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  • North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles just days after cruise missile launch

    09/15/2021 3:58:15 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 15, 2021 | Michelle Lee
    TOKYO —North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday, just two days after it announced a test of a new long-range cruise missile, in what is likely a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The projectiles were identified as short-range ballistic missiles by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed, it would be the first such test since March.... U.S. military officials said they have assessed that the Wednesday launch “does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies.” Still, “the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the...
  • Giuliani's business ties create challenge (Chinese organized crime)

    11/26/2007 12:04:27 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 39 replies · 162+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 21, 2007 | Andrew Zajac and Evan Osnos
    Nine days after registering his presidential exploratory committee last November, Rudolph Giuliani appeared in Singapore to help a Las Vegas developer make a pitch for a $3.5 billion casino resort. Though the bid ultimately failed, and there was nothing illegal about the involvement, it drew Giuliani into a complex partnership with the family of a controversial Hong Kong billionaire who has ties to the regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Il and has been linked to international organized crime by the U.S. government. ... Giuliani's public involvement in the gaming bid began at a September 2006 news conference in Singapore...
  • North Korea launches two ballistic missiles for first time in nearly a year

    03/24/2021 10:26:48 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 24 Mar 2021 | Kaelan Deese, Breaking News Reporter
    North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on Thursday local time for the first time in a nearly year. "We are aware of North Korean missile launches this morning into the East Sea. We will continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our allies and partners," a Department of Defense spokesperson wrote in an email to the Washington Examiner... ...North Korea also test-fired two short-range cruise missiles over the weekend, South Korean defense officials said on Wednesday. The weekend test did not violate United Nations resolutions, which restrict North Korea from developing or launching ballistic missile technologies.
  • North Korea appears to have fired ballistic missile, Japanese Coast Guard says

    03/24/2021 3:32:10 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 35 replies
    BREAKING: North Korea appears to have fired ballistic missile, Japanese Coast Guard says - NHK
  • Biden defense secretary warns US forces ready to 'fight tonight' after North Korea warning

    03/18/2021 10:30:50 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03.18.2021 | Audrey Conklin
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday warned North Korea that U.S. forces are ready to "fight tonight" after the dictatorship condemned military drills taking place in South Korea. The U.S. and South Korean militaries have resumed springtime drills in South Korea after pausing exercises last February due to coronavirus concerns. Austin discussed the U.S. military's commitment to "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and "the importance of maintaining military readiness" during a press conference Wednesday. "Our force remains ready to 'fight tonight,' and we continue to make progress toward the eventual transition of wartime Operational Control to a [Republic of Korea]-commanded,...
  • Biden defense secretary warns US forces ready to 'fight tonight' after North Korea warning

    03/18/2021 9:41:11 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 118 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 March 2021 | Audrey Conklin
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday warned North Korea that U.S. forces are ready to "fight tonight" after the dictatorship condemned military drills taking place in South Korea. The U.S. and South Korean militaries have resumed springtime drills in South Korea after pausing exercises last February due to coronavirus concerns. Austin discussed the U.S. military's commitment to "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and "the importance of maintaining military readiness" during a press conference Wednesday. "Our force remains ready to 'fight tonight,' and we continue to make progress toward the eventual transition of wartime Operational Control to a [Republic of Korea]-commanded,...
  • South Korea, US will start military drills

    02/14/2021 10:05:55 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 15 replies
    http://www.koreaherald.com ^ | Feb 14, 2021 | By Choi Si-young
    South Korea and the US will begin their biannual joint military exercises in the second week of March, carrying out computer simulations of war against North Korea for nine days, sources said Sunday. Seoul and Washington, which have held them to deter aggression from Pyongyang since the 1953 Korean War armistice, now take part in computer-based war games rather than all-out field exercises. The two allies still do not see eye to eye on testing Korea’s readiness to take over the wartime operational command from the US, which has been responsible since the war broke out. They skipped stage two...
  • Kim Jong-un's Message for Joe Biden: We Will Bring U.S. 'to Its Knees'

