Posts Tagged ‘ North Korea ’

YouTube blocks North Korean channel to appease US regime censors

December 14, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

YouTube has blocked North Korea's state television channel, which broadcasts news on everything from nuclear tests to Kim Jong Un's outings, to avoid breaching U.S. sanctions against the regime. The action was apparently taken not because of the content in the channel but because the North Korean government could earn money from it through advertising. ... Under sanctions imposed in March, the Treasury Department designated North Korea's Propaganda and Agitation Department as engaging in censorship on behalf of authorities. The measures ban any U.S. company or person from doing business with the department." [editor's note: Yes, you read that right -- the US is using North Korea's censorship as justification for its own - TLK] (12/14/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/youtube-blocks-north-korean-channel-to-avoid-breaching-sanctions/2016/12/14/12938986-dfcf-4ab3-8209-b8436396f810_story.html  

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South Korea claims North Korea carried out cyber attack from Chinese IP

December 6, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"A South Korean military source says it has identified the source of North Korea cyberattacks that targeted the internal networks of the military. The Internet Protocol address linked to the attacks was traced to a location in Shenyang, China, and a malicious code associated with the address was similar to the one used in North Korean cyberattacks against the South, Yonhap reported. Seoul's military believes the evidence points to North Korean involvement in a hacking incident aimed at the army's intranet." (12/06/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/05/North-Korea-cyberattack-traced-to-city-in-China-report-says/8601480990766/  

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UN further tightens North Korea sanctions

December 1, 2016
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Military.com    

"The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to further tighten sanctions on North Korea following months of diplomatic wrangling over how best to respond to North Korea's latest nuclear test in September and their repeated defiance of international sanctions and diplomatic pressure. The council unanimously approved the sanctions resolution with diplomats hailing it as a major step forward in its efforts to get the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to abandon its nuclear ambitions." (12/01/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/12/01/un-further-tightens-north-korea-sanctions.html  

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North Korea: Regime begs Chinese to stop noticing Kim Jong Un is a lardass

November 15, 2016
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Fox News    

"North Korea has made a state request to officials in China pleading for them to stop referring to 'glorious leader' Kim Jong-un as fat. Ministers have reportedly asked their neighbours to refrain from referring to the chunky Swiss cheese fan as Jin San Pang or 'Kim Fatty III' in media or conversations." (11/15/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/15/north-korea-begs-china-to-stop-calling-kim-jong-un-fat.html  

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Failure to launch: North Korean missile allegedly bombs

October 16, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"North Korea has failed to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Pentagon said Saturday. U.S. Strategic Command detected the failure at 11:33 p.m. EDT Friday near a city in northwestern North Korea. It was believed to be a Musadan ballistic missile and did not pose a threat to North America, the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined. North Korea routinely conducts missile tests despite violating resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council." (10/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/15/failure-launch-north-korean-missile-bombs/92156480/  

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South Korea: Regime says North Korean soldier crossed the border to defect

September 29, 2016
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Military Times    

"South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said military officials were investigating the North Korean solider, who defected across the central-east portion of the military demarcation line, which is inside the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) Demilitarized Zone that separates the countries. The military provided no other details." (09/29/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/seoul-says-north-korean-soldier-crossed-the-border-to-defect  

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North Korea: Regime claims successful ground test of new rocket engine

September 20, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen a ground test of a new rocket engine and ordered a satellite launch preparation, state media said Tuesday, an indication the country might soon conduct a prohibited long-range rocket launch. The United Nations and others view the North's space launch development project as a cover for tests of missile technology, as ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology. North Korea is also openly working on developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland." (09/20/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-north-korea-rocket-test-20160919-story.html  

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North Korea: Large quake detected close to nuclear test site

September 9, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A magnitude five earthquake has been detected in North Korea, amid reports the country had been preparing for its fifth nuclear test. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said it had been an 'artificial quake.' The US Geological Survey said the tremor had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, close to a known nuclear test site.
There has been no confirmation from the North as yet that a nuclear test has been carried out. ... Friday is North Korea's National Day, which celebrates the founding of the country. North Korea often uses such events as an opportunity for a show of military strength." (09/09/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37314927  

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South Korea can afford its own defense

August 29, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Charles V Pena  

"Under a cost-sharing pact, the South Koreans currently pay about 40 percent of the costs of keeping U.S. forces in their country. However, South Korea isn't paying a nickel of the estimated $1.6 billion cost of the THAAD battery; all it will do is provide the land and build a base. But there is no reason that South Korea can't pay for its THAAD battery -- or batteries, as officials there have previously said they want two -- by itself. Indeed, there is no reason South Korea can't handle its own defense entirely, obviating the need for the 28,500 U.S. troops currently on the Korean peninsula." (08/29/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/south-korea-can-afford-its-own-defense/  

