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  • Kim Jong Un under fire for violating sanctions with mysterious, growing fleet of luxurious vehicles

    03/22/2019 12:30:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/22/2019 | By Hollie McKay
    Despite the robust United Nations sanctions that have long been slapped upon North Korea banning sales of luxury goods and vehicles to the nuclear weapons-procuring and human rights-abusing government leader Kim Jong appears to have no problem curating an extravagant car collection, and flagrantly flashing the violations for the world to see. Chairman Kims expanding inventory of European and U.S.-manufactured or customized luxury and up-armored limousines represents the most obvious series of flagrant sanctions violations to date, Hugh Griffiths, who for the past five years has a coordinated a U.N. panel of experts to monitor North Koreas sanction-circumventing...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Thursday-Friday 3/21-3/22/2019

    03/22/2019 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/21/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The Battle of Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May getting help from the European Union leaders with late night action Thursday. The EU leaders agreeing to the extension of the Brexit deadline beyond March 29th so May can continue to arm twist Parliament for her plan..... A top aide of Venezuela's Interim President Juan Guaido has been detained. Guaido's Chief of Staff detained by secret police agents of SEBIN who raided his home early Thursday morning at 2am local time. Guaido demands his immediate release. Roberto Marrero was taken away and his whereabouts are unknown... The latest news on the...
  • Opinion: Democrats bear some blame for the Trump-Kim summit collapse

    03/21/2019 2:53:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 20 Mar 2019 | Richard Beck
    ... Initial reports suggest there is lots of blame to go around, from Trumps overestimation of his own abilities as a dealmaker, to Kims possibly unrealistic expectations as to how little the US would be willing to accept, to the uncompromising hawkishness of the national security adviser, John Bolton, who may have intentionally sabotaged negotiations by throwing extra demands into the mix at the last minute. Some of this blame, however, belongs to Democratic politicians and liberal commentators, who have reliably denigrated Trumps Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the Hanoi summits chances for...
  • Seoul official: North Korea could be dismantling rocket launch pad

    03/18/2019 11:36:41 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | By Elizabeth Shim March 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM | By Elizabeth Shim March 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM
    SEOUL, March 18 (UPI) -- South Korea's unification minister said Monday North Korea activity at a missile launch site could be preparations for a "demolition." Cho Myong-gyon, who will soon be replaced by Kim Yeon-cheol, the chief of a Seoul-run think tank, told the National Assembly's foreign affairs and unification committee opinion is divided among officials in the South whether North Korea is restarting missile-related activity or getting ready to destroy the site, Yonhap reported Monday. (Maybe. Maybe not.) UPI ping.
  • Shadowy group plotting Kim Jong-uns overthrow raided a North Korean embassy in broad daylight

    03/16/2019 4:01:53 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    WaPo via SCMP ^ | 16 Mar, 2019 | None attributed
    Masked assailants infiltrated compound in Madrid, Spain, tied staff up with rope, stole computers and phones, and fled in two luxury vehicles Experts say devices seized are a treasure trove of information that foreign intelligence agencies are likely to seek out Days before US President Donald Trump was set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, a mysterious incident in Spain threatened to derail the entire high-stakes nuclear summit.
  • Accused mosque shooter 'changed' after visiting North Korea

    03/16/2019 9:16:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 15, 2019 02:02 PM | Diana Stancy Correll
    Accused New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, one of four suspects in custody in connection to the attack, is a personal trainer from Australia who visited North Korea, where he was photographed in a tour group visiting the Samjiyon Grand Monument. Tarrant, 28, is the son of parents who divorced when he was young. His father, who died in 2010 at age 49, was a garbage man who became a competitive triathlete who represented Australia. He described himself as an "ordinary white man who decided to take a stand," worked at the Big River Gym in New Zealand from 2009...
  • North Korea To US: Change Your Political Calculation Or Were Back To Testing Nukes And Missiles

