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  • North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un

    11/18/2014 6:39:57 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    NPR.org ^ | July 21, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    He grins, he fumes, he fights ó and through it all, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dances his way in and out of preposterous situations. That's the premise of a video that has become popular in China and reportedly sparked a protest from North Korea. Citing "a source in China," the Chosun Ilbo reports that "the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, 'seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority.'"
  • Senior North Korean official leaves for Russia

    11/16/2014 8:43:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 10:20 PM EST
    A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left Pyongyang for Russia to discuss ways to improve trade and political ties. Choe Ryong Hae, a senior official in the ruling Workersí Party and one of Kimís close associates, left Pyongyang on Monday. He is scheduled to stay in Russia until Nov. 24. Ö
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN

    11/13/2014 4:53:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters(via The Guardian) ^ | 13 November 2014
    Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN Comments by special rapporteur in North Korea are strongest yet about supreme leaderís responsibility for abuses Reuters in Seoul The Guardian, Thursday 13 November 2014 08.30 GMT A UN investigator has said there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accountable for ďmassiveĒ human rights atrocities committed by the state. The comments by Marzuki Darusman, special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, are some of the strongest yet from the UN about Kimís responsibility for what they say are widespread abuses. A UN inquiry concluded in...
  • Cuba wants to weaken UN resolution on North Korea

    11/12/2014 3:30:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 12, 2014 6:05 PM EST | Cara Anna
    Cuba is challenging a resolution in the U.N. General Assembly on human rights in North Korea, seeking to cut key language about a referral to the International Criminal Court that has Pyongyang nervous. The draft amendment obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press warns that such language sets ďa dangerous precedent that could be applied in the future against any developing country.źĒ North Korea has been shaken this year by a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry report that detailed widespread human rights abuses in the impoverished but nuclear-armed country and warned that leader Kim Jong Un could be held accountable. The...
  • White House: No diplomatic outreach in Clapperís visit to North Korea

    11/09/2014 4:17:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/14 | Kyle Balluck
    White House: No diplomatic outreach in Clapperís visit to North Korea By Kyle Balluck - 11/09/14 06:30 AM EST Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to North Korea with the ďsole purposeĒ of obtaining the release of Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, according to a senior administration official. The official spoke to reporters traveling with President Obama early Sunday morning before Air Force One took off for the presidentís Asia trip. ďIt was not to pursue any diplomatic opening,Ē the official said, according to a pool reporter, adding that Clapper was selected for the secret mission because...
  • Last 2 Americans held in North Korea freed, heading home

    11/08/2014 5:29:10 PM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/8/14 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been allowed to leave North Korea "and are on their way home," the U.S. government announced Saturday, leaving no more Americans detained in the reclusive East Asian nation. The pair were released after a rare, last-second trip by a top American official -- U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper -- to Pyongyang as an envoy of President Barack Obama, a senior State Department official told CNN.
  • North Korea executes members of Workers' Party for watching South Korean soap operas

    11/08/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 60 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Allies of Kim Jong-un's ousted uncle among the victims of firing squads, some for watching South Korean television As many as 50 senior members of the North Korean government and military have been publicly executed so far this year, according to South Korea's intelligence agency. The victims of the purges - which the National Intelligence Service believes are continuing - include 10 members of the ruling Workers' Party who were executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising.
  • North Korea Releases 2 Detained Americans

    11/08/2014 7:54:26 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been released from North Korea, where they were detained for two years and seven months, respectively, the U.S. State Department announced Saturday.
  • Stephens: Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality

    11/14/2013 4:38:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2013 | Bret Stephens
    France, Israel and Saudi Arabia confront an administration conducting a make-believe foreign policy. When the history of the Obama administration's foreign policy is written 20 or so years from now, the career of Wendy Sherman, our chief nuclear negotiator with Iran, will be instructive. In 1988, the former social worker ran the Washington office of the Dukakis campaign and worked at the Democratic National Committee. That was the year the Massachusetts governor carried 111 electoral votes to George H.W. Bush's 426. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sherman was briefly the CEO of something called the Fannie Mae Foundation, supposedly a charity...
  • WikiLeaks: North Korea Shipped 19 Advanced Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Tehran

    11/29/2010 1:21:15 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 32 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 29, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Berlin and Moscow now within range of the vile, apocalyptic Iranian regime...Most defense experts had heard of individual advanced missile components supplied to Tehran by Pyongyang- but entire nuclear-capable North Korean missiles complete with their massive boosters are a bit of a shocker... and how did they get them there, anyway? Alas, the BM-25's were indeed serendipitously sent, and are already in Iran... where they are being studied, improved, while the technologies are applied to their space program and ongoing development of an ICBM that can reach the US mainland. They immediately increase the range Iran's arsenal to 2000 miles...
  • Uganda-North Korea ties grow amid democracy doubts

