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Kako je TASS KCNA ovlašćena da objavi, Sigli je uhapšen jer je "špijunirao" za medije pišući pod sopstvenim imenom savršeno bezazlene članke o svakodnevnom životu za verovatno najobjektivniji izvor o Severnoj Koreji, NK News.



On Saturday, North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA said that Mr Sigley had "on numerous occasions transferred information, including photographs and analysis, that he gathered while travelling to every corner of Pyongyang using his status as an international student".

He had done this "upon request by anti-DPRK [North Korea] news outlets such as NK news", KCNA added.

The government decided to deport him on humanitarian grounds after he "honestly admitted that he had been spying... and repeatedly asked for our forgiveness for infringing on our sovereignty", it said.

North Korea often accuses foreigners detained in its country of espionage or "hostile acts".

In a statement, NK News, a website specialising in North Korean news and analysis, said it appreciated "the DPRK's decision to promptly release Sigley on humanitarian grounds".

It said it had published six articles from Mr Sigley which showed "vignettes of ordinary daily life in the capital".

"The six articles Alek published represent the full extent of his work with us and the idea that those columns, published transparently under his name between January and April 2019, are 'anti-state' in nature is a misrepresentation which we reject."

Mr Sigley had published an essay titled: "From Perth to Pyongyang: my life as an Aussie student at Kim Il Sung University", as well as articles about North Korean fashion, apps, and restaurants.




In other news, nedavno je izašla knjiga o trećem severnokorejskom monarhu iz porodice Kim, "Veliki naslednik", u kojoj je autorka, šefica pekingškog dopisništva Vašington posta posvetila dosta mesta iskazima kuvara Fudžimota.


Delić knjige:



Kratka recenzija (na kraju članka):



Delić iz recenzije:



...Kim has employed personal mythology to take and then stay in power. For example, as Fifield shows, Kim’s steady supply of Mao suits, ever expanding midsection, and iconic haircut may make him look like a sinister pageboy to outsiders, but Fifield argues that his look has a very specific goal. When the country’s 25 million residents see him, they see his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who founded the dynasty and sparked its fixation on self-reliance.

The mythmaking continues. School children learn that Kim Jong Un, by age 3, could “fire a gun and hit a light bulb a hundred yards away.” By age 8, he was said to be driving cars at 80 miles an hour. The point, Fifield explains, is to make his succession seem “natural and inevitable”—as if Kim were supernaturally qualified for the role—a particularly important goal because his rise was anything but a foregone conclusion.



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Mali update:


Dobar tekst o tome sta se desilo Aleku - https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/07/10/Analyst-Students-expulsion-from-North-Korea-reveals-regimes-layers/9141562755988/


Ukratko: DPRK nije monolit, vec je kao i bilo koja druga milionska organizacija kompleksna i sadrzi mnostvo razlicitih interesnih grupa. Drzavna bezbednost je uticajnija od diplomatskih krugova. Zato je bilo moguce da Ministarstvo spoljnih poslova izjavi da ne zna gde se Alek nalazi, i to je zaista mogla da bude istina. 


Malo geopolitike: https://www.38north.org/2019/07/rfrank071119/

North Korea Is Not Desperate: The New Geostrategic Environment in East Asia

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The U.S. military has acknowledged that North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles can now hit targets anywhere in the continental U.S., confirming fears raised by weapons tests conducted in 2017.

U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) released its 2019 Strategic Digest on Thursday, detailing the current state of play for American troops on the Korean peninsula. As part of its summary, the digest listed North Korea's current ICBM arsenal, confirming that the largest weapon—the Hwasong-15—can hit anywhere in the continental U.S.

The Hwasong-15 had its first and only launch in November 2017. The USFK said the missile has a range of up to 8,000 miles, making it "capable of striking any part of the continental United States," the digest warned.



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The Son of a Prominent South Korean Defector Has Also Defected to North Korea, State Media Reports


Choe is the son of former South Korean Foreign Minister Choe Dok-shin, who defected to North Korea with his wife in 1986, years after he was reportedly embroiled in a corruption scandal and political disputes with then-South Korean President Park Chung-hee. He died in 1989.


South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Choe In-guk was in North Korea without special permission from the Seoul government to visit the North





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Kinezi daju pregled istorije lansiranja, nedavnih samita i procene BDP-a i mogućnosti nastavka dijaloga.







Despite the lack of progress in talks and recent launches by the DPRK, Trump and Kim have refrained from criticizing each other, keeping the momentum for diplomacy alive.


The Trump administration, even Trump himself, has repeatedly downplayed the significance of these [latest] tests, pointing out that they "did not violate the agreement between him and Kim."


"I say it again: There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests. No long-range missiles," Trump said.


Trump also believed that he and Kim would be having another meeting, after receiving a "three-paged" "very beautiful letter" from Kim last Thursday.


This signals that a political settlement of the Peninsula issue through dialogue and negotiation remains the consensus between Washington and Pyongyang, analysts say. 


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also told the press last week that he was hopeful that Washington and Pyongyang would get back to the negotiating table in the coming weeks.


