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  • HSBC apologizes for lax controls on transactions with N. Korea, others

    07/17/2012 5:28:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/18/12
    2012/07/18 03:59 KST HSBC apologizes for lax controls on transactions with N. Korea, others WASHINGTON, July 17 (Yonhap) -- Executives from HSBC Holdings admitted Tuesday that the largest European bank had some loopholes in controlling transactions involving North Korea and other "rogue states." A group of top HSBC officials appeared at a U.S. Senate hearing a day after the Senate released a 330-page report accusing the London-based bank of exposing the U.S. financial system to North Korea, Iran, and Cuba as well as terrorists groups and Mexican drug cartels. HSBC had transactions with North Korea in breach of U.S. sanctions...
  • What's Behind the Ouster of N.Korean Army Chief?

    What's Behind the Ouster of N.Korean Army Chief? North Korea's official announcement that the chief of the Army's General Staff, Ri Yong-ho, has been relieved of all his posts was "unusual," an official in South Korea's Unification Ministry said. Politburo meetings like the one on Sunday that decided to sack Ri were almost unheard of under late leader Kim Jong-il, let alone publicized, even though it nominally remained the communist country's top decision-making body. Once the one-man dictatorship was established firmly under nation founder Kim Il-sung, the Politburo degenerated into a rubber-stamp body, and Kim Jong-il rarely summoned it, according...
  • N. Korea: DPRK awards Hyon Yong Chol title of KPA vice marshal(replacement for the purged general?)

    07/16/2012 8:47:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 07/17/12
    DPRK awards Hyon Yong Chol title of KPA vice marshal English.news.cn 2012-07-17 05:38:18 PYONGYANG, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Hyon Yong Chol was awarded the title of vice marshal of the Korean People's Army (KPA), reported KCNA, the official news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), early Tuesday. According to the report, the decision to award the title was made by the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defense Commission of the DPRK on Monday. Hyon was a general of the KPA before the promotion. On Monday, Pyongyang announced that KPA...
  • Secretive North Korea ditches top military man, purge seen

    07/16/2012 4:07:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    North Korea's ruling party has removed a top military official close to the center of power, suggesting new leader Kim Jong-un and his closest advisers may be purging the ruling elite to strengthen their grip on the secretive state. -excerpt- Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho, who was seen as close to Kim's dictator father, was relieved of his posts in the Workers' Party of Korea at a politburo meeting on Sunday including the powerful role of vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, the state KCNA news agency said on Monday.
  • N. Korea's army chief Ri Yong-ho relieved of all posts

    07/15/2012 3:57:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/16/12
    2012/07/16 07:41 KST N. Korea's army chief Ri Yong-ho relieved of all posts SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Monday that its army chief Ri Yong-ho, known as a confidant of leader Kim Jong-un, has been removed from all his posts because of his "illness." "A meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party decided to relieve Ri Yong-ho of all his posts for his illness," the North's Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch from Pyongyang. The 70-year-old Ri was previously known as a key figure who helped Kim seize...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-eun's Wife(? photos)

    07/14/2012 11:19:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/15/12
  • N. Korea: Chia Junior's Mom (from a propaganda film to build up the junior)

    07/14/2012 11:07:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo & DailyNK ^ | June & July, 2012
    Video link at DailyNK.com: http://www.dailynk.com/korean/read_nktv.php?cataId=tv00003&num=264&viewmode=
  • Replica Disney Dancers Take North Korea Stage

    07/10/2012 5:12:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/09/12 | EVAN RAMSTAD
    July 9, 2012, 9:16 p.m. ET Replica Disney Dancers Take North Korea Stage By EVAN RAMSTAD SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun and other top officials attended a televised variety show over the weekend that included dancers imitating Disney Co. DIS -0.08% characters such as Mickey Mouse, a noteworthy development in an authoritarian regime that routinely criticizes the U.S. and other foreign cultures. The dancers' costumes weren't precise replicas of Disney characters, and Disney told the Associated Press that it didn't authorize or license its characters to North Korea or the art troupe that produced the show. But the variety...
  • N. Korea: Junior Pig's Field Trip to an Airport (Caption these Photos)

    07/06/2012 11:05:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/07/12
  • N. Korea's Gentleman Scavengers Devouring Leftovers at Restaurants because...

    07/01/2012 8:31:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 07/02/12
    /begin my excerpts N. Korea's Gentleman Scavengers Devouring Leftovers at Restaurants because... In N. Korea's restaurant districts, well-dressed 'gentleman scavengers' are popping up. Rations are not enough to cover their (basic) need and they make up the shortfall at restaurants. According to 'Open Radio for N. Korea,' a female Pyongyang resident in her 50's conveyed, "To make up their need, rising number of people are getting their meals from leftovers at Pyongyang's restaurants." In Pyongyang, only those at a household whose head has a job, get food rations, but it is not enough for family members to last for a...
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang denounces U.S. for firing at N. Korean flag

    06/25/2012 7:54:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/25/12
    Pyongyang denounces U.S. for firing at N. Korean flag SEOUL, June 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea vowed Monday to further strengthen its nuclear deterrent to cope with what it called U.S. hostile policy, leveling criticism at the latest South Korea-U.S. joint military drill. The latest rhetoric came after North Korea's flag was fired upon during a South Korea-U.S. joint live-fire drill near the border with the North on Friday. The communist nation, which conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, has made similar threats in recent years. "It is an extremely grave military action and politically-motivated provocation to fire...
  • PRC Sold Mobile ICBM Transport Vehicles to N. Korea; Obama Admin. Covered It Up (Breaking)

