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  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-nam 'killed by VX nerve agent found on his face'

    02/23/2017 7:04:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 2017/02/24
    Kim Jong-nam 'killed by VX nerve agent found on his face' Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia. Mr Kim died last week after two women wiped a substance over his face in a check-in hall at Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian toxicology reports have identified the chemical as "VX nerve agent", classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-nam's next-of-kin to arrive in M'sia in day or two: Police

    02/23/2017 7:19:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | 23 FEBRUARY 2017 | AHMAD FAIRUZ OTHMAN
    Kim Jong-nam's next-of-kin to arrive in M'sia in day or two: Police BY AHMAD FAIRUZ OTHMAN - 23 FEBRUARY 2017 @ 3:40 PM MUAR: A next-of-kin of Kim Jong-nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea's leader, is expected to arrive in Malaysia in one or two days’ time, to assist police in identifying his body. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the relative lives “not far from Malaysia” and is expected to aid in the process of identification, which has yet to be carried out. Noor Rashid reemphasised that to date, none of Kim's family members...
  • Exclusive: North Korean suspects in Kim Jong-nam murder 'hiding' in Pyongyang's embassy in Kuala...

    02/22/2017 4:38:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 22 FEBRUARY 2017 | Arthur Lim
    <p>Two North Koreans suspects in the murder of Kim Jong-nam are believed to be "hiding" inside Pyongyang's embassy in Malaysia, security sources have told the Telegraph.</p> <p>Tensions between the two countries are high following the killing of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, North Korea's "Supreme Leader", at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Monday.</p>
  • N. Korean Defector's Association, "Proposed Kim Jong-nam to Head the Government-in-exile...but

    02/21/2017 1:46:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2017.02.21 | Yoo Ji-han
    /begin translation N. Korean Defector's Association, "Proposed Kim Jong-nam to Head the Government-in-exile...but He Opposed Third Generation Hereditary Rule" Yoo Ji-han 2017.02.21 Representatives from defector's organizations both inside and outside S. Korea proposed Kim Jong-nam to be a head of N. Korean government-in-exile, but he refused, arguing, "That is another third generation hereditary rule." In an interview with Donga-ilbo on Feb. 19(local time,) Kim Ju-il, the Secretary-general of International North Korean Defector's Association based in UK, said, "I have been in contact with Kim Jong-nam for last year and a half, asking him to head the government-in-exile." According to the...
  • N. Korea: Jong-nam’s son Han-sol arriving in KL

    02/20/2017 7:51:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    The Star ^ | 20 February 2017 | AKIL YUNUS
    Jong-nam’s son Han-sol arriving in KL By AKIL YUNUS 20 February 2017 PETALING JAYA: Members of the media from local and international organisations are rushing to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) following a tip-off that the son of Kim Jong-nam is arriving in Malaysia Monday evening. The international press, including Korean, Japanese, and Chinese news outlets, earlier received a message saying that Kim Han-sol, 21, is due to land at KLIA2 on an AirAsia flight tonight. “Dear press members, (this is) to inform that the son of Kim Jong-nam will be arriving at KLIA2 today on an AirAsia flight....
  • N. Korea: CCTV Video Footage of Kim Jong-nam Assassination

    02/19/2017 3:22:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    LINK It is 2min 20sec long(It is repeated again. So the whole video is over 5 min long.) It starts with Kim Jong-nam walking in. It shows the moments of attack from different angles. The footage of actual attack starts at 43 seconds into the video. He was seen walking around after the attack, talking to securities and escorted into some place(probably clinic.)
  • Jong-nam assassination: Four North Korean suspects have fled Malaysia, say police (suspects named)

    02/19/2017 12:56:47 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | 19 FEBRUARY 2017
    Jong-nam assassination: Four North Korean suspects have fled Malaysia, say police KUALA LUMPUR: Police today confirmed that the four main suspects who allegedly engineered the assassination of Kim Jong-nam have fled the country. They were identified as Ri Ji Hyon, 33; Hong So Hac, 34; O Jong Gil, 55; and Ri Jae Nam, 57, all hailing from North Korea. They were believed to have fled Malaysia on Monday, Feb 13, the day Jong-nam was killed. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim however, declined to reveal the destination the suspects were headed to. Noor Rashid said police are...
  • N. Korea: Trio may have left country after the hit

