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  • Koreaís Conservatives Fight Back [S. Korea]

    02/13/2017 10:34:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | DONALD KIRK
    Koreaís Conservatives Fight Back South Koreaís democracy gets a strong defense against those who would impeach the president and imperil U.S.-Korea relations. By DONALD KIRK Feb. 13, 2017 12:31 p.m. ET As South Koreaís constitutional court weighs whether to ratify the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, her allies are starting to fight back. The conservative leaderís approval rating may have dropped to 4% in November, yet right-wingers are belatedly organizing to defend her against accusations of corruption and, more plausibly, to block the left from walking to victory in the next presidential election. A prime issue is the future of U.S.-South...
  • How to dress like Jun Ji-hyun in hit K-drama The Legend of the Blue Sea [S. Korea]

    02/11/2017 5:47:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Asia One ^ | Monday, Feb 06, 2017 | Cheng Jee Yan
    How to dress like Jun Ji-hyun in hit K-drama The Legend of the Blue Sea Cheng Jee Yan herworldPLUSMonday, Feb 06, 2017 Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun (also known as Gianna Jun) returned to the small screen six months after giving birth to her first child. The starlet appeared in one of the most highly anticipated K-drama of the year: The Legend of the Blue Sea. While the drama boasts an intriguing storyline, talented production team and a stellar cast, and the one common thing that got us all excited at herworldPLUS is none other than Jun's wardrobe. No matter...
  • U.S. considers Zumwalt for possible deployment near S. Korea

    02/07/2017 5:56:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/06
    U.S. considers Zumwalt for possible deployment near S. Korea 2017/02/06 SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- The chief of the U.S. Pacific Command said last month that the Navy's newest Zumwalt destroyer could be deployed near South Korea to deter North Korean aggression, the defense ministry said Monday. In a meeting with South Korean lawmakers last month in Hawaii, Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Command brought forth the idea of having the country's largest missile destroyer operating near the resort island of Jeju or Jinhae, 410 kilometers south of Seoul, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed....
  • (2nd LD) U.S. defense chief in Seoul for talks over North Korea

    02/02/2017 5:55:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/02
    (2nd LD) U.S. defense chief in Seoul for talks over North Korea (ATTN: ADDS Mattis' meetings in 4th para, USFK Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks comment in last 2 paras) SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday began his two-day visit to South Korea in his first overseas trip aimed at underscoring the U.S. security commitment to the Asian ally amid growing threats from North Korea. After landing at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, at 12:30 p.m., Mattis headed to the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters in Yongsan, Seoul, according to...
  • S. Korea to remain firm against China's non-tariff barriers

    01/17/2017 7:22:07 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/17
    S. Korea to remain firm against China's non-tariff barriers 2017/01/17 SEJONG, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Tuesday that it will take a firm stance against China's recent hostile movements against its businesses in apparent retaliation for welcoming a U.S.-owned missile system. "We will continue to object to the Chinese measures," Vice Trade Minister Woo Tae-hee said at a task force meeting to discuss pending trade issues between South Korea and China. His comments came as Beijing is heightening non-tariff barriers against South Korea as the Seoul government decided to deploy the U.S.-led missile system called Terminal High Altitude...
  • (LEAD) S. Korea to foster blockchain financial services

    01/10/2017 5:37:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/10
    (LEAD) S. Korea to foster blockchain financial services 2017/01/10 16:38 SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's financial authorities on Tuesday announced a plan to launch a full-scale pilot project this year on blockchain-powered financial services. South Korea, known for its ICT prowess, has accelerated its drive for capitalizing on the new platform. Blockchain is a key technology for the digital currency bitcoin enabling data sharing across a network of individual computers. As a kind of distributed ledger, it records and tracks practically all bitcoin transactions. A government-civilian consortium on blockchain was created last month. It involves 16 local banks...
  • Ex-campaign chief of Trump met S. Korean intelligence chief, politicians (Manafort)

    01/03/2017 5:34:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/02
    Ex-campaign chief of Trump met S. Korean intelligence chief, politicians 2017/01/02 20:09 SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- A former campaign chairman of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, visited South Korea last month during which he held meetings with the head of the country's intelligence service and senior politicians, according to the politicians who met with Manafort on Monday. The visit by Manafort to South Korea came before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in his New Year's message on Sunday, said that the North is close to launching an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea is also in political turmoil over...
  • Actress Jun Ji-hyun plays tough mermaid in new series [K-drama]

