Two South Korean marines were killed and 17 others injured, as well as three civilians, after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow sea, 50 miles off the South’s northwest coast in an area close to a disputed sea border.
The attack, which comes days after it emerged that North Korea was pressing ahead with its illegal nuclear programme, marks a serious further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
A presidential statement said the shelling “constitutes a clear armed provocation.”
“Furthermore, its reckless shelling of civilian targets is unpardonable.
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MORE than one disgraced national team has been heckled by angry fans on returning home – but North Korea’s misfiring stars reportedly face a much harsher punishment.
Unfortunately, crazed dictator Kim Jong-il chose the 7-0 mauling at the hands of Portugal to be the first football game ever broadcast in the impoverished communist nation.
“The Portuguese won the game and now have four points,” the Korean Central Broadcasting commentator said at the conclusion of the match. “We are ending our live broadcast now.” It then cut to factory workers and engineers praising the Dear Leader.
Seems the result may not have tallied too well with Kim Jong-il’s narrative that North Korea is a socialist paradise populated by athletic supermen.
Moon Ki-Nam, a former North Korean coach who fled the country in 2004, told reporters: “The players and coach are rewarded with huge houses when they win. But they have to atone for losing by being sent to work in the coal mines.”
South Korean intelligence officials believe North Korea or pro-Pyongyang forces committed cyber attacks that paralyzed major South Korean and U.S. government Web sites, aides to two lawmakers said Wednesday.
The sites of 11 South Korean organizations, including the presidential Blue House and the Defense Ministry, went down or had access problems since late Tuesday, according to the state-run Korea Information Security Agency.
Agency spokeswoman Ahn Jeong-eun said 11 U.S. sites suffered similar problems. She said the agency is investigating the case with police and prosecutors. In the U.S., the Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department Web sites were all down at varying points over the July 4 holiday weekend and into this week, according to American officials inside and outside the government.
North Korea’s nuclear threats are grabbing the world’s attention. But if the North were to strike South Korea today, it would probably first try to savage Seoul with the men and missiles of its huge conventional army.
The attack might well begin with artillery and missiles capable of hitting South Korea’s capital with little or no warning.
North Korea’s vast cadre of commandos could try to infiltrate and cause chaos while the South tried to respond.
The hair-trigger nature of the danger is reflected in the pledge of preparedness that American ground forces stationed just below the North-South divide have lived by for decades: ”Fight tonight.”
If it came to war, destruction — civilian and military — would be heavy, even if the North held back whatever nuclear weapons it may have.
The consensus American view, generally shared by allies, is that the South would prevail but at enormous human cost, including a refugee crisis on the Korean peninsula.
North Korea will make an “important announcement” on Monday amid speculation over the health of its leader Kim Jong Il, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday.
The 66-year-old North Korean leader disappeared from public view in mid-August and failed to make appearances on two important national holidays, leading to speculation he was seriously ill. U.S. and South Korean officials said he suffered a stroke and had brain surgery, but North Korea has denied he is ailing.
Quoting unidentified sources at Japan’s defence ministry, the Sankei said Tokyo had information that “there will be an important announcement on (Oct.) 20th.”
The Sankei said there was speculation within the Japanese government that the North’s announcement could be about Kim’s death or a government change induced by a coup.
North Korea will also ban foreigners from entering the country starting Monday, it said, without giving further details.
Is Kim Jong-il for real? The question has baffled foreign intelligence agencies for years but now a veteran Japanese expert on North Korea says the ?dear leader? is actually dead ? and his role is played by a double.
The expert says Kim died of diabetes in 2003 and world leaders including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hu Jintao of China have been negotiating with an impostor.
He believes that Kim, fearing assassination, had groomed up to four lookalikes to act as substitutes at public events. One underwent plastic surgery to make his appearance more convincing. Now, the expert claims, the actors are brought on stage whenever required to persuade the masses that Kim is alive.
North Korean military engineers are completing an underground runway beneath a mountain that can protect fighter aircraft from attack until they take off at high speed through the mouth of a tunnel.
The 6,000ft runway is a few minutes’ flying time from the tense front line where the Korean People’s Army faces soldiers from the United States and South Korea.
The project was identified by an air force defector from North Korea and captured on a satellite image by Google Earth, according to reports in the South Korean press last week.
