Seoul shuts down joint north-south Korea industrial complex

Kaesong manufacturing park, one of few remaining symbols of co-operation between the two nations, is caught up in the row over rocket tests By Justin McCurry, The Guardian, in Tokyo and agencies South Korea is to close an industrial complex it operates with North Korea in retaliation…


Latest reports say Kwangmyongsong-4 is under control

North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite has stopped tumbling and is in a stable orbit, according to reports. On Monday, CBS News and CNN quoted unnamed U.S. government officials as saying the satellite was tumbling on its orbit, but reports on Tuesday say it’s stabilized. “They got the…


Reports: Kwangmyongsong-4 tumbling in orbit

It might have happened again. According to a CBS News report that quotes unnamed “U.S. officials,” North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite is tumbling as it orbits the planet. CNN quotes “a senior U.S. defense official” as saying the same thing. There’s no word on how the…


Rocket launch edition of Rodong Sinmun

Seldom do North Korean’s see such a colorful 3-page spread in the daily Rodong Sinmun newspaper as they woke up to on Monday. The front page carries a picture of Kim Jong Un signing the launch order for the satellite on February 6 — something…


About those South Korean lawmaker’s comments on satellite weight

There’s some pretty startling and definitive comments being carried in the South Korean media, apparently uttered by Lee Cheol-woo of the ruling Saenuri Party after an intelligence briefing on Sunday. Yonhap quotes lawmakers as saying the National Intelligence Service told them the satellite is presumed to weigh 200 kilograms,…


THAAD deployment ‘at the earliest possible date’

Discussions between the U.S. and South Korea on deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system will begin as soon as this week towards deploying it “at the earliest possible date,” assuming an agreement is reached, the Department of Defense said on Monday….