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Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

Summit documents reveal N. Korea’s fears of being absorbed by China

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leaders have been living in fear of coming under Chinese control but had no option but to rely on the economic giant for much-needed hard currency, documents and sources said. According to the 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript disclosed by South Korea’s spy agency, then North Korean […]

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Once called 'city of churches', Pyongyang now sees Christianity as top security threat

Once called 'city of churches', Pyongyang now sees Christianity as top security threat

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The fuss made by North Korea over the Christmas lights on a steel tower at an observation post overlooking the demilitarized zone reminds me of a similarly lit tree far inside North Korea. It was on the shelf behind the bar of a hotel in the industrial east coast city of […]

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As China, U.S., Japan and S. Korea transition, N. Korea again threatens to go ballistic

As China, U.S., Japan and S. Korea transition, N. Korea again threatens to go ballistic

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The impending launch of a North Korean ballistic missile has as much to do with the propaganda goal of putting a satellite into orbit as to serve as a less than subtle bullying to neighboring states all undergoing a period of political transition. Though Pyongyang has forewarned regional […]

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Kim Jong-Un ‘obliterated’ officer, purges others to escape his father’s shadow

Kim Jong-Un ‘obliterated’ officer, purges others to escape his father’s shadow

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Several additional senior North Korean officials favored by the country’s late leader Kim Jong-Il have been recently dismissed from their posts by new ruler Kim Jong-Un, who is cementing his own power base, officials and sources in Seoul say. Among those sacked in October are Minister […]

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The people be damned: Recalling the odd friendship between 'Snooky' Sihanouk and Kim Il-Sung

The people be damned: Recalling the odd friendship between 'Snooky' Sihanouk and Kim Il-Sung

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com They formed one of the oddest, blood-stained duos in Asian history. Cambodia’s king and prince and then king again, Norodom Sihanouk, bonded with North Korea’s “Great Leader” Kim Il-Sung for reasons that had to do with their mutual hatred of the United States. Never did the adage, the enemy of my […]

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Island ruckus distracts minds in Tokyo, Seoul from more serious concerns

Island ruckus distracts minds in Tokyo, Seoul from more serious concerns

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The North Koreans have got to love this one. The ruckus over disputed islands gets so much play in Korea and Japan that Koreans and Japanese tend to forget they’ve got a real enemy lurking somewhere over the 38th parallel. That would be North Korea, whose strategists may not know how […]

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Reports: Wiretap led to Ri’s ouster in N. Korea; firefight killed 20

Reports: Wiretap led to Ri’s ouster in N. Korea; firefight killed 20

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Ri Yong-Ho, the most ardent supporter of late North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il’s “military-first” policy, was purged because he had complained about youthful new ruler Kim Jong-Un’s push for policy changes, sources and officials in Seoul say. But Ri’s dismissal could encourage his supporters and hardline […]

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Reports: Wiretap led to Ri's ouster in N. Korea; firefight killed 20

Reports: Wiretap led to Ri's ouster in N. Korea; firefight killed 20

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Ri Yong-Ho, the most ardent supporter of late North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il’s “military-first” policy, was purged because he had complained about youthful new ruler Kim Jong-Un’s push for policy changes, sources and officials in Seoul say. But Ri’s dismissal could encourage his supporters and hardline Army officers to […]

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N. Korean defectors report starvation after harvests ‘taken forcibly by the ruling class’

N. Korean defectors report starvation after harvests ‘taken forcibly by the ruling class’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com A growing number of North Koreans are starving to death, even in the country’s grain belt on the southwest coast, despite increased crop yields because soldiers and state officials are extorting the grain. A defector who fled the North last summer said members of the ruling class would […]

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N. Korea's propaganda achieves overkill; Lee Myung-Bak, watch your back

N. Korea's propaganda achieves overkill; Lee Myung-Bak, watch your back

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The job of a journalist for the North Korean propaganda machine surely must be one of the more fun-filled gigs in the media business. Imagine the laughs the writers up there must be having as they dream up fresh turns of phrase with which to pillory South Korea’s President […]

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