It is one of three underground fighter bases among an elaborate subterranean military infrastructure built to withstand a “shock and awe” assault in the first moments of a war, the defector said.
The runway, reminiscent of the Thunderbirds television series, highlights the strange and secretive nature of the regime that provided the expertise for a partially built nuclear reactor in Syria, film of which was released by the CIA last week.
North Korea has publicly executed 15 starving people, mostly women, for illegally entering neighbouring China in search of food, an aid group said yesterday.
The 13 women and two men were shot on a bridge in the north-eastern town of Onseong as local residents watched. It was the second mass execution to be reported this week.
The group of 15 were sentenced to death for illegally crossing the border into China or for helping others to do so, to ask for help, in money or food, from relatives living there
The invincibility of Songun Korea ushering in the most brilliant era of prosperity in the nation’s history spanning 5,000 years, standing all tests of history under the guidance of Kim Jong Il is based on the strong mental power of its people, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in a signed article.
The Korean people are proud to have the strong mental power peculiar to them.
It is the important characteristics of the mental power of the Korean people that it has a tremendous potential and persevering might as it is given fuller play in face of manifold difficulties and trials and that it has been steadily displayed and carried forward generation after generation in the whole course of the revolution.
The Korean people’s strong mental power is based on the great revolutionary idea.
The Juche idea serves as ideological pabulum as it makes the people strongest in faith and will in the world.
The Korean people’s mental power is inexhaustible as it was created and proved in the arduous yet worthwhile revolutionary practices.
Kim Jong-Il’s regime could collapse within six months, bringing chaos to North Korea, observers and intelligence sources in Asia have told Jane’s.
A joint United States report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the US Institute for Peace has also revealed that China has “contingency plans” in the event of North Korea’s implosion. The report, entitled ‘Keeping an Eye on an Unruly Neighbor’, said that China was prepared to “take the initiative” and had a military strategy for securing North Korea’s “loose nukes” should Kim Jong-Il’s rule fail.
Any apocalyptic scenario has to be taken with a grain of salt; in 1997 the Central Intelligence Agency predicted the collapse of North Korea within five years. However, there are reasons for the heightened levels of concern; in particular, the recent actions of Kim Jong-Il and other North Korean officials are being interpreted as signs that the regime is nearing its end.
North Korea has resumed frequent public executions, among them a factory chief accused of making international phone calls who was shot at a stadium before thousands of spectators, a South Korean aid group said Monday.
In October, the North executed the head of a factory in South Pyongan province for making international calls on 13 phones he installed in a factory basement, the aid group said. He was executed by a firing squad in a stadium before a crowd of 150,000 people.
Six people were also crushed to death and 34 others injured in an apparent stampede as they left after the execution, said the aid group.
Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, Thursday left Algiers after winding up his official goodwill visit to Algeria.
Kim Yong Nam and his party were seen off at the airport by President of the Council of the Nation Abdelkader Bensalah, Minister of Commerce El Hachemi Djaaboub, Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Amar Tou, Delegate Minister of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Mesahel, officials concerned and DPRK Ambassador to Algeria Kim Tong Je.
Kim Yong Nam Arrives in Cairo
Cairo, July 26 (KCNA Correspondent) — Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, and his party arrived in Cairo Thursday.
They were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister of the Egyptian Cabinet Ahmed Najef, officials concerned and DPRK Ambassador to Egypt Jang Myong Son.
Talks between Kim Yong Nam and Mohamed Hosni Mubarak Held
Cairo, July 26 (KCNA Correspondent) — Talks between Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, and Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, were held at the Presidential Palace Thursday.
At the talks both sides exchanged views on the issue of boosting the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and other issues of mutual concern and reached consensus of views on all issues discussed.
Kim Yong Nam Feted
Cairo, July 26 (KCNA Correspondent) — Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak hosted a banquet in honor of Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, at the Presidential Palace on July 26.
Present there on invitation were Kim Yong Nam, his party and DPRK Ambassador to Egypt Jang Myong Son.
Also present there were the Egyptian president, Prime Minister Ahmed Najef, Defence Minister Muhammad Hussein Tantawi, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu al-Gheit and officials concerned.
The Songun policy pursued by the Workers’ Party of Korea serves as an all-powerful treasured sword which makes it possible to smoothly settle all the difficult and complicated problems arising in the revolution and construction in the present times. One of the major secrets of it is that the Songun policy is most skillfully combined with the revolutionary principle, creativity and subtlety.
