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  • North Korea to Obama: Focus on moving, not human rights record

    01/17/2017 2:32:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2017 | Euan McKirdy
    North Korea to Obama: Focus on moving, not human rights record Euan McKirdy January 17, 2017 (CNN)North Korea has said President Barack Obama should concentrate on packing rather than focusing on the reclusive nation's human rights record. State-owned North Korean press agency KCNA slammed additional sanctions filed by the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), calling the move a "hostile policy" and the "last-ditch efforts" of an administration "whose days are numbered."
  • How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists

    01/16/2017 3:30:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 15, 2017
    How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists January 15, 2017 NORTH Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world. Marijuana news outlets including High Times, Merry Jane and Green Rush — along with British tabloids, which always love a good yarn — are hailing North Korea as a pothead paradise and maybe even the next Amsterdam of pot tourism. They’ve reported North Korean marijuana to be legal, abundant and mind-blowingly cheap, sold openly to Chinese and Russian tourists at a major market on the North’s border for about $3 a pound (or $AU4...
  • US imposes sanctions on N. Korea leader's sister over human rights violations

    01/14/2017 5:14:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2017-01-12
    US imposes sanctions on N. Korea leader's sister over human rights violations 2017-01-12 US imposes sanctions on N. Korea leader's sister over human rights violations The United States imposed sanctions on the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday for her links to human rights violations in the communist nation. Kim Yo-jong, the leader's younger sister and vice director of the Workers Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department, was among seven North Korean officials and two agencies that the State Department blacklisted for their roles in the regime's human rights violations. It was the second time the U.S. has...
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” —Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • US would shoot down North Korean ballistic missile test if it threatens territory, allies, (tr)

    01/09/2017 2:16:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2017/01/08
    US would shoot down North Korean ballistic missile test if it threatens territory, allies, Carter says North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defense programs constitute a "serious threat" to the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday. The United States is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch or test "if it were coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies," Carter said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." North Korea declared on Sunday it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from any location set...
  • Ex-campaign chief of Trump met S. Korean intelligence chief, politicians (Manafort)

    01/03/2017 5:34:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/02
    Ex-campaign chief of Trump met S. Korean intelligence chief, politicians 2017/01/02 20:09 SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- A former campaign chairman of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, visited South Korea last month during which he held meetings with the head of the country's intelligence service and senior politicians, according to the politicians who met with Manafort on Monday. The visit by Manafort to South Korea came before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in his New Year's message on Sunday, said that the North is close to launching an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea is also in political turmoil over...
  • Trump says China 'won't help' with North Korea

    01/02/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 2, 2017
    Trump says China 'won't help' with North Korea U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized China on Monday, saying it had benefited from its economic ties with the United States but would not help control North Korea.
  • US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against 'provocative' actions

    01/02/2017 4:53:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | January 2, 2017,
    US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against 'provocative' actions AFP on January 2, 2017, 7:56 am Washington (AFP) - The United States on Sunday sharply condemned a North Korean plan to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile and warned Pyongyang against "provocative actions." The toughly worded US statement called on "all states" to show the North that any unlawful actions would have "consequences." It was issued by the Pentagon at a sensitive time -- just weeks before President Barack Obama is due to hand power over to his successor, Donald Trump. The statement came hours after Kim Jong-un, the North Korean...
  • [N. Korea](3rd LD) N.K. in final stage of preparations to launch ICBM: leader

    01/01/2017 4:48:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/01 | Kim Soo-yeon
    (3rd LD) N.K. in final stage of preparations to launch ICBM: leader 2017/01/01 17:38 By Kim Soo-yeon SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is in the final stage of preparing to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the country's leader said Sunday, in the latest sign that Pyongyang will not abandon its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea "soared as a nuclear and military power," boosted by the success of the country's two nuclear tests last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his verbal New Year's speech broadcast by the state-run TV station. "We were actively engaged...
  • 340 N.Koreans Executed Since Kim Jong-un Came to Power

