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  • North Korea's new rocket engine too powerful for ICBMs, analyst says

    09/24/2016 3:09:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 23, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    North Korea's new rocket engine too powerful for ICBMs, analyst says By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | Sept. 23, 2016 at 11:41 AM SEOUL, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A North Korean rocket engine Pyongyang tested earlier this week may be too powerful for the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising speculations it could be used for space development. Writing on 38 North, a Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analyst John Schilling said, "Given the size of the engine, they probably aren't going to build an intercontinental ballistic missile with it." /snip "China's space launch vehicles, and...
  • Chinese conglomerate suspected of illicit dealings with N. Korea: think tank report

    09/19/2016 11:48:55 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2016-09-20
    Chinese conglomerate suspected of illicit dealings with N. Korea: think tank report Published : 2016-09-20 09:20 Updated : 2016-09-20 09:20 A Chinese conglomerate trading heavily with North Korea is suspected of involvement in exports of "dual-use" goods, dealings with sanctioned entities and provision of IT services underpinning cyber infrastructure in the North, a joint South Korea-U.S. research report showed Monday. Six subsidiaries of China's Liaoning Hongxiang Group "have transacted with sanctioned Burmese and North Korean entities, have been associated with North Korean cyber operators, and have traded in various goods and services that raise proliferation concern," said the report jointly...
  • [N. Korea] The Enduring Beijing-Pyongyang Axis

    09/19/2016 8:39:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 19, 2016 | David Feith
    The Enduring Beijing-Pyongyang Axis Ideology drives much of China’s support for North Korea. By David Feith Sept. 19, 2016 7:34 p.m. ET 14 COMMENTS The 5.1-magnitude explosion at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear testing site this month didn’t shake China’s loyalty to the Kim regime in Pyongyang. While U.S. and South Korean leaders increasingly call for crippling sanctions intended to make Kim Jong Un choose between his regime’s survival and its nuclear program, China may not support even an incremental tightening of sanctions at the United Nations. As experts around the world typically tell it, China protects its despotic and often...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong-un's Sister Purges Own Superiors

    09/19/2016 3:26:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2016/09/19
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Purges Own Superiors North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong is apparently responsible for sending a string of high-ranking party officials off to humiliating "re-education." Kim Yeo-jong rose to the post of vice director of the Workers Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department in November 2014, where she is in charge of the personality cult surrounding her brother and party propaganda. She immediately sent three elderly superiors off for re-education -- Kim Ki-nam (87), Ri Jae-il (81) and Choe Hwi (62), intelligence sources here said. Re-education usually takes the form of labor at chicken farms and rural plantations....
  • To Secure His Brutal Grip on Power, North Korean Leader Adopts Grandfather’s Folksy Image

    09/18/2016 10:00:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 18, 2016 | Alastair Gale
    To Secure His Brutal Grip on Power, North Korean Leader Adopts Grandfather’s Folksy Image Kim Jong Un fashions his propaganda, policies and nuclear ambitions after the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung. He even copies his haircut and dress By Alastair Gale Sept. 18, 2016 5:50 p.m. ET 46 COMMENTS SEOUL? Kim Jong Un was a virtual unknown when his father died of a heart attack in December 2011 and left him the leader of North Korea. Intelligence analysts knew little more than he was a man in his 20s who had attended school in Switzerland and loved basketball. Some guessed...
  • [N. Korea] Did Kim Jong Un Just Nuke China's Economy?

    09/17/2016 7:53:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 11, 2016 | Gordon G. Chang
    Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:01 AM Did Kim Jong Un Just Nuke China's Economy? Gordon G. Chang , Contributor I write about Asia, especially the Chinese economy. Full Bio  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Friday, North Korea detonated a nuclear device, claiming it to be a “warhead.” The warhead, Pyongyang said, would pave the way for “a variety of smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.” The boast seemed nothing out of the ordinary for bombastic ruler Kim Jong Un, but the test, the North’s fifth, is generating far more concern in Washington...
  • North Korea's 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Obama, South Korea

