Aug 27 07:25

Korean rumble

The Korean peninsula is no stranger to tensions and periodic flare-ups. However, this time around the stakes were higher than ever. In the North, a young leader copes with bad economic times and seeks greater legitimacy. Meanwhile, in the South, Seoul eyes Beijing and Washington as powerful outside brokers. What does this most recent confrontation tell us about both Koreas?

Aug 24 14:50

North Korea regrets incidents on border with South Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has expressed regret over the recent incidents on the border with South Korea in which South Korean soldiers had exploded on North Korean land mines, South Korean president’s security adviser Kim Kwan-Jin said after negotiations with Pyongyang’s representatives.
North Korea has promised to cancel the full alert state for its army under the Monday-reached agreement to settle the crisis on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said earlier on Monday.

Aug 24 13:30

North, South Korea reach agreement after marathon talks — Yonhap

Senior aides to the leaders of North and South Korea, negotiating at the border village of Panmunjom, have reached an agreement, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
"South Korea and North Korea reached an agreement Tuesday," the agency quoted Seoul's presidential spokesman as saying, adding that details of the agreement would be announced at 2 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

Aug 24 07:47

Freed African MIgrants Banned From Tel Aviv

The migrants are due to be released on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to reports. The releases come two weeks after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the provision in the current “anti-infiltration law” allowing the migrants to be held for up to 20 months at the Holot detention center is “disproportionate,” and ordered that they can only be detained for up to 12 months while the law is revised.
Note: It's hard to keep from laughing when Israel is the only democracy in the middle east.

Aug 24 07:40

US to deploy nuclear bombers B-52 and nuclear sub in South Korea

The US and South Korea meanwhile discuss the possibility to deploy the American strategic bombers B-52 and nuclear-powered submarine at the South Korean territory, according to the Ministry of Defence.
"Our initial concept against North Korea's provocations is deterrence," Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said tion. "We will stand with a powerful war readiness position to deter North Korean provocations and, if provoked, will react harshly to the extent the North Korea would regret it," he noted.

Aug 24 07:24

South Korea to continue propaganda broadcasts unless North apologizes

Tensions between the two Koreas continued on Monday as South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the South would continue broadcasting propaganda across the border unless the North apologized for planting a mine that seriously injured two South Korean soldiers.

Aug 23 18:58

Tension grows over 'lost' North Korean submarines as South Korea searches for vessels

The mystery of 50 missing North Korean submarines deepened fears yesterday over Pyongyang’s threat to fire across the border.

South Korea yesterday said the submarines, comprising about 70 per cent of a North Korean submarine fleet, had left their home ports and were nowhere to be found.

US and South Korean reconnaissance planes and naval vessels searched yesterday off the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula for the submarines. Military officials said deployment of the submarines was the largest in the region since the Korean War.

Aug 23 15:06

Tensions Rise as South Korea Insists Propaganda Broadcasts to Continue

Tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula today after South Korea launched a series of artillery strikes against targets in the North yesterday, and has today ruled out ending its government program of broadcasting propaganda through loudspeakers across the border.

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Aug 23 09:50

South, North Korea to Resume High-Level Talks to Ease Tensions on Sunday

Seoul and Pyongyang will continue high-level talks later Sunday in a bid to stave off a possible military confrontation on the peninsula, local media reported.

Aug 23 09:30

‘Korean Peninsula is where major militaries – US, China and Russia – face each other’

If anything happens in Korea it can explode and consume the world, but it’s unlikely that things will go further than talks and perhaps a few artillery rounds, there is just a lot of gesturing, says Dr. Tim Beal, Asia specialist at Victoria University in Wellington.

Aug 23 08:33

US puts forces in South Korea on enhanced status, war looms

The United States has put its forces in South Korea on a heightened state of alert – known as “enhanced status” – as war between Seoul and Pyongyang looms.

On Friday, North Korea warned its southern neighbor to halt the "provocations" and its propaganda broadcasts against Pyongyang by Saturday afternoon or pay the price.

