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  • N. Korea: Pyongyang now more than one-third smaller; food shortage issues suspected

    07/22/2010 1:00:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 07/17/10 | ASAHI SHIMBUN
    Pyongyang now more than one-third smaller; food shortage issues suspected THE ASAHI SHIMBUN 2010/07/17 SEOUL--The long-term effects of continued food shortages have apparently reached the city limits of North Korea's capital. According to news agency Radiopress, which monitors North Korea, the physical size of Pyongyang's administrative district has been recently reduced by more than one-third. It said Radio Pyongyang and other state-run domestic media have recently introduced the counties of Kangnam-gun, Junghwa-gun and Sangwon-gun as well as the Sungho district as being under the jurisdiction of neighboring Hwanghae-bukdo province. The counties and the district previously belonged to Pyongyang. South Korean...
  • Chinese leaders privately debated N. Korea, backed stability and Kim dynasty

    06/30/2010 9:23:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Inside China/ ^ | 6/23/2010 | Willy Lam
    A report by the Council on Foreign Relations stated last week that China has not signed on to the U.S. goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and its main interest remains support for North Korea as a way to maintain regional stability. Evans Revere, an analyst at the Albright Stonebridge consulting group and member of a CFR task force on U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula, said China is “very deeply conflicted” on North Korea. “We've seen that played out since March 26th, the sinking of the Cheonan, where the initial Chinese reaction to the sinking of that ship by...
  • Kim Jong-un elected to parliament

    06/29/2010 8:53:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1+ views
    JoongAngDaily ^ | 6/30/2010 | Lee Young-jong
    Kim Jong-un, the youngest son and possible heir of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was elected to the parliament of the one-party communist state in March of last year, a Western source told a small group of reporters in Seoul. “We confirmed Kim Jong-un was elected as a representative from District 216 through North Korean sources two months after the election,” the Western source said. The Supreme People’s Assembly is a rubber stamp for the Communist Party and is comprised of high-ranking Communist Party officials. The election of Kim Jong-un, 27, is further evidence that he is being groomed to...
  • Report: Kim Jong-Il's top aides protecting 'Dear Leader' from reality

    06/29/2010 2:20:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    East Asia ^ | 6/16/2010 | East Asia
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's grip on state affairs is weakening as officials deliver false and exaggerated reports to please the ailing leader, according to a report here. "Kim Jong-Il's subordinates are duping their leader with false or deliberately incomplete reports on national affairs," JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said, citing a government source in Seoul. "The Dear Leader", 68, and his top aides have apparently been speeding up the process to transfer his power to third son and heir-apparent Kim Jong-Un due to concerns about his declining health condition, according to a separate source in Seoul. "Kim is increasingly dependent on...
  • N. Korea says it will bolster nuclear deterrent in a 'newly developed way'

    06/28/2010 1:34:38 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/27/2010 | Chang Jae-soon and Sam Kim
    North Korea said Monday it will bolster its nuclear arsenal "in a newly developed way" to counter what it calls U.S. hostile policy and military threats toward the communist nation. The North also claimed in a separate statement that the U.S. has brought "heavy weapons" into a truce village that straddles the divided Koreas, warning of strong military action if they are not quickly withdrawn. North Korea has stepped up its fiery rhetoric against the U.S. in recent weeks after Washington sided with Seoul in condemning Pyongyang for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March. "The recent...
  • North Korea seeks $65 trillion in damages from US (Barf Alert)

    06/24/2010 11:58:03 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 6/24/2010 | Economic Times
    Cash-strapped North Korea demanded on Thursday that the United States pay almost $65 trillion in compensation for six decades of hostility. The cost of the damage done by the United States since the peninsula was divided in 1945 is estimated at $64.96 trillion, the official news agency said, in a report on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War. The figure includes $26.1 trillion arising from US "atrocities" which left more than five million North Koreans dead, wounded, kidnapped or missing, KCNA said. Six decades of US sanctions had caused a loss of...
  • Chinese article admits N. Korea began war in 1950

