North Korea Today and Tomorrow: A Talk with Professor Charles K. Armstrong (video)

by Scott Creighton (H/T Jay H.)

A reader has sent me a link to a Youtube video recording of Prof. Charles Armstrong discussing the state of affairs in North Korea today and where he thinks it is headed in the future. The talk took place recently at Columbia University and was sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Affairs Council (APAC) of that same university which studies East and Southeast Asian affairs.

Prof. Armstrong talks about a changing dynamic in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) whereas they are actively seeking to open their nation to the outside world a bit. The new airport serves as a sign of this program. And he concludes his discussion by saying it’s possible, though they wont completely veer from the authoritarian path they are currently on, that this new openness will create a new version of North Korea but not one entirely different from what it is. He also stresses that this is not some obscure pipe-dream of a future in that North Korea is already moving toward this goal in many ways. He mentions a slightly better economy for the people of North Korea and the fact that fewer people are leaving the country now than there were just 5 years ago. He talks about how many North Koreans have cell phones and the readily available internet, though, according to him, it is still heavily controlled in terms of access to certain sites and ideas.

It’s an interesting talk and I thank Jay for sharing it with us.

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Kim Jong Un praises ‘landmark’ accord with S. Korea, talks unity & trust

(So much for 50 missing subs, huh? The State Department’s “land mine attack” bullshit just blew up in their faces, if you will pardon the pun)

from RT

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise statement saying the recent agreement between the two Koreas marks a “landmark occasion” and paves the way for “reconciliation” and “trust” for the divided nation.

The North and South Koreas agreed to end their military standoff on Tuesday, after an exchange of artillery fire had raised tensions along the border to a critical level. The two countries will also be opening up new channels of communication in order to improve ties that have been cut off since 2010.

“The joint press release published at the contact provided a crucial landmark occasion of defusing the acute military tension and putting the catastrophic inter-Korean relations on the track of reconciliation and trust,” the North’s KCNA news agency quoted Kim as saying at a meeting with military aides.

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Syria condemns US-South Korea provocations against DPRK

(And so do I)

from Sana News Agency

Syria expressed on Sunday its strong condemnation of the U.S.-South Korean military exercises and propaganda targeting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“Syria has been following with concern the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula,” said Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in a statement.

It referred to the continued U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises and the “provocations” which South Korea carried out across the border with the DPRK “that are aimed at disrupting [the latter’s] security and stability.”

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Cheonan Redux: South Korea Steps Up Provocation of North After a South Korean Land Mine Injures Two South Korean Soldiers

by Scott Creighton

South Korea appears to have been given the go-ahead to step up their provocation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in these, the latter stages of President Peace Prize’s tenure.

Recent reports have the South Koreans lobbing artillery shells into North Korea supposedly in response to a “rocket attack” launched by the north. This is all confirmed by South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

The Press TV article, like every other one I have read, takes the claim of South Korea’s ministry at face value, not asking for any form of confirmation that the North did in fact commit an act of open aggression by firing a rocket into South Korea. In fact, the only article I can find with any details on that crucial aspect of this event only offers the following information:

South Korea said its detection equipment had spotted the trajectory of a suspected North Korean projectile launched at around 3:52 p.m. (0652 GMT), which did not appear to have damaged the loudspeaker or caused any injuries. Reuters

According to Reuters, the area around a military base where the rocket supposedly struck was evacuated of all civilian prying eyes, making it easier to plant evidence perhaps.

There have been no reports out of North Korea of either the rocket attack or the shelling.

Shades of Tonkin perhaps? Or better still, the PCC-772 Cheonan?

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The Sony “Interview” Psyop Goes Full Retard

by Scott Creighton

Oh dear God.. commerce has been driven to a grinding halt. We must now take action to ‘fix’ the interwebs or else our “freedoms” are at stake.

Sony has come out and said they aren’t releasing the latest Seth Rogen piece of shit movie. This is a film where he once again professes his less-than-closeted love for James Franco while at the same time, does what he can to promote still more disinformation regarding North Korea. Of course, it’s “just comedy”… and we all know no one uses humor to promote disinformation (isn’t that right Jon Lebawitz Stewart?)

Sony has finally come out and claimed they have to postpone the release of their horrible, rote, sophomoric comedy “The Interview” because of some threats being supposedly made by a group that no one can really track back to North Korea.

You want to know what that is? Why they can’t track the threat back to North Korea?

Because North Korea doesn’t give a shit about some stupid fucking Seth Rogen movie. That’s why.

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