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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 »

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 »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Gabriel Bumbea. The ageing picture is a heartrending trace of Doina Bumbea, a 28-year-old Romanian who was ensnared by North Korea's regime in 1978 and who never saw her family again.

Photo: Gabriel Bumbea.
The ageing picture is a heartrending trace of Doina Bumbea, a 28-year-old Romanian who was ensnared by North Korea’s regime in 1978 and who never saw her family again.

As unlikely as it may seem, there are those who have fled to North Korea, and even more shocking is that some of them were actually?American. Since the Korean War, there have been 6 American soldiers who willingly crossed the DMZ and pledged their allegiance to North Korea. There are even others who chose to remain in North Korea after internments in POW camps. However, one of the most famous of these defectors is James Joseph Dresnok. A private in the Army, Dresnok ran across the minefield between North and South Korea in broad daylight in 1962, where North Korean soldiers quickly grabbed him. He has been a regular in propaganda films, almost always portraying villainous American characters. He still lives there with his third wife and his four children, and claims he doesn?t regret his decision at all. How much of that is true or false is impossible to say.

In 1978, promising young Romanian artist Doina Bumbea agreed to take a job in the Far East. It was the start of a nightmare. On arriving in Asia, Bumbea was kidnapped and smuggled into North Korea. There she was introduced to her real mission: to become the loving wife of American defector James Dresnok, now a PR tool for the regime. Together, they started a Western family in the heart of the most dangerous state on Earth. Her children remain trapped there to this day.

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Pissed in charge of an execution squad

Wonder when Doug Sellman and the rest of the taxpayer funded wowsers will get on TV and use this as evidence of the dangers of having a couple of drinks.

Someone should call for a blood alcohol limit before ordering an execution.

You can imagine waking up the following day and trying to recall what a great night was had by all as you nurse your hangover while the rest of the family think it’s perhaps a good time to stage an intervention.

North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Un was ‘very drunk’ when he gave the order that a pair of aides close to his executed uncle should be killed.

The North Korean dictator ordered troops to round-up hundreds of relatives and associates of?Jang Song-Thaek, who was shot On December 12 after being accused of plotting to overthrow the government.? Read more »

Gareth Morgan v Liberty Scott

Gareth Morgan is incensed that his view of North Korea has been challenged. He specifically singles out Liberty Scott for some treatment, calling him ignorant.

As you will see it is Morgan who comes off looking ignorant.

Liberty you are ignorant.

My concern is the 25 million Koreans suffering because of this 68 year impasse. The relevant question is whether it is the only way or can we be smarter. I am not supporting the authoritarian regime of North Korea’s or that in Russia (Pussy Riot) or that in China or for that matter, that in Singapore. What I’m saying is that the US as leader of liberal democracies has normal relations with totalitarian regimes when it suits them but push for “regime change” through crazy talk like the vacuous “Axis of Evil” accusation, and demonising the DPRK regime when they sniff the possibility of engineering a Saddam-like collapse. I think it’s called double standards.
I do not see it as defensible to punish 25 million people for a totalitarian regime they are powerless to change. The only way to effect sustainable change is contact, demonstration and persuasion. Not isolation, escalation and humiliation. The DPRK’s reinstigation of its nuclear programme is a direct result of provocation – it’s terrified the US is going to invade it.You need to think more.

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Auditioning for the new girlfriend position recently opened?

Denis Rodman is back in North Korea competing with Gareth Morgan for the despot’s affections.

Flamboyant former basketball star Dennis Rodman will arrive in Pyongyang today for a five-day visit to North Korea, his second this year, but has said he has no plans to negotiate the release of a jailed American missionary.

There had been speculation that Rodman, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in March, would secure the release of Kenneth Bae who was jailed for 15 years for trying to overthrow the North Korean government.

“I’m not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae,” Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I’m just going there on another basketball diplomacy tour.”? Read more »

Kim’s not happy with his girlfriend, has her executed by machine gun

Have you seen Kim Jong-un’s girlfriend lately…no?

Probably because she pissed off her boyfriend and he had her executed…along with her fellow band members.

She was first identified as Kim Jong-un?s old flame 13 months ago, in July 2012. The poised, coiffed and elegantly dressed companion of the North Korean dictator of Kim Jong-un was filmed sitting next to him at a concert in Pyongyang, then ascending the stage with him to applaud the performers. One month later, however, she vanished from the scene as abruptly as she had arrived. And today came the shocking news that Hyon Song-wol, one of the reclusive state?s most popular singers, had been executed by machine gun.? Read more »