    01/10/2021 3:58:22 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JAN 10, 2021 3:15 PM ET | Rick Moran
    With all the hubbub going on in Washington, poor Kim Jong-un must have felt left out and ignored. Kim doesn’t like to be ignored. If the world doesn’t pay attention to him for a few weeks, he’ll throw a tantrum and threaten to destroy his enemies. State media in North Korea reported yesterday that Kim addressed the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, talking up the economy, the strides in missile technology, and how he was going to bring the U.S. to its knees. “Our external political activities must focus on our arch-enemy and the fundamental obstacle to...
  • Kim Yo Jong Is Ready to Become the First Woman Dictator in Modern History

    12/28/2020 12:22:09 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 49 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 12/28/20 | Donald Kirk
    Kim Yo Jong Is Ready to Become the First Woman Dictator in Modern History Kim Jong Un’s little sister has emerged as North Korea’s most outspoken attack dog, securing her place as a possible successor to the leadership SEOUL—The star of the younger sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has risen so fast and high in the country’s ruling firmament in 2020 as to make her appear as a stand-in for big brother if not his rival for power. At 32, four years younger than Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong has made her presence known through shockingly tough...
  • Stealth parade confounds North Korea watchers (In surprise move, Kim conducts mighty military parade, complete with apparent ICBMs, in darkness)

    10/10/2020 7:46:23 AM PDT · by cba123 · 18 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Today | By ANDREW SALMON OCTOBER 10, 2020
    SEOUL – North Korea – a nation known for springing surprises upon the world – has done it again. A mighty military parade was widely anticipated today, the 75th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea. But as the hours ticked by on Saturday nothing was seen. Only in late evening, did state media broadcast the event, which appeared to have taken place earlier in the day. Highly unusually, the parade had clearly taken place in darkness.
  • United States Files Complaint to Forfeit More Than $2.37 Million From Companies Accused of Laundering Funds to Benefit Sanctioned North Korean Entities

    07/23/2020 2:39:38 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 23, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia
    WASHINGTON - The United States has filed a complaint to forfeit $2,372,793 associated with four companies, announced the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael R. Sherwin, Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office, and Steven Cagen, Special Agent in Charge of the HSI Denver Field Office.            The complaint alleges that the four companies laundered United States dollars on behalf of sanctioned North Korean banks.  According to the complaint, the North Korean banks used these laundered funds as part of a scheme to procure goods for...
  • BILL'S H'WOOD BLOCKBUSTER (MOVIE MOGUL, P.R. FIRM STAGED Bubba Clinton's RETURN 'SPECIAL'

    08/06/2009 6:24:25 AM PDT · by xtinct · 15 replies · 1,007+ views
    NY Post ^ | 8/6/09 | GEOFF EARLE
    Bill Clinton's triumphant return from North Korea with two rescued US journalists had Hollywood written all over it -- from the Burbank airport to the big-time producer who bankrolled the expedition to the celebrity public-relations firm that orchestrated the homecoming. A key player in Clinton's high-flying diplomatic mission to rescue Laura Ling and Euna Lee was entertainment mogul Steve Bing, a longtime "Friend of Bill" who lent the ex-president his private Boeing 737. The multimillionaire mogul paid about $200,000 in fuel and other costs that came with the trans-Pacific flight.
  • North Korea to deploy troops to demilitarized areas, restart drills

    06/16/2020 7:31:23 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 9 replies
    upi ^ | JUNE 16, 2020 / 9:59 PM | ByThomas Maresca
    North Korea announced Wednesday it would deploy troops to the Kaesong Industrial Zone and Mt. Kumgang tourist area, locations that were once the sites of joint economic ventures with South Korea, as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up tensions a day after it demolished an inter-Korean liaison office. The North will also reinstall guard posts that had been removed from the Demilitarized Zone and conduct military drills in border areas, according to a statement by a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army "Civil police posts that had been withdrawn from the Demilitarized Zone under the north-south agreement...
  • North Korea ousts spy chief, head of Kim Jong Un’s security: report

