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  • North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea Visit

    04/21/2014 5:07:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 21, 2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea Visit By Vasudevan Sridharan April 21, 2014 09:41 GMT North Korea is believed to have stepped up activities at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of US President Barack Obama's two-day visit to South Korea from 26 April. "The Punggye-ri nuclear test site has shown increased movement of vehicles and forces compared to the past. South Korean and US forces have been closely monitoring the latest development to detect signs of another test," a senior South Korean military official told Yonhap news agency. North Korea had earlier threatened...
  • Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt, expected to build gas pipeline (To South Korea)

    04/19/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 31 replies
    Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state. The State Duma lower house in Moscow on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to excuse the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012. The rest of the debt - $1.09 billion - would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by...
  • UN food program inflated amount of oversight ... North Korea

    04/12/2014 11:09:10 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2014 | George Russell
    The United Nations’ World Food Program failed to carry out sufficient inspections of food distribution sites in North Korea to ensure that supplies went to the country’s suffering people rather than the dictatorial communist regime, according to the U.N. agency’s own internal watchdog. ... Moreover, even WFP’s knowledge of what aid supplies it has received from abroad are based on the say-so of a regime-run company that the watchdog says may be lying about the amount of work it does, overcharging the U.N. for the work—and in any case is doing it without a contract, which keeps the relationship legally...
  • DHS study: North Korea capable of EMP attack on U.S.

    04/10/2014 4:00:16 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 9, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – A long-suppressed report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for the Defense Department concludes that North Korea could deliver on its threats to destroy the United States with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack. The report remains blocked from release to the American public. However, a copy obtained by Peter Vincent Pry from sources within DHS finds North Korea could use its Unha-3 space launch vehicle to deliver a nuclear warhead as a satellite over the South Pole to attack the U.S. from the south. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/dhs-study-north-korea-capable-of-emp-attack-on-u-s/#vd4I5JDwebgQHTta.99
  • N. Korea: Roof of Kim Jong-un's Jerry-Built Luxury Villa Caves In

    04/06/2014 6:02:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Apr. 04, 2014
    Roof of Kim Jong-un's Jerry-Built Luxury Villa Caves In The roof of a luxury villa in Wonsan belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed, apparently due to faulty construction. A comparison of a photo of the villa taken by South Korea's Arirang 3 satellite and an earlier image of the area on Google Earth shows a building in the compound with a collapsed roof. One U.S. satellite image expert who analyzes photos of the luxury villas and government buildings used by the North Korean elite said the building appears to be an aquarium that was built in 2011....
  • N.Korea Shuts Down Jang Song-taek's Department

    04/06/2014 5:56:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2014/04/07
    N.Korea Shuts Down Jang Song-taek's Department The North Korean regime has shut down the Workers Party department once headed by purged eminence grise Jang Song-taek and executed or interned 11 high-ranking officials, sources said Sunday. One of them was burned alive. A source said the regime is preparing a third purge of officials who supported Jang. The first purge involved his family, relatives and high-ranking party officials, while the second purge underway. The third will target his supporters in provincial chapters of the Workers Party. The source said Jang's elder sister Kye-sun and her husband and ambassador to Cuba Jon...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches

    04/04/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4 | No Attribution
    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.
  • North Korea to reportedly execute 200 officials believed loyal to Kim Jong-un uncle

    04/03/2014 7:16:54 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 21 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 4/3/2014 | Fox News
    <p>A South Korean newspaper has reported that the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un will execute 200 high-ranking government officials believed to be loyal to Jang Song-thaek, Kim's once-powerful uncle who was shockingly deposed and executed last December.</p> <p>The Chosun Ilbo reported the pending executions Tuesday, citing a source who said that North Korea's State Security Department had conducted a sweep to root out Jang's remaining supporters in the government. Under Pyongyang's brutal "guilty blood" system of criminal sentencing, the Chosun Ilbo's source told the paper that up to 1,000 more people, all family members of the condemned, could be sent to North Korea's infamous prison camps.</p>
  • N.Korea 'to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists'

