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Seriously where is NK getting all this money? Sanctions are as tight as they've ever been.

And please don't say "China". That's an answer I could get from any 7th grader in the country.

 

Don't blame me.  Mining is one of their biggest industries, so they're probably selling precious minerals on the black market that end up going in the cell phones we buy.  So we're all supporting them.

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Seriously where is NK getting all this money? Sanctions are as tight as they've ever been.


And please don't say "China". That's an answer I could get from any 7th grader in the country.

 

you have 25 million people living at a basic sustenance level supporting the living style of several thousand elite.    You don't have to be particularly efficient if you have a good enough leverage ratio.   

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/24/world/un-north-korea-draft-resolution-sanctions/index.html

U.S., China agree to draft resolution on North Korea

 

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a new U.N. Security Council draft resolution aimed at punishing North Korea in the wake of its recent nuclear test and for violating previous resolutions, a Security Council diplomat told CNN on Wednesday.

 

The resolution is going to be described as the toughest yet on Pyongyang.

 

The text of the draft is not yet available but the document will likely be voted in by the full Security Council "in a couple of days," once other nations have an opportunity to weigh in on the language, according to the diplomat.

 

"There were a significant number of blockage points between the (United States and China) ... but there is an agreement between those two countries," the diplomat said.

 

In January, Pyongyang claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb in its fourth nuclear test.

 

U.S. officials were initially skeptical of the claim, but later assessed that there may have been a partial, failed test of some type of components associated with a hydrogen bomb.

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I know China being up front with us on this is a big deal but at this point, unless we're just going to say **** it and unleash hell on them (and kiss Seoul goodbye in the process) we might just be better off treating them like a fat little **** brat child throwing a temper tantrum and ignore them. That's basically what they are. Figuratively and literally.

On the flipside I guess ignoring them might just push them to keep upping the crazy. Who knows.

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/north-koreas-sanctions-loophole-1456697024

North Korea’s Sanctions Loophole

 

The Obama Administration is touting the latest United Nations sanctions as a milestone against North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. We’d like to believe it too, but a close look at the draft Security Council resolution offers many reasons to doubt.

 

The resolution would double the number of blacklisted North Korean individuals and state entities, adding Pyongyang’s atomic-energy and space agencies. Luxury goods banned from export to North Korea would grow to include watches, yachts and snowmobiles.

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US student Otto Warmbier 'stole propaganda' in N Korea

 

A US student who was arrested in North Korea has appeared on state media admitting to trying to steal a piece of propaganda from a hotel.
 
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At a news conference in Pyongyang, Mr Warmbier said a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church had promised to give him a used car worth $10,000 (£7,200) if he brought back a propaganda sign from his North Korea trip.
 
"I committed the crime of taking down a political slogan from the staff holding area of the Yanggakdo International Hotel," North Korea's KCNA news agency quoted him as saying.
 
"The aim of my task was to harm the motivation and work ethic of the Korean people. This was a very foolish aim," he was quoted as saying.
 
He said his crime was "very severe and pre-planned" and that he "never should have allowed myself to be lured by the United States administration to commit a crime in this country".
 
CNN, which received a copy of the video, said he sobbed as he begged for forgiveness, saying he had made "the worst mistake of my life".
 
It was not clear whether he had made the statement voluntarily, but foreign detainees in North Korea have previously recanted confessions, saying they were made under pressure.

 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-un-idUSKCN0W339F?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.N. Security Council to vote on new North Korea sanctions Tuesday: U.S.

 

The U.N. Security Council plans to vote on a resolution on Tuesday that would dramatically expand existing U.N. sanctions on North Korea in response to its Jan. 6 nuclear test, the U.S. mission to the United Nations said on Monday.

 

The vote is expected at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Tuesday, an official at the mission told Reuters.

 

Last week the United States presented to the 15-nation council a draft resolution it negotiated with China that would significantly tighten restrictions after North Korea's nuclear test and rocket launch, and create what it described as the toughest U.N. sanctions regime in two decades.

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So a frat boy stole a banner that the North Koreans put out as bait? Hmmmm.... Btw- I wasn't aware you could actually visit both korea, and I have no idea why anyone would want to unless they had family there or something.

