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PostPosted: 02-09-2013 13:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

kamalktk wrote:
Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
“Excellent Horse-like Lady”.

With a title like that, I had to look it up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5tkXgw2OMY


In some Korean metaphors to call a woman a horse is like calling a woman 'a fox' in English. 'Horse-like lady' sounds slightly absurd in English, but it's a result of the the way that many Asian languages pile up adjectives around a noun and then have them translated literally to English. If we had the metaphor, we'd probably have her as a 'horsey lady' - eat your heart out, Hendrix.
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Korean dressage must be interesting. Anyway, please don't machine gun ex-porn stars, it's cruel, especially after all they've endured.
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Korean dressage must be interesting. Anyway, please don't machine gun ex-porn stars, it's cruel, especially after all they've endured.

Extending the Equine theme, should ex-porn stars be put out to stud instead?
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Perhaps its all just propaganda?
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North Korea denies Kim Jong-un executed mistress to protect wife

The denunciations in state media said "reptile media" were making allegations designed to "hurt the dignity" of Mr Kim, his wife, Ri Sol-ju, and the regime.

The state-run KCNA news agency claimed the reports were the work of "psychopaths" and "confrontation maniacs" in South Korea's government and the media.

"This is an unpardonable, hideous provocation hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership," KCNA stated. "Those who commit such a hideous crime ... will have to pay a very high price."

Reports in South Korea initially claimed that Hyon Song-wol, with whom Mr Kim was romantically linked around 10 years ago, was among a dozen well-known North Korean singers and musicians executed by firing squad on August 20 after appearing in pornographic videos.

Relatives of the condemned musicians and other members of the Unhasu Orchestra, the Wangjaesan Light Band and the Moranbong Band were forced to watch the executions before being sent to labour camps.


More at the link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10328373/North-Korea-denies-Kim-Jong-un-executed-mistress-to-protect-wife.html
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24666046

File image of soldiers at Panmunjom, the truce village in the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

The six men were returned via Panmunjom, the truce village between the Koreas

What is China's role?
North Korea has returned six South Korean men to their homeland, South Korean officials say, in a rare move.

The men, between the ages of 27 and 67, were handed over on Friday at the truce village of Panmunjom, on the border between the two countries.

Their names were not released and details surrounding their detention in the North remain unclear.

The two Koreas remain technically at war, as the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty.

Pyongyang's Red Cross informed Seoul that the men would be handed back via Panmunjom on Thursday, a statement from South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

Officials said the group would be taken to South Korea's spy agency to face questions over their presence in North Korea.

The South Korean government said that at first glance, the men were not on the list of those abducted by the North.

One possibility is that they may have crossed into North Korea illegally from China, the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul says. Unofficial travel to North Korea by private citizens from South Korea is illegal,

Pyongyang's state news agency announced the detention of several unnamed South Korean nationals in 2010 and there is speculation that they may be among those returned, our correspondent adds.

The move by North Korea is seen as a gesture of reconciliation following the cancellation of reunions for families split by the division of the Korean peninsula at the end of the Korean War which were planned for last month.

Tensions between the two Koreas rose earlier this year, after North Korea's third nuclear test in February.
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New book reveals details of the group's secret 1988 mission

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DEAR LEADERS: North Koreans bow down earlier this year to statues of the country's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang
SUZANNE BREEN – 17 NOVEMBER 2013

OFFICIAL IRA members went on a top-secret training mission to North Korea, where they were taught assassination techniques and bomb-making skills by the totalitarian regime's military. Former members of the republican paramilitary group have disclosed details of their 1988 terror trip to Pyongyang in a new book.

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North Korea Undercover by BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney, reveals how the Official IRA men delivered a gift to President Kim Il Sung to thank the dictator for his support. It was a beautiful piece of Belleek porcelain, over 100 years old, which they had deliberately stolen in Belfast for their visit.

Author John Sweeney interviewed members of the six-strong Official IRA team that was trained by the Marxist dictatorship.

One of the team, who is from west Belfast, tells how they were taught bomb-making, kidnapping techniques and the best way to kill a person without a gun. "Stab a man in the back of the neck and then twist, cutting into the cerebral cortex."

The military training mission took place at a time when the Workers' Party, formerly the political wing of the Official IRA, had four TDs in the Dail.

The organisation has its roots in divisions within republicanism in 1969-70. The IRA split into the Officials and the Provisionals at the start of the Troubles.

While the Provos advocated 'armed struggle' against the British state, the Officials declared themselves socialist and said violence should be used only for defence and retaliation.