    04/02/2014 12:46:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Chosun ^ | 2014/04/02
    N.Korea 'to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists' North Korea is poised to execute 200 high-ranking officials loyal to ousted eminence grise Jang Song-taek, a source said Tuesday. Some 1,000 members of their families could be sent to concentration camps under the North's barbaric system of guilt by association. The source said the State Security Department has conducted a sweep to ferret out Jang's supporters after his execution in December last year and identified 200 core supporters and another 1,000 followers. The department has authorization from the North's highest court to hold closed-door trials to deliver death sentences, the source added....
  • Reports: Drone on island was flown by North Korea, South says

    04/01/2014 11:30:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 2, 2014 | Ashley Rowland
    SEOUL — South Korean defense officials think a drone found Monday on one of its northwest border islands was flown by North Korea, according to media reports. The drone was found on Baengnyeong Island, located about 10 miles from North Korea, around 4 p.m. Monday after a three-hour exchange of artillery fire between the two Koreas along their disputed maritime border. Ministry of National Defense officials could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday, but a spokesman said Tuesday the ministry was investigating the origin of the drone. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described his country’s relations with the...
  • North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border, Seoul says

    03/30/2014 10:20:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3-31-2014 | FoxNews.com
    South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border Monday after North Korean shells from a live fire drill conducted by Pyongyang fell into the water south of the frontier, Seoul officials told the Associated Press. No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, an official with South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. He provided no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. There were no immediately reports of any injuries. However, residents of a South Korean island near the border said that they had been moved...
  • Residents of South Korean Border Town Taken To Shelter

    03/30/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    Residents of a south Korean Border Town have taken shelter after the North began firing on them.
  • N. Korea: N.K. leader's sister serving as chief of staff: source

    03/30/2014 4:47:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-03-30
    N.K. leader's sister serving as chief of staff: source Published : 2014-03-30 15:12 Updated : 2014-03-30 15:14 (Yonhap) The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been assisting her brother as his chief of staff since last year, a source familiar with North Korean affairs said Sunday. Kim Yo-jung, 27, was appointed chief secretary of the ruling Workers' Party in the first half of last year, a post equivalent to South Korea's presidential chief of staff, the source said, asking that he not be identified. The chief secretary does not take part in policy decisions but is in...
  • North Korea fires 2 missiles as its rivals meet

    03/26/2014 12:55:01 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2 hours ago | Associated Press By JUNG-YOON CHOI and FOSTER KLUG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North's security threat. The launch of the Rodong missiles — for the first time since 2009 — violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and marks a big escalation from a series of shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks to protest ongoing annual military drills by the U.S. and South Korea that Pyongyang claims are invasion preparation. The missiles...
  • China backs North Korea on human rights

    03/19/2014 6:15:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 March 2014
    17 March 2014 Last updated at 11:32 China backs North Korea on human rights China has dismissed a UN report that compared human rights abuses in North Korea to those in Nazi Germany. A Chinese diplomat said the report lacked credibility, adding to fears that Beijing will block further action. He said some of the recommendations were divorced from reality. North Korea called the report - which details murder, torture and starvation - a fabrication by hostile forces. It was drawn up by UN-appointed jurists to document abuses in North Korea. The head of the international panel of inquiry, Michael...
  • Growing Chinese Influence Worries N.Korean Officials

    03/17/2014 6:37:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 11, 2014
    Growing Chinese Influence Worries N.Korean Officials There are "serious concerns" among some North Korean officials that North Korea could turn into a vassal state of China amid growing economic dependence on its sole ally, a defector said Monday. Kim Chong-song, who under his real name used to be a senior member of the Workers Party, is the highest-ranking North Korean defector living in the South and spoke to media here for the first time. "Without Chinese capital and goods, it would be impossible for the North Korean government to operate, and ordinary people would not be able to carry on...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea fires 10 short-range missiles toward East Sea

