China: U.S. risks antagonizing North Korea

March 18, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Hong Kong (CNN) — The United States’ plans to beef up its missile defenses against North Korea are likely to inflame tensions that are running high over Pyongyang’s nuclear program, China said Monday.

“Bolstering missile defenses will only intensify antagonism, and it doesn’t help to solve the issue,” Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/18/world/asia/china-us-north-korea/index.html

No Trading Nuclear Arms for Aid, North Korea Says

March 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Saturday that its nuclear weapons were not a bargaining chip to trade for economic concessions, warning that it would never negotiate with the United States as long as Washington maintained its hostile policy toward the North.

The statement was the latest in a series in which North Korea has appeared to harden its position on its nuclear weapons program. Since the United Nations Security Council imposed more sanctions to punish North Korea for its launching of a long-range rocket in December and its third nuclear test last month, the country has said it will no longer attend talks on dismantling its nuclear program.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/world/asia/north-korea-says-nuclear-arms-arent-a-ploy.html?_r=0

Seawater Dispersion Projection (Fukushima Radiation)

March 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Korean Food – Eng.Docu.(27minutes)

March 8, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Analysis: New sanctions on North Korea may be tougher, but impact in doubt

March 8, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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(Reuters) – New U.N. steps against North Korea over its nuclear arms program were designed to bring its sanctions regime more in line with the tough restrictions Iran is facing, but fears remain that the measures will have little impact on Pyongyang’s defiant leaders.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/08/us-korea-north-sanctions-idUSBRE92715Z20130308

U.N. Approves China-Backed Sanctions on North Korea

March 7, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on Thursday against North Korea.

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month in a unanimous vote that came just hours after North Korea threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?_r=0

US criticizes NK for wining and dining Dennis Rodman

March 2, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Expats (Whacky), North Korea, Soft Power, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department is criticizing North Korea for “wining and dining” visiting ex-National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.

Spokesman Patrick Ventrell Friday distanced the U.S. government from Rodman’s visit to Pyongyang this week and his praise for the nation’s leader Kim Jong Un and his predecessors.

Rodman departed the country Friday, calling Kim an “awesome guy.” He watched a basketball game with the authoritarian leader Thursday and later drank and dined on sushi with him.

Ventrell told reporters that North Korea has a horrific human rights record, possibly the worst in the world.

He said, “You’ve got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors, when they should be feeding their own people.”

Read more: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/51003573/ns/sports/

S. Korea on alert against relocation of Chinese frigate

February 28, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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It has been confirmed that the frigate Liaoning has been relocated from Dalian port to Qingdao which is across the sea from the Korean peninsula, raising suspicions that it is designed to addresses increasing tensions in North Korea following its third nuclear testing.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/03/116_131254.html

Dennis Rodman’s bizarre trip to North Korea: Is it also unethical?

February 26, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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American basketball star Dennis Rodman and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters are in North Korea, where they will film for a forthcoming Vice/HBO program and promote some “basketball diplomacy,” including pick-up games in Pyongyang.

Whatever the trip’s impact, it reminds me of a debate that I’ve heard many times among people who work on issues relating to North Korea: What are the ethical pros and cons of visiting the world’s most oppressive country? Although there is no consensus view and a significant numer of North Korea-watchers say that visiting the country helps to open it up, I most frequently hear experts argue that tourism is unethical because it directly funds and offers free propaganda to the regime.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/26/dennis-rodmans-bizarre-trip-to-north-korea-is-it-also-unethical/

Tension over N. Korea’s nuclear test set to climax this week: official

February 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) — The timing of North Korea’s possible nuclear test still remains unclear, with the tension expected to enter the most critical phase this week, a senior official in Seoul said Monday.

The official said that South Korea is keeping close tabs on the North’s nuclear test site in its northeastern region, as Pyongyang is likely to carry out the test before President-elect Park Geun-hye is sworn in on Feb. 25.

After Pyongyang warned last month of a third atomic test without specifying a date, many have bet on late leader Kim Jong-il’s Feb. 16 birthday or other potential dates in the coming week, including U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Feb. 12 and Presidents’ Day on Feb. 18.

“Only North Korean leader Kim Jong-un knows the exact date of nuclear test,” said the official, asking to remain anonymous.

Read more: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/02/11/99/0301000000AEN20130211002351315F.HTML

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