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  • Trump: Kim Jong Un deserves 'credit' for taking out rivals

    01/09/2016 10:09:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 180 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump says North Korean communist dictator Kim Jong-un deserves "credit" for the cutthroat efficiency with which he disposes of his political foes. "If you look at North Korea, this guy, he's like a maniac, OK?" Trump said at a rally in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Saturday. "And you've got to give him credit: How many young guys - he was like 26 or 25 when his father died - take over these tough generals and all of a sudden, you know, it's pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that?" he added. “Even...
  • Trump doesn’t apologize to our enemies, but he does praise them

    01/09/2016 9:01:03 PM PST · by arista · 42 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | 1/10/16 | theconservatarian
    Barack Obama enraged many Americans when he began his presidency on an “apology tour.” Famously, Obama bowed to Saudi King Abdullah.Donald Trump hasn’t signaled he would act similarly. In fact, Trump doesn’t apologize for anything—even to God.But Trump has gone out of his way to praise some bad foreign leaders.First, he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin: One day after Putin called Trump a “bright and talented”and the “absolute leader of the presidential race,” the Republican presidential front-runner returned the compliments, hailing Putin as a “leader” and pointing to his high favorability numbers in Russia.“He’s running his country and at least...
  • Can South Korea Fight North Korea Without America?

    01/08/2016 5:00:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 7, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    As tensions with North Korea rise following Pyongyang’s alleged hydrogen bomb test, there is the specter of a renewed war on the peninsula. In the years following the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 — which ended the conflict in a ceasefire without formally terminating hostilities — the U.S. military was the guarantor of the Republic of Korea’s security. More than 60 years later, United States Forces Korea — led by U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti — maintains a force of over 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend Seoul from Pyongyang’s depredations. But by-and-large, South Korea is defended by its...
  • The Lamest Duck

    01/08/2016 1:28:35 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8 Jan 2016 | Matthew Continetti
    President Obama spent the week defending his proposals to curb gun violence, culminating in a CNN town hall. Think about that. What else happened during the last few days that might warrant a presidential town hall? Oh, nothing much: Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran after the House of Saud executed a Shiite cleric, escalating sectarian warfare in the Middle East The stock market tumbled on fears of a global economic slowdown A U.S. soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan, where the Taliban controls more ground than at any time since 2001 Iran revealed the existence of...
  • North Korea and Iran: The Nuclear Duo

    01/07/2016 5:32:16 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/07/16 | Joseph A. Klein
    There is no reason to believe that, as a result of the deal Iran is already sidestepping, Iran will suddenly stop all dealings with North Korea with regard to both countries’ nuclear programs North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6th, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb. Despite some skepticism as to North Korea’s claim that it had actually tested a hydrogen bomb, the Obama administration acknowledged that North Korea had indeed tested some sort of nuclear device. The administration condemned North Korea’s latest testing as a violation of a series of past United Nations Security Council...
  • 5.1 magnitude quake detected close to North Korea nuclear test site

    01/05/2016 6:22:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 104 replies
    AFP ^ | January 6, 2016
    5.1 magnitude quake detected close to North Korea nuclear test site by Agence France-Presse January 6, 2016 A 5.1 magnitude tremor was detected close to North Korea’s nuclear test site on Wednesday, triggering concerns that Pyongyang had conducted a fresh atomic explosion. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was in the northeast of the country, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Kilju city, placing it right next to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
  • Hillary mocked over condemnation of North Korea - where Bill was invited to give a speech

    01/07/2016 2:12:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/06/16 | Nikki Schwab
    Hillary mocked over condemnation of North Korea - where Bill was invited to give a speech with her brother as middleman As Hillary Clinton scolded North Korea for its H bomb boast, Marco Rubio blasted the Clintons, reminding people that Bill Clinton wanted to give a paid speech in the hermit country. At a campaign stop in Marshalltown, Iowa, the Republican senator tied the Democratic frontrunner in with the current administration, while taking on her husband too. 'Bill Clinton wanted to give speeches in North Korea a few years ago, by the way,' Rubio said. 'It's reckless what has happened...
  • Syria's Main Missile Facility Blown up in Mysterious Explosion [DEBKA]