I'd go. Cause **** it. Not like I'm gonna be beheaded or something.

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Apparently it's not that difficult to travel to NK. It's easier if you're not American, also. But, they don't mind the tourism money.

 

I've followed the work of some photographers that have visited NK and this set is by far my favorite. He did a reddit AMA and was basically taking pictures of stuff he wasn't supposed to. If caught, who knows what would have happened. 

 

http://m1key.me/photography/road_to_north_korea/

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http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/02/the-u-n-tries-to-cut-north-koreas-nuclear-lifeline-and-outlaw-snowmobiles/

The U.N. Tries to Cut North Korea’s Nuclear Lifeline and Outlaw Snowmobiles

 

The U.N. Security Council hit North Korea with a new round of sanctions tailored to limit Pyongyang’s ability to secure revenues for its nuclear program through more than $1 billion annual trade in gold, coal and other ores.

 

Frustrated by Pyongyang’s persistent defiance of its demands to halt its nuclear program, the 15-nation council unanimously passed a resolution that will strengthen existing sanctions by imposing mandatory inspections of all cargo entering or leaving North Korea, tightening financial restrictions on North Korean entities, and requiring states to expel North Korean diplomats or other agents if they engage in activities banned by the United Nations. The council also slapped a highly symbolic ban on luxury items, prohibiting North Korea from buying luxury watches, recreational sports equipment, leisure boats, and snowmobiles that cost more than $2,000.

 

The vote marked a rare show of unity by the council’s key powers — China, Russia and the United States — who have been polarized over conflicts from Syria to Ukraine. It also reflected China’s growing irritation with its controversial neighbor, which has repeatedly ignored Beijing’s appeals abide to restrain its nuclear activities and resume big power talks aimed at eliminating its atomic weapons program.

 

A key question today is whether North Korea’s powerful neighbor, and its largest trading partner, is finally willing to do what it has refused to do in the past: vigorously implement sanctions and use its economic leverage over Pyongyang to modify its behavior. Over the past decade, China has joined the US in imposing sanctions designed to constrain North Korea’s ability to advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. But it has been lax in enforcing sanctions, putting little pressure on local businesses to limit their trade with Pyongyang to approved goods.

 

The council’s action comes nearly two months after North Korea on Jan. 6 tested a nuclear explosive in defiance of previous Security Council resolutions. North Korea followed up with a banned missile launch on Feb. 7.

 

Following nearly two months of intensive negotiations, China and the United States reached agreement last week on a range of sanctions. But Russia delayed a vote until today as it pushed for some last minute concessions, which included agreement by the United States to remove the name of a Russia-based representative of the Korean Mining Development Trading Company, or KOMID, from a list of individuals subject to a travel ban and asset freeze. Russia also negotiated an exemption that would allow Russia to continue the transshipment of coal between the Russian border town of Khasan and the North Korean port of Rajin.

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Apparently it's not that difficult to travel to NK. It's easier if you're not American, also. But, they don't mind the tourism money.

I've followed the work of some photographers that have visited NK and this set is by far my favorite. He did a reddit AMA and was basically taking pictures of stuff he wasn't supposed to. If caught, who knows what would have happened.

http://m1key.me/photography/road_to_north_korea/

The people pretending to be commuters in the train station is wild. This guy could have easily ended up in a gulag.

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The people pretending to be commuters in the train station is wild. This guy could have easily ended up in a gulag.

Yeah, pretty weird. That guy was insane to take that kind of risk!

 

The look of complete despair on the faces of the soldiers at the RR crossings says it all..

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-kim-idUSKCN0W52PP

North Korea leader tells military to be ready to use nuclear weapons

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and the military to be in "pre-emptive attack" mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, state media said on Friday.

 

The comments, carried by the North's official KCNA news agency, marked a further escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula after the U.N. Security Council imposed harsh new sanctions against the isolated state on Wednesday for its nuclear program.

 

North Korea, known for belligerent rhetoric, has previously threatened pre-emptive attacks on its enemies, including South Korea and the United States. Military experts doubt it has yet developed the capability to fire a long-range missile with a miniaturized warhead to deliver a nuclear weapon as far as the United States.

