now reportedly hoping to see its flag fly up on the moon in a decade's time. The space officials in the Kim Jong-un ruled nation are said to be working on a five-year plan to put more advanced satellites into orbit by 2020. Aiming for the moon and beyond, a senior official at the North's version of NASA told...
  • Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo

    08/03/2016 7:55:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 3, 2016 | Ju-min Park and James Pearson
    Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo SEOUL | By Ju-min Park and James Pearson North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan's economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, escalating regional tensions that were already high after a series of missile launches this year and the decision by the United States to place a sophisticated...
  • Business with Beijing can’t make Seoul feel safe, but THAAD can [S. Korea]

    08/01/2016 9:22:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    ejinsight ^ | Aug 1, 2016 | Lam Hang-chi
    Lam Hang-chi Aug 1, 2016 3:25pm Business with Beijing can’t make Seoul feel safe, but THAAD can All the developments following the international tribunal’s ruling in the Hague that disavowed Beijing’s “historical right” to disputed waters and islands in the South China Sea have actually affirmed Beijing’s accusation that Washington is behind all this. As tensions rise in the region, US Vice President Joe Biden has kept himself busy with a high-profile trip to the Asia-Pacific. After a meeting with Japanese and Korean deputy foreign ministers during a brief layover in Hawaii, he visited Australia and New Zealand and delivered...
  • [Exclusive] N. Korean General Defects Seeking Political Asylum (took $40m with him)

    07/31/2016 12:14:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 99 replies
    KBS (S. Korea) ^ | 2016-07-29
    [Exclusive] N. Korean General Defects Seeking Political Asylum Write : 2016-07-29 08:54:16 Update : 2016-07-29 14:15:08 Anchor: A general who was in charge of managing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's overseas slush funds is said to be in China after escaping from his country, and is seeking political asylum with two other North Koreans in a country other than South Korea. A source said that the three were separated from a diplomat from Pyongyang, who is seeking his own defection to another country. Here is Kim Bum-soo with KBS' exclusive report. Report: It has been made known that a general...
  • Welcome to Asia’s Latest Organic Retreat: North Korea

    07/30/2016 10:13:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Time ^ | July 29, 2016 | Charlie Campbell
    Welcome to Asia’s Latest Organic Retreat: North Korea Charlie Campbell / Dandong and Beijing July 29, 2016 For many Chinese, much of North Korea's allure is its resemblance to a simpler China, harking back to a time before mass industrialization and commercialization New Yorkers flock to ashrams in the Appalachian Mountains, Europeans to refurbished hermitages in the Umbrian countryside, but where do Asians go to get away from it all? Sure, there are Balinese yoga retreats and meditation centers run by Nepali beekeepers. But for a growing number of Chinese, the ultimate escape is the ultimate in oppression: North Korea....
  • N. Korea diplomats threaten African news outlets

    07/29/2016 8:12:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-07-29 | Lee Han-soo
    N. Korea diplomats threaten African news outlets By Lee Han-soo North Korean diplomats are threatening media outlets in Africa that exposed the country's illegal activities, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), a broadcasting agency operated by the U.S. government, Friday. "We will never tolerate such dirty articles criticizing our supreme leader who is our nation's destiny and future," wrote Kim Chang Ryop, the North Korean ambassador to South Africa, to the Daily Maverick, a South African newspaper. The Daily Maverick had published an article on July 12 that said North Korean diplomats have been implicated in the smuggling of rhino...
  • North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border

    07/28/2016 8:04:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 27, 2016 | Kang Mi-jin
    North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border Soldiers sceptical after unseasonably high numbers of reptiles lead Pyongyang to suspect South Korean infiltration Kang Mi-jin for DK News, part of the North Korea network Wednesday 27 July 2016 06.00 BST North Korean border patrol guards have been ordered to capture snakes apparently released by South Korea to wreak havoc in its northern neighbour, sources have claimed. Pyongyang is said to have told the military that Seoul’s spy agency is behind the unseasonably high number of snakes in Ryanggang province, which borders China. “Earlier this month, border...
  • N. Korea sends agents abroad to launch terrorist attacks against S. Koreans

    07/26/2016 5:10:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/07/26
    N. Korea sends agents abroad to launch terrorist attacks against S. Koreans 2016/07/26 17:52 SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has sent its agents to China and Southeast Asian countries to launch terrorists attacks against South Koreans in retaliation for what it claims is the kidnapping of 13 North Korean restaurant workers in April, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The 12 female waitresses and male manager had defected en masse from a North Korean-run restaurant in China to South Korea. Pyongyang claimed that the South forcefully abducted its citizens, an assertion rejected by Seoul. "North Korean leader...
  • North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base

    07/22/2016 8:49:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 22, 2016 | Peter Foster, and agencies
    North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base By Peter Foster, and agencies 22 July 2016 • 4:08pm North Korea is constructing a massive underground facility capable of sheltering ballistic missile submarine at a location on its east coast, new satellite images have shown. News of the fortified submarine pens in the port city of Sinpo comes as tension spiked again on the Korean Peninsula following a series of recent missile and weapons tests. Earlier this month North Korea tested a Pukgeukseong (Polaris) submarine-launched ballistic missile in waters off Sinpo in the Sea of Japan, deepening fears that Pyongyang is...
  • North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles – S. Korea military

    07/18/2016 4:06:56 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 18, 2016
    Pyongyang launched three missiles Tuesday morning in the latest in a set of controversial ballistic tests, according to South Korea’s military, which claimed the projectiles had a range of up to 600 kilometers (360 miles). The three missiles were launched from the North’s east coast into the sea at between 5:45am and 6:20am local time. The missiles, presumed to be Scud-types, have enough range to reach all of South Korea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, adding that South Korea's military is keeping a close eye on the developments. #BREAKING North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South...