    03/16/2014 4:15:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/03/16
    (LEAD) N. Korea fires 10 short-range missiles toward East Sea 2014/03/16 20:01 SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired off 10 short-range missiles toward the East Sea late Sunday, a source in Seoul said, the latest show of force in response to the on-going joint South Korea-U.S. military drills. The launches began at 6:20 p.m. and lasted about 10 minutes. The fired rockets flew about 70 kilometers before landing in the East Sea, according to the source
  • North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65

    03/16/2014 3:58:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    LAT ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Romm
    North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65 In Kim Jong Un's accession to power and brutal purge of his uncle, parallels are evident between the two societies. By James Romm March 14, 2014 This week, as the Ides of March approaches — the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship — the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Aunt 'Loses Seat in Rubber-Stamp Parliament'

    03/15/2014 5:45:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 14, 2014
    Kim Jong-un's Aunt 'Loses Seat in Rubber-Stamp Parliament' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt and widow of executed eminence grise Jang Song-taek was probably not returned to North's rubber-stamp parliament, an intelligence official here said Thursday. "It appears that Kim Kyong-hui either quarreled with Kim Jong-un or voluntarily stepped down," the official said. The name Kim Kyong-hui was on a list of the 687 Supreme People's Assembly members who were picked at the weekend, but intelligence officials here believe that is another individual of the same name. The representative was elected in the Taepyong district of North Pyongan Province, and...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister Secures Place in Nomenklatura

    03/10/2014 7:12:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 10, 2014
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Secures Place in Nomenklatura North Korea's state-run media have for the first time mentioned leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Yeo-jong by name, suggesting she has established a position of some influence for herself in the corridors of power. North Korean state TV on Sunday reported that Kim Jong-un visited a polling station at Kim Il-sung University for elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday, accompanied by military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae, Workers Party deputy directors Kim Kyong-ok and Hwang Pyong-so, "and comrade Kim Yeo-jong." Left: North Korean leader Kim Jong-uns younger sister Yeo-jong (in circle) walks...
  • North Korea's Kim warned he might face charges over atrocities

    02/17/2014 6:32:43 AM PST · by gooblah · 20 replies
    GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and mass killings bordering on genocide, U.N. investigators said on Monday.
  • N. Korea: Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant

    02/05/2014 2:57:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 26 January 2014 | Sebastien Falletti
    Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant Sebastien Falletti, Seoul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 26 January 2014 North Korea's decision to restart its 5 megawatt electric (MWe) reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear scientific research complex threatens Northeast Asia with a disaster potentially worse than Chernobyl, according to nuclear experts. "This reactor comes from another world. The Yongbyon site has a concentration of so many nuclear facilities that if there was a fire in one building it could lead to a disaster worse than the Ukrainian one," said Seo Kyun Reul, a professor at the nucleonic department of...
  • Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

    01/30/2014 3:17:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    38North ^ | 29 January 2014
    Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility By 38 North 29 January 2014 A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets in Northeast Asia and the United States. The Sohae gantry tower has been undergoing significant modifications to enable it to launch a large rocket up to 25 percent longer than the Unha-3 space launch vehicle tested...
  • N. Korean leader's aunt in Europe: report

    01/30/2014 3:08:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/30
    N. Korean leader's aunt in Europe: report 2014/01/30 14:27 TOKYO, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt is staying in Europe following the execution of her husband, Jang Song-thaek, a news report said Thursday. Kim Kyong-hui, a senior party secretary and sister of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, stayed in Switzerland after the North executed Jang in December on charges of treason, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reported, citing unidentified sources. The newspaper also said it obtained information that she later moved to Poland where Kim Pyong-il, the half-brother of late leader Kim Jong-il, has been serving as...
  • N. Korea: Orascom prevented to withdraw the asset from NK (Ceausescu way)

