Category Archives: Koreas

Inside North Korea’s secret sex parties | New York Post

Welcome to the secret high-class sex parties for North Korea’s elite, where schoolgirls as young as 13 are allegedly forced into servitude for their leaders’ pleasure.

The girls are picked out at random by soldiers — sometimes from their own school classrooms. Their family and medical histories are closely examined, and routine checkups are performed to ensure their virginity is intact.

Over the following decade, these girls are expected to service the small military circle of North Korea’s elite. They are known as the leader’s Gippeumjo, or Pleasure Squad.

Inside North Korea’s secret sex parties | New York Post

Russia, China team up over North Korea, South China Sea

Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

Following talks in Beijing, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and China’s Wang Yi expressed opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Despite endorsing United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea over its missile launches and nuclear tests, the two strongly criticized the proposed deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD.

Russia, China team up over North Korea, South China Sea

Seoul: North Korea May Have Launched Ballistic Missile From Submarine | TIME

North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defense officials said, Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might in the face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington.

The South Korean officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, could not immediately confirm where the projectile landed. The Saturday evening launch of what the officials said was presumably a submarine-launched ballistic missile took place near the North Korean coastal town of Sinpo, where analysts have previously detected efforts by the North to develop submarine-launched ballistic missile systems.

Seoul: North Korea May Have Launched Ballistic Missile From Submarine | TIME

N.Korean Personnel ‘Killed’ in Missile Test Failure

Technicians were killed or injured and a mobile missile launcher was damaged when a North Korean medium-range ballistic missile blew up in mid-air on April 15, according to a U.S. website.

“Two road-mobile Musudan launchers were set up for the test, but the second was not fired after the explosion,” the rightwing Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday quoting a U.S. military officer and a diplomatic source. “The missile blew up about 300 feet above the ground.”

The diplomatic source blamed the explosion, which occurred within five or six seconds after launch, on a faulty fuel system or turbo pump failure.

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – N.Korean Personnel ‘Killed’ in Missile Test Failure

More Evidence of Possible Reprocessing Campaign at North Korea’s Yongbyon Facility | 38 North

Recent commercial satellite imagery shows new developments at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicating that North Korea has already begun or plans to commence a reprocessing campaign to separate additional plutonium for nuclear weapons. This activity consists of the presence of a loaded railroad flatcar at the Radiochemical Laboratory, excavation alongside the old “Building 500” used to store waste from earlier reprocessing campaigns and excavation work at the Experimental Light Water Reactor’s (ELWR) cooling water cistern. Such a conclusion is consistent with a February 2016 statement by US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper that North Korea “…. could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor’s spent fuel within a matter of weeks to months.”

Imagery also indicates that there is continuing and expanding work at the ELWR still under construction. However, it remains unclear when that facility will become operational.

More Evidence of Possible Reprocessing Campaign at North Korea’s Yongbyon Facility | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

How North Korea Got Its Nukes – YouTube

“Forbes columnist Gordon Chang, and the Potomac Foundation’s Phillip Karber trace the origins of North Korea’s nukes right to China’s doorstep.”

The wild child of North Korea – Dictator-in-Chief Kim Jong-un – has overseen four nuclear tests to date, the earliest in 2006 and the latest just this year. It is now only a matter of time until Pyongyang can order direct strikes on Seoul, Tokyo, or Seattle.

Just how did the Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. let North Korea get the bomb? In my book/film Crouching Tiger, the Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, Princeton’s Aaron Friedberg, Forbes columnist Gordon Chang, and the Potomac Foundation’s Phillip Karber trace the origins of North Korea’s nukes right to China’s doorstep.

How North Korea Got Its Nukes – YouTube

North Korea got the nuclear weapon designs from Pakistan who got the designs from China. Pakistan traded more advanced centrifuge designs (stolen by A.Q. Khan) for help from China.

A.Q. Khan’s China Connection | The Jamestown Foundation

However, China’s initial attempts to play the role of a disinterested, neutral bystander in the fast unraveling nuclear network came to an abrupt halt soon after fresh evidence of the China-Pakistan-Libya nexus turned up in the 55,000 tonnes of nuclear material and documents that Libya turned over to the United States and which was flown to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in early 2004. Apparently, the design that Khan delivered to the Libyans in the shopping bag of his Islamabad tailor was of a Chinese nuclear weapon tested on October 27, 1966. As soon as Libyan arms designs sold by Khan were traced to China, Washington’s leverage over Beijing increased significantly. The evidence provided clinching proof of Beijing’s involvement in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and insights into the state of both Chinese and North Korean nuclear weapons capabilities. It also raised new questions about the extent and nature of Chinese contributions to Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation activities. Although the bomb designs sold to Libya were of a 1960s Chinese vintage, an analysis of Pakistan’s May 1998 nuclear tests reveals that China supplied more advanced nuclear weapons designs of the late 1980s and early 1990s to Pakistan, which may have been shared with other countries. Furthermore, it is inconceivable that Chinese security agencies were unaware of Pakistan’s nuclear dealings with North Korea, Iran and Libya.

A.q. Khan’s China Connection | The Jamestown Foundation

North Korean ships with corpses on board have been washing ashore in Japan – LA Times

Then, a new theory surfaced.

Satoru Miyamoto, a North Korea expert at Japan’s Seigakuin University near Tokyo, said that the men on board were probably fishermen. By studying photographs of the boats and the vessels’ numbers, he deduced they probably belonged to the North Korean military’s commercial branch.

The basis for those conclusions might be found in a series of undated photographs released in November of dictator Kim Jong Un touring a military fishery base, grinning and examining blocks of frozen fish.

Workers, Kim said, should “realize their lifetime desire by catching more fish for the servicepersons and civilians,” according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

“So the military has been sending soldiers out onto the sea to fish,” Miyamoto said. “But the soldiers don’t have any training, so they sometimes get lost at sea.”

North Korean ships with corpses on board have been washing ashore in Japan – LA Times

Senior North Korean Military Officer Defects to the South, Officials Say | TIME

A colonel from North Korea’s military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday.

The announcement came three days after Seoul revealed 13 North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country had defected to the South. It was the largest group defection since North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011. South Korean media reported the restaurant is located in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo.

Senior North Korean Military Officer Defects to the South, Officials Say | TIME

N Korea says it successfully tests long-range rocket engine | Fox News

North Korea said Saturday it has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic rocket engine that will give it the ability to stage nuclear strikes on the United States.

The engine’s ground test, if true, would be a big step forward for the North’s nuclear weapons program, which saw its fourth atomic test earlier this year. But the North may still need a good deal of work before it can hit the U.S. mainland with nuclear missiles. South Korean officials say North Korea doesn’t yet have a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile, let alone the ability to arm it with a nuclear warhead.

N Korea says it successfully tests long-range rocket engine | Fox News

Panama Papers show how Syria and North Korea ‘evaded sanctions’ | euronews, world news

The leaked Panama Papers show that the firm at the centre of the affair had clients who were subject to international sanctions.

The Syrian government under President al-Assad was reportedly able to get round the sanctions and finance its war machine thanks to smokescreen companies based in the Seychelles.

Investigations have shown that Assad’s billionaire cousin Rami Makhlouf was closely linked to the Panama law firm at the centre of the leaked information.

Although he was blacklisted for corruption and intimidation, Mossack Fonseca continued to front six businesses for Makhlouf after restrictions were imposed.

The Panama firm is also said to have helped three Syrian companies described by US authorities as supporting its repressive machine.

Panama Papers show how Syria and North Korea ‘evaded sanctions’ | euronews, world news