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South Korea: RoK, US troops start drills as Pyongyang regime threatens nuke attacks

August 22, 2016
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Military Times    

"South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual. But the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following the defection of a senior North Korean diplomat and a U.S. plan to place a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea. The North's military said in a statement Monday that it will turn Seoul and Washington into 'a heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike' if they show any signs of aggression toward the North's territory." (08/22/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/s-korean-and-us-troops-start-drills-as-n-korea-threatens-nuke-attacks  

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South Korea: North Korean regime’s deputy ambassador to UK defects

August 17, 2016
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Times of India [India]    

"South Korea said Wednesday that North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain had defected to Seoul, in a rare and major loss of diplomatic face for Pyongyang. The Unification Ministry said Thae Yong-Ho -- the number-two at the North's mission in London -- had defected together with his family and they were now in the South Korean capital. ... North Korea maintains relatively few overseas embassies, and defections by diplomats of Thae's stature are extremely rare. The last such case was that of the North Korean ambassador to Egypt who defected to the United States in 1997." (08/17/16)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/S-Korea-says-N-Korea-deputy-ambassador-to-Britain-defected-to-Seoul/articleshow/53740506.cms  

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North Korea fires ballistic missile

August 2, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"North Korea fired a ballistic missile around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile was launched from an area in North Korea's South Hwanghae province, in the country's southwest, and fired across the peninsula into the sea in the east. It's not yet clear what type of missile was fired." (08/02/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/asia/north-korea-missile/  

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North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into sea, South says

July 19, 2016
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Hartford Courant    

"North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The missiles launched from a western North Korea town flew across the country before crashing into the waters off its east coast, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement." (07/19/16)

http://www.courant.com/nation-world/ct-north-korea-missiles-20160719-story.html  

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North Korea: Regime says it will treat US detainees under “wartime law”

July 11, 2016
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Reuters    

"North Korea said on Monday it has told the United States it will sever the only channel of communication between them, at the United Nations in New York, after Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights abuses. All matters related to the United States, including the handling of American citizens detained by Pyongyang, will be conducted under its 'wartime law,' the North's official KCNA news agency said. The move is the latest escalation of tension with the isolated country, which earlier on Monday threatened a 'physical response' after the United States and South Korea said they would deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea." (07/11/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa-northkorea-idUSKCN0ZQ107  

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US Treasury sanctions Kim Jong Un for copycatism

July 6, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"For the first time, the United States has sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for human rights abuses. ... [According to US State Department spokesperson John Kirby] '[t]he government continues to commit extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, forced labor, and torture.'" [editor's note: The NERVE. Who the hell does he think he is, Barack Obama? - TLK] (07/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-sanctions-north-korea-leader-kim-jong-human/story?id=40378256  

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UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

June 23, 2016
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swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's most recent ballistic missile launches as a grave violation of an international ban and called on the 193 U.N. member states to enforce toughened sanctions on the Asian state. North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range missile on Wednesday to a high altitude in the direction of Japan before it plunged into the sea about two hours after a similar test failed." (06/23/16)

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/u-n--security-council-condemns-north-korea-missile-launches/42248414  

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US DoD: North Korea missile launch attempt failed

May 31, 2016
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Fox News    

"In the latest embarrassment for the communist nation of North Korea, a ballistic missile thought to have a range of 2,500 miles failed to launch early Monday morning, Pentagon officials confirmed to Fox News. This medium-range Musudan blew up shortly after takeoff, according to officials briefed on the latest intelligence. The missile had the potential to hit U.S. military bases as far away as Guam. 'They are 0-4' one official said describing North Korea's most recent missile launch attempts. The failures could help calm recent fears that the North was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States." (05/31/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/31/south-korea-says-north-korea-missile-launch-likely-failed.html  

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Donald Trump wants to talk to Kim Jong-Un. Is that really so bad?

