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  • American released from North Korea

    10/21/2014 10:14:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Jeffrey Fowle, an American arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at his hotel, has been released and is on his way home, a senior State Department official told CNN on Tuesday. An American government plane picked up Fowle on Tuesday before flying to Guam, the official said. Fowle was arrested at the airport earlier this year while trying to leave North Korea.
  • (URGENT) Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

    10/19/2014 3:16:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/19
    Headline Only.
  • N. Korea: Today's Fat Boy Sightings

    10/14/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/14
    He still loves smoking (look at an ashtray and a cigarette pack on the table)
  • Where's Kim-Jong Un? Can you find the North Korean leader in our game? [Dumb Humor]

    10/11/2014 1:34:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Mirror ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | Richard Beech
    Where's Kim-Jong Un? Can you find the North Korean leader in our game Oct 10, 2014 12:22 By Richard Beech With the North Korean leader not having been seen for over a month - can YOU help find him? ...since we last saw Kim-Jong Un. With speculation growing as to the whereabouts of the leader of North Korea, a number of conspiracy theories have emerged. Kim-Jong failed to turn up at a celebration to mark his party's anniversary, and there are claims from North Korea that he is no longer in control of the country. So, where is he?
  • [Exclusive]Troubles in Endocrine System & Internal Organ(s): A German Doctor Who Treated Kim Jong-un

    10/10/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Channel A ^ | 2014-10-10
    /begin my excerpts [Exclusive] "Troubles in Endocrine System and Internal Organ(s)," According to a German Doctor Who Treated Kim Jong-un 2014-10-10 German and French doctors, who recently went to N. Korea to treat Kim Jong-un, came back and filed reports on his condition to intelligence agencies of their country, which sent the reports to S. Korean government. Reportedly, he has problems in his legs and his face looked really sick. In particular, problems in his endocrine system and key internal organ(s) are suspected. Here is the exclusive report by correspondent Kim Nam-sung [Report] The government disclosed that European doctors treated...
  • (LEAD) Two Koreas exchange machine gun fire: Seoul's military

    10/10/2014 3:56:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/10
    (LEAD) Two Koreas exchange machine gun fire: Seoul's military (ATTN: ADDS details throughout; CHANGES slug) SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- The two Koreas exchanged machine gun fire Friday, Seoul's military said, after the North launched shots toward balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated by South Korean civic activists across the tense border. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said some of the North Korean shots landed south of the border, prompting the South's military to fire back in response. No further details were available, including whether there were any casualties on either side. Seoul's military officials corrected earlier reports that...
  • High-level North Korean delegation to attend AG closing ceremony (current & former No. 2 men)

    10/03/2014 6:32:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 159 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-10-04
    High-level North Korean delegation to attend AG closing ceremony North Korea plans to send a high-ranking delegation to the Incheon Asian Games closing ceremony Saturday, Seoul's Ministry of Unification said. According to official sources, the North informed the South on Friday that it wants to send Hwang Pyong-so, Choe Ryong-hae and Kim Yang-gon to the ceremony slated for 6 p.m. Saturday. The three officials plan to arrive via a direct air route from North Korea to Incheon at 10 a.m. Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae is expected to hold talks with the North Korean officials after their arrival. Hwang was recently...
  • U.S. doctor visits N. Korea to treat leader Kim's aunt: source

    10/02/2014 8:51:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/02
    U.S. doctor visits N. Korea to treat leader Kim's aunt: source SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- A Korean-American cardiologist arrived in North Korea last month to treat the aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a source familiar with affairs inside the communist state said Thursday, prompting speculation about the state of her health. Kim Kyong-hui, the current leader's aunt and younger sister of late former leader Kim Jong-il, has been known to have a heart disease, but the doctor's alleged visit could be an indication that she has fallen into critical condition. "An American cardiologist arrived in Pyongyang around...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un 'Had Surgery on Fractured Ankles'