Aug 22 11:29

Pyongyang uninterested in tension escalation on Korean peninsula — North Korea’s envoy

Pyongyang is not interested in the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, North Korea’s Ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun Joon said on Friday.
The ambassador said North Korea had not shelled the South Korean territory while 36 shells had fallen on the North Korean territory.
"South Korea could not clearly explain which shells were from the North Korean territory and what their type was," the ambassador said.
"We are not interested in the escalation of tension. It is the United States and South Korea that are interested in this. They should behave more reasonably," the ambassador said.
When asked about whether North Korea hoped for Russia’s assistance in the current situation, the diplomat said Moscow and the entire world "will realize the essence of this incident and make their contribution to detente on the Korean peninsula."

Aug 22 09:06

North and South Korea hold talks amid tension

North and South Korea are holding top-level talks amid growing tension, the South's Unification Ministry told Yonhap news agency.

Senior aides to the two countries' leaders met at the Panmunjom truce village on the border, reports said.

Aug 22 09:00

Unless There Is A Huge War In Korea, How Will China And The United States Explain The Crash Of Their Stock Markets On Monday?

That is why something has to happen in Korea this weekend.

Things have been brewing for a while, remember when the New York stock exchange shut down for 4 hours one day after China melted down the night before?

Aug 22 03:21

"Quasi-State of War" on Korean Peninsula as Threats Escalate Tensions

Military tensions and international worries are growing as North Korea and South Korea exchanged new threats on Friday just a day after a shots were fired across the demilitarized zone along the border that separates the two countries.

Aug 21 15:17

S.Korean protesters burn portraits of Kim Jong-Un over peninsula tension

Citizens of South Korea are burning pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in protest, after North Korea is allegedly to test-fire short and medium-range missiles. It comes a day after the two rival nations exchanged artillery fire across the border.

Aug 21 14:54

North Korean Internet Goes Down

North Korea’s Internet went down twice in the past 12 hours as Pyongyang talks about going to war with South Korea. Dyn Research reported the Internet outages, but it is not clear whether they were intentional or not.

Aug 21 12:47

Pentagon: military exercises with South Korea resumed

United States and South Korea started a joint military exercise that was interrupted earlier because of the heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula. This was announced at a press conference at the Pentagon, assistant Secretary of defense for security Affairs in the Asia-Pacific region David Shire.
"The exercises were temporarily suspended yesterday that the United States could coordinate their actions with South Korea in connection with the exchange of artillery fire" on the Korean Poluektova, he said. "Now resumed teaching and continued according to plan," said Shire.

Aug 21 12:05

The defense Ministry: North Korea will face severe consequences if it continues provocations

The South Korean army will force the DPRK to pay a high price if it will resume military provocations. This statement was made by the Minister of national defence of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Han Min GU.
The Minister added that the army of the Republic "will make every effort to ensure the safety of citizens and inform them about the development of events".
Han Min GU noted that South Korea is not going to meet the requirements presented in North Korean ultimatum to cease broadcasting propaganda on the inter-Korean border, as these measures are a response to Pyongyang's provocation in the Demilitarized zone on 4 August. Then two South Korean soldiers were blown up by North Korean mines and were crippled for life. The Minister also reminded that S.Korea and the United States, as closest allies, together will be able to deter Pyongyang from rash steps.

Aug 21 11:59

China is against any actions, which lead to tensions on the Korean Peninsula

"China firmly defend peace and stability in the region, opposes any action that can lead to tension," - said the official representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.
"We call on relevant parties to maintain calm and exercise restraint, to resolve the current situation through dialogue, to stop any action that could lead to an escalation of tensions," said Hua Chunying in posted on the website of the Chinese foreign Ministry's response to a request to comment on China's position regarding escalated in recent days on the Peninsula situation.
She noted that China "as a state, located in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula, pays great attention to the situation on the Peninsula and is deeply concerned about recent events". "The Chinese side is ready to work together with all stakeholders to jointly make efforts for peace and stability on the Peninsula," said Hua Chunying.

