“Defeat of the Military Spirit is Greater Hardship Than Economic Poverty”

first_img [imText1]In its editorial on the 27th, the Rodong Shinmun, North Korea’s state newspaper, strongly encouraged the populace on the integrity of Military First policy.This newsgroup argued “Our invincible revolutionary army will first of all make our country flourish in riches” and “Though many countries have perished because of a weak army, no country has ever collapsed because of starvation.”This claim has risen amid expectation made by the WFP following North Korea’s nuclear experiment, which predicted that as international sanctions intensify and North Korea exhausts all its autumn harvest in which it is currently living off, by next year April, the country will be hit by sever starvation.The newsgroup stated “We earnestly hope for prosperity and putting all things aside, it is blatantly obvious that we need to take deterrent forces” and strongly justifying indirectly the nuclear experiment. “Accomplishing prosperity another countries’ way is stupid fantasy. Our revolutionary army is national sovereignty and our military-first spirit is autonomy. This is a historical fact that cannot be changed.”Further, the newsgroup stated “We are in a generation where today the nation’s economic power is influenced by developments made in national defense” and emphasized “The construction of national defense will soon be economic construction and the power of national defense will soon be economic power. Prioritizing and putting the development of our national defense first is the best way in developing our economy.”Further claims were made “The greatest tragedy to our nation is not economic obstacles or poverty in a materialistic lifestyle but the defeat of our mind.” This is propaganda as a result of a recent situation for “anti-socialism” that is arising within North Korea and attempts by the regime to control this commotion.The newsgroup added “The fact that we were successful in conducting a cutting edge nuclear experiment with only our strength and our wisdom simply goes to show the potential of our technological advancement” and “while living at the beginning of a strong military period, supporting Kim Jong Il is the pride and fortune of our people.” North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News NewsEconomy By Park Hyun Min – 2006.11.28 2:52pm Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHAREcenter_img News “Defeat of the Military Spirit is Greater Hardship Than Economic Poverty” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarPark Hyun Min News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

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U.S. & N.K Meet, Nukes-Relational Developments Cruising Along

first_img SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Yang Jung A – 2007.03.07 7:15pm AvatarYang Jung A News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China [imText1]Next round of talks to resume in Beijing before 19th… The first amongst 5 of the working groups, the normalization of the U.S.-North Korea relations working group opened in New York, concluding in 2 days. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan and representative for the U.S.-North Korea working group met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Christopher Hill for 8 hours, during which they comprehensively discussed issues pertaining to the elimination of North Korea as a terror supporting nation and removal of trade laws in relation to the economic sanctions. At the Foreign Press Centre in New York on the 6th, Assistant Secretary Hill said that the recent talks had been profitable and comprehensive. He commented that North Korea would be able to follow through within the 60 days, the aims that were determined at the Feb 13 Agreement in Beijing.On meeting with the media, Foreign Minister Kim also mentioned that the atmosphere in sharing opinions at the recent talks was very positive and constructive. He even commented “Keep an eye out for a result in the future. It’s no fun explicating everything now.” Some experts analyze that the North’s contrasting attitude to the past in informing and making comments regarding the results of the talks is a sign that the negotiations may take a positive turn and that discussions on the implementation of preliminary measures in dismantling the nukes and normalization of relations maybe run smooth for now. Before discussing measures on normalizing relationships, the two parties partook in explicit discussions regarding the issue of supporting terror nations and trade laws.There is even a possibility that North Korea’s nuclear weapons and associated programs will stop being sent to foreign countries and the North’s information on terror passed onto the U.S. In addition, talks were also made on the HEU program which was disputed by the U.S. at the recent talks. In regards to a seminar on the HEU issue that will be held on the second day of talks in collaboration with the Korean Society, Assistant Secretary Hill said that North Korea had obtained many operating manuals on centrifuges usage in the HEU program. He displayed a strong stance arguing that North Korea had to explain why it had kept these facts a secret. However, following the press briefing, Assistant Secretary Hill commented that the two parties had agreed that North Korea’s HEU issue had to be resolved for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He said that the U.S. and North Korean experts and affiliates had agreed to discuss the issue, suggesting that an agenda was being drafted.At the seminar opened by Korea Society held on the first day of talks, Minister Kim stated that North Korea was prepared to agree to the issues regarding the resolution of all nuclear programs and in particular was willing to explicate issues pertaining to the HEU program, informed former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Donald Gregg who was also present at the meeting on the 6th. Nonetheless, Assistant Secretary Hill affirmed at the press briefing that North Korea had to proceed with dismantling its nukes for the normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations to occur and stressed that the resolution will be made on a “step by step basis.”In addition to this, he said that the funds pertaining to BDA and North Korea’s frozen accounts would be removed within 30 days in accordance with the agreement already made.Assistant Secretary Hill also reinforced the U.S.’ firm position regarding North Korea’s illegal acts and counterfeit dollars. He said that the U.S. would continue to protect and vigilantly observe its currency and stressed that the problem of forgery was not an issue the U.S. would be flexible with. He made additional remarks informing that the next round of bilateral talks would take place in Beijing before the resumption of the six party talks on the 19th. Regarding the possibility of his team making a visit to North Korea, he said that while initial discussions had been made, no specific plans had been constructed. In relation to North Korea being removed as a terror supporting nation, he revealed that discussions had been made but with no explicit plans. When questioned whether or not contact offices had been established in Washington and Pyongyang, he explained that it depended on amity between the U.S. and Chinese though North Korea did not want an intermediary to be involved.center_img News News U.S. & N.K Meet, Nukes-Relational Developments Cruising Along Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest last_img read more