Rodong Sinmun Wednesday observes this in a signed article.
The WPK’s Songun policy is a prestigious one as it is run through with the transparent revolutionary principle, the article says, and goes on:
The WPK laid it down as a firm revolutionary principle to give priority to the military affairs, reinforce the revolutionary armed forces in every way and uncompromisingly fight against imperialism long ago and has steadfastly adhered to it since then.
It is the unshakable principled stand of the WPK to resolutely react to the high-handed policy of the enemies with the toughest policy and shatter their crafty strategy to destabilize the DPRK with a merciless revolutionary ideological offensive.
North Korea will close its karaoke bars in an attempt to stem foreign influences on the isolated communist country, a South Korean civic group said Wednesday.
Separately, the North’s Ministry of People’s Security conducted house-to-house overnight inspections near the Chinese border earlier this month to search for cell phones and illegal video CDs, the Good Friends aid agency said in a newsletter.
The ministry said in a directive last week that silencing the karaoke outlets was a “mopping-up operation to prevent the ideological and cultural permeation of anti-socialism,” according to the aid group.
Korean-style socialism is invincible socialism which treasures man most and glorifies man’s dignity and value, declares Rodong Sinmun in a signed article Monday.
It goes on:
The historical practice of socialist construction proves that only man-centered socialism built with man, the popular masses, in the center is the most superior socialism which can truly ensure man’s dignity.
Our socialist motherland is the genuine bosom of life in which the dignity of man is glorified.
Our socialist state defending the sovereignty of the country and the nation and glorifying man’s dignity is an invincible independent powerful country shining with great Songun politics. The DPRK is defending the sovereignty of the nation with credit, delivering decisive counter blows to the high-handed interference and aggressive moves of the U.S. imperialists, depending on its mighty military force. It is thanks to Songun that the DPRK is throwing its rays as a bulwark of independence and its people are displaying their dignity all over the world. Songun is immediately the life and dignity of the Korean people.
Korean socialism represents a man-respecting society in which the popular masses are put up as the foundation of society.
Japan still now is a past master in the art of deceiving others, and it is unfaithful and stoops to any crafty means to draw water to its mill, says Rodong Sinmun in a signed article today.
Terming this slyness the inborn nature of the Japanese reactionaries, the article goes on:
It finds expression, first of all, in Japan’s approach to the issue of redressing its past.
When the crime in recruiting “comfort women” for the Imperial Japanese Army was laid bare, the Japanese reactionaries stubbornly denied it, knowing of it. Later, when clear materials and testimonies about the crime were brought forward, they pretended to “admit” it. But at present they are totally denying it.
Lurking behind this is the craftiness peculiar to Japan which seeks to avoid the government’s responsibility and compensation for the crime at any cost while convincing the public at home and abroad that the crime related to the “comfort women” was not an organized crime.
The craftiness of the Japanese reactionaries also finds manifestation in Japan’s push for the permanent membership of the UN Security Council. They are trying to obtain UNSC permanent membership and lay the foothold for overseas aggression of the Self-Defence Forces with the help of money and through cooperation in “anti-terrorism war”.
Papers today dedicate editorials to May Day, the international holiday of the working people the world over.
Rodong Sinmun stresses that it is the steadfast will of all the working and other people of the DPRK to bring about ceaseless surge in the building of a great prosperous powerful nation under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il and thus glorify the country as a socialist power of Juche.
It is the great pride of the WPK and the DPRK to have the large revolutionary and militant unit of working people who are intensely loyal to their leader and their cause and unhesitatingly go through fire and water for prosperity of the country, and it serves as a powerful driving force for building a great prosperous powerful nation.
All the working people should work harder to turn Songun Korea into a prospering paradise of people by inheriting the proud tradition in which they have victoriously advanced the cause of building a prosperous and powerful country under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The Korean people and world progressive humankind have hardened their confidence in the victory of the socialist cause over the last years.
This year the Nepal Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) and People’s Liberation Front of Sri Lanka and others signed the Pyongyang Declaration.
Kim Jong Il, with his energetic ideological and theoretical activities, has published famous works including “Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable” and “Socialism Is a Science” to clarify the scientific accuracy and truth of socialism and indicate the tasks and way for the resurrection and victorious advance of the world socialist movement.
