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  • K-Pop video sets new YouTube record after reaching 100million views in just two days

    04/08/2019 11:41:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 8, 2019 | Chiara Fiorillo
    South Korean group Blackpink have set a record for the fastest music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube. YG Entertainment, the group's management company, said the group's latest video 'Kill This Love' surpassed 100 million hits around 2pm on Sunday, just two days and 14 hours after being released. The music video, published at midnight on Friday, received more than 10 million views in just four hours and 13 minute
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Thursday-Friday 3/21-3/22/2019

    03/22/2019 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/21/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The Battle of Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May getting help from the European Union leaders with late night action Thursday. The EU leaders agreeing to the extension of the Brexit deadline beyond March 29th so May can continue to arm twist Parliament for her plan..... A top aide of Venezuela's Interim President Juan Guaido has been detained. Guaido's Chief of Staff detained by secret police agents of SEBIN who raided his home early Thursday morning at 2am local time. Guaido demands his immediate release. Roberto Marrero was taken away and his whereabouts are unknown... The latest news on the...
  • Opinion: Democrats bear some blame for the Trump-Kim summit collapse

    03/21/2019 2:53:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 20 Mar 2019 | Richard Beck
    ... Initial reports suggest there is lots of blame to go around, from Trumpís overestimation of his own abilities as a dealmaker, to Kimís possibly unrealistic expectations as to how little the US would be willing to accept, to the uncompromising hawkishness of the national security adviser, John Bolton, who may have intentionally sabotaged negotiations by throwing extra demands into the mix at the last minute. Some of this blame, however, belongs to Democratic politicians and liberal commentators, who have reliably denigrated Trumpís Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the Hanoi summitís chances for...
  • NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium

    03/14/2019 11:24:57 PM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    ap ^ | 15 Mar 2019 | Eric Talmadge
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) ó North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country's moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said, noting the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, addressing an urgent meeting Friday of diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, including The Associated Press, said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the Hanoi summit between Kim and...
  • North Korea rocket site is being monitored 'in real time,' U.S. official says

    03/08/2019 11:04:44 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | Andrea Mitchell
    The U.S. is "watching in real time" developments at a long-range rocket site that North Korea is believed to have rebuilt, a senior State Department official said Thursday. The Sohae facility has been used in the past for satellite launches that employ similar technology to what is required to fire intercontinental ballistic missiles. It is now back to "normal operating status," according to new commercial images and analysis from two teams of researchers...(snip) ...The State Department official said that while it is important for North Korea to act as it had promised, the U.S. side did not see Sohae as...
  • S. Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military

    03/08/2019 3:14:06 AM PST · by blueplum · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ó South Korea and the U.S. on Friday formally signed a deal on Seoul's increased payment for the U.S. troop deployment, amid worries about the future of the countries' decades-long military alliance... South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris signed the new cost-sharing deal on Friday. During a signing ceremony, Kang called the deal "the results of hard work and sometimes difficult work" that "the alliance can build upon to become stronger and greater." Harries said the deal's signing underscores "the importance of iron-clad nature of our alliance."
  • North Korea is hit by 'artificial' 2.1-magnitude earthquake after 'mine explosion' ...

    03/08/2019 12:41:40 AM PST · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 07 Mar 2019 | Tim Stickings
    Full Title: North Korea is hit by 'artificial' 2.1-magnitude earthquake after 'mine explosion' amid claims Pyongyang is reviving a nuclear launch site An earthquake in a mining town in North Korea was caused by 'artificial activity', it has been claimed. The 2.1-magnitude tremor was reported in the town of Pyonggang near the border with South Korea around Thursday lunchtime. Meteorology experts in the South said the quake was likely to be caused by a mine explosion.
  • North Korea rebuilds part of missile site as Bolton warns of more sanctions

    03/05/2019 11:02:59 PM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 Mar 2019 | David Brunnstrom, Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has restored part of a rocket test site it began to dismantle after pledging to do so in a first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last year, while Trumpís national security advisor warned that new sanctions could be introduced if Pyongyang did not scrap its nuclear weapons program. South Koreaís Yonhap News Agency and two U.S. think tanks reported on Tuesday that work was underway at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri, even as Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a second summit in Hanoi last week.
  • Shadowy group protecting the son of Kim Jong-un's assassinated brother vows to rid (trunc)

    03/02/2019 9:23:02 PM PST · by blueplum · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail UK and AFP ^ | 02 Mar 2019 | Miranda Aldersley
    Full Title: Shadowy group protecting the son of Kim Jong-un's assassinated brother vows to rid North Korea of the 'great evil' Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) declared itself the legitimate interim government In a statement on its website on Friday it vowed to fight Kim Jong Un's regime CCD say they are protecting Kim Han Sol, the son of murdered Kim Jong Nam A shadowy group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated brother declared the formation of a 'legitimate interim government' on Friday. The Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) organisation, which offers to assist...
  • North Korean state media brush over Vietnam summit collapse, raising hopes for future talks

    03/02/2019 2:28:19 AM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 01 Mar 2019 | Ben Riley-Smith, US Editor Nicola Smith, Asia Correspondent
    N orth Korean state media brushed over the failure to reach a deal in its coverage of the Vietnam summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, indicating that hope remains for progress in future negotiations. The headline on the front page of Rodong Sinmun, the country's official newspaper, made no mention of the collapse in talks and the lack of agreement, instead proclaiming how well the summit had gone. The newspaper referred to the "constructive and candid exchange" that the US and North Korean leaders had during their two days of meetings in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. The positive write-up...
  • 'Drunk' Russian sailor crashes massive cargo ship into South Korean bridge