    09/30/2014 6:13:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Sep. 30, 2014
    Kim Jong-un 'Had Surgery on Fractured Ankles' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had surgery in Pyongyang in mid-September to treat fractures to both ankles and remains in hospital, a source claimed Monday. The source, who recently visited the North, said, "I heard that Kim Jong-un injured his right ankle in June after pushing ahead with on-site visits and ended up fracturing both ankles because he left the injury unattended." The source added Kim had surgery at the Bonghwa Clinic, an exclusive hospital for high-ranking party members, in mid-September and is now recovering there. The source said bodyguards have been posted...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean leader suffering from gout: source

    09/26/2014 2:52:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/09/26
    (LEAD) N. Korean leader suffering from gout: source 2014/09/26 14:30 SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to be suffering from gout due to his poor management of his health as well as family traits, a source familiar with North Korea affairs said Friday. Speculation has been rife that the young leader in his early 30s may have a health problem as recent video footage released from the North has shown him walking with a limp. Kim last appeared in public on Sept. 3 to attend a concert. He was absent from this year's second...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's absence triggers speculation over his health

    09/25/2014 6:11:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Sep 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Kim Jong-un's absence triggers speculation over his health North Korean leader failed to appear in public for nearly three weeks after appearing unstable on his legs By Julian Ryall, Tokyo 8:30AM BST 25 Sep 2014 The failure of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to appear in public for nearly three weeks has triggered renewed speculation over his health and the stability of his regime. South Korea and governments around the region will be watching carefully to see whether Mr Kim takes part in a specially convened session of the North's rubber-stamp parliament today - and, if he does attend,...
  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    09/20/2014 3:02:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | James Pearson
    North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden' By James Pearson SEOUL Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:10pm EDT (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the...
  • (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea (U.S. citizen of Arabic descent)

    09/18/2014 7:23:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/09/17
    (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea 2014/09/17 10:49 SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- A young American man has been caught trying to swim across a river border into North Korea, a government source said Wednesday. The man was arrested by Marine sentries at around 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday while he was swimming across the Han River, which borders with North Korea, the source said. The river cuts through the South Korean capital of Seoul and its adjacent county of Gimpo into the Yellow Sea. During an interrogation following the arrest, the U.S. citizen of Arabic descent...
  • North Korea: We have the 'most advantageous human rights system'

    09/16/2014 5:35:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | September 15, 2014 | Madison Park
    North Korea: We have the 'most advantageous human rights system' By Madison Park, CNN September 15, 2014 -- Updated 0851 GMT (1651 HKT) (CNN) -- North Korea has "the world's most advantageous human rights system," the country declared in a lengthy report released on Saturday. Its political system "bestows upon (its citizens) priceless political integrity." Its economic system "ensures people an independent and creative working life, as well as affluent and civilized living standard," according to a report by the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies. The 53,000-word report -- which repeats the phrase "human rights" over 700 times --...
  • S. Korea spots signs of N. Korea's submarine rocket development (submarine's launch tube)

    09/13/2014 9:01:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Sept. 14, 2014
    S. Korea spots signs of N. Korea's submarine rocket development SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military confirmed Sunday it has detected signs of North Korea's development of a submarine-based ballistic missile launch system. In a report to an opposition lawmaker, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said there is an indication that the North is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). "There is no intelligence yet that North Korea has an SLBM in operation. But the possibility of a North Korean submarine equipped with an SLBM has been detected recently," the JCS said in the document submitted to...
  • North Korea Owes Sweden €300m for 1,000 Volvos It Stole 40 Years Ago - And Is Still Using

    09/07/2014 5:12:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ericson
    North Korea Owes Sweden €300m for 1,000 Volvos It Stole 40 Years Ago - And Is Still Using By John Ericson / August 29, 2014 6:43 AM EDT North Korea’s foremost trade debt to the western world is bizarre even by North Korean standards. Each time the administration misses a payment, as it has done every year for the past 40 years, we are reminded of one of the most unexpected political twists of the last century: Kim Il-sung scamming Sweden out of 1,000 Volvo 144 sedans. It is a story that is just as strange as it sounds –...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Family Consolidate Positions