Aug 21 11:31

The U.S. and South Korea halted military exercises due to the deterioration with the DPRK

The U.S. and South Korea stop joint military exercises in the Korean Peninsula amid the worsening situation in the region and threats from North Korea, reports the Associated Press, citing unnamed sources in the Ministry of defense. As noted by these sources, the US is following the situation in the region, but do not take further military steps.
The exercises began on Monday this week and was to last until August 28. In attendance were 50 000 South Korean and about 3,000 American troops.
The exercise was held amid a sharp discontent and threats from the DPRK, which considered that these exercises "are little different from a Declaration of war". Pyongyang also threatened to use against the USA modern unknown world weapons, if they will not abandon the exercise.

Aug 21 09:22

North Korea - South Korea: Kim Jong-un promises 'indiscriminate strikes' and places country on 'war footing' after artillery shots fired

Kim Jong-un has put North Korea on a war footing and threatened "indiscriminate strikes" against the South if it doesn't agree to halt propaganda broadcasts by Saturday evening at 5pm.

Aug 21 07:19

S. & N. Korea trade warmongering accusations following exchange of fire

Pyongyang uses missile tests to demonstrate resilience in standoffs with Seoul, for instance during South Korea’s regular and large military drills with US troops.

Aug 20 23:37

North Korea Declares State Of War After Argument Over Loudspeaker Spirals Out Of Control

The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's frontline combined forces to enter state of war from 5pm (0830 GMT) Friday. the official KCNA news agency reported Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported early Friday.

Kim made the order at an emergency enlarged meeting of the central military commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said the report.

Aug 20 23:35

North Korea Declares 'Quasi-State of War' with South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed his military on high-alert and declared a "quasi-state of war" in frontline areas Friday after North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire near the border.

Following an emergency meeting of the North's central military commission, Mr. Kim said frontline units would "enter a wartime state" starting at 5:00 p.m. local time Friday, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Pyongyang has made similar declarations in the past, including during periods of heightened tension in 2010 and 2013. The two countries are technically already in a state of war since the truce that ended their 1950s conflict did not become a peace treaty.

Aug 20 23:34

S Korea Doubts Pyongyang’s Intentions to Hold Dialogue After Fire Exchange

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification is skeptical about the North’s intent to hold open dialogue in view of the recent exchange of fire between the neighbors.

Aug 20 23:31

DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un orders frontline army to enter state of war from 5pm Friday

The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's frontline combined forces to enter state of war from 5pm (0830 GMT) Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported early Friday.

Kim made the order at an emergency enlarged meeting of the central military commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said the report.

Aug 20 13:19


Aug 20 10:38

North Korea Exchanges Fire With South Korea Over Loudspeaker

North Korea fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts — and South Korea fired back, officials said.

Aug 20 06:23

S. Korea orders civilian evacuation near western border, after exchanging fire with N. Korea

Relations between North and South Korea are tenser than usual at the moment in the wake of a land mine incident this month. Two South Korean troops were hit by a primitive landmine explosion, with Seoul blaming Pyongyang, an accusation the North denied. Mounting propaganda loudspeakers along the borders was the South’s response to the incident.

Aug 20 06:08

South Korea fires at North Korea in retaliation for loudspeaker attack

South Korea has fired artillery rounds towards North Korea after its neighbour fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, the defence ministry in Seoul has said.

Aug 16 16:20

North Korea Threatens To "Invade USA," Use Weapons "Unknown To The World"

If Washington does not cancel its planned military exercises with South Korea, North Korea has issued new nuclear threats and says it is ready to us its latest weapons, which "are unknown to the world." The drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, are due to start Monday are designed to "protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula." However, as expected Pyongyang is not happy, "If [the] United States wants their mainland to be safe," said state TV, "then the Ulchi Freedom Guardian should stop immediately."

Aug 15 10:30

South Korea's president pardons 6,500 criminals including CEOs convicted of embezzlement because of their "contributions to the national economy"

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye on Thursday pardoned a tycoon convicted of embezzlement who heads the country’s third-largest business group.
The justice ministry said in a statement that SK Group’s Chey Tae-won will be among some 6,500 people to be released from prison before the 70th anniversary Saturday of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial occupation.

