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  • North Korean officials visit London hair salon about Kim Jong Un 'bad hair day' ad

    04/16/2014 6:31:21 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    upi ^ | April 15, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    LONDON, North Korean embassy officials visited a London hair salon after the business put up a poster with leader Kim Jong Un's face on it offering discount haircuts. The M&M Hair Academy posted Jong Un's picture accompanied by the phrase, "Bad Hair Day?" “We put up posters for an offer for men's hair cuts through the month of April. Obviously in the current news there has been this story that North Korean men are only allowed one haircut,” barber Karim Nabbach told the BBC. After embassy officials contacted the police, they paid a brief visit to the salon before being...
  • Jang's execution bodes ill for China (Torn apart by starving dogs)

    01/03/2014 5:46:29 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 53 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ching Cheong
    THE execution of Jang Song Thaek, the No. 2 man in North Korea, took Beijing by surprise and will adversely affect bilateral relations.Beijing's displeasure is expressed through the publication of a detailed account of Jang's brutal execution in Wen Wei Po, its official mouthpiece, in Hong Kong, on Dec 12.According to the report, unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides. Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were...
  • N. Korean general says Pyongyang has nuke-tipped ICBMs on standby

    03/07/2013 8:11:31 PM PST · by Deathtomarxists · 125 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2-8-13 | NA
    Brief excerpt; The paper said the general made clear at a speech given at a rally in Pyongyang that intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other rockets capable of attacking pre-set targets have been armed with various types of atomic warheads.
  • 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.
  • Kim Jong-il is dead [Main Thread]

    12/18/2011 7:13:39 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 959 replies · 2+ views
    Kim Jong-il is dead
  • US Report: 'Shoot-to-Kill' Orders on North Korean Border

    04/08/2011 5:16:13 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 10 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | April 8, 2011
    The United States on Friday reported dire human rights abuses in North Korea, including infanticide, and said that border guards appeared to have shoot-to-kill orders against fleeing refugees. The State Department’s annual human rights survey pointed to problems across the board in the rigidly controlled communist state, although it acknowledged it was mostly relying on second-hand accounts due to a lack of US access. The report cited reports that North Korea had a policy of executing anyone who leaves the impoverished country -- generally, by sneaking into neighboring China -- but said it could not verify whether or how many...
  • Low-Key U.S. Reaction to Uranium Enrichment Revelations May Have Prompted North Korean Aggression...

    11/26/2010 11:09:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 24, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough
    Low-Key U.S. Reaction to Uranium Enrichment Revelations May Have Prompted North Korean Aggression, Analysts SayPondering possible reasons for North Korea’s deadly artillery attack on its southern neighbor, some Pyongyang-watchers in South Korea believe the regime is trying to prod the U.S. into talks after its most recent provocation – the unveiling of previously-undisclosed uranium enrichment facilities – failed to generate the desired response. Other proffered theories include a show of strength to quell any suggestion of internal instability surrounding North Korea’s succession process. Although North Korean forces have occasionally caused provocations near the land and maritime borders Tuesday’s attack on...
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • N. Koreans Let American Scientist Hold Lump of Plutonium

    03/19/2010 12:20:56 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 957+ views
    Livescience.com ^ | 2/22/2010 | Phillip F. Schewe
    Siegfried Hecker, sitting in a cold conference room, was asked by his North Korean hosts if he would like to see their "product." "Yes," Dr. Hecker replied. "Do you mean plutonium?" Hecker, former director of the U.S. weapons lab at Los Alamos and familiar with the hazardous properties of plutonium, was surprised when two technicians carried a small red metal box into the room. Inside was a white wooden box containing two glass jars -- they looked like marmalade jars -- one containing a piece of plutonium metal, the other plutonium powder. He later asked if he could hold the...
  • NKorean cargo ship could test new UN sanctions

    06/23/2009 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies · 491+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 6/23/09 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    An American destroyer tailed a North Korean ship Tuesday as it sailed along China's coast, U.S. officials said, amid concerns the vessel is carrying illicit arms destined for Myanmar.
  • N. Korean Missile Launch Would be ‘Counterproductive,’ Official Says (Chia-Pet Alert)