    11/15/2016 3:20:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/11/14 | Lee Haye-ah
    Actress Jun Ji-hyun plays tough mermaid in new series 2016/11/14 18:24 By Lee Haye-ah SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Yonhap) -- Top actress Jun Ji-hyun will return to the small screen this week to play a tough but gorgeous mermaid navigating her way through the modern world. The "hallyu" star, who is best known for her portrayals of wild and mysterious characters, has been cast in the role of Shim Chung in the SBS drama "The Legend of the Blue Sea," a fantasy-romance that also aims to be fun. Shim Chung is a mermaid from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) who travels to...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong Un, KPA seen targeting South Korean island

    11/13/2016 5:47:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NK News ^ | November 11th, 2016 | JH Ahn
    Kim Jong Un, KPA seen targeting South Korean island N.Korean firepower strike plan shows eastern part of Baengnyeong Island JH Ahn November 11th, 2016 Kim Jong Un and various high-ranking North Korean officials have visited a coastal defense station located on the Mahap Islet, with a North Korean firepower plan shown in the picture targeting a nearby South Korean island, state media reported on Friday. Visiting the site with officials, including Vice-Marshal of the Korean Peopleís Army Hwang Pyong So, this visit might be Kimís closest approach to South Korean territory this year, with the unit located less than 20...
  • Biden: We wrote Japanís Constitution

    08/17/2016 1:16:55 PM PDT · by chajin · 86 replies
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jiji Press
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumpís proposal to allow Japan to obtain nuclear weapons, stressing that Japanís pacifist Constitution was written by the United States. ďDoes he not understand we wrote Japanís constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power?Ē Biden said in a speech he delivered in Scranton, Pa., for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. ďWhere was he when in school?Ē Biden asked. ďSomeone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted,Ē he said. ďHeís not qualified to know the [nuclear] codes,Ē the U.S. vice president said. Trump has suggested that...
  • Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

    10/11/2016 4:58:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 11, 2016 | Jonathan Cheng and Eun-Young Jeong
    Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Move halts production and sale of defective premium phone; investors digest possibility smartphone giant could abandon Galaxy Note series By Jonathan Cheng and Eun-Young Jeong Updated Oct. 11, 2016 7:23 a.m. ET SEOULó Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that it would permanently discontinue production and sales of its embattled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, pulling the plug on a premium product whose botched recall has brought headaches to consumers and inflicted damage on the Samsung brand. Samsung said in a filing with South Korean regulators that it would permanently cease production and sales...
  • North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Beat A Nuclear Umbrella

    09/16/2016 2:09:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2016/09/16 | DOUG BANDOW
    North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Beat A Nuclear Umbrella DOUG BANDOW 2:42 PM ET The Obama administration is debating a declaration of no first use of nuclear weapons. Some Asia specialists fear the resulting impact on North Korea. But dealing with Pyongyang is a reason for Washington to encourage its ally South Korea to go nuclear. /snip Washington's chief responsibility should be America's security. Backers of the status quo act like there is no alternative to leaving South Korea (and Japan, which faces a real, though less direct, threat from the DPRK) vulnerable to attack. However, Seoul is well able...
  • Calls growing in South Korea for nuclear armament

    09/11/2016 8:05:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/09/11
    Calls growing in South Korea for nuclear armament 2016/09/11 15:27 SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- A group of security and nuclear experts has recently launched a think tank to discuss ways to arm South Korea with nuclear weapons, while ruling party lawmakers on Sunday renewed calls for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons here and eventually South Korea's independent nuclear weapons development in response to North Korea's repeated nuclear tests. "The South Korean nuclear research group, composed of about 10 North Korea, security and nuclear specialists, was launched in early September," Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea researcher at the...
  • Business with Beijing canít make Seoul feel safe, but THAAD can [S. Korea]

    08/01/2016 9:22:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    ejinsight ^ | Aug 1, 2016 | Lam Hang-chi
    Lam Hang-chi Aug 1, 2016 3:25pm Business with Beijing can¬ít make Seoul feel safe, but THAAD can All the developments following the international tribunal¬ís ruling in the Hague that disavowed Beijing¬ís ¬ďhistorical right¬Ē to disputed waters and islands in the South China Sea have actually affirmed Beijing¬ís accusation that Washington is behind all this. As tensions rise in the region, US Vice President Joe Biden has kept himself busy with a high-profile trip to the Asia-Pacific. After a meeting with Japanese and Korean deputy foreign ministers during a brief layover in Hawaii, he visited Australia and New Zealand and delivered...
  • North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border

