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  • Does Iran Already Have Nuclear Weapons?

    07/31/2015 12:53:07 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2015 | Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
    What happens to the Iran nuclear deal if Iran already has a nuclear weapon? Both Iran and North Korea were part of the A.Q. Kahn proliferation network, and bilateral trade in oil and weapons has continued despite UN resolutions designed to stop it. Ballistic missile cooperation is documented, and nuclear cooperation has been an unspoken theme in Washington. Pyongyang helped Damascus, Iran’s ally, build a secret reactor. There are reports that North Korean experts visited Iran in May to help Iran with its missile program. Pressed by reporters on the subject of North Korea-Iran nuclear cooperation a few weeks ago,...
  • DEM CONGRESSMAN: WITH SANCTIONS RELIEF, IRAN CAN JUST BUY A NUKE FROM NORTH KOREA

    07/31/2015 5:42:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/01/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    There are a whole lot of things with Obama's Iran deal and even Democrats are pointing out some of the absurdities of it. REP. BRAD SHERMAN (D-CA): I talked to [President Obama] about a host of things. One concern I have is whether Iran will simply be able to purchase a bomb from North Korea. This deal will give them $56 billion. Iran has already spent over $100 billion on the program because what it wants is indigenous weapons technology that it can develop and export without having to rely on a crazy dictator in North Korea, but if it...
  • S. Korea to start mass production of new M-SAM missile

    07/31/2015 1:26:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    SEOUL, July 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will deploy a new homegrown mid-range surface-to-air missile, M-SAM, in the Air Force this year following a successful test-fire, the defense acquisition agency said Thursday. The missile with a 40-kilometer range, also called "Cheongung," was developed locally in 2011 to replace the Air Force's aging batteries of MIM-23 Hawk from the U.S. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said it recently carried out a successful test launch of the initial M-SAM, sealing the quality certification. The new missile will be distributed to the Air Force starting in September, the DAPA said, adding that mass-production...
  • Watch out Kim, your nukes are next! | Satire

    07/27/2015 12:01:38 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Having been thoroughly schooled by Iran during the P5+1 nuke negotiations on the necessity for flexibility, the Obama Administration is now even better prepared to take on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Kim learns of U.S. plans As North Korea and more recently Iran proved, sanctions are feeble devices for getting rogue nations to eliminate their nuclear weapons programs. Possibly effective in bringing such nations to the bargaining table, they tend to collapse as the negotiators come to understand the benefits their nations would realize by their elimination (the sanctions, not necessarily their nations). According to a July 26th Washington Post article titled U.S. planning to press...
  • US Willing to be as ‘Flexible’ With North Korea as With Iran

    07/27/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2015, 5:28 PM | Ari Soffer
    Fresh from forging a controversial deal with Iran, which critics have blasted as a capitulation to Tehran’s demands, the Obama administration is willing to be just as “flexible” with North Korea, a US government envoy has said. Sydney Seiler, US special envoy for now-defunct six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, told Reuters Monday he hoped Pyongyang would take note of the Iran deal and return to the negotiating table. “The Iran deal demonstrates the value and possibilities that negotiation bring,” Seiler said. …
  • China gambles on North Korea to help revive city in northern ‘rust belt’

    07/22/2015 1:41:30 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    At China’s very farthest limits, a town sandwiched between North Korea and Russia stands at the heart of Beijing’s plan to revitalise its bleak, frigid northeastern rust belt. Beijing has a vision of turning the nondescript outpost of Hunchun into a regional Asian trading hub and is spending tens of billions of dollars to turn it into reality. Less than 70 km away in North Korea, the port of Rason offers access to the sea and a shorter trade route to Japan, one of China’s biggest trading partners, than almost any of its own harbours. But the ambitious plan relies...
  • Nuclear Arms Race: Saudi Source Reveals Plan for the Bomb

    07/21/2015 11:29:35 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21 July 2015 | Ari Yashar
    Head of state-affiliated Saudi TV channel reveals Saudi Arabia will 'seriously try to get' nuclear weapons following Iran deal. While US President Barack Obama claimed he prevented a nuclear arms race in the Middle East when he presented the Iran deal last Tuesday, a key source in Saudi Arabia laid bare that claim by expressing the country's sense of urgency to acquire its own nuclear weapon. Jamal Khashoggi, head of the Saudi Al Arab news channel that is owned by a prince of the ruling Saudi royal family, and who previously was the media aide to Saudi Arabia's ambassador to...
  • North Korea in no mood to restart nuclear talks with the United States

