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  • Military vehicles, bunker supplies and propaganda have been facts of life for this DMZ village

    07/20/2018 10:08:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Ground Truth Project ^ | May 2, 2018 | Aziza Kasumov
    TONGIL CHON, South Korea — It’s Sunday, so Rev. Gang Suk Jin gets up at 4 a.m. to prepare for the morning service. Shortly before dawn, he steps outside, walks to a metal tower that resembles a radio tower, pulls on the white string dangling all the way to the bottom, and looks up. The bell rings. Its sound travels over the surrounding muddy land, across the bean fields and empty roads, through barbed wire fences and around military vehicles. This is Tongil Chon, a village a mile away from the most heavily guarded border in the world, the Korean...
  • What Now For The Two Koreas? – Analysis

    07/20/2018 9:44:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Eurasia Review ^ | July 21, 2018 | Matthew Parish
    On 12 June 2018, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signed a memorandum of understanding on the future of the Korean peninsula. The document was short and expressed in ambiguous diplomatic language. It conveyed a framework for working over a period of time to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange for normalisation of North Korea’s standing within the international community. It was palpable that the memorandum the leaders signed had been prepared in advance of their meeting in Singapore, that in most part was a photo opportunity. It is also almost certain that more detailed...
  • Bergman's military experience called upon in trip to South Korea (3 Star General)

    07/20/2018 3:44:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Gaylord Herald Times ^ | July 16, 2018 | Jeremy Speer
    It's a busy life for a congressman who is up for re-election in November, but it wasn't too busy for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, to jump on a plane and head to South Korea earlier the month. Bergman, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant general, is the highest-ranking combat veteran ever elected to Congress. He said because of that, he is often consulted on matters of the military. "It's a chance for me to be a resource, a mentor for folks who want to make a good vote and have questions about the military," he said. His expertise meant...
  • China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

    07/20/2018 10:26:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    IAM ^ | July 18, 2018 | Timothy Au
    the United States takes action now to improve its innovation and commercialisation processes, it will lose its leading position by all measures of innovation by 2029, the authors of a new report have claimed. The outlook is similarly gloomy for the EU and the UK, with the study predicting that East Asian countries – mainly China and South Korea – are set to race past their western counterparts in patent grant numbers, patent quality growth, and return on R&D spend, among other metrics. Jointly produced by the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) and PatSnap, the Innovation Arms Race 2018 report...
  • In South Korea, Young Conservatives step into the Spotlight

    07/19/2018 10:21:17 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    Chosun Ilbo English ^ | Jul 2018 | Shin Dong-heun
    There is evidence that young Koreans buck the global trend toward liberal and identity politics. A survey of 1,000 adults last month by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies showed that 58.4 percent of Koreans in their 20s are against ending joint U.S.-Korean military drills, the highest proportion in any age group. A survey gauging support for an inter-Korean team during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang showed that 82 percent of respondents in their 20s and 30s were against it, which suggests a clearer eye than some of their parents' about what North Korea stands for. In their own way...
  • Are Warming South Korea-Russia Ties a Game Changer?

    07/20/2018 6:26:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Jul 2018 | Samuel Ramani
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered an historic address at the Russian State Duma. During his address, Moon called for a sweeping expansion of economic ties with Russia and articulated his vision for trilateral cooperation between South Korea, North Korea, and Russia on the preservation of security in Northeast Asia. While the implications of Moon’s diplomatic outreach to Russia on the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline links and railways across the Korean Peninsula were the most widely discussed consequences of Moon’s trip to Russia, the strengthening rapprochement between South Korea and Russia also has far-reaching consequences for regional...
  • US-North Korean 'Stalemate' Nothing but 'Fake News' – CCTV Commentator