    04/03/2009 3:48:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 129+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – A potential North Korean test launch of a three-stage missile would have a negative impact on efforts to lessen tensions in the region, a U.S. State Department official told reporters here yesterday. Senior U.S. diplomats have urged North Korea “to desist from launching any type of missile,” spokesman Robert Wood said at a news conference. The North Koreans insist that their Taepodong 2 missile that is expected to be launched in the coming days is carrying a communications satellite for peaceful purposes. North Korea’s neighbors South Korea and Japan are alarmed at the possible launch....
  • Iranian missile experts in N. Korea

    03/29/2009 11:08:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 363+ views
    AFP ^ | March 29, 2009
    TOKYO (AFP) — A group of Iranian missile experts is in North Korea to help Pyongyang prepare for a rocket launch, Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Sunday. North Korea has said it will launch a communications satellite over northern Japan between April 4 and 8, and the report said the 15-strong Iranian delegation had been in the country since the beginning of this month. It includes senior officials with Iranian rocket and satellite producer Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, the daily said, quoting unnamed sources.
  • Diplomats: NKorea bans UN staff from nuke complex

    10/09/2008 5:28:26 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 321+ views
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | Oct 9, 2008 | GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer
    VIENNA, Austria - Diplomats say that North Korea has made all of its Yongbyon nuclear facilities off limits to international inspectors.
  • New AF Dress Coat Left Flapping in the Wind

    09/28/2008 7:09:24 PM PDT · by hattend · 43 replies · 2,117+ views
    Defense Tech Website ^ | Sept 18, 2008 | Bryant Jordan
    New AF Dress Coat Left Flapping in the Wind It could just be that the Air Force is entering an era that, in part, will be defined by what will not be a hot-button issue: uniforms. "First things first," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz responded Sept. 17 when asked by Military.com whether uniforms -- new ones or modifications to current dress -- will be relegated to the back burner during his tenure. Schwartz, who had just listened as his major command chiefs offered up a list of things the Air Force needs today-right-now-thank-you-very much -- including new...
  • With U.S. Navy Help, Ship Crew Defeats Pirates

    10/31/2007 5:53:04 AM PDT · by RDTF · 35 replies · 57+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Oct 31, 2007 | Ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya — U.S. sailors brought injured North Koreans aboard their destroyer for medical treatment after the Koreans were shot and wounded in a battle with pirates off the coast of Somalia, the Navy said Wednesday. The destroyer USS James E. Williams assisted Korean sailors who retook control of their North Korean-flagged vessel Tuesday in a deadly battle with Somali pirates who had hijacked the boat late Monday. Lt. John Gay, deputy spokesman for the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain, told The Associated Press that pirate attacks are not rare in U.S. Navy's area of operations and that "it's our...
  • Crew of North Korean Pirated Vessel Regains Control

    10/30/2007 6:23:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 636+ views
    NAVY newsstand ^ | U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The crew of a North Korean cargo vessel, Dai Hong Dan, regained control of their vessel Oct. 30, after fighting with the pirates who had taken over their ship sometime Monday. The crew was able to control the steering and engineering spaces of the ship, while the pirates had seized the bridge. The ship is approximately 60 nautical miles northeast of Mogadishu. Three corpsmen from USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), an Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer operating as part of the maritime coalition, along with a boarding team, provided medical assistance and other support as needed to the...
  • Saddam's Shadow-The Clinton Adminitration knew about Iraq Uranium

    12/04/2005 8:21:13 AM PST · by SBD1 · 20 replies · 1,607+ views
    Africa Energy & Mining | June 18, 1997 | Indigo Publications
    Saddam's Shadow Africa Energy & Mining June 18, 1997 Copyright 1997 Indigo Publications Africa Energy & Mining June 18, 1997 SECTION: MINING; DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO; N. 207 LENGTH: 787 words HEADLINE: Saddam's Shadow BODY: It's not only diamonds and base metals that interest big mining companies and the latter are not alone in being interested in Katanga. In the delegation that the United States sent to Kinshasa on June 2 under its ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, the state department's African affairs department was represented by Marc Baas, director for Central Africa. (Susan Rice, director for African...
  • North Korean ‘Bolt From the Blue’ Attack Remains a Concern