    09/06/2014 7:55:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Sep. 05, 2014
    Kim Jong-un's Family Consolidate Positions There are increasing signs that the immediate family of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are consolidating their positions in the regime, amid hints that his sister Yeo-jong has been promoted to a senior post. The official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Thursday reported that the Kim Jong-un, his wife Ri Sol-ju and Kim Yeo-jong, watched a performance in Pyongyang on Wednesday. In the status-conscious official media, the order of names speaks volumes, and KCNA named Yeo-jong ahead of Ri Jae-il, a senior official in charge of propaganda at the Workers Party. Previously she was...
  • Mapped: North Korea’s oil routes

    08/28/2014 3:34:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NK News ^ | August 28th, 2014 | Leo Byrne and James Byrne
    Mapped: North Korea’s oil routes North Korea takes Russian oil while China's crude cut-off seems increasingly unlikely North Korea has stepped up oil imports from Russia with a growing fleet of tankers plying the country’s Far Eastern ports and terminals, NK News can reveal after a two-month investigation into the DPRK’s vessel movements and oil trading activities. The growing trade with Russia comes amid continuing reports that China has cut-off crude oil deliveries to North Korea. However, NK News has also found at least one North Korean crude oil tanker still regularly visiting Chinese terminals, indicating that trade is ongoing...
  • China Discovers Cross-Border Tunnels Leading to Xinjiang, North Korea

    08/26/2014 6:12:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | August 26, 2014 | Shannon Tiezzi
    China Discovers Cross-Border Tunnels Leading to Xinjiang, North Korea Images from a Chinese satellite show cross-border tunnels in sensitive regions. By Shannon Tiezzi August 26, 2014 In April 2013, China launched Gaofen-1, its first high-definition earth observation satellite (Gaofen-2 was launched just last week, on August 19). This week, China’s National Space Administration reported that Gaofen-1 had captured images showing “dozens of cross-border tunnels” in northwest Xinjiang and along the China-North Korea border. It’s unclear exactly what the tunnels are used for, but Chinese media tied their existence to previous reports on illegal China-North Korea border crossings, as well as...
  • South Korea Sent Thousands of Choco Pies Over North Korea via Balloon

    08/04/2014 5:44:56 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 37 replies
    ViralSoil ^ | 8/1/2014 | None credited
    On Wednesday, about 200 South Koreans attached thousands of chocolate snacks to 50 giant balloons and released into North Korea after Pyongyang reportedly banned the coveted treats from the country earlier this month. The pies, which have become popular among hungry North Koreans, are considered as a symbol of capitalism and represent a cultural impact that might encourage an uprising. “We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most favorite foodstuffs in North Korea,” said Choo Sun-Hee, one of the organisers of Wednesday’s balloon launch.In response to the activity, Pyongyang has pressed...
  • Kim Jong Un may have ordered missile launch

    07/27/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    NHK World ^ | July 27, 2014 | NA
    North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. The launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the Korean War armistice. South Korean military officials say the North fired a Scud missile from around Ryongyon county in South Hwanghae Province on the western coast near the military demarcation line on Saturday night. North Korean media on Sunday suggested the country's leader Kim Jong Un himself ordered the missile to be fired. The official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim directed a firing drill after checking on the deployment of US forces in...
  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan

    07/24/2014 10:32:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    NK News ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Hamish Macdonald
    North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan North Korea announces major plan to renovate Wonsan beach area North Korean authorities have announced an expansive development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, a Pyongyang Times article said last Tuesday. The ambitious plan, which focuses on the construction and development of infrastructure and buildings primarily related to the leisure sector, will see Wonsan become a “tourist city,” the Pyongyang Times said.
  • North Korea Furious Over Kim Jong Un Parody Dance Video

    07/23/2014 7:23:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2014/07/23 | Lakshmi Gandhi
    North Korea Furious Over Kim Jong Un Parody Dance Video By Lakshmi Gandhi North Korean officials are learning that nothing can stop the spread of a viral video - especially one that features a fake Kim Jong Un dancing and fighting his way through a series of absurd situations. The latest parody video starring North Korea's leader features him being kicked to the ground by President Obama after pirouetting through a ballet studio, dancing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and acting as a member of the grounds crew at a baseball game, all to the tune of a Chinese pop...
  • North Korea's Next Nuclear Test Could Serve as a Regional Tipping Point