    07/28/2016 8:04:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 27, 2016 | Kang Mi-jin
    North Korea accuses Seoul of 'cunning plot' to release snakes over border Soldiers sceptical after unseasonably high numbers of reptiles lead Pyongyang to suspect South Korean infiltration Kang Mi-jin for DK News, part of the North Korea network Wednesday 27 July 2016 06.00 BST North Korean border patrol guards have been ordered to capture snakes apparently released by South Korea to wreak havoc in its northern neighbour, sources have claimed. Pyongyang is said to have told the military that Seoulís spy agency is behind the unseasonably high number of snakes in Ryanggang province, which borders China. ďEarlier this month, border...
  • Myth or Reality? Russian Missiles on Kurils in Response to THAAD in S Korea

    07/10/2016 6:01:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 09.07.2016
    Myth or Reality? Russian Missiles on Kurils in Response to THAAD in S Korea Military & Intelligence 16:03 09.07.2016(updated 12:48 10.07.2016) Russia may deploy additional missile systems to the Far East, including on the Kuril Islands, in response to the plans of the United States to deploy missile defense complexes in South Korea, Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told RIA Novosti. The expert commented on recent reports citing a source in the Russian Foreign Minister. In particular, the source said that Russian military planning will take into account Seoulís decision to deploy US THAAD missile systems...
  • South Korea, U.S. to deploy THAAD missile defense, drawing China rebuke

    07/08/2016 5:19:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 8, 2016
    South Korea, U.S. to deploy THAAD missile defense, drawing China rebuke South Korea and the United States said on Friday they will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing sharp and swift protest from neighboring China. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system will be used only as protection against North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the South's Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said in a joint statement. Beijing said on Friday it lodged complaints with the U.S. and South Korean ambassadors over the...
  • Osan honors airman who died after helping rescue family from fire(S. Korea)

    07/01/2016 7:24:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 28, 2016 | Kat Bouza
    Osan honors airman who died after helping rescue family from fire By Kat Bouza Stars and Stripes Published: June 28, 2016 The 731st Air Mobility Squadron at Osan Air Base has honored an airman who died from injuries sustained while helping save a family from a burning building. /snip The dramatic events were captured on cell phone footage, showing a group of airmen and local residents using a blanket to catch a woman and her three children as they leapt from a window in the apartment building. Rogers initiated the rescue when she entered the smoke-filled apartment to kick out...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong Un orders abduction of S.Koreans: local media

    06/26/2016 7:51:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    NKnews ^ | June 24th, 2016 | JH Ahn
    Kim Jong Un orders abduction of S.Koreans: local media Experts point to North Korean precedent, though say chances of abduction low JH Ahn June 24th, 2016 Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered the abduction of South Korean citizens, local newspapers wrote on Friday. While dubious of the original report, three experts told NK News said that while chances the odds of seeing an abduction are low, there is some precedent. ďIt would be very hard to officially confirm (the reportís claim). We are in the process of confirming it but do believe the chance exists,Ē a spokesperson from Ministry of Unification...
  • June 25, 1950: When North Korea invaded South Korea (Korean War)

    06/25/2016 7:00:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Community Digital News ^ | Jun 25, 2016 | Dennis Jamison
    June 25, 1950: When North Korea invaded South Korea by Dennis Jamison - Jun 25, 2016 Not so much a conflict as a global War, Korea had the United Nation allies fighting the Soviet Union, North Korea (D.P.R.K.), and Peopleís Republic of China (P.R.C.) all for control of South Korea. SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2016 ó To many Americans under the age of 50, the Korean War (previously known as the ďKorean ConflictĒ in politically sanitized language) may not be viewed as a major military confrontation like the involvement of the United States in Vietnam. Nevertheless, this conflict was...
  • [N. Korea] N.K. leader orders crackdown on those leaking intelligence to S. Korea

    06/20/2016 4:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/06/19
    N.K. leader orders crackdown on those leaking intelligence to S. Korea 2016/06/19 09:39 SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his public security staff to hunt down and punish those who leak the reclusive state's internal information to South Korea, multiple sources said Sunday. In a directive sent to the security agencies and the people, Kim warned that those who leak any information to South Koreans will be labeled as "spies" and face harsh punishments, including execution by firing squad. "I understand that (Kim) has sent a directive to the security agencies and the people,...
  • N. Korea: Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament...