    10/26/2006 5:33:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 849+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2006 – Lost amid all the discussion over North Korea’s Oct. 9 nuclear test is an issue that Defense Department officials who specialize in that region have studied for decades and continue to study now: the possibility that, as it has before, North Korea could launch a conventional “bolt from the blue” attack on South Korea. At 4 a.m. June 25, 1950, a tremendous artillery barrage disturbed the pre-dawn air over the 38th Parallel dividing North and South Korea. Within minutes, 135,000 North Korean soldiers, supported by hundreds of tanks and artillery pieces, poured over the line,...
  • U.N.: North Korea puts disabled in 'subhuman' camps

    10/20/2006 5:10:40 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies · 770+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 20, 2006 | Associated Press
    UNITED NATIONS -- The North Korean government rounds up disabled people and sends them away from the capital Pyongyang to special camps, where they are sorted by their handicap and subjected to "subhuman conditions," a U.N. report released Thursday said. Author Viti Muntarbhorn, special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea, cited reports from defectors who said the mentally disabled are sent to camps known as "Ward 49." Other camps exist for dwarfs, who may marry but are barred from having children. "To date, the situation facing those with disabilities has presented a very disconcerting picture," Muntarbhorn wrote in the...
  • Bush Urges North Korean Leader to Give Up Weapons (Like the Chia-Pet will do that.)

    07/07/2006 6:43:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 339+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 7, 2006 – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has the power to set his country on a more productive course by giving up its nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, President Bush said today during a news conference at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. "There's a choice for him to make," Bush said. "He can verifiably get rid of his weapons programs and stop testing rockets, and there's a way forward to help his people. The choice is his to make." North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is an isolated, repressive...
  • Democrats at Heart of Middle East Problems

    01/31/2006 8:31:23 PM PST · by anymouse · 36 replies · 1,390+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | January 31, 2006 | Shawn Christopher Phillips
    Democrats may claim victim status for unintended consequences, but at the end of the day, their policies have ultimately produced our current problems with the Axis-of-Evil and their nukes. One only need go back to the Carter administration to reveal the ugly facts. Between World War II and 1979, Iran was the model of progressive Middle Eastern modernity and was undeniably our strongest ally within the Muslim world. However, after Carter’s election, he decided the Shah didn’t measure up to human-rights standards. A leftist mainstream media campaign ran stories of Iranian government-sponsored torture while willfully neglecting to report the Soviet...
  • North Korean propaganda film backfires with hungry audiences

    07/07/2005 10:47:24 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 1,444+ views
    SEOUL — A North Korean propaganda film about the repatriation of a spy — Lee In-Mo — who had languished for years in a South Korean prison may have a short shelf life, according to defectors now living in the South. "What we could not believe in the movie was that Lee and others were conducting hunger strikes in the prison," said one defector about the movie. "Refusing to eat was a form of resistance in the South? Boy, South Korea must be a paradise. That's what we said among ourselves" One of the first things South Korean President Kim...
  • Introducing the chocolate candy diet...

    05/30/2005 12:30:24 PM PDT · by myhubbycooksyummyfood · 27 replies · 797+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 27, 2005 | Reuters
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Candy is dandy for North Korean children trying to grow tall, strong and smart in a country battling chronic food shortages. North Korea has developed a candy it claims is good for children and will help them increase their height, weight and IQ, a pro-North Korea newspaper published in Japan said on Friday.. "Unlike medications that help growth by clinical methods or hormonal effects, the growth nutritional candy has no negative side effects," the Choson Sinbo said, based on an interview with the head of a nutritional research center in the North. Unlike sugar-packed and chocolate-covered sweets,...
  • Maurice Strong steps aside from UN post

    04/21/2005 1:30:58 PM PDT · by Shermy · 23 replies · 2,160+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | April 21, 2005 | ALAN FREEMAN AND PAUL WALDIE
    WASHINGTON and TORONTO — Canadian Maurice Strong agreed to step aside Wednesday as a special envoy for the United Nations, but vowed to clear his name after being linked to Tongsun Park, a Korean lobbyist charged in connection with the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. At the same time, new details emerged about a Calgary oil company in which Mr. Strong and his son, Fred, were major investors during the 1990s together with Mr. Park -- whom the younger Mr. Strong described as "a spooky guy." Shareholders in Cordex Petroleums Inc. also included CSL Group Inc., the holding company owned by Prime...
  • North Korean export of nuclear material would be "red line" for US

