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‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A key UN Committee has condemned Iran’s widespread use of the death penalty and has urged the Islamic Republic to eliminate “all discrimination and rights violations against women and girls.” In a separate resolution, the Third Committee roundly chastised North Korea’s grave human rights situation and the communist […]

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N. Korea plans extended SLBM range, large subs for nuclear attacks

N. Korea plans extended SLBM range, large subs for nuclear attacks

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea has prioritized increasing the rage of its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) to 2,000 kilometers, a military source here said. The North is also said to be building 3,000-ton submarines that can carry multiple SLBMs, the source said. “North Korea is believed to have made […]

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Remembering Vaclav Havel, who inspired freedom fighters from Europe to N. Korea, China

Remembering Vaclav Havel, who inspired freedom fighters from Europe to N. Korea, China

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One year ago the renowned author, playwright, and former  President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel died at age 75. In tribute to this extraordinary European Renaissance Man, I’m reissuing my column in the spirit of memory and the season. “Havel’s career as literary figure, intellectual and a […]

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Defector blasts tourists to N. Korea, asks why U.S. failed to stop genocide abroad

Defector blasts tourists to N. Korea, asks why U.S. failed to stop genocide abroad

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — Shin Dong-Hyuk has an unequivocal message for anyone contemplating a trip to North Korea: Don’t go, you’re only aiding and abetting a money-hungry regime. Shin, who remains the only person to have escaped from North Korea’s notorious Camp 14, offered that blunt view at a session staged here by […]

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Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for  some serious if generally overlooked work and reports.  An Assembly committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

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N. Korea increasingly becoming 'dollarized'

N. Korea increasingly becoming 'dollarized'

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com North Korean authorities are resorting to black markets in order to trade the country’s won currency with U.S. dollars or Chinese yuan, as state holdings of hard currencies are drying up, sources and analysts in Seoul say. The regime’s rush for foreign currencies will accelerate the U.S. “dollarization” of the isolated […]

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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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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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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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