June 16, 2021

North Koreans paying bribes to survive – U.N.

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From The Star GENEVA (Reuters) – North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country where corruption is “endemic” and repression rife, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday in a report that Pyongyang dismissed as politically motivated. The report said officials extorted money from a population struggling […]

Trump-Kim summit breaks down after North Korea demands end to sanctions

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From BBC A summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended with no agreement after the US refused North Korean demands for sanctions relief, the US president has said. “It was all about the sanctions,” Mr Trump told reporters. “They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do […]

Happy Kim Jong Un

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Kim Jong Un looked really happy touring a fish-pickling factory By Ashley Collman From Business Insider North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently visited a fish-pickling factory, according to photos state media released on Wednesday. The photos of Kim beaming next to stacks of food are no doubt meant to send a signal to the […]

The Trump-Kim Summit was a great photo op, and maybe nothing more

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By Jonah Shepp From New York Mag The 24-hour, by-the-minute news cycle never fares quite so poorly as it does in an event that is significant to the historical record but that produces very little actual news. The summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore Tuesday morning was […]

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korea soldier flees across border

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From WN South Korea’s military fired warning shots at North Korean border guards that were searching for a soldier who defected early on Thursday morning, according to BBC News. The North Korean soldier fled the reclusive country and crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time. South Korea’s military said the soldier […]

Is This The Solution To The North Korea Crisis? Former US Navy SEAL May Have Answer

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From BuzzFix Today When Jocko Willink was asked on Twitter how he would handle the escalating threat from North Korea he gave a surprising answer. Rather than using military moves or bomb strikes, Mr Willink said he would simply give the North Koreans iPhones. Writing on Twitter, he said: “Drop 25 million iPhones on them […]

Trump moving toward hard line with China on North Korea crisis

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From Newsmax Donald Trump is grappling with the limits of his strategy to rely on China to get North Korea to limit its nuclear and ICBM programs following Kim Jong Un’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The U.S. president must now decide whether the test, coupled with the death last month of […]

Boozy tours court trouble in the hermit kingdom

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From The Australian Beer-soaked “booze cruises” down North Korea’s Taedong River. Scuba-diving trips off the country’s eastern coast. Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawls in Pyongyang featuring drinking games with cheery locals. Since 2008, the Young Pioneer Tours agency has built up a business attracting young travellers with a competitively priced catalogue of exotic-sounding, hard-partying adventures […]

North Korea is on its ‘way to an arsenal of perhaps dozens’ of nuclear warheads

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By Amanda Macias From Business Insider WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of North Korea’s latest nuclear test, a panel of experts discussed the possible implications of a nuclear weapons “no-first-use” policy on global security at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday. A “no-first-use” policy calls for a country to not use nuclear weapons first and only […]

North Korea closes only communications link with U.S.

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From wn North Korea said Monday it has decided to close its only direct diplomatic link with Washington, CNN reports. The move was made days after the United States slapped sanctions on the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and other officials over human rights abuses. Pyongyang and Washington do not have formal diplomatic relations, but […]