Story of Korean War in Colour (Documentary)

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BBC Panorama 2013 North Korea Undercover (Documentary)

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Published on Apr 16, 2013

While North Korea’s ‘Supreme Commander’ Kim Jong-Un has been threatening thermo-nuclear war against the United States, Panorama reporter John Sweeney spent eight days undercover inside the most rigidly-controlled nation on Earth. Travelling from the capital Pyongyang to the countryside beyond and to the de-Militarised Zone on the border with South Korea, Sweeney witnesses a landscape bleak beyond words, a people brainwashed for three generations and a regime happy to give the impression of marching towards Armageddon.

Students slam BBC for ‘gambling with lives’ in N.Korea

The UK’s top economics university has accused the BBC of gambling with students’ lives after it emerged the BBC used unwitting students as cover to film in North Korea.

The London School of Economics said its students, who went to North Korea on a study trip, could have been detained for years if the BBC scam unraveled.

The LSE claims that BBC’s Panorama reporter John Sweeney posed as one of the university’s professors, and took the students on an alleged study trip in order to film an undercover documentary in North Korea. The students were not aware that they were involved in the filming of a documentary and the BBC did not warn them of the imposed dangers, General Secretary of the LSE Students Union Alex Peters-Day told RT.

According to Peters-Day, rather than make a concerted effort to inform the entire student group headed to the country, individual students overheard conversations in hotel lobbies and in minivans en route to Beijing airport.

“A couple of years ago two American journalists were found to have been doing undercover journalism in North Korea. They were both sentenced to nine years of hard labor. Obviously, as we now have just heard, the climate in North Korea is more heightened than it was back then, but students should have had the right to make the decision for themselves whether or not they are going to face danger. The problem for us is that the BBC made that decision for them,” Peters-Day told RT.

“The group was just told there would be a print journalist only. It wasn’t actually until they arrived in North Korea that they were told there would be a documentary in which they would be appearing. It wasn’t until they arrived in Beijing to fly to North Korea that they were joined by other journalists. When we are talking about a trip like this, with such risks involved, it’s so important that the students would have been briefed at all stages and would have been made aware. They just weren’t in this case. The BBC deliberately withheld information from them,” she said.

In addition to the potential danger to students, Peters-Day claims that this situation potentially jeopardizes all academic work in the UK, preventing future access for professors to politically-sensitive countries.

“I know Universities UK, which represents over a hundred universities in Britain, have come out and condemned the BBC for doing that, because it places at jeopardy huge amounts of academic research. And the problem is LSE academics and other academics do work into regimes like North Korea, which is really insightful. Whereas this is a tourist trip. I’m pretty certain the information, the footage they will get would have been the same sort of footage of tourist monuments and statues of Kim Jong-un, when actually the important work that is done by universities uncovering authoritarian regimes is now at risk and jeopardy,” added Peters-Day.

The same sentiment was expressed in an email sent by the university to students and staff: “It is LSE’s view that the students were not given enough information to enable informed consent, yet were given enough to put them in serious danger if the subterfuge had been uncovered prior to their departure from North Korea.”

According to an anonymous student present on the trip who spoke with the BBC, they were not made aware of the presence of several journalists working prior to their flight to Pyongyang. Rather, students were told that John Sweeney was a history professor with the university, though that subterfuge seemed to dissipate slowly once the group had arrived in North Korea.

For its part, the BBC has thus far refused to pull the program, while Craig Calhoun, director of the LSE, questions whether it was worth it for anyone involved.

“The BBC story put LSE students at danger but seems to have found no new information and only shown what North Korea wants tourists to see,” wrote Calhoun via Twitter.

Not everyone is entirely convinced that the BBC’s gamble was not worth the risk. John Lloyd, director of journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, believes the timing and the content of the program made it “extremely valuable.”

Regardless of whether the program will ultimately be viewed as being of value, the incident comes at a delicate time for the BBC’s Director General Tony Hall, who is still trying to navigate the institution beyond last year’s accusations of a cover-up and editorial failure over the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal.