    03/30/2005 9:22:39 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 376+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | March 30 2005
    Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Seoul, 30 March: The United States would be forced to take action if it confirms North Korea transferred fissile material to another country, Washington's former top negotiator with Pyongyang said Wednesday [30 March]. "I believe that would be the red line," Robert Gallucci said in an interview with Yonhap news agency. "I believe that if the US had any information that North Korea was transferring fissile material, exporting it, it would have to act to stop it." Gallucci suggested that bilateral negotiations between the US and North Korea should...
  • North Korean diplomat implicated in nuclear plot: German press

    09/21/2003 10:20:58 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 491+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 21, 2003
    HAMBURG, Germany (AFP) - A former North Korean diplomat is accused of ordering material from a German firm that could be used in the production of nuclear weapons, Germany's Der Spiegel reported in its Monday edition. The news magazine said a German businessman would go on trial in Stuttgart, southwest Germany, next month in connection with the case. The diplomat was named by Spiegel as Yun Ho Jin. It said he used to work as a Pyongyang representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. According to Der Spiegel, Yun Ho Jin ordered special aluminium tubes from...
  • Germany investigates illegal aluminum deal (with North-Korea or China)

    04/29/2003 12:53:20 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Online IE ^ | April 29 2003 | The Irish Examiner
    GERMAN prosecutors are questioning the head of a company suspected of trying to export aluminum tubes to North Korea that could be used for making nuclear arms, the Stuttgart prosecutors' office said. The company shipped tubes listing China as the destination without a permit from Germany's Bafa Export Agency, prosecutors' spokesman Eckhard Maak said. The deal was arranged by a North Korean middleman, arousing the suspicion that the real destination was North Korea, he said. "It's a hypothesis right now that North Korea was the final destination," Maak said in an interview. Whether the purchaser was North Korean or Chinese,...
  • North Korea threatens Japan with war

    12/15/2004 8:42:59 PM PST · by Flavius · 43 replies · 1,213+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Dec 16, 2004, | na
    NEW STANDOFF: Pyongyang said yesterday any sanctions imposed on it by Japan would mean a declaration of war and would prompt an `effective physical' reaction AFP , SEOUL Thursday, Dec 16, 2004,Page 5 Advertising Advertising North Korea warned yesterday that it would regard any sanctions imposed on it by Japan as a declaration of war and would hit back with an "effective physical" response. It also said it would reconsider its participation in six-nation talks aimed at ending the nuclear stand-off if a "provocative campaign" under way in Japan against the country continued, a foreign ministry spokesman said. The outburst...
  • US soldiers stop patrolling North Korean border

    11/01/2004 9:55:46 AM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 582+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | November 01 2004
    Seoul, 1 November: Combat-ready US soldiers have stopped patrolling the tense Korean border as part of arrangements to give South Korea a greater role in defending itself against communist North Korea, the US military said Monday [1 November]. The action, which went into effect at midnight Sunday, means that there are no US soldiers patrolling the 248-km Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) except for a handful of administrative personnel at the border village of Panmunjom. "As previously agreed, transferring the role of the security work at Panmunjom has been completed," said Kim Yong-kyu, a spokesman for the US military command in...
  • Kim Jong-Il could have won the gold

    08/26/2004 12:30:18 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 31 replies · 835+ views
    WORLD TRIBUNE.COM ^ | 8-22-04 | WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
    North Korea's official media has found a consolation prize at the Athens Olympics. After a poor performance by its mediocre athletes, North Korea claimed that it could have won at least one gold if only its leader, Kim Jong-Il, had competed in a shooting event in Athens.
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    04/19/2004 10:44:30 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 22 replies · 444+ views
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  • Pakistani [Abdul Qadeer Khan] Tells of North Korean Nuclear Devices