    04/06/2002 7:36:07 AM PST · by maquiladora · 12 replies · 153+ views
    Debka ^ | 6th April 2002
    Senior US Security Sources: Syria's Main Missile and Chemical Weapons Facility at Homs Blown up in Mysterious Explosions on March 24. North Koreans Among Tens of Engineers and Technicians Killed in Underground Plant. Factory Manufactured Scud-C and Scud-D, Liquid and Solid Fuels, Chemical Warheads, Oxidizers. Syrians Suspect Israeli Undercover Saboteurs Struck in Reprisal for Syrian Military Intelligence Aid in Terrorist Hit against Galilee Highway on March 12 - Or US Reprisal for Free al Qaeda Transit through Syria. Israeli Air Force Chief Halutz: Odds on Second Front Opening up in North Higher than Contemplated Few Months Back. Continuing Shelling and...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Echoes Bill Clinton’s North Korea Nuclear Deal Announcement [VIDEO]

    01/05/2016 10:33:09 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    In announcing a nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama echoed many of the same sentiments of another Democratic president announcing a similar deal. On Oct. 21, 1994, President Bill Clinton announced the “Agreed Framework,” a deal negotiated with North Korea to end their pursuit of a nuclear weapon from the exact spot in the White House where President Obama announced his deal with Iran. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/15/obama-echoes-bill-clintons-north-korea-nuclear-deal-announcement-video/#ixzz3wRYmcQqa
  • (LEAD) White House condemns any violation of U.N. resolution, vows never to accept N.K. as nuclear..

    01/05/2016 9:30:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/01/06 | Chang Jae-soon
    (LEAD) White House condemns any violation of U.N. resolution, vows never to accept N.K. as nuclear state 2016/01/06 14:07 (ATTN: ADDS details, background, byline) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- The White House said Tuesday that it cannot confirm North Korea's claims of a successful H-bomb test but condemns any violation of U.N. resolutions banning the communist nation from nuclear tests. It also said that the United States won't accept the North as a nuclear state. "We are aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site and...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea says it has conducted hydrogen bomb test

    01/05/2016 7:44:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 84 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/01/06
    (LEAD) N. Korea says it has conducted hydrogen bomb test 2016/01/06 12:43 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; ADDS more info) SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea announced Wednesday it has succeeded in conducting a hydrogen bomb test, hours after what seems to be an artificial earthquake was detected close to the North's nuclear test site. In a "special" announcement aired on the North's state television station, North Korea said it conducted an H-bomb test at 10:00 a.m. (Pyongyang Time).
  • North Korea claims it has hydrogen bomb; experts skeptical

    12/10/2015 2:07:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | December 10, 2015 | Jason Hanna and Tim Hume
    State media indicated Thursday that North Korea has added the hydrogen bomb to its arsenal, a development that, if true, would represent a major leap in its nuclear weapons capabilities. But outside observers were skeptical, saying that such an advance in the country's nuclear technology seemed unlikely. Analysts in recent years have believed that North Korea may have been working toward -- but didn't yet have the capability to produce -- a hydrogen, or thermonuclear, bomb. It can be hundreds of times more powerful than an atomic bomb....
  • N. Korea says it conducts successful powerful H-bomb test

    01/05/2016 8:26:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 119 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 5th, 2016 | By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would put Pyongyang a big step closer toward improving its still-limited nuclear arsenal. A television anchor read a typically propaganda-heavy statement on state TV that said North Korea had tested a "miniaturized" hydrogen bomb, elevating the country's "nuclear might to the next level" and providing it with a weapon to defend against the United States and its other enemies. The statement said the test was a "perfect success." The test, if confirmed by outside experts, will...
  • North Korea Agrees Regular Visits by South Catholic Priests

    12/09/2015 6:21:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/7/15
    South Korea's Catholic Church announced on Monday it had reached agreement with North Korea to send priests there on "a regular basis," seeking an opening in a country with a long history of tight religious control, AFP reported. The agreement, which should see priests leading services in Pyongyang on major holy days from next year, followed a visit to the North Korean capital by South Korean bishops last week. The announcement by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Korea (CBCK) came at the end of a 4-day visit to North Korea by a delegation of 4 bishops and 13 priests, on...
  • (3rd LD) U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Pyongyang this week