    06/12/2012 9:26:34 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 25 replies
    JNN News Network, Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese) ^ | 14 Junwe 2012 | JNN News Network (Freeper Translation)
    The news report is HERE:LINK.This is from Japanese TV news today, it reports that the sale occured in August last year (4 mobile transporters used in North Korea's massive military parade showcasing the mobile nature of their ICBM program, including modified Scud, Nodong, etc.). Japan caught wind of this dangerous, nefarious PRC-DPRK deal in October. The United States also came to know this material fact.The sale marks a complete violation of UN embargoes on such material and equipment for export to the DPRK for thier intermediate and long range missile program. Japanese news notes the US kept silent about...
  • Ukraine convicts two N. Koreans for spying(extend ICBM range to hit US mainland)

    06/08/2012 8:00:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 06/08/12
    Ukraine convicts two N. Koreans for spying Today at 14:05 | Interfax-Ukraine Ukraine has sentenced two North Korean trade mission employees for spying to eight years in prison each. Ukrainian Security Service officers exposed the two Koreans while they were attempting to gain access to classified information, segodnya.ua reported on Friday. Having arrived in Dnipropetrovsk from Minsk, the two Koreans attempted to recruit an employee of the Pivdenne Design Bureau, a high-ranking official from the Prosecutor General's Office told the publication. "They were interested in gaining classified information concerning space rocketry equipment, particularly fuel systems for spacecraft," he said. The...
  • N. Korea denounces Japan's move to deploy destroyers near S. Korea(new NK scenario?)

    06/04/2012 6:38:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/04/12
    2012/06/04 16:23 KST N. Korea denounces Japan's move to deploy destroyers near S. Korea SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's propaganda Web site on Monday lashed out at Japan's move to deploy Aegis destroyers in international waters between South Korea and China. The Uriminzokkiri associated Japan's plan with what it claimed was South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's "toadyism" to the United States and Japan, accusing Lee of seeking to collude with Japan in military affairs. The criticism came days after Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Tokyo plans to deploy the destroyers to waters near the Yellow Sea to improve...
  • NKorea warns in latest threat that it will attack specific coordinates of SKorean media groups

    06/04/2012 8:11:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    WP ^ | 06/04/12
    NKorea warns in latest threat that it will attack specific coordinates of SKorean media groups By Associated Press, Published: June 4 PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s military warned Monday that troops have aimed artillery at the specific coordinates of South Korean media groups as Pyongyang threatened a “merciless sacred war” over perceived insults. The North Korean statement, which expresses outrage over South Korean media criticism of ongoing children’s festivals in Pyongyang, is the latest in a series of threats aimed at Seoul’s conservative government and news agencies following the December death of Kim Jong Il, the father of new...
  • The Hidden Horrors of North Korea

    06/01/2012 12:03:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    While much of the world's attention is focused on the Assad regime's appalling assaults against Syrian citizens, with more than a hundred dead in this week's massacre in Houla alone, another human rights atrocity occurring on a much larger scale garners far less attention. North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-Eun, has done what few expected when he assumed power after his father's death last December. Instead of loosening control in the most totalitarian nation in the world, Kim Jong-Eun has actually expanded the number of North Koreans subject to forced labor, torture, starvation and death in the totalitarian nation's prison...
  • U.S. to 'never' accept N. Korea as nuclear state: State Dept.

    05/31/2012 4:53:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/30/12 | Lee Chi-dong
    U.S. to 'never' accept N. Korea as nuclear state: State Dept. By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, May 30 (Yonhap) -- The United States made clear Wednesday that it will never recognize North Korea as a nuclear state. "The United States has long maintained that we will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power," a spokesperson for the State Department told Yonhap News Agency. The official's comments came in response to a report that North Korea revised its constitution to describe itself as a nuclear power. Earlier in the day, a North Korean Web site, monitored in Japan, carried the full...
  • Young South Korean activists use Google, Twitter to bring down North Korean sympathizers

    05/31/2012 7:49:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 05/30/12 | Youkyung Lee
    Young South Korean activists use Google, Twitter to bring down North Korean sympathizers By Youkyung Lee Associated Press Young South Korean activists use Google, Twitter to bring down North Korean sympathizers Posted: 05/30/2012 12:47:51 PM PDT May 30, 2012 7:49 PM GMTUpdated: 05/30/2012 12:47:52 PM PDT SEOUL, South Korea -- Google (GOOG) is not just a search engine for 26-year-old South Korean Ma Han-joo. Nor is Twitter merely a fun way to share pics of K-pop stars. For Ma and thousands of other young conservative activists -- many of them teenagers -- they are crucial weapons in their campaign to...
  • North Korea declares itself nuclear state in new constitution

    05/30/2012 8:14:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 05/31/12
    North Korea declares itself nuclear state in new constitution MAY 31, 2012 04:05 North Korea is known to have officially declared itself a nuclear state in a constitutional revision made last month. The amendment also replaced an article on the post of chairman of the National Defense Commission that had been held by the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il with one on the new position of first chairman for his son and successor Kim Jong Un. The Stalinist country on Wednesday released the full text of its constitution for the first time on the North`s propaganda website "Naenara...
  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 4:07:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 81 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/28/12
    US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last week that Pyongyang had built thousands of tunnels since the Korean war, The Diplomat reported. "The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our satellites," Tolley said, according to The Diplomat, a current affairs magazine. "So we send (South Korean) soldiers and US soldiers to the North to do special reconnaissance."...