    10/31/2014 1:42:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Rodney Muhumza
    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a state banquet late Thursday in honor of North Koreaís ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism. Kim Yong Nam, the president of the countryís parliament, is in Uganda as part of a rare tour of Africa, where North Korea has actively tried to cultivate potential allies like the long-serving, increasingly anti-West Museveni. The North Koreans are training Ugandan police in martial arts and Museveni hailed North Korea for helping to mechanize Ugandaís military over the years. North Korea is also training Ugandan military...
  • S. Korea Spy Agency: North Korea Leader Had Ankle Surgery

    10/28/2014 3:26:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 28, 2014 | VOA News
    What caused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to begin walking with a cane earlier this month? Ankle surgery, says South Korea's spy agency, as reported by Yonhap news agency on Tuesday. Kimís six-week absence from public events set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world, from serious health issues to a possible coup. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told South Korean legislators that a foreign doctor flew to the counrty and operated on Kim in September or October to remove a cyst from his ankle, said Park Byeong-seok, an aide for opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min.
  • North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says

    10/25/2014 4:45:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Felicia Schwartz
    North Korea Closer to Building Nuclear Missile, Pentagon Says Nation Now Capable of Building Miniaturized Warhead, U.S. General Reports By Felicia Schwartz Updated Oct. 24, 2014 7:04 p.m. ET WASHINGTONóNorth Korea probably has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, a top U.S. commander said Friday, moving it closer to building a nuclear missile. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea now is capable of building a miniaturized nuclear warhead, a step needed to complete development of a nuclear-tipped missile....
  • Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

    10/24/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Richard Weizel
    Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ... Ebola fears have also touched one of the world's most reclusive countries, North Korea, which will bar entry...
  • China opposes sending North Korea to intíl court

    10/23/2014 2:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:28 AM EDT
    China says itís against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assemblyís human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the Northís dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions. Ö
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his countryís dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraqís successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddamís quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • (URGENT) Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

    10/19/2014 3:16:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/19
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  • Kim Jong Un mystery: Health questions remain as leader resurfaces with cane

    10/14/2014 12:07:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/14/2014
    SEOUL, South Korea Ė After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse. Now, a new, albeit smaller, mystery has emerged: Why the cane? Kim, who was last seen publicly at a Sept. 3 concert, appeared in images released by state media Tuesday smiling broadly and supporting himself with a walking stick while touring the newly built Wisong Scientists Residential District and another new institute in Pyongyang, part of his regular "field guidance" tours. The North didn't say when the visit...
  • North Korea leader Kim re-appears, with walking stick: state media

    10/14/2014 3:05:34 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | Tony Munroe
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Tuesday after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive, nuclear-capable country. Several pictures on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing on a visit to a housing development, although there was no indication which day the event took place. He was surrounded by aides and wearing his signature dark buttoned suit, and appeared to be supporting himself with a black walking stick.
  • Gout or Out: North Koreaís No-Show Leader Keeps ĎEm Guessing: Is Kim Jong Un Dead or What?

    10/12/2014 5:29:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/12/2014 | Kevin Bleyer
    Just where did the Supreme Leader go? An undisclosed location? Or that great Sun Palace in the sky? Is it gout, or is he out? If weíre grasping at explanations for North Korean leader Kim Jong Unís un-expected and un-explained absence over the past month, there can be only two: either heís indisposed, or heís deposed. Actually, thatís not true. Considering the grand tradition of un-predictability in the Hermit Kingdom, there are countless other possibilities. The Supreme Leader may have been in a mountainside retreat, composing new condemnations against Americaís comedians. Or in an underground bunker, yelling at his nationís...
  • [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...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un misses shrine visit, KCNA reports

    10/10/2014 11:32:12 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/10/14 | Madison Park
    The mystery of Kim Jong Un's whereabouts deepened Friday after the North Korean leader appeared to have missed a ceremony to pay tribute to his late father and grandfather on what is an important national anniversary. Kim's name was absent from the list of attendees at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on the 69th anniversary of the Workers' Party of North Korea, issued by state news agency KCNA on Friday. The Workers' Party, founded in 1945, is North Korea's political party and is considered one of the country's most crucial institutions alongside the military. According to KCNA,...
  • North Koreaís Kim Jong-un misses key celebration, but sources say coup rumors are false

