What is at Stake in the US-ROK 123 Agreement?

April 30, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Economy, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Science, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, U.S. Policy 

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Please join us for a Korea Chair Platform event on the US-ROK 123 Civil Nuclear Agreement. Our distinguished penalists will discuss the significance of the agreement and their views on the future of US-ROK nuclear cooperation .
Ambassador Christopher Hill

Dean, The Josef Korbel School of International Studies,
University of Denver
Dr. Gary Samore
Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
Harvard University
Ms. Sharon Squassoni
Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS
Dr. Victor Cha
Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, CSIS

DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (North Korea Travel Documentary) (2013)

April 19, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: History, Info, North Korea, Trade, Travel 

Published on Mar 28, 2013

North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society… as imagined back in the 70′s.

“Land of Whispers” invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world – not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia. There, I attempt to pierce through the ever-present ‘national mythology’ and as much as possible, I try to connect with people – such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.

For more information on this and other projects, please visit:

Obama says he doesn’t believe North Korea has nuclear missile

April 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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(CNN) — President Barack Obama has said he doesn’t believe North Korea can fit a nuclear warhead on a missile, casting strong doubt on an alarming assessment disclosed last week by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/17/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html

Inside Story Americas – US vs North Korea: A potential crises?

April 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Food Aid, History, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

Published on Apr 3, 2013

When Kim Jong Il was succeeded by his son in December 2011 any hopes of an improvement in relations between North Korea and the US were soon dashed. The announcement of plans to reopen the Yongbyon nuclear complex is just the latest move in an escalation of aggressive actions by both Washington and Pyonyang over recent months. At the weekend North Korea announced it was entering a ‘state of war’ with the South. Earlier in the month Pyonyang affirmed it is right to launch a ‘pre-emptive nuclear strike’ on the US.

North Korea Recalling Workers From Jointly Run Factory

April 8, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea said Monday it will recall 51,000 North Korean workers and suspend operations at a factory complex it has jointly run with South Korea, moving closer to severing its last economic link with its rival as tensions escalate.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/08/176544945/north-korea-recalling-workers-from-jointly-run-factory

U.S. Designs a Korea Response Proportional to the Provocation

April 8, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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WASHINGTON — As North Korea hints at new military provocations in the coming days, the United States and South Korea have drawn up plans to respond more forcefully than in the recent past, but in a limited way intended to prevent an escalation to broader war.

Amid the rising tensions, there were still efforts on many fronts on Sunday to limit the possibility of military conflict. In an indirect but clear criticism of China’s longtime ally, North Korea, Xi Jinping, China’s new president, said in a speech on Sunday that no country in Asia “should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.”

Read more:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/world/asia/us-and-south-korea-devise-plan-to-counter-north.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

U.S. deploys warship off South Korea amid soaring tensions on peninsula

April 2, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States has positioned a warship off the Korean coast as a shield against ballistic missile attack as South Korea’s new president vowed swift retaliation against a North Korean strike amid soaring tensions on the peninsula.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-deploys-warship-off-south-korea-amid-soaring-013622157.html