    07/19/2018 8:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Sputnik ^ | July 19, 2018 | Ekaterina Blinova
    The US-North Korean negotiation process is up and running, despite media claims to the contrary, Tom McGregor, a Beijing-based CCTV editor and commentator told Sputnik, explaining why the final deal between Washington and Pyongyang cannot be concluded overnight. The recent talks held by President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have apparently stolen the show, almost eclipsing the US-North Korea denuclearization negotiations. It has prompted some media outlets to claim that "as Trump engages Putin, his deal with Kim Jong-un collapses." According to Tom McGregor, a Beijing-based political analyst, an Asia-Pacific commentator and senior editor for China's national...
  • Dennis Rodman Plans to Invite Kanye West to North Korea

    07/19/2018 8:01:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hypebeast ^ | July 19, 2018 | Keith Estiler
    On July 10, Kanye West shared a photo on Twitter portraying a Chicago Bulls jersey signed by Dennis Rodman. In the tweet, West proclaimed that Rodman is “one of my biggest inspirations…always breaking barriers with independent thought.” The NBA star expressed his gratitude to ‘Ye in a recent interview with US Weekly and also told the publication that he plans to invite the rapper to North Korea. “Kanye, he’s doing amazing work around the world so I respect him too,” he told Us Weekly. “So hopefully one day we’ll get together and collaborate on certain things. Guess what, I’ll take...
  • 5G Will Arrive in South Korea in March 2019

    07/18/2018 9:53:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Light Reading ^ | July 17, 2018 | Dan Jones
    The three major mobile operators in South Korea have banded together to say they will launch initial 5G services on the peninsula in March 2019, likely making the country one of the first to get the next-generation wireless offering. SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ have all agreed to cooperate in launching their 5G networks together during a so-called "Korea 5G Day," expected to happen during March 2019, according to domestic reports. Korean science minister You Young-min said that the cooperation between the carriers would help to make South Korea the world's first 5G country. A March 2019 launch appears...
  • How Genesis’ Dream Team Could Reinvent the Luxury Car – The Lohdown

    07/18/2018 9:03:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | July 15, 2018 | Edward Loh
    It all started back in 2006 when Kia Motors announced that Peter Schreyer would become its new Chief Design Officer. At the time, this move seemed equally audacious and puzzling: smart hire by Kia boss Eui-sun Chung, the son of Mong-koo Chung, the billionaire chairman and CEO of Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), but perhaps foolish for Schreyer. After all, what could the smaller automaker offer besides handsome compensation, frequent flyer miles, and a top-down corporate culture? Schreyer, a legit rock star in the design world (with the back-in-black wardrobe to match), already had an impressive résumé that listed icons such...
  • Arirang Special(Ep.302) The Soldiers' Dining Table _ Full Episode (Korean Army chow)

    07/18/2018 8:37:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 22, 2015
    I hope you find this as interesting as I did. I especially like the twin ideas of having mothers help cook the food and also inspecting the food along the supply chain to make sure the young soldiers are getting tasty, nutritious meals. We should do something like that.
  • Kim Jong Un 'extremely enraged,' berates North Korean officials for unfinished projects

    07/17/2018 7:25:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Katherine Lam
    North Korea leader Kim Jong Un launched -- not a missile -- but an unusual public attack on his own officials during inspections of several ongoing projects in the Hermit Kingdom, visits he said that left him “appalled” and “speechless” due to a lack of progress and attention to detail. Kim’s statements, released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, were made during his “field guidance” visits at construction sites in the country. The despot’s disappointment was reportedly visible during a visit to the Orangchon Power Station construction site in the northeast. After officials briefed him about the...
  • North Korea is said to be poised to return bodies of some 50 US vets soon: report

    07/17/2018 5:26:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Paulina Dedaj and Lucas Tomlinson
    North Korea will return the remains of about 50 Americans killed during the Korean War over the next two weeks, the first set of repatriations since the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, a report says. A senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday that the move will take place within two weeks, though the exact timing and number of those being returned remain uncertain, according to a Reuters report. The development comes after a two-day meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials at the Demilitarized Zone. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the beginning of...
  • Man caught filming women in bikinis at Dongmak Beach

