ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Officials in Croatia say two South Korean tourists have been found dead in a river at a national park in the southeast of the country. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that it was informed that the bodies of a man in his 50s and a woman in her 20s were discovered on Saturday at the Krka river national park some 50 meters from a wooden bridge spanning the river. Croatian media reported that the bodies of the two, presumed to be father and daughter, were found in the river holding hands. They reportedly arrived at the popular nature park with a rented car. The South Korean ministry said their nationality was confirmed based on their belongings. Croatian police say they are investigating the cause of their death. … [Read more...] about 2 South Korean tourists found dead at Croatian national park
North Korea ploughs a huge proportion of its meagre economy into its military, and its ambitious missile, nuclear and cyber programmes are causing widespread international alarm. Pyongyang spent nearly a quarter of its GDP on the military over the past decade, according to US government estimates. Yet beyond its high profile nuclear, missile and cyber programmes, the country’s armed forces are believed to be undermined by decrepit equipment and vehicles. Missiles and nuclear weapons North Korea’s decades-long missile research programme entered a grave new phase on July 4 with what the regime called a "landmark" test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The land-based missile landed in the Sea of Japan after a steep trajectory flight of 580 miles, but analysts said the flight appeared to show the missile had a potential range of 4,160 miles - bringing Alaska in range. … [Read more...] about What is North Korea’s military might?
On its face, President Donald Trump’s preliminary nuclear disarmament deal with North Korea makes military conflict less likely. But beneath the surface, foreign policy hawks appear to be steeling for a conflict in the event Pyongyang deviates from the agreement. “If Kim Jong-un throws away this opportunity, it will mean the military destruction of his country and his death,” Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) bluntly told reporters on Tuesday. That Reed and others would raise the specter of future confrontation with such bravado may have seemed off-key, considering the accolades that Trump has sought for himself—with the aid of over-the-top plaudits from his staff and supporters—as a peacemaker deserving of a Nobel. But it reflected a sense within certain foreign policy circles that the deal struck by Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore was amorphous at best—prone to misinterpretation and even exploitation. It’s a perception that some of Trump’s own … [Read more...] about ‘Catastrophic Failure’: How Trump’s North Korea Deal Could Turn Into a Win for the Hawks
A North Korean soldier who defected to the South this year is reported to have antibodies linked to the deadly Anthrax infection in his bloodstream, raising fears that the pariah regime may be trying to develop a biological weapon with the disease. The presence of the antibodies in the unidentified soldier means that he was either exposed to or vaccinated for anthrax, and that he was immune to the bacteria that cause the deadly disease, reported South Korea’s Channel A, according to UPI. If untreated, anthrax can kill within 24 hours, and about 2,000 people are believed to be infected globally every year. Despite fears that its hostile neighbour may be using the bacteria for a biological weapons programme, South Korea’s military is yet to secure an anthrax vaccine and is not likely to do so until the end of 2019 said the country’s defence ministry. It has not been confirmed if the unnamed soldier was Oh Chong Song, 24, who made headlines in November after defecting in … [Read more...] about Anthrax antibodies detected in blood of North Korean defector, raising biological weapons fears
Korean Air and Boeing leaders at the MoU signing ceremony Korean Air signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 18 to purchase 30 Boeing wide-body aircraft at Le Bourget Airport, where the 2019 Paris Air Show is currently being held. Present at the signing ceremony were Walter Cho, chairman and CEO of Korean Air; Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Ihssane Mounir, senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company; and John L. Plueger, CEO and president of Aircraft Leasing Corporation. The decision reflects Korean Air’s continuous efforts to modernise the fleet, and the new 787 aeroplanes will replace its existing aeroplanes, such as A330s, B777s, and B747s. The 68 metres long 787-10 is 5 metres longer than 787-9 aeroplanes. As the largest version of the 787 family, the 787-10 offers around 15 per cent more space for passengers and cargo than the 787-9. The aeroplane can accommodate up to 330 passengers, 40 … [Read more...] about Korean Air to introduce Boeing 787-10 for first time in Korea
President Trump is still hoping he can meet with Kim Jong Un and convince him to give up his nukes. But new satellite imagery of North Korea’s nuclear test site suggests that the North’s may not be game for the “complete, verifiable and irreversible” dismantling of their nuclear program Washington has called for. North Korea destroyed its Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Friday in front of an audience of reporters after unilaterally offering to destroy the site in mid-May. North Korean state media hailed the move as “an important process for global nuclear disarmament” carried out with “high-level transparency,” and President Trump praised it as “a very smart and gracious gesture.” But some experts suspect the site may have been sanitized by the North Koreans before reporters arrived. Well before the dismantlement ceremony, satellite imagery of the south entrance obtained by the Middlebury Institute for International Studies … [Read more...] about Satellite Images Show North Korea Scrubbed Nuclear Test Site Before Unilaterally Destroying It