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North Korea Develops a Submarine Missile With Shooting Range 2,500km

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]North Korea is developing a long distance submarine missile and is in the midst of stationing it reported the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the 6th. According to the CRS, the long distance missile which can be launched from a submarine or vessel has a shooting range exceeding 2,500km and is currently being stationed in position. It seems that North Korea imported and made improvements on the Soviet Union’s R-27 missile (SS-N-6 named by NATO) which is known to be more accurate than the North’s scud missile of the ‘90s. In the report, the CRS analyzed that North Korea had enhanced the missile so it could be used on a submarine and suggested the possibility of Russian technicians assisting in the development. There is some persuasive reasoning behind the CRS report. In 1992, a time where the Soviet Union had collapsed and the nation was in turmoil, North Korean authorities secretly paid Russian technicians and brought them to North Korea. At the time, 20 experts from the Chelyabinsk Oblasts’ Makeyev Design Bureau were arrested at a Russian airport while on their way to North Korea. Additionally, a Russian media reported that another group of missile experts had successfully left for North Korea. Since September `93, the North Korean navy imported 12 Foxtrot and Golf-2 submarines as “scraps of metal” through the Japanese Jochongnyeon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan) and it seems that the appropriate parts were acquired from these submarines for the missile. [imText2]The CRS revealed that the materials and skills acquired enabled North Korea to develop a SS-N-6 missile with a capacity to fire more than 2,500km to be easily set up on the exterior of cargo vessels including the Romeo class submarine.Joseph Bermudez a military analyst and consultant for Jane’s Intelligence Review did reveal this kind of information before. He said that the North Korean SLBM had the capacity to threaten mainland of the U.S. and that 2 kinds of new missiles were being developed and stationed. Joseph Bermudez is an internationally recognized analyst, author and lecturer on North Korean defense and intelligence affairs. In 2003, North Korea developed a new mid-range missile with a shooting range 3,000~4,000km and in 2004 stationed the missile at an underground base in South Pyongan, Yangduk and Songnam, Hoechoen. Experts analyzed that the missile currently in possession has a firing range greater than the Rodong missile (shooting range 1,300km) and Taepodong 1 missile (1,500~2.500km). They contend the missile could reach either Guam or Macau and that the U.S. is in serious threat. South Korean intelligence agencies speculate that experts from the Soviet Union helped model the missile SS-N-6 and argue that the missile was stationed prior to a nuclear test. News SHARE News News News center_img By Daily NK – 2007.02.07 2:21pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea Develops a Submarine Missile With Shooting Range 2,500km Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img
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“Space Development Is Independent Right”

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak “Space Development Is Independent Right” By Jeong Jae Sung – 2009.02.16 2:42pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News AvatarJeong Jae Sung News SHARE News North Korea has made remarks about Taepodong-2 missile preparations for the first time. Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) has released a statement regarding international society’s reports of the North’s latest moves to prepare for missile launch, calling them the “absurd remarks of hostile powers” and “debasement and provocation.”The KCNA said, “The U.S. and some other countries talk as if we were preparing for the launch of a long-range missile.” It emphasized, “Anti-Republic (North Korea) factions talk about this subject that they know nothing of, only with quotations from intelligence sources. It is debasement and provocation of us.”The KCNA said that, “They will see what will fly into the air,” without any details about the projectile. It added, “It is a cunning maneuver to obstruct our fair and peaceful scientific activities to insist on the missile claim. Space development is our independent right and is necessary for our development.”In 1998, when North Korea launched the “Taepodong-1,” it insisted it was that of a satellite called “Kwangmyungsung-1.” Therefore, this North Korean commentary seems to be a sort of land readjustment, in order to insist that the Taepodong-2 is also for the purposes of launching a satellite. If North Korea insists that it is the launch of a satellite after launching the “Taepodong-2,” and claims it as its right for the peaceful utility of space, it could easily avoid adverse criticisms that the North is abusing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006). Additionally, North Korea can show off its missile technology to the Obama administration and can also encourage its people to band together within the system. Chosun Shinbo, a publication by Chongryon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan) pointed out on the 6th that, after all, “rockets for a satellite and an ICBM have the same body.” last_img read more