    10/10/2014 10:23:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/10/14 | Fox News
    The mysterious disappearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un from public view for the last 35 days fueled wide speculation that he was ill or the victim of a possible coup, but a senior U.S. intelligence official calls the rumors false, and a Reuters source insists heís ďin total control.Ē After weeks of unexplained absences, chatter on Kimís whereabouts reached a fever pitch after he was conspicuously not on a list of dignitaries at an anniversary celebration of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party Friday. An official state media dispatch listed senior government, military and party officials who paid...
  • North Korea fires artillery into South: Yonhap

    10/10/2014 3:18:31 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Oct 10, 2014 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - North Korea fired artillery into South Korea on Friday, aimed at a region near the rivals' military border where an activist group had sent leaflets flying into the North, Yonhap news agency said.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparent no-show at major event

    10/10/2014 3:38:58 AM PDT · by bd476 · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 10, 2014 | By Paul Alexander and Ashley Rowland
    Stars and Stripes October 10, 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparent no-show at major event By Paul Alexander and Ashley Rowland North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly was a no-show Friday at one of the countryís biggest annual events, further fueling speculation that he is seriously ill or no longer in power. Kim, who took over† the reins of the reclusive communist country nearly three years ago following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, was last seen in public Sept. 3. This is the longest period that he has been out of the public...
  • All eyes on North Korean holiday for signs of Kim Jong Un

    10/09/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/09/2014 | Madison Park
    <p>Kim Jong Un didn't show up to the anniversary marking his father's election to the Workers' Party on Wednesday. He wasn't at the parliamentary assembly late last month either.</p> <p>On Friday, observers will scrutinize the 69th anniversary celebration of North Korea's Workers' Party for signs of the young leader.</p>
  • North, South Korea naval patrol boats exchange fire

    10/06/2014 8:21:55 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 25 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 07 Oct 2014
    SEOUL: North and South Korean naval patrol boats briefly exchanged fire on Tuesday (Oct 7) near their disputed Yellow Sea border which has been the site of numerous clashes in the past, the South's defence ministry said. The incident came as hopes had been raised of a constructive reboot in strained inter-Korean relations following the surprise visit of a top-ranking North Korean delegation to the South just three days before. The defence ministry said the South's patrol boat had initially fired a warning shot after the North Korean vessel penetrated half a nautical mile inside the South's territorial waters.
  • North Korea says nothing wrong with leader Kim Jong-Un's health: South Korea

    10/04/2014 7:35:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    SEOUL: There is nothing wrong with the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a senior North Korean official said during an extremely rare visit to the South, after rumours of a debilitating illness or even a coup in Pyongyang. South Korea's unification minister Ryoo Kihl-Jae, speaking on a television talk show Sunday, quoted Kim Yang-Gon as saying: "There is nothing wrong with the health of Secretary Kim". Kim Yang-Gon, who heads a ruling party department in charge of South Korea-related affairs, visited the South's western port of Incheon Saturday to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games, along...
  • Sorry, North Korea Conspiracists: Kim Jong Un Is Probably Just Sick

    10/04/2014 5:38:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 37 replies
    Time ^ | 10/03/2014 | Hannah Beech
    North Korean state media reports also serve to educate local elite who know how to read between the lines. ďThese are signals but signals only for people in the know,Ē says Lankov. ďI am quite sure the official media reports about his ill health would have been signed off on by the great man himself.Ē Another possible hint that Kim is not fully incapacitated, as some of the wilder North Korea rumors have it: a leadership shuffle was recently announced in Pyongyang. ďI donít think that would have been authorized without him,Ē says Lankov. ďHe may be undergoing some sort...
  • Rumors of North Korean Coup Persist

    10/04/2014 5:06:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/10/14 | Gil Ronen
    Rumors of a military coup in North Korea persist as leader Kim Jong-un's prolonged absence from public view continues. Kim has not been seen in public for a month, leading to rumors that a military coup has broken out in North Korea and Kim has been arrested. Other rumors have it that Kim has gout or has suffered a sort of stroke just as his late father, Kim Jong-il, did in 2008. The US is aware of the reports. "I can just say that I have no confirmation of the reports. We've seen them, but we don't have any confirmation,"...
  • North Korea shock. Something big is happening