    01/28/2014 6:49:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    FNK Radio ^ | 01/28/2014
    Orascom prevented to withdraw the asset from NK VOA reported on 22nd that Egyptian mobile provider OrasCom which was prevented from remitting more than 4 hundred million dollars due to the restriction of North Korean regime. According to the audit report published by Deloitte, the Koryo Link which Orascom owns 75 percent stake included $422 million worth of cash balance in North Korea but “North Korea has implemented currency control restrictions and, in particular, rules surrounding the repatriation of dividends to foreign investors. Additionally, the local currency of North Korea is not tradable outside the country. Such restrictions limit the...
  • (2nd LD) S. Korea holds live-fire drill despite North's warning

    01/28/2014 5:30:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/28 | Kim Eun-jung
    (2nd LD) S. Korea holds live-fire drill despite North's warning 2014/01/28 18:23 By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday carried out a live-fire drill on its northwestern islands despite North Korea's warning of "grave consequences," but the closely-watched exercise ended without clashes with the communist state. South Korea has carried out live-fire exercises on the frontline islands every two or three months to improve Marine Corps' readiness. The drills have often been met by protest from Pyongyang. Ahead of Tuesday's exercise, the North's National Defense Commission sent a fax through the western military hotline to...
  • Competition between North Korean Elites over Jang’s Treasure

    01/27/2014 12:50:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    NKIS ^ | Jan. 10, 2014
    Competition between North Korean Elites over Jang’s Treasure Following the sudden arrest and execution of Jang Song Taek as a result of a bloody fight among North Korea’s leadership over rights and interests, North Korean elites are now climbing over each other to pledge their allegiance to Kim Jong Un as they compete to grab Jang’s secret funds, foreign currency stashes and control over organizations tasked with earning foreign currency, according to a NKIS source in Sinuiju. Kim Jong Un is said to have benefited the most from Jang’s purge because he has become the sole recipient of a one...
  • With Jang executed, 'internal unrest' possible in N. Korea: CRS

    01/27/2014 5:00:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Global Post ^ | January 27, 2014 | Lee Chi-dong
    Yonhap News Agency January 27, 2014 9:00am With Jang executed, 'internal unrest' possible in N. Korea: CRS By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- Uncertainty about North Korea's regime has grown since the downfall of Jang Song-thaek, who was the country's second most powerful figure, a U.S. congressional think tank said. Jang's demise in December indicates the "boldness" of young ruler Kim Jong-un, which could lead to more provocative and unpredictable actions in the future, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). "The chilling effect on the elite in Pyongyang could lead to internal unrest as those who considered...
  • N. Korea: All relatives of Jang executed too: sources

    01/25/2014 8:47:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/26
    All relatives of Jang executed too: sources 2014/01/26 10:37 SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- All relatives of the executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, including children and the country's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, have also been put to death at the leader's instruction, multiple sources said Sunday. Jang Song-thaek, the once-powerful uncle, was executed last month on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist regime, including contemplating a military-backed coup. All direct relatives of Jang have also been executed, the sources said. "Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek," one source said on...
  • Pentagon: U.S. Not Capable of Detecting Foreign Nuke Threats (US unclassified report)

    01/25/2014 11:56:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.
  • PLA mobilizes 100,000 troops for N Korean border exercise

    01/16/2014 3:43:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-01-15
    PLA mobilizes 100,000 troops for N Korean border exercise Staff Reporter 2014-01-15 10:20 (GMT+8) Nearly 100,000 Chinese soldiers and thousands of vehicles from the 16th and 39th Army Groups of the Shenyang Military Region have been mobilized for a winter exercise near the North Korean border to prepare for a potential crisis over the Korean peninsula, reports the Seoul-based Chosun Ilbo. The exercise launched on Jan. 10 is being held in the border region between the Changbai mountain and Heilongjiang river, the paper said. The drill is a normal military exercise to train soldiers to fight in winter and long-range...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister Put in Charge of Regime's Coffers

