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  • Bolton’s Fears Misplaced: Overwhelming US Military Power Will Deter North Korea Indefinitely

    06/24/2020 9:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 24, 2020 | Daniel L. Davis
    In his new tell-all book, former National Security Advisor John Bolton claims the threat from North Korea today is “absolutely greater” than it was in 2016. One of Bolton’s chief complaints about Trump’s actions over the past two years was that he “gave away” joint drills that were “critical” to defend South Korea. Bolton, like many in Washington, sees great value in these military exercises—but this is a flawed understanding of how deterrence works. It is not regular drills that ensure U.S. deterrence of North Korea, but the overall capacity of our muscular, comprehensive military power in comparison to the...
  • Kim Jong Un suspends planned military retaliation against South Korea

    06/24/2020 7:05:31 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24 2020 | Associated Press
    North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, in an apparent slowing of the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. Last week, the North had declared relations with the South as fully ruptured, destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office in its territory and threatened unspecified military action to censure Seoul for a lack of progress in bilateral cooperation and for activists floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. Analysts say North Korea, after weeks deliberately raising tensions, may be pulling away just enough to...
  • South Korea slams Bolton book as 'distorting the reality' of nuclear talks

    06/22/2020 10:16:44 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 22 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    South Korea slammed former White House national security adviser John Bolton for distorting the facts regarding nuclear talks between leaders of the U.S. and the Koreas in his forthcoming memoir. South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said Bolton’s description of top-level consultation in his new book “The Room Where It Happened,” is not accurate. “It does not reflect accurate facts and substantially distorts facts,” South Korea’s national security adviser, said in a statement, according to Reuters. He also accused Bolton of "being inaccurate" and "distorting the reality," according to The Washington Post. According to excerpts of Bolton’s book published...
  • North Korea to deploy troops to demilitarized areas, restart drills

    06/16/2020 7:31:23 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 9 replies
    upi ^ | JUNE 16, 2020 / 9:59 PM | ByThomas Maresca
    North Korea announced Wednesday it would deploy troops to the Kaesong Industrial Zone and Mt. Kumgang tourist area, locations that were once the sites of joint economic ventures with South Korea, as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up tensions a day after it demolished an inter-Korean liaison office. The North will also reinstall guard posts that had been removed from the Demilitarized Zone and conduct military drills in border areas, according to a statement by a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army "Civil police posts that had been withdrawn from the Demilitarized Zone under the north-south agreement...
  • US Embassy in Seoul removes Black Lives Matter banner, pride flag

    06/16/2020 6:56:06 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 16, 2020 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A Black Lives Matter banner has been taken down from the US Embassy building in South Korea three days after it was unfurled there in solidarity with demonstrators seeking racial justice after the police killing of George Floyd. The embassy — which didn’t mention an LGBTQ pride flag that also was taken down — said the BLM banner was removed to avoid any perception that it meant “to support or encourage donations to any specific organization.” CNN quoted an anonymous source as saying that the request to remove the BLM banner came from the office of Secretary of State Mike...
  • N Korea blows up S Korea liaison center

    06/16/2020 12:48:25 AM PDT · by FRinCanada2 · 21 replies
  • North Korea Blows Up Diplomatic Building

    06/16/2020 12:29:05 AM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 16 replies
    Agenda free TV ^ | today | Agenda Free TV
    Just announced just live The Border post where N & S Korea held their liaison meetings Kaesong
  • Samsung to Help Huawei with 5G Chip Production

    06/15/2020 11:15:11 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 21 replies
    Equal Ocean ^ | Jun 14, 2020 | Qasim Khan
    According iTWire, two of the world's largest mobile phone vendors, Samsung and Huawei, are discussing a possible agreement in which Samsung will assist Huawei by providing advanced chips required by 5G networks. In return, Samsung will take some of Huawei's global mobile phone market share. With about 600,000 5G base station contracts, it is evident that Huawei is more focused on its telecommunications equipment business. In contrast, Samsung is dependent on its mobile phone business; the deal, therefore, makes sense and benefits both parties. The US has announced a new set of restrictions (details of which are to be announced...
  • North Korea TAKEOVER: Kim’s sister astonishes experts with ‘human scum’ statement

    06/11/2020 4:49:50 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 45 replies ^ | 6/11/2020 | staff
    KIM JONG-UN's sister is taking a leading role in a new, more hard-line pressure campaign against South Korea - highlighting what analysts say is a substantive policy role that goes beyond being her brother's assistant. Believed to be in her early 30s, Kim Yo Jong is the only close relative of the North Korean leader to play a public role in politics. Kim Yo Jung has moved to the forefront since her brother’s mysterious disappearance last month. And now she has unleashed a brutal attack on neighbours South Korea, just after the rogue state severed contact with Seoul. Kim Yo-jong's...
  • South Korean clubs will use QR codes to log visitors amid coronavirus

    05/25/2020 6:50:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 25, 2020 | Natalie Musumeci
    South Korea will now require places like nightclubs and bars to use QR codes to log customers’ visits as part of its coronavirus contact tracing efforts. Starting next month, those types of establishments, which the government deems high risk, will be required to use the app-based register in order make it easier to track down potential COVID-19-infected patients.
  • South Korea investigators comb digital data to trace gay club Coronavirus cluster

