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Jan 4, 2012

North Korea military strategy superior, says think-tank

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s military strategy is superior to the defensive posture of its affluent neighbor to the South, an independent think-tank said on Wednesday, giving Pyongyang the edge in the early days of any war on the divided peninsula.

The Seoul-based Korea Economic Research Institute said in a report that in 2011 North Korea operated a 1.02-million-strong army and a record number of tanks, warships and air defense artillery. Total military personnel strength is 1.2 million.

Jan 4, 2012

North Korea military grows stronger, says think-tank

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s military is growing stronger even as its economy teeters on the brink of collapse, an independent think-tank said Wednesday, calling for better measures to repel the threat from a country that has twice tested a nuclear bomb.

Just over two weeks after the reclusive state’s leader Kim Jong-il died, North Korea has made it clear its top priority is maintaining a songun, or military-first, policy whereby the army takes precedence over everything else.

Dec 19, 2011

Newsmaker: “Young general” seen poised to take over

SEOUL (Reuters) – Young and inexperienced, Kim Jong-un is seen as poised to take over North Korea with the death of his father and extend the Kim dynasty’s rule over the reclusive state for a third generation.

Not much is known about the younger Kim, not even his age, though his father, Kim Jong-il, and his autocratic regime had begun making preparations for the son’s transition to power.

Dec 19, 2011

“Young general” seen poised to take over North Korea dynasty

SEOUL (Reuters) – Young and inexperienced, Kim Jong-un is seen as poised to take over North Korea with the death of his father and extend the Kim dynasty’s rule over the reclusive state for a third generation.

Not much is known about the younger Kim, not even his age, though his father, Kim Jong-il, and his autocratic regime had begun making preparations for the son’s transition to power.

Dec 14, 2011

South Korea’s China embassy window shot amid tension

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Wednesday it had asked China for security guarantees at its Beijing embassy after the building was hit by a small projectile as tensions run high after the killing of a South Korean coastguard by a Chinese fisherman.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it was unclear what kind of weapon was used to fire the ballbearing-like shot that cracked one of the embassy’s windows on Tuesday afternoon, but that no one was injured.

Dec 8, 2011

Popular professor keeps South Korea guessing ahead of poll

SEONGNAM, South Korea, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A
boyish-looking South Korean professor is the frontfrunner ahead
of next year’s presidential election, capitalising on a general
disenchantment with the two main political parties, but so far
he has shown no sign he really wants the job.

Ahn Cheol-soo, 49, founder of software company Ahnlab Inc
, is a novice at politics and little is known of his
economic or foreign policy, except that he may be against big
business and signs that he may want to maintain Seoul’s close
ties with Washington.

Dec 5, 2011

U.S. urges South Korea to cut Iran petrochemical imports

SEOUL (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official urged energy-starved South Korea to cut imports of Iranian petrochemicals and reduce crude oil imports from the Gulf state, as Washington applies more pressure on Tehran.

Iran’s nuclear ambitions, its claim to have shot down a U.S. spy drone in its airspace on Sunday and last week’s storming of the British embassy in Tehran by protesters have contributed to a sharp increase in tension in the region.

Dec 5, 2011

US urges S.Korea to cut Iran petrochemical imports

SEOUL, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official urged
energy-starved South Korea to cut imports of Iranian
petrochemicals and reduce crude oil imports from the Gulf state,
as Washington applies more pressure on Tehran.

Iran’s nuclear ambitions, its claim to have shot down a U.S.
spy drone in its airspace on Sunday and last week’s storming of
the British embassy in Tehran by protesters have contributed to
a sharp increase in tension in the region.

Dec 5, 2011

U.S. official says Iran becoming a pariah state

SEOUL, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official on
Monday said the situation over Iran’s nuclear programme was
becoming increasingly worrying and an urgent diplomatic solution
needs to be found.

The United States and Israel have not ruled out military
action against Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails to
resolve a dispute over a programme they suspect is aimed at
developing atomic weapons.

Nov 20, 2011

Secretive N. Korea opens up to cellphones

SEOUL, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Secretive North Korea is
expected to register the one millionth cellphone user on its new
3G network by the end of the year, barely four years after
people were thrown into prison camps, or possibly even executed,
for owning one.

Most of the users are in the capital of Pyongyang, home to
the impoverished country’s elite and powerful who have the cash
to splash out for a device and the calling fees.