Tuesday, October 31, 2017

N Korea - Nuclear Site Collapsed

[ 朝鲜核试验场坑道崩塌 约200人死亡 ]

As many as 200 construction workers are feared dead after the collapse of a tunnel at a nuclear test site in North Korea, according to a Japanese media report.

The tunnel was being built at the Punggye-ri test site when it collapsed, according to a report on Japan's TV Asahi citing an unnamed source in North Korea.

It said that about 100 people were initially trapped in the tunnel and another 100 may have been killed by a second collapse as they tried to rescue the first group.

The broadcaster said the collapse took place around 10 September. The incident should be consistent with recently observed seismic shocks.

[Source: The Independent - The Sun - The Telegraph on October 31, 2017, about two hours ago]

Sea of Japan - Dangerous Encounter

Tupolev TU-95 bomber

俄战略轰炸机遭美日战机跟踪 事发时正前往日本海

Russian strategic bombers encountered U.S.-Japanese fighters
and were followed on their way to the Japanese Sea.

As the Russian Ministry of Defence declared on October 31, two Russian TU-95 MC had been tracked down on their flight near Japan by U.S. and Japanese fighters.

According to a Japanese Joint Staff press release two Russian TU-95 had been observed in the region on August 23, 2017, while surrounding Japan on a flight that took them from Russia's Far East following the South Korean coastline of the Japanese Sea to the entrance of the Yellow Sea and then back home following the Japanese coastline on its Pacific Ocean side.

Another Japanese report from August 24 confirmed the presence of six Chinese H-6 bombers in the same region that day.

[Source: SINA military news 新浪军事 on October 31, 2017]

Editor's Note:

Patrol flights of Chinese Hong H-6 bombers have been earlier observed at the southern border of Japan and near the U.S. airforce base of Guam. Their flight routes are marking the border of China's traditional region of influence in the South China Sea (南中国海) and which is now regularly questioned by the U.S. and their allies.

The following Japanese Joint Staff press release is dating back to July 20 this year when eight H-6 bombers, accompanied by two Y-8 reconnaissance planes, followed a typical route in that region:

Hong H-6 bomber

Friday, October 27, 2017

US Sanctions Crippling N Korea Abroad

Last Update added on October 29.


U.S. announced having imposed sanctions upon some North Korean persons and entities.


A XinHua agency report from Washington on October 26, 2017:
On October 26, the U.S. Department of Finance announced that it had put into effect sanctions against 7 North Korean persons and 3 entities. These persons and entities are related with the North Korean military security department, embassies and consulates residing abroad and overseas enterprises.


On September 26, the U.S. Department of Finance had already announced the application of sanctions against 8 North Korean banks and 26 North Korean citizens for having a hand in the support of North Korea developing weapons of mass destruction.

[Source: Xin Hua 新华社, China's news agency on October 27, 2017, 04:46 Beijing Time]


Editor's Note:

In a most recent blogspot of "blueprint-news" I mentioned a surprising revelation on China's current attitude towards North Korea and which was made by some Chinese professor from Beijing's People's University, Chong Sho-Hu, in an interview with BBC Radio 4 only some days ago. That interview was quoted by different sources. As it came to my attention that the scholar's name used was a Korean language adaption, I tried to find out his Chinese name adaption which I can tell now is Cheng Xiao-He. From there it was possible to find a relation with another interview professor Cheng Xiao-He already granted one month earlier to the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Podcast from the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy introducing People's University associate professor Cheng Xiao-He, Beijing, in an interview on the subject:

Will China Change Its Approach to North Korea ?.

The podcast was published by the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center on September 27, 2017.



U.S. Defence Secretary: If there was no nuclear armament
on the Korean peninsula, there would be no reason for war.

U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis meeting with his South Korean counterpart
at the N Korean border at Panmunjon negotiation center today, October 27.

[Source: Singapore Morning Post 新加波早报 on October 27, 2017]


U.S. Defence Secretary: We can by no means accept
that N Korea is in the possession of nuclear weapons.

[Source: Singapore Morning Post 新加波早报 on October 28, 2017]



According to a South Korean news report, specialists from the geological research institute of China's Academy of Science should have informed their North Korean colleagues about considerable radiation risks when using existing North Korean test sites for another nuclear test.

[Source:DW 多维新闻网 quoting the South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo on October 29, 2017]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

N Korea - Last Warning from China

Important Update added !

金正恩为何不敢在十九大试射飞弹 学者给出答案

Why did Kim Jong-Un not dare to test-fire a missile during the
19th Great Congress [i.e. of China's Communist Party CCP] ?
A scholar provides us with the answer !

