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  • Treasury Targets Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Individuals Supporting Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missile Programs

    01/13/2022 6:29:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 2 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | 1-12-22 | U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) individuals responsible for procuring goods for the DPRK’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile-related programs. These actions are in line with U.S. efforts to prevent the advancement of the DPRK’s WMD and ballistic missile programs and impede attempts by Pyongyang to proliferate related technologies. They also follow the DPRK’s six ballistic missile launches since September 2021, each of which violated multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs). “Today’s actions, part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to...
  • North Korea missile launch puts Fort Greely on high alert

    01/05/2022 8:29:21 AM PST · by mac_truck · 36 replies
    Must Read Alaska ^ | Jan 5 2022 | suzanne Downing
    North Korea fired what is believed to be a missile into the waters of the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday morning, according to the Japanese government. In response, Fort Greely, Alaska personnel were ordered to find shelter immediately during what was still Tuesday afternoon in Alaska. It’s unknown what kind of projectile it was, but the Japanese Defense Ministry said it was probably a missile. Other MRAK sources said it was a hypersonic missile launched from a submarine. The last missile Pyongyang launched was in October. In 2017, an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched in North Korea that had a range...
  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un vows to make military ‘invincible’ as he hits out at US

    10/12/2021 7:43:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRoosterNew · 15 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | October 12, 2021 | Shweta Sharma
    North Korea: Kim Jong-un vows to make military ‘invincible’ as he hits out at US Shweta Sharma Tue, October 12, 2021, 8:40 PM Kim Jong-un has vowed to make his country’s military “invincible” to counter what he called persistent hostility from the US. The hermit kingdom’s leader gave mixed signals during a speech at an event on Monday by saying that while his primary objective was to give North Korea an “invincible military capability” no one would dare challenge, these objectives must not be seen as threatening war with its neighbour South Korea or the US, its regional ally. Mr...
  • Drugs, arms, and terror: A high-profile defector on Kim's North Korea

    10/11/2021 8:47:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRoosterNew · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct. 11, 2021 | Laura Bicker
    Drugs, arms, and terror: A high-profile defector on Kim's North Korea By Laura Bicker BBC News, Seoul The old habits of secrecy haven't left Kim Kuk-song. It has taken weeks of discussions to get an interview with him, and he's still worried about who might be listening. He wears dark glasses for the camera, and only two of our team know what we think is his real name. Mr Kim spent 30 years working his way to the top ranks of North Korea's powerful spy agencies. The agencies were the "eyes, ears, and brains of the Supreme Leader", he says....
  • Crypto Exchange Bug Reveals North Korean Monero Laundering

    10/05/2021 10:51:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRoosterNew
    Bank Info Security ^ | September 29, 2021 | Jeremy Kirk
    Crypto Exchange Bug Reveals North Korean Monero Laundering ShapeShift's Systems Reduced Privacy for Monero, Researcher Says Jeremy Kirk (jeremy_kirk) • September 29, 2021 Weaknesses in the systems of ShapeShift, a U.K.-based cryptocurrency exchange, reveal how a North Korean-linked group laundered cryptocurrency that came from a notorious ransomware attack in 2017. See Also: Automating Security Operations The issues also put at risk the privacy of some other users of Monero, a cryptocurrency designed to provide a high degree of privacy, who transacted on ShapeShift. The bug appears to have been discovered by multiple parties, including Nick Bax, who recently received a...
  • N.Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test

    09/29/2021 10:33:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRoosterNew · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 29, 2021 | N.Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test
    N.Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test By Sangmi Cha Tuesday's launch latest in series of new weapons tests U.S., Russia recently tested lower-altitude hypersonic weapons Expert: Speeds suggest N.Korea test may have been a failure SEOUL, Sept 29 (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, joining a race headed by major military powers to deploy the advanced weapons system. North Korea fired the missile off its east coast towards the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States...
  • North Korea Appears to Have Restarted Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor

    08/29/2021 1:44:54 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 43 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 29, 2021 | Michael Gordon and Laurence Norman
    North Korea appears to have resumed operation of its plutonium-producing reactor at Yongbyon in a move that could enable the reclusive country to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal, the U.N. atomic agency said. The development, disclosed in the agency’s annual report on North Korea’s nuclear activities, adds a new challenge to President Biden’s foreign policy agenda, alongside the dangerous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and stalemated talks on restoring the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
  • North Koreans worry over 'emaciated' Kim Jong Un, state media says

    06/28/2021 7:00:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-27-21 | reuters
    Everyone in North Korea is heartbroken over leader Kim Jong Un's apparent weight loss, said an unidentified resident of Pyongyang quoted on the country's tightly controlled state media, after watching recent video footage of Kim. The rare public comment on Kim's health come after foreign analysts noted in early June that the autocratic leader, who is believed to be 37, appeared to have lost a noticeable amount of weight. "Seeing respected general secretary (Kim Jong Un) looking emaciated breaks our people's heart so much," the man said in an interview aired by state broadcaster KRT on Friday. "Everyone is saying...
  • Former U.S. Marine Faces Extradition to Spain for Raiding North Korean Embassy to Help Diplomat Defect