    09/16/2016 9:24:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2016 | James Griffiths
    North Korea's 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Obama, South Korea By James Griffiths, CNN Updated 1050 GMT (1850 HKT) September 16, 2016 (CNN) — "I smacked my head on the bathroom floor," a bloodied and bandaged President Barack Obama says, "as I was so shocked by North Korea's hydrogen bomb detonation!" This is satirical political comedy, Pyongyang style. A recent episode of the snappily named "The stage of optimism that Songun presented -- Volume 11," which airs on state-controlled Korea Central Television (KCTV), lampooned the US leader and "oppressed" South Koreans ahead of the North's nuclear warhead test this month....
  • 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...
  • N. Korea capable of building 7 bombs a year, likely to build nuclear ICBM reaching

    09/12/2016 8:49:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-09-13
    N. Korea capable of building 7 bombs a year, likely to build nuclear ICBM reaching North Korea is capable of building seven nuclear warheads a year in addition to the existing stockpile of fissile material for some 20 bombs, and is expected to master the capability to fly nuclear missiles to the U.S. in a decade, a top U.S. nuclear scientist said Monday. Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University professor known for having a first-hand look at North Korea's uranium-enrichment facility during his 2010 visit, made the remark in an article to the website 38 North, calling for diplomatic efforts, rather...
  • N. Korea can conduct another nuke test at any time: sources (Shaft No. 3)

    09/11/2016 11:46:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/09/12
    N. Korea can conduct another nuke test at any time: sources 2016/09/12 14:26 SEOUL, Sept 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is capable of conducting another nuclear test at any time, South Korean intelligence officials said Monday, citing advanced preparations made by the reclusive country. "North Korea appears to be fully ready to carry out a nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site on short notice. We are closely watching for any moves indicating another test," an official familiar with the matter said asking not to be named. He pointed out that while the second shaft at Punggye-ri has been used...
  • 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...
  • Clinton condemns North Korea nuclear test, backs Obama's call for more sanctions

    09/10/2016 7:52:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9th, 2016 | by Eric Walsh
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test and said she supported U.S. President Barack Obama's call to increase sanctions on the East Asian country. "I support President Obama’s call to both strengthen the sanctions passed earlier this year with the United Nations and to impose additional sanctions," Clinton said in a statement.
  • North Korea’s Nuclear Enabler

    09/09/2016 8:13:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 9, 2016
    North Korea’s Nuclear Enabler By THE EDITORIAL BOARD SEPT. 9, 2016 No country has more influence over the rogue state of North Korea than China, which provides it with food, fuel and access to vital trade routes. Yet when North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear weapons test on Friday — underscoring once again the failure of international efforts to halt the nuclear program — Beijing’s response amounted to pap. In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry expressed “strong opposition” to the test and reaffirmed its commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. The foreign minister urged North Korea...
  • North Korea’s star newsreader back to announce nuclear test success

    09/09/2016 2:17:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Sep 09, 2016
    North Korea’s star newsreader back to announce nuclear test success AFP, Pyongyang | Updated: Sep 09, 2016 14:20 IST North Korea deployed its most trusted newsreader on Friday to herald the success of its fifth nuclear test on state television. The special broadcast was aired at around 1:00 pm Pyongyang time (0430 GMT) without prior notice, coming a few hours after South Korea said its neighbour had conducted another nuclear test. Wearing her trademark pink and black traditional Korean dress, veteran announcer Ri Chun-Hee smiled as she told viewers of KCTV — and the world — that the latest test...
  • Kim Jong-un bans sarcasm in North Korea fearing people will only agree with him 'ironically'

    09/08/2016 4:18:57 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    North Korea's Kim Jong-un has banned sarcasm because he fears people only agree with him ironically, according to reports. Government officials were apparently warned they will "not be forgiven" if they are heard being sarcastic. Mass meetings were organised across the country to spread the word about the new order. “One state security official personally organised a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements," Radio Free Asia's Korean Services quoted a source as saying. “The main point of the lecture was ‘keep your mouths shut’.” One of the banned phases is “this is all...
  • Tremor Points to a Nuclear Test in North Korea

    09/08/2016 7:09:23 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 8, 2016
    South Korean officials said that they had detected an “artificial” tremor emanating from North Korea on Friday morning, indicating that the country has conducted its fifth nuclear test despite threats of more sanctions from Washington ... A statement from the South Korean military also said that an artificial tremor, registered as magnitude 5.0, had originated from Punggye-ri in northeastern North Korea, where the North has conducted its four previous underground nuclear tests. North Korea last tested a nuclear device on Jan. 6. In April, President Park Guen-hye of South Korea warned that the North might be preparing for another underground...
  • (URGENT) Artificial earthquake detected in N. Korea: weather service

    09/08/2016 5:53:38 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 110 replies
    Yonhap ^ | Sept 8, 2016
    (URGENT) Artificial earthquake detected in N. Korea: weather service
  • Did North Korea abduct missing U.S. student David Sneddon?