中国人民大学国际关系教授Chong Sho-Hu对英国媒体BBC表示,如果朝鲜继续导弹试射和核试验,那么这个政权将会死亡。“朝鲜现在正站在深渊边缘,轻轻一推就能使其跌落悬崖。如果朝鲜再试射飞弹,整个国家就会跌入悬崖。”

In an interview with the British medium BBC, Chong Sho-Hu, professor for international relations at the People's University of China, made clear one thing: If North Korea continued to test-fire guided missiles and nuclear tests, that regime will choose to meet with its doom.

"North Korea is just standing at the edge of an abyss. Lightly, one push forward can cause its fall down the cliff. If North Korea test-launches another missile, the whole country could fall into the precipice."


He told the BBC as well that "China has neither eternal friends nor eternal enemies". China had undergone relations as close friends with the former Soviet Union and Vietnam, however, much later a war broke out [with each of them] as well. Today now, the mainland [of China]'s relations with North Korea are not like they were that year with the Soviet Union or Vietnam. North Korea's activity of test launches is "seeking death" and could cause the friendship between the mainland and North Korea come to an end.


He additionnally pointed out that, both, Beijing authorities and China's supreme leadership are getting angry. China is expecting to punish North Korea.

[Source: "Forbidden News" 中国禁闻网-禁书网禁书网, Chinese underground news survey on October 24, 2017, quoting an interview only recently broadcast by the BBC Radio 4 with an influential Chinese official, Professor Chong Sho-Hu and who is considered an expert in international relations at China's People's University.]

A related Chinese language tweet was already launched by the editor of "blueprint news" two days before on October 22, 2017. It was targeting, among others, those North Koreans abroad who are able to read Chinese text.


The FBI is now investigating into the Chinese business structures behind a North Korean weapons deal that was blocked in 2016 when a disguised North Korean ship, the "Jie Shun" sailing under the flag of Cambodia, was stopped in the Egyptian Suez Canal. Hidden under its declared payload of iron ore, Egyptian authorities found about 24.000 rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and other weapons worth some $23 million. Because of Egypt reacting rather reluctantly to an urgent U.S. request to stop the "Jie Shun", the country became immediately suspected of having bought the military load from North Korea for its own armed forces and which is what Egypt's government furiously rejected.

The Chinese Epoch Times, an anti-communist publication, seems to have made its own investigations into HongKong shipping companies probably related to the transport of North Korean boycott merchandise. Here is something they found out:

Excerpt from an Epoch Times 大纪元 article published on October 24, 2017.


Today on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S. Congress (the House) passed legislation
that seeks to cut off North Korea’s access to financial institutions around the world amid
its nuclear provocations.

“Foreign banks can either do business benefiting N Korea or business with the
United States. They cannot do both,” says the author of the passed bill 415-2.

Source: The Hill political news from Capitol Hill on October 24, 2017.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

N Korea - The Last Parade ?

Last Update included on October 11, 02:00 am CET


October 8, N Korea summoned the 7th session of the 2nd plenary meeting of its Workers Party.

On that occasion, Kim Jong-Un's younger sister Kim Yo-Jong was promoted as a new member of the Workers Party Politburo, taking the place of an elderly aunt to the Kim family.

Today, October 10, public celebrations will be held as a reminder of the foundation of the N Korean Workers Party in 1945. At the same time, the 20th anniversary of Kim Jong-Un's late father, Kim Jong-Il, coming to power will be celebrated.


要求多国切断与朝外交 美孤立朝鲜行动开始见效

Demanding all nations to cut off diplomacy with North Korea,
America's isolation of North Korea is beginning to bear fruit.

[Source: Zaobao 早报, Singapore Morning News on October 10, 2017]


Read more from the Financial Times article published this morning !
(Sorry, you have to subscribe to get the entire news).

Some quotations from the above article:

Lee Cheol-hee, a member of the ruling Democratic party, on Tuesday said hackers had broken into a defence data centre in September last year. He said stolen documents included Operational Plan 5015 — the most recent allied blueprint for war with North Korea.

The plans reportedly includes detailed procedures for a decapitation strike against the North Korean regime — a proposal that has infuriated Kim Jong Un, the country’s supreme leader.

Citing South Korean defence officials, Mr Lee said 235 gigabytes of data had been stolen, although 80 per cent of the documents had yet to be identified. Among the files identified were contingency plans for Seoul’s special forces as well as information on key military facilities and power plants, the lawmaker said.

Editor's Note:

During the day, same news were being published by different sources including BBC. However, I am now convinced that this is not entirely breaking news, as I can remember having read about N Korean military hacking of S Korean forces already months ago in a short notice published on the web.