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South Korean Arrested for 17 Years of Spying

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter SHARE News News A South Korean man who spied for North Korea for more than 17 years has been arrested on charges of violating South Korea’s National Security Law. The 37-year old man, known only as Lee, was able to gather large amounts of sensitive military information in his role as an advisor to the National Unification Advisory Council and the Education Center for Unification, according to prosecutors in Suwon.Lee was recruited by North Korean agent Ri Jin Woo at a university in India during the early 1990s, and received $50,600 for his activities from the No. 35 Department of the Worker’s Party. He subsequently made two trips to Pyongyang, in 1993 and 1995, during one of which he became a member of the Workers’ Party. Lee apparently conveyed information to the North on portable storage media through frequent trips to South East Asian destinations including Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore. It was in Singapore that Lee allegedly received an honorary award for his activities in 2003.The main duties of the No. 35 Department under the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party are espionage activities and terrorist operations in South Korea and abroad. Some well-known spies who belonged to the Department include Muhammad Kansu, a former Dankook University professor who was arrested in 1996, and Kim Hyun Hee, who was involved in the bombing of Korean Air flight 858 in 1987.center_img By Chris Green – 2009.10.30 3:36pm South Korean Arrested for 17 Years of Spying News AvatarChris Green Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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North Korea Wants Kaesong Wage Rise First

first_img North Korea Wants Kaesong Wage Rise First News By Namgung Min – 2010.01.25 4:57pm A major North Korean online propaganda outlet has demanded that the issue of wages for North Korean employees in the Kaesong Complex be put at the top of the agenda at the working group meeting scheduled for February 1st.“Uriminzokkiri” (being amongst our nation), which is run by the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, insisted today that, “Raising workers’ wage in accordance with the international inflation rate is an essential issue for the effective management of the Kaesong Industrial Complex.” “The average wage of Kaesong Workers is just $57, which is far below the level of other international economic special zones. In practice this is worthless, so the wage level should be drastically raised.”The article went on, “In six years rice prices have risen more than 200%, but wages only 15%, from $50 to $57.80. The minimum cost of living for a family of four is more than $120, needed only to cover basic food and fuel costs.” In an associated news article released on Uriminzokkiri, “Intentional maneuver to break down the working group meeting,” North Korea claimed, “South Korea reiterates that wages and rates of increase have already been set within the regulations of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which was signed a long time ago.” “South Korea does not have any interest in the fundamental issues for the Complex which were suggested by us, or any intention of putting them on the negotiating table.” SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Newscenter_img Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News AvatarNamgung Min There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

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North Korea Pitches for Tourism Talks, Again

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea Pitches for Tourism Talks, Again North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarKim So Yeol News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img North Korea delivered a message to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification yesterday suggesting a fresh round of discussions on restarting inter-Korean tourist projects, and, in a separate report, closely connected the tourism project to South Korea’s hopes for regular divided family reunions.According to a short dispatch from the Ministry of Unification, “The North Korean Tourist Site Development Bureau sent the message via the Kaesong Industrial Complex Management Committee, suggesting that talks be held on November 19 in Kaesong.” North Korea also released the news in a Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) report this morning, saying, “From the perspective of the urgent need to normalize divided families and relatives reunions, let us hold working-level talks between the North and South Korean authorities in Kaesong on the 19.”“If talks on reopening tours occur, it will create a favorable atmosphere for the Red Cross talks scheduled to occur on November 25,” the KCNA report added.The suggestion is worded to put pressure on the South Korean authorities, who are more interested in normalizing divided family reunions than restarting the tourist projects, which provided North Korea with a valuable source of hard currency until they were stopped in the wake of the shooting of South Korean tourist Park Wang Ja in the Mt. Geumgang tourist area in mid-2008.To date, South Korea’s suggestions for regularizing the reunions involve holding monthly events in the Kaesong tourist area for 100 families at a time, allowing hometown visits for family members more than 80 years old, and repeat reunions for those families who have already been reunited once. “We suggested meetings on the resumption of tours twice, on October 2 and 14, and this notice is an expression of regret that the South has allowed tens of days to pass while saying ‘We are examining it’ and ‘We’ll let you know’,” the KCNA report stated.As noted in the North Korean notice, Pyongyang has already proposed talks on recommencing tourist projects, on both October 2 and 14, on the latter occasion asserting, “Let’s hold working-level talks as soon as possible.” However, South Korea, mindful of the risks of undermining the first round of separated family reunions in more than a year, which went ahead successfully through late October and early November, avoided giving an explicit response at that time. SHARE Facebook Twitter By Kim So Yeol – 2010.11.12 4:12pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

