Christian activist detained in North Korea?
Very possibly. North Korean authorities have said they have arrested a US man who crossed into their territory. The North’s official KCNA news agency said the man had entered the country from China on 24 December. There is no official word on the man’s identity. However there have been reports that Robert Park, a US Christian activist, recently crossed into North Korea. See also VoA | Read More »
Kim Jong-il may be dying of pancreatic cancer.
Not a nice way to go, if true. SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who suffered a stroke last August, was also found to have “life-threatening” pancreatic cancer around the same time, a South Korean cable television network reported on Monday. The network, YTN, a cable news station, quoted unidentified Chinese and South Korean intelligence sources for the report, which was | Read More »
Time visits objective reality on North Korean nuclear test.
If you’re wondering why this Time article (“North Korean Nuke Test: What Good Is Diplomacy?“) sounds, well, sensible, take a look at the byline: Bill Powell/Tokyo It’s amazing how being somewhere that the lunatics in North Korea can easily hit with a nuclear weapon can clarify the mind. Although I am forced to point this out to Mr. Powell: his “usually very well-informed intelligence source | Read More »
North Korean nuclear test successful?
Well, they’re claiming that it was, and there’s evidence that it happened in the form of an earthquake,so that’s how everyone is betting. Japan is calling for an emergency UNSC meeting; South Korea, dealing simultaneously with this and the suddenly-more-murky suicide of its former President, is doing the same. The White House hasn’t put up the President’s official statement on this yet, but you can | Read More »
North Korea to UN: Apologize, or we’ll test some nukes.
Did something get lost in translation? – Because there seems to be a couple of gaps there in the logic chain. N Korea threatens nuclear tests North Korea has threatened to carry out nuclear missile tests unless the UN Security Council apologises for its condemnation of a recent rocket launch. Pyongyang said it would be compelled to take self-defence measures “including nuclear and intercontinental ballistic | Read More »
A quick question for the Obama administration on the Japanese counter-missile thing.
Let’s say that the Japanese carry through with their promise to try to sweep from the sky any North Korean missile that even looks like it’s going to violate their airspace (yes, I’m paraphrasing, and running the statement through the politeness filter). And let’s also say that they do so. If that happens, can we assume that the missile defense system that they used – | Read More »