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Kuriozitet - prvi film DPRK-USSR produkcije. Zabranjen u DPRK:




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The U.S. has its largest overseas military base in South Korea where it also set up a missile system which is threatening both China and Russia. Unsurprisingly, this mouthpiece of the U.S. military-industrial complex calls it "military provocations" when China and Russia are getting closer to U.S. troops stationed very far from U.S. soil and dangerously close to Russian and Chinese soil...




Chinese, Russian Warplanes Test U.S. Patience in Skies Near South Korea

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Iz privatne arhive od pre neki dan.


Alek Sigli, bivsi ministar spoljnih poslova Bob Kar i Leonid Petrov, najveci strucnjak za DPRK u Australiji. Zajedno na izlozbi fotografija iz DPRK na univerzitetu UTS u Sidneju:



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Kim III se u aprilu dodao u ustav (prvi slučaj dodavanja živog lidera u ustav u toj naslednoj monarhiji) i izbacio đuče ideologiju, o čemu je narod Severne Koreje obavešten 3 meseca kasnije.


North Korea Revamps Its Constitution

An end to juche is just one of the major changes made in the latest amendment.

By Atsuhito Isozaki
August 26, 2019

On April 11, the North Korean Constitution was amended by the Supreme People’s Assembly. Details of the amendment were only disclosed three months later.

The Socialist Constitution of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was originally written in 1972 and has been amended a number of times since. This latest amendment is noteworthy in that it revealed the increasingly dynastic features of the Kim family.

The first feature of the amendment is that it took “the Great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism” and made it “the one and only guiding principle for nation-building and activity.” Until the latest amendment, the Constitution stipulated that the national ideology would be “the juche (self-reliance) idea, the songun (military first) idea.” These expressions have now been deleted from the amended Constitution. The juche idea had been in the constitution for 46 years and four months.

In addition, the current leader was named in the Constitution for the first time. The amended Constitution stipulates that the mission of North Korea’s armed forces is to protect the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea headed by the Great Comrade Kim Jong-un with resolute courage. Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were expressly included in the Constitution in September 1998 and April 2012 respectively, but in both cases this was only after their deaths, and they were only named in the preamble.The fact that the amendment included the language “the Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism,” which directly names past leaders in the provisions of the Constitution, and not the name of ideology they initiated, suggests that the regime of their successor, Kim Jong-un, is becoming a more personal rule. In North Korea, the Constitution is a mirror to reality.

In the preamble to the amended Constitution, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are mentioned 24 and 18 times, respectively, in admiration for their achievements. The latest version of the preamble, just like the previous version, discusses the nature of the Constitution, stipulating that it is “the Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il Constitution that legalizes Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il’s ideology and achievements of nation-building.”

However, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were mentioned in the previous preamble using the expressions “the Comrade Kim Il-sung” and “the Comrade Kim Jong-il” for the second and subsequent uses. In the latest amendment, all mentions were changed to “the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il-sung” and “the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong-il,” further reinforcing the personality cult.

The second feature of the amended Constitution is that it defined “the chairman of the State Affairs Commission assumed by Kim Jong-un” as “the supreme leader who represents the state,” that is, the head of state, for the first time. Although the Constitution before its amendment defined the chairman of the State Affairs Commission as “the supreme leader,” there was some room for interpreting the international role of head of state as being given to the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly . Likely it was felt necessary to put Kim Jong-un on an equal footing with US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, both heads of state, as he became more confident through his summit diplomacy over the last year.

The language “nuclear-weapons state” remained an achievement of Kim Jong-il’s in the preamble of the amended Constitution. The language was expected to be deleted if North Korea could get the United States to partially remove a set of economic sanctions. But the second U.S.-Korea Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of February did not go that far. This suggests that future U.S.-Korea negotiations are likely to be difficult.

In the latest amendment, other changes could be seen throughout the Constitution. One is North Korea’s focus on expanding and developing external economic relations. The Kim Jong-un regime clarified a policy shift from “songun” in the reign of Kim Jong-il to economic construction.

The Constitution had long included provisions about foreign trade. However, the latest amendment altered it from “developing foreign trade based on the principle of complete equality and reciprocity” to “protecting credit, improving the trade structure and expanding and developing external economic relations based on equality and reciprocity.” This change underscores Pyongyang’s recognition of the importance of protecting credit and its ambition to improve its trade structure.

Without progress in U.S.-North Korea consultations over nuclear issues, it is difficult to imagine that these efforts will bear fruit. Still, the policy should be seen as the Kim Jong-un regime’s ideal vision.

The pursuit of economic construction has been behind North Korea’s diplomatic offensive since last year. In connection with this aim, it is worth noting that the Foreign Affairs Commission was specified as one of the commissions to be established in the Supreme People’s Assembly. The Foreign Affairs Commission was reestablished in April 2017, after a 19-year hiatus, in the Supreme People’s Assembly.

All of which makes clear that North Korea will continue to pursue a diplomatic offensive while bolstering its defense capabilities.


Atsuhito Isozaki is an associate professor at Keio University.



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