    04/19/2016 5:18:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/20 | Chang Jae-soon
    (2nd LD) Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament: incoming USFK commander 2016/04/20 05:23 (ATTN: ADDS comments in paras 16-17; CHANGES headline) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea would have to think about developing its own nuclear weapons for self-defense if the United States removes its "nuclear umbrella" protection for the Asian ally, the incoming commander of U.S. Forces Korea said Tuesday. Gen. Vincent Brooks, nominated to succeed Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti as USFK commander, made the remark during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing, stressing that it's very important for...
  • Song Joong Ki: Descendants of the Sun actor lands on 'Hell Notes' in China (S. Korea)

    04/09/2016 2:48:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 8, 2016 | Gungeet Kaur
    Song Joong Ki: Descendants of the Sun actor lands on 'Hell Notes' in China April 8, 2016 10:14 SGT By Gungeet Kaur Immensely popular South Korean actor Song Joong Ki, who plays army captain Yoo Shi Jin in the record-breaking series Descendants of the Sun, has reached another level. According to reports swirling around the net, the pictures of the 30-year-old actor clad in army uniform are being imprinted on the hell notes for the departed souls in China. Reportedly, on seeing the adoration of the star among people, many merchants got Joong Ki's picture printed on joss paper and...
  • Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia

    03/28/2016 6:44:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    BBC ^ | March 27, 2016 | Tessa Wong
    Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia By Tessa Wong BBC News 27 March 2016 Korean television dramas have always been popular across Asia, but the region may have hit peak K-drama fever with military romance Descendants of the Sun. "This show satisfies all my fantasies," 35-year-old Beijing fan Ms Dai tells the BBC. "It reminds me of the feeling you have in a romantic relationship." Seoul's latest offering chronicles the star-crossed relationship between a soldier and surgeon. It has won millions of fans across the region, but also caused alarm from some authorities. Love is a...
  • China's mishandling of North Korea's nuclear ambitions may come back to haunt it

    02/21/2016 7:22:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    SCMP ^ | February 21, 2016 | Emanuele Scimia
    China's mishandling of North Korea's nuclear ambitions may come back to haunt it Emanuele Scimia says Beijing's unwillingness or inability to rein in Pyongyang has brought it the unwelcome consequence of greater US vigilance The US and its allies in East Asia have always been suspicious of China's attitude to North Korea's military adventures. Recent events, such as Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket and testing of an alleged hydrogen bomb, have contributed to this climate of mistrust towards Beijing. China is often blamed for not pressuring Pyongyang enough, but now its ability to contain North Korea's nuclear and ballistic...
  • (LEAD) S. Korea braces for possible terror attacks from N. Korea: official

    02/18/2016 10:33:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/02/19
    (LEAD) S. Korea braces for possible terror attacks from N. Korea: official 2016/02/19 11:59 (ATTN: UPDATES with comments by ruling party lawmaker) SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is bracing for any possible terror attacks from North Korea, an official said Friday. "The presidential office of national security is thoroughly in control of every situation related to terror," presidential spokesman Jeong Yeon-guk told reporters. Still, he declined to comment on whether National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin or other South Korean officials are included on North Korea's alleged hit list. South Korea believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has...
  • South Korea's Leader Warns of North Korea Collapse

    02/16/2016 5:40:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 15, 2016 | hyung-jin kim
    South Korea's Leader Warns of North Korea Collapse SEOUL, South Korea -- Feb 15, 2016, 11:40 PM ET South Korea's president warned Tuesday that rival North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang. President Park Geun-hye, in a nationally televised parliamentary address defending her decision to shut down a jointly run factory park in North Korea, said South Korea will take unspecified "stronger and more effective" measures to make North Korea realize its nuclear ambitions will result only in speeding up of its "regime collapse."
  • Seoul retaliates, China pays price for North Korea rocket launch

