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  • North Korea's new 'tactical' weapon test highlights military modernization

    11/18/2018 3:47:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2018 | Hyonhee Shin
    North Korea’s claim last week that it had tested an unidentified “ultramodern tactical weapon” highlighted its desire to upgrade its conventional arms and reassure its military even as talks are under way to end its nuclear program, analysts said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un witnessed the test of a newly developed tactical weapon that could serve as a “steel wall”, state media reported on Friday, without giving details of the weapon. It was Kim’s first observation of a weapons test this year and could complicate already stalled nuclear talks with the United States, although Washington and Seoul downplayed the...
  • Is Korea’s Cold War About to End?

    11/14/2018 1:20:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy In Focus ^ | November 14, 2018 | John Feffer
    The media is missing the real story on the peninsula. If that gives Koreans space to lead, maybe that's not such a bad thing. Remarkable changes are taking place on the Korean peninsula. The two Koreas are actually starting to demilitarize the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Just in the last couple weeks, they have taken down 22 guard posts, demined the Joint Security Area, and established a no-fly-zone about the peninsula’s dividing line. They’ve pulled back from confrontation along their maritime boundary. North Korea has shut down its coastal artillery units and the two sides have discussed a plan to reduce...
  • Donald Trump: NYT Story on North Korea Missile Bases ‘More Fake News’

    11/13/2018 6:09:38 PM PST · by familyop · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 13, 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    “We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal,” he wrote. “Just more Fake News.” He assured Americans that he would respond accordingly if North Korea’s actions posed a threat. “I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!” he wrote.
  • How Hyundai Motor, once a rising star, lost its shine

    11/12/2018 4:27:17 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 4, 2018 / 5:13 PM | Hyunjoo Jin, Ben Klayman, Yilei Sun
    At a near-empty Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) showroom in the Chinese mega city of Chongqing, the store manager is grumbling about his shortage of customers and a lack of bigger, cheaper SUV models popular in the world’s largest auto market. Even with discounting of as much as 25 percent, his dealership was selling barely a hundred vehicles a month, said the manager surnamed Li. A nearby Nissan (7201.T) dealership was selling about 400 vehicles a month, a store manager there said. “The sales are simply poor,” Li told Reuters. “Look at the Nissan store next door, they have tens of customers...
  • North Korea possibly hiding missile operating bases despite denuclearization pledge, think tank says

    11/12/2018 8:38:40 AM PST · by ETL · 9 replies ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    North Korea is conning the United States, building up secret, smaller missile bases even after publicly touting the dismantling of its main launch site, according to a new review of satellite images by a top think tank. Citing new satellite pictures, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Beyond Parallel program identified what appears to be missile operating bases that have never been acknowledged by North Korean officials. CSIS' conclusions were not immediately independently confirmed. The report identified about 15 to 20 bases being operated by the Korean People’s Army's Strategic Force, based on information from officials in the government, defense...
  • Two Koreas complete the disarming of 22 guard posts

    11/10/2018 11:03:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CTV News ^ | November 10, 2018 | Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press
    The North and South Korean militaries completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Saturday as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across the world's most fortified border, a South Korean Defence Ministry official said. South Korea says the military agreement is an important trust-building step that would help stabilize peace and advance reconciliation between the rivals. But critics say the South risks conceding some of its conventional military strength before North Korea takes any meaningful steps on denuclearization -- an anxiety that's growing as the larger nuclear negotiations between...
  • South Korea: The women of the Gwangjang Market

    11/09/2018 9:26:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The sun sets on a cool autumn Sunday afternoon but the action is just getting started at one of Seoul's oldest establishments - the Gwangjang Market. The century-old market began its life as the Joseon dynasty was coming to an end with merchants looking to counteract the increasing influence of their Japanese counterparts. It survived the Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945, but part of the market was destroyed in the 1950-1953 Korean War. What survives today is a bustling market that offers traditional clothes and persimmon-dyed fabrics. Fresh fish, local meats, rice cakes, and huge vats...
  • South Korea and US resume military drills ahead of nuclear talks

