SOUTH KOREA: ‘ Border Guards Arrest American Trying to Swim to North Korea ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 17- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defence official said Wednesday.

The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to office policy.

The man  told investigators that he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government source. It said the man, aged around 29, is a computer repairman from Texas who came to South Korea 10 days ago.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry  and the National Intelligence Service said they couldn’t confirm the report.

Americans are occasionally arrested after entering North Korea illegally from China, but a U.S. citizen trying to get in from South Korea is unusual.


#american, #china, #han-river, #military, #national-intelligence-service-nis, #north-korea, #seoul, #south-korea, #us

UNITED STATES: ‘ Washington Asks North Korea to Grant Amnesty for Three American Detainees ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 15 – Washington has asked North Korea to pardon two Americans sentenced to prison terms, VOA said.

U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang, September 14, 2014.

U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang, September 14, 2014.

On Sunday, Matthew Todd Miller, 24 was convicted of espionage.

Kenneth Bae Pleads for Release

Kenneth Bae Pleads for Release

The US has requested Pyongyang to pardon both Miller, who was sentenced to six years hard labour by the Supreme Court, and Kenneth Bae, 46, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been held since November 2012 and is serving a 15-year sentence.

Jeffrey Fowle Pleads his Innocence

Jeffrey Fowle Pleads his Innocence

Also, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, is awaiting trial for “hostile acts” against the state.

Both Miller and Fowle were detained in April.

The US wants Pyongyang to grant amnesty to all three.


#christian, #north-korea, #pyongyang, #united-states, #washington

NORTH KOREA: ‘ Supreme Court Sentences American Matthew Miller to Six Years Hard Labour ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – September 14 – North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally to commit espionage.

Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the “wild ambition” of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea’s human rights situation.

Matthew Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, who was detained in April at Pyongyang’s airport after tearing his visa to pieces and demanding asylum, has been tried on Sunday, AP reports.

Also apart from Miller, there are two more Americans currently being held in North Korean jails. One of them, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club while another one, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, currently serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged “hostile acts.”


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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Detained American Matthew Miller Gets Trial Date ‘

#AceWorldNews – North Korea (Pyongyang) – September 07 – Matthew Miller, one of three American citizens currently held captive in North Korea, will be put on trial on September 14 for “perpetrating hostile acts.”

Matthew Todd Miller

Miller was arrested in April, when he tore up his visa at the immigration desk and demanded political asylum -according to an official statement from Pyongyang.

Less than a week ago Miller and two other Americans, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae, made a video address in an interview with CNN, something very unusual for the North Korean prison system, with a plea to the US government to send a special envoy to the isolated state to negotiate their release, AFP reports.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to disclose American diplomatic moves to release the prisoners, saying Washington did not want to jeopardise efforts.

CNN: Video July 02 2014 


#aceworldnews-ans2014, #north-korea, #pyongyang, #united-states-american

‘ North Korea Fires Short-Range Rockets into the Sea in Violation of a UN Resolution Ban ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (PYONGYANG) – July 02 – North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

A South Korean Ministry of Defence official, however, was not able to confirm exactly what kind of weapons were launched but said they were assumed to be 300mm rockets launched from one of North Korea’s many Multiple Rocket Launchers.

Pyongyag tested two short-range missiles on Sunday in violation of a UN resolutions, that prohibit North Korea from procuring and using ballistic missile technology, but short-range rocket launchers are not included in the ban.

New tests came one day ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul. Pyongyang is likely to be high on the agenda when Xi meets his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, Reuters said.


#north-korea, #pyongyang, #seoul, #south-korea, #un

‘ North Korea Is Putting Two American Tourists on Trial for Crimes Against the State ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 30 – North Korea will be putting two American tourists on trial for crimes against the state, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

“Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies,” KCNA reported.

The two US citizens, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, were detained in the spring. Miller’s detention was announced on April 25, two weeks after he arrived in North Korea. Fowle was detained in mid-May.

North Korea sentenced another US citizen, Kenneth Bae – who is a Christian missionary – to 15 years in a labour camp after arresting him in November 2012.


#american, #north-korea, #pyongyang

‘ North Korea Proposes that Pyongyang and Seoul Halt Hostile Activities ‘

#AceWorldNews- NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 30 – North Korea on Monday proposed that Pyongyang and Seoul halt hostile military activities starting later this week, according to the official KCNA news agency.

The move is seen as a show of Pyongyang’s desire for peace before a visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The North’s top military body, the National Defence Commission, said Pyongyang was ready to suspend all acts of verbal provocation and slander from Friday, and urged the South to reciprocate, AFP reported.


#north-korea, #pyongyang, #seoul, #xi-jinping

‘ Military Forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Have Been Placed on High Alert ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 27 – The military forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) has been placed on alert, official newspaper of the DRPK Central Committee Rodong Sinmun reported.