    02/12/2016 3:25:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Asia Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | Shim Jae Hoon
    Seoul retaliates, China pays price for North Korea rocket launch By Shim Jae Hoon on February 10, 2016 in Asia Times News & Features, China, Koreas SEOUL-North Korea's satellite rocket launch has claimed its first casualty amid a changing and increasingly volatile regional security landscape that's dragging in China, the US and Japan. South Korea announced on Feb. 10 that it's closing down the inter-Korean economic project at Kaesong Industrial Complex which Seoul set up 12 years ago to provide hard currency earnings for the North Korean regime. /snip Meanwhile, the Park government has come under pressure from conservatives who...
  • China FM voices 'serious concern' over possible deployment of U.S. shield in Korea [THAAD]

    02/12/2016 12:00:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2016-02-12
    China FM voices 'serious concern' over possible deployment of U.S. shield in Korea Published : 2016-02-12 16:13 Updated : 2016-02-12 16:15 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed "serious concern" over a decision by South Korea to begin formal talks with the United States to adopt an advanced U.S. missile defense system, according to China's foreign ministry on Friday. Wang conveyed the concern to South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se during their meeting in Munich on the sidelines of international talks on Syria on Thursday, the Chinese ministry said in a statement. "Minister Wang Yi expresses serious concern," the statement said....
  • N. Korea to expel S. Koreans from joint industrial park

    02/11/2016 12:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/02/11
    N. Korea to expel S. Koreans from joint industrial park 2016/02/11 17:26 SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Thursday it will expel all South Korean nationals from a joint industrial park in the North and freeze all South Korean assets and equipment in retaliation for Seoul's suspension of the complex. The North has ordered all South Koreans to leave immediately the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North's border city of the same name, according to the Korean Central News Agency. It said that it will freeze all assets and equipment held by South Korean companies, adding that it...
  • North Korea blew up rocket stage to confound analysts: South Korea

    02/09/2016 7:53:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    Indian Express ^ | February 9, 2016
    North Korea blew up rocket stage to confound analysts: South Korea The U.S., Japanese and South Korean militaries are scouring the seas for debris and analysts are studying photos, trajectories. Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong. South Korean officials and foreign analysts say they now believe the first stage of the rocket had a cagey new feature:...
  • Death from above: North Korea has started using balloons to drop cigarette butts on the South

    02/05/2016 8:04:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | Choe Sang-Hun
    Death from above: North Korea has started using balloons to drop cigarette butts on the South Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times February 5, 2016 8:44 AM ET More from The New York Times SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea likes to call South Korea a land of "political filth" and its leaders, including President Park Geun-hye, "human trash." Now, apparently to highlight its contempt, it has begun sending balloons into the South loaded with an unusual payload, the police here said Thursday: cigarette butts. North and South Korea have escalated their propaganda war across their heavily armed border since...
  • Timeline of the Chou Tzu-yu flag controversy(China/Taiwan)

    01/18/2016 7:03:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2016/01/18 | Christie Chen
    Timeline of the Chou Tzu-yu flag controversy 2016/01/18 19:31:13 ‚óŹJan. 8 In a series of posts on his Sina Weibo microblog, Huang An (ťĽÉŚģČ), a 53-year-old singer born in Taiwan and based in China, accuses 16-year-old Chou Tzu-yu (ŚĎ®Ś≠źÁĎú), better known as Tzuyu, the only Taiwanese member of the popular South Korean girl group Twice, of supporting Taiwan independence. Huang mentions Chou's waving of the Republic of China's (Taiwan) national flag on a South Korean TV show last year, and accuses her of working with the independence-leaning Taiwanese media outlet Sanlih E-Television, which he says has been promoting her as...
  • DONALD TRUMP: Here's how I'd handle that 'madman' in North Korea

    01/11/2016 2:31:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 6, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    DONALD TRUMP: Here's how I'd handle that 'madman' in North Korea Colin Campbell Jan. 6, 2016 Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US should pressure China into getting North Korea under control. "It's something I've been talking about for a long time. You have this madman over there who probably would use it," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "And nobody talks to him, other than of course Dennis Rodman," he said. "That's about it." Trump was referring to North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, while addressing North Korea's announcement Tuesday night that it...
  • (4th LD) S. Korea to resume propaganda broadcasts along border with N. Korea

