March 03, 2012

Apropo of North Korea

In light of recent news that the NORKS seek to restart talks:

Talks with North Korea are the porn shoots of diplomacy — staged, loveless, and ultimately unsatisfying exhibitionism after which nothing endures except for the sense of self-debasement, years of awkward explanations, and possibly a painful burning sensation.
I agree. Seen here, an erudite source in South Korea.

By Mr. E. Blogger at 07:00 PM | Comments |

April 01, 2011

Korean Woman Marries an American

And then says this:

“In America, it seems that they celebrate intellectual sub-normalcy, and let them out into society with no way of warning people.”
Heh.

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November 25, 2010

Reports:North Korean leader and son visited artillery site

Hmmmmmmmm.

Reuters

North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island that killed two South Korean marines and two civilians on Tuesday was probably ordered by Kim Jong-il himself, the Joongang Daily quoted a well-informed government source as saying.

Seoul government officials contacted by Reuters could not comment on the reports.

The United States says it believes North Korea's actions were an isolated act tied to leadership changes in Pyongyang, and many experts say the North carried out the shelling to burnish the image of the inexperienced and little-known younger Kim.

The ailing leader is desperate to give a lift to his youngest son, named as heir apparent to the family dynasty in September, but who has little clear support in the military.

South Korean media reported the father and son had met General Kim Kyok-sik, the commander of the frontline fourth corps in charge of a Navy base in South Hwanghae province, just before the North shelled the island.

A member of the National Assembly's Defense Committee said military intelligence obtained the information and was trying to figure out whether the visit was directly related to the attack, the Chosun Ilbo reported.


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November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Pyongyang Travel Forecast

Very hot with extended very hot through Sunday.

By Howie at 10:09 AM | Comments |

September 15, 2010

Re-enactment Honors Inchon Landing’s 60th Anniversary

Wow, just wow, what a sight that must have been...

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Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, depicted by Marine Capt. Michael Borneo, right, marches across the beach amid a flurry of confetti, with fellow Marines depicting his key officers in tow during reenactment ceremonies of the Inchon Landing in the Republic of Korea, Sept. 15, 2010. DoD photo by Donna Miles

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Marine Sgt. Scott Olson and his fellow members of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, from Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., form up after storming the beach of Wolmi Island in South Korea during ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Inchon Landing, Sept. 15, 2010. DoD photo by Donna Miles

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SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 15, 2010 – Inchon, South Korea, took on a movie-set quality today as U.S. Marines and their South Korean and U.N. counterparts re-enacted the massive amphibious landing 60 years ago that ultimately turned the tide in the Korean War.

About 2,500 Korean War veterans, dignitaries and local residents looked on as explosions erupted from the water, “fired” by the USS Dennis, four South Korean and one Australian ship in the waters off Wolmi Island.

Amphibious landing craft buzzed the shoreline, helicopters and fighter jets roared overhead, paratroopers dropped from the sky and 167 U.S. Marines from Twentynine Palms, Calif., scaled the seawall and stormed the beach.

Just as the action appeared to come to a close, Marine Corps Capt. Michael Borneo thrilled the crowd as he marched across the beach amid a flurry of confetti, costumed as Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, with fellow Marines depicting his key officers in tow.

They demonstrated what Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, called “one of the boldest operations conducted in U.S. military history”

“This history-making operation not only helped to turn the tide of the war, but it highlighted the kind of cooperation between our services and between the nations that continue to help keep the Republic of Korea free today,” Sharp told Korean War veterans attending the 60th anniversary commemoration.

Navy Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, praised the “undaunting courage” exhibited during the operation -- one that “had been dismissed as not doable” by many due to extreme tide shifts.

“It’s humbling,” Walsh said. “We are standing in the shadow of giants.”

MacArthur, who had pressed for the surprise attack to take place while the main North Korean fighting force had focused its effort on the southeast, finally overcame those challenging his plan, and “Operation Chromite” was launched Sept. 15, 1950.

U.S. and South Korean Marines, along with their counterparts from Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, launched the landing in three separate locations.

Lead elements of 10th Corps hit “Green Beach” on the north side of Wolmi Island. Its landing force consisted of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, and nine M26 Pershing tanks from the 1st Tank Battalion.

