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Originally posted by Vitchilo
He will be 70 years old this year on February 16...same day as me...
CNFK: USS Carl Vinson strike group will arrive Chinhae, ROK on Tuesday. #Koreas 22 minutes ago via TweetDeck
#ROK holding 2-day war game -- billed as 1st ever jointly by Army & Marines to repel "computer-simulated" invasion of 5 w. islands by #DPRK. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
State Dept.: Amb. Bosworth, in China, "had useful consultations on how to coordinate moving forward in dealing with N. Korea." about 6 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
NKorea downgrades combat alert status on west, prompting US-SKorea to also lower surveillance alert. Cooling off a bit. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
A Chinese state-run company recently agreed to invest $2 billion in North Korea’s Rason free trade zone, the JoongAng Ilbo learned yesterday from documents related to the deal.
Japan Thursday demanded North Korea take "concrete actions" before renewed dialogue can resume on the divided Korean peninsula, a day after Pyongyang offered unconditional talks with the South.
"The nuclear and missile development issue of DPRK (North Korea) is a cause for major concern," Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said in a speech in Washington before meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
North Korea's ally China Thursday threw its diplomatic weight behind Pyongyang's call for unconditional talks with the South, while Washington and Seoul remained more circumspect about the offer.
North Korea revamped major regulations governing the Workers Party to support the hereditary transfer of power from North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to his son Jong-un. South Korean government sources say the revisions officially turned the Workers Party into a "shrine" for the Kim dynasty. In the North, party regulations rank above the country's constitution.
The North Korean regime wants to divert some of budget for the all-powerful military to the civilian sector and increase exports of mineral resources to China in its Quixotic quest to become "a powerful and prosperous nation" by 2012.
North Korea`s ruling Workers` Party or military will likely hold a ceremony Saturday to mark the birthday of heir apparent Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of leader Kim Jong Il.
Today (Jan. 8) is Kim Jong Un's birthday. But no signs of celebration reported in #DPRK. Maybe next year? #Koreas 8 minutes ago via web
A senior U.S. official will travel to China early next week to discuss North Korea and other agenda items with Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to Washington scheduled for later this month, the State Department said Friday.
W7VOA Lead item on noon Voice of Korea newscast: Kim Jong Il sent fruit baskets, other New Year gifts by China provincial officials. #DPRK about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck
Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik says that he has doubts that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s 28-year-old son and heir apparent, Jong-un, will lead North Korea properly with his insufficient experience.
The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration has drawn attention with repeated expressions of interest in dialogue with North Korea over the past few days. The statements carry considerable weight, as they were made in public on several occasions by foreign minister Seiji Maehara, who is both the figure with general responsibility for Japanese foreign affairs and someone known to be a hard-liner. Nothing has yet surfaced as concrete action, but it certainly seems evident that a diplomatic message was intended for Pyongyang.
Condemnation of North seen as prerequisite to inter-Korean talks: Sources
The North Korean regime appears to be purging proteges of O Kuk-ryol, a vice chairman of the National Defense Commission who once headed the Workers Party's Operations Department, and leader Kim Jong il's brother-in-law Jang Song-taek, the director of the party's Administration Department and a sort of eminence grise in the North. The two wielded near-absolute power during Kim Jong-il's heyday but have kept at a respectful distance since Kim's son Jong-un was established as his heir.
Seoul continues to reject North Korea's latest charm offensive. The North on Saturday again called for inter-Korean talks through the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland. But the South says it "cannot come to the dialogue table before the North takes responsible steps" over the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
North Korea's recent calls for dialogue do not mention the two attacks nor do they say anything concrete about denuclearization, the goal of inter-Korean talks, a senior government official said Sunday. "They showed no sincerity but apparently tried to gain international support through resumption of six-party nuclear disarmament talks."
Another senior government official also said the proposals "prove that the North is overwhelmed with difficulties due to international sanctions" imposed over its nuclear tests and military provocations.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will hold drills in the East China Sea involving U.S. warships on Monday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.
South Korea's military will install underwater sensors near its tense sea border with North Korea to guard against an attack by the North's submarines, a report said Monday.
The U.S. Air Force said that the 12 fighter jets will stay in Gunsan for about four months starting Tuesday.