    09/06/2016 10:32:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 2, 2016 | KJ Kwon and Ben Westcott
    Did North Korea abduct missing U.S. student David Sneddon? By KJ Kwon and Ben Westcott, CNN Updated 2223 GMT (0623 HKT) September 2, 2016 (CNN) — If true, it could be one of the most astonishing stories to ever emerge from North Korea. A media report on Friday repeated claims that a 24-year-old American man was kidnapped in China in 2004 and taken to Pyongyang to work as an English tutor for current leader Kim Jong Un. However, the US State Department says there is no evidence to confirm reports that missionary David Sneddon was seized while hiking in China's...
  • China could have provided N. Korea with submarine missile

    09/02/2016 6:52:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-09-02
    China could have provided N. Korea with submarine missile China could have provided North Korea with the submarine-launched ballistic missile that the regime in Pyongyang successfully test-fired last week, a U.S. expert claimed Thursday. Bruce Bechtol, a North Korea expert at Angelo State University in Texas, made the remark during an interview with the John Batchelor Show radio news program, calling the North's SLBM, known as KN-11, a "carbon copy" of China's JL-1 submarine missile. "The missile that the North Koreans launched looks like it's a two-stage missile just like the JL-1. It looks like it's a solid-fuel missile just...
  • North Korean Missile Test

    08/29/2016 10:56:43 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 9 replies
    38 North ^ | 24 August 2016 | Staff and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.
    At approximately 5:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted what appears to be a successful test of a Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The missile was launched from the country’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine that was submerged off the port city of Sinpo and reportedly flew approximately 500 km before impacting the East Sea (Sea of Japan)—within Japan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). This was the third test of the KN-11 this year alone and the most successful test to date.
  • N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources

    08/23/2016 9:08:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/08/23
    N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources 2016/08/23 16:45 SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea was seen laying anti-personnel mines along its side of the inter-Korean border, presumably to block potential defection by its own soldiers, a government source said Tuesday. "The North Korean military was witnessed burying land mines on the northern side of a bridge in Panmunjeom last week," the source said. The small bridge known as the Bridge of No Return is located within the truce village and spans the military demarcation line between the two Koreas. It was the...
  • North Korea Confiscates Olympic Athletes' Free Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition

    08/13/2016 8:19:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Tech Times ^ | August 13, 2016 | Horia Ungureanu
    North Korea Confiscates Olympic Athletes' Free Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition 13 August 2016, 11:21 am EDT By Horia Ungureanu Tech Times North Korea has confiscated the complimentary Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition smartphones meant for its Olympians, making sure none of its athletes got their gift. Samsung, one of the main sponsors of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, wanted no athlete participating in the competition to go home empty-handed. That is why the OEM crafted a limited edition of Olympic Galaxy S7 edge handsets, with 12,500 units in total reserved for Olympians. The smartphones...
  • (LEAD) N.K. publicly executes some 60 people this year: source [N. Korea]

    08/11/2016 10:37:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap news ^ | 2016/08/12
    (LEAD) N.K. publicly executes some 60 people this year: source 2016/08/12 12:20 (ATTN: ADDS more info, backgrounds from para 7) SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has publicly executed some 60 people so far this year as the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong-un strengthens his reign of terror, a source said Friday. The move comes as more ordinary North Koreans are expressing dissatisfaction as Pyongyang has been forcing people to work longer hours and pay money to the regime in the face of economic hardships stemming from international sanctions, according to an insider familiar with the matter. "As of...
  • North Korea 'feeding workers crystal meth' to speed up skyscraper project

