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U.S. markets Iran diplomacy in Pyongyang’s backyard: Deal ‘demonstrates our flexibility…’

Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy to the multilateral talks on North Korea's denuclearization, speaks in a meeting with the press in Seoul on July 27.  /Yonhap

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States proved with the recently-concluded Iran nuclear agreement that it is willing and able to be flexible on such talks, including with North Korea, a U.S. envoy said. During a visit to Seoul, South Korea […]

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North Korea confirms new defense chief after predecessor’s execution

Gen. Pak Yong-Sik, circled, is presumably alert to the dos and don'ts of his new position as defense chief.

Special to WorldTribune.com EastAsiaIntel.com Two months after South Korea’s intelligence agency tellingly disclosed the shocking execution of Kim Jong-Un’s defense chief Vice Marshal Hyon Yong-Chol by close-range anti-aircraft gun fire, Pyongyang officially dispelled the last thread of doubts about the […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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Reading Kim Jong-Un’s mind as he reads the fine print of Iran nuclear agreement

The North Korea-Iran strategic partnership that is rarely mentioned.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Greeks made a deal to reform their free-spending ways and stay in the European Union, while the Iranians agreed to restrain their nuclear ambitions and crawl out from under onerous sanctions. Can […]

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Kim Jong-Un ordered execution of farmer for turtle deaths, failure to breed lobsters

This undated picture shows Kim Jong-Un tearing a strip off officials at the Taedonggang terrapin farm in Pyongyang. Source: AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, reportedly infuriated by what he saw during a tour of a terrapin farm near Pyongyang, is said to have ordered the manager of the farm shot to death. Sources told the Daily […]

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Slaughter on the ‘Northern Limit Line': A day for war and soccer

Scene from a new film 'Northern Limit Line' that has generated widespread interest in South Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com For several hours on June 29, 2002, images of warships in the West or Yellow Sea filled television screens in Korea. I was in Seoul watching avidly as reports of a raging battle […]

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Defector: Defense minister executed for challenging budget decision

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com North Korea’s cash flow has tightened significantly due to its growing trade deficit and internal struggles over the allocation of funds from the exports of natural resources. The country’s trade deficit jumped 41.2 […]

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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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