Midnight In The Desert — North Korea

How North Korea is guarding against Olympic defections

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How North Korea is guarding against Olympic defections

Over the past 60 years or so, more than 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Now, North Korea wants to make sure its delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang doesn't add to that number. CNN has an in-depth report on how North Korea is making sure the nearly 500 members of its Olympic delegation will return home after the competitions are over. The North Korean delegation includes athletes, cheerleaders, reporters, performers, and more. The "more" would include undercover intelligence officers under the guise of "support staff" and other titles, a former North Korean police officer says. He...

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North Korea's newest claim: Kim Jong Un can control the weather

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North Korea's newest claim: Kim Jong Un can control the weather

North Korea has made many incredulous claims about the powers of leader Kim Jong Un and his family. Now it’s boasted of the greatest yet: He can control the weather. After releasing images this weekend of a smiling Kim on top of Mount Paektu, an active volcano on the China and North Korea border, the nation's state media said the "peerlessly illustrious commander" can control "the nature." The evidence for this weather modification? When Kim "ascended" to the top of the 9,000-foot mountain through thick snow wearing his signature double-breasted winter coat and black leather shoes, a blizzard gave way...

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Kim Jong Un Celebrates Missile Launch By Visiting A Sacred Volcano Where His Father Was Supposedly Born

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Kim Jong Un Celebrates Missile Launch By Visiting A Sacred Volcano Where His Father Was Supposedly Born

In celebration of his most recent missile launch, supreme leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea visited Mount Paektu, a sacred inactive volcano where his father, Kim Jong-il, was supposedly born in 1942. Last week, North Korea launched its most powerful intercontentinal ballistic missile to date, proving that it has the capabilities of bombing targets on the U.S. mainland. The missile reached a height of roughly 2,800 miles above the Earth, or just over 10 times higher than the International Space Station. The launch marked the sixteenth time North Korea tested its ballistic missile capabilities in 2017, a record number....

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Will North Korea Sell Its Nuclear Technology?

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Will North Korea Sell Its Nuclear Technology?

Over the years North Korea has earned millions of dollars from the export of arms and missiles, and its involvement in other illicit activities such as smuggling drugs, endangered wildlife products and counterfeit goods. Still, there are only a handful of cases that suggest these illicit networks have been turned to export nuclear technology or materials to other states. North Korean technicians allegedly assisted the Pakistanis in production of Krytrons, likely sometime in the 1990s. Krytrons are devices used to trigger the detonation of a nuclear device. Later in the 1990s, North Korea allegedly transferred cylinders of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride...

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North Korea’s Broadcasting Strange Codes on the Radio and Nobody Knows Why

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North Korea’s Broadcasting Strange Codes on the Radio and Nobody Knows Why

Lately some strange radio broadcasts have been coming from North Korea, according to the South Korean government. Number 35 on page 459... Number 55 on page 913... The strange page numbers were heard over the airwaves for just a couple of minutes on June 24th and for nearly 15 minutes on July 15th. But what do they mean? According to Associated Press, there are essentially three options. The first is that they’re what the North Korean government says they are: “review assignments in physics” or “practice assignments in mathematic lessons” for North Korean students studying out of the country. Read...

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