    12/31/2016 9:22:04 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | December 30, 2016
    340 N.Koreans Executed Since Kim Jong-un Came to Power December 30, 2016 08:22 North Korea has executed or purged 340 people over the past five years in leader Kim Jong-un's struggle to consolidate his rule. The Institute for National Security Strategy, a think tank run by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, said Thursday executions of officials have steadily increased since 2012, with some 140 high-ranking officials purged or executed this year alone. Public executions of ordinary people are also becoming more common. The institute said more than 60 cases were recorded as of August this year, double the annual...
  • Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research

    12/30/2016 7:18:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    The Tower ^ | Dec. 29, 2016
    Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research by TheTower.org Staff | 12.29.16 4:28 pm The discovery of a working North Korean missile site that was previously thought to be inactive may suggest that the country is cooperating with Iran on ballistic missile and nuclear technology, Voice of America reported Wednesday. PRESS RELEASE: Strategic Sentinel Finds Previously Unknown North Korean Site Read more here: https://t.co/NJk9a9LBgd#NorthKorea #VOA @W7VOA pic.twitter.com/f3S24izQOn — Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) December 28, 2016 Satellite images taken and analyzed by the intelligence firm Strategic Sentinel discovered a missile silo in Geumchang-ri, a mountainous area in North Pyongan...
  • [N. Korea] Air Koryo flight attendants featured on 2017 calendar

    Air Koryo flight attendants featured on 2017 calendar 2016/12/29 13:32 SHENYANG, China, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has featured a flight crew of its flag carrier Air Koryo in a 2017 calendar of the communist country, obtained Thursday by Yonhap News Agency, in what is seen as an unprecedented move to revitalize its tourism industry amid international sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile developments. The calendar published by the state-run the Korea Publications Export and Import Corp. has the cover showing the airline's two pilots and five flight attendants. The cover of a North Korean calendar for 2017,...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong-un seeks to complete nuke development by 2017: N.K. diplomat

    12/27/2016 4:47:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/27
    Kim Jong-un seeks to complete nuke development by 2017: N.K. diplomat 2016/12/27 18:51 SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to complete development of nuclear weapons by the end of 2017 and has no plans to give up the country's nukes even if he is offered huge sums of money, a high-profile North Korean diplomat who recently defected to South Korea said Tuesday. Kim is "racing ahead with nuclear development after setting up a plan to develop it (nuclear weapons) at all costs by the end of 2017," Thae Yong-ho, formerly No. 2 at the...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea likely to conduct nuke test around S. Korea's presidential race: ex-N.K diplomat

    12/25/2016 5:53:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/24
    (LEAD) N. Korea likely to conduct nuke test around S. Korea's presidential race: ex-N.K diplomat 2016/12/24 11:11 SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is seeking to conduct another nuclear test around South Korea's presidential election next year, a high-profile North Korean defector has said, in the latest sign that Pyongyang would not abandon its nuclear program despite growing international pressure. Thae Yong-ho, a former No. 2 official at the North Korean embassy in London, said North Korea's foreign ministry has sent documents to its overseas missions that Pyongyang is seeking to carry out its sixth and seventh nuclear test...
  • How Banned North Korean Seafood Could End Up on Your Dinner Table

    12/23/2016 6:33:44 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 21, 2016
    How Banned North Korean Seafood Could End Up on Your Dinner Table Reuters Updated: Dec 21, 2016 7:58 AM UTC (YANJI, China) — The brightly colored packages advertising "Walleye Pollock" at the West Market in Yanji, a Chinese city near the border with North Korea, say the fish came from China. But 15 vendors interviewed at the market say the fish came in from North Korea to be processed, packaged and mostly sold in China. They say they buy the fish from Chinese wholesalers who deal with their North Korean counterparts at the border. The packaged fish is also exported...
  • North Korea Says US Should Expect ‘Imminent War’ Over Sanctions

