While the world has been fixated on North Korea’s growing nuclear missile arsenal, the rogue state’s threats against the West now include a weapon that can take down a country’s electricity grid.
South Koreans prepare to release balloons filled with chocolate pies and cookies over to North Korea.
Last week, North Korea got a sweet surprise from its neighbor, South Korea. About 200 South Koreans along with North Korean defectors packed 770 pounds of Choco Pies into plastic bags, which they attached to 50 giant balloons and released into North Korea from a park in the border city of Paju, according to organizers of the event. It was an act of rebellion against the alleged North Korean ban on the chocolate confections.
North Korea may have more than 6 times the amount of rare earths as China.
SRE Minerals Limited, a U.K.-based private equity firm, has found the largest rare earth oxides deposits in the world in North Korea, according to statements by the company.
There is a very cool film loop from the NOAA showing the progression of the night sky in China from 1992 to 2010. You can watch the full animation here. Above is a photo of 1992 and here is 2010. (Pics)
Kim Jung-un, ruler of North Korea
On Wednesday, the People’s Daily online deleted a story and 55-photo slide show that named Kim Jong-un, the young, chubby ruler of North Korea, as the “Sexiest Man Alive of 2012.”
Satellite image of North and South Korea at night.
The world’s most secretive country is also one of its darkest. This satellite image shows night in North Korea. The capital Pyongyang, near the western coast, is one of the only places in the country with electricity. At the top of the picture, the illuminations show cities in China. At the bottom right, Kyushu and the southern islands of Japan.
Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang stands out on the Pyongyang skyline in 2009
One of the world’s largest hotels, the massive Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, is nearly ready to welcome guests after nearly two decades in the making, according to Architizer. (photos and video)
Microelements make up the Super Drink
It attracted “much interest from Chinese, German and other businessmen” at a trade fair in Pyongyang last month, the agency reports. It was developed by a joint venture fruit juice company. KCNA says: “It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells.
Myanmar’s General Than Shwe
Burma’s military regime is trying to develop a clandestine nuclear programme with the aim of producing a nuclear bomb, according to a new study. The five-year investigation by the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma concluded that the southeast Asian country’s ruling generals were a long way from producing a nuclear weapon but had gone to great lengths to acquire the necessary technology and knowledge.
The red is a thermal radius.
North Korea’s aiming their test missile near Hawaii. The US military says they can protect the islands, and locals aren’t too worried, but if something happens, the thermal, shockwave and radioactive fallout will look something like this.
North Korean soldiers walk in an early morning mist with
their rifles and spades along the North Korean-Chinese border
News stories about North Korea have been quite frequent recently, with their test launch of a rocket over Japan, withdrawal from nuclear disarmament talks coupled with a threat to restart their nuclear program, reports that their nuclear attack capabilities may be larger than previously thought – and their recent arrest and indictment of two U.S. reporters on its border with China. Even with all this attention, photographs from North Korea are still restricted and hard to come by. One way around that has been for photographers to peer inside from across the border, a pastime that has also spurred a level of curious tourism in both neighboring South Korea and China. (Pics)
The Abandoned Ryugyong Hotel
The Ryugyong Hotel resides in N. Korea. Work began in 1987 and was abandoned in 1992. At 105 stories, with 7 revolving restaurants, it would have been the tallest hotel in the world. However, word has it that is suffers from crumbling concrete, problems with the elevator shaft, and funds to complete it. Video after the jump. (Pics)