    01/14/2014 4:07:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Jan. 13, 2014
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Put in Charge of Regime's Coffers North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has put his younger sister Yeo-jong in charge of the regime's coffers since the execution of his uncle Jang Song-taek on Dec. 12 last year. Kim Jong-un ordered the restructuring of hard-currency earners, which used to be controlled by Jang, North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, a group of North Korean activists in South Korea, quoted a North Korean source as saying. The source said Kim Yeo-jong has taken charge of Department 54 and other currency-earning agencies in the Workers Party. Department 54 supplies electricity, coal, fuel, clothes...
  • US and China discuss North Korea contingency plan

    01/14/2014 4:02:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2014/01/14 | Julian Ryall
    US and China discuss North Korea contingency plan Countries discussed courses of action if North Korea implodes By Julian Ryall, Tokyo 11:20AM GMT 14 Jan 2014 Washington and Beijing are discussing potential courses of action should the North Korea regime implode and have previously come up with contingency plans before Kim Jong-il's death. Washington and Beijing discussed possible scenarios in North Korea when it appeared that Kim Jong-il was close to death it is believe they are again discussing potential courses of action should the present regime implode. In a recent report by the US Congressional Research Service, Kurt Campbell,...
  • Mike Tyson: ‘Dennis Rodman Is Guilty Of Treason’

    01/12/2014 5:38:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | January 10, 2014
    Mike Tyson: ‘Dennis Rodman Is Guilty Of Treason’ January 10, 2014 3:09 PM PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It takes a lot to shock and outrage Mike Tyson. Sounds like a job for Dennis Rodman. As if Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea, for an exhibition game with several former NBA players, didn’t raise enough eyebrows, Rodman’s appearance on CNN with Chris Cuomo raised just about all of them. Rodman’s interview turned into an outburst, as he seemed to defend policies of North Korea while yelling at Cuomo. The other players that were along for the ride with Rodman sat silently and...
  • N. Korea: Kim Kyong-hui in coma, says intelligence source(Kim's aunt only weighs 77 lbs)

    01/09/2014 6:15:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | Jan 09,2014 | PARK SEUNG-HEE AND JEONG YONG-SOO
    Kim Kyong-hui in coma, says intelligence source Jan 09,2014 WASHINGTON - Kim Kyong-hui, aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and wife of the purged and executed Jang Song-thaek, is in a vegetative state after undergoing brain surgery, a source told the JoongAng Ilbo. An intelligence official in the United States said on condition of anonymity yesterday that Kim Kyong-hui had surgery for a brain tumor in 2013 in Paris. After the surgery, she lost a lot of weight, dropping to 35 kilograms (77 pounds), the official said. The official denied some Korean reports alleging she committed suicide and maintained...
  • Rodman Brings Bread and Circuses to Pyongyang(breaks UN sanction)

    01/08/2014 1:39:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | DENNIS P. HALPIN
    Rodman Brings Bread and Circuses to Pyongyang 8:16 AM, Jan 7, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN .... The bread being brought by Rodman to accompany the circus is allegedly in the form of luxury birthday gifts for the North Korean dictator and his wife. Rodman seems oblivous to North Korea’s near starvation of its people, human rights atrocities, gulags, and nuclear and missile adventurism, and appears equally unconcerned that providing Pyongyang with any luxury goods is a violation of the sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2094, adopted on March 7, 2013, and previous resolutions .....
  • Former Knick Charles Smith regrets trip to North Korea with Dennis Rodman

    01/08/2014 4:37:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    NJ.com ^ | January 07, 2014 | Kevin Manahan
    Former Knick Charles Smith regrets trip to North Korea with Dennis Rodman By Kevin Manahan/NJ.com January 07, 2014 Former Knicks star Charles Smith is second-guessing his decision to travel to North Korea with Dennis Rodman to stage an exhibition basketball game to celebrate the country's leader, Kim Jong Un. Smith apparently thought that, with Rodman as the organizer, the goodwill tour of the communist country -- where human rights are abused and Kim recently executed his own uncle -- would go smoothly and without controversy. To which we say: Really? Smith's comments came after Rodman's latest circus -- a meltdown...
  • S. Korea says N. Korean leader's aunt likely in critical condition

