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  • Is God Dead in North Korea?

    04/30/2012 6:20:34 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Voice of the Martyrs ^ | May 2012 Newsletter | Steven Lear
    On Dec. 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s “Dear Leader” and son of self-proclaimed god Kim Il Sung, passed on to eternity. That same day, a handful of North Korean defectors graduated from Underground University, a VOMsponsored school where North Korean Christians learn how to reach their countrymen with the gospel of Jesus Christ... Kim Il Sung established a new guiding philosophy called “juche,” meaning “self-reliance,” that reflected a warped imitation of Christianity. As the son of Christian parents and the grandson of a Christian pastor, he appointed himself Supreme Leader and godhead, with his son, Kim Jong Il,...
  • I thought the outside world was paradise, says the only North Korean to escape from prison camp

    04/30/2012 9:38:39 AM PDT · by DFG · 57 replies ^ | 04/30/12 | Tamara Hinson
    Shin Dong-huyk is 29 years old. He loves Mexican food and going to baseball games. But any similarities between Shin and other young men ends there. Shin Dong-huyk is the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean prison camp. He was born into a life of enslavement and torture inside Camp 14, where he was starved, beaten and forced to watch the executions of his mother and brother. He existed within the camp’s concrete walls, which had no running water or furniture, until aged 23, he escaped. He spent one month on the run before sneaking over...
  • More N.Korean Workers to Earn Valuta for Kim Jong-un

    04/27/2012 8:17:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    April 28, 2012 ^ | April 28, 2012 | Staff
    Room 39 manages Kim's funds and directs businesses earning foreign currency through 17 overseas offices and 100 trade firms under its roof. During Kim Jong-il's reign, it made an average of $300-400 million a year. About $100 million came from workers' salaries, $100-200 million from export of weapons, trade in forged currency and drugs, and another $100 million from economic cooperation with South Korea.
  • Analysts Say North Korea's New Missiles Are Fakes

    04/26/2012 4:46:36 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 April 2012 | Eric Talmadge
    TOKYO (AP) — Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of military prowess. Since its recent rocket launch failure, Pyongyang's top military leaders have made several boastful statements about its weapons capabilities. On Wednesday, Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho claimed his country is capable of defeating the United States "at a single blow." And on Monday, North Korea promised "special actions" that would reduce Seoul's government to ashes within minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • NKorean Military Warns Of 'Special Actions' Soon

    04/23/2012 9:44:39 AM PDT · by edpc · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 23 April 2012 | AP
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea promised Monday to reduce South Korea's conservative government "to ashes" in less than four minutes, in an unusually specific escalation of recent threats aimed at its southern rival. The statement by North Korea's military, carried by state media, comes amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Both Koreas recently unveiled new missiles, and the North tried unsuccessfully to launch a long-range rocket earlier this month.
  • North Korea May Be Ready For Nuclear Test: Report

    04/21/2012 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 7 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 21, 2012 | AFP
    SEOUL: North Korea has apparently completed preparations for a third nuclear test, possibly within two weeks, after firing a long-range rocket this month, a newspaper report said on Saturday. South Korea's Chosun Ilbo said the information came from a government source. It relates to preparations for a test in the northeastern town of Punggye-ri, where the North carried out two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
  • US: Strike on N. Korea Possible if Nuclear Test Held

    04/18/2012 3:23:02 AM PDT · by No One Special · 59 replies
    KBS World ^ | April 17, 2012 | Not Listed
    The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says the U.S. may launch a surgical strike against missile bases and nuclear test sites in North Korea if it conducts a third nuclear test. Admiral Samuel Locklear explained the U.S.'s position on Tuesday at a meeting with South Korean defense journalists at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul. Locklear said Washington is closely watching the North in relation to the possibility of a third nuclear test, adding the U.S. and South Korea are looking at all options including a surgical strike. Regarding the North’s new long-range ballistic missile unveiled...
  • New North Korean ICBM (Even Larger Than Missile In Last Week's Failed Launch Of "Space Missile")

    04/18/2012 10:17:25 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 24 replies
    WT ^ | Gertz
    Details of a new North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) surfaced this week with a report from Asia that U.S. spy agencies spotted what appears to be a larger long-range version (of the supposed satellite launch rocket which recently had a failed launch.) South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted government sources as saying the new missile was seen at a missile-development center in Pyongyang, but noted that it is not clear if the missile is a functional system or a mockup. The April 3 report said the new missile is about 130 feet long, compared to the estimated 100-foot-long Taepodong-2...
  • Upset Pyongyang warns US of retaliation for suspending food aid