    02/18/2017 7:29:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    The Star ^ | 19 February 2017
    Trio may have left country after the hit Sunday, 19 February 2017 KUALA LUMPUR: The three remaining suspects hunted by police over the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam on Monday may have left the country immediately after the hit was carried out. It is learnt that the men, aged between 30 and 50, were believed to have boarded a flight to a neighbouring country right after the killing by two women subsequently arrested by police. Based on CCTV footages, sources said the suspects changed their clothes before heading to the departure hall to board their...
  • Kim Jong Nam murder: Female suspects were groomed by suspected spy in China for past 3 months...

    02/17/2017 5:58:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Straits Times ^ | FEB 17, 2017
    Kim Jong Nam murder: Female suspects were groomed by suspected spy in China for past 3 months, says report FEB 17, 2017 PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The two women suspected to have murdered North Korean Kim Jong Nam had apparently lived in China for the past three months before their deadly "assignment". According to a report by Malaysian Chinese-language newspaper China Press, both Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 29, may not be North Korean agents, but were possibly duped by a spy ring into committing murder at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Doan, a Vietnamese...
  • N. Korea: Spy network active in region (Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia)

    02/16/2017 11:50:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    The Star (Malaysia) ^ | 17 February 2017
    Spy network active in region PETALING JAYA: North Korean spies have been operating in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia over the last two decades. According to an intelligence source, their operation in the three countries is believed to be one of the biggest networks outside North Korea, with Malaysia and Singapore being the preferred choice of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB). The RGB is North Korea’s intelligence agency which manages the country’s clandestine operations. To blend in and disguise themselves in Malaysia and Singapore, the highly qualified spies would double-up as engineers and technical consultants in the construction industry, and also...
  • N. Korea: Jong-nam assassination: Five seconds was all it took to administer poison [VIDEO]

    02/16/2017 5:20:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | 16 FEBRUARY 2017 | FARRAH NAZ KARIM AND HARIZ MOHD
    Jong-nam assassination: Five seconds was all it took to administer poison [VIDEO] BY FARRAH NAZ KARIM AND HARIZ MOHD - 16 FEBRUARY 2017 KUALA LUMPUR: IT took no more than five seconds and one fluid move to kill Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at klia2 on the morning of Feb 13. Jong-nam was standing idle in a small crowd in front of the airport’s self check-in counter when his assailants struck. They had been watching him... and when opportunity presented itself, they moved in. Within that five seconds, one of them stood in...
  • Third suspect arrested in Malaysia over murder of North Korean

    02/16/2017 4:01:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 16, 2017
    Third suspect arrested in Malaysia over murder of North Korean Thu Feb 16, 2017 By Joseph Sipalan and Liz Lee | KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian police made a third arrest on Thursday in their hunt for the people involved in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The third person, whose nationality was not disclosed, was the friend of an Indonesian woman who was detained earlier in the day in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam at the airport in the Malaysian capital on Monday, police said. "He was detained to facilitate investigations...
  • Kim Jong-nam Allegedly Met N. Korean Agents (translated version)

    02/15/2017 6:56:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 2017-02-15 | Moon Sung-hui
    /begin my excerpt Kim Jong-nam Allegedly Met N. Korean Agents Seoul - Moon Sung-hui 2017-02-15 Anchor: Before his assassination in Feb. 13, Kim Jong-nam allegedly had met N. Korean diplomats three times in S. East Asia between January and early February of this year. A report by Moon Sung-hui: Attentions are drawn to sources on (N. Korea) related affairs who allege that Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of Chairman Kim Jong-un, met N. Korean diplomats before his assassination. The sources also mentioned that N. Korean diplomats personally delivered to him a letter from Kim Jong-un. On Feb. 3, (our) source, a N....
  • [N. Korea] URGENT: Women suspected of killing Kim's brother may be already dead