    07/21/2015 2:53:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    It’s not like this is a priority on the Obama foreign policy docket, but North Korea isn’t interested in giving up its nukes … ever. The communist state, which is also one of the world’s largest prisons, said that their nuclear arsenal is a deterrent against the United States. North Korea is another country that’s been under heavy economic sanctions by the U.S. and its allies, but they remain defiant (via Reuters): North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement...
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal; EU Ministers Approve Pact Ahead of UN Vote

    07/20/2015 7:55:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 07/20/2015 | BY MARISSA NEWMAN AND AP
    The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The 15-0 approval of the Iran nuclear deal clears one of the largest hurdles for the landmark pact, which will now go before the US Congress where it may face an uphill battle for confirmation. The UN vote came shortly after the European Union approved the nuclear deal, okaying the pact between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran that lifts punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange...
  • North Korea Elections Achieve 99.97% Turnout

    07/20/2015 10:10:31 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | Monday 20 July 2015
    North Korea's state-controlled elections saw a 99.97% voter turnout on Sunday, with only those absent from the country not participating, state media reported. Almost the entire country reportedly made it to the polls, including the elderly and ill, who cast their votes through "mobile ballot boxes" for uncontested candidates carefully selected by the ruling party.
  • North Korea’s economy grew faster than the Eurozone last year

    07/20/2015 9:51:32 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/17/2015 | David Scutt
    North Korea’s economy expanded by 1.0% to $29.85 billion (Ł19 billion) in 2014, according to Reuters citing analysis from South Korea’s central bank. That’s just better than the 0.9% growth recorded in the Eurozone last year. The Bank of Korea (BoK) report that “the increase in economic activity was attributed mainly to growth in services and building while farming, mining and manufacturing saw slower growth.”
  • How a defector from North Korea realized almost everything she learned about her country was a lie

    07/19/2015 11:40:47 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | July 17, 2015 | Adrian Humphreys
    “It is ridiculous, the hairstyle he has, everything,” says Hyeonseo Lee. She is talking about Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea and in her old life, before her defection from the tightly controlled regime, saying such a thing would condemn her and her family to prison or to death. “I could kill three generations of my family,” she says. Lee defected at 17, embarking on a perilous journey. Now 34, she has finally written her account of life and escape from the Hermit Kingdom in a new book, The Girl With Seven Names. The woman was raised in...
  • Kim Jong-un regime invites U.S. Congress, Obama’s ‘imbecile secretaries’ to pesticide plant

    07/15/2015 11:47:31 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    North Korea wants all 535 members of U.S. Congress and the Obama administration’s “imbecile secretaries and deputy secretaries” to come visit a pesticide plant.
  • Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia greatest threat to U.S.

    07/10/2015 1:02:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2015 | By Jamie Crawford
    Washington (CNN)Russia currently poses the greatest global threat to the United States, according to the man slated to be President Barack Obama's top military adviser. "Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security," Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine and threat to NATO nations on its borders, Russia presents a significant challenge to the U.S., even as it faces threats like that of ISIS. "If you want to talk about a nation...
  • Cyber-Security Expert: North Korea Takes Credit for NYSE Attack – No Coincidences – This Is Major

    07/08/2015 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/8/15 | Jim Hoft
    Cyber-Security expert Greg Keeley said the North Koreans are taking credit for the “glitch” that took down the New York Stock Exchange today. Keeley said there is no way these several glitches are not connected. And that may very well be possible. “For the administration to come out so hard and so fast and say this was not an attack I think is disingenuous… This is a major attack and for us to bury our head in the sand is very troubling.”
  • NORTH KOREA UNVEILS NEW AIRPORT, EXECUTES ARCHITECT

    07/07/2015 11:13:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/07/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Liberals often wish we had the same infrastructure expansion as Communist China. The Commies are of course famous for getting things done, even if the things are broken, don't work and aren't actually useful. The USSR got a lot of things done that didn't need doing. The end result were actual environmental catastrophes that liberals don't like talking about. Meanwhile here their infrastructure projects are unworkable and can't get done because of their own senseless environmental reviews in which you have to spend years and millions of dollars on consultants just to repair a bridge. Meanwhile North Korea is...
  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    07/02/2015 12:14:10 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Emma Batha
    As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. But Lee and her classmates grew up convinced they lived in the "greatest nation on earth" run by a benevolent god-like leader whom they loved in the way many children love Santa Claus.
  • State releases more than 1,900 Clinton emails