Meanwhile, Combat Team 5, which included 3rd Battalion South Korean Marines, scaled the seawalls along “Red Beach.” After overpowering the North Korean defenses, they opened the causeway that enabled tanks from Green Beach to enter the fight.

To the south, the 1st Marine Regiment arrived at “Blue Beach,” where they encountered little resistance because North Korean forces already had surrendered.

The successes in Inchon ultimately broke the North Korean army’s supply lines and paved the way to the liberation of Seoul in late September 1950.

South Korean Lt. j.g. Junsung Lee called the surprise nature of the attack a key in catching the North Koreans off-guard.

“The Inchon landing operation was crucial for us to take back the initiative,” he said. “It was a key event.”

William Cheek, a Marine corporal assigned to an anti-tank assault unit during the operation, recalled during today’s ceremonies the challenges he and his fellow Marines encountered. After overcoming 30-foot tides in Inchon Harbor, their amphibious landing vessel Amtrak got stalled in the sand, forcing Cheek to dash about 100 yards across the beach, dodging North Korean tank and infantry fire.

Ultimately, they fought their way to Seoul, supported every step of the way by South Korean civilian volunteers.

Standing beneath a giant Ferris wheel on the landing beach that’s blossomed as a popular tourist attraction, Cheek said he felt proud to see South Korea become “a modern economic miracle.”

“I’m glad some of us were able to help make that possible,” he said, “helping drive out the elements trying to enslave a great nation.”

Navy Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, who assumed command of the U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan last week, said the Inchon landing provides a classic example of the Navy-Marine “blue-green team” concept. It also underscores the importance of amphibious landing capabilities that remain critical today, he added.

Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Alex Leibfried, led 167 members of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, who stormed the beach during today’s reenactment, and he said it felt good to get the opportunity to demonstrate those capabilities.

“It’s probably the No. 1 way we come ashore,” the 18-year veteran said. “It’s good seeing that the Marine Corps is finally getting back to its amphibious roots.”

God Bless those who gave all, veterans and current members of our wonderful military. You are my heroes!

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July 22, 2010

Kim Jong-il Rumored Near Death

(North Korea) The North Korean People's Army newspaper has published photos of a bronze statue of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il on the top of Mount Baekdu.

The statue is significant since Dear Leader has previously refused to allow his likeness to be erected as it would symbolize the end of his regime. As such, it's speculated that he must be close to death.

"This statue means that Kim Jong-Il is passing into history and legend in North Korea and I'm more convinced than ever that his successor will be announced soon," said Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura, an expert on North Korean politics at Tokyo's Waseda University.

"A strong trait of Confucianism still runs through Korean society and it would run counter to that to erect a statue in one's own likeness while you were still leader," he said.

At 69, Dear Leader suffers from a host of medical problems so he may not last much longer. A meeting of ruling party leaders scheduled for September is expected to officially name Dear Leader's third son, Kim Jong-Un, as North Korea's new Dear Leader. Heh.

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June 24, 2010

Veterans, Leaders Gather To Remember The Korean War

Tomorrow, June 25th, it will have been sixty years since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950.

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Fort Leavenworth, Kan. —

On June 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman was at his home in Independence, Mo., when he received a call from Secretary of State Dean Acheson.“Mr. President, I have some serious news,” Acheson said. “The North Koreans have invaded South Korea.”

Nearly 60 years later, veterans, politicians, diplomats, service members and family members gathered at the Community of Christ Auditorium June 21, a few blocks from Truman’s home, to commemorate the start of the Korean War.

The Korean War veterans appreciation ceremony, hosted by the Harry S. Truman Library, the Truman Library Institute and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, attracted about 400 veterans and families, as well as many well-wishers, including a contingent of Command and General Staff College students and Fort Leavenworth leaders.

Speaking at the event were Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel, South Korean Consul General Chul Huh, Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, and featured speaker Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command.

Video below fold of Korean War commemoration ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard.

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God Bless those who fought and those who gave all. They are my heroes.

By Stable Hand at 03:06 PM | Comments |

April 23, 2010

South Korean Ship Sunk By NK Human Torpedoes?

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Telegraph

The attack on the 1,220-ton Cheonan, which sank on March 26 with the loss of 46 of its 104 crew, was carried out in retaliation for a skirmish between warships of the two nations' navies in November of last year, South Korea claims.

