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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."...
  • N. Korea: Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible

    05/25/2012 11:58:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 05/25/12 | Andrei Lankov
    Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible [Andrei Lankov Column] By Andrei Lankov, Professor, Kookmin University [2012-05-25 11:20 ] At some point, the North Korean people are going to see South Korea as the absolute benchmark for its standard of living, given that it is a country inhabited by fellow Koreans and which it may eventually unify with under one flag. If North Korea does not begin to see the same standard of living as is enjoyed in the South, people will quickly begin to regard themselves as poor. Accordingly, if the regime cannot deliver progress which suggests a quick upswing toward...
  • N. Korea's west coast affected by severe drought (worst in 50 yrs)

    05/25/2012 9:16:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/26/12
    2012/05/26 09:30 KST N. Korea's west coast affected by severe drought SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's western coast region is experiencing severe drought that could seriously affect food production this year, a report by the communist country's state-run media said Saturday. The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), picked up in Seoul, said that if there is no rainfall by the end of the month, the drought will be recorded as the worst since 1962. It said from April 26 onwards, the capital city of Pyongyang received 2 millimeters of rain, while 5 millimeters fell in Haeju of...
  • N. Korea: Ros-Lehtinen calls out Chinese government in Seoul

    05/24/2012 6:14:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 05/24/12 | Josh Rogin
    Ros-Lehtinen calls out Chinese government in Seoul Posted By Josh Rogin Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:15 PM House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) participated in a candlelight vigil outside the Chinese Embassy in Seoul Thursday and chastised the Chinese government for forcibly repatriating North Korean refugees who flee to China. "I too was a refugee," she said, standing beside Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and South Korea Assemblywoman Park Sun Young. "Having fled communist totalitarianism in Cuba, I have walked their lonely road and have experienced both the fears and the hopes that combine to motivate their arduous...
  • N. Korea: New Launch Facilities Under Construction at Musudan-ri, Possible Iranian Connection

    05/24/2012 5:49:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    38north ^ | 05/22/12
    New Launch Facilities Under Construction at Musudan-ri, Possible Iranian Connection By 38 North New satellite photos from April 29, 2012 indicate that a major upgrade of North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground—more commonly referred to as Musudan-ri—underway since summer 2011, is making rapid progress. The new construction is intended to support future launches of rockets larger than the recently tested Unha—more capable liquid fueled space launch vehicles or missiles with intercontinental ranges—that will also overfly Japan, further aggravating regional tensions. In addition to a new launch pad under construction, much of the nearby village of Taepodong has been razed to...
  • 30 N.K. officials either executed or killed: rights group

    05/24/2012 5:00:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 05/24/12
    30 N.K. officials either executed or killed: rights group 2012-05-24 21:58 Thirty North Korean officials, once involved in inter-Korean talks, are believed to have been executed either by firing squad or killed in staged traffic accidents, a human rights advocacy group said Thursday. Amnesty International raised the suspicions in its annual report, citing unconfirmed reports in July. The alleged purge suggests that North Korea used the officials as scapegoats for soured inter-Korean ties. Tensions still persist on the Korean Peninsula over the North's two deadly attacks on the South in 2010. North Korea has also ratcheted up military threats against...
  • U.S. officials secretly visited N. Korea ahead of rocket launch: report(but burned again)

    05/23/2012 7:05:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    U.S. officials secretly visited N. Korea ahead of rocket launch: report SEOUL (Kyodo) -- U.S. officials secretly visited North Korea last month days before its April 13 long-range rocket launch in an unsuccessful bid to get Pyongyang to call off the launch, a local news report said Friday. The officials flew into Pyongyang around 8 a.m. on April 7 and left later the same day, according to Reset KBS, an online broadcasting channel. The U.S. side and the South Korean government did not notify South Korea's air force of the flight, which passed through South Korean airspace. As a result,...
  • Rogue N.Korean Soldiers Suspected in Hijack of Chinese Boats(didn't buy NK military's permit)

