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Monday, February 20, 2017

Malaysia lodges protest against North Korea over Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia has lodged a protest against the North Korean ambassador over accusations he made about the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry summoned Ambassador Kang Chol on Monday.

The protest came in response to Kang's criticism of the Malaysian authorities last Friday at the hospital where Kim Jong Nam's autopsy was underway. Kim died on February 13th after being assaulted at the airport in Kuala Lumpur.

Kang had unsuccessfully requested immediate handover of Kim Jong Nam's body. He then suggested at a press conference that Malaysian authorities have something to conceal with respect to the incident.

In a statement, Malaysia's foreign ministry said officials told Kang it is the responsibility of the Malaysian government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death.

It also said the government has been transparent and the investigation has been conducted in accordance with Malaysian law.

It rejected criticism made by Kang as baseless, adding that the government takes very seriously any unfounded attempt to tarnish its reputation.

The ministry said it has recalled its ambassador to North Korea for consultations.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scammer with Fake Account Trying to Cash in on Kim Jong-nam's Death on Facebook

At around  17:00 GMT February 16 somebody created a dummy account, trying to replicate Kim Jong-nam's original. It contained an auto-translated message in Korean asking for money to be wired to a Singaporean account. Within minutes it was deleted - either by facebook or it's creator.

The URL was:

Message was: 

안녕하세요, 저는 동생 김정은, 김정남. 이제 미디어의 모든 종류의 내 사망 소식을보고하고, 사실, 난 죽지 않았다. 나는 스위스 은행의 자본에 망명 지금 나는 북한 당국에 고정되어있다. 내 새 계좌 이체 내 활동 자금 5,000 위안, 그래서 후원자 장군을 밀봉 한국 군대에 성공 후 권력을 장악하는 쿠데타를 벌였다 경우 다음 이동하십시오, 당신을 신뢰합니다.
Singapore OCBC 605-055XXX-001

(part of bank account obscured by me)
Screenshot showing the account

Kim Jong-un Didn't Order the Killing of His Brother - It May Have Been South Korean Intelligence

The murder of Kim Jong-nam came at a very unfortunate time, and certainly will not help Kim Jong-un's reputation abroad. For this reason alone we must consider the following two theories:

1. Assasination was ordered by North Korean officials seeking to please Jong-un, in time for 2.15 celebrations. If this was the case we could see heads roll back home, as indeed this could not have happened at a worse time for Kim Jong-un.

2. Assassination was ordered by South Korean intelligence to cast bad light on Kim Jong-un and the DPRK.

Who are her handlers?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

DPRK and China-Related Rare books collection

Visit link for a special, handpicked collection of on-topic books and other media.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


BBC has stopped calling Myanmar 'Burma' and Yangon 'Rangoon'.

A tad too late catching up, but good job you dogs at BBC. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

South's Flag on Display for North Korea's Soccer Team in London

A very unpleasant incident has shaken the London Olympics, even before its official start. The organizers mistakenly displayed the South Korea’s flag on a screen instead of North Korea's before a women's soccer match, prompting the team to walk off the pitch.

The blatant mistake occurred during player introductions before the DPRK's match against Colombia. A North Korean player was displayed along with the South Korean flag when the teams were already on the pitch.

The match was delayed for more than an hour, as the North Korean side had gone into their dressing room. Only after organizers apologized for the error did the action resume.

“We were angry because our players were introduced as if they were from South Korea, which may affect us very greatly as you might know,” coach Sin Ui-gun said through an interpreter after having won the game 2-0.

“If this matter couldn't have been resolved, then I thought going on would be nonsense,” he added.

“We will apologize to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again.” - was the official comment from the Organising Committee.

The North Korean players refused to speak to reporters after the game.

DPRK iPad Clone Achim to Hit Stores

Achim, or morning in English, will hit the stores all across the DPRK next week. Although it is speculated that the iPad clone is only assembled in North Korea from Chinese parts, nevertheless it is an important moment for the country's previously non-existent IT hardware industry.

It is reported that the tablet weights around 300 grams and has a battery life of five hours. It’s pre-loaded with a variety of teaching materials, dictionaries and scientific data.

The agency released a number of photographs of what looks as a quality control and packaging line for Achim.

It’s not clear which operating system the device may run, although industry experts speculate that it may be a version of the fabled Red Star OS, a North Korean build of Linux.