    11/07/2018 10:31:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 5, 2018 | Benjamin Haas in Seoul
    The United States and South Korea have resumed some military exercises just days ahead of a high-profile meeting focused on denuclearisation between US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials. About 500 South Korean and American marines will take part in the drills on Monday, according to Yonhap news, which were previously indefinitely suspended in June after Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Pyongyang often bristles at joint US-South Korean military exercises, claiming they are provocations directed at the North, and officials hoped the suspension would encourage talks. The manoeuvers, part of the Korean...
  • Kimchi festival to spice up Seoul

    11/07/2018 6:24:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | October 30, 2018 | Kim Rahn
    Six thousand people will be invited to make kimchi in downtown Seoul over the weekend at the fifth Seoul Kimchi Festival. The annual festival will kick off at Seoul Plaza and nearby Mugyo-dong area on Friday through Sunday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said. People in Korea have traditionally made a large amount of kimchi before winter, so they can eat the fermented cabbage during the cold season when it is hard to get greens. Kimjang, the winter kimchi-making practice where families and neighbors gather to exchange labor and share food, is designated on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. During this...
  • Trump: Rapid U.S. Turnaround Is ‘All Fragile’; They Must Get Out the Vote to ‘Ensure Victory’

    11/05/2018 2:14:29 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Nov 2018 | Michelle Moons
    President Donald Trump urged supporters Monday morning that while there has been a historic turnaround for the United States under his administration, “it’s all fragile,” and they must get people out to vote. Trump supporters from around the country joined the president and top Trump team figures on a “Lead One Vote to Victory Telephone Town Hall” conference call Monday. The president pointed to what he called perhaps the finest economy America has ever seen, posting massive October jobs numbers despite multiple bad hurricanes. “They’re only going to get better,” he said of the economic numbers. “We have a tremendous...
  • US, South Korea to Launch Joint Working Group on North Korea

    11/03/2018 12:25:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Voice of America ^ | November 3, 2018 | Christy Lee and Paul Park
    The United States and South Korea have agreed to launch a joint working group to coordinate their North Korea sanctions, a move that reflects Washington’s attempt to bridge the allies’ diverging approaches to denuclearizing the Kim regime, experts said. “The two governments agreed on establishing a new working group that would further strengthen our close coordination on our diplomacy, on our denuclearization efforts, on sanctions implementations, and inter-Korean cooperation that comply with the United Nations sanctions,” Robert Palladino, the State Department’s deputy spokesperson, said. “So this is an additional step that we’re taking that Special Representative (Stephen) Biegun and his...
  • South Korea Supreme Court rules conscientious objection is legal

    11/01/2018 9:44:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    NBC News ^ | November 1, 2018 | The Associated Press
    A top court ruled Thursday that South Koreans can now legally reject their mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment. The decision by South Korea's Supreme Court is expected to affect the cases of more than 900 conscientious objectors on trial, as hundreds of men, mostly Jehovah's Witnesses, are imprisoned every year for refusing to serve. One of the ways South Korea copes with potential aggression from its neighbor and traditional enemy of North Korea is to force all able-bodied men to serve two years in the military. But under President Moon Jae-in, who was elected last...
  • S. Korea's Moon: N. Korean leader Kim to visit Seoul 'soon'

    11/01/2018 10:46:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    WSAW-TV ^ | November 1, 2018 | Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "soon" visit Seoul as part of a series of high-profile diplomatic efforts aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons. Moon said in a speech to parliament that a second North Korea-U.S. summit is also "near at hand" and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit North Korea soon. Moon also said he expects Kim to visit Russia soon and that Kim may meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Moon has previously said that Kim told him he would visit Seoul...
  • Vote against all Republicans. Every single one.

