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  • Report: North Koreans Fight over Each Other’s Excrement to Meet Human Fertilizer Quota

    10/18/2019 1:10:26 PM PDT · by familyop · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 17, 2019 | BEN KEW
    North Korean laborers have started fighting over and stealing each other’s excrement in an attempt to meet an impossible quota collection in time to prepare fertilizer for next year’s farming season, a report revealed this week...The quota, ordered by dictator Kim Jong-un in his New Year’s address, ordered that each household should meet a quota amounting to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) per able-bodied citizen. According to local sources, the quota was intentionally unattainable because its true goal was to force citizens to pay fines and bribes for their failure to meet the necessary targets.
  • Three countries where Donald Trump is popular

    10/18/2019 2:50:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | October 1, 2019 | Monti Datta, Quartz
    President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial world leaders in modern times, igniting the ire of America’s staunchest allies. Whether it’s the proposed Muslim ban, the US border wall and immigration, or his praise of authoritarian leaders, Trump is deft at inciting deep divisions among the public. In 2018, political scientist Daniel Drezner summarized this consensus in The Washington Post: “The world hates President Trump.” Data from the Pew Research Center illustrates Drezner’s thinking. For the residents of US allies, their confidence in the US president dropped substantially from the last year of Obama’s presidency to the beginning...
  • Denuclearization dialogue leads to more North Korean warheads

    10/17/2019 4:13:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 12 replies
    The Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | By Yi Whan-woo, Kim Yoo-chul
    By Yi Whan-woo, Kim Yoo-chul As nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States remain in a stalemate after no "substantial outcome" from their recent encounter in Sweden, the lack of visible progress in the denuclearization dialogue is raising concerns that the North is "buying time" for its military and nuclear advancement. During an Asan Institute for Policy Studies security forum held in Seoul, Tuesday, Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the Washington-based RAND Corporation, claimed that despite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's promise to end his nuclear program, Pyongyang has not taken any meaningful measures toward this....
  • Bolton Warns Trump: North Korea ‘Will Never Give Up’ Nukes

    09/30/2019 3:31:56 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 76 replies
    Breaking Defense (News) ^ | 30 September 2019 | Colin Clark
    WASHINGTON: Ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton said Kim Jong Un “will never give up” nuclear weapons voluntarily — an implicit warning to his former boss. Bolton was restating a consensus view of the Intelligence Community, one that runs counter to President Trump’s faith that the North Korean dynast can be wheedled and cajoled. Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today, Bolton attracted a forest of TV cameras hoping for some fireworks. They probably thought they were getting something hot when Bolton made his comment about North Korea but, as Breaking D readers know, the Intelligence Community’s...
  • Coast Guard makes contact with crew members in stricken cargo ship off Georgia, all confirmed alive

    09/09/2019 9:19:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 9, 2019 | Travis Fedschun
    Rescuers made contact Monday with four crew members stuck inside a South Korea-owned cargo ship that overturned and caught fire near a major port in Georgia over the weekend, said the U.S. Coast Guard, adding that officials are working to free the quartet from the massive vessel, The Golden Ray, a 656-foot vehicle carrier, listed "heavily" and then rolled over on its side early Sunday in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Ga., according to the Coast Guard. Rescuers drilled a hole overnight through the ship's hull and made contact with the four crew members, who had been listed as missing....
  • Korean solar panel maker hiring more workers at its factory in Dalton, Georgia

    09/01/2019 10:47:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Times Free Press ^ | August 21, 2019 | Staff
    The largest solar panel production facility of its kind in the Western Hemisphere is continuing to add staff at its $157 million factory in Dalton, Georgia, which began production six months ago. The Korean solar panel maker Hanwha Q CELLS is conducting a hiring fair Thursday in Dalton, Georgia, as it adds another 50 jobs at its 200,000-square-foot plant in the Carbondale Business Park in Dalton. The plant already employs 600 workers and is expects to reach full production — and to conduct a ceremonial ribbon cutting — in the next month. "Our first products shipped from the factory this...

    08/27/2019 2:02:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 26 August 2019 | Tom Connor
    Pesident Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran and North Korea have "tremendous potential" he hoped to help them achieve should they reach deals with the United States. Trump made the remarks Monday at the G7 summit in the French city of Biarritz, where he was joined by fellow leaders from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif too arrived in the city for separate consultations with France that were apparently welcomed by Trump. "I'm looking to have a really good Iran, really strong, we're not looking for...
  • Why doesn't Trump stop courting Kim Jong-un despite repeated missile tests? (Korea Times)

    08/24/2019 5:15:52 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 38 replies
    The Korea TImes (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA) ^ | 24 August 2019 | The Korea Times (South Korea)
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, has been "pretty straight" with him. "Kim Jong-un has been ... pretty straight with me," Trump told reporters at the White House after North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, according to the South Korean military. (Reuters) Earlier North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a...
  • Diplomatic Rift Between Japan, South Korea Makes U.S. Intel Gathering Harder

    08/23/2019 4:21:02 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 22, 2019 5:30 PM | Ben Werner
    Diplomatic Rift Between Japan, South Korea Makes U.S. Intel Gathering Harder By: Ben Werner August 22, 2019 5:30 PM The South Korean government’s intent to end an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan is more than a slight toward its neighbor, but a blow to U.S. efforts at monitoring North Korean activities and countering Chinese influence, experts say. South Korea announced Thursday it doesn’t plan to renew the General Security of Military Information Agree (GSOMIA) with Japan and the U.S., the latest escalation in a brewing diplomatic spat between Seoul and Tokyo. The announcement from South Korea’s Moon Jae-in administration follows moves...
  • Trump wants South Korea to pay more to keep U.S. troops there

