Execution of N. Korea defense chief shows cruelty of regime: U.S. State Department

Execution of N. Korea defense chief shows cruelty of regime: U.S. State Department

With the world still in shock at North Korea′s public execution of its defense minister,... the United States... has condemned Pyongyang,... labeling it a merciless regime. Kim Hyun-bin takes a look at the U.S. reaction and gives us the view from abroad. He′s at it again. Just 16 months after personally ordering his uncle Jang Song-thaek be put to death,... Kim Jong-un gave the green light for the execution of his defense minister Hyon Yong-chol for supposedly disrespecting him and slacking off on the job. A report in South Korea′s Joongang Daily on Thursday says Hyon′s family had to stand witness to the execution late last month, watching as shells from an anti-aircraft gun tore Hyon′s body to shreds. The U.S. government says that,... if the reports are correct,... it shows the depths of depravity the young leader is willing to go to. ″I′m not in the position to confirm any of those specifics, but these disturbing reports, if they are true, describe another extremely brutal act by the North Korean regime.″ Citing related experts and analysts,... international media outlets,... such as the BBC and the UK-based Guardian newspaper,... say Kim Jong-un′s latest move could give cause for concern about North Korea′s stability. An analyst told the BBC that Hyon′s execution is a clear indication that Kim does not feel secure. Another told the Guardian that the situation as it stands looks quite worrisome. North Korea has,... for the moment,... at least,... not commented on the reports. South Korea′s spy agency says Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of around 70 senior officials since coming to power in late 2011. Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

North Korea soldier makes daring defection to South Korea across JSA

North Korea soldier makes daring defection to South Korea across JSA

판문점 JSA초소서 북한군1명 귀순…北총격 받고 긴급후송 A North Korean soldier defects to the South in the most unexpected way: Crossing the border at the heavily guarded Joint Security Area. As troops stationed in the frontline are believed to be chosen for their loyalty, this could severely bruise the regime's military pride. He was shot at by men from his side, but was picked up by South Korean soldiers and was taken to the hospital. For details on the daring escape, we turn to our Kwon Jang-ho The Joint Security Area -- located on the border between the two Koreas and the only place where soldiers from the two sides stand face-to-face. And at three-thirty-one PM on Monda, a lone North Korean soldier ran from a guard post on the northern side, and crossed over the Military Demarcation Line into South Korean territory. The soldier suffered from gunshot wounds to his shoulder and elbow from North Korean forces while defecting. Upon hearing the shots, South Korean soldiers raised the alarm, but the defector was not discovered until 25 minutes later, collapsed on the ground, 50-meters from the border and bleeding from his wounds. (Korean) Our soldiers safely retrieved the defector, and urgently evacuated him to hospital to treat his injuries. He was airlifted by a United Nations Command helicopter to Ajou University Medical Center in Suwon, just south of Seoul, where he underwent surgery. The defector is thought to be in his twenties or thirties, and wore a uniform of low rank. Defecting through the JSA is extremely rare, with only two previous instances in 1998 and 2007. South Korean authorities have reassured that there was no altercation between South and North Korean soldiers, but added that Seoul will remain alert to any possible provocations. It's been almost two months since North Korea last carried out a ballistic missile test, or any other provocation, and many have hoped that this signalled an easing of tensions on the peninsula. It's currently unclear what response Pyongyang will give to Monday's incident. Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang News. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld

Footage of Korean women sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers in WWII revealed for the first time

Footage of Korean women sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers in WWII revealed for the first time

한국인 '위안부' 증명할 영상자료 나왔다…최초 발굴 Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War Two is one unresolved issue that continues to strain relations between the two countries. However, all these decades later,.... the Japanese government still tries to whitewash its wartime atrocities. At long last evidence has been found that should aid Seoul's efforts to corner Tokyo into facing reality. Lee Ji-won tells us more. Women,... with faces full of fear,... are lined up against a wall. A man, presumed to be a Chinese officer, talks to them. This short 18 second video is of seven Korean women sexually enslaved by the Japanese soldiers in Yunnan province, southwest China, around the end of World War II. It is the first-ever video footage of Korean victims that has been found. On Wednesday, Seoul city and Professor Chung Chin-sung of Seoul National University unveiled the video from 1944,... which had been stored in the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States for over 70 years. Previously,... footage of Chinese comfort women had been found,... but there were only pictures and documents on the Korean comfort women. But after the professor and his research team were certain that a video on the Korean victims existed, they spent two years searching for the footage,... and they finally found what they were looking for amongst hundreds of film reels last month. The footage was taken by an American combat photographer just after the region was reclaimed from Japan by the Chinese. During World War II, an estimated 200-thousand women, mostly Koreans, were kidnapped and forced to become sex slaves for Japanese troops. While an agreement between Korea and Japan was made by the previous Park Geun-hye administration in 2015,... where Japan financially compensated the victims with one billion yen, or about 8-point-9 million U.S. dollars, thousands of citizens and the surviving victims criticized and refused the deal as Tokyo claimed there was no evidence of the Japanese military forcing the enslavement of women. But with Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in calling for renegotiation of the deal,... the research team says that they hope the footage will work as a tool to open up such talks. "We hope the new findings will bring the public's attention and interest on the matter,... so that when President Moon has his first bilateral talk with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, at the G20 summit later this week, an atmosphere for renegotiation can be made." With only 38 Korean victims still alive,... the research team stressed their determination to uncover this video evidence of Japan's sexual slavery so that there's a chance for the issue to be resolved within their lifetimes. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld

Kim Jong-un makes unprecedented statement at Trump as N. Korea suggests future ...

Kim Jong-un makes unprecedented statement at Trump as N. Korea suggests future ...

Kim Jong-un makes unprecedented statement at Trump as N. Korea suggests future H-bomb test in the Pacific 北김정은, 트럼프연설에 성명…"사상 최고 초강경 대응 고려" North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has escalated his war of words with President Trump, threatning to take the "highest level" of response to Trump's words at the UN General Assembly. According to Pyongyang's top diplomat, that response could be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean. Kwon Jang-ho reports. The stakes in the tit-for-tat rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea has been raised once again. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un released a statement on Friday, condemning U.S. Prsident Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly, where he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies. Kim said instead of making any remarks that could have defused tensions, Trump spouted "unprecedented rude nonsense" that caused "worldwide concern." He called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard", meaning a senile old person. Kim said the U.S. President has insulted him and the regime and pledged to take the "highest level of hard-line countermeasures." The statement is an unprecedented escalation in rhetoric. It's believed to be the first time Kim, or any of his predecessors for that matter, has made such a statement in person on state media. However, despite this new precedent, one expert says it didn't come as a total surprise. (Korean - ) "Kim's grandfather and father, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, were charismatic and had authority. They wouldn't have dealt with this kind of situation themselves, they wouldn't have needed to. But Kim Jong-un's grip on authority is much weaker, so he HAS to show a strong response to Trump's comments. It just shows his limits." North Korea's top diplomat, Ri Yong-ho, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, was asked about Kim's statement. (Korean - YTN) "In relation to Trump's thoughtless words, he said he would take the highest level of countermeasures. I believe that could be a test of our most powerful hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean." Pyongyang already carried out a nuclear test earlier this month, which it claimed to be an H-bomb. But a detonation in the Pacific Ocean would be considered a massive step in provocations, especially as it would be outside of North Korea's borders. But for now, experts are skeptical such test will come any time soon.. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld

Lives of Unmarried Women in their 30’s and 40’s

Lives of Unmarried Women in their 30’s and 40’s

30~40대 미혼 여성의 그늘 In Korea, of 7.80 milion women in their 30’s and 40’s. 17.176% or 1.38milion are singls. Now in the 21st century marriage is no longer a necessity but rather an option, and many women choose to remain single. Yet, there is not enough social security for them, creating a blind spot of the structural system. Let’s learn more about the issue, and what needs to be done to improve the current conditions. Jeong Eun-mi is a 41 year-old florist who dreamed of becoming a good wife and wise mother as a child. Like the majority of people, she thought she had to get married and form a family when she was younger. But her perspective has changed a lot. "I gained a genuine passion and desire for my career in my early 30’s. Therefore, I naturally focused more on my work than romantic relationships, and time passed very quickly." Jeong is not the only one who chooses to remain unmarried. Many women in their 30’s and 40’s do, too. According to the National Statistical Office, 1 million 384 thousand and 47 women in their 30’s and 40’s were single as of 2015, and that figure is more than twice that of 10 years ago. The drastic jump largely resulted from women’s increased labor force participation. Also, Korea remains a patriarchal society. "Marriage is not only a union of two lovers but of families, which I found very burdensome. I wasn’t sure if I could take care of all the things that occur in my husband’s family while pursuing my career." Currently, 40% of female workers have irregular jobs and earn about US$1,500 per month on average. Indeed, the low income has a negative influence on housing stability. "The majority of single women live alone, and their residential environments vary depending on economic status. Naturally, there are concerns about women being targets of sexual assault and other crimes, especially for those living in poorer areas, as it is clear that the number of violent crimes against women has been increasing recently." A recent survey conducted by the Seoul metropolitan government on women in their 40’s and 50’s living alone, only 36.9% responded that they were preparing for old age. Also, 81.2% of them answered that they were unable to prepare for their later years because they couldn’t afford to do so. But there’s barely any governmental support for them. 39-year old Kim Hyun-joo works for the cooperative society of an animal hospital in Seoul. And she mentioned that Korean single women are stuck in the blind spot of social welfare. More than anything, the biggest fear comes from the fact that there are many structural limits if they suffer from any diseases. "If I need medical surgery, only my direct family members are eligible to sign the consent form. I currently live with my friend, who is single as well, but she would not be eligible to sign the form even if my life depended on it. " As a cat owner, Kim formed a gathering of fellow single women with animal companions. The best thing about this gathering is that they have good neighbors to rely on in times of emergency, who also have the same interest and concerns. "There are certain hardships we experience because we chose to remain unmarried. We share those things, relate to one another and get healed along the way. " Outside the welfare system, single women have to find their own means to secure their futures, and they’re calling on a change in the family-centered social policies. "Because the tax system, welfare policies, and even the medical insurance system are designed for families, they alienate unmarried women and single-person households. Therefore, our society needs to find ways to embrace and support them rather than merely trying to treat the symptoms." For marriage to be truly an option for both genders, the general perception towards singles should be transformed along with new practical policies to meet their needs. Arirang News Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtvnews ------------------------------------------------------------ [Subscribe Arirang Official YouTube] ARIRANG TV: http://www.youtube.com/arirang ARIRANG RADIO: http://www.youtube.com/Music180Arirang ARIRANG NEWS: http://www.youtube.com/arirangnews ARIRANG K-POP: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld ARIRANG ISSUE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangtoday ARIRANG CULTURE: http://www.youtube.com/arirangkorean ------------------------------------------------------------ [Visit Arirang TV Official Pages] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld Homepage: http://www.arirang.com ------------------------------------------------------------ [Arirang K-Pop] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arirangworld Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangkpop Google+: http://plus.google.com/+arirangworld

New Chinese aircraft carrier 'six times more powerful' than existing Liaoning

New Chinese aircraft carrier 'six times more powerful' than existing Liaoning

中 토종 항모 1호 '001A형' 전력 랴오닝함의 6배…함재기 36대 China has launched its second aircraft carrier... but the first it has ever built from scratch with homegrown components. It marks the latest milestone in China's superpower ambitions to build Asia's largest naval fleet. Ro Aram has the details. The Type 001A carrier is said to have six times more military strength than China's existing Liaoning vessel, which was purchased from Ukraine and put into commission in the Chinese Navy in 2012. Development of the Type 001A carrier began in 2013 and construction two years later. It weighs about 50-thousand tons, which is 10-thousand less than its predecessor, but it's slightly longer with a wider command platform. It is powered by conventional steam turbines, which makes it slower than U.S. nuclear-powered carriers, but quicker than the Liaoning. The vessel also houses a ski jump-style deck for take offs, which experts say is cheaper to run than the catapults used by the U.S., but limits the diversity of aircraft on board to smaller fighter jets. The new carrier aims to carry 36 Shenyang J-15 multi-role fighter jets, which is 12 more than what the Liaoning can carry. After sea trials and the arrival of its full air complement, the yet-to-be-named carrier is expected to be operational by 2020. Although it still has some way to go to catch up with American carriers, the new ship is part of Beijing's bigger plan to build a navy that is unrivaled in Asia... and another carrier -- the Type 002 -- is reportedly under construction in Shanghai. However, these ambitions are rattling neighboring countries, as they see hidden motives behind China's naval expansion, which adds to already high tensions in the region, including the territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea. For its part, Beijing insists that its military maintains a purely defensive posture. Ro Aram, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld

[2018 Inter-Korean Summit] The moment of two leaders' historic meeting

[2018 Inter-Korean Summit] The moment of two leaders' historic meeting

North Korea's attempted missile launch fails

North Korea's attempted missile launch fails

북, 오늘 신포 일대서 미사일 발사했지만 실패 North Korea tried to launch a missile on its east coast and failed. This latest provocation comes a day after the reclusive state paraded their weapons during the grand scale celebrations of its founder's birthday. Ji Myung-kil starts us off with the expected... but ill-advised move by the regime, possibly designed to send a message to the unpredictable Donald Trump administration. According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the missile launched by North Korea from its eastern port city of Sinpo... blew up almost immediately. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also said the missile is believed to have failed, adding that the type of missile was being analyzed. South Korea's foreign ministry strongly condemned the launch. "It's the fifth time this year that North Korea has fired ballistic missiles. This is another clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We strongly condemn the launch as a threat to Korea and the international community." Cho warned that Pyongyang could face serious punitive measures if it continues to conduct nuclear tests and other strategic provocations. The head of South Korea's National Security Office, Kim Kwan-jin convened a meeting of the National Security Council, in which officials decided to respond strongly to additional North Korean provocations. U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed about the situation but has not yet commented. The Japanese government has said today's launch did not directly affect their security. Pyongyang's missile launch attempt comes amid rising tensions with the U.S., which is sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula to deter potential North Korean provocations. The regime's last missile launch came less than two weeks ago on April 5th, and that was a medium-range KN-15 ballistic missile. Experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could also push the button on its sixth nuclear test at any time,... having launched more missiles compared to his father and grandfather combined. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld

U.S. special forces ready to neutralize North Korean nuclear facilities

U.S. special forces ready to neutralize North Korean nuclear facilities

美통합특수전사령관 "한반도 유사시 北핵시설 타격 준비, 美, 서해안서 일주일새 두차례 ICBM 발사실험..北 위협용? The commander of U.S. Special Operations forces says his troops are ready to strike North Korea's key weapons facilities if a crisis breaks out on the Korean peninsula. Kim Jung-soo has more on the comments made following Washington's second successful ICBM test in a week. U.S. Army General Raymond Thomas, commander of the U.S. Special Command, said that American special operations forces are fully prepared to conduct an "entire range of contingency operations" against North Korea in a conflict situation. General Thomas was testifying before a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday, but did not give details about the kinds of operations he was referring to. According to American online news site Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday, the troops would be responsible for locating and destroying North Korean nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems, such as mobile missile launchers. According to the Beacon, there are over 8-thousand U.S. special operations forces members stationed in nearly 80 countries worldwide. The last rotational deployment of the special operations forces to South Korea occurred back in February,... when parts of the 1st Special Forces Group and the 75th Ranger Regiment participated in training drills with their South Korean counterparts. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force has confirmed that it conducted a successful test of a land-based intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, just one week after a previous test on April 26th. The missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Like the previous test, this one involved the Minuteman III, a solid-fuel powered ICBM that can cover a maximum distance of 13-thousand kilometers and can reach Pyongyang in just 30 minutes. The missile was equipped with a dummy warhead, just as in the previous test, and flew some six-thousand kilometers before hitting its target in the Pacific Ocean. Despite speculation that the recent tests were intended as a warning to Pyongyang, the U.S. military maintains that the tests are routine... and designed to test the effectiveness of the weapon. Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wife attend performance by South Korean art troupe in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wife attend performance by South Korean art troupe in Pyongyang

남한 예술단, 13년만에 평양에서 공연... 김정은 부부 참석 Our top story this morning... North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife were among the guests on Sunday at the first of two special concerts in Pyongyang by South Korean artists. It seems he enjoyed it so much that he suggested holding another concert in autumn. Oh Jung-hee starts us off. For the first time in 13 years,... a South Korean art troupe held a concert in Pyongyang on Sunday night,... dazzling an audience that included North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju. The concert -- titled "Spring is Coming" -- started at about 6:30 PM, North Korea time. Eleven different South Korean artists... including Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, idol group Red Velvet,... and Seo Hyun of Girls' Generation performed at the concert. The 15-hundred seat hall was completely full as the South Korean singers sang songs that represent the divided status of the two Koreas... and they ended the concert with songs titled 'Our Hope is Reunification' and 'Until We Meet Again.' Kim Jong-un's attendance was somewhat expected,... as the concert's start time was changed a couple of times on the day. He's known to have originally planned to watch Tuesday's concert -- a joint one by South and North Korean artists -- but had schedule problems. Kim said there should be more cultural and art performances between Seoul and Pyongyang... and suggested holding another concert in autumn -- this time in Seoul -- signifying that the two Koreas are seeing "fruitful results" from their diplomatic push. South Korea's taekwondo demonstration team performed earlier on Sunday. The performance was attended by high-level North Korean taekwondo officials as well as Choe Hwi, the chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee. Around 23-hundred North Korean citizens also watched the performance. "We welcome South Korea's taekwondo demonstration team to Pyongyang " The 50-minute show featured smashing performances as well as dances that use taekwondo moves. The Pyongyang citizens in attendance clapped and enjoyed the performance,... but showed no response when the South Korean team danced to the recent South Korean pop song 'Fire' by boy band BTS. On Monday, South Korean Taekwondo demonstration team will hold another performance -- this time, together with the North Korean team. The South Korean artists will hold a joint performance with their North Korean counterparts on Tuesday before returning to Seoul. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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