Tagged with South Korea

North Korea, where the people eat each other

By Stephanie Hegarty Life inside North Korea’s closed borders is hard to imagine. One of the only insights into how ordinary people live, beyond the official line of the regime, comes from those who have escaped. Two defectors, Chanyang Joo and Yu-sung Kim, who left North Korea in 2011, tell their story. “I heard that … Continue reading

North Korea seen readying for fourth nuclear test

(Reuters) – Activity in North Korea appears to show it is preparing for a fourth nuclear test, with movement at its atomic test site similar to events preceding earlier blasts, a newspaper reported on Monday, quoting a senior South Korean government official. North Korea has intensified warnings in recent weeks, declaring it had entered a … Continue reading

China should abandon North Korea

By Deng Yuwen The best way is to take the initiative to facilitate unification with South Korea, says Deng Yuwen North Korea’s third nuclear test is a good moment for China to re-evaluate its longstanding alliance with the Kim dynasty. For several reasons, Beijing should give up on Pyongyang and press for the reunification of the … Continue reading

Iran and North Korea: The Nuclear Connection

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting on the Korean People’s Army Strategic Rocket Force’s performance of duty for firepower strike at the Supreme Command in Pyongyang, March 29, 2013, in this picture released by the North’s official KCNA news agency. (photo by REUTERS/KCNA) By: Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse. … Continue reading

Obama’s indifference means nuclear danger

North Korea’s successful missile launch, purportedly to orbit a weather satellite, highlights President Barack Obama’s sustained indifference to this repressive regime. While Pyongyang’s rocket tests have had decidedly mixed results, its nuclear weapons program has proceeded apace during four years of U.S. inattention, increasing the risks in northeast Asia and globally. Mr. Obama’s quiescence on … Continue reading

North Korea: Next step is a nuclear test

(Reuters) – North Korea’s next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to Wednesday’s successful rocket launch, analysts said. The North’s 2009 test came … Continue reading

Contemplating a third nuclear test in North Korea

By Frank V. Pabian and Siegfried S. Hecker/ Article Highlights A new analysis using seismic information, previous reporting, commercial satellite imagery, and Google Earth tools and geo-positioning refines the locations of North Korea’s two nuclear tests and provides an improved basis for estimating their explosion yields. A recently completed tunnel in the vicinity is judged … Continue reading

U.S.-Iran Trade Triples?

by Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971 On the same day the Obama administration has exempted South Korean and Indian compliance with sanctions on Iran, the Iranian press is reporting that U.S. trade with Iran tripled between March and April 2012: The latest figures and statistics of the Census Bureau said that despite the U.S-sponsored sanctions against Iran, … Continue reading

US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last week that Pyongyang had built … Continue reading

Jerusalem’s Korean quarter

Love for the Bible behind South Koreans’ interest in Israel By Michael Orbach K FAR MENACHEM (JTA) – It’s become a mainstay of Saturday nights on the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall in Jerusalem. Between the crowds of Israeli revelers and American teens at the frozen-yogurt shops, a group of Koreans singing hymns vies for … Continue reading

Pyongyang’s Skillful Deterrence

  U.S.–North Korea relations recently enjoyed 16 optimistic days: between February 29, when Pyongyang signed the “Leap Day” arms control agreement with the United States, and March 16, when it announced plans to conduct the very kind of rocket launch that it had just forsworn. Reacting to the announcement of the satellite launch, which is … Continue reading

DPRK: Pyongyang Preparing for Third Nuclear Test

North Korean space officials have moved all three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch, vowing today to push ahead with their plan in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity. Foreign news agencies were allowed a first-hand look at preparations under way at the coastal Sohae … Continue reading