    07/16/2018 10:29:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | July 17, 2018 | Catherine Chung
    A man in his 40s was caught secretly filming women in bikinis by an officer on patrol duty at a beach in Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, police said Tuesday. According to Incheon authorities, the 44-year-old was booked without physical detention for violating the Criminal Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Sexual Crimes. The man is accused of secretly filming two women at Dongmak Beach using his smartphone around 1:40 p.m. Sunday. During interrogation, he admitted to using a silent camera app to film the victims without being noticed, according to reports. Police said they found some 60 snapshots and two...
  • This startup is the perfect example of Korea’s vibrant crypto market

    07/16/2018 9:08:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    TNW ^ | July 16, 2018 | Lucas Miller
    Though cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications seem to have taken the entire world by storm, there are few places where this new technology has been embraced like South Korea. In part, thanks to changing regulations within the country, the overwhelming sentiment seems to indicate that crypto will soon become fully integrated into everyday life in South Korea. But what is it that has made cryptocurrency take off in South Korea at such an unprecedented rate? By taking a closer look at overall trends and how they have impacted blockchain startups like Bezant, we also get greater insight into the success of...
  • North Korea to grant special amnesty in August. Why?

    07/15/2018 7:24:00 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 28 replies
    Korea Times ^ | July 16, 2018
    North Korea plans to implement a general amnesty next month before celebrating its 70th founding anniversary on Sept. 9, Pyongyang's media said Monday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that amnesty will be granted to those who were convicted of crimes against the country and people on the occasion of the North's 70th founding anniversary. The amnesty will take effect on Aug. 1, the report said, noting the cabinet and relevant organs will take practical measures to help the released people settle down to a normal working life.
  • Forgotten Killer Among the Korean ‘Erased’

    07/15/2018 12:23:53 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 23, 2013 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — He was one of North Korea’s deadliest secret agents. On Oct. 9, 1983, Kang Min-chul and two other North Korean agents bombed the Martyrs’ Museum in Rangoon, Burma, in a plot to kill the South Korean president, who was to have laid a wreath there. The bomb missed its mark — the president’s car had been delayed — but 17 South Koreans, including four cabinet ministers, were killed. For his deed, Mr. Kang was consigned to oblivion. North Korea denied any connection with the attack. In South Korea, where the bombing was declared a North Korean...
  • S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

    07/15/2018 12:05:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | July 15, 2018 | The Associated Press
    A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student protesters. Such scenes of military intervention in South Korea have been nonexistent since the country achieved democracy in the late 1980s. But revelations this past week of a document showing the military drafted plans to mobilize troops to suppress protests last year have struck a nerve among people in one of Asia’s most vibrant and wealthiest democracies. Some allege the plans even included a scenario for a coup....
  • US, North Korea agree to search for remains of 5,300 soldiers

    07/15/2018 11:36:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | July 15, 2018 | Shabtai Gold and Dirk Godder, The Associated Press
    The United States and North Korea have agreed to search for the remains of 5,300 U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War and whose bodies were never recovered, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Sunday. The statement was issued after “the first general officer-level talks” between the two countries since 2009. “Today’s talks were productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments,” Pompeo said. Officials will hold further meetings Monday “to coordinate the next steps, including the transfer of remains already collected,” he said. The weekend talks were held in the demilitarized zone between North and...
  • Seoul's Central Asian enclave undergoes demographic change

    07/14/2018 10:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | Kwak Yeon-soo
    Near the subway station of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park just west of downtown Seoul, there's a small ethnically diverse enclave along the alleys, better known as Central Asia Street, packed with restaurants and shops displaying signs in Russian. It's a home away from home for ethnic minorities from Mongolia, Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. The neighborhood is often called Mongolia Town as Mongolians are the dominant population in the neighborhood. But the early settlers were Russians and the neighborhood was once known as Little Moscow. In the wake of the "Wind of Change" that swept Eastern Europe in...