Reports from inside the country claim a 200% increase in coal yield ‘spurred by hatred’ and ‘more than 1 million’ new volunteers to the army
By Maeve Shearlaw, The Guardian
Emergency negotiations between North and South Korea enter their third day after two landmines exploded near the demilitarised zone (DMZ) earlier this month, escalating tensions between two countries technically at war.
With talks ongoing, the Associated Press reported that imminent conflict has been avoided the path to a peaceful and full resolution will be rocky: South Korea wants an apology for the landmine attack, for which North Korea have denied any responsibility.
In reporting events the authoritarian regime defaulted to its usual bellicose rhetoric. Since Friday, KCNA Watch, a media tracking service operated by NK News, has been dominated by stories littered with overblown statements and calls for retribution that have become North Korean media’s trademark.
North Korea’s new time zone, Pyongyang Time, went into effect early Friday and changes are already being seen.
The new time zone shifts time in North Korea so it’s half an hour later than the time in Seoul and Tokyo and half an hour close to Beijing. It was announced last week and was introduced on August 15 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan.
It sure seems like 2015 is the year of the North Korea book. There have already been a number of high profile autobiographies by defectors and journalists and specialists continue to turn out books that look at the country, its leader and its future.
So, to bring all these books together into one place and to help pay my server bills, I’m launching a North Korea Book Store.
Books are organized by subject and there’s a list of upcoming titles, so you can place pre-orders before they are published.
Sometime in early July, the long-time Japan-based site carrying Korean Central News Agency stories became inaccessible.
That was bad news because it carried an archive of KCNA stories going back 18 years and each story had a unique URL, which made it perfect to hyperlinking back to previous articles (There are many KCNA links on North Korea Tech pointing to the site).
But, it turns out the site hasn’t been taken down. It’s been geo-blocked so connections from outside of Japan are refused.
North Korea will next week take the unusual step of creating its own time zone by shifting clocks back by 30 minutes.
Pyongyang Time is being created by a decree of the Supreme People’s Assembly that was issued on Wednesday but wasn’t reported until Friday by the Korean Central News Agency.
The decree said the decision to adopt the new time zone, which puts the DPRK out of step with its neighbors, is intended to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan on August 15th.