    05/30/2021 2:22:38 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 05/30/2021 | Leslie Eastman
    Otto Warmbier’s mother pleads with the judge to stop the Biden-approved extradition. A former U.S. Marine faces extradition to Spain for breaking into the North Korean embassy in Madrid to help a diplomat defect. It appears Biden’s administration is aiding in this process, despite concerns that North Korea plans retribution for this move. Christopher Ahn, 40, faces his final extradition hearing in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Two years ago, he was freed on $1.3million bail but was forced to serve home confinement ahead of his possible extradition to Spain. The US government is working to extradite Ahn...
  • Terry McAuliffe Lied About Meeting Chinese Donor

    05/25/2016 7:01:19 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 May 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe lied about meeting Wang Wenliang, the Chinese donor to his 2013 gubernatorial campaign whose contributions are now the subject of an FBI investigation. McAuliffe told CNN after the story broke that he thinks he has never met Mr. Wenliang.
  • 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
  • Report: All Biden Administration Attempts to Contact North Korea Have Failed

    03/15/2021 11:03:51 AM PDT · by bitt · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/15/2021 | frances martel
    Unnamed alleged officials in the administration of President Joe Biden confessed to Reuters this weekend that attempts to communicate with the communist regime of North Korea since Biden took office have been met with silence. Reuters, citing the officials, claimed the Biden administration used several traditional “behind-the-scenes” avenues to reach out to dictator Kim Jong-un in an attempt to rekindle diplomatic talks, but Pyongyang did not respond to any of them. Since Biden’s inauguration, North Korean state media — often the only metric for gauging regime sentiment in the highly secretive country — has largely ceased referring to the United...
  • Signs of activity detected at North Korea's nuclear site, says UN nuclear watchdog

    03/02/2021 4:53:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 53 replies
    Singapore Straits Times per The Korea Herald ^ | 2 March 2021 | Singapore Straits Times
    SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Signs of activity have recently been detected at some North Korean nuclear facilities, the United Nations nuclear watchdog chief has said, expressing serious concern at the reclusive regime's continued activities. Mr Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the board of governors that there was evidence that the regime has continued construction at an experimental light-water reactor at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, including testing of the infrastructure for cooling water in late 2020. He added that while there were no signs of producing enriched uranium at the reported...
  • Here's How North Korean Hackers Stole Data From Isolated Network Segment

    02/26/2021 6:29:49 PM PST · by bitt · 13 replies
    securityweek.com ^ | 2/25/2021 | ionut
    During an attack on the defense industry, the North Korea-linked threat group known as Lazarus was able to exfiltrate data from a restricted network segment by taking control of a router and setting it up as a proxy server. For initial access, the group used phishing emails featuring COVID-19 themes and containing publicly available personal information of the intended victims. Next, they focused on credential harvesting and lateral movement, including gaining access to and exfiltrating data from restricted network segments. Active since at least 2009, Lazarus has orchestrated multiple high-profile attacks. In 2019, they focused on crypto-currency exchanges, but switched...
  • North Korea orders expansion of political prison camp system

    02/22/2021 4:29:48 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 19 replies
    DAILY NK ^ | 19 February 2021 | Mun Dong Hui
    The North Korean authorities have reportedly ordered the expansion of political prison camps in the country. A source told Daily NK that North Korea, having declared war on the so-called “anti-socialist and non-socialist phenomenon” during the recent Eighth Party Congress, intends to overhaul its incarceration facilities ahead of a major crackdown. In a phone conversation with Daily NK on Feb. 12, the source, who is based in North Korea, said “the authorities ordered the labor camps to increase capacity at the end of last month,” adding that “this order was handed to the headquarters of all camps managed by the...
  • Trump Administration to Designate Cuba a State Sponsor of Terror

    01/11/2021 8:36:11 AM PST · by Navy Patriot
    Newssmacks ^ | January 11, 2021
    The Trump administration will place Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, according to two senior State Department officials, reversing an Obama-era decision and making it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to quickly revive diplomatic ties with Havana.Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is expected to indicate he’s designating Cuba because the country continues to harbor American fugitives including Joanne Chesimard, convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, and refuses a Colombian extradition request for National Liberation Army members linked to a 2019 bombing that killed 22.Cuba joins only Syria, Iran and North...
  • North's ICBMs may have re-entry ability, says report (KOREA)

    11/18/2020 6:47:39 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 60 replies
    Daily Joongang Ilbo, South Korea ^ | 18 November 2020 | Joongang Ilbo Staff
    The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has assessed that North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry vehicles are likely to “perform adequately” if flown on a normal trajectory to mainland United States, according to an American think tank report Tuesday. Concurrently, the U.S. Navy intercepted and destroyed an ICBM target using a ship-launched missile over the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Hawaii, announced the Missile Defense Agency Tuesday, part of the Pentagon’s move to build and test a layered missile defense system for the U.S. mainland. The "2021 Index of U.S. Military Strength," an annual report released by the Washington-based Heritage...
  • 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...
  • 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.