North Korea

Gareth Morgan should be ashamed: North Korean girl tells world the truth

Gareth Morgan visited North Korea and came back to New Zealand singing its praises.
This young girl who escaped North Korea tearfully tells the world what it is really like to live there.

Politics of the 21st century: pulling hair and making faces


You’d expect this on The Onion or another satire site, but sadly this is real

United Nations officials have rubbished claims that United States soldiers are provoking North Korean troops by pulling faces at them.

Pyongyang has alleged American personnel have been pulling “disgusting” facial expressions while making strange noises and pointing fingers, Sky News has reported. Read more »


Oh look! North Korea have got a copy of Adobe After Effects

Just like North Korea have used Photoshop to achieve amazing military things as a country, just like Iran’s space monkey (a favourite of Pete’s), they have stepped it up and gone from stills to video!

North Korea has released a new propaganda video threatening a nuclear attack on Washington DC, the capital of the United States.

The four-minute video (below), menacingly titled ‘Last Chance’, recounts the history of US-Korean relations and ends with an animation of a submarine-launched nuclear missile surging through clouds, swerving back to Earth and slamming down in front of Washington’s Lincoln Memorial.

After the city is laid to waste, the video concludes with the US flag in flames and a message translated as: “If US imperialists budge an inch toward us, we will immediately hit them with nuclear (weapons).”

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Photo Of The Day

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Holiday at the Dictator’s Guesthouse

Jeffrey Edward Fowle is an American citizen arrested in North Korea in May 2014 for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin.?

On the morning of August 1, 2014, Jeffrey Fowle woke before seven in his room at a guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea. Soon a young woman arrived with his breakfast of rice, broth, and kimchi. She smiled as she set the tray down on the large desk at the foot of the bed, then walked out of the room and locked the door behind her. It was Fowle?s 87th day in custody.

He sat at the desk, watching a shadow play across his window. An opaque vinyl film had been applied to the glass, so Fowle could see only silhouettes walking past. That April, when Fowle had travelled to Pyongyang, he?d felt that God wanted him to help North Korea?s oppressed Christian underground. His attempt took the form of a Korean-English Bible, left behind in a bar bathroom; he was taken into custody as he tried to leave the country. Fowle poured the broth over his rice and began to eat.

An hour later, Mr. Jo, Fowle?s interpreter and minder, appeared at the door: His slacks were ironed, and he?d traded his usual polo shirt for a crisp dress shirt. ?Today is the day,? Mr. Jo said. ?Be ready.?

A few weeks earlier, Mr. Jo had told Fowle that he might be allowed to speak with international media. It would be his first chance to tell the world about his situation, and to remind the U.S. government that he needed help. At noon, Mr. Jo led Fowle to a conference room on the other side of the guesthouse, reminding him of his talking points along the way.

?Emphasize your desperation for wanting to get home and that your family needs you back,? Mr. Jo said. ?Put some emotion into it.? He suggested that it might be good if Fowle cried. In the conference room, Fowle was seated at a long table with a couple of North Korean journalists from the Associated Press Television News. Instead of press badges, each reporter wore a pin with the smiling face of Kim Il-sung.

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If you get sacked from your job in North Korea things become pretty dire

Job security is important in North Korea, because if you ever get sacked from your government position there are dire consequences.

North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. ? Read more »

McCully is really really cross with North Korea

Murray McCully is really really cross with North Korea.

New Zealand has joined others in swift condemnation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile.

North Korea’s decision to conduct a launch, and the nuclear test they carried out on January 6, are irresponsible and fly in the face of international opinion, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

North Korea said its intention was to put a satellite into orbit, but the US and its allies believe it was a cover for a test of a ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead.

Mr McCully said New Zealand would work with other UN Security Council members on an appropriate response to the launch. ? Read more »

And now there is shooting

South Korea has fired warning shots across the border at a North Korean drone.

South Korea has fired warning shots after an unidentified object from North Korea was seen flying close to the rivals’ border, the South’s military said.

Media reported that it was a drone. The incident comes amid a deepening standoff between the Koreas in the wake of the North’s nuclear test one week ago.

The North Korean object turned around after the South fired the shots, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It did not say whether the South Koreans hit the object. Yonhap news agency reported that the South fired 20 rounds from machine guns at a drone.? Read more »

North Korea needs to call in the noise abatement officer, or they may go to war

The North Koreans set off a nuke, scare the pants off people and then get all pissy and start threatening war over a few loudspeakers blaring K-Pop at them.

South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasts aimed at North Korea are pushing the rivals to the “brink of war”, a top North Korean official has told a propaganda rally.

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on Wednesday angered the United States and China, which was not given prior notice, although the US government and weapons experts doubt the North’s claim that the device it set off was a hydrogen bomb.

In retaliation for the test, South Korea on Friday (local time) unleashed a ear-splitting propaganda barrage over its border with the North. The last time South Korea deployed the loudspeakers, in August 2015, it triggered an exchange of artillery fire. ? Read more »

Was it really an H-Bomb?

North Korea announced that they had set off a Hydrogen Bomb, and the world shivered. Members of the UN Security Council immediately called a meeting…to talk about what they would do…which isn’t much at all.

But was it really an H-Bomb?

For me, this is North Korea; they fake everything, so straight off it doesn’t pass the sniff test.

Others?are now suggesting?that North Korea are blowing smoke.

The White House said this afternoon that it has seen no evidence to support North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s claims that his country has developed a hydrogen bomb.

The ‘initial analysis is not consistent with the North Korea claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test,’?President Barack Obama’s spokesman said today.

‘I cant give you a detailed assessment at this point,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, ‘This is after all an event that just occurred 18 hours ago or so.’

Nothing has changed in the last 24 hours to change the United States’ assessment of the country’s technical and military capabilities, though Earnest said.

‘Were obviously going to continue to look at this by monitoring the situation,’ he told reporters this afternoon, but ‘the initial analysis is not consistent with the claims that the regime has made.’

Earnest said the US came to that conclusion based on seismic data, as well as information obtained by its allies in the region.? Read more »

Not just rapists and murders but Labour is the friend of North Korea and Iran too

Judith Collins used her column in the Sunday Star-Times to highlight whose side Labour is really on as they campaign for cosy treatment for rapists and murderers.

Kelvin Davis wanted New Zealand to criticise Australia at the UN…like Iran and North Korea did.

The week has been full of attention seeking stunts, starting from the ambushing of the Prime Minister by Labour’s Kelvin Davis whose behaviour in front of TV cameras was exactly that.

A dishonest, disrespectful stunt that only served to underline his inability to sell to the New Zealand public that taking a position that criminals, who have already decided that they don’t want to come back to New Zealand, who have committed very serious crimes are somehow representing all Kiwis. ?? Read more »