In May 1972, the Officials called a ceasefire but the organisation remained steeped in violence and organised crime over future decades. It engaged in bloody feuds with the Provos and the INLA and was involved in extortion and armed robberies. The Officials killed 52 people during the Troubles, 23 of whom were civilians.

When they visited North Korea in October 1988 during the regime's 40th birthday celebrations, the Official IRA were greeted by their hosts as fellow revolutionaries "fighting imperialism".

The Irishmen had travelled to North Korea via Moscow, flying from Shannon Airport. The KGB helped in an elaborate plot to conceal their real destination from Western intelligence agencies.

After arriving in Pyongyang, they were taken in Ministry of Interior limousines to a military base 30 miles north of the capital. They were sworn to secrecy.

Six hefty, white-skinned Irishmen had to spin the unlikely story that they were members of the Maltese Communist Party. Their two-month training mission often reached the heights of comic absurdity.

They were told to dress in the uniform of officers of the Korean People's Army, taught how to salute North Korean-style and given lectures about 'Great Leader' Kim Il Sung and the wonders of one-party rule.

They were trained in hand-to-hand combat, with which they struggled because of their fitness levels.

In a deserted mock-up town, they practised firing assault rifles, pistols, machine guns, rockets and making and detonating bombs.

They soon realised the North Koreans had been fooled into thinking they belonged not to a small, ramshackle Irish terror group but to "a full-scale army with tanks in the mountains, waiting for the revolution".

The Official IRA had effectively "conned" the Koreans.

The regime had a history of funding terror groups it believed would make trouble for the West. The Provos had long been keen to woo Pyongyang, with Sinn Fein sending the dictatorship messages of solidarity.

Gerry Adams attended a reception at the North Korean Embassy in Denmark to toast Kim Il Sung's 75th birthday in 1987. But the Koreans never trusted the Provos, preferring to arm and train their republican rivals. The Official IRA contingent soon tired of North Korea. They hated their meals.

"The food was crap," one man said. "They gave us dog soup once. There was a scrap of meat and it had dog fur on it."

They also loathed the rigorous training regime their hosts imposed. "Up at 6.30am running around the parade ground in pitch darkness before breakfast. We knew it was a load of bollocks."

After they refused to continue training, they were taken to a circus to "raise their morale". They were ordered on a merry-go-round and filmed by the Koreans riding on the merry-go-round.

The Official IRA men didn't enjoy their monastic existence either, pining desperately for women. The trip ended embarrassingly when they were thrown out of North Korea for fighting among themselves.

One said they left the Marxist state totally disillusioned: "It was the worst place I ever went to. The poor b******s thought they were living in utopia."

Despite this fiasco, the Koreans continued to work closely with the Officials, sending them guns and hosting future delegations.

One of the delegation said they were treated "like royalty". He said: "We were driven away in a great big black Mercedes Benz. I'd never been in one before.

"There were 30 police motorbike outriders racing down these enormous empty roads."

The delegation stayed in luxury villas near Pyongyang. The staff's subservience upset him. "If they saw you, they'd freeze on the spot, eyes down, frozen until you passed.

"They were virtually slaves. It was so servile, the bowing and scraping, I said to myself, 'do we really want this for Ireland?'"

'North Korea Undercover: Inside The World's Most Secret State', John Sweeney, Bantam Press, £20.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/official-iras-terror-trip-to-north-korea-29760564.html
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PostPosted: 17-11-2013 17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a novel there, I am sure.
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N Korea film 'edits out dismissed uncle Jang Song-thaek'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25278734

Chang song-thaek (August 2012 picture)

Many observers saw Mr Chang as having a major influence on Kim Jong-un

North Korean state TV is reported to have removed footage of a powerful uncle and key aide to leader Kim Jong-un from a documentary, following reports that he has been dismissed.

South Korean news agency Yonhap said the original film about Mr Kim had already been broadcast nine times.

But when it aired again on Saturday, images of his uncle Jang Song-thaek, had been edited out, Yonhap reports.

On Tuesday South Korean intelligence said Mr Jang, 67, had been removed.

He had held senior posts in the ruling communist Korean Workers' Party and the National Defence Commission, the North's top military body.

Intelligence officials also said two of his close aides appeared to have been executed for corruption.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said it has made the assessment based on information provided by multiple sources.

If confirmed, Mr Chang's removal would be the biggest upheaval in North Korea's leadership since Mr Kim succeeded his father, analysts say.

