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South Korean man acquitted for following North Korea on twitter

A 73-year-old South Korean man was accused of distributing pro-North Korea propaganda after he followed the country’s official account on the social network.

Prosecutors alleged the former journalist, identified only as Lee, was sympathizing with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s communist kingdom (an illegal act under South Korean law).

But because Lee didn’t retweet any posts, he was found not guilty of sharing or distributing North Korean content and was acquitted, The Guardian reports.

However, The Korea Times reports Lee was sentenced to a year in jail for praising the North on his blog years ago.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un cries at funeral of aide

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un showed rare public emotion as he openly cried at the funeral of his most trusted aide, Kim Yang-Gon.

Kim touched the face of his late comrade and confidant during his state funeral today, describing him as a ‘close comrade-in-arms whom nobody can replace’.

73 year old Kim Yang-Gon, who was a secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, died in a car accident at 6:15 am Tuesday Dec. 29th at age 73

North Korean leader ‘executes aquarium boss’ after baby turtles starve to death

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is reported to have executed the boss of an aquarium after several dozen baby turtles starved to death.
The tyrant became angry after workers claimed many baby reptiles were dying because of frequent power outages and a lack of adequate food supplies. He then ordered the execution of the terrapin farm’s manager, who was taken outside and shot to death, according to South Korea news agency the DailyNK.
An unnamed North Korean source told the paper

    “The manager was shot and killed after Kim Jong-un made his field guidance tour to the terrapin farm near Taedong River in Pyongyang. He was executed because some of the tanks were not adequately supplied with food and water, leading to the death of a lot of terrapins.”

Kim Jong Un executes airport architect because he didn’t like the airport design

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed the chief architect of the new international Pyongyang airport…This news comes after he was pictured touring the building with his wife last week.
According to reports, the architect was executed because Kim didn’t like the design.
The project is the country’s latest bid to appeal to potential tourists since Kim ascended to power in North Korea three years ago and features a jewellery store, coffee bar, a pharmacy, a chocolate fountain and other luxury amenities.
Until his disappearance last year, Ma Won Chun, was North Korea’s director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission. His execution was confirmed when he was noticeably absent from the press photos.
Chun was the chief architect behind North Korea’s biggest government projects when he, along with five other high-level officials, were reportedly killed during one of Kim’s purges.
Ma was executed in November 2014 “For corrupt practices and failure to follow orders,” according to an Asian news outlet.
His death coincided with a report explaining that airport renovations were being suspended because of Kim’s dissatisfaction. Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party’s idea of architectural beauty that is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the character and national identity,”
Source: The Diplomat

North Korea publicly executes defence chief for dozing off at an event

North Korea has publicly executed the country’s defence minister after the regime accused him of treason, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Hyon Yong Chol was killed by firing squad using an anti-aircraft gun at a military school in front of hundreds of people in Pyongyang around April 30, the agency reported, citing a media briefing by the National Intelligence Service at its headquarters in Seoul.
Hyon “was purged for lese majeste” because he was seen “dozing off” during a military event and “did not carry out Kim’s instructions,” the agency said. It wasn’t clear what instructions Hyon failed to carry out.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been accused of ordering the executions of as many as 15 top officials so far this year.

Source:CNN

North Korea test-fires ‘ultra-precision’ rocket

North Korea has test-fired a new “ultra-precision” rocket to be deployed across its navy in the latest evidence that Pyongyang is stepping up its development of missile technology.

The exercise was carried out by the North’s East Sea fleet under the watchful eye of leader Kim Jong-Un.

    “The ultra-precision anti-ship rocket blasted off from a rocket boat. The intelligent rocket precisely sought, tracked and hit the ‘enemy’ ship after taking a safe flight,” KCNA said, without giving a location or date.

Images of the test were published on the front page of the ruling Workers’ Party Rodong Sinmun newspaper, showing Kim observing the missile being fired from a small naval vessel.

The new anti-ship rocket would be deployed across North Korea’s navy “before long”, it added.

Satisfied with the “perfect” development of the new rocket, Kim called for the production of “more tactical guided weapons of high precision and intelligence.”

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North Korea blasts U.S over release of ‘The Interview’, calls Obama a monkey

North Korea recently put U.S on blast called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and also blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy “The Interview.”

North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un.

On Saturday, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission, the country’s top governing body led by Kim, said that Obama was behind the release of “The Interview.” It described the movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s Policy Department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

    “If the U.S. is to persistently insist that the hacking attack was made by the DPRK, the U.S. should produce evidence without fail, though belatedly,” the statement publish by KCNA said.

He also accused Washington for intermittent outages of North Korea websites this week, after the U.S. had promised to respond to the Sony hack.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday.

According to the North Korea commission’s spokesman, “the U.S., a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing a tag.”
The commission said the movie was the results of a hostile U.S. policy toward North Korea, and threatened the U.S. with unspecified consequences.

North Korea and the U.S. remain technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The rivals also are locked in an international standoff over the North’s nuclear and missile programs and its alleged human rights abuses. The U.S. stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea as deterrence against North Korean aggression.