    11/15/2015 9:53:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/11/16
    (3rd LD) U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Pyongyang this week NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to visit North Korea this week, a high-level U.N. source said Sunday, a surprise trip that raises hope for progress in inter-Korean relations and efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff. Ban's visit to Pyongyang will be the first time in his capacity as U.N. chief, the source told Yonhap News Agency without providing exact dates of the trip. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the trip has not been formally announced. It was also...
  • North Korea claims it has miniaturized nuclear BBs

    09/26/2015 9:33:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies
    UN NEWS ^ | 20 May 2015 | Mother Ship of amateur comedy writing
    Pyongyang says it has developed miniaturized nuclear BBs making it possible to fit them into standard BB and Air-soft projectors. The report comes just days after North Korea claimed a joint venture with Lucas Films to build a golf-ball-sized Death Star. It has been a long time since we began miniaturizing and diversifying our means of nuclear strike,North Koreas National Autocratic Defense Commission said in a statement, as cited by the official Korean Nuclear Agency (KNA). "We have also reached the stage where the highest accuracy rate is guaranteed not only for short- and medium-range BBs such as 10 yards...
  • Syria builds park in honor of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung

    09/02/2015 6:31:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    Syria builds park in honor of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung A Syrian official at the opening ceremony praised Kim as a "historic ruler and leader, famous for his struggle to liberate and build his country." By Elizabeth Shim | Sept. 1, 2015 at 2:04 PM DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Syria's government paid tribute to North Korea founder Kim Il Sung during a ceremony for a new park in Damascus named in his honor. As battles raged between the Islamic State and rebels in southern Damascus, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad and North Korean envoys attended...
  • Reports of explosion at US military base in Kanagawa, Japan

    08/23/2015 10:05:49 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 133 replies
    various/Twitter ^ | 8-23-2015 | TCRLAF
    Breaking News... RT is the first English language source with this, but is not allowed on FR. NHK saying there were several explosions at the Sagami Depot in Kanagawa.
  • Possible Troop Movements in China?

    08/25/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 62 replies
    http://www.foxbusiness.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | RinaseaofDs
    Watching the end of the trading day on Fox Biz when the market dropped from 300 to 103 in two minutes. Trader told Liz Claman that the rumor is going around the trading floor that there may be a coup underway in China, and troop movements are being reported in Beijing. It was funny watching a trader hand news to a journalist. Claman was caught flat-footed. Fox hasn't done anything about the rumor in the five minutes it was reported. Nothing on Drudge about China yet.
  • US Troops Mobilized in South Korea After North Korea Threatens War

    08/21/2015 4:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Grasswire ^ | August 21, 2015
    The Facts US troops have been mobilized in South Korea after Kim Jong-un ordered his military generals to ready for a state of war. US troops' vehicles were mobilized in the South Korean town of Paju, bordering North Korea. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un ordered military generals to ready for a state of war from 5:00 p.m. local time Friday. By 4:30 PM local time, the North Korean leader said preparations were complete, declaring a "quasi-state of war." South Korean news agency Yonhap says satellite imagery shows North Korea moving missiles in preparation for possible launch. South Korea's defense ministry...
  • North Korea approves final attack on South Korea as tensions increase in region

    08/21/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/15
    A North Korean military official says a meeting of senior party and defense officials led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Thursday night and "reviewed and approved the final attack operation." He gave no details on what kind of military retaliation North Korea would see as appropriate punishment for South Korea's shelling of its territory on Thursday. Kim Yong Chol, director of the general reconnaissance bureau of the North Korean army, on Friday denied South Korean allegations that Pyongyang has been raising tensions on the peninsula. He denied the North fired anything across the Demilitarized Zone and says...
  • DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un orders frontline army to enter state of war from 5pm Friday

    08/20/2015 9:37:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 8-21-2015 | Xinhua
    The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's frontline combined forces to enter state of war from 5pm (0830 GMT) Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported early Friday. Kim made the order at an emergency enlarged meeting of the central military commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said the report. He ordered the forces to be well armed to cope with any possible operations at any time. Kim also gave the order that the frontline area enter quasi state of war from 5 pm Friday
  • N. Korea: The Pyongyangites of Pyonghattan