    05/14/2020 6:05:25 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 14, 2020 | Lee Brown
    North Korea has axed its spy chief as well as the long-running head of Kim Jong Un’s security — signs of a major shakeup during the ongoing mystery over the dictator’s status. Jang Kil Song was ousted as head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), the North’s military intelligence agency, according to the Korea Herald, citing a report by South Korea’s Unification Ministry. The RGB is behind the Hermit Kingdom’s most high-profile attacks as well as spy missions, including those against the US, the report says.
  • Dennis Rodman describes wild night of ‘hotties and vodka’ with Kim Jong Un

    05/13/2020 4:01:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13 2020 | Tamar Lapin | New York Post
    Here’s how Kim Jong Un holds court. NBA legend Dennis Rodman dished on his longtime bromance with the North Korean despot — revealing how the pair partied with “hotties and vodka” when they first met. Rodman, now 58, went to Pyongyang in 2013 on a trip with the Harlem Globetrotters and “dignitaries,” he said on ex-boxer Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ podcast last week.
  • What No One Realizes About Kim Jong-un's Sister Kim Yo-jong

    05/05/2020 5:26:16 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 29 replies
    Youtube the Talko ^ | Apr 28, 2020 | TheTalko
    Video at link. (11 minutes) Interesting review of what is known about Kim Yo-jong.
  • Kim Jong Un's train spotted on satellite images amid rumors of North Korean dictator's ill health

    04/26/2020 10:51:43 AM PDT · by bitt · 45 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/26/2020 | Travis Fedschun, Greg Palkot
    The signature train belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been spotted on satellite images parked at a station on the nation's eastern coast since last week, according to a U.S. monitor, as questions swirl over the dictator's health. Since Kim missed an April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, unverified reports have emerged about his health. On Sunday, a key aide to the president of South Korea insisted Kim, who is believed to be 36, was "alive and well." "Our government position is firm," Chung-in Moon, foreign policy...
  • Are Hillary Clinton’s China ties behind a dropped espionage investigation?

    04/23/2015 5:14:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 4/23/15 | Jon Dougherty
    Few Americans could fathom the notion that the United States is so indebted to China that one of Beijing’s spies could get away with espionage – especially with an White House in love with espionage prosecutions. But that might be the only reasonable explanation for the Obama administration’s decision to pass on prosecuting a State Department contractor who was allegedly paid thousands of dollars to someone believed to be a Chinese agent seeking information on Americans. According to Fox News, a November 2014 FBI affidavit that was filed in U.S. district court in Maryland indicates that the FBI launched a...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has heart surgery.. Speculation about health builds after Kim misses key event honouring country’s founder, Kim Il-sung

    04/20/2020 10:24:43 PM PDT · by SarsTheCars · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 20th, 2020 | Justin McCurry
    Speculation about health builds after Kim misses key event honouring country’s founder, Kim Il-sung... Kim Jong-un underwent heart surgery earlier this month and is recovering at his private villa, according to a South Korean report, with US media citing officials as saying the North Korean leader was in “grave danger” after the procedure. If accurate, the surgery claim, made by the Daily NK website, would explain Kim’s absence from an event to mark the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather – and the country’s founder – Kim Il-sung. Kim Jong-un underwent the procedure at a hospital in the county...
  • US Flies Spy Plane over Korean Peninsula Following N.K.'s Missile Launch

    03/31/2020 6:55:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | Apr 1, 2020 | Yonhap
    A US surveillance aircraft has flown over South Korea, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, on an apparent mission to monitor North Korea just days after the communist nation fired what are believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles. The US Navy's EP-3E was spotted in skies above South Korea on Tuesday, Aircraft Spots tweeted. The operation came two days after North Korea fired two projectiles from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan toward the East Sea, marking the fourth major weapons test the North has conducted this year. The United States flew the same type of plane over the peninsula...