Perhaps even more damaging, according to one BBC news executive who spoke with Reuters, the decision to embed journalists with the LSE student group had been “right to the top,” and involved Hall in at least some regard.

http://rt.com/news/bbc-lse-north-korea-919/

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

Japanese holiday ‘celebrating’ disputed islands sparks backlash in South Korea

South Korean national police guard the Takeshima islands in pairs positioned at various lookout points. (Chico Harlan/The Washington Post)

Web users in both Japan and South Korea are up in arms over Japanese celebrations on Friday of Takeshima Day — a quasi-official holiday designed, appropriately, to mark an old territorial spat between Japan and South Korea.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/23/japanese-holiday-celebrating-disputed-islands-sparks-backlash-in-south-korea/

Revealing N Korea’s gulag and nuclear sites

Google’s newly updated maps show unprecedented detail in aerial imagery of isolated labour camps and missile launch pad.
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http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/01/201312913574380840.html

 

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North Korea Loosens Cell Phone Restrictions For Visiting Foreigners

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals.

For years, North Korea required visitors to relinquish foreign cellphones at the border until their departure, leaving many tourists without an easy way to communicate with the outside world.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/north-korea-cell-phone_n_2518006.html

S Korea bureaucrat charged with spying

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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A bureaucrat in Seoul’s city government has been charged with spying for North Korea, after what appears to be an unusual breach of the South Korean civil service.

The arrest comes ahead of next month’s inauguration of Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s next president, who has promised to build trust and co-operation with the north.

The 33-year-old official – originally from North Korea – is accused of passing the details of more than 10,000 fellow defectors to Pyongyang’s security services. The arrest on January 11 of the man, identified only as Mr Yu, was first reported on Monday by Seoul’s Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, and subsequently confirmed by a South Korean intelligence official.

Read more: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4ab28ef6-639f-11e2-af8c-00144feab49a.html#axzz2Ie47xROe

Abe to turn the screws on N. Korea over abductions

January 13, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Japan plans to expand travel restrictions on resident North Koreans and increase scrutiny on remittances to the country as part of independent sanctions over Pyongyang’s recent launch of a long-range ballistic missile, sources said.

Japan prohibits top executives of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) from re-entering Japan if they travel to North Korea.

The government is considering expanding the scope of senior Chongryon officials subject to the ban, the sources said.

It is also considering lowering the remittance to North Korea for which reports are required, which is currently more than 3 million yen ($33,600), the sources said.

The government will also set up a new headquarters comprising all Cabinet ministers in late January to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

Read more: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201301140007

S. Korea expected to launch space rocket on Jan. 25

January 13, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) — South Korea is expected to try again to launch its space rocket later this month after successfully conducting experiments to check if all systems are working properly, a government source said Sunday.

The official said South Korean and Russian researchers are expected to discuss results of repairs made to the rocket late last year and touch on the present state of the Naro-1 rocket. He added Seoul successfully carried out combustion tests on the kick motor on the locally built second stage solid fuel rocket, making it likely that the launch will take place soon.

The rocket, also called the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), was built jointly by Russia and South Korea, since Seoul does not have the necessary knowhow in the space development field. Russia made the main first stage liquid fuel rocket, with South Korea making the second stage and the satellite.

Read more: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/01/13/43/0301000000AEN20130113001100315F.HTML

Delegation to North Korea Urges More Access to Internet and Cellphones

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A private delegation including Google’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, is urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cellphones to benefit its citizens, during its visit to the country, which has some of the world’s tightest controls on information.

Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor leading the delegation, said on Wednesday in an interview in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, that his nine-member group had also called on North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launchings and nuclear tests that have prompted United Nations sanctions. He said the group had also asked for “fair and humane treatment” for Kenneth Bae, a naturalized American citizen born in South Korea who was detained by the North in November and charged with unspecified “hostile acts.”

The delegation’s visit has been criticized for appearing to hijack United States diplomacy and bolster North Korea’s profile after its latest, widely condemned rocket launching less than a month ago. The State Department criticized the trip as unhelpful at a time when the United States is rallying support for action by the United Nations Security Council.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/world/asia/delegation-to-north-korea-urges-more-access-to-internet-and-cellphones.html?_r=0

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