North Korea's deputy ambassador in London has defected with his family to South Korea, making him the highest-ranking Pyongyang diplomat ever to flee the isolated regime for the democratic South, South Korea said on Wednesday.
Thae's son, Thae Kum Hyok, who was known as "Kum Thae", was a pupil at Acton High School, a short walk from the embassy. The school term ended on July 22, according its website, around the same time Thae is believed to have defected.
The son, 19, has a place at Imperial College, London, to study maths and computer science, according to one of his school friends cited by the Guardian newspaper.
According to an online search of his name, Thae's son was an avid gamer, and had accumulated 368 hours regularly playing CounterStrike over the last year, under the name "North Korea is Best Korea".
Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang.
In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously.
The service is being provided by KCTV (the state-controlled TV service). Users will hook up a Roku-style set-top box to access state-controlled intranet through IPTV protocol, with limited viewing options. Most content will center around NK’s government history and leadership.
That said, not many of North Korea’s citizens have connectivity in the home, according to the BBC.
Funnily enough, Netflix changed its Twitter bio this morning to “Manbang knockoff,” which is just one in a long stream of reference-based bio jokes for the original on-demand streaming video service. You can check out the Netflix Twitter bio evolution right here.
And you can learn about Manbang (without Googling something awful) right here and here.
wagyl wrote:Not only that, but there is a big difference in societies founded on fear, between what people allow to reveal that they are aware of, and what they are in fact aware of. People know and think a lot more than they let on. They know what is propaganda. And they become hyperaware of small changes in that propaganda, and look for clue as to what those small changes might mean in the real world.
Grumpy Gramps wrote:Careful there, young octopus. Sarcasm is now banned in Best Korea..
kurogane wrote:Grumpy Gramps wrote:Careful there, young octopus. Sarcasm is now banned in Best Korea..
Coises!!!!!!!!!!! Beaten to it again by the Gramps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's an article on it. The Dear Leader looks great in the photo, but I fear this could be an even bigger threat than the nuclear tests
North Korea bans sarcasm to protect Kim Jong-un from insults
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/84094 ... om-insults
People have been told that sarcastic expressions such as "This is all America's fault" would constitute unacceptable criticism of the regime.
There is no cynicism in me and there is none allowed in our work
wagyl wrote:Wow. Adopting Disneyland standards.There is no cynicism in me and there is none allowed in our work
Man Illegally Documents Trip to North Korea, Smuggles a Ton of Photos Home
London-based photographer and software developer Michal Huniewicz somehow managed to take prohibited photos during his visit to the militarized state and make it out with them intact. His pictures reveal the kind of day-to-day existence that North Koreans lead, but few know about.
wagyl wrote:The last photo is most decidedly not North Korea, but hey, it has non-Latin writing and monumental statuary so let's slot it in.
TennoChinko wrote:wagyl wrote:The last photo is most decidedly not North Korea, but hey, it has non-Latin writing and monumental statuary so let's slot it in.
That last photo was of Dandong in China in front of the railway station and the statue is of Mao...
Mike Oxlong wrote:North Korea accidentally lets world access its internet and it only has 28 websites
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/21/north-ko ... sites.html
The older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia by two female agents with “poison needles,” South Korean media outlets reported Tuesday.
The reports — which could not immediately be verified — said Kim’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport Monday by two women who fled the scene in a taxi, according to reports on South Korea’s TV Chosun and Korea Broadcasting System.
Both outlets cited an unidentified government source describing the death of the 45-year-old, who was once considered the next in line for power but apparently fell from favor after trying to enter Japan on a fake Dominican Republic passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
“I think the two female spies were dispatched by North Korea,” a government official told the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, adding that “they fled in a taxi right after the crime.”
The South Korean president's office and intelligence authorities in Seoul had no comment on the reports, and there was no such report on North Korea’s tightly controlled media — which rarely mentions the Kim family beyond the leadership.The BBC reported from Kuala Lumpur, citing a source close to the prime minister's office, that Kim had been killed and his body was undergoing an autopsy. But at the same time, Malaysian media reported simply that a Korean man had died at the airport, but did not mention any further details.
North Korea, with its secretive and idiosyncratic leadership, is prone to sensational tales that often turn out to be exaggerated. Even leaks from South Korea's intelligence service have a track record of being wrong as often as they are right.
But if true, the latest reports would mark another surprising development in the tales of North Korea’s leadership.
Kim Jong Un, now locked in a showdown with the international community over the North’s nuclear ambitions, is estranged from his half-brother.
Kim Jong Nam was born in 1971, the son of leader Kim Jong Il and his consort, an actress named Song Hye Rim. But he grew up largely in secret, the result of founding president Kim Il Sung’s disapproval of his son’s relationship with Song.
He left North Korea to live with his grandmother in Moscow in 1979, according to North Korea Leadership Watch, a website devoted to the ruling Kim family. He spent his childhood at international schools in Russia and Switzerland, before returning to North Korea in 1988, the site said.
As the oldest son of the leader, he was long considered the natural heir to the family dynasty. But his younger half-brother, Kim Jong Un, was declared heir apparent in 2010 and assumed the leadership upon Kim Jong Il’s death at the end of 2011.
A decade earlier, Kim Jong Nam was caught at Narita airport in Tokyo, trying to enter Japan with his wife and son on fake passports. He told the authorities they wanted to go to Tokyo Disneyland.
This was considered a disgraceful turning point, and Kim Jong Nam appears to have never lived in North Korea after this incident.
In October 2010, the day before Kim Jong Un was announced as their father’s successor, Kim Jong Nam told Japan’s Asahi TV that he was opposed to third-generation succession. “But I think there were internal factors behind the decision, and if this is the case, then we should follow that,” he said.
He did, however, visit North Korea at least once after his younger half-brother took charge — for their father’s funeral in 2011.
Two years later, the young North Korean leader had their uncle — and Kim Jong Nam’s mentor, Jang Song Thaek — executed on suspicion of building an alternate power base.
Since that time, Kim Jong Nam had occasionally been sighted in sushi restaurants in Singapore and swanky hotel bars in Beijing, but otherwise kept an extremely low profile.
Analysts have long suspected that China was keeping Kim Jong Nam — who was thought to have lived between Beijing, Singapore and Macau — in reserve as a potential successor to Kim Jong Un, who has had strained relations with the Chinese leadership.
Takechanpoo wrote:killed one is a dummy?
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