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On December 24, a research report from the South Korean Foreign Ministry Institute indicated that North Korea would carry out another nuclear bomb test after the beginning of the year. -- South Korean media reported earlier this month that the North was digging a tunnel in preparation for such a nuclear test.
At the same time, reports from inside Iran indicate that a team of Iranian nuclear scientists have been sent to North Korea and that the two governments have agreed on a joint nuclear test in North Korea with a substantial financial reward for the Kim Jong-Il government.
It is no secret that Iran and North Korea are collaborating in a ballistic missile program. The North Koreans provided Iran with the technology and know-how to build the Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile, which is a copy of the Nodong-1 missile.
Most alarming, recent WikiLeaks releases reveal that Iran obtained a cache of advanced missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads (based on a Russian design) from North Korea.
The government aims to make a greater distinction between the Kim Jong-il regime and ordinary North Korean citizens in its policies next year, Minister of Unification Hyun In-taek told President Lee Myung-bak at the Blue House on Wednesday.
North Korea's state-run television has broadcast British film Bend It Like Beckham.
In a tweet, the UK Ambassador to South Korea, Martin Uden, said it was the "1st ever Western-made film to air on TV" in North Korea.
Originally released in the UK in 2002, the film was broadcast across North Korea on 26 December.
Although the original is 112 minutes long, the version broadcast was cut to 104 minutes, suggesting some editing.
It was a rare treat for North Koreans whose state television normally broadcasts animations, hagiographies of its leaders and images celebrating the country's army, model farms and model villages.
Mr Uden said the broadcast had been arranged by the British embassy.
Maybe they can show Team America World Police next time.
I wonder how many in the NK military would like to defect?
Do you know the NK policies on choosing their soldiers.
Also what are the roles of the women in their military?
Originally posted by Resurrectio
reply to post by Vitchilo
With how poor they are.....Lets say 3/4 of their ammo was about to expire.. Are they desperate enough to kick something off, so it doesn't go to waste?
The South Korean Defense Ministry says it will refer to a recently unveiled North Korean ground-to-air missile as the “KN-06.”
The Defense Agency for Technology and Quality in Seoul said in a report that the North’s new missile is similar to Russia’s S-300 missile and China’s FT-2000 missile.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il concluded the year with a tour of the country's tank division that is seen as a vanguard of the communist regime's military-first policy, its official media said Friday, amid high tensions following the North's island attack last month.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has been spotted using his left hand fairly adeptly, suggesting that he is recovering from paralysis following a massive stroke in 2008. Some observers believe North Korean media deliberately showed footage of Kim using the hand to quash rumors that his days are numbered.
The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs is to expand 10 harbor terminals on nine islands including Yeonpyeong from next year to accommodate 5,000-ton civilian and naval vessels that will facilitate the evacuation of residents and military operations in an emergency.
The 200,000-odd special troops are primed to carry out combined operations such as attacks on major facilities in South Korea, assassination of VIPs and harassment in the rear by infiltrating the South using underground tunnels and AN-2 aircraft capable of low-altitude infiltration, the white paper said.
It also has 2,500 to 5,000 tons of various chemical weapons, according to the white paper.
Equipment includes about 8,500 field guns, 5,100 multiple rocket launchers, and some 100 surface-to-surface missiles, as well as 170 mm self-propelled guns and 240 mm multiple rocket launchers that can deliver blitzkrieg fire at the Seoul metropolitan area from their current positions.
The North Korean Navy has about 420 combat warships, 260 landing ships, 30 minesweepers, about 30 support vessels and some 70 submarines. The Air Force has some 820 combat aircraft, 30 surveillance and control aircraft, 330 aerial mobile planes and some 170 training aircraft. Compared to 2008, that is 20 fewer combat aircraft and 10 fewer training aircraft.
The North also has about 300 helicopters, 7.7 million reserve forces, and some 300 munition factories. The military is keeping most of the ordnance stored in caves and has two to three month's worth of supplies, the white paper estimates.
Pyo Chang-won, a criminal psychologist at the Korea National Police University, said, "Visiting the scene of a crime before it is committed can be seen as boasting about it." It can also induce troops in the region to demonstrate zealous loyalty, Pyo added. Before the nuclear test in 2006 and long-range rocket launch in 2009, the North Korean leader conducted intensive on-site inspections of military bases in Hamgyong Province, where the relevant facilities are located.
North Korea called Saturday for improvement in its relations with South Korea and a "full-scale offensive" to revive its moribund economy in its New Year message.
"Confrontation between north and south should be defused as early as possible," the North said in the joint editorial of its three leading newspapers, Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi, adding nothing is "more vital" than reunifying the Koreas.
"Active efforts should be made to create an atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation between north and south by placing the common interests of the nation above anything else," the editorial said, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea cargo ship sinks; 2 dead, 15 missing (Reuters)
#DPRK newspapers' New Year editorial: No pardon for those... "who violate our airspace, territory and waters, even an inch." #Koreas about 8 hours ago via TweetDeck
Rodong Sinmun (#DPRK) commentary: #ROK policy towards the North "heightens only the danger of a nuclear war." #Koreas about 8 hours ago via TweetDeck
To put it bluntly: @mikeontbs: @newsjean DPRK messaging is almost endearing. "Please get along with us, or we'll nuke you." about 3 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
NORTH Korea has spent more than $150 million on new offices and villas for Kim Jong Eun - the state's heir apparent - The (London) Daily Telegraph reported today, citing South Korean security services.
Originally posted by crazydaisy
I hope they find the missing from the cargo ship. NK wouldn't dare blame this on SK would they?
A British newspaper has predicted that inter-Korean unification is unlikely in 2011, even if that is what is likely to happen eventually.
North Korea is among the major global issues the Financial Times covered in its New Year analysis of major world issues and how it sees they will play out.
According to its analysis, there is no chance for inter-Korean unification in the New Year.
An increasing number of North Korean soldiers are showing “AWOL” behaviors to avoid intense physical training and look for food, the local daily, Chosun Ilbo, said Saturday, sourcing it to RFA.
AWOL is a military acronym for "absence without leave."
“It’s hard to punish them because there are too many of such soldiers,” an unnamed North Korean informant, told RFA in the report.