    02/14/2017 9:25:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 15 February 2017
    Headline only so far.
  • N. Korea: Police confirm Kim Jong-nam killed at KLIA 2

    02/14/2017 6:37:13 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The Star (Malaysia) ^ | 14 February 2017 | FARIK ZOLKEPLI
    N. Korea: Police confirm Kim Jong-nam killed at KLIA 2 KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confirmed that the man killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday is indeed Kim Jong-nam (pic), the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said the incident occurred at about 9am on Monday as the victim was catching a 10am flight to Macau. “He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed him from behind and splashed a liquid on his face. “He asked for help from the receptionist and...
  • N. Korean leader's half-brother killed in Malaysia: source (Kim Jong-nam)

    02/14/2017 4:15:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/14
    N. Korean leader's half-brother killed in Malaysia: source SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother has been killed in Malaysia, a government source said Tuesday. Kim Jong-nam was assassinated on Monday in Malaysia, the source said without revealing details. Cable TV broadcaster TV Chosun reported that Kim was killed at an airport in Malaysia after being attacked by two unidentified female agents with "poisoned needles." The suspects fled the scene and Malaysian police suspected North Korea was behind the killing. If confirmed, Kim's case would mark the most high-profile death under the Kim Jong-un regime since...
  • Korea’s Conservatives Fight Back [S. Korea]

    02/13/2017 10:34:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | DONALD KIRK
    Korea’s Conservatives Fight Back South Korea’s democracy gets a strong defense against those who would impeach the president and imperil U.S.-Korea relations. By DONALD KIRK Feb. 13, 2017 12:31 p.m. ET As South Korea’s constitutional court weighs whether to ratify the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, her allies are starting to fight back. The conservative leader’s approval rating may have dropped to 4% in November, yet right-wingers are belatedly organizing to defend her against accusations of corruption and, more plausibly, to block the left from walking to victory in the next presidential election. A prime issue is the future of U.S.-South...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea employs SLBM tech in new intermediate-range missile: military

    02/13/2017 2:16:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/13
    (LEAD) N. Korea employs SLBM tech in new intermediate-range missile: military 2017/02/13 18:04 SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military said Monday that North Korea appears to have employed technologies used in submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) to develop a new type of intermediate-range rocket, citing its analysis of a launch test carried out by Pyongyang a day earlier. "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un likely ordered the task of developing a surface-to-surface Pukguksong-2 missile based on the successful SLBM test carried out in August. We have reached an assessment that the North is in the process of developing a ballistic...
  • U.N. official: Nations failing refugees

    06/27/2005 7:07:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 309+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/27/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS - The world's governments are failing refugees, especially in Africa, where a lack of funding has led to family violence and a host of other problems, the top U.N. refugee official said Monday. Antonio Guterres, the new U.N. high commissioner for refugees, told reporters there were a range of crises that deserve attention - from displaced Uzbeks and North Koreans to Iranians and the Palestinians - but it's Africa where the refugees' plight is most dire. "Almost all if not all our operations in Africa are underfunded, and in some circumstances extremely underfunded," Guterres said. "In many of...
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea claims successful test of medium-range ballistic missile(Pukguksong-2 IRBM)

    02/12/2017 10:32:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/13
    (2nd LD) N. Korea claims successful test of medium-range ballistic missile 2017/02/13 08:17 SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has claimed it successfully test-launched a new medium-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the country's state-run media said Monday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the Pukguksong-2 strategic weapon system was successfully test-fired Sunday. It added that the missile launched from a mobile launcher used solid propellants and a new high-thrust engine developed in the country. The missiles also proved it can engage in evasive maneuvers during flight, the North said. North Korean leader...
  • Live Thread: President Trump and Japan PM Abe Speak on N Korea Missile Test 2/11/17 10:30 PM EST

    02/11/2017 7:38:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Kristinn
    President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will be speaking from Trump's estate Mar a Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, about the North Korea ballistic missile test. They were supposed to speak at 10:15 p.m. but are running late.
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea fires off ballistic missile toward East Sea: JCS

