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  1. -06-09-09 North Korea's Grim Prisons (Time.com)
      "Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the American journalists who were each handed 12 years in prison yesterday by a North Korean court for committing "hostile acts" by allegedly overstepping the border in March, have received a harsh sentence by Western standards of justice. The news is grim, to be sure. But former prisoners in Pyongyang's horrific penal system speculate that the pair may not have to endure the grimmest conditions, which very few have emerged to talk about."

      "Kyohwaso life is extremely harsh: scholars estimate only 50% of prisoners survive their first year. One of the first accounts of the North Korean prison system, a 2000 memoir called The Aquariums of Pyongyang, tells of routine torture and deprivations on par with those of Nazi concentration camps." 06-09

  2. -06-09-09 What Should the U.S. Do About Korea Sentencing Two U.S. Journalists to Hard Labor? (PBS.org)
      "North Korea's highest court convicted two U.S. television journalists today of entering the country illegally. The announcement added to rising tensions with the communist regime."

      "And I think North Korea is very hierarchically inclined. I think they would react positively to a figure of real stature being sent to them."

      "And my choice for that would be former Vice President Al Gore for three reasons. One, he is highly prominent, known to the North Koreans, a world figure on global warming. Secondly, he is the founder of the firm for which the two journalists work. And, third, as vice president, he hosted what was the absolute high moment of North Korean-U.S. relations, which was a dinner on the top floor of the State Department for North Korean field marshal Jo Myong-Rok, when he visited the United States in the autumn of 2000." 06-09

  3. -06-26-08 North Korea to Be Removed from Terrorist List (Time.com)
      "Back in early 2002, George Bush called North Korea a charter member of the axis of evil. This morning, the President gave Kim Jong Il one of the diplomatic plums the North Korean dictator has most sought: removal from both the State Sponsors of Terrorism list and the Trading with the Enemy Act. In short, Pyongyang is now off what one State Department official called "the ultimate bad guy list." Dropping North Korea from the terrorism roster will take effect 45 days after the Administration formally informs Congress of its decision." 06-08

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  1. -12-12-13 North Korean Leader Has Second in Command Executed (NBC News)
      "Jang Song Thaek was ousted as chairman of the National Defense Commission earlier this month, after playing an important role in the early part of Kim Jong Un’s regime. Many considered him something of a puppet master to Kim Jong Il’s young heir, and Jang even made a high-profile trip to China earlier this year without Kim Jong Un. Some experts speculated that purging Jang reflected Kim Jong Un’s rising confidence as a ruler." 12-13

  2. -North Koreans Launch Rocket (New York Times)
      "North Korea defied the United States, China and a series of United Nations resolutions by launching a rocket on Sunday that the country said was designed to propel a satellite into space, but that much of the world viewed as an effort to prove it is edging toward the capability to shoot a nuclear warhead on a longer-range missile." 04-09

  3. Essay - North Korea's Nuclear Capacity (Time - Karon)
      "Two weeks ago, North Korea vindicated Bush in spades, when the country's second most-powerful official told U.S. diplomat James Kelly that Pyongyang has, indeed, been running a secret nuclear weapons program, in violation of a 1994 agreement with the U.S." 12-02

  4. Essay - North Korea's Nuclear Capacity (YellowTimes.org - Pulcifer)
      "The Bush administration has spun North Korea's admission of enriching uranium into an unexpected and ghastly act. For anyone familiar with the United States' dealings with North Korea, it is surprising Pyongyang hasn't made such a move earlier." 12-02

  5. Essay - North Korea's Nuclear Capacity (YellowTimes.org)
      "North Korea's recent admission of enriching uranium for the purpose of creating a nuclear weapon may be an attempt to foil the U.S. strategy of keeping North Korea a public threat in order to facilitate the creation of the Theater Missile Defense (TMD) system." 12-02

  6. Essay - North Korea's Strategy (BBC News - Foster-Carter)
      "As tensions mount over North Korea's nuclear threats, Korea expert Aidan Foster-Carter asks why the hermit state has chosen to ratchet up the pressure now, and what it hopes to gain." 1-03

  7. Kim Jong Un Purges No. 2 Man (CBS News)
      "In what appears to be a sign of a turbulent power struggle among North Korea's elite, South Korea's intelligence agency said Tuesday the No. 2 man in the isolated North appeared to have been purged from power." 12-13

  8. North Korea (CIA)
      Provides maps, as well as information on the geography, climate, government, people, economy, and other basic information. 9-00

  9. North Korea (CountryReports.org)
      Provides a profile by topic, including Economy, Defense, Geography, Government, People, National Anthem, Lyrics and Related Links. Provides a map and a flag. 6-02

  10. North Korea (LonelyPlanet.com)
      Provides information on the history, culture, people, geography, and a map.

  11. North Korea Alleges H-Bomb Test (Time.com)
      "Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a powerful, self-proclaimed 'H-bomb of justice' that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal."

      "The test likely pushed Pyongyang’s scientists and engineers closer to their goal of building a warhead small enough to place on a missile that can reach the U.S. mainland. But South Korea’s spy agency thought the estimated explosive yield from the explosion was much smaller than what even a failed H-bomb detonation would produce." 01-16

   
   


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