    01/07/2016 6:37:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/01/07
    (4th LD) S. Korea to resume propaganda broadcasts along border with N. Korea 2016/01/07 21:27 (ATTN: ADDS military's action in paras 8-10) SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Thursday that it will resume anti-Pyongyang broadcasts this week along the heavily fortified border with North Korea in retaliation of Pyongyang's claimed hydrogen bomb test. The anti-Pyongyang broadcasts will resume at noon on Friday, Cho Tae-yong, deputy chief of the presidential office of national security, told reporters. "The North's fourth nuclear test is a grave violation" of the August deal, Cho said, referring to a breakthrough deal that defused heightened...
  • S. Korea: (3rd LD) Police arrest Indonesian suspected of following terrorist group

    11/18/2015 4:55:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/11/18
    (3rd LD) Police arrest Indonesian suspected of following terrorist group 2015/11/18 18:11 (ATTN: ADDS details on Syrian refugees; Minor edits) SEOUL, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- Police said Wednesday they are questioning an illegal immigrant with Indonesian nationality who is suspected of following a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida. The National Police Agency (NPA) said they arrested the 32-year-old at his house in South Chungcheong Province on charges of violating the Immigration Control Law and forging documents. However, the man is also suspected of supporting the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, for months, according to police. Police said the...
  • N. Korea: In unification scenario, stabilization of NK military imperative

    11/10/2015 5:42:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-11-05
    In unification scenario, stabilization of NK military imperative [Understanding Unification] Daily NK | 2015-11-05 13:34 As South Korean President Park Geun Hye asserted, is unification really a bonanza? If there is sufficient state power that can manage what is to come before and after unification as well as uphold the economy despite North Korea’s impoverished economic conditions, then unification is an opportunity. However, bringing together the two Koreas--each cut off from the other for more than half a century--is no simple task. Being hopeful about unification is necessary, but understanding the positive and negative aspects that will come with it...
  • N. Korea: PRC nationals in DPRK persecuted as Beijing and Seoul draw closer

    09/21/2015 2:40:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2015-09-21
    PRC nationals in DPRK persecuted as Beijing and Seoul draw closer Staff Reporter 2015-09-21 11:39 (GMT+8) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has begun to purge Chinese citizens from his country as China's relations with Seoul improve at the expense of ties with Pyongyang, reports the Hong Kong-based Yazhou Zhoukan. South Korea's president, Park Geun-hye, was one of the chief guests of honor at the military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Kim declined to attend and was represented instead by his special envoy Choe Ryong-hae. Xu Fusen, a...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea vows to launch rocket

    09/14/2015 9:25:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/09/15
    (3rd LD) N. Korea vows to launch rocket 2015/09/15 01:17 (ATTN: UPDATES with US reaction; ADDS to dateline) SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Monday that it plans to launch a rocket at a time of its choosing as it has the right to conduct space research, cementing speculation over a provocation by the country near its key anniversary. North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration "is pushing forward in the final phase the development of a new earth observation satellite for weather forecast," the Korean Central News Agency said. "The world will clearly see a series of satellites...
  • North Korea 'prepares submarine attack' on South Korea as crisis talks enter third day: live

    08/24/2015 7:30:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06/24/15
    Seoul refuses to back down and demands apology from Kim Jong-un for landmine blast it claims maimed two soldiers - North Korea's state media - Korean Central News Agency - has just issued another Shakespearean tirade against the South, accusing it of "false propaganda." Quote They [South Korea] claimed the DPRK "promulgated a decree on establishing a donation system" and "the society in the north has turned into the one where loyalty can be bought and sold." They asserted this was a "reliable source" from North Hamgyong Province. They even took issue with the newly built Pyongyang Home for the...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un snubs China's invitation to military parade: source

    08/24/2015 12:31:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/24
    Kim Jong-un snubs China's invitation to military parade: source 2015/08/24 BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declined an invitation from China to attend a huge military parade next month marking China's victory over Japan in World War II, a diplomatic source said Monday. The rejection of the Chinese invitation represents the strained political ties between the allies over the North's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons and wayward behavior, according to the source. China has invited world leaders to attend the military parade on Sept. 3, a high-profile show of force. Many Western leaders are expected...
  • Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located"