In particular, the newspaper says that the US “brought numerous sufferings and calamities to the Korean nation by provoking the Korean War of 1950-1953,” referred to as “Fatherland Liberation War” in North Korea.

“There is no justification for the crimes of American imperialists that had been committed during this three-year long armed conflict,” Rodong Sinmun stressed. However, the paper noted that the US “have not learned from their defeat in this conflict and continue to advance hostile to the DPRK policy, remaining an enemy of the Korean people.”

On June 25, mass gatherings were held across North Korea to remember the start of the Korean War. The war ended in a truce in 1953. People reminisced on the deeds of Kim Il Sung who led the North Korean army against the US and their allies.

Korean Central News Agency – Itar-Tass – DPRK


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' International Criminal Court Will Not Open Investigation into Sinking of South Korean Warship the Cheonan in 2010 '

#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – June 23 – The International Criminal Court will not open an investigation into the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010 in which 46 sailors died because the attack was directed at a lawful military target, Reuters said.

“Even though the shelling resulted, regrettably, in civilian casualties, the information available does not provide a reasonable basis to believe that the attack was intentionally directed against civilian objects,” prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Monday.

​(Court Will also Not Open an Investigation into the Shelling by North Korean forces of Yeonpyeong Island later the same year).

​(PRLog) – 28 May 2010 – Facing this problem, many people would think of the Yellow Sea conflict between two countries in November last year.

​During that conflict, North Korean’ patrol warship has been hit hard, which resulted in the death of one sailor and two civilians.

​So, some people would believe that it’s the main reason for North Korea to carry out revenge attacks on the Cheonan ship.

Some analysts pointed out that the conflict at Yellow Sea last year was a shame for North Korea. One of North Korea’s experts said: "They didn’t show very arrogant pose, but they were beaten."

Some others pointed out that the Cheonan ship incident caused the death of 46 South Korean sailors, but in the Yellow Sea conflict only one North Korea sailor was killed, which seem disproportionate.

Moreover, most Korean people may have no knowledge of the Yellow Sea events.

Of course, that North Korea will not release the news of that battle which they deemed as a shame.


#north-korea, #south-korea, #yellow-sea


North Korea has detained a 56-year old man from Ohio, accusing him of an unspecified crime after he traveled to the communist-led country as a tourist, the nation’s state news agency and the man’s family said Friday. The North is now holding three Americans. The state Korean Central News Agency identified the latest detainee as Jeffrey Edward Fowle. It said he arrived in North Korea on April 29 and authorities were investigating him for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit. It did not give details. U.S. officials confirmed the detention but didn’t identify the person for privacy reasons, nor comment on reports that he was held after leaving a Bible in his hotel room. A spokesman for the family said, Fowle, who is married with three children, was not on a mission for his church.

One of the other two U.S. detainees is Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, who has been held since November 2012, and is serving 15 years of hard labor for what the North says were hostile acts against the state. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say whether Sweden, which handles consular matters for Americans in North Korea, had been granted access to the latest detainee. “This is the third U.S. citizen that has been detained in North Korea,” Harf told reporters in Washington. She added there’s “no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad.”

She said the department has a warning against travel to North Korea and that being part of a tour group will not prevent a possible arrest. North Korea has been pushing to promote tourism as part of efforts to earn badly needed foreign currency, but the country is also extremely sensitive about how visitors act while in the country. The other American being held was detained for alleged improper behavior while entering the country. The tourist agency he traveled with identified him as Matthew Miller, 24. North Korea said he entered the country on April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum. The brief report said he chose the North “as a shelter.”

Friday’s announcement came as tension on the Korean Peninsula remains high with North Korea keeping up rhetoric against the U.S. and South Korea following its series of missile and rocket launches earlier this year. The North’s state media have also unleashed racist and sexist slurs against U.S. and South Korean leaders. The peninsula is still in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea. Timothy Tepe, an attorney who is acting as a spokesman for Fowle’s family, confirmed that North Korea detained Fowle. He said the family would issue statement on Monday and not comment until then, “given the sensitive nature of Jeff’s situation.”

“This is a very fluid situation that has just come to light and they need time to process it,” Tepe said. Tepe said Fowle, who has a home in Miamisburg in southwest Ohio, was not on a mission for his church, Urbancrest Baptist Church in Lebanon, Ohio, and that he was just visiting North Korea as a tourist. Mark Edward Howard, who attends Fowle’s church, described him as “a very good Christian father, a very loving father to his children.” He said that Fowle’s wife, Tatyana Fowle, 40, is a Russian immigrant with limited English, and that Jeff Fowle always stayed close to her side in case she needed interpretation. “They are pretty much inseparable,” he said. “You never see him not by her side. They’re a very nice family.”

