North Korea

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Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been continuing all week, after North Korea’s latest satellite launch over the weekend. One area of cooperation has been shut down and now North Korea is threatening to cut its communications hotline with the South. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Three communication tie lines link North and South Korea—one used by the military, one used by United Nations forces in the Demilitarized Zone, and one run by the Red Cross.  Pyongyang last cut communications in 2013…but soon restored them.

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Over the last few days, reactions to President Obama’s last state of the union address have been mixed. Most of the opinions have been split along partisan lines. But in one Asian country, a lot of attention is being paid to what was not said. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The international community is still discussing potential responses to North Korea’s apparent nuclear test earlier this week. While some kind of coordinated approach is likely through the United Nations, there will also be a more immediate response—right on the border. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It will take some time for international experts to analyze North Korea’s latest nuclear test. This is the fourth time the country has tested a nuclear device….in a period stretching back nearly a decade.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has some background in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last week we told you about an all-girl group from North Korea that was heading to China with its mix of pop music and propaganda. The group arrived, but then abruptly cancelled its concerts and turned around and returned to Pyongyang. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at why in today’s Asia Minute.

Chinese audiences are going to have to wait a little longer to hear a rousing version of “My Country is the Best” as performed by the all-girl North Korean pop and propaganda group Moranbong.

What happened?

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It's North Korea. Again.

Just last month, North Korea vowed war as tensions escalated along the DMZ.  This week, Pyongyang announced plans to launch long range missiles and improve its nuclear weapons and, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, you can expect more of the same for the next month.

October 10th is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party - a major event in North Korea, and announcements this week have analysts wondering if it might be marked by a long range missile launch, a nuclear weapons test, or maybe both.

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Moyan Brenn / Flickr

If you're planning to visit Pyongyang this weekend, remember to set your watch back an extra thirty minutes. In an effort to expunge a vestige of Japanese Colonization, North Korea has created its own time zone, as of Saturday, which marks 70 years since Japan's occupation of Korea ended at the end of the Second World War. More from Neal Conan in the latest Pacific News Minute.

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The treasury department has issued sanctions against a shipping company based in Singapore for allegedly assisting North Korean weapons traffic, which is banned by both the United States and the United Nations.  As we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, the charges date back to an infamous incident two years ago.

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  Since you listen to public radio, you don’t hear produced commercials along with your programming. But the use of slogans is not limited to consumer products, it’s also used by governments, including North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Sony’s recent trouble with computer hacking has brought more attention to exactly how North Korea approaches cyber security. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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