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One man ‘needlessly and recklessly’ puts the lives of millions at risk

One man ‘needlessly and recklessly’ puts the lives of millions at risk

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Will there be conflict on the Korean peninsula? Shall the long simmering tinderbox finally explode in a nuclear flash? Or shall everybody step back from the brink, take a deep breath and allow diplomacy to finally defuse this ticking time bomb in Korea? The answer […]

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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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Fewer escaped N. Korea in 2012 as Kim Jong-Un hardened borders, tightened internal security

Fewer escaped N. Korea in 2012 as Kim Jong-Un hardened borders, tightened internal security

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com Fleeing North Korea has been increasingly difficult due to tightened border controls and stronger internal security measures since the country’s new ruler Kim Jong-Un assumed power a year ago, South Korean officials and sources say. But defectors in Seoul say that desperate North Koreans will keep trying to cross the border by […]

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Two chubby young Koreans register on the global recognition scale

Two chubby young Koreans register on the global recognition scale

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com LONDON — There was a time when Korea was best known overseas for Samsung gadgetry and Hyundai cars. Now Korea is permeating the global consciousness in ways that would have seemed unlikely if not impossible two or three years ago. The latest proof positive is a New Year’s eve feature in […]

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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

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 of Physical Culture […]

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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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At confab on North Korea, not a single word about the hundreds of thousands in gulags

At confab on North Korea, not a single word about the hundreds of thousands in gulags

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com What are the experts thinking when they talk in learned tones, replete with facts and stats, about issues and conditions for North-South Korean reunification, the pitfalls and problems, but omit passing mention of one of the most awful obstacles? At a conference this week bearing the portentous title, “Unification and North […]

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Kim Jong-Un faces disciplinary crisis following series of military defections over DMZ

Kim Jong-Un faces disciplinary crisis following series of military defections over DMZ

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com DEMILITARIZED ZONE, South Korea — Recent defections by North Korean soldiers who escaped across the heavily militarized border with South Korea illustrate an erosion of military discipline caused by young ruler Kim Jong-Un, who has taken steps to weaken the military, government sources in Seoul say. Three North Korean soldiers have […]

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