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‘Eternal president’ Kim Il-Sung’s image disappears from currency giving rise to conflicting explanations

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea has dropped the image of its founding father Kim Il-Sung from new banknotes as grandson and new leader Kim Jong-Un struggles to assert his authority, sources and analysts said. The North’s […]

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Report: Kim Jong-Un increasingly estranged from key sectors of ruling elite

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the construction site of what was said to be a resort for scientists in Pyongyang.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is at odds with Pyongyang’s ruling elite, according to media reports and sources here. “Senior officials in the Workers’ Party and the military are increasingly objecting to policies […]

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Mini-wars and world wars: Some uncomfortable comparisons

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Conflict between Israel and the Hamas bears some startling resemblances to that between North and South Korea. Think about it: Israel and North Korea are both essentially client states. Israel couldn’t fight anyone, could not exist […]

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N. Korea designates six more economic zones in push to revive its economy

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is said to fear he could lose power “if he fails to show economic achievements this year.”  /The Rodong Sinmun

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea has designated six more economic development zones as its leader Kim Jong-Un is increasingly feeling pressure to attract foreign investments and show economic achievements, officials and analysts here said. The North’s […]

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War without end: A dream come true for North Korea and arms merchants everywhere

A rocket is fired towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on July 11.  /Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Rocketing, bombing and bloodshed in the Middle East from Gaza to Syria and Iraq provide a bonanza for the world’s arms-manufacturers, none more than the North Koreans and the Americans. For North Korea, […]

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N. Korea’s cash flow woes said to prompt application to join global money laundering group

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s decision to join an international body combating money laundering and terrorist financing is aimed at easing the sanctions that have jeopardized the destitute nation’s cash flow from abroad, government officials and […]

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‘Accidents’ and collateral killings in a world still lacking adult supervision

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watches a missile test.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The news from Ukraine and the Middle East carries grave implications for Northeast Asia, notably the Korean Peninsula. Just think of all those missiles and artillery shells fired by North Korea over the east […]

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Panda images for target practice: Comrade Kim and Comrade Xi are not on the best of terms

Kim Jong-Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet on July 7.  /KCNA/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s military used images of panda bears as targets in an apparent show of Pyongyang’s displeasure with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul, according to news reports here. Images of pandas […]

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Shaky: Kim pardons thousands in Jang’s network because without them N. Korea could not function

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un observes an artillery exercise of the Hwa Islet Defense Detachment.  /Rodong Sinmun

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has pardoned thousands of officials who were punished for their connections with his executed uncle Jang Song-Thaek. The action was taken to forestall potential chaos and encourage loyalty from […]

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Seoul sees new N. Korean sea-skimming cruise missile as potentially ‘destabilizing’

A video screenshot shows the launch of a new North Korean cruise missile.  /Screenshot via KCTV

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea has obtained a new type of “destabilizing” sea-skimming cruise missile with a range of 130 kilometers which could be difficult to detect and intercepted, a South Korean military source said. A […]

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