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North Korea warms to Russia, with preparations for Kim visit to Moscow

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SE0UL — North Korea has stepped up efforts to bolster relations with Russia, which has impacted calculations by China and South Korea on their ties the reclusive nation. Top Pyongyang officials have visited […]

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N. Korea deploys hackers overseas with day jobs as traders, engineers

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s state-run cyber war operations have expanded hacking attempts on South Korean nuclear power plants, city gas networks, subways and railways, according to intelligence officials and defectors. The cyber attacks […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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Neutrons over nutrition: Food shortages stalk up to 70 percent of North Koreans

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new UN humanitarian report, some 18 million […]

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Kim focuses PR efforts on Air Force as state media show him piloting plane

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-Un has focused attention on the Air Force while piloting an allegedly indigenous light plan and boosting Air Force personnel. Kim made an inspection tour of […]

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North Korea demands raises for its workers at South Korean companies

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com Cash-strapped North Korea has unilaterally granted a raise to its workers employed by South Korean companies at the inter-Korean joint industrial complex. The wages paid its workers is actually a major hard currency […]

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China finally moves to mend fences with N. Korea to restore leverage

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China has decided to improve its strained ties with North Korea, which has been moving closer to Russia. China has recently set up three principles in dealing with the North: improvement […]

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A list of basic unanswered questions about Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sol W. Sanders Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40 percent living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second […]

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Irreconcilable differences in our time: Let’s not go to pieces over peace

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Some of the terrible problems we read, hear and talk about so often are beyond solution. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week that as long as he was in office there […]

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Kim’s style of consolidating power seen inviting backlash from party elites

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-Un is believed to have suspended the Presidium of the Politburo, the highest-ranking body in the Workers’ Party, officials and sources here say. The Presidium has […]

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