Furthermore it should be added that, today, South Korean forces on a "ground battle day" made an exhibition of their state-of-the-art tanks and artillery and which helped much in soothing irritated South Korean civilians [Source: Al-Jazeera TV, international channel, in their evening news].

N Korea - Likeliness of War

A Russian official who visited North Korea:
N Korea is going to launch another missile.


On October 9, a Russian official and who had been to North Korea from October 2-6 declared that North Korea will be able to launch a missile as soon as October 10 [... and which is the date of an important N Korean Workers Party anniversary].

Editor's Note: Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and who had visited the DPRK accompanied by two other Russian lawmakers was originally quoted by Russia's news agency RIA for the above information [Source: Reuters].

[Source: DW 多维新闻网 on October 9, 2017]

Russia's foreign minister: An escalation of the tense
situation on the Korean peninsula cannot be tolerated.

[Source: XinHua 新华网, PR China's News Agency on October 9, 2017]

Russia orders U.S. to abandon N Korea fight as major conflict looms.

Russia has issued a severe warning to Donald Trump as its foreign minister Lavrov said in a phone call with U.S. foreign secretary Tillerson the escalation over North Korea is "unacceptable".

Russia's foreign ministry, said: "Lavrov underlined the inadmissibility of any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, to which the USA's military preparations lead, and called for contradictions to be resolved by diplomatic means only."

Mr. Lavrov also told Mr. Tillerson Moscow is demanding the U.S. returns Russian diplomatic property seized in 2016 over suspected Russian interference in the U.S. general election.

The phone call came just hours after Donald Trump's most senior general told the U.S. Army to "stand ready" for war with North Korea.

General James 'Mad dog' Mattis warned it is impossible to tell what the future holds for the crisis, but urged U.S. troops to be prepared for a confrontation with Kim Jong-Un.

[Source: Quotations from Express, UK, on October 9, 2017. That source published as well a series of pictures showing Russian border guards amassing on the North Korean border and patrolling the top of Zaozyonara Hill, a meeting point between Russia, North Korea and China.]

Australians fear North Korea standoff will lead to war.
(The Guardian Essential poll)

Australians are concerned that the current standoff between the United States and North Korea will lead to all-out military confrontation, with 55% fearing that outcome, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll and which included 1,846 voters:

16% war very likely
39% war somewhat likely
24% war somewhat unlikely
12% war very unlikely

Women were more pessimistic about the brinkmanship leading to war than men – 61% compared with 49%. People over 55 were less likely than younger people to believe war likely.

[Source: Quotations from The Guardian, UK, on October 9, 2017]

Monday, October 09, 2017

Geldwäsche an Nordkoreas Botschaften

Geldwäsche an den Botschaften Nordkoreas
Money Laundering at N Korean Embassies


Nachdem die Völkergemeinschaft zunehmend strengere Sanktionen über Nord Korea verhängt hat, verschafft sich das Land verzweifelt Geldmittel [d.h. auf illegalem Wege] mit Hilfe seiner ausländischen Botschaften. Die Art Profit nach einem Devisenumtausch- Modell zu machen, kann dabei [d.h. nach chinesischem Sprachgebrauch] als die "Methode der hundert Konditionen" bezeichnet werden.

After the foreign community imposed increasingly stringent sanctions on North Korea, the country is desperately raising funds [i.e. by illegal means] with the help of its foreign embassies. Making profit by a foreign exchange pattern can be called "the one hundred conditions".


Nach einem Bericht der New York Times vom 7. [Oktober] praktiziert Nord Korea jede Art von einträglichen Geschäften mit dem Devisenumtausch an seinen Botschaften in weltweit mehr als 40 Ländern. Die Nutzung von ausländischen Residenzen mit dem Ziel Profite zu machen ist dabei nach internationalem Recht unzulässig.


In der Botschaft Nordkoreas im polnischen Warschau gibt es mehr als 40 nordkoreanische Unternehmen und Niederlassungen von Organisationen, die hier ihre Aktivitäten entfalten, angefangen von Firmen zur Herstellung von Heilmitteln bis hin zu Werbeagenturen.

[Quelle: Auszüge aus einem Artikel der DW 多维新闻 vom 9. Oktober 2017]

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Nordkorea - Devisen aus Deutschland ?

Nordkoreas Devisen aus Deutschland
" Der Teufel ist ein Eichhörnchen "

Die deutsche Redensart vom Teufel düfte am ehesten umschreiben wie es Nordkorea gelingt, trotz internationaler Sanktionen noch immer Devisen aus westlichen Ländern abzuziehen.