    10/04/2014 6:41:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 123 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/04/14 | Thomas Lifson
    It is impossible to know exactly what is going on in North Korea, but something big has happened. The third generation Kim dynasty heir, Kim Jong-un, has been missing from public sight for a month, and may be ill, dead, or overthrown. There is much speculation, and contradictory reports are circulating, including the assertion that Pyongyang is sealed off, and no one is being permitted to enter or leave.
  • 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...
  • North Korea capital 'under lockdown' amid rumours of threat to Kim Jong-un

    10/03/2014 12:18:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/03/2014 | Julian Ryall
    The North Korean capital has been placed under lockdown, according to sources with Pyongyang, raising new questions about the stability of Kim Jong-un's regime. Quoting sources within North Korea, the respected New Focus International news web site has reported that a ban on new travel passes to leave or enter Pyongyang was introduced on September 27. And while the North Korean authorities have in the past limited access to the capital, the latest restrictions even apply to permanent residents of Pyongyang, who are by definition the elite of the regime. "This sort of action suggests there has either been an...
  • Report: Pyongyang in ďlockdownĒ as rumors swirl about coup in North Korea

    10/03/2014 12:30:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/3/2014 | Allahpundit
    Isnít Pyongyang always in ďlockdownĒ?Ah well. At times like these, when it feels like the world is coming apart at the seams, I take comfort in our presidentís track record of foreign policy excellence. [W]hile the North Korean authorities have in the past limited access to the capital, the latest restrictions even apply to permanent residents of Pyongyang, who are by definition the elite of the regime.ďThis sort of action suggests there has either been an attempted coup or that the authorities there have uncovered some sort of plot against the leadership,Ē Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyoís Waseda University...
  • Has Kim Jong-Un lost control of North Korea? Pyongyang is on lockdown and nation's former

    10/03/2014 10:46:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a 'puppet leader'. Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il's propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it's been reported. The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lockdown with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung's claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is...
  • Is North Korea still digging tunnels to the South?

    10/02/2014 8:21:19 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | October 2, 2014 | Paula Hancocks
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Gen. Hahn Sung-Chu never believed North Korea could dig a tunnel that reached Seoul -- until now. Standing inside a basement of an apartment block in the heart of the capital, the former two-star general in the South Korean military says, "This is a kind of invasion, North Korean soldiers working underneath us." Hahn says residents had complained of underground vibrations, but the subway does not run beneath them. He says dowsers detected three tunnels, 13 to 16 feet (4 to 5 meters) wide at a depth of up to 39 feet (12 meters). His...
  • Mystery Over North Korean Leader Fuels Health Rumors

    09/29/2014 9:11:28 AM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 22 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 9-29-14 | FOSTER KLUG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ó North Korea's authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him limping and overweight and mentions his "discomfort." What follows is a smorgasbord of media speculation about what's eating Kim Jong Un. Maybe it's gout, unidentified sources tell South Korean reporters, or diabetes, or high blood pressure. A thinly sourced British report says the Swiss-educated dictator has been laid low by a massive cheese addiction. A headline in Seoul offers up the possibility of a common South Korean obsession: fried chicken and beer....
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 'has illness'

    09/26/2014 1:34:53 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 September 2014 | CNN
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has an unspecified medical problem, state media report, after he failed to appear at a key political event. A report on state television said on Thursday that Mr Kim, 31, was in an "uncomfortable physical condition" but gave no details. Earlier, the leader was absent from a session of the Supreme People's Assembly - North Korea's legislature. Mr Kim has not been seen in public for more than three weeks. His non-appearance at the SPA - to which he was elected in March with 100% of the vote - on Thursday prompted renewed speculation about...
  • Kim Jong Un hasnít been seen for weeks and no one is quite sure why

    09/26/2014 11:15:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/26/2014 | Adam Taylor
    In North Korea, political life revolves around Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Yet Kim appeared to have skipped a high-level governmental meeting Thursday Ė and no one seems to know quite why. Televised footage of the reopening of North Korea's Supreme Peopleís Assembly did not show Kim at the meeting, the Associated Press reports. South Korean officials tasked with keeping tabs on the North now believe that it is the first time that Kim has missed a meeting at Pyongyang's parliament since his father died in December 2011. In fact, Kim, usually a focus of North Korean state media, has...
  • North Korea: Where is Kim Jong-un Hiding?