    02/28/2019 1:04:24 PM PST · by DFG · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/28/2019 | Anna Hopkins
    A Russian cargo ship crashed into a bi-level bridge on the coast of South Korea while its captain was drunk, authorities said Thursday. No injuries were caused during the bizarre crash, but sections of the Gwangan Bridge in Busan were closed for precautionary purposes. It's not illegal to consume alcohol while aboard a ship, but it is illegal to sail a ship while intoxicated.
  • 'Drunk' Russian ship captain steers giant cargo vessel straight into busy South Korean bridge

    02/28/2019 12:11:41 PM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 28, 2019 | Miranda Aldersley
    A Russian cargo ship captain may have been slightly drunk when he veered off course and crashed into a busy South Korean bridge this afternoon. The 6,000 ton Seagrand collided with the side of the Gwangan Bridge in Busan, in the southeast of the country, at around 4.20pm local time. The ship then attempted to turn and vacate the area before it was detained by the Korea Coast Guard (KCG).
  • 'I'm panicking': Seoul prepares to rip out its manufacturing heart

    02/22/2019 11:52:11 PM PST · by blueplum · 27 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 22 Feb 2019 | Chris Michael
    From the main street, the Euljiro neighbourhood doesnít look like much: some shabby retail stores, cold-noodle restaurants, a Starbucks. Enter one of the small alleys, however, and youíll find yourself in a kind of manufacturing anthill: thousands upon thousands of shops, each crammed to the rafters with bolts, circuit boards, iron castings, gauges, wires, lights, switches, tools and innumerable tiny objects that defy description. This incredible warren of machinists is the manufacturing heart of Seoul. There are 10,000 shops here, with 50,000 tradespeople, many of whom have been working here since the 1950s and were integral to South Koreaís postwar...
  • South Korea Meets Trumpís Demand to Pay More for U.S. Troops

    02/10/2019 2:46:29 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Feb 2019 | John Hayward
    South Korean officials on Sunday signed a deal to cover more of the cost of U.S. troops over the coming year after President Donald Trump strongly urged them to do so. The new arrangement, pending ratification by the South Korean parliament in April, would increase Seoulís share of the cost by a little over 8 percent to $924 million in U.S. dollars. South Korean officials described the new deal as a compromise with President Trumpís request for a ďhuge increase.Ē The officials stressed the importance of ďa strong South Korea-U.S. alliance and the need for a stable stationing of...
  • South Korea Signs Deal To Pay More For U.S. Troops After Trump Demand

    02/10/2019 7:52:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    One America News Network ^ | February 10, 2019 | Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith
    SEOUL (Reuters) Ė Officials signed a short-term agreement on Sunday to boost South Koreaís contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. President Donald Trumpís call for the South to pay more. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War. The new deal must still be approved by South Koreaís parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won ($890 million) from 960 billion won in 2018. Unlike past agreements, which lasted for five...
  • U.S., South Korea Reach New Agreement for Funding of American Troops

    02/10/2019 7:39:28 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    ktla ^ | February 9, 2019
    South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday on how much Seoul should pay for the U.S. military presence on its soil, official said, after previous rounds of failed negotiations caused worries about their decades-long alliance. Last year, South Korea provided about $830 million, roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is meant to deter aggression from North Korea. President Donald Trump has said South Korea should pay more. Yonhap news agency reported that South Korea will provide about 1.04 trillion won ($924 million) in 2019. Yonhap said the...
  • US-South Korea reach agreement over cost of US troops in region

    02/05/2019 2:34:22 AM PST · by blueplum · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 04 Feb 2019 | Kylie Atwood, Jeremy Diamond and Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN)The US and South Korea have reached a preliminary agreement on the cost of keeping nearly 30,000 troops in South Korea, two State Department officials said, alleviating fears among President Donald Trump's advisers that he could move to withdraw US troops during his upcoming summit with North Korea's leader. Under the revised Special Measures Agreement, South Korea would boost its financial contribution to nearly $1 billion, according to...
  • South Korea bypassing North Korea sanctions

    01/21/2019 3:15:54 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | Jan 13, 2019
    President Moon Jae-inís government is seeking ways to circumvent international sanctions against North Korea to reopen an inter-Korean industrial park. The Kaesong industrial complex north of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas was shut down in February 2016 after Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test. The ensuing moves by Seoul officials suggest the Moon administration is seeking to resume the inter-Korean projects, particularly the joint industrial park, as a catalyst for the Northís denuclearization rather than a step to be taken after a significant progress is made. But it would prove practically impossible to bypass sanctions imposed by a...
  • South Korea Raised Taxes in Bid for Growth. So Far, Itís Not Working.

    01/10/2019 4:27:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2019 | Michael Schuman
    In contrast to President Trump, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has embraced a pro-labor program of higher wages and taxes. The early results have been discouraging. As President Trump leads a drive to slash taxes and pare back regulation, one major economy is taking a different approach. Under President Moon Jae-in, South Korea has raised taxes and the minimum wage in the name of economic growth. So far, it hasnít worked out as planned. Growth has slowed, unemployment has risen and small-business owners like Moon Seung are complaining. Mr. Moon, founder of an auto parts maker called Dasung in...
  • Famine to feast: North Korean defectors awestruck by food choices in South

    01/06/2019 8:46:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | December 24, 2018 | Benjamin Haas in Seoul
    Lee Oui-ryuk was on the verge of dying of starvation when he stole a block of tofu in a market in North Korea at the height of a nationwide famine. Too weak to run away after he swiped the food, Lee continued eating as the seller cried and beat him with a metal rod, staining the white tofu red with his blood. At nine years old he knew the theft would end in violence, but in his head he repeated over and over: ďEven if you are beaten, keep eating.Ē He eventually passed out and when he awoke, took a...