    06/30/2015 7:46:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/30/15 | Martin Matishak
    The State Department on Tuesday released 3,000 pages of emails from the private server former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used while in office. The correspondence, released online, covers March through December 2009. Among the messages, on July 11, 2009, Clinton received an email from "Jimmy" — presumably former President Jimmy Carter — titled "N. Korea.” The message seems to be about freeing journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were charged and held with illegal passage into the Stalinist state. It read: "Hillary: As I explained to you on the phone, I don´t think it is appropriate to tell...
  • Did Kim Jong-un have the architect behind North Korea's new airport executed because he did not [tr]

    06/29/2015 12:25:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Staff
    It has been claimed the chief architect of Pyongyang Airport was executed by North Korea's totalitarian leader Kim Jong-un because he disliked his designs. Ma Won-chun, who was North Korea's director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission, vanished last year and was allegedly executed in November. This coincided with a report the same month explaining how the fearsome ruler was dissatisfied with the construction of Terminal 2 at the country's capital city.
  • Thousands packed into North Korea stadium call for bloody revenge on US on Korean War anniversary

    06/25/2015 12:32:22 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    telegraph ^ | 25 Jun 2015 | Andrew Marszal
    North Korea marked the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War on Thursday with a 100,000-strong rally in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Stadium, and a statement condemning the "fatty monster US imperialists". The "Pyongyang Mass Rally on the Day of the Struggle Against the US," was a carefully orchestrated display of angry speeches, fist-pumping and calls for blood revenge. The rally was just one event in what it officially known as "Struggle Against US Imperialism Month", during which North Koreans visit war museums and attend gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States. North Korea also issued a...
  • North Korea claims it has a cure for MERS

    06/19/2015 6:59:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies
    upi ^ | June 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    SEOUL, - North Korea claimed it has developed a vaccine that cures the deadly diseases MERS, SARS and AIDS. The remedy contains "rare earth resources" and includes ginseng extract, cultivated in the North Korean city of Kaesong with the aid of fertilizer, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Friday. North Korea's independently developed "Kumdang No. 2 Vaccine" was touted as an extraordinary panacea. Pyongyang's state-controlled media KCNA said the immune system activator was capable of preventing MERS, SARS, AIDS and pneumonia, South Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo reported. The claims remain dubious, if not absurd, according to South Korea media....
  • The Iran scam worsens -- Part II, North Korea - China connection

    06/17/2015 2:07:08 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 17, 2015 | Dan Miller
    It is likely that the P5+1 nuke "deal" with Iran will be approved soon. Military and other nuke sites which Iran has not “disclosed” will not be inspected. Nor will Iran’s nuke ties with North Korea — which P5+1 member China seems to be helping, Iran’s massive support for terrorism and abysmal human rights record be considered because they are also deemed unnecessary for "deal" approval. Sanctions against Iran are moribund and will not be revived regardless of whether there is a “deal.” However, a bronze bust of Obama may soon be displayed prominently in Supreme Leader Khamenei’s office and one of Khamenei may soon be displayed proudly in Dear Leader Obama’s...
  • North Korea test-fires three short-range missiles into the sea

    06/14/2015 5:04:03 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 14 replies
    The Straits Times , Singapore ^ | Jun 14, 2015 | Staff
    SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Sunday test-fired three short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea's Defence Ministry said, weeks after claiming a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test. The North fired three KN-01 missiles from a site near its eastern city of Wonsan, a ministry spokesman told AFP. "The missiles appear to have a range of nearly 100km," he said, adding the test lasted 26 minutes and began around 4.30pm. "We are closely monitoring the movements of the North's military and maintaining full readiness against potential provocations."
  • How the Cross Led a Starving North Korean to America

    06/09/2015 4:20:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 9, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    In Korea, the only "god" he knew was the country's leader, Kim Il-Sung, and any perceived blasphemy against him could land a person in a prison camp. So when Joseph Kim finally crossed the Tumen river into China, he did what he was told—follow the cross—even though he didn't know what a cross or a Christian was. Kim tells his story in a new book, Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and at a time when North Korea occasionally surfaces in the headlines for its continuing beligerence towards the...
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Delusions

    06/05/2015 9:38:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's stunning declaration that the global image of the United States has greatly improved under his administration is another example of his ideology and narcissism's blinding him to his many policy failures. During a White House event with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, he managed to turn the subject to himself, saying, "People don't remember -- when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia. And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth." As evidence, the White House cited a Gallup poll,...
  • Report: US cyberattack on North Korea was ineffective

