Tag Archives: North Korea

Speechless

Okay, I don’t even know what to say here. I really don’t like to yank entire articles, but I just can’t come up with an alternative.

S. Korea’s Warmongers Plan to Stage Their Saber Rattling

Pyongyang, June 8 (KCNA) — The Second Corps of the south Korean puppet army announced that it would stage military exercises for ground cooperation in the areas of Chunchon and Hwachon of south Korean Kangwon Province from June 9 to 11, according to the south Korean Yonhap News.

The south Korean warmongers blustered that all the units of the corps would be hurled into the exercises for conducting a large-scale search, reconnaissance and blockade operations and operating a mobile task force, etc. in the operational theatres for the purpose of helping them get familiar with the methods of carrying out their combat missions to cope with somebody’s “infiltration” and “provocation.”

The Lee Myung Bak group of traitors is making desperate efforts to bring the dark clouds of a war of aggression to hang over Korea, still inciting inter-Korean confrontation, oblivious of the lesson taught by the stern judgment meted out to it by the people.

Wow.

via Korea Central News Agency

A musical on Yodok?! North Korean prison hits the stage

I was cruising around YouTube for some video clips on North Korea and Ahn Myong Chol, a former prison guard who later defected, for a North Korea story I’m putting together for Gadling. Chol has made his name as a journalist by sneaking back into the country and recording all kinds of footage that would be impossible to secure otherwise. Well, I couldn’t find the videos he shot of an open market where human flesh was (allegedly) being sold, but I did stumble upon something very strange: a video trailer promoting a musical about Yodok, one of the most notorious prison camps in North Korea.

That’s how strange it is to cover North Korea. You really never do know what you’ll encounter. A musical on Yodok? Crazy. Fortunately, I hate musicals.

North Korea Looking for an Ear

Copy of dprkThe reclusive Communist state wants to talk – but only to the United States. After a year of silence, it’s willing to revisit the issue of nuclear disarmament, but it wants one-on-one time instead of the usual six-party format.

A DPRK official visited the United States last week, a rarity, in what has been called a “’charm’ offensive” by Reuters. The country is desperate for money and aid.

Reuters reports that a DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman said to the Korea Central News Agency, “The conclusion we have reached is that the direct parties, which are the North and the United States, must first sit down and find a rational solution.”

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Five Fun Headlines from North Korea

Copy of dprkI’ll do this every now and then — no real schedule. Here are some of my favorite stories from North Korea’s official news outlet, the Korea Central News Agency.

New Plant Discovered in DPRK: Yes, this refers to vegetation. It’s named the Hyangsan cuckooflower, or the less entertaining Cardamine hyangsanensis S.K.KO et J.O.Ri, Sp.nov.

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

Hu Jintao Invites Kim Jong Il to Visit: Where else in the world does an invitation become major news? It’s like “Migrant Blogger invited to get 20% off any bestseller (paperback only) at Barnes & Noble.” Yeah, KJI and I are among the elite.

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

UN Day Observed: Observed, but as you’ll see from the article, not with much zeal. Best conclusion ever: “Speeches were made there.”

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

U.S. Urged to Drop Its Ridiculous Scenario to Stifle DPRK: This is just bizarre, especially at the end, where the United States is “advised to drop its foolish scenario to stifle the DPRK by force and swim with the trend of the times toward detente and peace [emphasis mine].”

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

Read all Migrant Blogger articles on North Korea >>

North Korean News Story Too Funny

dprk propagandaI’m not normally into pulling entire stories from other news outlets, but this one was just too much. I encourage you to click over to give the Korea Central News Agency the pageview it’s earned … and to see that I’m not making this up.

All emphasis in the quoted article is mine.

Read my other articles on North Korea >>

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North Korea Pulled the Digital Trigger

dprk propagandaWhile we’ve been worried about missile launches and “satellite” attempts, North Korea’s real action has been closer to Earth. The DPRK regime is accused of initiating high-profile cyber-attacks, causing internet outages in the United States and South Korea. The IP address, better than a fingerprint in this case, points back to North Korea’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, according to the chief of South Korea’s top spy agency. China leases the IP address to the DPRK military, according to JoongAng Ilbo and Yonhap news agency, both media outlets in South Korea.

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Help the North Korean Children

koreancharityI know, I know, it’s hard to imagine donating money to anything involving North Korea. I mean, hell, just look at the regime-endorsed Twitter-stream! But, when I saw the appeal from Koryo Tours for donations, I found it impossible to take issue. This is an independent organization run by a Brit that’s trying to raise a mere $6,700 for two humanitarian projects in the isolated Communist state.

Click here to donate to the Koryo Tours project >>

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For those who dare “cross the line”

James Joseph Dresnok
James Joseph Dresnok

I first heard about the documentary film “Crossing the Line” back in 2005. Rumors shot around in the press. Then, I had the good fortune to see the film “A State of Mind” at the Tribeca Film Festival. North Korea documentarian Nick Bonner was on hand to discuss the film and confirmed that his team was making what would become “Crossing the Line,” a film about the last American defector living in North Korea. Last Tuesday, I was finally able to see the film, which was an expeirence about which I have been dreaming since news broke of former American soldier Charles Robert Jenkins’ defection from North Korea to Japan.

I was not disappointed.

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New Trader article: the most dangerous town on Earth

Check out my latest piece for TraderDaily.com’s travel section. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go on vacation and stare down people who are trained to combat your way of life, Panmunjom must be on your list. Visit the truce village, and even cross into North Korea! This is a trip not to be missed.

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