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Understanding North Korea
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Understanding North Korea

North Korea's guiding philosophical tenets have been its militarism and independence. Political loyalty has long been a prerequisite for advancement within the regime, and Kim has ruled with the support of the WPK, the government, the military, and the security services. The use of punitive measures against Pyongyang appears to have strengthened Kim's resolve to bolster the military.Russia has been a key ally in discussions regarding sanctions to be implemented in response to North Korean nuclear and missile tests. The first ten years of Kim Jong-Un's rule in North Korea were marked by economic failures, stalled nuclear negotiations, and a steady increase in military power. Kim Jong-il appointed military and governmental officials to help him transition to leadership, but after ta...
Washington Declaration – Adding the ‘Nuclear’ dimension to the South Korean and USA relationship
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Washington Declaration – Adding the ‘Nuclear’ dimension to the South Korean and USA relationship

The Washington Declaration is an indicator of a robust partnership between Seoul and Washington, but it does not go far enough to tackle the ongoing downward spiral in relations with North Korea. The Declaration in Washington rightly notes that South Korea is backed by an American full range of capabilities, including nuclear. The Washington Declaration is already being met with scepticism by Seoul's most ardent supporters of a domestic nuclear weapons program. The seventieth anniversary of their Security Cooperation was marked last week by the United States and South Korea. In the midst of great fanfare, South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Washington for a state visit. The trip provided a significant opportunity for the United States to reassure South Korea that the ...
Nuclear War Threats by Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea – Empty Rhetoric or Cause for Alarm?
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Nuclear War Threats by Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea – Empty Rhetoric or Cause for Alarm?

“A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought"President Ronald Reagan Nuclear warfare, also known as atomic warfare and thermonuclear warfare, is a military conflict or political strategy that deploys nuclear weaponry. Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction. In contrast to conventional warfare, nuclear warfare can produce destruction in a much shorter time and can have long-lasting radiological effects. A major nuclear exchange would have long-term effects, primarily from the fallout of radiation, and could also lead to a "nuclear winter" that could last for decades, centuries, or even millennia after the attack. According to the Arms Control Association it is estimated that the world’s nine nuclear states China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, ...
Kim Jong Un’s decade of rule: Nuclear Ambitions, Consolidation of Power & Failed Diplomacy
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Kim Jong Un’s decade of rule: Nuclear Ambitions, Consolidation of Power & Failed Diplomacy

https://youtu.be/2reDMazfG2s December 17 marks 10 years since Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule North Korea, took power after his father’s sudden heart attack. Initially considered inexperienced, Kim quickly showed his ruthless willingness to consolidate his power to rule over the East Asia country. He consolidated his position as the country's leader by having his powerful uncle and other potential rivals executed or purged. Despite a failing economy, he has ensured a continuous run of nuclear and missile tests in recent years which many fear could result in a second Korean War. On December 30, 2011, Kim Jong Un was named supreme commander of the North’s 1.2 million-strong military, his first top job after his father’s death. Under his rule, Nort...
North Korea continues to expand nuclear and ballistic missile programme, says report
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North Korea continues to expand nuclear and ballistic missile programme, says report

A panel of experts monitoring sanctions on North Korea sent a report to the UN Security Council. The report submitted on 4 October outlined that Pyongyang continued improving its nuclear and ballistic missile programme despite the country's economic deterioration. The report said that North Korea used cyberattacks to fund its programme and sought material and technological assistance overseas, including from Iran. The report highlights that from 2019 to November 2020, North Korea has conducted virtual thefts worth USD 316.4 million. The targets of the cyberattacks include financial institutions and virtual currency exchange houses. 
South Korea’s intelligence agency says North Korea Hacked Pfizer to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Data
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South Korea’s intelligence agency says North Korea Hacked Pfizer to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Data

According to the claims of South Korea’s intelligence agency, North Korea launched a cyberattack on U.S. drug maker Pfizer to steal the company’s COVID-19 vaccine data. The same came to public knowledge when officials of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service briefed the country's lawmakers on Tuesday in Seoul. Briefing the media on the closed-door hearing, Ha Tae-keung, an opposition member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence panel, told reporters that the country's National Intelligence Service informed the lawmakers that North Korea tried to obtain technology involving the COVID vaccine and treatment by using cyberwarfare to hack into Pfizer servers. However, Ha did not elaborate on the timing or success of the attempt. Pfizer’s offices in Asia and South Korea ha...