KCNA (#DPRK): Panmunjom Red Cross liaison channel will be reopened from Wednesday. #Koreas about 18 hours ago via TweetDeck
US Justice Dept.: Ex-NASA employee, Kue Sang Chun (US citizen), charged with illegal export of infrared military technology to S. Korea. about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck
The N. Korean editorial says Seoul's rejection of early 2-way talks dampens hope for improved ties. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
RT @egalite_twitted: On Monday night, #NKorea confirmed its Web site was hacked, warning of "grave consequences" against SKorean hackers. about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
Liang made the remarks at a joint press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
"We do not want to see such things happening again. We do not want U.S. weapon sales to Taiwan to further damage the relationship between China and the United States and the two nations' armed forces," Liang added.
The image above, captured in 2010, depicts an F-117A mockup. Normally, a mockup of the F-117A wouldn't be a very big deal, but this one is in the middle of Luoyang, China.
It is a full-scale mockup, with the wingspan matching the "real" F-117A at roughly 43 feet.
Why is there an F-117A mockup sitting inside of Luoyang? There could be a completely benign purpose, such as use in some sort of media. However, Luoyang is home to the Luoyang Electro-Optical Technology Development Center, who is responsible for developing the current air-to-air missiles fielded by the Chinese military.
A facility such as this would certainly be able to make use of an accurate model of a VLO aircraft for missile seeker evaluation, particularly in the case of seekers for active radar homing weapons like the current PL-12.
This may be a prototype of JH-8, a VTOL capable F-117A derivative using captured technology.
North Korea on Tuesday criticised South Korea's rejection of its latest proposal for dialogue and insisted it is sincere in trying to mend relations after months of tensions.
Seoul on Monday urged Pyongyang to come to the table and discuss North Korea's sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan in March and its shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November last year. The call came in response to a demand from Pyongyang for "unconditional talks."
South Korea and one-time colonial ruler Japan put decades of bitterness behind them on Monday by agreeing to expand military cooperation in the face of North Korean hostility.
The State Department says North Korea's offer to hold talks with South Korea falls short of what is needed to demonstrate that it is serious about seeking better relations.
The total in 2009 was $3.41 billion, down 10.6% from 2008, a report says.
China's defense minister on Monday rebuffed an offer from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to hold strategic nuclear talks, saying military dialogue will be limited to counterpiracy, counterterrorism and peacekeeping cooperation.
Mr. Gates, the first defense secretary to visit China since 2005, told reporters in Beijing after a two-hour meeting with Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie that he is "pleased" China will "consider and study" his plan to launch a strategic-security dialogue on nuclear forces, missile defense, space and cyberwarfare issues.
But Gen. Liang largely dismissed the idea of holding substantive nuclear and security talks.
FLASH: U.S. Defence secretary says believes North Korea becoming direct threat to U.S.
Looks like Obama Admin. intent to keep ex-NM Gov. Richardson away from #DPRK. The fmr UN Amb. re-named special envoy to OAS.
"China is gradually pushing its strategic defense line further offshore" - Global Times newspaper on the test flight of J-20 stealth plane.
After several requests for talks from North Korea, the Ministry of Unification reciprocated on Monday for a parley between North and South on the subjects Pyongyang doesn’t want to discuss: the sinking of the Cheonan in March and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November.
“For real talks between South and North Korea to happen, responsible measures must be taken for the sinking of the Cheonan and the attack on Yeonpyeong Island, as well as a promise to prevent additional provocations from reoccurring,” said a statement from the Unification Ministry spokesperson. “There is also a need to confirm the North’s sincerity on denuclearization and we request talks between the two countries for this.”
Citing an official statement in North Korean media, Yonhap News reports that North Korea says it would not have attacked Yeongpyeong-do if its peace treaty proposal last year had been paid attention to and responded to in detail. The North particularly wanted the US to pay attention to the proposal, mentioning that country several times while apparently ignoring South Korea.
2010 was a hard and dangerous year in Korea. Alas, 2011 might become even worse.
At first glance, this statement might appear excessively pessimistic. After all, in the last weeks the tensions on the Korean Peninsula were decreasing, North Korea suggested negotiations, and South Korea also said that talks might be a good idea.
However, the appearances are misleading. If one has a better look at the recent crisis, as well as at the current mood in Seoul and Pyongyang, there is little ground for optimism. It seems that both North Korean strategic calculations and South Korean assumptions about ways to handle its uneasy neighbor will bring the crisis back - and with a vengeance.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
China is tired of the US...