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, a Dayton, Ohio Republican, said he was “deeply troubled by the detainment of American and Miamisburg resident Jeffery Edward Fowle, by the authoritarian government of North Korea.” “We have been in contact with the State Department and will continue to carefully monitor Fowle’s detainment as we await the release of additional information,” he said. The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations so Sweden, which has an embassy in Pyongyang, oversees consular issues for the United States there. Unless a detainee signs a privacy waiver, the State Department cannot give details about the case. In March, North Korea deported an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity in the country after he apologized for anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness. In December, North Korea released 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War, Merrill Newman, who was held for several weeks after traveling to North Korea as a tourist. Newman was freed after he gave a videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war. Newman later said the confession was given involuntarily and under duress.

#56-year-old-man-from-ohio, #american-tourist, #jeffrey-edward-fowle, #lebanon, #merrill-newman, #north-korea, #u-s-officials-confirmed, #urbancrest-baptist-church

' US Confirms North Korea has Detained a Third American'

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday confirmed that North Korea has detained a third American and called on the communist state to release the trio.

“We are aware that a US citizen has been detained by North Korea,” State Department spokesman Marie Harf told reporters, adding: “We continue to actively seek the release of all three.”

Ms Harf said that she could not confirm the detainee’s name due to privacy considerations.

(The official Korean Central News Agency identified him as Jeffrey Edwards Fowle) 

North Korea, which has no diplomatic relations with the United States, said it had detained Fowle for “hostile activities” and was questioning him.

Japanese news agency Kyodo, citing diplomatic sources, said the detainee had been part of a tour group and was held in mid-May after he left a Bible at a hotel.

Kim Jong-Un‘s totalitarian regime tightly controls all religious activity.

Another of the detained Americans, Kenneth Bae, was described by a North Korean court as a militant Christian evangelist.

Straits Times 


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` US Air Force Deploys Two Long Distance Drones Golden Hawk to Base in Japan ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – June 01 – The US air force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan.

According to the AP news agency, the unarmed Global Hawk aircraft were deployed to Japan over the past week from their home base on the Pacific island of Guam.

They are expected to enhance the US military’s ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations, and to assess natural disasters to assist humanitarian aid operations.

The deployment to Japan, a key US ally, is intended to further demonstrate Washington’s commitment to security in Asia as part of its rebalancing of forces to the Pacific.



#chinese, #guam, #japan, #north-korea, #united-states

Did a Nuclear Device Explode off the Japanese Coast?

I have little to no evidence to this being true. I seen it yesterday and tried to find more. I got a little. Was it North Korea? Was there a tsunami? Many questions, very little answers at this stage

Around 10:30 am: Kume (MAY) the 21st, there was a 110th report “black smoke is seen off the coast of northern Kume Island, there was a sound of explosion,” the man from the town of Kume. According to (19), explosion of “Dawn” is heard twice, to the sea to the north of the city, saw the “big black smoke.”

Video via TruthTube451

Via The Cosmos News

Red Alert: Did a Nuclear Device Explode off the Japanese Coast? (Video Included)

#explode, #japanese-coast, #north-korea, #northern-kume-island, #nuclear-device

` North and South Korean Warships Exchange Fire in Disputed Waters

#AceWorldNews – NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA – Dispute – May 22 – North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire Thursday in disputed waters off the western coast of the peninsula, AP reported, citing South Korean military officials.

A South Korean navy ship was engaged in a routine patrol near the countries’ disputed maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea when a North Korean navy ship fired two artillery shells, according to officials from the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defence Ministry.

The shells did not hit the South Korean ship.

The South Korean ship then fired several artillery rounds in waters near the North Korean ship.

Residents on the front-line Yeonpyeong Island were evacuated to shelters.


#north-korea, #south-korea

` Apartment Building in North Korea Collapses Due to Poor Construction According to Officials ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – May 18 – (KTVZ) The unusual report Sunday from the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said the collapse took place Tuesday at the construction site of an apartment building in Phyongchon, a central district of Pyongyang.

It did not provide the number of casualties.

KCNA Top News: #NorthKorea’s government issues apology after serious construction accident in Pyongyang
— KCNA Watch (@KCNAWatch) May 18, 2014

Further reports said the building collapsed on May 13 because “the construction of an apartment house was not done properly, and officials supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner,” KCNA said.

The apartment building was located in the Pyongchon District. A “state emergency mechanism” was created to help rescue survivors and assist the injured. Senior officials issued an apology to the families affected by the accident.

The KCNA report cited one official as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “sat up all night, feeling painful after being told about the accident.”


#north-korea, #pyongyang

` Japanese Defence Ministry Planning to Deploy Patriot Missiles ‘


#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – May 10 – The Japanese Defence Ministry is planning to deploy Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles in central Tokyo within three years to shield the capital from potential attacks, the Japan Times reports.