    02/11/2017 5:22:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/12
    (2nd LD) N. Korea fires off ballistic missile toward East Sea: JCS 2017/02/12 09:54 (ATTN: ADDS photo, meaning of North Korea's latest provocation in 2nd and 5th paras, Japan's confirmation of missile launch, NSC meeting in last two paras) SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired off a ballistic missile in the direction of the East Sea earlier in the day, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Sunday. It is the first test-firing of a North Korean missile since Donald Trump became U.S. president on Jan. 20., and the country's first provocation in 2017. It appears to...
  • N. Korea: Power Struggles Continue as Kim Jong-un Ousts Spy Chief

    02/09/2017 5:49:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | February 06, 2017 | Kim Myong-song
    Power Struggles Continue as Kim Jong-un Ousts Spy Chief February 06, 2017 12:25 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sacked the chief of his secret services amid ongoing power struggles in the reclusive country. The Unification Ministry on Friday said the North's State Security Minister Kim Won-hong was dismissed in mid-January on charges of corruption and abuse of power. He was demoted from a four-star to a one-star general. Several vice ministers appear to have been executed. Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said Kim is still under "intense" investigation. Kim Jong-un unprecedentedly admitted "shortcomings" as a leader in his New...
  • NYC should expose and shame those using a concert to praise North Korea

    02/04/2017 9:14:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 4, 2017 | Thor Halvorssen
    NYC should expose and shame those using a concert to praise North Korea By Thor Halvorssen February 4, 2017 | 12:59am North Korea is a horrible dictatorship ruled by a family of psychopaths that shows no respect for human rights. So why is Manhattan-based Ureuk Symphony Orchestra celebrating North Korea’s Kim Jong-il at the Kaufman Music Center on Saturday? No, the orchestra’s ads don’t mention the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, but the agenda is obvious to anyone who knows how the North Korean propaganda machine works. This performance is titled “February Spring,” a phrase used in North Korea...
  • N.K. leader sacks chief of spy agency: sources

    02/02/2017 8:14:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/03
    N.K. leader sacks chief of spy agency: sources 2017/02/03 09:31 SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sacked the chief of the country's spy agency on suspected abuse of power after the ruling party conducted surveillance on the ministry, sources said Friday. Kim Won-hong, 72, was dismissed from the head of the Ministry of State Security after the party's audit late last year found his agency had abused its authority, according to the sources familiar with North Korean affairs. His military rank may have been demoted to lieutenant general from full general, they said. North Korea's...
  • (2nd LD) U.S. defense chief in Seoul for talks over North Korea

    02/02/2017 5:55:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/02
    (2nd LD) U.S. defense chief in Seoul for talks over North Korea (ATTN: ADDS Mattis' meetings in 4th para, USFK Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks comment in last 2 paras) SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday began his two-day visit to South Korea in his first overseas trip aimed at underscoring the U.S. security commitment to the Asian ally amid growing threats from North Korea. After landing at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, at 12:30 p.m., Mattis headed to the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters in Yongsan, Seoul, according to...
  • North Korea strengthens its emergency airfield capabilities

    01/25/2017 4:29:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Janes ^ | 13 January 2017 | Joseph S Bermudez Jr
    North Korea strengthens its emergency airfield capabilities Joseph S Bermudez Jr, Colorado - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 13 January 2017 Commercial satellite imagery shows that North Korea has been progressively modernising its emergency airfield capabilities since late 2015 by adapting highways for use as airstrips, building aircraft shelters, and developing contingency airfields. The measures seem to be part of a nationwide modernisation programme designed to bolster the infrastructure of the Korean People's Air Force (KPAF). Built on specially reinforced highway sections or on compacted dirt roads, the highway airstrips average 1.8 km in length and vary in width between 15...
  • N. Korea: Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch?