    10/31/2018 5:42:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 121 replies
    Vote against all Republicans. Every single one. By Max Boot Columnist October 31 at 3:31 PM “I am sick and tired of this administration. I’m sick and tired of what’s going on. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I hope you are, too.” — Joe Biden I’m sick and tired, too. I’m sick and tired of a president who pretends that a caravan of impoverished refugees is an “invasion” by “unknown Middle Easterners” and “bad thugs” — and whose followers on Fox News pretend the refugees are bringing leprosy and smallpox to the United States. (Smallpox...
  • China Panics over Bolsonaro: ‘Unthinkable’ for Brazil to Align with U.S. and Taiwan

    10/29/2018 5:17:48 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 29, 2018 | John Hayward
    China’s state-run Global Times panicked over the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, penning a Monday editorial sternly lecturing the new Brazilian leader that shifting trade away from China to the United States would be “unthinkable...On the other hand, Reuters found Chinese officials and senior executives eyeing Bolsonaro with “varying degrees of concern,” particularly when he talks about tightening Brasilia’s grip on the supremely valuable niobium industry. Bolsonaro has been critical of China’s efforts to dominate Brazilian mines, but might be obliged to mute his criticism because China has become such an important customer for Brazilian iron and...
  • Trump's nuclear-treaty withdrawal sends a message to North Korea

    10/29/2018 11:59:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 28, 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    In announcing his decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, President Trump cited Russia’s repeated violations and the fact that the treaty does not bind China, which is engaged in the world’s most ambitious ballistic missile development program. But Trump’s withdrawal may also be designed for another purpose. It sends a subtle but unmistakable message to North Korea: If you refuse to denuclearize, we can now surround your country with short- and medium-range missiles that will allow us to strike your regime without warning. At the moment, the Trump administration appears to be making little progress...
  • Precious[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/26/2018 10:23:29 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    You are so precious to Me I wait in The Garden for you excited at the first glimpse of our friendship about to be renewed afresh for you have captured My Heart and I am swooned and overtaken by your love for me each and every time we meet and you understand that I even come to you in the form of others dressed in My Righteousness ; True worshippers , God chasers, My True Beloved ones for all they desire is more of me however I decide to appear. So now as you receive me in this way I...
  • South Korea finds likely war remains on DMZ during border demining with North

    10/26/2018 12:19:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 25, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Sixty-five years after he died in a battle, the dog tag and possibly remains of a South Korean sergeant were finally recovered from a front line where the rival Koreas have only begun clearing mines, Seoul officials said Thursday. The two Koreas began removing mines from one of the heaviest Korean War battle sites at their border on Oct. 1 before starting their first joint searches for war remains. The joint searches were among a package of agreements the Koreas' defense ministers struck on the sidelines of their leaders' summit last month. Earlier this week, South Korean troops found what...
  • Trump administration limits sharing of North Korea intelligence with Congress

    10/26/2018 12:08:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 25, 2018 | Kylie Atwood
    The Trump administration is drastically cutting back on who on Capitol Hill gets to see intelligence reports on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, according to multiple congressional sources. Under the new rules, only each party's House and Senate leaders, along with chairs and ranking members of foreign relations and intelligence committees, get direct access to the reports. It is a drastic change from previous distribution of North Korea related intelligence reports which, for the most part, gave access to the entire committees and the staffers on those committees. The fear on Capitol Hill is that the limited distribution, which has...
  • Cabal of 12 Korean students conspired to gain weight & dodge military service

    10/24/2018 6:44:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RT ^ | September 13, 2018
    Military investigators in South Korea identified a group of 12 students in a Seoul university, who made a coordinated effort to gain weight to become ineligible for mandatory military service. Those involved could face jail time. South Korea has some of the strictest rules about mandatory service. Every young man has to complete his service, with exemptions given to very few, such as people with debilitating conditions or Olympic medalists. For example, being a K-pop idol would not spare one from undertaking military service, so fans of bands such as BTS compile lengthy charts to track when this or that...