Der im folgenden zitierte U.S. Beitrag, der eigentlich für amerikanische Leser geschrieben wurde, zeigt, wie das Regime in Pyongyang jeweils Zehntausende seiner Arbeitskräfte nach China und in andere Länder exportiert um sie dort unter Bewachung und ständiger Indoktrination arbeiten zu lassen. Die der Landessprache unkundigen Nordkoreaner unterzeichnen Verträge, die dem jeweiligen Arbeitgeber günstig erscheinen müssen, die aber im allgemeinen von den lokalen Rechtsnormen nicht wesentlich abweichen dürften. Nordkoreanische Bewacher zwingen dann ihre Landsleute in einer Art geschlossenen Gesellschaft mit Gemeinschaftsunterkünften zu leben. Bis zu 70% ihres Lohnes wird ihnen abgenommen und auf nordkoreanische Regierungskonten überwiesen. Bei Monatslöhnen, die in China eine Größenordnung von geschätzten 300 $ für solche "modernen Sklaven" erreichen, könnte man leicht ausrechnen, in welcher Größenordnung die nordkoreanischen Deviseneinnahmen bei, sagen wir, 30.000 [Russland] bis 50.000 heimlichen Zwangsarbeitern pro Land liegen könnten.

" At a time when North Korea faces sanctions on many exports, the government is sending tens of thousands of workers worldwide, bringing in revenue estimated at anywhere from $200 million to $500 million a year. That could account for a sizable portion of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs, which South Korea says have cost more than $1 billion. [=> d.h. 1 Milliarde $ im U.S. Sprachgebrauch]

While the presence of North Korean workers overseas has been documented, the AP investigation reveals for the first time that some products they make go to the United States, which is now a federal crime. AP also tracked the products made by North Korean workers to Canada, Germany and elsewhere in the European Union."

Da viele dieser Nordkoreaner in der Lebensmittelbranche arbeiten, vor allem bei der Verarbeitung von Meeresfrüchten im chinesischen Hunchun an der Grenze zu Nordkorea, bleibt es nicht aus, dass die von ihnen erzeugten Produkte ihren Weg auch in deutsche Supermärkte finden könnten. Der amerikanische Bericht erwähnt hier ausdrücklich die Lebensmittelketten Aldi, Penny und Rewe, wobei allerdings nicht ganz klar wird, ob hier eher die U.S.-Filialen der deutschen Vertriebsgesellschaften gemeint sind.

Möglicherweise wird der rechtliche Rahmen bei solchen Handelsgeschäften mit ausländischen Vertriebspartnern eingehalten. Das Phänomen der unterbezahlten Zwangsarbeit wäre dann nur im Herkunftsland der Waren, also vor allem in China zu ahnden.

" Some U.S. brands and companies had indirect ties to the North Korean laborers in Hunchun, including Chicken of the Sea, owned by Thai Union. Trade records show shipments came from a sister company of the Hunchun factory in another part of China, where Thai Union spokeswoman Whitney Small says labor standards are being met and the employees are all Chinese. Small said the sister companies should not be penalized.

Shipments also went to two Canadian importers, Morgan Foods and Alliance Seafood, which did not respond to requests for comment.

Boxes at the factories had markings from several major German supermarket chains and brands - All-Fish distributors, REWE and Penny grocers and Icewind brand. REWE Group, which also owns the Penny chain, said that they used to do business with Hunchun Dongyang but the contract has expired. All the companies that responded said their suppliers were forbidden to use forced labor.


This means Americans buying salmon for dinner at Walmart or ALDI may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear weapons program, an AP investigation has found. Their purchases may also have supported what the United States calls "modern day slavery" - even if the jobs are highly coveted by North Koreans. "

Da der Import von Produkten aus Nordkorea in die U.S.A. neuerdings ein Bundesvergehen darstellt und die chinesische Regierung auf der Grundlage kürzlicher UN-Sanktionen die Beendigung aller Geschäftsbeziehungen zu Nordkorea bis Januar 2018 angeordnet hat, dürften Nordkorea's Devisenquellen weiterhin schrumpfen ohne jedoch vollständig zu versiegen. Es ist also im Zweifelsfall die Eigeninitiative der westlichen Konsumenten angesagt, um das Regime des nordkoreanischen Kriegstreibers Kim Jong-Un weiterhin wirtschaftlich zu schwächen. Schließlich besteht doch immer die Möglichkeit, dass der Verbraucher "intensiv und öffentlich nachfragt" um dieses Ärgernis mittelfristig einzudämmen.