    01/23/2017 5:29:36 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    38north ^ | 23 January 2017 | Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
    Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch? By Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. 23 January 2017 North Korea has recently threatened to conduct its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Last week, media reports even cited “unnamed” South Korean officials stating a test of a previously unknown 2-stage ICBM “may be imminent.”[1] While the North’s ability to produce a 2-stage ICBM is questionable and validity of these reports remains to be verified, they have heightened concerns as to when Pyongyang may decide test launch an ICBM. One of the possible locations for an ICBM...
  • When North Korean students joined the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

    01/18/2017 3:16:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NK News ^ | January 5th, 2017 | Benjamin R. Young
    When North Korean students joined the 1956 Hungarian Revolution Benjamin R. Young January 5th, 2017 A recently published book – “From North Korea to Budapest: North Korean Students in the Hungarian Revolution in 1956″ – looks at the role of North Korean students in the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution in Hungary. Using Hungarian archival sources and oral history interviews, Professor Mózes Csoma of Eötvös Loránd University investigated the assistance given by North Korean students to their Hungarian classmates who went out on the streets to fight against Soviet troops. These North Korean students, many of whom had military experience from the...
  • North Korea to Obama: Focus on moving, not human rights record

    01/17/2017 2:32:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2017 | Euan McKirdy
    North Korea to Obama: Focus on moving, not human rights record Euan McKirdy January 17, 2017 (CNN)North Korea has said President Barack Obama should concentrate on packing rather than focusing on the reclusive nation's human rights record. State-owned North Korean press agency KCNA slammed additional sanctions filed by the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), calling the move a "hostile policy" and the "last-ditch efforts" of an administration "whose days are numbered."
  • How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists

    01/16/2017 3:30:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 15, 2017
    How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists January 15, 2017 NORTH Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world. Marijuana news outlets including High Times, Merry Jane and Green Rush — along with British tabloids, which always love a good yarn — are hailing North Korea as a pothead paradise and maybe even the next Amsterdam of pot tourism. They’ve reported North Korean marijuana to be legal, abundant and mind-blowingly cheap, sold openly to Chinese and Russian tourists at a major market on the North’s border for about $3 a pound (or $AU4...
  • US imposes sanctions on N. Korea leader's sister over human rights violations

    01/14/2017 5:14:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2017-01-12
    US imposes sanctions on N. Korea leader's sister over human rights violations 2017-01-12 US imposes sanctions on N. Korea leader's sister over human rights violations The United States imposed sanctions on the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday for her links to human rights violations in the communist nation. Kim Yo-jong, the leader's younger sister and vice director of the Workers Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department, was among seven North Korean officials and two agencies that the State Department blacklisted for their roles in the regime's human rights violations. It was the second time the U.S. has...
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” —Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • US would shoot down North Korean ballistic missile test if it threatens territory, allies, (tr)

    01/09/2017 2:16:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2017/01/08
    US would shoot down North Korean ballistic missile test if it threatens territory, allies, Carter says North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defense programs constitute a "serious threat" to the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday. The United States is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch or test "if it were coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies," Carter said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." North Korea declared on Sunday it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from any location set...
  • Ex-campaign chief of Trump met S. Korean intelligence chief, politicians (Manafort)

    01/03/2017 5:34:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/02
    Ex-campaign chief of Trump met S. Korean intelligence chief, politicians 2017/01/02 20:09 SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- A former campaign chairman of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, visited South Korea last month during which he held meetings with the head of the country's intelligence service and senior politicians, according to the politicians who met with Manafort on Monday. The visit by Manafort to South Korea came before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in his New Year's message on Sunday, said that the North is close to launching an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea is also in political turmoil over...
  • Trump says China 'won't help' with North Korea

    01/02/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 2, 2017
    Trump says China 'won't help' with North Korea U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized China on Monday, saying it had benefited from its economic ties with the United States but would not help control North Korea.
  • US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against 'provocative' actions

    01/02/2017 4:53:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | January 2, 2017,
    US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against 'provocative' actions AFP on January 2, 2017, 7:56 am Washington (AFP) - The United States on Sunday sharply condemned a North Korean plan to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile and warned Pyongyang against "provocative actions." The toughly worded US statement called on "all states" to show the North that any unlawful actions would have "consequences." It was issued by the Pentagon at a sensitive time -- just weeks before President Barack Obama is due to hand power over to his successor, Donald Trump. The statement came hours after Kim Jong-un, the North Korean...
  • [N. Korea](3rd LD) N.K. in final stage of preparations to launch ICBM: leader