Aug 10 09:06

Seoul resumes loudspeaker propaganda campaign along border with North — defense ministry

South Korea has resumed its loudspeaker broadcasting propaganda campaign along the border with North Korea as a retaliation step for Pyongyang’s recent provocation when two South Korean servicemen were wounded by a North Korean mine in the demilitarized zone, South Korea’s defence ministry said on Monday.
"As part of retaliation for North Korea's illegal provocation, our military will partly carry out loudspeaker broadcasting along the military demarcation line as the first step," the ministry said, adding that this decision was in conformity with its pledge to make North Korea pay the harsh cost for the provocation.

Aug 07 09:35

North Korea to set clocks back by 30 minutes on August 15

North Korea will switch to a new time standard next week setting the clocks all over the country back by 30 minutes. The country thus intends to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from the Japanese occupation marked on August 15, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday.
It noted that the new time standard corresponds to the real astronomical time and will differ from the Japanese time. "The Japanese imperialists committed unpardonable crimes depriving Korea even of its own time," the agency said.
The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation between 1910 and 1945. During that period the colonial authorities introduced Japanese time for the entire Korea. North Korea is currently in the same time zone as South Korea and Japan.

Jul 03 08:40

Mexico to fully support Korean Peninsula’s unification

The Mexican senate leader, who is in Seoul to attend a meeting of five middle-power countries, vowed Friday to show full support for the unification of the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 30 02:29

Death toll from MERS in South Korea rises to 33 people

However, no new cases were reported over the last three days. There are currently 182 people infected with MERS coronavirus in the country, with 2,600 more under quarantine.

Jun 28 08:20

Seoul’s policies responsible for growing tension in Korean Peninsula - DPRK committee

North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (CPRF) says the policies of Seoul are responsible for the growing tension in the Korean Peninsula. The organisation, which supervises in Pyongyang the inter-Korean relations, reacted to South Korea’s announced sanctions against Taiwan companies suspected of arms sales with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
In the Committee’s statement, published on Sunday, the organisation criticises South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye as she was unwilling to respond to Pyongyang’s peace initiatives and developed further the military cooperation with the United States and Japan under the pretext of a "nuclear threat from the North" and "violated human rights" in the DPRK.
These activities of Park Geun-hye and her allies, the statement reads, "damage greatly the relations between the North and the South and develop further the tension in the Korean Penisula."

Jun 25 08:59

Korea’s Wound That Will Not Heal

June 25 will mark 65 years to the day that the Korean War began. And its painful consequences can still be felt today. The line drawn in 1945 across the 38th parallel to delimit the zone where the Soviet and U.S. armed forces accepted Japan’s capitulation to end the Second World War continues to separate the two Koreas – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the Republic of Korea to the south – seven decades later. On both sides of the demilitarized zone – the provisional border between the countries – the two Koreas have been building up their armies, with thousands of troops equipped with the most up-to-date weapons and military equipment ready to engage the enemy. And it is not just Korean soldiers. In accordance with the U.S.–South Korea Collective Defense Agreement, more than 25,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed on South Korean soil under the command of the United States Forces Korea (USFK), which is headed by an American general.

Jun 24 11:23

South Korea reports 4 new MERS cases, with total rising to 179

Four new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been registered in South Korea, bringing the total number of cases to 179, the country’s health ministry said on Wednesday.
A total of 27 people have died from the disease.

Jun 24 07:45

Samsung's 'see-through' trucks aim to reduce risk of passing on highway

Navigating busy two-lane highways can mean drivers often can't see the road for the cars and take a risk that can prove fatal when they attempt to overtake large vehicles like transport trucks.

The Korean technology giant Samsung wants to reduce that risk with the help of technology that allows drivers to virtually see "through" the vehicles ahead of them. Using monitors mounted on the back of a truck or other large vehicle and connected wirelessly to a camera in front, Samsung's Safety Truck technology shows drivers what's ahead of the 18-wheeled obstruction they're driving behind — day or night.