    03/15/2019 9:42:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    And by “political calculation,” North Korea means Mike Pompeo and John Bolton. Pyongyang announced that Kim Jong-un will shortly decide whether he intends to continue his moratorium on missile and nuclear tests after the failure of the Hanoi summit to make progress toward resolving the standoff on the Korean peninsula. Their spokesperson hailed the “mysteriously wonderful” relationship between Kim and Donald Trump, but blamed Pompeo and Bolton and their hostility for screwing up the summit, Arirang News in Seoul explains: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on...
  • "North Korea Considering Stopping Negotiations with the US" (FReepranslation from original Korean)

    03/15/2019 1:39:06 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 51 replies
    English synopsis translation of the Korean article (北 최선희 "美와 비핵화 협상 중단 고려...김정은 곧 행동 계획 발표") Text: North Korea (key negotiator) Ms. Choe Hee-hee: "We Are Now Considering Stopping Negotiations with the US" Article by Chosun Ilbo Reporter Kim Nam-hee Sub point: Choi states: "It will soon be decided if Kim Jong Un will continue to maintain a nuclear or missile moratorium," "(SOS) Mike Pompeo and (NSC) John Bolton are the ones to have created hostility and mistrust." "It will soon be decided if Kim Jong Un will continue to maintain a nuclear or missile moratorium and...
  • Sanctions and New Military Tech Threaten North Korea's Nuclear Threat

    03/13/2019 5:53:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 13, 2019 | Austin Bay
    February's Hanoi summit was unquestionably a media bust. When North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un demanded reduced economic and political sanctions but refused to abandon his nuclear weapons, U.S. President Donald Trump shrugged and walked out. No sensational agreements; no bombastic threats. Sensationalist media had to scramble. For a week or so, snark artists called the summit a diplomatic disaster. When the historical and technological contexts that shape this phase of the Korean War are considered -- and this is a phase of the Korean War -- hasty damnation is, at best, an exaggeration. Start with a calendar, then do...
  • Kim regime worried about uprising: ex-UK ambassador to Pyongyang

    03/10/2019 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 20 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | March 11, 2019, p. 4 | Kim Bo-eun
    North Korea is keen to have sanctions eased, as the country faces a dire food shortage, a former U.K. ambassador to North Korea said. [photo caption] Children wave from a window at a kindergarten in Samchon, North Korea, in this photo taken by a World Food Program official in October 2015. An estimated 11 million North Koreans, more than 43 percent of the countrys population, are undernourished, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. [photo credit: Korea Times file] After a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month failed to produce...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Saturday 3/9/2019 Newsdump Edition

    03/09/2019 4:01:49 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/9/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    At the top of the newsdump. The Wikileaks source, Chelsea Manning, has been jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury... In Venezuela the massive power outage affecting most of the country continued into its second day Friday afternoon with at least one death in Caracas attributed to it..... In Algeria Friday what are called the largest protests yet against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.... When it comes to Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying "lets get it done"..... Turkey's Defense Minister says Turkish troops are now patrolling in Idlib province in northern Syria..... The satellite images from North...
  • North Korea rocket site is being monitored 'in real time,' U.S. official says

    03/08/2019 11:04:44 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | Andrea Mitchell
    The U.S. is "watching in real time" developments at a long-range rocket site that North Korea is believed to have rebuilt, a senior State Department official said Thursday. The Sohae facility has been used in the past for satellite launches that employ similar technology to what is required to fire intercontinental ballistic missiles. It is now back to "normal operating status," according to new commercial images and analysis from two teams of researchers...(snip) ...The State Department official said that while it is important for North Korea to act as it had promised, the U.S. side did not see Sohae as...
  • Trump and the limits of American power

    03/08/2019 10:07:14 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 22 replies
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | March 9, 2019, pp. A2, A38 | Hugh White (Emeritus Professor of strategic studies at the Australian National U in Canberra)
    [p.A2 highlight] Set aside the absurd tweets. On big issues such as the United States-China rivalry and North Koreas nuclear arms programme, US President Donald Trump offers a more realistic view of the world than Americas foreign policy establishment, says Professor Hugh White of the Australian National University. [p.A38] US President Donald Trump is the bane of Americas bipartisan foreign policy establishment. He consistently trashes the most fundamental principles and objectives that have guided Americas approach to the world, under both Republicans and Democrats, since the end of the Cold War almost 30 years ago. Washingtons policy experts in the...
  • S. Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military