    05/22/2012 4:29:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/22/12
    Rogue N.Korean Soldiers Suspected in Hijack of Chinese Boats Three Chinese fishing boats that were seized by a small North Korean Navy boat on the West Sea on May 8 returned to Dalian Port at around 7 a.m. on Monday. The fishermen were given a health check immediately after they arrived. Three complained of extreme dizziness, and three others showed clear signs of external injuries, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Twenty eight Chinese fishermen had been abducted, not 29 as reported earlier. The owners of the Chinese fishing boats said the crew were taken to the coast of...
  • North Koreans Quietly Open to International Broadcasts

    05/15/2012 10:34:30 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Public Diplomacy Council ^ | May 15, 2012 | Alan Heil
    For well more than a decade, Korea experts who specialize in international media have been examining the impact of foreign broadcasts and DVDs on users in North Korea. They have done so through a combination of in-country surveys and debriefings of defectors from North Korea, refugees and travelers abroad. In annual reports, Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders invariably have ranked that country as having the “least free” media in the world. Yet the curtain of near total silence appears to be opening as never before in North Korea. In a landmark study released May 11, “A Quiet Opening,” Nat...
  • Caption this Photo: How to Get N. Korean Attention

    05/13/2012 7:28:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/10/12
    Pres Lee Myungbak of S. Korea is being condemned in so many ways: His caricature drawings are: burned attacked by kids at elementary school His effigy is mauled by attack dogs
  • Caption this Photos( Danish prince at Panmunjom)

    05/13/2012 7:06:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/13/12
    Danish princess strikes her "popular gal" posture
  • Kim Jong-Un Goes "Ballistic" Over State of N. Korean Amusement Park (Footage)

    05/09/2012 2:24:16 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 23 replies
    N. Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un (28?) is reported to have hit the ceiling today when he took an "on the spot" guidance tour of the main North Korean amusement park in Pyongyang and saw it in a shoddy condition. It is probably his and his deceased father's ultimate blame, shifting all their cash reserves into meaningless, failed launches, but Mini-Me, Son of Chia Pet, had to have someone to bark at on national TV to rule the roost. The DPRK media is trying to create an image that this little fat so-and-so is somebody not to be messed...
  • North Korea GPS jamming is affecting civilian flights, Seoul official says

    05/02/2012 4:51:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/02/12
    North Korea GPS jamming is affecting civilian flights, Seoul official says Posted: May 02, 2012 3:06 PM Updated: May 02, 2012 3:06 PM Source: AFP SEOUL -- Electronic jamming signals from North Korea have been affecting scores of civilian flights in and out of South Korea but did not endanger the aircraft, a Seoul official said Wednesday. "We've confirmed the GPS [global positioning system] jamming signals have been stemming from the North," Lee Kyung Woo, a deputy director at the state Korea Communications Commission, told AFP. The transport ministry, in a statement and comments to AFP, confirmed the jamming but...
  • Bill Keller: End may be near for monstrous North Korean regime(the day after?)

    05/01/2012 6:22:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | 04/30/12 | BILL KELLER
    Bill Keller: End may be near for monstrous North Korean regime By BILL KELLER The New York Times Published: April 30th, 2012 04:49 PM Last Modified: April 30th, 2012 04:49 PM The one thing everyone knows about North Korea is that we know very little about North Korea, except that it is miserable, totalitarian, nuclear and erratic. It is the hermit kingdom, the dark side of the moon. But thanks to many thousands of refugees who have reached freedom by way of a long underground railroad through China, we know a lot more now about the grim reality. We understand...
  • North Korea's big bash honoring founder Kim Il Sung visible from space

    04/26/2012 7:08:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 04/26/12
    North Korea's big bash honoring founder Kim Il Sung visible from space Satelitte images pick up the word 'glory' in Korean In North Korea, the choreography can be part of the geography. The country is famous for organizing crowds of thousands of people using colored cards to spell out political slogans and images in stadiums or large squares, and the gathering last week to celebrate the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung was no different. This time, however, the spelled out message in a central square in the capital of Pyongyang was big enough to be visible from...
  • Kyodo: N. Korea May Conduct Nuke Test within One Week(Russia says)

    04/25/2012 6:53:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 04/26/12
    Kyodo: N. Korea May Conduct Nuke Test within One Week With the international community keeping a close eye on North Korea's next move after its attempted rocket launch earlier this month, speculation is rising that the regime might be very close to conducting a third nuclear test. Citing a Russian security official Japan's Kyodo News reported Wednesday that Pyeongyang's nuclear test was imminent. The official said that although no details can be revealed, there is concrete background backing up such speculation. He added that Russia would be very disappointed if North Korea went ahead with the test just 100 kilometers...
  • NBC: North Korean nuclear test could happen as early as Tuesday night