    05/30/2014 9:45:01 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/14 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned this week that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, it could prompt the volatile country's neighbors to seek their own nuclear defense. "North Korea would effectively be crossing the Rubicon," she told the Wall Street Journal.
  • North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea Visit

    04/21/2014 5:07:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 21, 2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea Visit By Vasudevan Sridharan April 21, 2014 09:41 GMT North Korea is believed to have stepped up activities at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of US President Barack Obama's two-day visit to South Korea from 26 April. "The Punggye-ri nuclear test site has shown increased movement of vehicles and forces compared to the past. South Korean and US forces have been closely monitoring the latest development to detect signs of another test," a senior South Korean military official told Yonhap news agency. North Korea had earlier threatened...
  • Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt, expected to build gas pipeline (To South Korea)

    04/19/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 31 replies
    Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state. The State Duma lower house in Moscow on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to excuse the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012. The rest of the debt - $1.09 billion - would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by...
  • UN food program inflated amount of oversight ... North Korea

    04/12/2014 11:09:10 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2014 | George Russell
    The United Nations’ World Food Program failed to carry out sufficient inspections of food distribution sites in North Korea to ensure that supplies went to the country’s suffering people rather than the dictatorial communist regime, according to the U.N. agency’s own internal watchdog. ... Moreover, even WFP’s knowledge of what aid supplies it has received from abroad are based on the say-so of a regime-run company that the watchdog says may be lying about the amount of work it does, overcharging the U.N. for the work—and in any case is doing it without a contract, which keeps the relationship legally...
  • DHS study: North Korea capable of EMP attack on U.S.

    04/10/2014 4:00:16 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 9, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – A long-suppressed report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for the Defense Department concludes that North Korea could deliver on its threats to destroy the United States with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack. The report remains blocked from release to the American public. However, a copy obtained by Peter Vincent Pry from sources within DHS finds North Korea could use its Unha-3 space launch vehicle to deliver a nuclear warhead as a satellite over the South Pole to attack the U.S. from the south. Read more at
  • N. Korea: Roof of Kim Jong-un's Jerry-Built Luxury Villa Caves In

    04/06/2014 6:02:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Apr. 04, 2014
    Roof of Kim Jong-un's Jerry-Built Luxury Villa Caves In The roof of a luxury villa in Wonsan belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed, apparently due to faulty construction. A comparison of a photo of the villa taken by South Korea's Arirang 3 satellite and an earlier image of the area on Google Earth shows a building in the compound with a collapsed roof. One U.S. satellite image expert who analyzes photos of the luxury villas and government buildings used by the North Korean elite said the building appears to be an aquarium that was built in 2011....
  • N.Korea Shuts Down Jang Song-taek's Department

    04/06/2014 5:56:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2014/04/07
    N.Korea Shuts Down Jang Song-taek's Department The North Korean regime has shut down the Workers Party department once headed by purged eminence grise Jang Song-taek and executed or interned 11 high-ranking officials, sources said Sunday. One of them was burned alive. A source said the regime is preparing a third purge of officials who supported Jang. The first purge involved his family, relatives and high-ranking party officials, while the second purge underway. The third will target his supporters in provincial chapters of the Workers Party. The source said Jang's elder sister Kye-sun and her husband and ambassador to Cuba Jon...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches

    04/04/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4 | No Attribution
    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.
  • North Korea to reportedly execute 200 officials believed loyal to Kim Jong-un uncle

    04/03/2014 7:16:54 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 21 replies ^ | 4/3/2014 | Fox News
    <p>A South Korean newspaper has reported that the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un will execute 200 high-ranking government officials believed to be loyal to Jang Song-thaek, Kim's once-powerful uncle who was shockingly deposed and executed last December.</p> <p>The Chosun Ilbo reported the pending executions Tuesday, citing a source who said that North Korea's State Security Department had conducted a sweep to root out Jang's remaining supporters in the government. Under Pyongyang's brutal "guilty blood" system of criminal sentencing, the Chosun Ilbo's source told the paper that up to 1,000 more people, all family members of the condemned, could be sent to North Korea's infamous prison camps.</p>
  • N.Korea 'to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists'