    01/01/2017 4:48:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/01 | Kim Soo-yeon
    (3rd LD) N.K. in final stage of preparations to launch ICBM: leader 2017/01/01 17:38 By Kim Soo-yeon SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is in the final stage of preparing to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the country's leader said Sunday, in the latest sign that Pyongyang will not abandon its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea "soared as a nuclear and military power," boosted by the success of the country's two nuclear tests last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his verbal New Year's speech broadcast by the state-run TV station. "We were actively engaged...
  • 340 N.Koreans Executed Since Kim Jong-un Came to Power

    12/31/2016 9:22:04 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | December 30, 2016
    340 N.Koreans Executed Since Kim Jong-un Came to Power December 30, 2016 08:22 North Korea has executed or purged 340 people over the past five years in leader Kim Jong-un's struggle to consolidate his rule. The Institute for National Security Strategy, a think tank run by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, said Thursday executions of officials have steadily increased since 2012, with some 140 high-ranking officials purged or executed this year alone. Public executions of ordinary people are also becoming more common. The institute said more than 60 cases were recorded as of August this year, double the annual...
  • Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research

    12/30/2016 7:18:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    The Tower ^ | Dec. 29, 2016
    Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research by TheTower.org Staff | 12.29.16 4:28 pm The discovery of a working North Korean missile site that was previously thought to be inactive may suggest that the country is cooperating with Iran on ballistic missile and nuclear technology, Voice of America reported Wednesday. PRESS RELEASE: Strategic Sentinel Finds Previously Unknown North Korean Site Read more here: https://t.co/NJk9a9LBgd#NorthKorea #VOA @W7VOA pic.twitter.com/f3S24izQOn — Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) December 28, 2016 Satellite images taken and analyzed by the intelligence firm Strategic Sentinel discovered a missile silo in Geumchang-ri, a mountainous area in North Pyongan...
  • [N. Korea] Air Koryo flight attendants featured on 2017 calendar

    Air Koryo flight attendants featured on 2017 calendar 2016/12/29 13:32 SHENYANG, China, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has featured a flight crew of its flag carrier Air Koryo in a 2017 calendar of the communist country, obtained Thursday by Yonhap News Agency, in what is seen as an unprecedented move to revitalize its tourism industry amid international sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile developments. The calendar published by the state-run the Korea Publications Export and Import Corp. has the cover showing the airline's two pilots and five flight attendants. The cover of a North Korean calendar for 2017,...
  • [N. Korea] Kim Jong-un seeks to complete nuke development by 2017: N.K. diplomat

    12/27/2016 4:47:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/27
    Kim Jong-un seeks to complete nuke development by 2017: N.K. diplomat 2016/12/27 18:51 SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to complete development of nuclear weapons by the end of 2017 and has no plans to give up the country's nukes even if he is offered huge sums of money, a high-profile North Korean diplomat who recently defected to South Korea said Tuesday. Kim is "racing ahead with nuclear development after setting up a plan to develop it (nuclear weapons) at all costs by the end of 2017," Thae Yong-ho, formerly No. 2 at the...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea likely to conduct nuke test around S. Korea's presidential race: ex-N.K diplomat

    12/25/2016 5:53:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/24
    (LEAD) N. Korea likely to conduct nuke test around S. Korea's presidential race: ex-N.K diplomat 2016/12/24 11:11 SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is seeking to conduct another nuclear test around South Korea's presidential election next year, a high-profile North Korean defector has said, in the latest sign that Pyongyang would not abandon its nuclear program despite growing international pressure. Thae Yong-ho, a former No. 2 official at the North Korean embassy in London, said North Korea's foreign ministry has sent documents to its overseas missions that Pyongyang is seeking to carry out its sixth and seventh nuclear test...
  • How Banned North Korean Seafood Could End Up on Your Dinner Table

