North Korea has a policy of 선군, or “Military-First”, so we’re putting military-related stories first!
North Korea, on Monday, September 14th, said it was ready to send up more “satellites” into space, which means rockets will be launched at a future date of their determination. South Korea said it would take this up with the UN.
…Despite this, most speculators believe the launch will happen on October 10th, to celebrate the founding of the 조선로동당 (朝鮮勞動黨/ Korean Workers Party [KWP]). However, 38North.org maintains while it is still possible, there are no signs of activity on the 서해 위성 발사장 (西海 衛星 發射場/West Coast Satellite Launch Facility)
The Unnamed Director of the DPRK’s Atomic Energy Institute, admitted to the restart of the 5Megaton Watt nuclear reactor at 녕변 (寧邊/YongByon), and said that North Korea is prepared for nuclear war.
…Not having anything better to say, the broken record of the PRC government urges restraint on the peninsula.
…However, Chinese media did reveal that the PRC government is considering sanctions in coordination with the UN if a launch occurs. Chinese analyst 呂超 believes that Russia will also join in to sanction North Korea.
…Mr. 張璉瑰 (장연귀/Zhang, Lian-Gui), says that this is another North Korean statement against everyone who wants them to return to the negotiating table with conditions to denuclearize. The statement: It’s out of the question.
38North.org talks about the implications a nuclear North Korea has on the US’ promise to protect its allies under its own nuclear umbrella.
Stephen Haggard brings to our attention, a Zero-day attack that was planted in the Hangul Word Processor, which is commonly used by South Korea’s public sector. Information recovered, reveals a lot of the IP addresses that are associated with North Korea.
“How’s the view from Room 39?” The economic performance sure looks different on the ground:
고려항공(高麗航空/Air Koryo), the native North Korean airline service, is now running taxi services to and from the airport. I’d hate to see when Uber and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyft get in on the North Korean market.
남포 (南浦/Nampho) is receiving upgrades to its ports.
James Pearson of Reuters has an article describing North Korea’s use of busses to ship cargo. Or, as the North Koreans call them, 서비 차 (Service Cars).
French cement company Lafarge, has a joint venture in North Korea: Pyongyang Sangwon Cement Joint Venture. State media is talking about how wonderful the factories are, and everything is automated –that is, when the electric supply is good to go. Usually, such pieces are used as propoganda to gain more foreign investments.
呂超 (여초/Lü Chao), commented on the drought followed by floods in the 황해 (黃海/HwangHae) region, saying that while the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)‘s statements were a little exaggerated by saying that there would be a mass starvation, nonetheless, the rations the people get from the government doesn’t provide enough to prevent malnutrition.
요! Here’s the 411 on North Korea’s propaganda and information flow!
Marcus Noland makes a good point in criticising the naysayers against the BBC’s Korean broadcasts. He notes how during the height of the Cold War, regardless of fiscal issues, the Americans and Russians both were able to committ to conveying their side of the information against each other, and that bringing information into North Korea is just as important and doable.
Do you know where the Supreme Leader might be? [(PAWStamp) “A CLUE! A CLUE!”]
김정은(金正恩/Kim, Jong-Un), was reported to have visited the 백두산청년발전소 (白頭山青年發電所/Paektu-san Youth Powerplant), and congratulated everyone on the day of the plant’s completion.
Nicolas Levi brings to our attention, 사무총장 (事務總長/Secretary General) 전용남 (全勇男/Jon Yong-Nam) of the 김일성사회주의청년동맹 (金日成社會主義青年同盟/Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League), he was sitting next to the Supreme Leader during a recent live performance.
And of course, we end this section with a link to the Kim, Jong-Un Looks At Things Tumblr blog, this time, looking at a packed parachute.
Now, we’ll get to North-South relations, reunification issues, life in North Korea, & refugee matters.
Marcus Noland put out a notice for a September 24th event called “Save North Korean Refugees Day”, and is urging people who have a PRC consulate in their area to write a letter urging the PRC to abide by the treaties it has signed with the international community to NOT send back refugees who are seeking political asylum from North Korea, because they would knowingly be punished upon repatriation.
Stephen Haggard talks about his impressions of 김은선’s book “A Thousand Miles to Freedom”, which provides another insight into what women refugees face, when leaving North Korea, and while staying in China, before they reach South Korea.
정몽규(鄭夢奎/Chung, Mong-kyu)‘s trip to North Korea has been approved, and he will arrive in the North later this week, to arrange a joint-Korean soccer match.
This is our final segment. A hodgepodge of stories we didn’t know where to put, like this one:
Choson Exchange showcases a jacket that’s made from North Korea, and it seems very modern, and so far has lasted the purchaser for 6 months, and still going. I don’t know though, is it good enough for 조선 quality, if it’s not made of Vinylon (aka 주체 fiber).
Next week, it’s expected that 習近平 (습근평/Xi, Jin-Ping), will be in the US, first in Seattle, WA on September 22nd, then off to meet with President Obama in Washington DC starting September 25th. Where they will be discussing how to cooperate on issues, like the North Korean issue.