    04/17/2012 1:43:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies
      •  On Friday North Korea went ahead with a three-stage rocket launch despite warnings from western powers   •  UN condemns violation of resolutions prohibiting North Korea from ballistic missile and nuclear activity   •  The rocket launch was a failure as it disintegrated within minutes of takeoff PYONGYANG - North Korea Tuesday accused the US of hostility and warned of retaliatory measures for suspending an agreement to provide food aid following Pyongyang's widely criticized rocket launch. North Korean Foreign Ministry also brushed off the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of Friday's launch of a long-range rocket as "unreasonable," and reasserted the nation's right to develop...
  • Iranian Nuclear Scientists Were Present At Failed North Korean Missile Launch, Says Source

    04/16/2012 7:14:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 16 April 2012 | Barak Ravid
    A dozen Iranian nuclear experts visited North Korea last week to observe its failed rocket launch on Friday, South Korean state news agency Yonhap's Washington correspondent reported on Sunday. "On March 31, 12 Iranians of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) arrived in North Korea. "The Iranians undoubtedly were there to observe the missile launch and receive test data from North Korea," the correspondent quoted a diplomatic source, who wished to remain anonymous, as saying.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks publicly for the first time

    04/15/2012 6:56:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    FoxNews.aom ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP via FoxNews
    PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke publicly for the first time Sunday, just two days after a failed rocket launch, praising his father Kim Jong Il's "military first" policy during celebrations marking the 100th birthday of the nation's late founder. Kim, who has been seen but not publicly heard since taking over after Kim Jong Il's death in December, stepped to the podium to speak before tens of thousands of people gathered in Pyongyang's main square for meticulously choreographed festivities meant to glorify his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. Kim Jong Un said...
  • New North Korean Leader Makes First Public Speech

    04/15/2012 8:06:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 15 April 2012 | Jean H, Lee
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's new leader addressed his nation and the world for the first time Sunday, vowing to place top priority on his impoverished nation's military, which promptly unveiled a new long-range missile. The speech was the culmination of two weeks of celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung — festivities that were marred by a failed launch Friday of a rocket that generated international condemnation and cost North Korea a food aid-for-nuclear-freeze deal with Washington.
  • IP Above All Else: WIPO Defies UN Sanctions To Give Computers To North Korea

    04/13/2012 5:41:15 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Techdirt ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mike Masnick
    This story is almost too crazy to believe. WIPO, the UN agency that more or less acts as the global IP maximalist agenda-setter, is now being accused of defying UN sanctions, by shipping computers and servers to North Korea. In what appears to be an attempt to avoid scrutiny over this very questionable transfer, WIPO tried to route everything through someone in China. The payment, however, was halted by Bank of America, who quickly realized that delivering computers to North Korea almost certainly violated sanctions against supplying technology to the country. So why is WIPO giving computers to the North...
  • Obama’s deal with North Korea a disaster … His reaction, please don’t report on it

    04/12/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 13 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 12, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    The Obama administration has just proven its utter failure in foreign policy. It had negotiated an agreement with the North Korea that in exchange for food it would give up its uranium enrichment program, allow IAEA inspectors into the Yongbyong facilities, halt missile tests and cease nuclear weapons tests. It is now 43 days since the agreement was inked and in that short period of time North Korea has announced plans to launch a satellite with missile based technology (a lightly veiled test of its long range Taepodong-2) and begun preparations for an underground nuclear detonation. This sets the record...
  • North Korean Rocket Launch Fails, US Officials Confirm

    04/12/2012 4:35:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies ^ | April 12, 2012
    PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket it says is carrying a satellite into orbit, 2 U.S. officials said. When the 90-ton rocket launched there was a larger than anticipated flare. U.S. officials said that the missile is believed to have crashed into the sea.
  • N Korea rocket launch reportedly fails

    04/12/2012 4:42:54 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 172 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | 4:22 pm | staff
    North Korea launched a three-stage rocket from a missile base near the west coast city of Sinuiju today, claiming that it was carrying a weather satellite of purely civilian use. Its projected trajectory was almost due south on a course 150 miles east of Shanghai. The second stage of the rock was to splash down east of the Philippines, which prompted Manila to cancel northbound flights as a precaution. Initial network news reports said the rocket failed during flight.
  • BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches rocket, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports

    04/12/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
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  • N. Korea says rocket fueling under way

    04/12/2012 6:41:12 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 12, 2012 | Staff
    North Korea said Wednesday that the fuelling of a long-range rocket is under way, ahead of the launch scheduled for later this week despite international protests. "We are injecting fuel as we speak. It has started," Paek Chang-Ho, director of the satellite control centre on the outskirts of the capital Pyongyang, told visiting foreign journalists.