North Korea playing old game. After island attack, it's turning on charm to reap gains for good behaviour. But Seoul unforgiving this time. about 2 hours ago via web
The North Korean regime appears to have started a new reign of terror to consolidate the succession of leader Kim Jong-il's son Jong-un.
The South Korean government and a North Korean source on Wednesday said public executions more than tripled last year. And increasing numbers of North Koreans have been killed trying to cross the Apnok (or Yalu) or Duman (or Tumen) River after the regime gave a shoot-to-kill order. The party and military, meanwhile, are engulfed in a whirlwind of purges, observers believe.
North Korea on Wednesday renewed a call for talks about the resumption of package tours to the Mt. Kumgang resort and a meeting about the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex. The call follows an official request on Monday for government and Red Cross talks.
And what do you base this opinion on?
Guess you dont read wikileaks. Theyre tired of North Korea.
South Korean and Japanese patrol boats have been involved in a standoff in waters near the South Korean islets of Dokdo over an alleged violation of an exclusive economic zone by a South Korean fishing vessel, an official said Thursday.
The confrontation began around 2 p.m. in waters about 69 kilometers southwest of Dokdo in the East Sea off the Korean Peninsula when a 29-ton South Korean fishing boat allegedly entered Japanese waters, the official at South Korea's maritime police said.
ROK-Japan maritime coastal confrontation said to have been sparked by S. Korean fishing vessel allegedly violating EEZ waters.
The reported confrontation near Dokdo/Takeshima comes just days after ROK, Japan vowed to work for closer defense ties amid #DPRK threat. 3 minutes ago via TweetDeck
W7VOA Yonhap now quotes #ROK officials saying maritime police "jointly investigating" whether S.Korean fishing boat violated Japanese waters. 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Fmr. US envoy to 6-party talks, Chris Hill, says "succession crisis" in #DPRK & it'll be very difficult for KJU to take reigns of power. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck
# Gates: But #DPRK "must stop these dangerous provocations" & take concrete steps to show they'll begin meeting their int'l obligations. about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck
# Gates: "Then we could see a return to the 6-party talks." about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck
# Gates: #DPRK needs to "show cause to believe that negotiations can be productive & conducted in good faith..." about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck
A South Korean captain of a 29-ton trawler, who was under investigation jointly by the South Korean and Japanese authorities after the fishing boat entered Japanese waters Thursday, was freed Friday.
North Korea to set up economic development bureau (Reuters)
Japan foreign minister visits South Korea to show support (DPA)
The officials soon left the office, however, given the lack of South Korean counterparts and the South’s Korea Electric Power Corp. shutoff of power to the building.
A South Korean government official said Friday that the supply of electricity and water has remained cut off since May after Seoul rejected Pyongyang’s plan to unilaterally resume operations.
North Korea is apparently backtracking over implausible plans to become a "powerful and prosperous nation" by 2012 and is now eyeing the year 2020 as the finishing line to join the world's advanced countries.
On Sunday Rodong Sinmun, mouthpiece of the North's ruling Communist Party, labelled talks held on January 10 between Seoul and Tokyo's defence chiefs a "new military conspiracy" that hampered regional security by damaging inter-Korea ties.
"Japan has worked hard with bloodshot eyes to secure a legitimate pretext for its military overseas expansion," the newspaper said in an editorial carried by state media.
Members of the nation's Reserve Forces will be deployed to front-line areas for the first time during joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises later this year, Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday, quoting defense ministry officials.
"Two battalions of the Reserve Forces will be deployed close to the border with North Korea while participating in two South Korea-U.S. joint military drills ― the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercise in March and the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in August," said a ranking ministry official.
The official said, "The two will be selected from among the 'precision supplementary battalions' of the Reserve Forces, which are sent to the frontal areas in times of war," according to Yonhap.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Real daily life pics of North Korea
US State Dept.: "Not ruling out" taking #DPRK uranium issue to UN Security Council. #Koreas 3 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
If media reports are correct, the current relationship between China and South Korea is the “worst ever” since they established diplomatic ties in 1992. And the media is part of the problem, according to Huang Youfu, director of the Institute of Korean Studies at Minzu University of China.