    03/08/2019 3:14:06 AM PST · by blueplum · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea and the U.S. on Friday formally signed a deal on Seoul's increased payment for the U.S. troop deployment, amid worries about the future of the countries' decades-long military alliance... South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris signed the new cost-sharing deal on Friday. During a signing ceremony, Kang called the deal "the results of hard work and sometimes difficult work" that "the alliance can build upon to become stronger and greater." Harries said the deal's signing underscores "the importance of iron-clad nature of our alliance."
  • North Korea is hit by 'artificial' 2.1-magnitude earthquake after 'mine explosion' ...

    03/08/2019 12:41:40 AM PST · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 07 Mar 2019 | Tim Stickings
    Full Title: North Korea is hit by 'artificial' 2.1-magnitude earthquake after 'mine explosion' amid claims Pyongyang is reviving a nuclear launch site An earthquake in a mining town in North Korea was caused by 'artificial activity', it has been claimed. The 2.1-magnitude tremor was reported in the town of Pyonggang near the border with South Korea around Thursday lunchtime. Meteorology experts in the South said the quake was likely to be caused by a mine explosion.
  • North Korea airs film glorifying summit with Trump

    03/07/2019 4:23:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 7, 2019 | The Associated Press
    SEOUL, South Korea North Koreas state TV has aired a documentary glorifying leader Kim Jong Uns recent visit to Vietnam that omitted the failed nuclear negotiations with President Donald Trump. The footages release Wednesday came amid reports that North Korea is restoring some facilities at its long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 3/6/2019

    03/06/2019 5:13:22 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/6/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    A raging Nicolas Maduro calling on his supporters to come out after two days of massive protest across Venezuela for Interim President Juan Guaido.... Two French prison guards stabbed during a conjugal visit to a jihadist and seriously wounded. Authorities calling it a "terrorist attack"...... Police in London investigating three packages said to contain explosives. They arrived at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo Station..... And the big story in the mainstream media this morning is vague and indefinite information regarding satellite imagery from North Korea. Pictures of a rocket testing facility where construction is said to be underway,...
  • North Korea rebuilds part of missile site as Bolton warns of more sanctions

    03/05/2019 11:02:59 PM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 Mar 2019 | David Brunnstrom, Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has restored part of a rocket test site it began to dismantle after pledging to do so in a first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last year, while Trumps national security advisor warned that new sanctions could be introduced if Pyongyang did not scrap its nuclear weapons program. South Koreas Yonhap News Agency and two U.S. think tanks reported on Tuesday that work was underway at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri, even as Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a second summit in Hanoi last week.
  • North Korea food production 'lowest for a decade': UN

    03/05/2019 9:31:13 PM PST · by caww · 14 replies ^ | 3/5/2020 | Sebastien BERGER
    Last year's harvest was just 4.95 million tonnes, the United Nations said in its Needs and Priorities assessment for 2019, down by 500,000 tonnes....It was "the lowest production in more than a decade", the UN's Resident Coordinator in the North Tapan Mishra said in a statement...."This has resulted in a significant food gap."..As a result 10.9 million people in the North needed humanitarian assistance -- 600,000 more than last year -- with a potential for increased malnutrition and illness. It is equivalent to 43 percent of the population. The impoverished North has been frequently condemned by the international community for...
  • North Koreas Tongchang-ri: Rebuilding Commences on Launch Pad and Engine Test Stand (BREAKING)

    03/05/2019 7:57:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    38 North ^ | 5 March 2019 | Jack Liu and Jenny Town (Exclusive)
    Reports of a recent briefing by South Koreas National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the National Assemblys intelligence committee noted that North Korea has started restoring structures on the rocket launch pad at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). The North had previously started to dismantle the rail-mounted transfer building on the launch pad along with the engine test stand last year at the beginning of US-DPRK negotiations. While progress was quick at first, both the launch pad and engine test stand had remained in about the same condition since August 2018. However, based on commercial satellite imagery, efforts to...