Official North Korea Appreciation Thread

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Post by Skeeve » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:56 pm

Meanwhile: U.S. North and South Korean begin removing guard posts at border
North and South Korea have reportedly demolished and dismantled nearly two dozen guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone.
Not much of an article, so I found another one...I never herd of this paper so, grain of salt.

2 Koreas complete the disarming of 22 guard posts
SEOUL, South Korea —
The North and South Korean militaries completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Saturday as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across the world's most fortified border, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.
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South Korea reportedly has about 60 guard posts — bunker-like concrete structures surrounded with layers of barbed-wire fences and manned by soldiers equipped with machine guns — stretched across the ironically named Demilitarized Zone.
So, it is a begining then...and a contrast to the rumour story posted by the NYT.
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Post by Witness » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:50 am

North Korea May Not Be Expanding Missile Program After All, Monitor Says Media Got It Wrong

A widely covered news story about North Korea's alleged ongoing development of ballistic missile sites misconstrued the findings of the report it was based on, according to a leading monitor.

The Stimson Center's 38 North group published a commentary Tuesday criticizing what it called a "misleading story" featured the day before in The New York Times. The newspaper cited satellite imagery analyzed by experts Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Victor Cha and Lisa Collins to argue that North Korea was continuing its ballistic missile program by working on secret launch sites despite supreme leader Kim Jong Un's public assurances to President Donald Trump.

Leon V. Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council and former Times editorial board member, argued Tuesday in a 38 North commentary that the three researchers "make no such claim." Sigal noted that the original report even mentioned that "the Sakkanmol Missile Operating Base and 15 others have long been observed by U.S. intelligence, 13 of them by Bermudez himself."

"Far from 'moving ahead with its ballistic missile program,' Bermudez notes that 'only minor infrastructure changes were observed' at this particular site since Kim Jong Un came to power in December 2011," Sigal added.
Rest of the story: https://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-ma ... ng-1214169

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Post by Witness » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:43 am

Undeclared North Korea: The Sakkanmol Missile Operating Base

Key Findings
  • Sakkanmol (삭간몰) is an undeclared operational missile base for short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).
  • It is one of 13, out of an estimated total of 20, undeclared North Korean missile operating bases identified by Beyond Parallel research.
  • Sakkanmol currently houses a unit equipped with SRBMs but could easily accommodate more capable medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs).
  • The base is also one of the closest to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and Seoul, giving it the shortest flight time.
  • North Korea’s decommissioning of the Sohae satellite launch facility, while gaining much media attention, obscures the military threat to U.S. forces and South Korea from this and other undeclared ballistic missile bases.
https://beyondparallel.csis.org/undecla ... ting-base/

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Post by Doctor X » Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:45 am

US judge orders North Korea to pay $500M in student’s death

By ERIC TUCKER

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North Korea for “barbaric mistreatment” of Warmbier in agreeing with his family that the isolated nation should be held liable for his death last year. She awarded punitive damages and payments covering medical expenses, economic loss and pain and suffering to Fred and Cindy Warmbier, who alleged that their son had been held hostage and tortured.

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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:03 am

I was wondering if the principle of sovereign immunity would affect that.

According to the article:
Though foreign nations are generally immune from lawsuits in U.S. courts, Howell cited several exceptions that she said allowed her to hold North Korea liable. Those include the fact that North Korea has been designated by the U.S. as a sponsor of terrorism, that the Warmbiers are U.S. citizens and that the actions of the North Korean government involved torture and hostage taking.

The penalty awarded to the Warmbiers and to Otto Warmbier’s estate includes punitive damages as well as damages for economic losses, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
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Post by Doctor X » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:08 am

I think--think--that technically North Korea would have to raise an appeal based on that or claim the court did not have jurisdiction. By ignoring the court, the decision stands.

Now what can be collected?

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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:36 am

Complex web of international banks, shell companies, helps North Korea gain access to funds, WSJ reports
  • U.S. banks, regulators face significant challenges in identifying U.S. dollar transactions that may have a connection to North Korea, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal
  • The U.S. has taken action against companies it says are serving as go-betweens for funds flowing both in and out of the sanctioned nation.
  • Little currency used to fund government activities sits in North Korean banks, but instead moves around global financial firms and corporations, the WSJ reported.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/29/north-k ... s-wsj.html

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Post by Witness » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:10 am

North Korea may have made more nuclear bombs, but threat reduced: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has continued to produce bomb fuel while in denuclearization talks with the United States and may have produced enough in the past year to add as many as seven nuclear weapons to its arsenal, according to a study released just weeks before a planned second summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.

However, the country’s freeze in nuclear and missile testing since 2017 mean that North Korea’s weapons program probably poses less of a threat than it did at the end of that year, the report by Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation found.
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Post by ed » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:59 am

Yea Trump!!!
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Post by Witness » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:21 am

Kim Jong Un to travel to Hanoi by train and car for summit with Trump, journey to take 2½ days: Sources

HANOI (REUTERS) - Vietnam is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to arrive by train for his summit in Hanoi next week with United States President Donald Trump, two sources with direct knowledge of security and logistics planning told Reuters on Wednesday (Feb 20).

It could take Mr Kim at least 2½ days to travel the thousands of kilometres through China by train, from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Vietnam, meaning he would have to set off later this week in time for his planned Feb 25 arrival.

Mr Kim's train will stop at the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang, where he will disembark and drive 170km to Hanoi by car, the sources said.

According to a report on online news portal NK News on Tuesday, Mr Kim's armoured train would likely need to travel from Pyongyang to the Chinese border city of Dandong and then on to capital Beijing. From there, Nanning, a city in southern China, is next, before crossing into Vietnam at the Lang Son border and on to Hanoi.

Separately, three other sources with direct knowledge of the summit preparations told Reuters the preferred location for the Feb 27-28 meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim is the Government Guesthouse, a colonial-era government building in central Hanoi.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-as ... guesthouse

"Armoured train", very WWI. :mrgreen:

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