    04/24/2012 4:00:15 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    North Korea could carry out an underground test of a nuclear weapon as early as Tuesday night as the North's reclusive leadership dramatically tries to up the stakes with the U.S. and the West, U.S. officials told NBC News. U.S. officials say North Korea may already have an arsenal between 12 and a "few dozen" far more advanced weapons, many more than generally believed.
  • Exclusive: China firm boasts about missile-linked North Korea sale: envoys

    Exclusive: China firm boasts about missile-linked North Korea sale: envoys By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS | Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:16am EDT (Reuters) - A Chinese firm that intelligence agencies believe provided North Korea with the body of an off-road transport vehicle used to carry missiles appears to have a press release on its website that boasts about the sale, U.N. diplomats told Reuters. Washington suspects that the Chinese firm, Hubei Sanjiang Space Wanshan Special Vehicle Co., did not sell North Korea an entire vehicle, but a chassis, and may have believed it was for civilian purposes, suggesting the company...
  • N. Korea' Propaganda Masterpiece

    04/24/2012 5:17:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | 04/23/12
    Left: now famous photo of a very short NK soldier escorted back to his land by large U.S. and SK soldiers Right: N. Korea's photoshopped version
  • (LEAD) German experts dismiss N. Korean missiles at parade as mock-ups

    04/24/2012 5:04:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/24/12
    2012/04/24 15:43 KST (LEAD) German experts dismiss N. Korean missiles at parade as mock-ups SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) -- The new intercontinental ballistic missiles displayed in a military parade in North Korea were mock-ups and the presentation was "a nice dog and pony show," according to two German experts on North Korean missiles. The North showed off the missiles on transporter-erector-launchers during the parade to mark the centennial of the April 15 birth of the country's late founder Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un. The display sparked intense speculation on the North's ballistic missile capability following its...
  • 'N. Korea nuclear test may come within 2 weeks'

    04/23/2012 2:14:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/21/12
    'N. Korea nuclear test may come within 2 weeks' By JPOST.COM STAFF 21/04/2012 S. Korean paper quotes gov't source as saying it is "highly likely" that North has installed a nuclear device inside tunnel. After carrying out two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, North Korea has completed preparations for a third such nuclear test, which could take place within two weeks, AFP reported Saturday, citing South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Satellite images show an underground tunnel has been built at the site of North Korea's two previous nuclear tests. "Heaps of earth and sand which had been piled up...
  • N. Korea threatens to reduce S. Korean targets to ashes in minutes(Lee & media: Donga,KBS,MBC,YTN)

    04/23/2012 1:58:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/23/12
    (2nd LD) N. Korea threatens to reduce S. Korean targets to ashes in minutes SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened Monday to launch special military actions to destroy key South Korean targets, further escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula following the North's botched rocket launch. "The special actions of our revolutionary armed forces will start soon to meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors," the North's military supreme command said in an English-language notice carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency. "Once the above-said special actions kick off, they will reduce all the rat-like...
  • Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program

    04/20/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    VOA News ^ | 04/20/12 | Shannon Van Sant
    April 20, 2012 Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program Shannon Van Sant | Beijing A Chinese border policeman displays confiscated vanadium bound for North Korea at a checkpoint in Dandong, Liaoning province. Chinese border police have seized 70 kg (154 lb) of the strategic metal vanadium bound for North Korea, foiling an attempt to smuggle a material used to make missile parts, FILE July 24, 2009. China has recently joined with other countries in condemning North Korea for a failed missile launch earlier this month. It was a rare public rebuke of its internationally isolated ally, leading many to...
  • Pyongyang must remember to heed China's advice

    04/20/2012 7:00:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Global Times ^ | 04/17/12
    Pyongyang must remember to heed China's advice Global Times | April 17, 2012 01:18 By Global Times Pyongyang must remember to heed China's advice The UN Security Council issued a statement Monday strongly condemning North Korea for trying to launch a satellite last week. China voted for the decision. The statement calls for stricter sanctions on North Korea. It also says that if North Korea continues satellite launches or nuclear tests, the Security Council will take further action. China has taken a clear attitude in condemning Pyongyang. Some analysts take it as a result of North Korea neglecting China's discouragement...
  • OPINION: North Korean Nuclear Test Could Trigger Conflict In Middle East(Iran nuke& Israel attack)