The South Korean government has refused to comment officially on the reports but Defence Minister Kim Tae Young told a parliamentary session that the military believed that the sinking was a deliberate act by North Korea.

Officials in military intelligence say they warned the government earlier this year that North Korea was preparing a suicide-squad submarine attack on a South Korean ship.

"Military intelligence made the report to the Blue House [the presidential office] and to the Defence Ministry immediately after the sinking of the Cheonan that it was clearly the work of North Korea's military," a military source said.

Maybe so..

h/t NTA

By Stable Hand at 06:56 AM | Comments |

March 29, 2010

Did NKorea Intentionally Sink A S Korean Naval Ship?

At first, S Korea stated it was a problem on the ship itself, now they appear to suspect N Korea

BAENGNYEONG ISLAND, South Korea — South Korea's defense minister says North Korea may have intentionally floated a mine to damage a naval ship that exploded and sank this week.

Forty-six crew members are missing and believed trapped within the wreckage of the ship, which went down Friday. Fifty-eight were rescued

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November 10, 2009

South Korea Fires on North Korean Warship Near Border

Gird those loins...

Bloomberg

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- South and North Korean warships exchanged fire off their western coast after the North’s vessel crossed a disputed sea border and ignored several warning shots, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Seoul.

The North Korean vessel ventured 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) into waters claimed by South Korea at about 10:33 a.m. local time today, triggering a two-minute exchange of fire that left 15 holes in the South Korean vessel, according to the military. The North’s ship returned across the border in flames after it was badly damaged in the exchange, Yonhap News reported, citing a government official in Seoul it didn’t identify.

If you are wondering why now...
The first clash in seven years comes a week before U.S. President Barack Obama is to visit South Korea as part of an Asian tour. The Obama administration plans to send special representative for North Korean policy Stephen Bosworth to Pyongyang in a bid to bring the regime back to disarmament talks, a White House official said yesterday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced.

International test underway...this could get very serious .....very fast.

By Matt Damon at 03:43 AM | Comments |

June 08, 2009

Journalists Ling and Lee Get 12 Years Hard Labor

(Seoul, South Korea) Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp for illegally crossing the border into North Korea.

The "trial confirmed the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," the Korean Central News Agency said.

It said the court, after a five-day trial, "sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labour."

The sentences come on the heels of candlelight vigils held in Washington and seven other U.S. cities by friends and family asking for clemency. Ling and Lee are both in their thirties and married. Euna Lee has a four-year-old daughter.
The sentences "are tougher than expected," said Yoo Ho-Yeol, a professor and North Korea expert at Korea University.

"They aim to send a strong message to the United States that the North is taking the case very seriously and gravely."

North Korea's status with Washington is already strained due to its recent nuke tests and missile shots. This latest incident will likely just add to the tension.

It's been suggested that Kim Jong-il won't consider releasing Ling and Lee without personal intervention by a high-profile individual and a payoff.

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May 25, 2009

North Korea Tests Nuclear Weapon

Kim Jong-il.jpgInitially sensed as a seismic event by the USGS on Sunday night at 8:53:43 PM (EDT), a successful underground nuclear test by North Korea has now been confirmed. Meanwhile, a South Korean source indicates that the North concurrently tested a short-range missile.

The nuclear blast was estimated to be between 10 and 20 kilotons.

Reportedly, the North informed the U.S. and China before the test. President Obama said that North Korea's activities warrant "action by the international community." South Korea and Japan issued strong statements of condemnation.

Interestingly, it's believed that the North is rattling sabers because of in-house strife and disappointment in the Obama administration. According to Kim Yong-Hyun of Seoul's Dongguk University, North Korea sports a growing anger at Washington.

Frankly, I tend to agree that Kim Jong-il is stressed. The dear leader's recent reported stroke plus his age make the future dicey. Being mad at Obama, I'm not so sure.

However, considering Kim Jong-il's "look-at-me-I'm-special" psyche, I suggest that he has finally accepted his mortality and decided to bow out with some extra-vigorous banging of the old tin pot. There are also reports that Kim Jong-il likes to see his name in the news because he's a pretty ronery guy. (More)

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May 23, 2009

Former S. Korean President Commits Suicide

Roh Moo-hyun.jpg(Seoul, South Korea) Former President Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide early Saturday morning by throwing himself off a cliff. Roh fell about 100 feet and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.