    06/25/2010 7:11:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies
    JoongAngDaily ^ | 6/25/2010 | Christine Kim, Chang Se-jeong
    A feature article from a Chinese magazine was struck from the Internet after news spread that it stated that the Korean War was started by North Korea’s invasion of the South. The lengthy feature in Xinhua’s International Herald Leader, timed for the 60th anniversary of the start of the war, had a time line that stated: “The North Korean military crossed the parallel on June 25th, 1950 and Seoul was taken in four days.” The article was widely distributed among Chinese news portals and agencies. After news of the story spread in Korean yesterday, the original article was found to...
  • US mulled North Korea nuclear strike in 1969: documents

    06/23/2010 8:51:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 6/24/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The United States studied a plan for a nuclear strike on North Korea in 1969 but advisers to then-president Richard Nixon concluded it was best to remain calm, declassified documents showed Wednesday. The documents, obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, foreshadow present-day US frustration on how to handle Pyongyang following its nuclear tests and the sinking of a South Korean ship. In 1969, North Korea shot down a US spy aircraft over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), killing the 31 personnel on board. Despite US outrage, the new Nixon administration chose not to retaliate other...
  • North Korean defector from submarine crew goes public on Cheonan attack

    06/18/2010 8:48:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,144+ views
    East-Asia Intel ^ | 6/9/2010 | East-Asia Intel
    A North Korea submarine crew member has gone public for the first time to disclose details of Pyongyang's submarine operations. Lee Kwang Soo, 46, is the sole crew member remaining from the captured North Korean Sango class submarine that ran aground on a South Korean beach during an espionage mission in September 1996. North Korean submarine captured by South Korea in 1996. Lee broke his silence after the international investigation revealed Pyongyang’s role in the torpedo attack against the South Korean ship Cheonan. "I have seen 130-ton Yeoneo class submarines several times," he explained, refuting the North Korean claim to...
  • [N. Korea]Pyongyang area: anti-aircraft sites (about 500 of them marked on the google map)

    06/10/2010 1:39:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 104+ views
    Pyongyang area: anti-aircraft sites
  • North Korea's 'Torch Group' leverages family, party ties for illicit fortunes

    06/04/2010 7:03:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 345+ views, ^ | 6/2/2010 |,
    Western intelligence agencies have identified an unofficial group of North Korean elite who use their connections to party and military leaders to engage in counterfeiting and drug trafficking. The "Ponghwajo" or Torch Group is led by Oh Se-Wan, the son of a senior leader in North Korea's National Defense Commission, Gen. Oh Kuk-Ryol, who is a key player in the succession of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il to his son, Kim Jong-Un. The group has operated internationally and within North Korea since at least 2005. Members are said to be similar to China's so-called "princelings" — sons and daughters of...
  • Tokyo clamps down on cash flow to Pyongyang from ethnic Koreans in Japan

    06/04/2010 6:50:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 298+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 6/2/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    Japan has acted to further tighten restrictions on cash flowing to Pyongyang following the North's torpedo attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors There are some 600,000 ethnic Koreans in Japan, many of whose ancestors were forcibly repatriated by Japan's wartime military as slave laborers during Tokyo's 1910-1945 occupation. Of these, about 200,000 are pro-Pyongyang Koreans affiliated with the Chongryon organization, while the rest favor the South. Many Chongryon members run coin-operated gambling parlors equipped with slots and pachinko machines. The North Korean regime has demanded residents in Japan who have relatives in the North to send...
  • US concerned over Myanmar's military ties with North Korea

    06/03/2010 11:12:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 238+ views
    Times of India ^ | Times of India
    The United States is concerned over Myanmar's "growing military ties" with North Korea and will work to ensure a UN ban on arm exports from Pyongyang is enforced, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday. US defense secretary Robert Gates's press secretary said the United States was closely monitoring Myanmar's cooperation with North Korea in light of UN Security Council resolutions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or nuclear technology. "We are concerned with growing military ties with the DPRK (North Korea) and are following it closely to ensure that the multiple UNSCRs (UN Security Council resolutions) are enforced," press secretary Geoff...
  • Russians to study warship sinking probe