The revolutionary people across the world are venerating him as the leader of the world socialist movement who has wisely led the Korean people with the great Songun politics to frustrate all sorts of challenges of the imperialists and reactionaries and to defend and develop the socialist cause.
The offspring of the 12 giant rabbits were supposed to help to feed starving North Koreans. Now doubts about their fate have brought an abrupt halt to one of the more unlikely hunger-alleviating projects. Karl Szmolinsky sold the rabbits to Pyongyang so that they could be used to set up a breeding programme to boost meat production in the Hermit Kingdom. However, amid concerns that they have been eaten by the country’s leaders, Mr Szmolinsky will not be sending any more.
North Korean diplomats stationed overseas are reportedly refusing an order to send their children home, according to South Korean media. The order was issued earlier this year in an apparent attempt to stop defections from the hardline regime. It said diplomats should send all but one of their children back to North Korea by the end of March.
National self-respect is a powerful weapon for building a great prosperous powerful nation and a mighty treasured sword for ushering in a great heyday of Songun Korea, declares Rodong Sinmun in an article Tuesday. The author of the article continues:
The deep national self-respect of the Korean people serves as an ideological and moral source giving full play to the political and ideological might of the DPRK and the motive force in building an economic power with their own efforts, forcing the way through whatever ordeals and difficulties.
To consider that our leader and party are the best and so are our idea and socialism of our style is the Korean nation-first spirit cherished in the hearts of all the people.
March is most opportune for making bean paste in Korea.
Housewives made balls of steamed soybean in the beginning of the winter. Now they are making tasty bean paste with the fermented soybean balls with all sincerity.
The Korean people are proud of bean paste. The folk method of making bean paste, along with the industrial method, is encouraged in the DPRK where the folk traditions are valued.
The news that the “International Kim Il Sung Prize” Council awarded the “International Kim Il Sung Prize” to Kim Jong Il on the occasion of his birthday has stirred up the hearts of the progressive humankind.
The chairman of the Executive Committee of the African Party for the Solidarity and Justice of Mali, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the People’s Socialist Party of Mexico, the vice-chairman of the National Democratic Party of Egypt, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Socialist Party of Romania and many other figures and political parties and organizations made public statements supporting it one after another.
They were unanimous in saying that the conferment was an expression of the absolute trust and deep respect of the world progressive people for Kim Jong Il and it would be recorded in history as an eternal auspicious event.
Meetings held in India, Mongolia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and other countries with the attendance of prominent personages, Juche idea followers and people from all walks of life adopted messages of greetings and congratulatory letters to Kim Jong Il.
Our socialist lifestyle is the most noble and advantageous one as it reflects the nature of our socialist system and the thoughts and desire of the Korean people.
The advantages of our socialist lifestyle lie in that it is a noble and sound one thoroughly meeting the intrinsic requirements of the social being and the one strong in the national character as it fully represents the noble national sentiments and emotion of the Korean nation.
The advantages of our socialist lifestyle also lie in that it is the most revolutionary one fully reflecting the militant spirit of the Korean people who like to make a revolution and wage a struggle.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has ordered most Japanese cars in the communist country seized in a sign of his growing discontent with Japan imposing severe sanctions after the North’s detonation of a nuclear bomb last October, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday quoting informed sources.
“After he paid tribute to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on Jan. 1, he saw a Japanese car that wasn’t working blocking the road and gave a National Defense Committee edict to seize Japanese cars,” Yonhap quoted a source familiar with the North Korean situation as saying, asking to remain anonymous.
Symposiums on the undying feats performed by Kim Jong Il were held by working people’s organizations.
The speakers profoundly explained the imperishable feats performed by Kim Jong Il for the times and history, noting that his birth was a great auspicious event which opened a bright prospect before the continuity of the Juche revolutionary cause and accomplishment of the human cause of independence.
They said Kim Jong Il, genius of thought and theory, scientifically formulated the revolutionary idea of President Kim Il Sung and steadily developed it in depth to meet the demand of the developing revolution, thus clearly indicating the road ahead of the times and humankind.
