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Pyongyang throws a Tantrum

Like a typical spoiled little brat Pyongyang throws a tantrum when it can’t have its own way, blaming everybody else for their predicament.

And like a spoiled brat they are making all sorts of threats, even threatening a preemptive strike against the USA who have the power to annihilate North Korea at the push of a button.

Stupid and irrational, but then that’s what spoiled little brats are.

North Korea: new UN sanctions prompt rage in Pyongyang

Non-aggression pact with South Korea cancelled, adding to threat of nuclear attack on US and ‘crushing strikes’ on foes

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North Korea Escalates Aggression

Kim Jong selecting toilet paper for future aggression

In a fit of pique today, North Korea launched a roll of toilet paper at South Korea.

The launch was said to be successful.

South Korea is somewhat bemused by the act, wondering if the roll has been booby-trapped.

Meanwhile the UN has declared the act as deplorable considering that most North Koreans do not have that the luxury of wasting this precious commodity.

Read more about the story on The Borowitz Report

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Failure – The State and the Rocket

North Korea rocket launch fails

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas says the failure of the launch is a real embarrassment for the North Korean regime

North Korea’s keenly watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed.

The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday.

The US, Japan and South Korea say it flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into waters off the Korean peninsula.

North Korea said its scientists were assessing what had caused the failure.

North Korea says the aim of the launch was to put a satellite into orbit – a move marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il-sung.

Source: BBC News Read the full story

Opinion:

Omens should be heeded. Maybe the state should worry more about its poverty than the arms race… but then the peasants aren’t important.

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Could this be the Case?

Two Koreas ‘at a turning point’ says South president

The Korean peninsula is at a “turning point” and there are opportunities for change, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said in a new year speech.

He said Seoul would “respond strongly” if provoked by North Korea, with whom it remains technically at war.

But he said that the biggest goal was stability, and that aid-for-disarmament talks could resume if Pyongyang halted its nuclear activities.

On Sunday North Korea told citizens to defend leader Kim Jong-un to the death.

Kim Jong-un has succeeded his father, Kim Jong-il, who died on 17 December at the age of 69.

On Friday, the country’s powerful National Defence Commission warned the outside world to expect no change from the new leadership.

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Opinion:

I am too young to remember the “war,” apparently it wasn’t actually a war, it was officially a police action. But the crux was that it never ended, it stalemated in a ceasefire that has never been ratified. So I have lived all my life knowing two Koreas, one a prospering nation to the south, while the northern one steadily became more and more impoverished.

I have never looked into what caused the police action, and therefore don’t understand what Korea was like before it.

However, that doesn’t stop me from wondering about the present day; and, having an opinion.

North Korea was under the command of Kim Il-sung for 40 years, then Kim Jong-il from the time of his father’s death 17 years ago, now it is the turn of Kim Jong-un. I don’t say that Korea has been ruled; ruling implies a leader with a degree of benevolence. North Korea has been commanded, there has never been benevolence, only greed.

The thought that Kim Jong-un maybe be a ‘trend-setter’ had crossed my mind when I was writing My Predictions… 2012, which is exactly why I had omitted to mention him there, I was, and am still, actually in mid-thought on the matter. I am raising it at this time because of the headline and, obviously because of the length the idea has become, also by the fact that I am undecided.

Is it just possible that Kim Jong-un could be North Korea’s ‘Raul Castro’? That is the thought that has been congealing in my grey matter. I am not even sure if the two cases can be compared, or indeed how similar or disimilar they may be.

I would like to think that in light of Kim Jong-uns age, being considerably younger than his forebears that he maybe be better educated and less brainwashed by errant ideals.

This young man has the possibility to become one of the greatest statesmen on the planet if he has the courage to deviate from the previous government line. Does he have the disposition to realise that?

He has the power at his fingertips to mend a 57 year old rift, that has caused military anguish, social misery and international condemnation and isolation.

I guess, basically what I am asking is, does he have a brain?

And, if he does, will the military commanders let him use it?

A chance to reunite the two Koreas would be a monumental achievement that would ensure that he is remembered in history as a great man, a statesman, a man of courage, a man of conviction, he will have books written about him, his people will love him, he will receive plaudits from around the globe, his people will truly cry at his passing and not need to be coerced into showing emotion.

However, if he fails, then he will merely be remembered as simply ‘another despot.’ An inglorious, ignoble end.

Can he recognise that his hands hold the future?

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A Despot Dies, oh dear

N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

The BBC's Lucy Williamson says news of the death has taken people by surprise

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died of a heart attack at the age of 69, state media have announced.

Millions of North Koreans were “engulfed in indescribable sadness”, the KCNA state news agency said, as people wept openly in Pyongyang.

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Opinion:

I got as far as the second paragraph…

Of course, that has to be bullshit. Had it said that millions were cheering in the streets, I could have believed that.

Of course, it may well refer to the fact that the people know there is trouble ahead with his successor. That would be enough to make people weep.

North Korea has probably the most impoverished people on the planet, and they weep at the passing of the despot that made them suffer…

Get real.

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The Need to Control is a Terrible Thing

N Korea furious at South’s Christmas lights plan

Security was tight when the border Christmas 'tree' was lit last year

North Korea has warned South Korea of “unexpected consequences” if it lights up a Christmas tree-shaped tower near their tense border.

The North’s state-run Uriminjokkiri website said it would amount to a form of “psychological warfare”.

Seoul’s annual tradition of lighting up a Christmas tree tower was suspended in 2003 following a warming of ties.

However, the South lit a tower last year as relations deteriorated between the neighbours.

The Associated Press quotes a defence ministry official as saying the South has agreed to allow Christian groups to light a further two towers this year.

The official says the towers will be located in the western, central and eastern parts of the border and security will be tight during the 15 days they are lit, beginning on 23 December.

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Opinion:

The North Korean government are a bunch of paranoid wankers.

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Pulling the Wool over our Eyes

Edinburgh Woollen Mill clothes made by North Koreans

Image - BBC's Newsnight

Newsnight discovered that some cashmere jumpers sold by Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) are made in a factory where 80 of the workers are from North Korea.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill said the labels are “factually correct” and they do not discriminate about who they employ, but there are questions about what happens to North Korean workers’ wages.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill has 500 outlets around the UK which sell garments including cashmere jumpers, labelled James Pringle and “Designed in Scotland”, which are produced by a company based in Mongolia called Eermel.

The North Korean workers in the Eermel factory in Mongolia are given food and a place to sleep, but according to Eermel’s export director, Bayar, their wages are paid to the North Korean government.

Opinion:

And, just look at the price tag! Wicked!

You can guarantee the North Korean worker was not paid commensurate to justify that!

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