 

Kim made the comments as he supervised military exercises involving newly developed rocket launchers, KCNA reported. It did not mention the date of the drills but said the new weapons had South Korea within range.

 

South Korea's defense ministry said on Thursday North Korea launched several projectiles off its coast into the sea up to 150 kilometers (90 miles) away, an apparent response to the U.N. sanctions.

 

Kim said North Korea should "bolster up (its) nuclear force both in quality and quantity" and stressed "the need to get the nuclear warheads deployed for national defense always on standby so as to be fired any moment," KCNA quoted him as saying.

 

"Now is the time for us to convert our mode of military counteraction toward the enemies into a pre-emptive attack one in every aspect."

 

Kim criticized South Korean President Park Geun-hye in his first direct published mention of her by name for acting "in league with the U.S. scoundrels," adding, "her hysteria will precipitate only her ruin in the long run," KCNA said.

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http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-says-liquidate-south-assets-joint-projects-025316445.html?nf=1

North Korea fires missiles, says will liquidate South assets

 

North Korea looked to ratchet up already elevated tensions on the Korean peninsula still further Wednesday, firing a pair of short-range missiles and announcing the liquidation of all remaining South Korean assets on its territory.

 

The moves were a direct response to unilateral sanctions announced by South Korea on Tuesday to punish the North for its January nuclear test and last month's long-range rocket launch.

 

Military tensions have been on the rise ever since the January test -- the fourth nuclear device North Korea has detonated in defiance of UN resolutions.

 

The UN Security Council responded with tough, new sanctions, which Pyongyang condemned as a "gangster-like" provocation orchestrated by the United States.

 

The North also reacted furiously to the start earlier this week of large-scale South Korea-US military drills, threatening pre-emptive nuclear strikes against both Seoul and the US mainland.

 

The asset seizure announced on Thursday referred to two now-shuttered joint projects, the Mount Kumgang tourism resort and the Kaesong joint industrial complex.

 

"We will completely liquidate all assets of South Korean firms and related institutions left behind in our region," the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.

 

https://twitter.com/PHan****sCNN/status/707769876773875712

Senior US admin. official: North Korean missile launch "raised huge concern in the administration"
10:27 PM

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See what happens when you put a young, spoiled fat **** in charge of a country? You throw possibly the largest collective hissy fit/temper tantrum in history. You ever seen the video of that German or Russian kid (or whatever) flipping his **** over getting trolled on Minecraft? That. That is North Korea right now.

My prediction: there are people there that enough in reality to understand the **** show dude is putting together on the world stage and Korean Chunk is knocked off in the next 5 years. I'd honestly be willing to put money on it.

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North Korea claims it could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb

 

SEOUL — North Korea claimed Sunday that it could wipe out Manhattan by sending a hydrogen bomb on a ballistic missile to the heart of New York City, the latest in a string of brazen threats.
 
Although there are many reasons to believe that Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its technical capabilities, the near-daily drumbeat of boasts and warnings from North Korea underlines its anger at efforts to thwart its ambitions.
 
“Our hydrogen bomb is much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union,” DPRK Today, a state-run outlet, reported Sunday. DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.
 
“If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes,” the report said, citing a nuclear scientist named Cho Hyong Il.
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/world/asia/north-korea-threatens-nuclear-test-defying-un.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur&_r=0

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test, Defying U.N.

 

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said his country would soon conduct another nuclear test and also flight-test ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the country’s state-run news media reported on Tuesday.

 

If Mr. Kim follows through with those threats, that would mean that North Korea was readying its fifth nuclear test and was preparing to conduct more missile launchings in defiance of the sanctions resolution the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted this month against the country.

 

Mr. Kim declared that “a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several kinds of ballistic rockets able to carry nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday.

 

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said his country would soon conduct another nuclear test and also flight-test ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the country’s state-run news media reported on Tuesday.

 

If Mr. Kim follows through with those threats, that would mean that North Korea was readying its fifth nuclear test and was preparing to conduct more missile launchings in defiance of the sanctions resolution the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted this month against the country.

 

Mr. Kim declared that “a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several kinds of ballistic rockets able to carry nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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