    04/12/2004 8:09:22 PM PDT · by Fitzcarraldo · 26 replies · 286+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2004 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, April 12 — Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani scientist who sold nuclear technology around the world, has told his interrogators that during a trip to North Korea five years ago he was taken to a secret underground nuclear plant and shown what he described as three nuclear devices, according to Asian and American officials who have been briefed by the Pakistanis. If Dr. Khan's report is true, it would be the first time that any foreigner has reported inspecting an actual North Korean nuclear weapon. Past C.I.A. assessments of North Korea's nuclear capacity have been based on estimates of...
  • US warns NKorea to stop exporting dangerous weapons or face world action

    03/13/2004 4:58:51 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 21 replies · 376+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Friday, March 12, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States warned North Korea that it would face action from the international community if it does not stop exporting dangerous weapons and other illegal activities. "If North Korea will not act, it will find the United States, its allies and other partners equally prepared to respond with measures that ensure North Korea cannot threaten our countries or international stability," said Mitchell Reiss, the department's director of policy planning. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, one of Washington's leading repositories of expertise on East Asia, Reiss said the United States was taking steps to enforce its laws...
  • North Korea slams Japanese plan to acquire US missile defence system

    12/25/2003 6:55:09 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 188+ views
    The News International ^ | December 25 2003
    TOKYO: North Korea, which shocked Japan in 1998 when it sent a ballistic missile over the country, criticised Tokyo on Wednesday over a plan to buy a US missile defence system, saying it would increase tension. North Korea, embroiled in an international dispute over its nuclear arms programme, said Japan was pushing ahead with its plan under the "absurd pretext" of a North Korean missile threat. "This decision of Japan brought to light before the international community its sinister intention to realise its ambition to turn the country into a military giant and launch overseas aggression," the North’s news agency...
  • North Korean reporters clash with protesters in South's Taegu over human rights

    08/24/2003 7:19:35 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 3,259+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | August 24 2003 | Yonhap news agency
    Taegu, 24 August: North Korean reporters clashed Sunday [24 August] with a group of protesters demanding Pyongyang improve its human rights record in front of the Universiade Media Centre (UMC) in Taegu. The reporters were returning to the UMC after covering North Korean athletes competing in the archery and diving events of the Taegu Summer Universiade when scores of ralliers raised placards saying, "Bring Down (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-il and Save North Korean Residents", witnesses said. The North Korean reporters initially asked the demonstrators to get rid of the placards before moving inside the UMC. Minutes later, however, several...
  • North Korean restarts nuclear reactor; U.S. appeasement fails

    03/01/2003 9:40:33 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 3 replies · 180+ views
    centerforsecuritypolicy ^ | 3/1/2003 | centerforsecuritypolicy
    North Korean restarts nuclear reactor; U.S. appeasement fails North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor could yield nuclear weapons in under a year. (ISIS) U.S. officials report today that North Korea has restarted its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and could begin producing nuclear weapons in under a year. This revelation comes only one day after Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that North Korea had made a “wise choice” for not starting the reactor or the reprocessing facility. North Korea’s latest provocation is a slap in the face for the Bush Administration, which had previously ruled out sanctioning the North for its...
  • North Korean Missiles Intercepted

    12/10/2002 5:38:43 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 6 replies · 357+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/10/02 | Tom Raum
    Hidden Scud Missiles Found; Ship May Have Been Yemen-Bound W A S H I N G T O N, Dec. 10 — A ship carrying a dozen Scud-type missiles from North Korea was intercepted in the Arabian Sea today, U.S. officials said. They said the missiles were believed to be headed for Yemen. The ship was stopped and boarded about 600 miles east of the Horn of Africa, the officials said. U.S. intelligence had been tracking the vessel closely, said U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The ship contained about a dozen short- to medium-range missiles, similar...
  • Korean abductions fuel Japanese outrage

    10/05/2002 10:38:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The Times of India ^ | October 5 2002 | HARVEY STOCKWIN
    HONG KONG: Exactly as predicted, the sad and tragic saga of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents to North Korea has severely complicated Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's efforts to normalise relations with Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong's frank apology for the abductions at his summit with Koizumi on September 17th, after North Korean officials had finally admitted the abductions after decades of denying them, far from winding up the issue has injected it with greater intensity, as far as Japanese are concerned. An aroused Japanese media and public opinion has greeted North Korean explanations with further questions and...