    North Korea 'feeding workers crystal meth' to speed up skyscraper project By James Rothwell 10 August 2016 • 10:42am North Korean workers are being given a methamphetamine-based drug in the hope it will speed up a major construction project, according to reports. Project managers in the city's capital of Pyongyang are said to be under so much pressure to finish the job on time that they have resorted to openly providing builders with the drug. Nicknamed "ice," it is a form of the powerful stimulant methamphetamine, which is also known as crystal meth. When snorted or inhaled, crystal meth gives...
  • China Produces Fake N.Korean Defectors

    08/05/2016 6:02:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Aug. 05, 2016 | Kim Myong-song
    China Produces Fake N.Korean Defectors China is rolling out fake North Korean defectors who then apply for asylum overseas and reap medical and other benefits from foreign governments. The ruse is another feather in the cap of China's burgeoning industry in fakes and knockoffs that covers everything from electronics to toxic frozen peas. A source on Tuesday said there are a couple of private academies in Beijing's Wangjing district, which is home to a large ethnic Korean population, that help Chinese citizens fake documents to pose as North Korean defectors. The main clients are ethnic Koreans from northeastern China who...
  • North Korea's new satellite mission aims for the moon, and beyond

    08/04/2016 6:12:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    IBTimes ^ | August 4, 2016 | Nandini Krishnamoorthy
    North Korea's new satellite mission aims for the moon, and beyond The North has asserted that international sanctions cannot stop Pyongyang's satellite programme to put its flag on the moon. By Nandini Krishnamoorthy August 4, 2016 12:10 BST North Korea is now reportedly hoping to see its flag fly up on the moon in a decade's time. The space officials in the Kim Jong-un ruled nation are said to be working on a five-year plan to put more advanced satellites into orbit by 2020. Aiming for the moon and beyond, a senior official at the North's version of NASA told...
  • Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo

    08/03/2016 7:55:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 3, 2016 | Ju-min Park and James Pearson
    Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo SEOUL | By Ju-min Park and James Pearson North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan's economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, escalating regional tensions that were already high after a series of missile launches this year and the decision by the United States to place a sophisticated...
  • Business with Beijing can’t 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’t make Seoul feel safe, but THAAD can All the developments following the international tribunal’s ruling in the Hague that disavowed Beijing’s “historical right” to disputed waters and islands in the South China Sea have actually affirmed Beijing’s 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...
  • [Exclusive] N. Korean General Defects Seeking Political Asylum (took $40m with him)

    07/31/2016 12:14:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 99 replies
    KBS (S. Korea) ^ | 2016-07-29
    [Exclusive] N. Korean General Defects Seeking Political Asylum Write : 2016-07-29 08:54:16 Update : 2016-07-29 14:15:08 Anchor: A general who was in charge of managing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's overseas slush funds is said to be in China after escaping from his country, and is seeking political asylum with two other North Koreans in a country other than South Korea. A source said that the three were separated from a diplomat from Pyongyang, who is seeking his own defection to another country. Here is Kim Bum-soo with KBS' exclusive report. Report: It has been made known that a general...
  • Welcome to Asia’s Latest Organic Retreat: North Korea

    07/30/2016 10:13:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Time ^ | July 29, 2016 | Charlie Campbell
    Welcome to Asia’s Latest Organic Retreat: North Korea Charlie Campbell / Dandong and Beijing July 29, 2016 For many Chinese, much of North Korea's allure is its resemblance to a simpler China, harking back to a time before mass industrialization and commercialization New Yorkers flock to ashrams in the Appalachian Mountains, Europeans to refurbished hermitages in the Umbrian countryside, but where do Asians go to get away from it all? Sure, there are Balinese yoga retreats and meditation centers run by Nepali beekeepers. But for a growing number of Chinese, the ultimate escape is the ultimate in oppression: North Korea....
  • N. Korea diplomats threaten African news outlets

