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Android tablet gives rare glimpse at North Korean tech

An Android tablet brought back from North Korea by a tourist has provided a glimpse at some of the restrictions placed on IT users in the famously secretive country.

The Samjiyon is the third tablet to have gone on sale in North Korea. It was unveiled at a trade show in the capital, Pyongyang, last September and received some coverage on state television, but few westerners have had a chance to see it up close.

The tablet was likely manufactured outside of North Korea and the hardware itself is fairly unremarkable, but the software and the usage restrictions placed on the device provide some insights about life in the country.

The device has a 7-inch screen with 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution and runs Android 4.0.4, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, depending on the model, and a 2-megapixel camera.

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Hiker Attempts to Traverse Both Koreas

By Ruth Brown

Hiking is not a popular pastime in North Korea—when you’re starving, walking long distances is not a fun recreational activity. But that hasn’t stopped New Zealand hiker Roger Shepherd, who has visited the country four times to climb the Baekdudaegan mountain range—the first foreigner to set foot there… …read more

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Six decades after Korean War, a second rescue attempt for missing airmen

By hnn

BEIJING — As more than 100,000 Chinese soldiers swarmed over far fewer American Marines and soldiers in subzero temperatures on treacherous terrain in one of the fiercest battles of the Korean War, two United States Navy pilots took off from an aircraft carrier to provide cover for their comrades on the ground.

One of the airmen, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, was the son of an African-American sharecropper from Mississippi. The other, Lt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., was the son of a white patrician merchant family from Massachusetts.

An hour into the flight, Ensign Brown’s plane was hit by enemy fire, forcing him to crash land on the side of a mountain at Chosin, north of Pyongyang. Lieutenant Hudner brought his plane down nearby and found Ensign Brown, but could not rescue him.

On Monday, nearly 63 years after the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Mr. Hudner, 88, arrived in Beijing after a 10-day visit to North Korea aimed at finding his friend’s remains….


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Jimmy Carter Going To North Korea On Private Trip: White House

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is traveling to North Korea on a private trip, the White House said on Monday, commenting on reports that Carter was going to the reclusive nation soon to win release of an American citizen being held there.
Earlier on Monday a representative for Carter said he had no immediate plans to make such a trip.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Carter was going on his own.
“President Carter is traveling to North Korea on a private trip. He’s doing that in his personal capacity,” Earnest said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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David Cameron's Porn Filter Problem Has Already Been Solved

By Tim Worstall, Contributor I must admit that this rather surprised me with the speed that it came about. Non-British readers might not be aware that David Cameron, our Prime Minister, has been adamant that search engine companies must make certain that no pornography can be found on the internet. This is, as you will imagine, something of a taxing technical task. But in that great British tradition of bodging and innovation we seem to already have the solution to this problem. And it’s being offered for free too: So taking inspiration from other great Internet filtering nations such as North Korea, China, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, Uzbekistan, Saudia Arabia and Vietnam I decided to help out the UK government and build an Internet filter that only allows pornographic material through. …read more

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Jimmy Carter Plans N. Korea Rescue Mission 'Very Soon'

By Rob Quinn

Possibly for the first and only time, Jimmy Carter and Dennis Rodman share a common goal: securing the release of Kenneth Bae , the Korean-American tour guide serving a 15-year sentence for allegedly trying to bring down North Korea’s government. The ex-president—who succeeded in a similar mission in 2010 —plans… …read more

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Korea veteran fails to locate remains of first black Navy aviator

A decorated Korean War veteran from Massachusetts left North Korea on Monday without fulfilling his mission: to travel the Chosin Reservoir battleground where he was hoping to locate the remains of a friend who was the U.S. Navy’s first black aviator.

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US war veteran forced to postpone North Korea search for remains of Navy's first black aviator

A decorated Korean War veteran from Massachusetts left North Korea on Monday without fulfilling his mission: to travel the Chosin Reservoir battleground where he was hoping to locate the remains of a friend who was the U.S. Navy’s first black aviator. …read more

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Pentagon report: China, Iran and North Korea close to nuclear capability – World – Israel News | Haaretz

By Dave Robbins

China, North Korea and Iran will all soon have nuclear missiles capable of reaching the U.S., according to a report published by the Pentagon Thursday. Read More: Pentagon report: China, Iran and North Korea close to nuclear capability – World – Israel News | Haaretz.

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Leveraging ASEAN's Role in North Korean Denuclearization

By Jonathan B. Miller, Contributor

The 20th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting wrapped up earlier this month in Brunei. The ARF has been heralded by some the leading forum on political-security issues in Asia. Despite this, others regard the ARF as a mere “talk shop” that is unable to tackle complex issues such as the South China Sea dispute. But there are opportunities for ASEAN and the ARF to shed this cloak of criticism and affect meaningful results in the region. One such area is the long stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea. …read more

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Images Reveal North Korea Construction Mystery

By Kate Seamons

It’s not too often that growing grass features big in international spying efforts, but that’s exactly the case with this story. The AP reports that an analysis of recent satellite imagery taken over North Korea indicates that construction has been halted for the last eight months at a site the… …read more

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Vet returns to NKorea for 1st black Navy aviator

Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy’s first black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding. His wingman crash-landed to try to save him, and even burned his hands trying to put out the flames.

A chopper hovered nearby. Lt. j.g. Thomas Hudner could save himself, but not his friend. With the light fading, the threat of enemy fire all around him and Brown losing consciousness, the white son of a New England grocery-store magnate made a promise to the black son of a sharecropper.

“We’ll come back for you.”

More than 60 years have passed. Hudner is now 88. But he did not forget. He is coming back.


Hudner, now a retired Navy captain, heads to Pyongyang on Saturday with hopes of traveling in the coming week to the region known in North Korea as the Jangjin Reservoir, accompanied by soldiers from the Korean People’s Army, to the spot where Brown died in December 1950.

The reservoir was the site of one of the Korean War’s deadliest battles for Americans, who knew the place by its Japanese name, Chosin. The snowy mountain region was nicknamed the “Frozen Chosin,” and survivors are known in U.S. history books as the “Chosin Few.”

The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir lasted for 17 brutal days. Some 6,000 Americans were killed in combat, and thousands more succumbed to the cold. Brown and many others who died there are among more than 7,910 Americans still missing in action from the war.

Though the fighting ended with an armistice signed 60 years ago July 27, North Korea and the U.S. remain technically at war. Efforts to recover remains have come in fits and starts, with little recent progress.

Next week’s mission is to pick up where search teams have left off by locating the exact spot of Brown’s crash. Armed with maps and coordinates, they hope to work with North Korean soldiers to excavate the remote area, a sealed site controlled by the North Korean military.

Approval for the unusual journey comes as North Korea prepares for festivities marking the upcoming armistice anniversary. Pyongyang is expected to use the …read more

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