    08/12/2019 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 31 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 8/12/19 | Jesse Johnson
    In a move likely to have implications for Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that discussions have begun with South Korea to get the Asian ally to pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops there. “South Korea has agreed to pay substantially more money to the United States in order to defend itself from North Korea,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post, saying that Seoul had paid the U.S. “very little” over the “past many decades.” “Talks have begun to further increase payments to the United States,” he wrote. “South Korea is a very wealthy nation that...
  • Trump: Kim wants to meet again, apologized for missile tests

    08/10/2019 12:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WHAM-TV ^ | August 10, 2019 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to "start negotiations" after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end. He also said Kim apologized for the flurry of recent short-range missile tests that has rattled U.S. allies in the region. Trump is tweeting more details from the "beautiful" three-page letter he told reporters on Friday that he'd received from Kim. Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, said Kim spent much of his letter complaining about "the ridiculous and expensive exercises," which North...
  • North Korean leader says missile launches were 'warning' against allies' joint exercise

    08/07/2019 12:03:49 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 7 August 2019 | Korea Times (via Yonhap News Agency)
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week's missile launches were an "adequate warning" against the joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States that kicked off earlier this week, state media reported Wednesday. On Tuesday, North Korea fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, the fourth such launch in less than two weeks. They flew about 450 kilometers across the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). "Two tactical guided missiles launched at the operational airfield in the western area of the country flew...
  • Trump is now featured on North Korean commemorative stamps

    08/04/2019 5:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | August 4, 2019 | Tim O'Donnell
    President Trump has left his mark on North Korea. Literally. In June, North Korea released a set of stamps commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Singapore summit, when Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an attempt to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, as well as to nudge North Korea toward the process of denuclearization. The stamps, which were originally reported by Kyodo News, are reportedly on sale in Pyongyang and show things like Trump and Kim shaking hands or the two leaders signing a joint agreement after the meeting. The stamps were apparently a hit,...
  • South Korea fires 'warning shots' as 'Russian and Chinese aircraft violate' its airspace

    07/22/2019 8:27:12 PM PDT · by cba123 · 18 replies
    The Express ^ | PUBLISHED: 03:48, Tue, Jul 23, 2019 UPDATED: 04:10, Tue, Jul 23, 2019 | By BRIAN MCGLEENON
    SOUTH KOREA's defence ministry has confirmed its military fired warning shots after Russian aircraft violated its airspace on Tuesday. The warning shots were fired after Russian military jets intruded into the Republic of Korea's airspace. (please see full article, at the link)
  • South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft in its airspace

    07/22/2019 8:20:48 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 3 replies
    Reuteurs ^ | JULY 22, 2019 | Joyce Lee
    The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.
  • Huawei helped North Korea build wireless network and secretly collected Czech data

    07/22/2019 2:59:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 07/22/2019 | Stuart Lau
    On Monday, The Washington Post reported that, based on sources and documents it had obtained from a former Huawei employee, the company had “secretly helped” Pyongyang build and maintain North Korea’s commercial wireless network. Huawei partnered with Panda International Information Technology, a Chinese state-owned firm, on a number of projects spanning at least eight years, according to The Post’s report. The revelations raise questions about whether Huawei, which has used American technology in its components, violated US export controls to furnish equipment to North Korea, where the isolated regime has faced extensive international sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme and...
  • Review of "Armies of Sand: . . . Arab Military Effectiveness" by Kenneth M. Pollack

    07/15/2019 2:25:00 PM PDT · by LS · 40 replies
    self | 2019 | Kenneth M. Pollack
    This continues my attempt to bring noteworthy books to the attention of Freepers. Vanity? Not really, but it is a way for me to organize in a short review the main points of relevant books to our current economic, military, or political issues. "Armies of Sand" is an analysis by former CIA analyst and AEI scholar Kenneth Pollack. Although this was in part his doctoral dissertation, he has gone on to write many books about the military and especially the Middle East. He begins by looking at the Six-Day War and Arab/Egyptian military ineffectiveness, noting the AE military superiority of...
  • Stunning North Korean propaganda film shows Trump's critics are wrong

    07/03/2019 6:56:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    The Fanatic Trump-haters in the media are once again proven wrong, as the North Korean media are stoking public expectations of a deal that will improve their lives. Far from a photo-op that strengthens Kim and denigrates Trump and the USA, the regime's propaganda is stoking North Korean public expectations of a successful denuclearization deal. It also features President Trump as a wise and courageous leader. A remarkable 16-minute North Korean propaganda video has been subtitled and posted to YouTube, and the tone, narration, music, and cinematography all point to efforts to sell the public on a new era that...
  • WH reporters offer rare praise after Grisham runs interference with Kim Jong Un goons

    07/02/2019 8:00:12 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2019
    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham started her tenure on the right foot with the White House press corps — the same foot she pivoted off to shove North Korean guards aside so reporters could cover President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Grisham won applause from journalists excited to see her take decisive action Sunday ensuring coverage of the historic meeting in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A clip of Grisham’s Sunday scuffle played on TVs in White House workspaces on Monday morning as journalists who were there relayed the experience to colleagues, recalling that North Korean guards hadn't screened the...
  • Gen. Keane 'confident' US diplomats won't back third Trump-Kim summit..

    07/01/2019 11:10:58 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 75 replies
    fox ^ | 07/01/2019 | Anna Hopkins
    Following President Trump's controversial meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Fox News senior strategist analyst Gen. Jack Keane argued it's imperative that the government see real evidence of denuclearization from the country before negotiating further.