    05/29/2015 7:29:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/15 | Mark Hensch
    An American cyberattack on North Korea half a decade ago was fruitless overall, sources say. The National Security Agency (NSA) led a mission in 2010 to damage North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported on Friday. Operatives tried using a variant of the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran that same year, the news service said, with developers crafting a version that would activate once it reached Korean-language settings on targeted machines. Operatives hoped the virus would disable centrifuges for enriching uranium, much like it had when used against Iran, Reuters said, but the cyberattack stumbled when it encountered North...
  • Kim Jong-un’s brother goes missing after attending two straight Eric Clapton concerts in London

    05/25/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 28 replies
    The Korea Times | 5/23/2015 | staff
    LONDON/MOSCOW/BEIJING, May 23 (Yonhap) — Kim Jong-chol attended an Eric Clapton concert in London for the second time this week, but where the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un headed Saturday remained unknown. He had been scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Saturday from Moscow on his way to Pyongyang, a source with knowledge of the stopover said. However, the name of Jong-chol was not on the registry of the flight from London to Moscow, according to the source. He also wasn’t seen at the Beijing airport Saturday.
  • North Korea 'photoshopped Kim Jong-un submarine missile pictures'

    05/20/2015 2:23:10 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 May 2015 | Andrew Marszal
    Photographs showing Kim Jong-un proudly watching as a North Korean missile was launched from an underwater submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, experts claimed on Tuesday. German aerospace experts said photos of the launch were "strongly modified", including reflections of the missile exhaust flame in the water which did not line up with the missile itself. “Considering the track record of North Korean deceptions, it seems sensible to assume that any North Korean SLBM [submarine-launched ballistic missile] capability is still a very long time in the future, if it will ever surface,” Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker, of Schmucker Technologie,...
  • North Korea says it can miniaturize nuclear weapons

    05/20/2015 7:39:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/20/2015 | Jethro Mullen
    North Korea said Wednesday that it has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, a key step toward building nuclear missiles. Analysts and U.S. officials have said previously that they suspected Kim Jong Un's regime was working toward accomplishing the technical feat, which is needed to fit a nuclear device on the tip of a ballistic missile. But on Wednesday, the official U.S. response was skepticism. "Our assessment of North Korea's nuclear capabilities has not changed," National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement. "We do not think that they have that capacity." "However, they are working on developing...
  • New nuclear threat? North Korea claims it has miniaturized warheads

    05/20/2015 5:21:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20, 2015
    North Korea claimed Wednesday that it has manufactured nuclear warheads small enough to fit on the head of a missile, an announcement that is likely to ratchet up tensions in east Asia, particularly with South Korea. According to Yonhap News, a spokesman for North Korea’s National Defense Commission said that the development of the alleged weapons was part of an initiative to boost Pyongyang’s self-defense capability. “It is long since the DPRK’s nuclear striking means have entered the stage of producing smaller nukes and diversifying them,” the spokesman said, using the acronym of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s...
  • The Other Racial Divide: Were Asian-American businesses targeted in the Baltimore riots?

    05/19/2015 1:11:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The May 25, 2015 Issue | Dennis P. Halpin, former U.S. consul
    When guests at a North Korea Freedom Week dinner in Northern Virginia learned the Korean-American pastor at our table led a Maryland church, they immediately asked about the situation in Baltimore. It was May 1, and National Guard troops had been deployed to the city three days earlier to help quell the unrest sparked by the death of a man in police custody. The pastor let out a deep sigh before responding. A few members of his congregation had lost everything. After working diligently for years building small businesses in a new country, they watched their efforts literally go up...
  • Gloria Steinem to lead women's march in North Korea

    05/19/2015 9:45:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/19/2015 | Nick Gass
    Gloria Steinem is among 30 women activists marching from Beijing through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea in a call for peace next Sunday. The event marks the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. The 81-year-old activist told Reuters that “it seems to me that the past of no contact has not worked,” invoking former President Ronald Reagan’s call to tear down the Berlin Wall. “We are saying: ‘Take down this isolation,’” she said, according to the report, which also notes that the organizers will meet with North Korean women and tour a maternity hospital, a women’s...
  • Kerry - North Korea can have a great nuke deal like Iran if it becomes as moderate