Jun 23 12:48

South Korea-US joint military activity is destructive — lawmaker

"We are fully aware of the destructive role of the joint military activity of the Republic of Korea and the United States in the region and openly tell our American and South Korean partners about this," the Federation Council speaker said at a meeting with chairman of North Korea’s (DPRK) Supreme People’s Assembly Choe Thae-bok.
According to Matviyenko, "The situation on the Korean Peninsula still gives no grounds for complacency." The Federation Council speaker said that "periodic aggravation of the situation coincides in time with the annual US-South Korean exercises, some aspects of which are often just provocative."
"We have been constantly urging all parties to exercise maximum restraint, avoid any statements or actions that may lead to the further aggravation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula," she said.

Jun 23 12:39

Opening of UN office in Seoul to increase tensions on peninsula — DPRK Foreign Ministry

The North Korean Foreign Ministry has called the ceremony dedicated to the opening of a UN human rights office in Seoul on Tuesday a politically motivated provocation, the ministry’s statement said.
"This criminal act will inevitably lead to the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula," the Foreign Ministry statement said. Pyongyang insists that this office is "a center for collecting misinformation concocted by defectors from the North with a view of implementing the hostile US policy towards North Korea."
The hostile forces, "seek by all means to tarnish the reputation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and overthrow its social system using the non-existent problem of human rights violations," the statement says. The ministry warned that "North Korea would retaliate" and would take "the most resolute measures."

Jun 17 08:49

Eight more in South Korea catch MERS

Eight new cases of MERS were registered in South Korea over past 24 hours, thus the total number of the infected reached 162, the healthcare ministry said on Wednesday.

Jun 14 02:39

Hillary Clinton Labels Russia, Iran, N Korea ‘Traditional Threats’ to US

US Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton said Russia, North Korea and Iran are traditional security threats to the United States during her first major campaign speech on Saturday in New York.

Jun 12 07:10

MERS Outbreak Affects South Korean Economy

South Korea is plagued with a rising death toll in its third week as the MERS virus spreads throughout the country. Analysts believe the outbreak will worsen the economy, as tourists stay away and locals remain at home.

Jun 11 15:36

MERS Outbreak Affects South Korean Economy

South Korea is plagued with a rising death toll in its third week as the MERS virus spreads throughout the country. Analysts believe the outbreak will worsen the economy, as tourists stay away and locals remain at home.

Jun 09 11:18

War document claiming U.S. use of biological warfare going up for auction

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I am starting to wonder if the Typhus outbreaks that swept Germany in the closing days of WW2 were deliberate on the part of the allies. The Soviets had weaponized Typhus starting in 1928. Typhus appeared suddenly among the German troops only after they invaded the Soviet Union, and through the troops spread back into Germany.

Jun 03 11:56

The Next Epidemic? 1,364 Now Under Quarantine for Novel MERS Virus in South Korea

It has now been confirmed that 30 people in South Korea have contracted MERS, a deadly virus from the same family as SARS, and officials believe that number is going to grow. Two people have died, and another 1,364 people are currently being quarantined. The Korean government has closed down over 230 schools to prevent the infection from spreading.

MERS, which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, is a relatively new virus discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2012. According to the CDC, people who contract MERS wind up with a severe and often deadly acute respiratory illness.

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Jun 01 13:29

South Korea, US begin massive joint anti-submarine drills

South Korean and US forces have launched major anti-submarine military drills off South Korea’s island of Jeju in response to what they call provocations by North Korean submarines.

Jun 01 07:16

Japan asks globalist trade organization to force South Koreans to eat radioactive Fukushima food

A number of countries are beginning to require Japan to place region-of-origin labeling on its food products to ensure that anything coming from the radiation-infested regions surrounding the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant are adequately screened for contamination. The decisions by countries such as Taiwan and South Korea have angered Japanese officials, who are turning to the globalist World Trade Organization to force the countries to abolish their protective regulations.