    05/31/2010 1:38:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 686+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/31/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Russian experts arrived in Seoul on Monday to review findings of an investigation that blamed North Korea for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, as the South sought to build support for U.N. punishment of the North. If Russia endorses the multinational probe's conclusions, the move could convince China and other major powers to support possible U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang for the sinking two months ago of the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. The South Koreans shared the investigation's findings with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last weekend before a summit, but Beijing has yet to blame North Korea...
  • Behind Beijing's intransigence on N. Korea: Monroe Doctrine with Chinese characteristics

    05/28/2010 9:14:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 334+ views ^ | 5/26/2010 | By Willy Lam*
    High-level lobbying by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has failed to persuade the Chinese leadership to do anything substantial regarding Pyongyang's sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in late March. Diplomatic sources in the Chinese capital said State Councillor Dai Bingguo privately told the American delegation — which just ended the second bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing — that Chinese diplomats would privately urge the Kim Jong-Il regime to refrain from further provocative acts against South Korea. But there would be no public statements from Beijing condemning Kim’s latest act of brinksmanship. At the end of...
  • Pyongyang'd Again

    05/26/2010 8:52:21 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 12 replies · 507+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 26 May 2010 | David Warren
    A North Korean submarine torpedoed and sank a South Korean gunboat in March, killing 46 sailors. This was the conclusion of a thorough investigation by experts from the U.S., Australia, Britain, and Sweden, last week. The White House then decried "an act of aggression," omitting that it was also an act of war. Perhaps the greatest tactical error in diplomacy is to make a threat you are not prepared to act on. The Bush administration earned a reputation for being as good as its word, alas at the sacrifice of much public support. The Obama administration has already squandered its...
  • North Korea gets army battle-ready: Report

    05/26/2010 1:16:40 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 976+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 5/25/2010 | Hindustan Times
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has put the Stalinist state's army on combat alert amid rising tensions after the March sinking of a South Korean warship was blamed on Pyongyang, a news report said on Tuesday. A high-ranking official read Kim's orders on national television last week, South Korea's Economic Daily newspaper said, citing reports by North Korean refugees. The order was issued after Seoul said Thursday that investigations had concluded that a torpedo fired by North Korea was responsible for the March 26 sinking of the corvette Cheonan, which killed 46 South Korean sailors. Kim did not want...
  • S. Korea to continue punishing N. Korea despite threats: official

    05/26/2010 12:53:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/26/2010 | Sam Kim
    South Korea will continue to carry out its retaliatory measures against North Korea for the sinking of its warship, despite Pyongyang's announcement that the communist state will sever all ties with Seoul, an official here said Wednesday. Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung also said in a briefing that Pyongyang notified the South it was cutting off its hotline with South Korea at their truce village as well as their maritime communication links. North Korea said late Tuesday it would end dialogue with Seoul for the remainder of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's tenure and expel personnel from a joint consultative...
  • BUSTED: "Is DELL Computer Aiding N. Korea [Weapons Program] In Violation of US Federal Law?"

    05/25/2010 12:56:42 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 102 replies · 2,151+ views
    Just found this photo from Communist North Korea from several days ago apparantly during one of dictator Kim Jong il's "on the spot guidance tours".and also here: Note the manufacturer of the computer monitor (and presumably the hard drive itself) (Dell Computer, Round Rock, Texas, USA), which General Secretary Kim Jong-il is inspecting. Link to article on North Korean news through Japanese website: LINK
  • North Korean leader Kim orders military to be on combat footing: report

    05/24/2010 6:53:41 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 84 replies · 2,646+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2010
    It's just a banner now on Reuters home page.