Kim Jong-un took over after Kim Jong-il died in 2011. Mr Chang is married to the elder Kim's sister.

He has often been pictured beside Kim Jong-un and was seen by some observers as the power behind the throne.

Despite his family ties to the leadership and senior status, he has been targeted by purges in the past.

In 2004, despite his place in the Kim family, he disappeared from public view.

One report at the time, citing South Korean intelligence, said Mr Chang had been placed under house arrest.

Others suggested he had been sent for "re-education". However, two years later he appeared to have been reinstated.
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PostPosted: 09-12-2013 13:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hes accused of living a "a dissolute and depraved life". Vid & images at link.

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North Korea images confirm removal of Kim Jong-Un's uncle Chang Song-thaek
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25295312

The BBC's Lucy Williamson said that Mr Chang has been removed from all his official posts

North Korea has broadcast images of the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-un being removed from a meeting, confirming reports of his dismissal.

The dramatic images show Chang Song-thaek being escorted from a party session by uniformed guards.

The state news agency KCNA accused Mr Chang of forming factions against the state, corruption and "depraved" acts such as womanising and drug abuse.

Analysts say such a public dismissal is unique and could signal a wider purge.

It is the biggest upheaval in North Korea's leadership since Mr Kim succeeded his father two years ago. Seen as an economic reformer, he handled talks with Pyongyang's only major ally. China,

The KCNA state news agency said the decision was announced after a meeting of the ruling communist Korean Workers' Party Politburo over the weekend.

uniformed guards standing over Chang song-thaek
Pictures released by the KCNA state news agency show uniformed guards approaching Chang Song-thaek at a public meeting
Chang song-thaek being removed from Politburo meeting
The guards then appear to remove Mr Chang from his seat and reports say he was taken from the meeting in full view of his former colleagues
Kim Jong-un presiding over meeting
The images broadcast by KCNA also focus heavily on North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un
News of his dismissal filtered out in South Korea last week along with reports that two of his close aides had been executed for corruption. It is unclear when these latest images date from.

'Dissolute' life
The KCNA report accuses Mr Chang of being part of a faction working against the North Korean state.

"Chang pretended to uphold the party and leader but was engrossed in such factional acts as dreaming different dreams and involving himself in double-dealing behind the scenes."

It accused him of offences such as financial mismanagement and selling off national resources for his personal gain, but it also denounced him for leading what it called "a dissolute and depraved life".

“Rare moments like these are perhaps the closest we'll come, at least for now, to observing directly the workings of the North Korean state..”
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What does purge say about North Korea's stability?
"Ideologically sick and extremely idle and easy-going, he used drugs and squandered foreign currency at casinos while he was receiving medical treatment in a foreign country under the care of the party," the KCNA report said.

It added that he had "improper relations" with several women and "was wined and dined at back parlours of deluxe restaurants".

The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul says such an official announcement detailing his alleged crimes is unique.

Almost overnight, Chang Song-thaek has morphed from uncle and mentor to North Korea's young leader, to "anti-revolutionary" criminal outcast, our correspondent reports.

She adds that this could be seen as the latest in a series of carefully calibrated moves to demonstrate Kim Jong-un's control, yet another sign of his authority and an assertion of his independence.

Mr Chang is reported to have been stripped of all his positions and expelled from the party.

Splicing out Chang Song-thaek
Images of Chang Song-thaek were removed from a documentary entitled The Great Comrade, which was rebroadcast over the weekend

On Saturday, North Korean state TV was also reported to have removed footage of Mr Chang from a documentary.

Past disappearance
Mr Chang had held senior posts in the ruling party and the National Defence Commission, the North's top military body.

He was seen as a key powerbroker at the time Kim Jong-un took over after Kim Jong-il died in 2011 - he is married to the elder Kim's sister.
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He has often been pictured beside Kim Jong-un and was seen by some observers as the power behind the throne.

But despite his family ties to the leadership and senior status, he has been targeted in purges in the past.

In 2004, despite his place in the Kim family, he disappeared from public view.

One report at the time, citing South Korean intelligence, said Mr Chang had been placed under house arrest.

Others suggested he had been sent for "re-education". However, two years later he appeared to have been reinstated.
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PostPosted: 12-12-2013 22:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to some news sources, he was executed. Maybe another case of artillery target practice?
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Paddy Power doing great damage with Rodman/North Korea basketball stunt
Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 07:30 AM

Paddy Power is the Irish bookmaker chain known for its laddish culture and publicity stunts such as paying out on some losers, making outlandish odds, and opening betting markets on everything from flies on a wall to next pope.