    05/17/2015 12:29:25 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 28 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 17, 2015 | Dan Miller
    North Korea played those negotiating its denuclearization for fools, much as Iran has been doing more recently with Obama. It must not have been difficult to do. To continue the process with Iran, and to repeat it with North Korea, makes no sense.Speaking in the People's Republic of China on May 16th, Secretary Kerry offered North Korea a nuke deal -- Kerry explained that an Iran deal could help in showing North Korea how “your economy can do better, your country can do better, and you can enter into good standing with the rest of the global community by recognizing --...
  • North Korea: Execution By Anti-Aircraft Gun for Sleeping: The Photographic Evidence

    05/15/2015 8:48:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    North Korean defense minister Hyon Yong Chol made a mistake: he fell asleep at an official event at which Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was present. Kim, keen on sending a strong message amid rumors that his grip on absolute power may be slipping, reportedly decided that the appropriate punishment for napping during a rally is execution by anti-aircraft gun. If true, this would mark the latest in a series of “purges” which seem to lend some credence to the notion that Kim’s family name is no longer sufficient when it comes to securing absolute power and universal admiration both from...
  • North Korea executes defense chief for falling asleep during meeting, South Korea's spy agency says

    05/13/2015 9:37:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/13/2015
    South Korea's spy agency told the country's lawmakers Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un executed his defense chief for falling asleep during a meeting and talking back to the young leader. Lawmaker Shin Kyoung-min says that officials from the National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary committee that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire with hundreds watching at a shooting range at Pyongyang's Kang Kon Military Academy in late April. Shin was one of the lawmakers who attended the briefing. The office of another lawmaker, Lee Cheol Woo, released similar information about...
  • North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'

    05/13/2015 5:02:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 13, 2915
    North Korea's Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament. MPs were told Mr Hyon was killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds, the Yonhap news agency reports. It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and had not carried out instructions. The news comes weeks after the reported execution of 15 senior officials.
  • North Korea executes defence chief for napping at military event

    05/12/2015 7:32:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-12-15 | BY JU-MIN PARK AND JAMES PEARSON
    N. Korea has executed its defence chief on treason charges, Seoul's National Intelligence Service was quoted as telling lawmakers, in the latest of a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took power after his father's death in 2011. Hyon Yong Chol, who heads the isolated country's military, was purged and then executed by firing squad with an antiaircraft gun, watched by hundreds of people, South Korean media reported on Wednesday, citing the NIS's comments to a parliamentary panel. Hyon, who spoke at a security conference in Moscow in April, was said to have shown disrespect to Kim by...
  • Inside Fidel Castro’s Luxurious Life on His Secret Island Getaway

    05/10/2015 1:07:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2015 | Juan Reinaldo Sanchez
    For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape the island, finally making it to the US in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro.” In this excerpt, Sanchez exposes “El Jefe’s” privileged life. Modal Trigger To Cubans, Fidel Castro presents himself as a man of the people, claiming to make only 900 pesos a month (about $38) and owning no...
  • Visitors to Fidel Castro's Posh 'Secret Island': Erich Honnecher, Ted Turner, Baba Wawa...

    05/10/2015 12:10:05 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Apparently only communists were invited After 17 years as a personal bodyguard of Fidel Castro, Juan Rienaldo Sanchez recently claimed in a new book that the Cuban dictator was a major trafficker of illegal drugs into the US for years- and profited handsomely from it. Sound plenty believable to me, North Korea exports meth for hard currency- and El Jefe was close with Columbia's coke-producing communist rebels/terrorists FARC. Other interesting revelations would be that Fidel kept his immediate family a secret -had more kids out of wedlock- and was kind of a lazy slob that 'always slept until 10 or...
  • Inside Fidel Castro’s luxurious life on his secret island getaway

    05/10/2015 10:51:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 10, 2015 | Juan Reinaldo Sanchez
    For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape the island, finally making it to the US in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro.” In this excerpt, Sanchez exposes “El Jefe’s” privileged life. To Cubans, Fidel Castro presents himself as a man of the people, claiming to make only 900 pesos a month (about $38) and owning no property other...
  • Fidel Castro's double life revealed:

    05/03/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/03/15 | Sophie Jane
    Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, 66, makes explosive claims in a new tell-all book Says Castro directed cocaine trafficking operations 'like a real godfather' Adds Cuban dictator presided over the trials of two government officials He then 'made other officials watch a video of one of men's executions' Sanchez was eventually imprisoned and tortured in Cuba in 1994 after he attempted to retire over concerns about Castro's 'corrupt' practices Castro, now 88, was previously Prime Minister and President of country
  • N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine

