Violation of the 1953 armistice

May 31, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Controversy Follows Comments on Military Operations in N.Korea

“Brigadier General Neil Tolley, to an audience of hundreds of people at the Special Operations Forces Industry conference, discussed the challenges the United States faces determining what is inside North Korea’s many secret tunnels.

Freelance combat reporter and technology writer David Axe was among those listening to the general.

‘He was describing the utility of human intelligence on the ground in North Korea. He was describing it as though it were actually happening right now,’ said Axe. ‘He since has walked that back to say that he was speaking hypothetically, although he didn’t say at the time he was speaking hypothetically.’ ”

Read more: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/31/2012053100509.html

U.S. military denies parachuting into N. Korea

May 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Pentagon on Tuesday dismissed a news report that U.S. commandos have infiltrated North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions.

   “It was misreported that there are U.S. boots on the ground in North Korea,” George Little, spokesman for the Department of Defense, told reporters.

   He was reponding to a report by The Diplomat, which quoted Brig. Gen. Neil Tolley, commander of U.S. special forces in South Korea, as saying that troops from the allies parachute into the communist nation for reconnaissance.

Read more: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2012/05/30/13/0301000000AEN20120530000100315F.HTML

NKorean farmers cite grave drought; aid unlikely

May 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea is reporting a serious drought that could worsen already critical food shortages, but help is unlikely to come from the United States and South Korea following Pyongyang’s widely criticized rocket launch.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/28/north-korea-reports-serious-drought/

China Gives Work Visas for 20,000 N.Koreans

May 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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China is issuing work visas for 20,000 North Koreans so they can work in three northeastern provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang. The move comes amid a crackdown on illegal North Korean migrants who typically drift into menial jobs, but a diplomatic source in Seoul said the three Chinese provinces now decided to legally hire 20,000 North Koreans for jobs there in a bid to ease a labor shortage.

Read more: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/28/2012052800858.html

N. Korean officials executed in staged traffic accidents

May 26, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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“The country used firing squads or staged traffic accidents to execute 30 officials involved in talks to unite North and South Korea, according to the 2012 Amnesty International report released Thursday. It also notes that the country had been questioned about another 37 reported executions between 2007 and 2010 for  ‘financial crimes.’ “

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/report-n-korean-official-executed-staged-traffic-accidents-155745223.html

South Korea makes waves with China pacts

May 26, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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“Earlier this week, South Korea abruptly announced it was negotiating a military agreement with China, a fierce enemy during the 1950-1953 Korean War and North Korea’s long-time ally. What surprised the media was the fact this move came just days after Seoul suspended the signing of a similar military pact with Tokyo. ”

Read more: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NE26Dh01.html

What’s Behind China’s Fresh Crackdown on N.Koreans?

May 26, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The announcement of a massive five-month crackdown on North Korean defectors by security forces in China’s Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture has triggered a rush of speculation. The aim appears to be to choke off that escape route from impoverished North Korea once and for all.

Read more: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/26/2012052600375.html

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

May 24, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Amid intensifying competition among regional powers for maritime primacy, South Korea is not equipped to fend off growing threats to its territorial waters and assert its strategic interests, experts said.

Read more: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/05/24/s-korea-s-maritime-security-challenged.html

Ethnic Koreans from China Hit by Seoul Visa Policy

May 24, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL – In recent decades, South Korea has relied on migrant labor to help keep its economy running.  The majority of those foreign workers are from northeast China, but ethnically Korean. This year, about 70,000 of these workers will have to return home because their visas are set to expire – a policy that many claim is unfair.

Read more: http://www.voanews.com/content/ethnic-koreans-china-seoul-visa-policy/940039.html

North Korea to boost nuclear deterrent after U.S. pressure

May 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea intensified its war of words against the United States on Tuesday, vowing to strengthen its nuclear deterrent after Washington warned Pyongyang of further sanctions if it did not abandon its atomic program.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/22/us-korea-north-nuclear-idUSBRE84L18M20120522

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