    08/14/2015 10:27:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 12th 2015
    The Pyongyangites of Pyonghattan Aug 12th 2015, 16:24 by The Data Team SINCE Kim Jong Un came to power following the death of his father in December 2011, North Koreas Young Leader has shown a passion for construction projects, with the emphasis on leisurea pursuit he promised his subjects early on, along with prosperity. Mr Kim swiftly ordered the renovation of Pyongyangs two main funfairs. A new water park, 4D cinema, dolphinarium, riverside parks, residential skyscrapers and a new airport terminal have all followed. Now an underground shopping centre is being built in the capital to cater to a small...
  • N. Korea threatens imminent strikes against South, warns US

    08/14/2015 7:37:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's military on Saturday warned of imminent strikes on South Korean border units and issued fresh nuclear weapons threats against the United States in response to what it called "grave" provocations from both. The warnings came amid escalating military tensions on the Korean peninsula following a landmine attack South Korea blamed on the North and ahead of a major South Korea-US joint military exercise condemned by Pyongyang. After the mine blasts which maimed two South Korean soldiers on border patrol, Seoul recently resumed high-decibel propaganda broadcasts across the heavily-militarised frontier, using batteries of loudspeakers that had...
  • North Korea threatens strikes over South propaganda broadcasts

    08/14/2015 7:23:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    newsinfo.inquirer.net ^ | 09:29 AM August 15th, 2015 | AP
    The warning follows Pyongyangs earlier denial that it had planted land mines on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone that injured two South Korean soldiers last week. Seoul retaliated for those injuries by restarting the loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts for the first time in 11 years and suggested more actions could follow. The authoritarian North is extremely sensitive about insults of its leader, Kim Jong Un, and tries to isolate its people from any criticism or suggestions that Kim is anything other than powerful and revered. North Koreas army said in a statement that the broadcasts are equivalent to...
  • [S. Korea] Barack Obama and Kim Jong-Un sing "All By Myself" in the middle of Hongdae

    08/13/2015 1:54:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2015/04/15.
    [S. Korea] Barack Obama and Kim Jong-Un sing "All By Myself" in the middle of Hongdae Link to the Video
  • Here's a Tip: Don't Give North Korea More Aid

    08/08/2015 9:31:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    National Interest ^ | August 9, 2015 | Doug Bandow
    Here's a Tip: Don't Give North Korea More Aid "No matter what promises North Korea makes and agreements North Korea signs, nothing is likely to change." Doug Bandow August 9, 2015 Shenyang, China: North Korea is a major topic of interest in this provincial capital in Chinas northeast. The Hermit Kingdom is just a couple hours away by car. Pyongyang sends diplomats and students to Shenyang while attempting to stem the flow of refugees. Again the Norths harvest does not look good. Observers warn that another famine may be coming. The first reports of drought appeared earlier this year. The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Obama Tells US Troops at Korean DMZ: 'You Guys Are At Freedom's Frontier'

    03/24/2012 10:28:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 24, 2012 | Shawna Thomas, Alicia Jennings and Kristen Welker
    Obama Tells US Troops at Korean DMZ: 'You Guys Are At Freedom's Frontier' [Pic in URL] U.S. President Barack Obama looks through binoculars on Sunday to see North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette in the Demilitarized Zone, the tense military border between the two Koreas. Shawna Thomas, Alicia Jennings and Kristen Welker SEOUL -- President Barack Obama was greeted with cheers from U.S. troops as he visited the dining hall at Camp Bonifas at the start of his tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean peninsula and told them that they were protecting "freedom's frontier." Obama talked about how...
  • 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...
  • 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 Jus knack for bold and stylish clothing, Daily NK has learned. Ris noticeable presence in the public eye has presumably been reason behind the states 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...
  • Steinem, other prominent women announce plan to walk Korean demilitarized zone

    03/13/2015 9:08:57 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2015 | AP, via Fox News
    Making the ultimate statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their plans for a rare and risky walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification. The DMZ is the world's most fortified border, with the two countries still technically at war. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face off across the heavily mined zone. Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org on Wednesday said they hope for 30 women, including two Nobel Peace laureates, to cross from North Korea to South Korea on May 24, which is International Women's Day...
  • N. Korea bars tourists from popular race over Ebola concerns