    05/12/2020 8:25:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/12/2020 | Sangmi Cha, Josh Smith
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities were combing through mobile phone data, credit card statements and CCTV footage on Tuesday to identify people who visited nightclubs at the centre of one of the capital’s biggest novel coronavirus clusters. More than 100 new cases linked to the nightclubs have brought fears of a second wave of infections in a country held up as a coronavirus mitigation success story. Health authorities have tracked and tested thousands of people linked to the nightclubs and bars in Seoul’s Itaewon nightlife neighbourhood, but want to find others who they have not been able to identify....
  • Seoul city orders clubs, bars to close following group infection in Itaewon

    05/09/2020 4:18:47 AM PDT · by untenured · 19 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | May 9, 2020 | Yonhap
    The Seoul city government on Saturday effectively suspended business at clubs and bars in the city after recent infections in the city's popular multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon put health authorities on alert over a possibly bigger outbreak. Under an administrative order that has gone into effect immediately, all clubs, bars, "room salons" and other nightlife establishments across the capital will be banned from hosting crowds of people, virtually suspending businesses at such venues. "Such facilities have to suspend business immediately and will face strict punishment if they breach (the order)," Mayor Park Won-soon said in a press briefing, adding the...
  • South Korea says troops exchange fire along North Korean border

    05/02/2020 10:39:34 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 8 replies ^ | 5/3/2020 | HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border on Sunday, the South’s military said, blaming North Korean soldiers for targeting a guard post. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement that North Korean troops fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the heavily fortified border. South Korea fired two rounds in response after issuing a warning broadcast, it said. MORE AT LINK
  • Very few of Maryland’s coronavirus tests from South Korea have been used so far. Here’s why.

    04/30/2020 3:50:47 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29/20 | Erin Cox & Steve Thompson
    When Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the purchase of 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea last week, he called it “an exponential, game-changing step forward” in the state’s effort to get more people tested. The dramatic story drew notice from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and a dismissive swipe from fellow Republican President Trump. But more than 10 days after the chartered Korean Air plane landed, Maryland has not allowed access to the tests kits, much to the frustration of local, state and federal leaders seeking to alleviate community testing shortages. "None of the kits have been deployed, and...
  • South Korea: Kim Jong Un isn’t dead, he’s just trying to avoid coronavirus

    04/28/2020 12:39:12 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 28, 2020 | 3:04am | By Reuters
    SEOUL — Kim Jong Un may have missed a key holiday on April 15 because of concerns over the coronavirus, not because he is ill, South Korea’s minister for North Korean affairs said on Tuesday.
  • Hundreds Charged Worldwide In Takedown Of Largest Child Pornography Website

    04/27/2020 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    DC Dirty Laundry ^ | April 27, 2020 | Dino Porrazzo
    South Korean national and hundreds of others charged worldwide in the takedown of the largest darknet child pornography website funded by bitcoin Dozens of minor victims who were being actively abused by site users rescued WASHINGTON – Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content. The nine-count indictment was unsealed today along with a parallel civil forfeiture action. Son has also been charged and convicted in South Korea and is currently...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 4/26/2020

    04/26/2020 9:56:01 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Breaking News: Syrian air defenses repelling an attack in the Damascus area where its Monday morning. Israel aircraft from Lebanese airspace launching the attack..... Here in the United States People's Rights sponsoring an event at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia on Friday advocating the opening of Washington state..... The scope of the Saturday protest in Berlin against house arrest measures was greater than earlier reported. The protest involved nearly one thousand people. There was also a protest in another German city Stuttgart... "It's a real fear that if you have too harsh measures, then they can't be sustained over...
  • Kim Jong-un is 'alive and well', says South Korea's security adviser

    04/26/2020 7:36:51 PM PDT · by McGruff · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 Apr 2020 | Justin McCurry and agencies
    South Korea has said that Kim Jong-un, is “alive and well”, downplaying rumours that that the North Korean leader was seriously ill after undergoing heart surgery. “Our government position is firm,” Moon Chung-in, a special adviser on national security to the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. “Kim Jong-un is alive and well.” The adviser said that Kim had been staying in Wonsan – a resort town on the country’s east coast – since 13 April, adding: “No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
  • Coronavirus: People-tracking wristbands tested to enforce lockdown

    04/25/2020 6:39:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 April 2020
    Up to 50 residents in Sofia will be given a device that can record their movements using GPS satellite location data. Several nations are testing similar wristbands to make sure people are obeying orders to stay at home. South Korea and Hong Kong have also been using electronic trackers to help enforce quarantine. The trial in Bulgaria will use Comarch LifeWristbands, developed in Poland. As well as confirming a person is staying at home, the device can monitor the wearer's heart rate and be used to call the emergency services. The device was introduced after people were caught leaving their...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 4/24/2020 Newsdump Friday

    04/24/2020 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/24/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A team of Chinese doctors sent to North Korea to help determine the status of ruler Kim Jong-un's health according to the Reuters News Agency. Also a report by Hong Kong Satellite Television stating that Kim was dead..... A police crackdown in Vienna, Austria today as hundreds protested against coronavirus house arrest restrictions.... You Tube censorship with word that "medically unsubstantiated" content will be banned..... President Trump signing the latest big spending bill..... Its beyond the statute of limitations, but the Metropolitan Police in Washington DC are investigating the sexual assault allegation of Tara Reade agains former Vice-President and presumptive...