    08/23/2015 12:08:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 216 replies
    Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located" 2015.08.23 15:23 /begin my translation Dozens of N. Korean submarines left their bases at both Eastern and Western coast, and can't be located. Military are increasing their surveillance capability to track them, it is confirmed. That accounts for 70% of (N. Korea's) submarine fleet, which totals 70 ships. This is the largest rate of deployment since the Korean War. Military sources said, "This is 10 times more than their normal deployment level. Dozens of them left their bases at both coasts, and we are unable to track them."...
  • North Korea approves Ďfinal attackí 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...
  • (URGENT) N. Korea fires shells at S. Korean military along western border (headline only)

    08/20/2015 1:01:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/20
    (URGENT) N. Korea fires shells at S. Korean military along western border 2015/08/20 16:54
  • Hyundai's damage from Chinese explosion estimated at 160 bln won (4,000 cars)

    08/13/2015 10:28:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/14
    Hyundai's damage from Chinese explosion estimated at 160 bln won 2015/08/14 09:26 SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top carmaker Hyundai Motor is estimated to have lost 160 billion won (US$136 million) from huge explosions in China's northeast port city of Tianjin, industry watchers said Friday. China Central Television (CCTV) said the blasts involved a shipment of explosives at the Ruihai warehouse in Tianjin, and occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The exact cause was not immediately known. Hyundai had parked around 4,000 automobiles at the site, including Genesis and Equus luxury sedans. While Hyundai usually produces automobiles to...
  • WHO: To Avoid MERS, Donít Drink Camel Urine

    06/26/2015 11:12:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28 | ELIAS GROLL
    Six people have died, 87 have been infected, and some 1,800 schools and kindergartens have temporarily shut their doors amid an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea. Itís likely the most significant outbreak of the disease outside the Middle East, and over the weekend, the World Health Organization released details on new cases of the disease in South Korea. It also issued a surprising piece of advice for individuals seeking to avoid infection: Drink neither raw camel milk nor camel urine. Thatís perhaps not as strange as it sounds. While the exact transmission mechanisms remain unclear, it...
  • S. Korea: Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities

    12/24/2014 5:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 2014-12-24 | Connie Kim
    Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities Updated: 2014-12-24 20:35:49 KST The investigation team is closing in on the hacker who is threatening to release thousands of nuclear reactor data. Authorities say they have traced the attack to multiple IP addresses in Shenyang, China. They haven't ruled out North Korea's involvement since the city is close to the border. Authorities believe the attack was planned for two years, and that more than one person is responsible. They had discovered earlier in the week that the Twitter ID being used by the hacker was registered in...
  • Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation

    12/22/2014 6:25:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2014 | Maggie Hiufu Wong
    Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN December 19, 2014 -- Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) (CNN) -- Deja vu? Yesterday's news? Nope, it's just another series of air dramas involving disruptive Chinese air travelers. It hasn't been the most peaceful fortnight in the aviation industry -- we've seen the aftermath of a Korean Air exec's "nut rage" and R&B singer Jeremih arrested for attempting to force open a closed airplane door after missing the last call for boarding. In the midst of this unruly behavior have come no fewer than...
  • In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party

    12/19/2014 10:33:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    LAT ^ | December 19, 2014 | Steven Borowiec
    In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party By Steven Borowiec December 19, 2014, 5:49 AM|Reporting from Seoul Weighing free expression versus security concerns, South Koreaís Constitutional Court on Friday made an unprecedented ruling to dissolve a small left-wing party accused of being pro-North Korea.. Judges voted 8-1 in favor of disbanding the Unified Progressive Party, a small opposition party that Chief Justice Park Han-chul said was seeking to ďundo South Koreaís democratic orderĒ and bring the country under ďNorth Korea-style socialism.Ē South Koreaís constitution has a clause that allows political parties to be disbanded if they pose a...
  • Korean Air scion faces probe for bad in-flight behavior (nut rage?)

    12/09/2014 4:49:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2014-12-08 | Kim Se-jeong
    Korean Air scion faces probe for bad in-flight behavior By Kim Se-jeong The transportation authority said Monday it is looking into whether a Korean Air senior vice president's behavior on a plane, including yelling at flight attendants and ordering the plane to stop, violated the Aviation Safety Law. The investigation comes after Heather Cho, the airline's senior vice president and the airline group Chairman Cho Yang-ho's eldest daughter, allegedly had an aircraft on the runway proceed back to the gate at JFK International Airport in New York to have a flight attendant thrown off due to "poor service." "Two inspectors...