Later he was taken to Pusan National University Hospital where extraordinary measures failed to save him.

Around 0930 local time, he was pronounced dead from his injuries. He was 62.

Roh left a suicide note saying he was depressed due to suffering he had caused. Both Roh and his family members were under investigation for corruption. (more)

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April 05, 2009

"I'm Not Naive" but "Yes, We Can": Obama Calls For Nuke Free World

Hope/Change!!
From Breitbart

Meanwhile, NKorea defies idiotic UN Sanctions and launches so-called communication satellite rocket. NORAD reports:

No object entered orbit after North Korea's launch of a rocket it claimed was sending a satellite into space, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials said Sunday.
More below fold:

NORAD and USNORTHCOM, which monitored the launch, said in a statement that they acknowledged Sunday that North Korea launched a Taepodong-2 missile at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, which "passed over the Sea of Japan and the nation of Japan."

"Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean," they said. "No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan.

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Also, Ayatollah Khomeini congratulated Hugo Chavez for expelling Israel's ambassador from Venezuela. Chavez took this stand to protest Israel's Operation Cast Lead. Iran was very proud Hugo stood up to the evil Zionist Juice.

At the meeting with Chavez, Khomeini expressed the need for more countries to develop nuclear power weapons as Iran is attempting to do:

Ayatollah Khamenei advised all countries which are able to access the nuclear energy to gain the technology and said, "as the oil revenues are limited and for proper exploitation of the new energies we should get nuclear technology as the safest way for producing energy."

The Islamic Revolution Leader termed the level of cooperation between Iran and Venezuela as good and said that the capacities of the two countries for expansion of ties are great and these mutual ties could be changed into multilateral ties at the international and regional arenas.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that confidence and support of the Venezuelan people for their president is a great blessing and opportunity and said," every popular government could resist firmly against powers and these conditions and divine blessings are existed in Venezuela and Iran."

President Hugo Chavez for his part expressed his satisfaction over another meeting with the Islamic Revolution Leader and named himself as follower of the Islamic Revolution and its leaders saying,"we have taken many lessons from political experiences of the Iranian government and nation for resisting against enemies and imperialism and will continue firmly our fight to preserve our independence."

Viva la Islamic Revolution
Viva Ahmadinejad
Viva Hugo Chavez
Viva Kim Jong IL

F**k la Islamic Revolution
F**k Ahmadinejad
F**k Hugo Chavez
F**k Kim Jong IL

Hopey/Changey's dream - Yes we can - must be giving Iran wet dreams.

By Stable Hand at 12:15 PM | Comments |

October 18, 2008

North Korean diplomats placed on alert(Did something just happen?)

Via AFP

TOKYO (AFP) — North Korea has ordered its diplomats overseas to get ready for an "important announcement" that may be related to the health of its reclusive leader Kim Jong-Il, a Japanese newspaper said Saturday.

Pyongyang has told diplomats around the world to stay in one place and refrain from travelling, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, quoting several unnamed sources familiar with North Korean issues.

The sources speculated the message could be related to North Korea's relations with South Korea or the health of Kim, Japan's best-selling daily said, adding that the announcement was expected in a few days.

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April 08, 2008

Anti-Americanism in South Korea

When you hear that citizens of foreign countries hate America, you can bet it's what they are taught.

Check out this evidence by Robert Koehler of the Marmot's Hole. It's disturbing and arguably, although I would contend otherwise, steaming proof of what happens when leftists infest the media and the educational system.

A poll shows that 34 percent of first-year army cadets called the United States the main enemy of South Korea, a former superintendent of the Korea Military Academy (KMA) said.
That's one out of three who don't know who the enemy is. And these guys are the backbone of the South Korean military officer corps!

Sheesh!

If a lie is told often enough, people will buy it. And the South Korean education and journalism professions must be held responsible. Both professional fields are populated with utopians who want to change the world through socialism, despite what the history books say about the inherent flaws of Karl Marx's thinking.

And equally disturbing is the following. A recent poll of Koreans ages 16-25 found:

"... 65% said that if a war were to break out between North Korea and the United States, they would help North Korea.
That's two out of three fighting-age Koreans would support the enemy. Holy freakin' moly!