A spokesman for the North Headquarters of the Nationwide Special Committee for Probing the Truth behind the GIs’ Crimes issued a statement Thursday on the lapse of 40 years since the U.S.-south Korea “Status of Forces Agreement” (SOFA) took effect. The SOFA faked up by the pro-U.S. flunkeyist traitors under the U.S. pressure is a slavery document of modern version which legalizes the U.S. forces’ occupation of south Korea and guarantees the GIs’ crimes by law, the statement says, and goes on:
The long list of crimes including murder, assaults and looting committed by soldiers of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces over the past four decades run into more than 100,000 cases. However, none of them was punished by law, but they are riding high and mighty on their high horses.
Rodong Sinmun Sunday dedicates an article to the 15th anniversary of the publication of Kim Jong Il’s famous work “Let Us Cement the Single-minded Unity and Give Full Play to the Korean Nation-First Spirit”.
The revolutionary traits of the Korean people fully demonstrating the dignity and honor of the nation is found in that they are carrying out the revolution and construction their own way with a high degree of national self-respect and preserving the national ways in all fields of social life. It is also manifested in that they are devoting all their wisdom and efforts to achieving the prosperity of the nation, rallied closer around Kim Jong Il. High dignity and honor of Kim Il Sung’s nation are now being displayed all over the world and the Korean people are boundlessly proud of being the most revolutionary and independent people. This is the precious fruition of the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il.
The son of Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s reclusive dictator, has been living in five-star luxury in the gambling haven of Macau even as his people starve, according to reports in Hong Kong yesterday.
Kim Jong-nam, 35, was tracked to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where he has been staying on and off for three years.
While the international community alternates sanctions on his father for his nuclear weapons programme with economic aid for his starving subjects, the younger Kim has been spotted gambling in Macau’s numerous casinos and eating in local restaurants, according to the South China Morning Post.
All the Koreans from all walks of life should demolish the walls bisecting the nation and join in the sacred cause of adding brilliance to the June 15 reunification era by closely uniting under the banner of patriotism and national reunification, with a proper understanding that the nation precisely means them and to defend the national interests is for them.
The Songun policy is the noblest, patriotic policy for glorifying the June 15 reunification era. The whole nation should fully support and uphold the Songun policy, a treasured sword for peace and reunification, regarding it as its lifeline.
A fresh leap forward and innovation are being effected in different parts of the DPRK which is vigorously advancing to usher in a great heyday of Songun Korea full of confidence in victory. The single-minded unity is the proud tradition of the Korean revolution.
The servicepersons and people have overcome all the difficulties arising in grim annals of the revolution, rallied rock-firm around the Workers’ Party of Korea.
It is entirely ascribable to the struggle they have waged in firm unity, believing in and following only their leader and Party that they beat back the U.S.-led imperialist allied forces and safeguarded their country in the 1950s and created miracles and feats in revolution and construction in the 1970s and 1980s.
In particular, the victory and success made by them in the struggle for defending socialism in the 1990s are the proud fruits of the ideological might, the might of the single-minded unity of the servicepersons and people who heroically fought under the guidance of Kim Jong Il.
A German pensioner who won a prize and worldwide fame for breeding his country’s largest rabbit — Robert, a 10.5kg (23lb) bruiser the size of a dog — has been offered an unusual opportunity to exploit his talents overseas.
Karl Szmolinsky has been given a contract by North Korea to supply giant rabbits to help to boost meat production in the reclusive Communist country, which is suffering severe food shortages. The only problem is that such huge rabbits consume vast quantities of food themselves as they grow.
The socialist system in the DPRK has grown stronger and developed and its might has been augmented despite grim ordeals unprecedented in history.
The Korean-style socialism is a genuine man-centered socialism where people are considered to be the most valuable and everything serves them.
It is the supreme principle of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the state of the DPRK in all activities to give top priority to the interests of the people.
The Korean-style socialism is a powerful one unswervingly advancing with the might of the single-minded unity of the army and people around the headquarters of the revolution.
The Songun politics of the Workers’ Party of Korea is the highest manifestation of the revolutionary and class principles. It represents indomitable faith in shattering the aggressive moves of the enemies and firmly defending the sovereignty of the country and the nation and it is pulsating with the iron will of the Korean people to safeguard the interests of the working masses to the end. It is due to the might of Songun that the U.S. imperialists dare not provoke the DPRK while wantonly trampling upon the sovereignty of other countries, preoccupied with the “doctrine of strength.” To firmly maintain the above-said principles is a major requirement for working constant miracles in socialist construction by giving fullest scope to the creativity of the popular masses.