    09/24/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/24/2014 | Lewis Dean
    South Korea will pay even closer attention to rogue neighbour North Korea's parliamentary session on 25 September, after reports that its supreme leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for three weeks. South Korean reports claim that the dictator has not been seen since attending a concert on 3 September with his wife Ri Sol Ju. Eyebrows were raised over the thought to be 31-year-old's health after he was seen hobbling from a suspected leg injury during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather Kim Il Sung in July. He was also seen...
  • American is sentenced to six-years hard labor in communist country (North Korea)

    09/14/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 September 2014 | By Associated Press
    The American who tore up his own tourist visa on landing in North Korea and demanded to be arrested so that he could experience prison life in the communist nation has been sentenced to six years hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage. Matthew Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, looked thin and pale at his trial in Pyongyang on Sunday, as he was handed out his sentence. Miller, who looked thin and pale at the trial and was dressed completely in black, is one of three Americans now being held in North Korea.
  • North Korea Still Owes $393,000,000 For Volvos It Bought In 1974

    09/05/2014 12:11:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:19 pm | Jason Torchinsky
    When we ran a story a while back about the cars of North Korea, one photo in particular caught my eye. In that photo was a green 1974 Volvo 144, which made me wonder if it was part of those 1000 legendary stolen Volvos Iíd heard rumors about. It was, because those rumors are true. Itís around the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest state-sponsored mass carjackings in history, a fact that Newsweek commemorated with an article last week. That article stated that the total amount owed for those thousand Volvos is now up to Ä300 million ($393 million...
  • North Korea hosts pro-wrestling tournament - video

    08/31/2014 4:55:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8-31-14 | unattributed
    The Pyongyang International Pro-Wrestling Contest is held in North Korea's capital with several American wrestlers taking part in the event. The two-day contest is hosted by former professional wrestler and politician Antonio Inoki, according to Seoul's Yonhap news agency. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed heavy emphasis on sport since assuming power in 2012
  • Rogers: Obamaís inertia on Syria-Islamic State part of foreign policy plan empowering rivals

    08/31/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obamaís inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations. ďItís all related,Ē Rogers, R-Mich., told ďFox News Sunday." ďThe world sees the United States as withdrawn.Ē Rogers said the presidentís apparent disengagement or slow response is the reason China has engaged U.S. pilots and Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved into eastern Ukraine without fear of consequence. ďU.S. foreign policy is...
  • North Korea Lectures #Ferguson Police on Excessive Use of Force

    08/28/2014 9:15:23 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/28/2014 | Jim Hoft
    The freedom-loving regime in North Korea lectured Ferguson for their ‚Äúbrutal‚ÄĚ response to Ferguson looters and rioters. This is the same regime that reportedly executed a top official by flamethrower.The Riverfront Times reported: North Korea loves to hate on the United States. The armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 never really ended it, and Kim Jong-un‚Äôs propaganda machine churns out anti-American rhetoric like we‚Äôre still knee-deep in bloody conflict. So it‚Äôs not surprising that the isolationist regime released its own statement criticizing how law enforcement handled the massive unrest that took over Ferguson after officer Darren Wilson shot...
  • North Korea Just Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border, Rising Tensions

    08/20/2014 9:53:20 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 8-20-2014 | Bobby Yip
    North Korea Just Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions Jeremy BenderAugust 20, 2014 In a sign of the continuing decline in relations between North Korea and China, Pyongyang moved a number of tanks and armored vehicles away from South Korea to the Chinese border, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing an anonymous source. North Korea has reportedly deployed 80 tanks to Ryanggang Province, directly across the border from China. The tanks were reinforced with armored infantry units, multiple rocket launchers, and a sharpshooter brigade. According to Chosun Ilbo, this...
  • North Korea Insults John Kerry Over His Looks

    08/20/2014 6:26:37 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw." North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.
  • NYTimes Reporter: Obama ĎGreatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generationí

    08/17/2014 11:10:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    President Barack Obama is no friend of press freedom, says a New York Times reporter who may be sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. ďA lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin,Ē reporter James Risen told his own paper in a profile about his plight published Saturday. ďThey donít want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. Heís the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.Ē Risenís troubles stem from the 2006 publication of his book ďState of War,Ē...
  • North Korea launches surfing tours

    08/13/2014 5:51:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:51AM BST 12 Aug 2014 | Hamish MacDonald, NK News
    The North Korean government is now offering surfing tours to the countryís east coast, the state media has announced. Three resorts on North Koreaís 1,550 mile-long eastern coastline are open for tourists: Songdowon, Lake Sijung and Majon, according to the Pyongyang Times. ďThe first surfing tour ran between July 28 and August 6,Ē the newspaper reported. ďAmerican surfers said they had a very good time in the resort with fascinating scenery and a refreshing environment,Ē it added. Ö
  • Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

    08/09/2014 7:36:14 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 14 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 26, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east Beirut. Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra...