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Report: North Korea’s execution of defense minister confirmed

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Special to WorldTribune.com Inside North Korea, EastAsiaIntel.com Gen. Hyon Yong-chol, the highest ranking North Korean uniformed officer, was indeed executed in late April, as initially reported by the South Korean intelligence agency but has remained unconfirmed until now. Hyon had […]

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After its disastrous diplomacy with North Korea, why is U.S. pushing for an Iran deal?

Negotiators for the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear crisis. From left, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeyev, Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Kenichiro Sasae, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan and South Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Song Min-soon in Beijing on Sept. 13, 2005. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Last month on May 20, the Defense Commission of North Korea (DPRK) claimed that the nation had built nuclear weapons small enough to be delivered by missiles. A statement carried by Pyongyang’s official […]

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Kim’s older brothers — one in China — still seen as viable options

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korea has from the outset been dominated by the monolithic leadership of the “suryong (chieftain).” In the totalitarian environment created in the northern half of the Korean peninsula after World War II, […]

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One man is eating hearty up in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits Farm No. 1116, under KPA (Korean People's Army) Unit 810. / KCNA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com You have to wonder what Kim Jong-Un is eating these days. Every time his picture appears visiting a military unit or a factory or an agricultural cooperative, he seems to have gained a […]

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Report: Iran, North Korea forging nuclear, ballistic missile ties

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Special to WorldTribune.com FromBackgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com As Iran was steeped in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program in April, North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile experts visited a military site near Teheran, a group of Iranian dissidents said. National […]

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Junket for peace: Gloria and ‘sisters’ feel good, stay on message — Pyongyang’s talking points

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The crusade of WomenCrossDMZ for peace on the Korean Peninsula had certain defined boundaries. Don’t talk about human rights and nukes. Say all you want about American sanctions on North Korea and the […]

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Good guys, bad guys in NE Asia high tech war race: What could go wrong?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The stakes are escalating in the contest for Northeast Asia. North Korea’s got nukes and lots of missiles, most recently maybe the SLBM for submarine-launched ballistic missile. The U.S. has glistening new hardware […]

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North Korea woos Chinese capital to boost infrastructure for tourism, cash

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea is seeking Chinese capital to improve its poor infrastructure for tourism, on which it is banking as a much-needed source for hard currency. North Korea has been building a […]

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N. Korean test of SLBM came as no surprise to U.S. intel

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Special to WorldTribune.com Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon U.S. intelligence agencies closely monitored North Korea’s test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile and were anticipating the launch for several days, according to U.S. officials. The missile test Saturday of a […]

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Kim Jong-Un uses fireworks as propaganda to show ‘bright future’ ahead

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-Un has used expensive fireworks to “show off” to the people the “bright future” he wants them to think his leadership will bring, sources and officials […]

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