    04/02/2014 12:46:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    Chosun ^ | 2014/04/02
    N.Korea 'to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists' North Korea is poised to execute 200 high-ranking officials loyal to ousted eminence grise Jang Song-taek, a source said Tuesday. Some 1,000 members of their families could be sent to concentration camps under the North's barbaric system of guilt by association. The source said the State Security Department has conducted a sweep to ferret out Jang's supporters after his execution in December last year and identified 200 core supporters and another 1,000 followers. The department has authorization from the North's highest court to hold closed-door trials to deliver death sentences, the source added....
  • Reports: Drone on island was flown by North Korea, South says

    04/01/2014 11:30:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 2, 2014 | Ashley Rowland
    SEOUL — South Korean defense officials think a drone found Monday on one of its northwest border islands was flown by North Korea, according to media reports. The drone was found on Baengnyeong Island, located about 10 miles from North Korea, around 4 p.m. Monday after a three-hour exchange of artillery fire between the two Koreas along their disputed maritime border. Ministry of National Defense officials could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday, but a spokesman said Tuesday the ministry was investigating the origin of the drone. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described his country’s relations with the...
  • North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border, Seoul says

    03/30/2014 10:20:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies ^ | 3-31-2014 |
    South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border Monday after North Korean shells from a live fire drill conducted by Pyongyang fell into the water south of the frontier, Seoul officials told the Associated Press. No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, an official with South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. He provided no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. There were no immediately reports of any injuries. However, residents of a South Korean island near the border said that they had been moved...
  • Residents of South Korean Border Town Taken To Shelter

    03/30/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    Residents of a south Korean Border Town have taken shelter after the North began firing on them.
  • N. Korea: N.K. leader's sister serving as chief of staff: source

    03/30/2014 4:47:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-03-30
    N.K. leader's sister serving as chief of staff: source Published : 2014-03-30 15:12 Updated : 2014-03-30 15:14 (Yonhap) The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been assisting her brother as his chief of staff since last year, a source familiar with North Korean affairs said Sunday. Kim Yo-jung, 27, was appointed chief secretary of the ruling Workers' Party in the first half of last year, a post equivalent to South Korea's presidential chief of staff, the source said, asking that he not be identified. The chief secretary does not take part in policy decisions but is in...
  • North Korea fires 2 missiles as its rivals meet

    03/26/2014 12:55:01 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2 hours ago | Associated Press By JUNG-YOON CHOI and FOSTER KLUG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North's security threat. The launch of the Rodong missiles — for the first time since 2009 — violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and marks a big escalation from a series of shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks to protest ongoing annual military drills by the U.S. and South Korea that Pyongyang claims are invasion preparation. The missiles...
  • China backs North Korea on human rights

    03/19/2014 6:15:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 March 2014
    17 March 2014 Last updated at 11:32 China backs North Korea on human rights China has dismissed a UN report that compared human rights abuses in North Korea to those in Nazi Germany. A Chinese diplomat said the report lacked credibility, adding to fears that Beijing will block further action. He said some of the recommendations were divorced from reality. North Korea called the report - which details murder, torture and starvation - a fabrication by hostile forces. It was drawn up by UN-appointed jurists to document abuses in North Korea. The head of the international panel of inquiry, Michael...
  • Growing Chinese Influence Worries N.Korean Officials

    03/17/2014 6:37:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 11, 2014
    Growing Chinese Influence Worries N.Korean Officials There are "serious concerns" among some North Korean officials that North Korea could turn into a vassal state of China amid growing economic dependence on its sole ally, a defector said Monday. Kim Chong-song, who under his real name used to be a senior member of the Workers Party, is the highest-ranking North Korean defector living in the South and spoke to media here for the first time. "Without Chinese capital and goods, it would be impossible for the North Korean government to operate, and ordinary people would not be able to carry on...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea fires 10 short-range missiles toward East Sea

    03/16/2014 4:15:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/03/16
    (LEAD) N. Korea fires 10 short-range missiles toward East Sea 2014/03/16 20:01 SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired off 10 short-range missiles toward the East Sea late Sunday, a source in Seoul said, the latest show of force in response to the on-going joint South Korea-U.S. military drills. The launches began at 6:20 p.m. and lasted about 10 minutes. The fired rockets flew about 70 kilometers before landing in the East Sea, according to the source
  • North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65