    07/29/2016 8:12:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-07-29 | Lee Han-soo
    N. Korea diplomats threaten African news outlets By Lee Han-soo North Korean diplomats are threatening media outlets in Africa that exposed the country's illegal activities, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), a broadcasting agency operated by the U.S. government, Friday. "We will never tolerate such dirty articles criticizing our supreme leader who is our nation's destiny and future," wrote Kim Chang Ryop, the North Korean ambassador to South Africa, to the Daily Maverick, a South African newspaper. The Daily Maverick had published an article on July 12 that said North Korean diplomats have been implicated in the smuggling of rhino...
  • 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 Seoul’s spy agency is behind the unseasonably high number of snakes in Ryanggang province, which borders China. “Earlier this month, border...
  • N. Korea sends agents abroad to launch terrorist attacks against S. Koreans

    07/26/2016 5:10:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/07/26
    N. Korea sends agents abroad to launch terrorist attacks against S. Koreans 2016/07/26 17:52 SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has sent its agents to China and Southeast Asian countries to launch terrorists attacks against South Koreans in retaliation for what it claims is the kidnapping of 13 North Korean restaurant workers in April, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The 12 female waitresses and male manager had defected en masse from a North Korean-run restaurant in China to South Korea. Pyongyang claimed that the South forcefully abducted its citizens, an assertion rejected by Seoul. "North Korean leader...
  • North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base

    07/22/2016 8:49:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 22, 2016 | Peter Foster, and agencies
    North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base By Peter Foster, and agencies 22 July 2016 • 4:08pm North Korea is constructing a massive underground facility capable of sheltering ballistic missile submarine at a location on its east coast, new satellite images have shown. News of the fortified submarine pens in the port city of Sinpo comes as tension spiked again on the Korean Peninsula following a series of recent missile and weapons tests. Earlier this month North Korea tested a Pukgeukseong (Polaris) submarine-launched ballistic missile in waters off Sinpo in the Sea of Japan, deepening fears that Pyongyang is...
  • North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles – S. Korea military

    07/18/2016 4:06:56 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 18, 2016
    Pyongyang launched three missiles Tuesday morning in the latest in a set of controversial ballistic tests, according to South Korea’s military, which claimed the projectiles had a range of up to 600 kilometers (360 miles). The three missiles were launched from the North’s east coast into the sea at between 5:45am and 6:20am local time. The missiles, presumed to be Scud-types, have enough range to reach all of South Korea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, adding that South Korea's military is keeping a close eye on the developments. #BREAKING North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South...
  • Increased activity monitored at N. Korea nuke test site: allies

    07/17/2016 1:26:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/07/17
    Increased activity monitored at N. Korea nuke test site: allies 2016/07/17 14:10 SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and U.S. intelligence sources on Sunday said they have detected increased activity at the North Korean nuclear test site in Punggye-ri and have beefed up surveillance. The allies said there has been an increase in activity particularly after Seoul and Washington on July 8 announced they planned to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea. "There has been a noticeable increase in truck and personnel movement around the site in Kilju county," said an insider, who...
  • 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 Seoul’s decision to deploy US THAAD missile systems...
  • North Korea Unsuccessfully Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine, Seoul Says

    07/09/2016 10:59:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 9, 2016 | Kwanwoo Jun
    North Korea Unsuccessfully Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine, Seoul Says Test launch comes a day after U.S. and South Korea said they would deploy a new missile-defense system By Kwanwoo Jun Updated July 9, 2016 1:57 a.m. ET 34 COMMENTS SEOUL—North Korea appeared to have unsuccessfully fired a missile from a submarine Saturday, just a day after Washington and Seoul agreed to deploy an advanced missile-defense system in South Korea to counter Pyongyang’s threats. South Korea’s defense ministry said North Korea test-fired what it views as a submarine-launched ballistic missile​off the eastern coastal city of Sinpo about 11:30 a.m. local...
  • 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...
  • US Sanctions North Korea for Human Rights Violations

    07/06/2016 12:35:57 PM PDT · by milton23 · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/6/2016 | Bruce Klingner
    On July 6, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other senior North Korean individuals and organizations for human rights violations. This is the first time that the U.S. has designated North Korean entities for human rights abuses. The administration should be commended for finally acting upon the February 2014 U.N. Commission of Inquiry report which concluded that North Korea’s human rights violations were so widespread and systemic as to constitute “crimes against humanity.” That said, the Obama administration’s action, like its designation last month of North Korea as a primary money-laundering concern, was likely...
  • [N. Korea]Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds: Seoul's spies