    04/20/2012 5:25:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/19/12 | Leonard Spector
    18:30 19 April OPINION: North Korean Nuclear Test Could Trigger Conflict In Middle East By Leonard Spector WASHINGTON, April 19, Kyodo Although the April 13 talks in Istanbul on curtailing Iran's nuclear program made little progress, they set the stage for serious negotiations to begin in May. Developments in North Korea, however, could cut the process short, if a North Korean nuclear test exacerbates fears that Pyongyang and Tehran are collaborating on the design of a nuclear weapon. Such collaboration would be the natural evolution of past collaboration on intermediate-range missiles. During the 1990s, Pyongyang sold Iran the No-Dong system,...
  • 2nd rocket still at N. Korea's launch site after failed launch(spare rocket available for launch)

    04/20/2012 5:02:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Mainichi ^ | 04/20/12
    2nd rocket still at N. Korea's launch site after failed launch SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Another rocket is still at the North Korean launch site from where the North attempted to launch a rocket carrying what it said was a satellite last Friday, raising speculation the North may attempt yet another launch, a South Korean government source told Kyodo News on Friday. North Korea moved two rockets to the launch site in Tongchang-ri near the northern border with China on March 23 from a factory in Pyongyang and the second, believed to be of the same type of the one blasted...
  • U.S. gov't urged to act on rumors of NK-China missile ties

    04/18/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/19/12 | Lee Chi-dong
    2012/04/19 04:41 KST U.S. gov't urged to act on rumors of NK-China missile ties By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. lawmaker has formally requested the Obama administration examine reports of possible missile cooperation between North Korea and China, a congressional source said Wednesday. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said the U.S. should do something if the allegations are found true, added the source. He cited some experts' analysis of a transporter-erector-launcher that carried what is believed to be the North's new...
  • N. Korea threatens to blow up Seoul over defamation of its leader

    04/18/2012 7:24:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/19/12
    2012/04/19 10:52 KST N. Korea threatens to blow up Seoul over defamation of its leader SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea urged South Korea Thursday to offer an apology over the alleged defamation of Pyongyang's milestone festival, a day after its military threatened to blow up Seoul. The latest harsh rhetoric comes amid tensions following the North's failed rocket launch last week. The U.N. Security Council has condemned the launch and called on member states to find ways to tighten sanctions on the communist country. The North Korean government accused South Korea of insulting the North's dignity over the...
  • Experts Ponder Cause of N.Korean Rocket Failure

    04/16/2012 7:25:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/16/12
    Experts Ponder Cause of N.Korean Rocket Failure North Korea's rocket exploded two minutes and 15 seconds after launch, disintegrated into some 20 fragments and fell into the West Sea. The North unusually admitted the failure. Rocket experts attribute it to a problem with the first-stage booster, failed separation of boosters or a rushed launch schedule. â—† Booster Problems The first-stage booster exploded into about 20 fragments scattered over waters west of Taean far away from the point west of the Byeonsan Peninsula where the regime had predicted they would land. About 56 percent of launch failures are caused by a...
  • Multi-nation search for debris begins for failed North Korean rocket(treasure hunt under way)

    04/13/2012 6:31:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    WTSP ^ | 04/13/12
    Multi-nation search for debris begins for failed North Korean rocket 4:33 AM, Apr 13, 2012 (CBS/AP) PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea's much-anticipated rocket launch ended quickly in an embarrassing failure early Friday, splintering into pieces over the Yellow Sea soon after takeoff and setting off an international search effort for the debris to gain insight into what went wrong and what rocket technology the country has. Within minutes of the early morning launch, the U.S. and South Korea declared it a failure. North Korea acknowledged that hours later in an announcement broadcast on state TV, saying the satellite had...
  • Caption this Photo(a N. Korean official at a press center in Pyongyang)

    04/13/2012 6:16:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/13/12
    A N. Korean official at a media center of a hotel in Pyongyang on Apr. 13 (probably after launch failure)