    03/16/2014 3:58:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    LAT ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Romm
    North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65 In Kim Jong Un's accession to power and brutal purge of his uncle, parallels are evident between the two societies. By James Romm March 14, 2014 This week, as the Ides of March approaches — the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship — the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Aunt 'Loses Seat in Rubber-Stamp Parliament'

    03/15/2014 5:45:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 14, 2014
    Kim Jong-un's Aunt 'Loses Seat in Rubber-Stamp Parliament' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt and widow of executed eminence grise Jang Song-taek was probably not returned to North's rubber-stamp parliament, an intelligence official here said Thursday. "It appears that Kim Kyong-hui either quarreled with Kim Jong-un or voluntarily stepped down," the official said. The name Kim Kyong-hui was on a list of the 687 Supreme People's Assembly members who were picked at the weekend, but intelligence officials here believe that is another individual of the same name. The representative was elected in the Taepyong district of North Pyongan Province, and...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister Secures Place in Nomenklatura

    03/10/2014 7:12:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Mar. 10, 2014
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Secures Place in Nomenklatura North Korea's state-run media have for the first time mentioned leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Yeo-jong by name, suggesting she has established a position of some influence for herself in the corridors of power. North Korean state TV on Sunday reported that Kim Jong-un visited a polling station at Kim Il-sung University for elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday, accompanied by military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae, Workers Party deputy directors Kim Kyong-ok and Hwang Pyong-so, "and comrade Kim Yeo-jong." Left: North Korean leader Kim Jong-uns younger sister Yeo-jong (in circle) walks...
  • North Korea's Kim warned he might face charges over atrocities

    02/17/2014 6:32:43 AM PST · by gooblah · 20 replies
    GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and mass killings bordering on genocide, U.N. investigators said on Monday.
  • N. Korea: Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant

    02/05/2014 2:57:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 26 January 2014 | Sebastien Falletti
    Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant Sebastien Falletti, Seoul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 26 January 2014 North Korea's decision to restart its 5 megawatt electric (MWe) reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear scientific research complex threatens Northeast Asia with a disaster potentially worse than Chernobyl, according to nuclear experts. "This reactor comes from another world. The Yongbyon site has a concentration of so many nuclear facilities that if there was a fire in one building it could lead to a disaster worse than the Ukrainian one," said Seo Kyun Reul, a professor at the nucleonic department of...
  • Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

    01/30/2014 3:17:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    38North ^ | 29 January 2014
    Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility By 38 North 29 January 2014 A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets in Northeast Asia and the United States. The Sohae gantry tower has been undergoing significant modifications to enable it to launch a large rocket up to 25 percent longer than the Unha-3 space launch vehicle tested...
  • N. Korean leader's aunt in Europe: report

    01/30/2014 3:08:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/30
    N. Korean leader's aunt in Europe: report 2014/01/30 14:27 TOKYO, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt is staying in Europe following the execution of her husband, Jang Song-thaek, a news report said Thursday. Kim Kyong-hui, a senior party secretary and sister of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, stayed in Switzerland after the North executed Jang in December on charges of treason, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reported, citing unidentified sources. The newspaper also said it obtained information that she later moved to Poland where Kim Pyong-il, the half-brother of late leader Kim Jong-il, has been serving as...
  • N. Korea: Orascom prevented to withdraw the asset from NK (Ceausescu way)

    01/28/2014 6:49:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    FNK Radio ^ | 01/28/2014
    Orascom prevented to withdraw the asset from NK VOA reported on 22nd that Egyptian mobile provider OrasCom which was prevented from remitting more than 4 hundred million dollars due to the restriction of North Korean regime. According to the audit report published by Deloitte, the Koryo Link which Orascom owns 75 percent stake included $422 million worth of cash balance in North Korea but “North Korea has implemented currency control restrictions and, in particular, rules surrounding the repatriation of dividends to foreign investors. Additionally, the local currency of North Korea is not tradable outside the country. Such restrictions limit the...