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6 days ago by mkb
RT : is expanding, not shrinking its nuclear program.
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7 days ago by edelagrave
20 things I learned while I was in North Korea
I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was. If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire, mixed in The Truman Show and then made the whole thing Holocaust-esque, you have modern day North Korea.
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10 days ago by terry
North Korea and the Internet: Building for the Future
A new headquarters building for North Korea's Internet Communication Bureau is nearly complete, with the new site seemingly "focused on the global Internet and not North Korea’s national intranet," 38 North reports. The new HQ "implies that Internet usage and access is growing in the DPRK, although still at a low level," the report says.

38 North: "The new headquarters is located on the bank of the Taedong River, just a couple of blocks south of Kim Il Sung Square...As of July 12, 2018, the building seems to be near externally complete...It appears the new building plays a part in facilitating Pyongyang’s connection to the greater global Internet, but its exact role hasn’t been reported...We can probably rule out any subversive purpose—such as a hacking center—as such a facility is unlikely to have been publicized by state media and involve a foreign company [a Thai company, Thai Loxpac, is "responsible for running the Internet in North Korea"]...However, subversive online activities launched from North Korea would likely still flow through here if everything we know about the North Korean Internet is correct."
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15 days ago by dmcdev
U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles
U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was “no longer a Nuclear Threat.”
18 days ago by toddmundt
Finished Reading: A River in Darkness – One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa
It is widely known how terrible things are in North Korea, but this account of someone who managed to get out of North Korea is a revelation. All of the horror that we may think is North Korea, it is nothing contrasted with the reality portrayed in this biographical account. It is heartbreaking, sad, horrific … and many, many, many more graphic adjectives of unpleasantness.
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18 days ago by terry
North Korea’s economy suffers worst contraction for 20 years | Financial Times
North Korea’s economy shrank at the sharpest rate in 20 years last year, according to estimates from South Korea’s central bank, as tougher international sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear programmes began to bite.

Gross domestic product in the impoverished communist state contracted 3.5 per cent in 2017 from the previous year, when the North Korean economy reported 3.9 per cent growth. The reversal in North Korea’s economy was the biggest since a 6.5 per cent contraction in 1997 when the country was hit by a devastating famine. 

The country’s external trade slid 15 per cent to $5.6bn last year with exports down 37.2 per cent, the Bank of Korea said. North Korea’s exports of minerals, coal and textile products were hit hard by the UN sanctions.

In addition, China, its biggest trading partner, became stricter in enforcing sanctions in the latter half of 2017. North Korea’s annual per-capita income stood at just $1,300 compared with the $29,600 earned by South Koreans. 

“External trade volume fell significantly with the exports ban on coal, steel, fisheries and textile products,” said Shin Seung-cheol, a bank official who leads the national accounts data team. “It’s difficult to put exact numbers on those but it crashed industrial production.”
26 days ago by toddmundt
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28 days ago by jeffc76
Report Finds Surprisingly High Rate of Slavery in Developed Countries
In the United States, more than 400,000 people, or one in 800, are living in modern slavery, the report said. The United States is also the largest importer of what the report called “at-risk” products, or those at least partly manufactured by workers engaged in forced labor.

These products, estimated to be worth at least $354 billion, include mobile phones, computers, clothing and food like fish and cocoa, the report said. The United States imports more than 40% of the total.
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