[Hauptquelle: Click2Houston zitiert am 4. Oktober 2017 einen investigativen Bericht amerikanischer Journalisten der Associated Press International AP. Zitate aus der von mir verwendeten U.S. Quelle Click2Houston sind farbig markiert und enthalten weitere Informationen.]


Der nachfolgende Beitrag zeigt, dass der offizielle Außenhandel zwischen Deutschland und Nordkorea dagegen eher unbedeutend ist. Was aber nicht bedeuten soll, dass nicht auch bereits geringe Millionenbeträge zur Grundversorgung der Familie Kim und zur Erhaltung ihres Privatstaates beitragen können.

Der chinesische Originaltext wurde einem Internet-Portal für Exilchinesen in Kanada entnommen. Er beschäftigt sich in seinem Hauptteil mit dem Handelsvolumen zwischen der VR China und Nordkorea, das wesentlich größere Ausmaße erreicht als das zwischen Deutschland und Pyongyang.

Abbildung: Nordkoreas Botschaft in Deutschland


Wie bitte ? Auch Deutschland treibt Handel mit Nordkorea ?

长久以来,同朝鲜的贸易对德国而言已是无足轻重,不过,它并没有完全停止。 据联邦统计局公布的数据,今年5月德国从朝鲜的进口额超过120万欧元,也是2014年9月以来的最高值。 同期,德国向朝鲜的出口额为32万欧元。

Seit langem gibt es den Handel zwischen Nordkorea und Deutschland, wenn er auch von geringer Bedeutung ist. Wie dem auch sei, er wurde nicht vollständig beendet.

Vom Bundesamt für Statistik veröffentlichte Daten belegen, dass die Importe aus Nordkorea im Mai diesen Jahres [d.h. 2017] den Betrag von 1,2 Millionen € überstiegen. Das wäre der höchste [Monats-]Betrag seit September 2014. Im selben Zeitraum hat Deutschland Exporte im Wert von 320.000 € nach Nordkorea getätigt.

去年,德国向朝鲜的出口总额为570万欧元,进口400万欧元。 从朝鲜主要进口金属原材料、金属制品以及数据处理仪器,向朝鲜出口的产品首先是药品,其次是机械。

Im letzten Jahr [d.h. 2016] erreichten die Exporte Deutschlands nach Nordkorea einen Gesamtbetrag von 5,7 Millionen €, die Importe lagen bei 4,0 Millionen €. Die wichtigsten Importe aus Nordkorea reichen von metallischen Rohstoffen und verarbeiteten Metallen [Halbzeug] über Metallwaren bis zu Geräten zur Verarbeitung von Daten.

[Quelle: 51.CA 加国华人网上家园, chinesisches Netzwerk in Kanada am 11.9.2017]

Die Aufbereitung des amerikanischen Untersuchungsberichtes, die Übersetzung der chinesischen Quelle und der Rahmenkommentar stammen vom Herausgeber der "blueprint news" - © Ulysses 2017.


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Kim Jong-Un Erasing further Family Members ?

Update related to N Korea added below !

Kim Han-Sol

金正男之子逃亡 过境台湾惊惶30小时

In the last 30 hours: Son of Kim Jong-Nam fled panic-stricken via Taiwan.

With the help of a North Korean dissidents' group, the son of recently assassinated Kim Jong-Nam, exiled brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, fled his residence in Macao, China.

21-year-old Kim Han-Sol had criticised the regime in Pyongyang like his father and who was recently killed in a nerve gas attack at Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia, most probably by agents of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong-Nam's bloodline made him a potential threat to the Kim dynasty, same goes now for his son Kim Han-Sol who can be regarded as a nephew to Kim Jong-Un. Kim Han-Sol was accompanied by his sister and his mother.

The dissidents' group involved said it sought help from foreign governments for the rescue of Kim Han Sol. The US, China and the Netherlands allegedly provided assistance with travel, visas or other aspects of the plan, according to the group. China’s foreign ministry said it had no information on the rescue, and the Netherlands and US declined to comment.

This comes at a time when two women charged for carrying out the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam "pleaded not guilty" in court, even though video footage from Kuala Lumpur airport cameras could serve as a proof.

[Main Sources: 联合早报, Chinese Morning News from Singapore on October 3, 2017, and The Australian on October 2]

Update on October 4, 2017:

There's a U.S. report on North Koreans Working Abroad. Even though it's written for American readers, you should find it interesting as well if you were from Germany. You might be astonished to recognize the brands .....

A Reuters report is quoting Russia's president Putin: Putin says military strike against North Korea not sure to succeed.