    12/23/2016 6:33:44 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 21, 2016
    How Banned North Korean Seafood Could End Up on Your Dinner Table Reuters Updated: Dec 21, 2016 7:58 AM UTC (YANJI, China) — The brightly colored packages advertising "Walleye Pollock" at the West Market in Yanji, a Chinese city near the border with North Korea, say the fish came from China. But 15 vendors interviewed at the market say the fish came in from North Korea to be processed, packaged and mostly sold in China. They say they buy the fish from Chinese wholesalers who deal with their North Korean counterparts at the border. The packaged fish is also exported...
  • North Korea Says US Should Expect ‘Imminent War’ Over Sanctions

    12/22/2016 9:48:53 AM PST · by kevcol · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller news Foundation ^ | December 22, 2016 | Ryan Pickrell
    “The latest UNSC ‘resolution on sanctions’ has created the danger of imminent war on the Korean Peninsula, as there are no judicial and institutional mechanisms to avert a war and armed conflicts and the ‘resolution’ is as good as a declaration of war,” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency. “The U.S. and other countries involved in adopting the ‘resolution on sanctions’ will have to be wholly responsible for the ensuing consequences.” . . . “The DPRK is building the most powerful country in the world on the basis of the self-defensive...
  • [N. Korea] Guilt-by-association: Growing up in a political prison camp

    12/21/2016 6:23:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2016-12-22
    [N. Korea] Guilt-by-association: Growing up in a political prison camp [As Heard in North Korea] Unification Media Group | 2016-12-22 10:42 Beginning in November, the Center for Investigation & Documentation on Human Rights in North Korea (established in accordance with South Korea’s recently passed Human Rights Act) will launch a fact-finding investigation into human rights abuses in North Korea. During the investigation, the South Korean government will create an archive for reports into human rights abuses and build evidence to determine which individuals in the North Korean government are directly responsible for the crimes. In support of these efforts, Daily...
  • N. Korean leader using group photos to show off his hold on power: observers

    12/18/2016 3:35:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/12/18
    N. Korean leader using group photos to show off his hold on power: observers 2016/12/18 09:03 SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is using the group photos he takes on his field inspections to show off his hold on power, Pyongyang watchers in Seoul said Sunday. The observation was made by checking the North's media and related data collected by Seoul's unification ministry, which revealed Kim taking pictures on 20 of the 25 publicized visits he has made since Sept. 30. This is a departure from his usual practice of engaging in group picture sessions only...
  • Kim's nukes can hit Europe: Worst fears about North Korea PROVED by photo

    12/17/2016 5:27:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 17th December 2016 | Michael Havis
    Kim's nukes can hit Europe: Worst fears about North Korea PROVED by photo EUROPE is within range of Kim Jong-un’s weapons, senior government sources have confirmed. By Michael Havis / Published 17th December 2016 Top military officials have warned that North Korea is now able to attach nuclear warheads to missiles. It’s long been disputed how far the rockets can travel, with tests suggesting a range of a few thousand kilometres. But a South Korean government briefing, attended by Daily Star Online, revealed that the distance is likely to be far greater. Lee Sang-hwa, director general of the South's North...
  • North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official

    12/09/2016 7:12:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016 | Phil Stewart
    North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON North Korea appears able to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile but is still struggling with missile re-entry technology necessary for longer range strikes, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday. "I think they could mate a warhead with a delivery device. They're just not sure (about) re-entry," said the official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity. "They're endeavoring to overcome that." North Korea has carried out repeated nuclear and missile tests this year in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions...
  • Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide

    12/08/2016 5:01:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2016-12-06 | Kim Seong Hwan
    Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide Kim Seong Hwan | 2016-12-06 The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB; an NGO) hosted a seminar at the Korea Press Center to discuss illicit drug usage in North Korea. Image: Daily NK. Illicit drug distribution and consumption is pervasive across all regions of North Korea, according to new research presented by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB). Of particular note, it was found that a high proportion of Pyongyang residents use illicit drugs on a regular basis. Lee Gwan Hyeong, a researcher at NKDB, headed...