Category Archives: North Korea

North Koreans ‘face execution’ for watching South TV

The North Korean authorities have reportedly reminded citizens that they could face execution if they indulge in watching South Korean television shows.

According to Radio Free Asia, the regime has been hosting lectures in South Hwanghae province, in the west of the country near the border with South Korea, to demand that residents abstain from watching “decadent video materials of capitalism”.

A source told the outlet’s Korean service that police officials began hosting lectures in the province in the new year.

Kinda like Canada where we’re forced to pay for CBC.


Ottawa hosted confidential talks with North Korea on de-nuclearization

CBC News has confirmed that in late September, a five-person delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrived in Ottawa for a series of meetings with Canadian bureaucrats.

Would’t you love to know the Nork’s assessment of Team Trudeau?


GoFundMe pulls campaign for Michael Spavor, detained Canadian, after thousands raised

A fundraiser for a Canadian man detained in China has been deleted by a United States internet firm, leaving organizers of the charitable effort in the dark.

Donors had already committed more than $14,000 for Michael Spavor’s benefit when GoFundMe pulled the campaign, which was started in mid-December.

People who donated said they received an e-mail early Saturday saying their money had been refunded, resetting the tally of funds raised to almost zero. But GoFundMe continued to accept contributions.

The article suggests it may be due to Spavor’s connections to North Korea and GoFundMe’s fear of running afoul of US sanctions.


North Korean ambassador Jo Song-gil ‘seeks asylum’ in Italy

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has sought asylum, according to a report, in what would be another high-profile defection bid by one of Pyongyang’s envoys.

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, applied for asylum to an unidentified western country with his family, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily said, citing unnamed diplomatic sources in Seoul.

“He sought asylum early last month,” the JoongAng quoted one source as saying.


Returned North Korean defectors paraded to lecture on miseries of capitalism they saw in China

North Koreans who defected but later changed their minds and returned to the North are giving lectures in towns and cities on the Chinese border extolling the pleasures of life under Kim Jong-un and the misery of being on the run in China and struggling to survive in a capitalist state.

The lectures are part of the North Korean government’s efforts to halt the steady flow of its citizens over the border into China, from where they attempt to reach a third country – often Thailand – and seek asylum and the assistance of Seoul to settle in South Korea.


Data on 1,000 North Korean defectors leaked by Hackers

Almost 1,000 North Korean defectors have had their personal data leaked after a computer at a South Korean resettlement centre was hacked, the unification ministry said.

A personal computer at the state-run centre was found to have been “infected with a malicious code”.

The ministry said this is thought to be the first large-scale information leak involving North Korean defectors.

The hackers’ identity and the origin of the cyber-attack is not yet confirmed.


North Korean officials subjected women to sexual abuse, report claims

North Korean police and other officials prey on women with near-total impunity, a human rights group said on Thursday, in a rare report into sexual abuse in the isolated nation.

The US-based organisation Human Rights Watch drew on interviews with more than 50 North Korean escapees to chronicle gruesome details of rape and other abuses perpetrated by security officers such as border guards, and in some cases civilian officials.


North Korea Claims to Have Found Bones of Mythical King

And rainbows appeared when Kim Jong-Il was born:

Scholars say the chances that Dangun actually existed are close to zero.

According to Korean legend, Dangun was the son of a god who wanted to be a man, and a bear who wanted to be a woman.

“Dangun is a myth,” said Yeungnam University archaeologist Lee Chung Kyu.

North Korea’s founders originally disdained the story of Dangun as superstition incompatible with their ostensibly socialist ideology.

However, officials have since gone to great lengths to capitalize on the mythology and cement the ruling Kim family’s claim to Dangun’s legacy.

Official North Korean narratives have claimed Mount Paektu as the “sacred mountain of revolution” and assert that Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, was born on its slopes. Many historians place his actual birthplace in the former Soviet Union.

In the mid-1990s, North Korean authorities announced they had discovered the tomb of Dangun and his wife just outside Pyongyang, going so far as to “reconstruct” a white stone pyramid flanked by rough-hewn obelisks and statues of ancient princes and snarling beasts.

At the time, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung said constructing the mausoleum was designed to demonstrate “that Korea has a history spanning 5,000 years, that the Koreans are a homogeneous nation of the same blood since their emergence,” according to a state media article from 2015.

For 100 euros each, or about $115, tourists can peek inside a glass box containing what the North Koreans say are the bones of Dangun and his wife.

The high price and a reputation as an underwhelming experience mean few visitors pay to see the bones, Western tour guides say.


Moon’s Censorial Party Hopes to Gain a Propaganda Boon With Potential Papal Visit

It would be hilarious if Pope Francis surprises them with a Pope John Paul II surprise:

The ruling Democratic Party (DP) on Friday expressed hope that Pope Francis’ potential visit to North Korea will help speed up denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The pope effectively accepted an invitation to visit North Korea on Thursday when President Moon Jae-in relayed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s verbal invitation. Pope Francis said if the North sends an official invitation, he will “certainly” respond to it.

“The pope’s possible visit to North Korea indicates the international community’s support for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Hong Young-pyo, the DP’s floor leader, said at a meeting with senior party members.

“If realized, his trip will be momentum to induce the North toward the path to denuclearization,” he said. “We need a flexible approach to elicit (Pyongyang’s) denuclearization.”

The North’s leader expressed his willingness to invite the pope to his country during his third and latest summit with Moon in Pyongyang last month, according to Moon’s office.

No pope has ever visited North Korea.



Will North Korea Take Over South Korea?

Kim Jong Un assembled a reported 100,000 people, many waving his North Korean flag or the blue-and-white unification standard, to greet Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, as he arrived in Pyongyang on September 18.

President Moon did not seem to mind that no one was holding the symbol of his country, the Republic of Korea. “What was glaringly missing was the South Korean flag,” Taro O of the Pacific Forum told Gatestone in e-mailed comments. “Maybe South Korean people take comfort in seeing that Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong wore the South Korean flag badge on the lapel of his jacket while in North Korea. No one in the Moon administration did.”


Rex Murphy: Every day is a Black Ribbon Day in indescribably cruel North Korea

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

That’s Shakespeare again, supplying us in elegant, precise and frequently beautiful language, the exact “headline” for almost every human situation. It is one of the miracle features of his writing that phrases, lines, even whole speeches, work both in the plays and own a second, independent life — as poetry, as wisdom — outside them. Proven, once again, at least for me this week when viewing film or pictures of the extravagantly moving reunion of some 200 North and South Korean families. Mothers meeting daughters, sisters their brothers, grandfathers and grandmothers embracing (hitherto) unseen grandchildren: the images were a gallery of untellable pathos.


North Korea: satellite images show dismantling of missile test facilities

North Korea has taken the first steps towards honouring its commitment to nuclear disarmament by starting to dismantle its main missile-engine test site, according to an analysis of satellite images.

The findings have not yet received official backing from the US or South Korean governments, even though the dismantling would be a huge boost for Donald Trump’s claim that he was right to engage with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, at a historic summit in Singapore in June.