May 30 07:46

Report: U.S. cyberattack on N. Korea nuke program failed

The United States tried but failed to sabotage North Korea's nuclear weapons program with a computer virus in 2010, Reuters reported Friday.

The cyber attack came at the same time the Stuxnet virus was disrupting Iran's uranium-enrichment efforts, according to sources familiar with the stealth effort. Stuxnet was reportedly created by the United States and Israel.

The North Korea attack involved a Stuxnet variant that was designed to activate "when it encountered Korean-language settings on an infected machine," Reuters writes. But U.S. agents were never able to install the malware on the computers controlling Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is cause to suspect that Stuxnet exacerbated the Fukushima disaster by crippling emergency systems using the targeted Siemens' controllers. And despite the danger, the US went ahead and tried again with North Korea's nuclear weapons!

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 20 09:05

South Korea to set spyware into teenagers' phones

South Korean authorities introduce new regulations over smartphones usage.
Specially developed spyware is required to be installed into the phones of those under 19 years old.
Such a pattern of control is widely used by its Northern neighbour.
However, the Seoul Communications Commission claims that it requires telecom companies and parents to ensure a monitoring app for the sake of children's security.
New software is intended to block access to pornography, send a child's location data to parents and issue an alert when a child searches keywords such as 'suicide', 'pregnancy' and 'bully' or receives messages with those words.
The measure is reported to slowly come into force over the next few years as it doesn't require old smartphones be updated, but most schools in South Korea send out letters to parents encouraging them to install the software anyway.

May 19 08:44

State Duma Speaker praises South Korea’s position on anti-Russian sanctions

Speaker of Russia’s State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin has praised the position taken by the South Korean government that showed unwillingness to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and the EU and did not join the anti-Russian sanctions.
State Duma Speaker: Moscow, Seoul to be able to eliminate shrinkage of trade http://tass.ru/en/russia/795441
Russia interested in gradual unification of Korean nation — lawmaker

May 19 07:46

Kerry: Ramp up pressure on North Korea

North Korea “continues to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, it continues to break promises and make threats, and it continues to show flagrant disregard for international laws,” Kerry said during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se in Seoul on Monday.

May 17 22:51

Young Kim and His Underwater Nukes - Happiness is having your very own submarine-launched ballistic missile.

This week, North Korea’s dynastic leader, Kim Jong-un, was beaming from ear to ear as a Pukgeukseong-1 missile shot out of the water, apparently launched by a new “Sinpo” class strategic submarine. For Kim, Christmas arrived early.

May 12 18:38

North Korea executes defense minster

May 09 08:57

N. Korea Tests Anti-Ship, Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles

South Korean military officials say North Korea has test-fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea, one day after warning it would strike South Korean vessels without notice if they intrude into the North's territorial waters.

Officials in Seoul say the missiles were fired over the span of about an hour Saturday from an area near the eastern port city of Wonsan.

Earlier Saturday, Pyongyang said it has successfully test-fired a submarine-based ballistic missile, in what would be an indication of the country's advancing military technology.

May 09 08:46

N. Korea says it tested submarine-launched ballistic missile

North Korea is making waves with the reported test launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) – a game-changing “world-level strategic weapon,” according to leader Kim Jong-Un. If confirmed, the test would violate existing UN resolutions.

Kim personally oversaw the launch, the state-run KCNA agency reports. The report detailed how the launcher submarine dived at the sound of a combat alarm to test fire the missile.

"After a while, the ballistic missile soared into the sky from underwater," KCNA added. However, time and place of the test was not provided.

May 03 11:52

What Would Really Happen If North Korea Collapsed?

Although everyone’s favorite basket-case nation hasn’t been in the news much lately, it would stupid to disregard them at any time. North Korea has a habit of rearing its ugly head when we least expect it. But unlike past examples of aggression and posturing, someday we may face a North Korea on the brink of collapse. When that happens, it will make all previous incidents look pale in comparison.

Recently, National Interest Magazine posed the question, If North Korea Collapses: What Happens to Its Nightmare Weapons of War? The answer was not a pretty one.