MIM-104 Patriot PAC3

The plan is designed to beef up the capital’s defences against a possible ballistic missile attack from North Korea, according to informed sources.The PAC-3 system would be deployed in the Ichigaya district in the Shinjuku ward as early as 2017.

If Japan believes it is under attack from ballistic missiles, the self Defence Forces (SDF) would

first order Aegis equipped destroyers to shoot them down from space using Standard Missile-3 interceptors. If they fail then the PAC-3, which only has a range of about 20 km, would form the second line of defense.

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` North Korea Releases list of Human Rights Abuses Against United States ‘

#AceNewsServices – PYONGYANG – May 03 – North Korea is pushing back against a United Nations report on its human rights violations with a report of its own — one that lists “human rights abuses” in the U.S.

The official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday released a news article titled “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.,” which discusses racial discrimination, unemployment and poverty, The Washington Post reported.

The article refers to the U.S. as “the world’s worst human right abuser and tundra of a human being’s rights to existence” and makes the following points:

“Under the citizenship act, racialism is getting more severe in the U.S. The gaps between the minorities and the whites are very wide in the exercise of such rights to work and elect.”

“The U.S. true colours as a kingdom of racial discrimination was fully revealed by last year’s case that the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot to death an innocent black boy.”

“That’s why 52 percent of the Americans have said that racism still exists in the country while 46 percent contended that all sorts of discrimination would be everlasting.”

“The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.”
North Korea previously accused the U.S. of orchestrating the U.N. commission’s February report that it committed crimes against humanity, calling the findings and recommendations “extremely dangerous” political provocations.

The U.N. Commission of Inquiry found evidence of an array of crimes, including “extermination,” crimes against humanity against starving populations and a widespread campaign of abductions of individuals in South Korea and Japan.

The three-member panel recommended that the U.N. Security Council refer its findings to the International Criminal Court, which is unlikely to happen given likely opposition among permanent council members that have veto power to prevent the move.

Click here for more from The Washington Post –

WP – AP – Fox – KCNA

Contributions from Human Rights Organisations


#japan, #north-korea, #pyongyang, #south-korea, #un-security-council, #united-nations, #us

Nasa Images Capture Huge Fires In North Korea

Dozens of raging fires in North Korea have been photographed from space. The images taken from a Nasa satellite showed vast plumes of smoke rising from across the east and southeast areas of the secretive state, near its border with South Korea. Many of the fires appeared to be in farm lands near rivers, which the agency said may have been lit by farmers clearing debris to help fertilise the soil.

Others were in heavily forested areas, suggesting they could be wildfires, or started by drooping wires on ageing power lines.”Collectively, the fires were producing enough smoke to send plumes of haze drifting east over the Sea of Japan,” Nasa said on its website.The images were taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Nasa’s Aqua satellite, earlier this week.

#huge-fires-in-north-korea, #its-border-with-south-korea, #korea, #nasa-images, #nasa-satellite, #north-korea

` Kim Yong Nam of North Korea says that Russia Must Defend its Interests Against US and Western Countries ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 30 – Russia must “defend with dignity its interests in connection with developments in Ukraine amid a tough anti-Russian campaign imposed by the US and Western countries,” said Kim Yong Nam, head of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea.

At talks with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev on Wednesday, the top parliamentarian said Washington “continues carrying out a policy of interference in affairs of other countries, of which the events in Ukraine, triggered by backstage manipulations of the United States and the West, testify”.

Kim Yong Nam believes the Ukrainian crisis “must be settled in a peaceful way, on the basis of principles of equality and national self-determination”. Trutnev, who is also the Russian president’s envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, thanked the North Korean official for his principled position on the issue.

KCNA – TASS – Russian and Korean Media


#russia, #north-korea, #pyongyang, #russian, #supreme-peoples-assembly, #ukraine, #united-states, #us

` North Korea Conducts Five Live Fire Drills in Two Areas Near Disputed Sea Border with South Korea ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April – North Korea conducted live fire drills on Tuesday in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea that have been the scene of deadly clashes and where they fired hundreds of artillery rounds only weeks ago, defence ministry said Tuesday.

North Korea conducted similar drills in late March, firing more than 500 artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed maritime border that has been the de facto sea border since the 1950-53 Korean war.

More than 100 rounds landed south of the border during that drill, prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds back into the North’s waters.

The latest round of firing began in mid-afternoon. No rounds appeared to have landed south of the NLL border, a military official from the South said.

It came hours after the North notified South Korea of the areas near populated South Korean islands where it would conduct the exercise.

The isolated nation conducted a similar test in late March, shooting over 500 artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line, which is generally recognized as the ocean border between the two countries since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

At least 100 of the artillery rounds landed on the South Korean side of the water, prompting the South to return fire into North Korean waters.

Reuters – Fox News


#north-korea, #seoul, #south-korea