    07/01/2016 4:38:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | Jul 01, 2016
    Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds: Seoul's spies Posted 01 Jul 2016 18:36 Updated 01 Jul 2016 18:40 SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has piled on around 40 kilos (90 pounds) since he took power four years ago, bingeing on food and drink, South Korea's spy agency said Friday (Jul 1). The young leader is also suffering from insomnia and is paranoid about his personal safety, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported to a parliamentary committee behind closed doors. When he took over from his late father in 2012, Kim's weight was believed to be 90 kilograms. He...
  • Facebook is like North Korea, says ex-Facebooker

    07/01/2016 1:32:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | June 30, 2016 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Facebook is like North Korea, says ex-Facebooker Technically Incorrect: In his new book, former Facebook product manager Antonio García Martinez says Facebook management got upset if women's skirts were too short. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. Many younger types imagine Facebook as a nirvana where you skateboard down corridors, code all night long and wait for the money to start rolling in. Antonio García Martinez thinks it's a little more like North Korea. The former (and fired) Facebook product manager today released a book called "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and...
  • North Korea printing massive amounts of fake Chinese currency, defectors say

    06/29/2016 4:57:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | June 23, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    North Korea printing massive amounts of fake Chinese currency, defectors say The illicit project has Kim Jong Un’s approval. By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | June 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM Follow @upi SEOUL, June 23 (UPI) -- North Korea has been printing large amounts of counterfeit Chinese currency under the supervision of Kim Jong Un, a defector group said Thursday. The South Korea-based organization North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said the information is from a source based in North Korea, local news service Newsis reported. According to the source, a mint in the North Korean city of Pyongsong in...
  • [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. “It would be very hard to officially confirm (the report’s claim). We are in the process of confirming it but do believe the chance exists,” 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 People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) all for control of South Korea. SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2016 — To many Americans under the age of 50, the Korean War (previously known as the “Korean Conflict” 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...
  • Joe Biden to China: Curb North Korea or Japan Can Go Nuclear ‘Virtually Overnight’

    06/24/2016 11:03:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    Breibart ^ | 24 Jun 2016 | Frances Martel
    Joe Biden to China: Curb North Korea or Japan Can Go Nuclear ‘Virtually Overnight’ Vice President Joe Biden warned China that the Japanese government may acquire nuclear weapons “virtually overnight” if the threat from North Korea becomes too grave, urging Beijing to do more to curb Pyongyang’s belligerence. The Vice President’s comments echo those of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who warned that Japan and South Korea acquiring nuclear weapons “is going to happen anyway” in controversial remarks issued in March. Japanese government officials and media responded to Trump’s comments much more severely than they have to Biden’s. “What...
  • N. Korea: Happy Kim Jong-un after Missile Launch (Photos)

    06/23/2016 4:57:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2016/06/23
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  • North Korea's Musudan Missile Test Actually Succeeded. What Now?

    06/22/2016 8:35:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 23, 2016 | Ankit Panda
    North Korea's Musudan Missile Test Actually Succeeded. What Now? North Korea claims its sixth Musudan missile test this year was a success. Why does that matter? By Ankit Panda June 23, 2016 Yesterday, North Korea launched two liquid-fueled Musudan (Hwasong-10) intermediate-range ballistic missiles. As I wrote then, the tests marked the fifth and sixth test launches of the missile this year. Testing began in mid-April, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founder and grandfather to current leader Kim Jong-un. Sadly for Kim, all four tests prior to yesterday had failed either at launch or shortly...
  • (5th LD) N. Korea fires off 2 Musudan IRBM missiles(flew 150 & 400km)

    06/21/2016 7:12:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/06/22
    (5th LD) N. Korea fires off 2 Musudan IRBM missiles 2016/06/22 10:27 SEOUL, June 22 (Yonhap) -- North Korea launched what appeared to be two Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) from its east coast early Wednesday morning, but the first test-firing is assumed to have been unsuccessful, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. At around 5:58 a.m., North Korea fired off what is presumed to be a Musudan missile from near Wonsan along the east coast, but the launch seems to have ended in failure, the JCS said, providing no further details. About two hours later at 8:05 a.m., the...
  • [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,...