May 19, 2016
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"No surprise, Trump's proposal to talk is controversial. The Bush administration's Michael Green called a Kim-Trump meeting 'a very bad idea.' Green complained that Kim won't negotiate away his nukes, but that actually is a reason to establish bilateral contact. Green also worried that addressing the North would reduce the confidence of South Korea and Japan in America's nuclear umbrella. However, the prospect of U.S. allies going nuclear might encourage Pyongyang to deal and China to take a harder line toward the North." (05/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/donald-trump-wants-talk-kim-jong-un-really-so-bad  

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North Korea to hold first Communist Party Congress in 36 years

May 4, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"For the first time in 36 years, North Korea's ruling Workers' Party will hold a congress, scheduled to begin on Friday. The event will likely include high-office candidate nominations and celebrate the communist regime of current leader, Kim Jong-un -- but no one is sure why now. North Korea has held only seven party congresses in its history. During the last one, in 1980, Kim's father -- Kim Jong-il -- was confirmed as the successor to the state's founder, Kim Il-sung." (05/04/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/north-koreas-hold-communist-party-congress-36-years/story?id=38869340  

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North Korea: Kim Jong Un issues temporary ban on weddings and funerals for “security”

May 3, 2016
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Fox News    

"Kim Jong Un is now playing the role of wedding spoiler. The North Korean dictator banned all weddings – and funerals -- for the coming week as the reclusive country gears up to anoint him as their official leader at the first Workers' Party of Korea Congress in 36 years .... Thousands of delegates and security forces from across North Korea are expected to travel to Pyongyang to pay their respects to Kim during the Congress, which starts on May 6 and is expected to last several days." (05/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/02/kim-jong-un-issues-temporary-ban-on-weddings-and-funerals-for-security.html  

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North Korea: Navy launches missile from submarine

April 23, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"North Korea appears to have launched a ballistic missile from a submarine Saturday evening, South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said. The missile was fired from a submarine off North Korea's east coast, in the Sea of Japan, about 6:30 p.m. local time, the joint chiefs said. But they did not say whether the launch was a success, according to the Yonhap News Agency." (04/23/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-launches-missile-from-submarine-seoul-says/2016/04/23/f6ec241b-2773-4aa0-938b-484bd422c00a_story.html?tid=sm_fb  

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North Korea prepares possible mid-range missile launch

April 14, 2016
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Time    

"North Korea positioned one or two Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles near the eastern port city of Wonsan, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports, possibly preparing for a launch on Friday to honor the birthday of the country's late founder, Kim Il Sung. South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-gyun said, 'Our military is closely following the possibility of North Korea’s fifth nuclear test or launches of ballistic missiles,' according to Yonhap." (04/14/16)

http://time.com/4293398/north-korea-missile-test-musudan/  

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Seoul: Senior North Korean military officer defects to South

April 11, 2016
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Newser    

"A colonel from North Korea's military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday. The announcement came three days after Seoul revealed that 13 North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country had defected to the South. It was the largest group defection since Kim Jong Un, North Korea's young leader, took power in late 2011. South Korean media reported that the restaurant is located in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo. Defections are a bitter source of contention between the rival Koreas, and Seoul doesn't always make the high-profile cases public. Liberal lawmakers and media outlets have linked the recent defection announcements to what they say is an attempt by the conservative government of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to muster anti-Pyongyang votes ahead of this week's parliamentary elections. The government denied this." (04/11/16)

http://www.newser.com/article/001d4d9118bb4c9d96210232c3eb5e69/seoul-senior-north-korea-military-officer-defects-to-south.html  

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North Korea: Regime claims successful test of ICBM engine

April 10, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"North Korea said Saturday it has successfully tested the booster capability of a new intercontinental ballistic rocket engine that could give it the power to target the United States with nuclear strikes. 'We have learned from North Korea's official Central News Agency's news that North Korea has conducted another test in securing another technical step in developing its intercontinental ballistic rocket (ICBM) engine,' said a South Korean military official from the Ministry of National Defense." (04/09/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-claims-successful-test-icbm-engine-n553336?cid=sm_fb  

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Glutton gorges while subjects starve

April 7, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Kim Jong-un, 33 year-old Supreme Leader of the Democratic [sic] People's Republic of Korea, and bloated Jabba the Hutt wannabe, since his coronation as the nation's belligerent hostile sabre rattling dictator, has been stuffing his fat face with large quantities of exotic culinary delicacies while the vast majority of his hapless subjects starve. While this gorging glutton's menacing conduct has resulted in crippling international sanctions on North Korea, sanctions causing unrelenting misery to the populace, the body weight on his 5 foot 7 inch frame has ballooned to nearly 300 pounds. He's become so fat that his ankles have fractured under his own weight which is why he's had surgery, is gout ridden, and now walks with a cane." (04/06/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/glutton-gorges-while-subjects-starve.html  

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