    01/08/2014 12:23:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/08
    S. Korea says N. Korean leader's aunt likely in critical condition 2014/01/08 16:48 SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt appears to be in a critical condition due to a heart problem, a senior South Korean official said Wednesday. Kim Kyong-hui, 67, a senior party secretary and wife of the recently executed Jang Song-thaek, visited Russia between September and October last year for medical treatment, the official said. "We believe (she) is in a critical condition," the official said, noting that her heart problems appeared to have worsened due to alcoholism. She also visited Singapore in...
  • US sending extra combat unit to South Korea

    01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The U.S. is sending an additional Army combat force of 800 soldiers to South Korea with tanks and armored troop carriers. A brief Pentagon announcement said the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to two locations in South Korea on Feb. 1....
  • N. Korea: Is Kim Jong-un's Aunt Dead?

    01/05/2014 6:35:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Jan. 06, 2014
    Is Kim Jong-un's Aunt Dead? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt and widow of executed eminence grise Jang Song-taek is believed to have died, possibly by her own hand. A government source here on Sunday said Kim Kyong-hui, who has been out of the public eye either committed suicide or died from a heart attack. The source said intelligence services here believe Kim is dead but have not been able to confirm this, though they are also trying to find out whether she went abroad for medical treatment. Another government official said, "There are many rumors going around about Kim...
  • N. Korea: Lee Seol-ju forgot to wear ‘the pin‘?

    01/05/2014 3:56:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Lee Seol-ju forgot to wear ‘the pin‘? 01-02 Kim Jong-un and Lee Seol-ju started the new year visiting Keumsusan Sun Palace where their father and grandfather rested. Lee appeared in North Korean media in a long time, but it seems that there's something she missed before coming in front of her people. Lee Seol-ju on New Year's Day visiting Sun Palace without a pin on her chest unlike others including her husband, Kim Jong-un FNKR's source in Sinuiju said on 2nd that "people are wondering why Lee doesn't put the 'portrait pin' on her jacket which is required for everyone...
  • N. Korea: Drug Trade Continues to Prove Lucrative

    01/04/2014 4:46:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2014-01-03 | Oh Hyun Oo
    Drug Trade Continues to Prove Lucrative Oh Hyun Oo | 2014-01-03 15:51 Drugs manufactured in North Korea are entering Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia by way of Chinese brokers, with North Korea's Escort Command overseeing sales and distribution, a Daily NK source has alleged. Escort Command is the agency responsible for the protection of Kim Jong Eun and his family. Kim Mo (pseudonym), a former employee of North Korea’s Ministry of State Security, spoke with Daily NK on the 2nd: “Escort Command was tasked with managing the illicit drug trade by Kim Jong Il, so that he could maintain...
  • Luxury ski equipment at North Korean resort breaches sanctions

    01/04/2014 4:31:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2014/01/02 | Chad O'Carroll
    Luxury ski equipment at North Korean resort breaches sanctions North Korea's new ski resort is Kim Jong-un's pride and joy, but how did the country evade United Nations sanctions to buy state-of-the-art ski equipment from Canada, Sweden and Italy? By Chad O'Carroll, NK News 5:47PM GMT 02 Jan 2014 As North Korea opened its first ski resort, questions have arisen over how it managed to obtain new Canadian snowmobiles, Swedish snow-blowers and Italian and German snow ploughs despite United Nations sanctions. The resort at Masik Pass is a pet project of North Korea's young leader, who ordered the North Korean...
  • Humanitarian, peace loving North Korea???