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March 08, 2008

Why Did Syria Invite North Korean Nucleur Engineers?

From Breitbart via Anorak

It has been rumored that North Korea nuclear engineers have been sent to Syria to aid the country's nuclear weapons development program. Diplomatic sources have now confirmed this.

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(Kyodo)—North Korea admitted to sending engineers to military- related and other facilities in Syria during its recent talks with the United States over its nuclear program, diplomatic sources in New York said Friday.
Pyongyang, however, denied its involvement in Syrian nuclear development, according to the sources.

The dispatch of engineers and other personnel for bilateral cooperation, including on the military front, started in around 2000, North Korea told the United States in their talks from the end of last year to January.

Remember, this is for "peaceful" purposes. Lots of pieces get blown in a nucleur explosion hence the "full of pieces" peaceful purpose.

Kim Jong Il denies this because his stash of alcohol and young naked women would be taken away from him. I think his shoe risers were taken away earlier making him about 3'0" tall.

Update: Sorry for the confusion on this article. As most know their was speculation about the site the IDF took out last year. It was speculated that it was a nucleur facility and Iran was funding it and North Korea was selling off its nucleur supplies.

Syria remained quiet about it until the site was cleaned up. As usual they denied the site had anything to do with uranium enrichment. North Korea had denied any involvement with Syria's nucleur facility until now. It is very unsettling knowing how far North Korea was/is on their nuke program and Syria working with them sucks.

By Stable Hand at 11:30 AM | Comments |

February 07, 2008

North Korea "Welcomes" Visitors

From a report by Andrei Lankov published in the Asia Times regarding South Koreans being allowed for the last two months to visit the historic North Korean city of Kaesong, mere miles north from Seoul:

The day-trip program is a small but, arguably, significant breach in Kim Jong-il's walled communist "paradise."

Of course, North Korean authorities went to extraordinary lengths to prevent any interaction between locals and visitors. The list of prohibited items is quite impressive. Tourists cannot take any kind of printed material, computers and computer equipment, mobile phones, radios and video cameras, universal serial bus and other memory devices. The old film cameras are banned as well. Only digital cameras are allowed into the North, since at the border check point North Korean police officials check every single picture taken by every single tourist.

The rules for taking pictures are simple: everything which is not explicitly allowed is forbidden. Tourists can take pictures only at designated stops, and only historical monuments can be depicted. No pictures of the city streets and local people are allowed (obviously because the North Korean leaders know how unflattering those images if seen by South Koreans).

The only exception is made for the statues and portraits of Great Leader Kim Il-sung as well as portraits of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il. However, those pictures should be taken with very special care: the images of the great men should be seen in full, and be placed in strictly vertical position.

The 10 South Korean buses, accompanied by a few South Korean jeeps as well as North Korean police vehicles, move in a column. Every bus has two North Korean "guides". These are men in their late 20s and 30s, remarkably fit and equipped with walkie-talkies. One "guide" stands in front of the bus, while another takes a seat at the back. On stops, they make sure that none of the tourists venture more than a couple of meters from the designated path.

Uniformed and armed policemen are placed at regular intervals along the entire route. When buses stop at a designated spot, the police cordon does not allow locals to approach closer than 100 meters (well, not quite: in some cases locals are allowed to use another side of a broad street).

The one-day bus trip is pricey at $190 and, even though it's in by 10 AM and out by 5 PM, it offers South Koreans the opportunity to notice the absence of cars, the low-quality housing with some windows covered with vinyl instead of glass, and the overall shoddiness and poverty of North Korean life. Also glaringly obvious is the difference in height between the North and South Koreans, a direct result of southerners growing up with protein-rich diets while the northerners only survived with chronic food shortages.

And just as, or even more, important is that the North Koreans are given a glimpse of the relative affluence of the average South Korean which contradicts the incessant propaganda of the Kim Jong-il regime. Agreed, the trips are tightly controlled but the North Koreans are not blind and they do talk to each other. The long-term effect of the day-trips will enlighten more and more North Koreans to the brutality of their communist regime.

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October 09, 2006

Mr. Nose

For a break, here's something a little different for the readers.

