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Nuclear Kim: Leader launches ‘Byongjin’ doctrine to mark his era

Nuclear Kim: Leader launches ‘Byongjin’ doctrine to mark his era

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com On the heels of the Party Congress in which North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un presented a five-year economic plan, North Korea has kicked off tougher “work-harder campaigns.” North Koreans, already struggling with hunger and the stresses of survival in the repressive society, are being mobilized for new construction […]

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N. Korea is selling off gold to China to maintain lifestyles of ruling elites

N. Korea is selling off gold to China to maintain lifestyles of ruling elites

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com North Korea exported more than 2 tons of gold to China over the past year in exchange for $100 million in currency — a desperate moved caused by a dysfunctional economy and international sanctions, a diplomatic source in Seoul said. The money from the gold seems to have gone to purchase […]

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Return of purged 'reformist gang' at rare N. Korean assembly signals change

Return of purged 'reformist gang' at rare N. Korean assembly signals change

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com North Korea did not announce this week the economic reforms that it adopted in June because it feared a negative reaction that could weaken the fragile leadership of its young ruler, Kim Jong-Un, government officials and sources in Seoul said. When the North announced it would convene a rare second session […]

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N. Korea’s new leader expected to announce economic reforms in shift from military supremacy

N. Korea’s new leader expected to announce economic reforms in shift from military supremacy

SEOUL — North Korea has formed a task force to overhaul the reclusive country’s rigid economic management under new ruler Kim Jong-Un’s reform initiatives, South Korea’s intelligence officials said. The task force is reviewing a set of economic measures drafted on June 28 that focus on improving the country’s chronic food shortages and sluggish industry. […]

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N. Korea using up half its annual national budget for epochal birthday celebration

N. Korea using up half its annual national budget for epochal birthday celebration

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com North Korea is pouring more than $2.9 billion, roughly half the impoverished country’s annual budget, into celebrations of the 100th birthday of its late but “eternal president,” Kim Il-Sung. The festivities include an $850-million missile launch, which has heightened tensions on the Peninsula and in Japan. The destitute nation has invited […]