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China Creates UEP Sanctions Impasse

first_img Facebook Twitter News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak China Creates UEP Sanctions Impasse The UN committee charged with overseeing the implementation of sanctions against North Korea has said it will persist in trying to overcome Chinese resistance to new recommendations which call for the tightening of sanctions against Pyongyang. The Chinese are reportedly refusing to allow the publication of a report which calls the North Korean uranium enrichment program (UEP) a fresh violation of UN sanctions resolutions and demands that the sanctions be tightened in response. The recommendations go against China’s general position of refusing to strongly condemn North Korea while calling for the re-starting of the Six-Party Talks, which it chairs.“We’re looking at the recommendations,” the chair of the committee, Portuguese UN Ambassador Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral told reporters after a meeting yesterday in which the report was discussed. “We will see how we treat it and what we do with it in due course.” “You have to discuss these things in depth and give it time and be patient and eventually arrive at a decision based on consensus,” he added.However, without consensus between Security Council members, it will be hard to achieve anything of substance.The report’s recommendations are based on evidence obtained by Siegfried Hecker, the American nuclear scientist who was shown North Korea’s uranium enrichment site in the middle of the Yongbyon nuclear research facility in early November.According to AFP, the unpublished report quotes Hecker as saying that the North Koreans must have had foreign assistance to build the surprisingly advanced UEP facility. While this has yet to be publicly confirmed, in an article published by Physics Today shortly after last year’s trip, Hecker said of the enrichment centrifuges at the site, “We still don’t think they have the ability to make their own high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloys, so they must have procured that from somewhere else.”“Most likely, they put it together themselves domestically,” he added, “but they were able to get the components (ring magnets, bearings, vacuum valves, and so forth) in the international market. And these components and materials are on the export control list, but it looks likely they were able to work around the export control restrictions.”Chinese opposition to the report is said to be officially predicated on the notion that Hecker’s observations have not been independently confirmed. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News SHAREcenter_img AvatarChris Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Chris Green – 2011.02.24 5:09pm Newslast_img read more

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Kim Jong Eun on Billboard

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE News By Daily NK – 2012.07.31 1:54pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img [imText1] News Kim Jong Eun on Billboard News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

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North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’

first_img SHARE Hackers tied to Kim Jong Un’s regime stole blueprints and other information about warships and submarines last year when they broke into one of the world’s biggest shipbuilders, according to South Korean lawmaker Kyeong Dae-soo.Blueprints, shipbuilding technology, weapons systems and test data related to submarines and destroyers were among roughly 60 classified military documents taken from Daewoo Shipbuilding last year, according to Kyeong’s office. It said it was summarizing information it had received from the South Korean Defense Ministry and several military agencies.The hackers are believed to have accessed some 40,000 documents in all.Kyeong, a member of the opposition party, learned of the Daewoo hack at an intelligence briefing last week, according to a spokesman for the lawmaker. The South Korean Defense Ministry declined to comment on the matter, but said it is working to strengthen military security.Related: North Korea’s long history of hackingDaewoo has built several South Korean warships and submarines, all part of the country’s defenses against North Korea.A Daewoo spokeswoman declined to comment, beyond saying that the company is looking into the matter.The Daewoo hack is the latest case to come to light suggesting North Korea is using its hacking abilities to try to gain an edge in the tense standoff with the U.S. and its allies over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.Earlier this month, another South Korean lawmaker revealed that North Korean hackers allegedly stole classified military documents from a Defense Ministry database. Among the documents stolen were a South Korea-U.S. wartime operation plan and a document that included procedures to “decapitate” North Korean leadership. Facebook Twitter North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’ Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion center_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” By Daily NK – 2017.10.31 10:21pm Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center last_img read more

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