From The Seoul Times:

A 16-year-old Asian male elephant surprised his trainer and other people because the male elephant speaks the human language, said the elephant trainer Kim Jong-Gap.

Kim, 39, who works at Everland Zoo in Yongin, South Korea's Gyeonggi Province, said on Sept. 7, 2006 that he heard his elephant named Mr. Nose speak words of the human language. It happend while he was working.

Kim said that Mr. Nose is able to pronounce eight words including "Good," "Lie Down," "No," "Not Yet," and "Turn Around." The elephant's pronunciation of the Korean language is nearly the same as any Korean person.

Good! That means only Korean-speaking people have to be nervous if Mr. Nose tells them to turn around and lie down.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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October 03, 2006

DPRK To Conduct Second Nuclear Test

Today we have news that North Korea will overtly conduct a test of a nuclear fission bomb.

Associated Press: SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Tuesday that it will conduct a nuclear test to bolster its self-defense capability amid what it calls increasing U.S. hostility toward the communist regime.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said that the U.S. would bring up North Korea's statement for discussion Tuesday morning in a regular meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

"A nuclear test by North Korea would be extraordinarily serious," Bolton said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The threat is serious enough that we're certainly going to take this action in the council this morning, by raising it."

I call it their second test because in 2004 there was an explosion in North Korea large enough to be nuclear in origin. The DPRK denied it was a nuclear test instead claiming it was part of a construction project to build a dam.
Wikipedia: On September 9, 2004, there was an event suspected to be a large explosion in North Korea's second northernmost province of Ryanggang. The nature and cause of the suspected explosion is the subject of speculation. There are many political implications surrounding potential causes and the secrecy of the North Korean government about it.
Hat Tip: Stan again.

Others :Secular Blasphemy and Blue Crab Boulevard.

By Howie at 10:44 AM | Comments |

May 12, 2006

DPRK Executions

Just what does the crime of trying to leave North Korea get you? Well they are going to make and example of you by making sure your execution is well attended and hope the audience get’s the Idea. Warning Graphic Images.

By Howie at 08:27 AM | Comments |

April 20, 2006

DPRK Accuses US of Planting Counterfeit Bills

Hey at least they didn't blame the jooooos

Yahoo News :A spokesman for the Ministry of People's Security said in a statement the North had obtained "shocking evidence" Washington and Tokyo are producing false material that gives the impression Pyongyang is a criminal state, the North's KCNA news agency said late Wednesday.

"The CIA secretly enlist(s) experts on counterfeiting notes claimed to be the 'most sophisticated in the world' and invite(s) them to issue lots of fake currencies at 'counterfeit notes printing houses of North Korean-style' operating in U.S. military bases in different parts of the world," the spokesman said.

Apparently conspiracy theory is a favorite sport in more than just the Middle East.
U.S. Treasury officials have briefed various governments about Washington's suspicions that North Korea has for years been producing a high quality copy of its $100 bill. U.S. officials have dubbed the copy the "supernote."

"Although Pyongyang denies complicity in any counterfeiting activity, at least $45 million in such supernotes of North Korean origin have been detected in circulation, and estimates are that the country earns from $15 million to $25 million per year from counterfeiting," the U.S. Congressional Research Service said in a report in March.

North Korea doesn’t’ need us to foster the impression they are a criminal state they do just fine on their own.

By Howie at 01:21 PM | Comments |

September 20, 2005

North Korea's Latest Shakedown

Any prudent follower of history would know that North Korea regularly commits to agreements and then reneges. In fact, it's a trait of communist police states. Ronald Reagan even formalized a diplomatic skepticism in his "trust but verify" policy in negotiations with the communist Soviet Union. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that, less than a day after signing an agreement to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, North Korea has decided not to comply unless the U.S. ponies up some light-water civilian nuclear power plants.

From ABC Online:

A senior US official says North Korea's claim is not in line with the deal signed in Beijing.

"This was obviously not the agreement they signed and we will see what the coming weeks bring," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

US officials have declined to comment more broadly on Pyongyang's declarations, which appeared to undermine a much-feted set of principles agreed upon earlier in Beijing.

Given North Korea's predictable lack of resolve in complying with negotiated commitments, it's hard to understand why the media has an orgasm every time an agreement is signed. By now, one would think the MSM would just shrug and frown like the rest of us.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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