Now, however they have undertaken one prank too far with an effort to shock and sensationalize by sponsoring a basketball game in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital starring the showman Dennis Rodman.

The tournament will be known as the “Big Bang in Pyongyang.”

Not funny especially as it is giving aid and comfort to rulers of a country where a dictatorial family has ruled for generations and up to 2 million may have died from hunger, murder and brutality.

Many international human rights organizations accuse North Korea of having the worst human rights records of any nation. Detention, torture and other ill-treatment resulting in death, and executions is rampant Amnesty International reports reports the existence of prison camps, where 200,000 political prisoners and their families exist in “the most inhuman conditions imaginable."

North Koreans have been referred to as "some of the world's most brutalized people" by Human Rights Watch.

Into this walks Paddy Power sponsoring a basketball game of former NBA players led by Dennis Rodman against a North Korean side.

It is the kind of circus event that the North Koreans will pounce on to pretend all is well in the Hermit Kingdom. Paddy Power is essentially aiding and abetting that image.

The current North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un is said to be a basketball fanatic and Rodman has already made a few trips to the Hermit Kingdom to be hosted and feted by him.

Paddy Power had used Rodman in a publicity stunt driving him around Rome in a pope mobile while speculating on a black pope in the recent papal election,

It was from these encounters that the idea of the basketball game came about.

“North Korea has given me the opportunity to bring these players and their families over here, so people can actually see, so these players can actually see, that this country is actually not as bad as people project it to be in the media,” Rodman told the Associated Press on Thursday.

This is where Paddy Power is making a massive mistake. While it is fun to drive Rodman around Rome, having him as an apologist for a genocidal regime is very different.

Kim recently had his uncle gunned down by firing squad, there is talk of a massive crackdown along the lines of China’s notorious purges in the 1960s. Into the middle of that walks Paddy Power and Rodman with a cheap publicity stunt.

The long suffering North Korean people deserve better.


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PostPosted: 21-12-2013 18:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we have to believe this?

Rule number one, we are not required to believe anything we hear about N Korea, yes?
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Via fax, North Korea threatens to attack South Korea
http://www.nknews.org/2013/12/via-fax-north-korea-threatens-to-attack-south-korea/
South Korea responds by promising "resolute punishment"
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BY CHAD O’CARROLL , DECEMBER 20, 2013

North Korea on Friday threatened to attack South Korea without any notice via a fax sent to South Korea’s National Security Council, the Ministry of Defence said in Seoul.

The fax made reference to recent demonstrations in which effigies of Kim Jong Un were burnt in Seoul on the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, an issue that often aggravates the North.

South Korea reacted firmly to Pyongyang’s warning that it would “mercilessly” attack “without notice” by sending a fax back that promised “resolute punishment” to any attack initiated by the North.

Later, South Korea’s unification minister denounced the attack, calling on North Korea to stop making threats against Seoul.

“North Korea should take the attitude to resolve inter-Korean issues in a step by step manner through dialogue,” Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said in comments carried on Friday by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Dr. Nicolas Levi, a North Korea expert that specializes in understanding the North Korean leadership, told NK News that Pyongyang has a history of escalating tensions around Christmas.

“This is nothing new and I’d point out that when the situation is becoming stable, the DPRK is threatening the South Korean partner. I also believe that they are threatening South Korea more often than what we know.”

TENSIONS BUILDING

On Monday it emerged that thousands of propaganda leaflets from North Korea had been found at a beach in South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island.

One leaflet titled “The final notice to marine brigade 6” said: “Marine brigade 6 is the first target we have to destroy. We are fully ready to aim and attack with powerful weapons.”

Another leaflet titled “Escaping is the only way to survive” said, “Baengnyeong Island will become a huge grave. If you don’t want to be a ghost in a hell fire, you better decide. We can give you only one suggestion. Run.”

After Jang Song Thaek’s execution observers warned that North Korea might initiate a provocation against South Korea to divert attention from ongoing leadership problems.

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye warned after Jang’s arrest that inter-Korean relations could destabilize following the imposition of a “reign of terror” by Kim Jong Un.

“North Korea is currently engaged in a reign of terror while carrying out massive purges in order to consolidate Kim Jong Un’s power. The South-North relations could become more unstable in the future,” Park said in comments broadcast on South Korean television last week.

“The situation in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula is rapidly changing. We are in a situation where we cannot lower our guard against North Korean threats and changes in its circumstances,” Park warned.

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Are we sure the fax wasn't sent during the 1990s and has only just gotten through?
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