    01/03/2014 6:38:17 AM PST · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 3, 2014 | Dan Miller
    It's sweetness, light and fervent desires for peace and love all the way down. Right.According to a report from The Week First Post, Initial reports suggested Jang Song-thaek, the No.2 man in North Korea, had been shot by a firing squad after being found guilty of treason. But an account in Wen Wei Po – China's official mouthpiece – suggests the reality was even more disturbing.According to the report, Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides, the Straits Times reports. They were joined by 120 hounds who had been "starved for three days", the paper...
  • This photo of Kim Jong Un riding a ski lift is North Korea’s way of flipping off Europe

    01/02/2014 6:41:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    WP ^ | December 31, 2013 | Max Fisher
    This photo of Kim Jong Un riding a ski lift is North Korea’s way of flipping off Europe By Max Fisher December 31, 2013 at 11:51 am North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes a solemn ski lift ride during his inspection tour at the Masik Pass ski resort, near Wonsan, North Korea. (EPA/RODONG SINMUN) This photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sitting alone on a ski lift might not look like North Korea flipping Europe a giant middle finger. But that's exactly what it is.
  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    12/28/2013 4:31:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2013-12-26
    Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report Staff Reporter 2013-12-26 08:55 (GMT+8) Retired NBA great Dennis Rodman loves visiting North Korea not just to train local basketball players but to enjoy the sexual services laid on for him by his pal, the country's supreme leader Kim Jong-un, reports Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po. The Hall of Famer departed from North Korea on Monday after training local players for an exhibition game against former NBA veterans scheduled for Jan. 8, Kim's birthday. This was his third visit to the country in the past year. Known for his wild...
  • North Korea May Be Making Fuel for a Nuclear Reactor and It's No Joke

    12/24/2013 7:03:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/24/13 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner
    North Korea May Be Making Fuel for a Nuclear Reactor and It's No Joke The Atlantic Wire By Danielle Wiener-Bronner The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University reported today that North Korea may be making good on promises to develop nuclear arms, by producing fuel rods necessary for a plutonium reactor and, therefore, to operate nuclear facilities. According to the institute, this marks a major development in the hermit nation's quest for nuclear weapons: Commercial satellite imagery has identified facilities at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center that may produce fuel for North Korea’s recently restarted 5 MW plutonium production...
  • Rivalries Within North Korean Elite Led to Purge, South’s Spy Chief Says

    12/23/2013 5:19:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 2013/12/24 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    Rivalries Within North Korean Elite Led to Purge, South’s Spy Chief Says By CHOE SANG-HUN SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s intelligence chief said Monday that Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who was executed this month, apparently had not plotted a coup as Pyongyang had said, but had fallen victim to intrigue within the country’s elite over lucrative business deals, according to lawmakers in Seoul. Mr. Jang, 67, who was once believed to be the second most powerful man in North Korea, was executed on Dec. 12 on charges of plotting to overthrow his...
  • North Korea explodes myth of Kim dynasty

    12/21/2013 3:35:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    North West Asian Weekly ^ | 2013/12/21 | Foster Klug
    Vol 32 No 52 | 12/21-12/27, World News North Korea explodes myth of Kim dynasty Posted on 21 December 2013. Tags: 2013, Vol 32 No 52 | December 21 - December 27 By Foster Klug Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea’s propaganda machine has long kept alive the myth of a serene, all-powerful ruling dynasty that enjoyed universal love and support at home. In a single stroke last week, that came crashing down. In attempting to justify the execution of his uncle, who was also considered North Korea’s No. 2 official, young leader Kim Jong Un has...
  • Mired in Fearpolitik: North Korea in 2014

    12/21/2013 4:13:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2013-12-21 | Sohn Gwang Joo
    Mired in Fearpolitik: North Korea in 2014 [Sohn Gwang Joo Column â‘ ] Sohn Gwang Joo, Director, Daily NK Reunification Strategy Research Institute | 2013-12-21 00:12 What will become of the Kim Jong Eun regime? How will circumstances in the North change over the course of the onrushing 2014? Will the internal situation remain stable, or not? Will Kim Jong Eun raise a solution to the nuclear issue in discussion with China, and will Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Eun have their first summit? Alternatively, will Pyongyang ignore the unified denuclearization demands of South Korea, Japan and the United States, moving...