    02/22/2015 7:24:38 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    North Korean authorities are barring foreigners from this year's Pyongyang marathon, a popular tourist event, due to ongoing Ebola travel restrictions. Nick Bonner, co-founder of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, a tour agency that specializes in North Korea travel, said more than 400 foreign runners had signed up with his agency alone for the event, which is to be held April 12. He said he was informed by officials on Monday that the race would be open only to local runners. Though no cases of Ebola have been reported anywhere near North Korea, the country shut its borders to foreign tourists in...
  • North Korea slams 'loser' Obama for regime collapse remark

    01/25/2015 1:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/25/15
    North Korea Sunday described US President Barack Obama as a "loser" over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility towards Pyongyang. The comment from the North's foreign ministry came after Obama spoke of the eventual collapse of the regime ruling what he called "the most isolated, the most sanctioned, the most cut-off nation on Earth". "We will keep on ratcheting the pressure, but part of what's happening is... the Internet over time is going to be penetrating this country," Obama said in an interview on YouTube from the White House last week.
  • Assads Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syrias nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. [] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the sitea development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • Iran building nuke plant in Syria; State Dept: What difference does it make?

    01/13/2015 6:36:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/13/15 | Car in Jerusalem
    Sunday's Der Spiegel had a massive expose on the continuing efforts of Bashar al-Assad to build a nuclear weapons plant, which included evidence that Iran is constructing such a plant for Syria in Qusayr, less than two kilometers from Syria's border with Lebanon. The issue came up in the State Department's Monday daily briefing. Disturbingly, spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the United States did not plan to raise the issue in the Iranian nuclear talks, claiming that those talks only deal with Iran's nuclear capabilities and not with Syria's. According to findings of Western intelligence agencies, however, the situation...
  • Bill Richardson: Kim Jong Un a 'victim' of bad publicity

    01/03/2015 4:08:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 2, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a victim of bad publicity, according to Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador. He has been the victim, Kim Jong Un, of a lot of bad press, a lot of bad international attention, with the Sony hacking, with [being] taken to the International Criminal Court by some U.N. countries, a number of other very destabilizing moves that he has made, shooting the missiles, nuclear testing, Richardson said on Friday on MSNBCs News Nation with Tamron Hall.
  • Crippling Sony hack 'was the work of a disgruntled former employee named "Lena" who was laid off'

    01/02/2015 2:28:35 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-1-2015 | Joel Christie and Sara Malm
    Cybersecurity experts have given a detailed outline to the FBI about the hack attack against Sony Pictures, insisting it was not the work of North Korea but a group of current and former employees who shared a 'mutual hatred' for the company. While the FBI and Sony have announced they believe Pyongyang carried out the hack - claims that were denied by leader Kim Jong-un - independent security officials have been coming forward for the past week saying most of the evidence points to an inside job. Silicon Valley security firm Norse, which provides intelligence to companies to prevent their...
  • [N. Korea]Brow you see them: Kim Jong-un sports bizarre shrunken eyebrows in 2015 speech

    01/02/2015 8:35:47 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    SCMP ^ | 02 January, 2015 | Alex Millson
    Brow you see them: Kim Jong-un sports bizarre shrunken eyebrows in 2015 speech PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 January, 2015, 9:15am UPDATED : Friday, 02 January, 2015, 1:47pm Alex Millson alex.millson@scmp.com When Kim Jong-un delivered his New Year message offering to participate in high-level talks with South Korea, the setting, his outfit and posture were all strikingly similar to those he adopted exactly two years earlier. Two things, however, appeared radically different - the North Korean leaders eyebrows. In what appeared to be a case of severe over-plucking, Kims brows appeared to be significantly shorter than on earlier occasions, sitting above...
  • Laughing at the Axis of Evil is Funny No More

    12/30/2014 7:34:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Sony Pictures is triumphant today because their release of the North Korea-inspired comedy The Interview by Seth Rogen and James Franco had an estimated sales of $15 million over the weekend from largely online sales. The movie was schedule to be released in about 3,000 theaters, but because of “terror” threats, it was released in a limited number of theaters and online.The revenue is about $5,000 per canceled theater, or about 300 people per theatre. Kind of light traffic for a new release with a great deal of publicity surrounding it. Count it another triumph however for a renegade state...
  • Crosses Torn Down from 400 Churches in Eastern Chinese Province of Zhejiang