    05/08/2015 7:54:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 9 May 2015
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country's advancing military capability. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally attended the test launching of what he described as a "world-level strategic weapon," the official Korean Central News Agency said. The report did not reveal the exact timing and location of the launch. Kim praised the test launch as an "eye-opening success" and declared that the North Korea now has a weapon capable of "striking and wiping out in...
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • Skirts Rise and Necklines Dip in NK

    05/02/2015 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2015-04-29 | Kang Mi Jin
    Attire for women in North Korea is getting flashier thanks to First Lady Ri Sol Ju’s knack for bold and stylish clothing, Daily NK has learned. Ri’s noticeable presence in the public eye has presumably been reason behind the state’s decidedly relaxed attitude toward rapidly shifting fashion trends among women, previously stringently regulated for their reflection of “capitalist trends.” Party-published Rodong Sinmun reported on April 14th that leader Kim Jong Eun was accompanied by the First Lady to the Mangyondae Prize Sports Games at Kim Il Sung Stadium, where, unlike last year, she was spotted wearing a dark green jacket...
  • North Korean diplomats storm out of UN rights meeting

    05/01/2015 11:40:30 AM PDT · by yuffy · 8 replies
    france24 ^ | Latest update : 2015-05-01
    North Korean diplomats on Thursday stormed out of a UN conference on human rights after lashing out at the United States for inviting three defectors to speak at the event. Pyongyang envoy Ri Song Chol interrupted the conference when he tried to deliver a statement following the poignant testimony of Joseph Kim who fled North Korea as an orphaned, homeless and hungry teenager. US Ambassador Samantha Power ordered UN staff to turn off the North Korean diplomat’s microphone and security guards were dispatched to the conference room at UN headquarters. The three diplomats then stood up and left the room...
  • North Korea's Kim ordered 15 executions this year: South's spy agency

    04/29/2015 8:14:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jack Kim and Ju-min Park
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as punishment for challenging his authority, South Korea's spy agency told a closed-door parliament meeting on Wednesday. A vice minister for forestry was one of the officials executed for complaining about a state policy, a member of parliament's intelligence committee, Shin Kyung-min, quoted an unnamed National Intelligence Service official as saying. "Excuses or reasoning doesn't work for Kim Jong Un, and his style of rule is to push through everything, and if there's any objection, he takes that as a challenge to authority and comes...
  • Kim Jong-Un climbs North Korea's highest mountain

    04/20/2015 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 82 replies
    Kim Jong-Un has climbed the highest mountain in North Korea, state-run media claims.
  • An EMP attack on America seems likely

    04/19/2015 10:57:56 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 48 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 19, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Some consider North Korea to be the rogue nation most likely to use an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to attack America; Iran is also seen as quite likely to do it. It matters little which succeeds.Here is a lengthy 2013 video about an EMP attack, what would happen and why: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9z4EnE9baU] Video linkThe possibilities and consequences of an EMP attack on America are too horrific to contemplate; the "legitimate news media" generally ignore them. We therefore tend to relegate them to the realm of remote "tin foil hat conspiracy theories" and to focus instead on more congenial stuff -- the latest sex scandal,...
  • Volcano responsible for one of the worst eruptions in last 2000 years set to explode again

    04/18/2015 10:12:44 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 40 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | April 15, 2015 | Rodrigo Cokting
    / Mount Baekdu is set to explode according to experts and if that isn't shocking enough, keep in mind that Baekdu is responsible for one of the worst eruptions in the last 2,000 years. Professor Yoon Seong-hyo from Pusan National University urged officials to keep a close eye on the highest peak of the Korean peninsula. Baekdu is an active volcano located on the border between North Korea and China. The caldera or cauldron of the Baekdu volcano, which is sometimes called Paektu or Changbai, has risen a centimetre since July, according to new research. "The mountains's height has risen...
  • Obama Hid North Korea Rocket Component Transfer to Iran

    04/15/2015 12:44:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    INN ^ | 4/15/2015, 3:17 PM | Ari Yashar
    US intelligence officials revealed that during the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, North Korea has provided several shipments of advanced missile components to the Islamic regime in violation of UN sanctions—and the US hid the violations from the UN. The officials, who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said more than two shipments of missile parts since last September have been monitored by the US going from North Korea to Iran. One official detailed that the components included large diameter engines, which could be used to build a long-range missile system, potentially capable of bearing...