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

Liu Yunshan

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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Slasher of U.S. envoy to Seoul had multiple ties to North Korea

A knife attack on U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, March 5, stunned onlookers in Seoul and was celebrated by the regime in Pyongyang. Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s description of a South Korean man’s attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul as “deserved punishment” indicates Pyongyang’s unwillingness to improve ties with Washington, a government source said. In a shocking attack […]

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Friend or foe? Attacks on U.S. ambassadors in safe neighborhoods

U.S. Ambassador , FYI, Japan Times, EXTRA, Hodo-bu Hongo reports, image photos, Sept. 2, 2009. MIURA PHOTO.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Incredibly, crackpots on the left, quick to echo any line from North Korea, compare the attack on U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to the assassination of Hirobumi Ito, Japanese resident-general of Korea in the […]

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N. Korean artillery forces poised for repeat attack on S. Korean border islands

Yeonpyeong

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea has “concentrated” its artillery forces on the southwestern coastal border, positioning them for an imminent attack on South Korean border islands. The actions were taken in response to the […]

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N. Korea convenes three major Party conclaves in two weeks

Central Military Committee

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un convened an unusual series of meetings of senior Party and military leaders, officials here said. Pyongyang held an expanded meeting of the Central Military Commission of […]

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N. Korea preparing miniaturized nuclear warheads for October military parade

Workers' Party Politburo meeting

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea has adopted a resolution authorizing the showcasing of miniaturized nuclear warheads at a military parade in October, military sources and analysts here said. “The North has [signaled] that it […]

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Surge in jet fuel shipments to N. Korea, leads to spike in exercises

NKpilots

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China sharply increased jet fuel supplies to North Korea late last year, after sharply reducing shipments for the past two years. Sources here said the surge in supplies has led to […]

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