    12/22/2016 9:48:53 AM PST · by kevcol · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller news Foundation ^ | December 22, 2016 | Ryan Pickrell
    “The latest UNSC ‘resolution on sanctions’ has created the danger of imminent war on the Korean Peninsula, as there are no judicial and institutional mechanisms to avert a war and armed conflicts and the ‘resolution’ is as good as a declaration of war,” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency. “The U.S. and other countries involved in adopting the ‘resolution on sanctions’ will have to be wholly responsible for the ensuing consequences.” . . . “The DPRK is building the most powerful country in the world on the basis of the self-defensive...
  • [N. Korea] Guilt-by-association: Growing up in a political prison camp

    12/21/2016 6:23:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2016-12-22
    [N. Korea] Guilt-by-association: Growing up in a political prison camp [As Heard in North Korea] Unification Media Group | 2016-12-22 10:42 Beginning in November, the Center for Investigation & Documentation on Human Rights in North Korea (established in accordance with South Korea’s recently passed Human Rights Act) will launch a fact-finding investigation into human rights abuses in North Korea. During the investigation, the South Korean government will create an archive for reports into human rights abuses and build evidence to determine which individuals in the North Korean government are directly responsible for the crimes. In support of these efforts, Daily...
  • N. Korean leader using group photos to show off his hold on power: observers

    12/18/2016 3:35:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/18
    N. Korean leader using group photos to show off his hold on power: observers 2016/12/18 09:03 SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is using the group photos he takes on his field inspections to show off his hold on power, Pyongyang watchers in Seoul said Sunday. The observation was made by checking the North's media and related data collected by Seoul's unification ministry, which revealed Kim taking pictures on 20 of the 25 publicized visits he has made since Sept. 30. This is a departure from his usual practice of engaging in group picture sessions only...
  • Kim's nukes can hit Europe: Worst fears about North Korea PROVED by photo

    12/17/2016 5:27:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 17th December 2016 | Michael Havis
    Kim's nukes can hit Europe: Worst fears about North Korea PROVED by photo EUROPE is within range of Kim Jong-un’s weapons, senior government sources have confirmed. By Michael Havis / Published 17th December 2016 Top military officials have warned that North Korea is now able to attach nuclear warheads to missiles. It’s long been disputed how far the rockets can travel, with tests suggesting a range of a few thousand kilometres. But a South Korean government briefing, attended by Daily Star Online, revealed that the distance is likely to be far greater. Lee Sang-hwa, director general of the South's North...
  • North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official

    12/09/2016 7:12:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016 | Phil Stewart
    North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON North Korea appears able to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile but is still struggling with missile re-entry technology necessary for longer range strikes, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday. "I think they could mate a warhead with a delivery device. They're just not sure (about) re-entry," said the official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity. "They're endeavoring to overcome that." North Korea has carried out repeated nuclear and missile tests this year in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions...
  • Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide

    12/08/2016 5:01:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2016-12-06 | Kim Seong Hwan
    Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide Kim Seong Hwan | 2016-12-06 The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB; an NGO) hosted a seminar at the Korea Press Center to discuss illicit drug usage in North Korea. Image: Daily NK. Illicit drug distribution and consumption is pervasive across all regions of North Korea, according to new research presented by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB). Of particular note, it was found that a high proportion of Pyongyang residents use illicit drugs on a regular basis. Lee Gwan Hyeong, a researcher at NKDB, headed...
  • N. Korea building 8th runway exclusively for Kim Jong-un: report

    12/07/2016 8:01:45 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/08
    N. Korea building 8th runway exclusively for Kim Jong-un: report SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is building another runway exclusively for its leader Kim Jong-un in the North's South Pyongan Province, a U.S.-based broadcaster said Thursday. Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that the 870-meter-long airstrip in Unsan County, the eighth one for Kim, is located near a cement plant, mine and new industrial complex being built. The location of the airstrip strengthens the belief that it will be used for Kim's field inspections of industrial facilities,...
  • 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 · 18 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...