    12/28/2014 7:21:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Christians say their faith has been singled out because authorities are trying to curb its growth. BEIJING Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October. Within an hour, township officials and uniformed men barged onto the church ground and tore down the cross. "They keep a very close watch on us, and there is nothing we can do," said a church official, who spoke...
  • China Bans Christmas And This Happens To Google Traffic

    12/28/2014 7:42:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/28/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Very quietly and under the radar, authorities in China have cracked down on Christmas celebrations in China, deeming them "Western spiritual pollution." As CNMNews reports, for several years, a virtual rush to convert to Christianity has been underway in China, both in its Protestant and Catholic versions. The Department of Education this year issued a directive to limit Christianitys appeal to young people, banning Christmas events and celebrations in schools and kindergartens, deemed kitsch and un-Chinese. The crackdown has also been spreading to universities and colleges nationwide. The result is nowhere more evident than in Google's traffic in China...As...
  • To some Chinese, The Interview is the greatest film in history

    12/28/2014 6:30:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Today Online ^ | December 27, 2014
    To some Chinese, The Interview is the greatest film in history Published: 8:23 AM, December 27, 2014 BEIJING Even before Americans began flocking to theaters on Christmas Eve to see The Interview Sony Pictures comedy about a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to kill the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un Chinese film fans by the thousands were downloading mostly pirated versions of the movie on domestic video-sharing websites. By midday yesterday (Dec 27), more than 300,000 people had seen the film, and the reviews, by and large, were favorable. Perfect, the greatest film in history, all...
  • New theory emerges in Sony hacking suggesting Russian hackers

    12/27/2014 3:45:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Nicole Hensley
    Linguists identified foreign phrasing in about 2,000 words from hacker emails and posts that may have been penned by a Russian native speaker. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Linguists identified foreign phrasing in about 2,000 words from hacker emails and posts that may have been penned by a Russian native speaker. What if it wasnt North Korea after all? In the controversy over the Sony hacking, government officials have accused the sequestered communist country of hacking Sony, but security analysts argue Russian hackers may be the culprit. Writing samples from hackers claiming responsibility for leaking finance reports and emails by Sony employees suggest...
  • Inside the Surprisingly Great North Korean Hacker Hotel (luxury pad - in China)

    12/21/2014 9:34:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/20/14 | Michael Daly
    North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to itin a swank hotel in China. The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean! says a trip advisor review for the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, China. For just $53, you get a deluxe twin room, including a North Korean breakfast considerably more substantial than those enjoyed by the vast majority of...
  • Just realized: Media cares more about NORKS stopping MOVIE than NORKS building nukes

    12/20/2014 6:34:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/20/14 | sff
    Looking at the vast attention given to this Sony hack, I began to realize today that the media, egged on by Team Jarrett, is REALLY UPSET that a MOVIE was not going to be released. Compare this, though, to the NORKS efforts to build missiles and bombs that could annihilate millions of lives and leave cities radioactive for decades..... You can barely get the media to care.... Same goes for Iran. Let Iran's leader make an untoward remark about society or something.....the media talks. Iran building weapons to destroy Israel or sell to other terrorists to be used against America?...
  • How The Sony Hack Was Traced Back To North Korea

    12/20/2014 12:06:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Martin
    David Martin December 19, 2014 How The Sony Hack Was Traced Back To North Korea The FBI statement was definitive: "The North Korean government is responsible" for the cyberattack on Sony. The attack was routed through servers in countries all over the world in an effort to hide its origin, but President Obama said North Korea is the sole culprit. "We've got no indication that North Korea was acting in conjunction with another country," Mr. Obama said Friday. The FBI cited some of its evidence tying the hack to North Korea: Internet addresses used by the North Korean government communicated...
  • North Korea Says They Want To Help Find The Sony Hackers

    12/20/2014 9:20:05 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-20-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Hunter Walker December 20, 2014A North Korean official said on Saturday that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. After they began publishing leaked Sony movies, internal...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...