The disappearance of one of Kim Jong-Un’s top aides – who was once considered the “second-most powerful man” in North Korea – has prompted speculation that he may have been executed. General Hwang Pyong-so, who at one time held the most senior military position after the supreme leader himself, has not been seen since October. He is believed to have been expelled from the Workers’ Party amid allegations of bribery. Hwang Pyong-so (Twitter) Hwang and his deputy, Kim Won-hong, who has been banished to prison camp, are believed to have been punished for “impure attitudes,” South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in

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The disappearance of one of Kim Jong-Un’s top aides – who was once considered the “second-most powerful man” in North Korea – has prompted speculation that he may have been executed. General Hwang Pyong-so, who at one time held the most senior military position after the supreme leader himself, has not been seen since October. He is believed to have been expelled from the Workers’ Party amid allegations of bribery. Hwang Pyong-so (Twitter) Hwang and his deputy, Kim Won-hong, who has been banished to prison camp, are believed to have been punished for “impure attitudes,” South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has promised to develop more nuclear weapons, this while touting his country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15. Kim Jong Un said this week that his scientists would continue making “more latest weapons and equipment” in order to “bolster up the nuclear force in quality and quantity,” North Korea’s state-run news agency said Wednesday, Reuters reported. The dictator spoke during a munitions conference that was celebrating the latest ICBM, and he also awarded medals to “those in the field of defense science who most faithfully and perfectly carried out the Party’s plan for building strategic nuclear force, successfully test-fired ICBM Hwasong-15 and thus demonstrated the dignity

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has promised to develop more nuclear weapons, this while touting his country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15. Kim Jong Un said this week that his scientists would continue making “more latest weapons and equipment” in order to “bolster up the nuclear force in quality and quantity,” North Korea’s state-run news agency said Wednesday, Reuters reported. The dictator spoke during a munitions conference that was celebrating the latest ICBM, and he also awarded medals to “those in the field of defense science who most faithfully and perfectly carried out the Party’s plan for building strategic nuclear force, successfully test-fired ICBM Hwasong-15 and thus demonstrated the dignity

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The growing threat from North Korea and demand for advanced fighter jets helped spur the first increase in global arms sales in six years, a leading research institute said Monday. Sales of weapons and military services by the world’s largest defense contractors totaled $374.8 billion in 2016, a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year, according to the most recent international arms industry data from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It was the first year of growth by the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies since 2010, when the figure was $432 billion, SIPRI said. U.S. companies on the list increased their share of arms sales to 57.9 percent, with

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The growing threat from North Korea and demand for advanced fighter jets helped spur the first increase in global arms sales in six years, a leading research institute said Monday. Sales of weapons and military services by the world’s largest defense contractors totaled $374.8 billion in 2016, a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year, according to the most recent international arms industry data from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It was the first year of growth by the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies since 2010, when the figure was $432 billion, SIPRI said. U.S. companies on the list increased their share of arms sales to 57.9 percent, with

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Charles Jenkins, a former U.S. Army soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 and was kept there for decades, died on Monday in Japan at the age of 77, Kyodo News Agency reported. Jenkins collapsed outside his home in Sado, Japan, and died of heart failure, according to local reports. ABC News (Twitter) Jenkins disappeared in January 1965 while patrolling the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea – while drunk off of 10 beers – to avoid combat duty in Vietnam. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! Jenkins’ plan was to seek asylum with the Russian Embassy and return

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Charles Jenkins, a former U.S. Army soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 and was kept there for decades, died on Monday in Japan at the age of 77, Kyodo News Agency reported. Jenkins collapsed outside his home in Sado, Japan, and died of heart failure, according to local reports. ABC News (Twitter) Jenkins disappeared in January 1965 while patrolling the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea – while drunk off of 10 beers – to avoid combat duty in Vietnam. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! Jenkins’ plan was to seek asylum with the Russian Embassy and return

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Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman wants to go back to North Korea on a diplomatic mission per President Donald Trump. “I’ve been trying to tell Donald since day one: ‘Come talk to me, man … I’ll tell you what the Marshal [Kim Jong Un] wants more than anything … It’s not even that much,’” Rodman recently told The Guardian during an interview in Beijing, China, while trying to fly to Pyongyang for what would have been his sixth trip to North Korea. The U.S. State Department has banned passport holders from traveling to North Korea after the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for a

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Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman wants to go back to North Korea on a diplomatic mission per President Donald Trump. “I’ve been trying to tell Donald since day one: ‘Come talk to me, man … I’ll tell you what the Marshal [Kim Jong Un] wants more than anything … It’s not even that much,’” Rodman recently told The Guardian during an interview in Beijing, China, while trying to fly to Pyongyang for what would have been his sixth trip to North Korea. The U.S. State Department has banned passport holders from traveling to North Korea after the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for a

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Only one of the two Air Force B-1B bombers that was slated to fly from Guam to South Korea and participate in Vigilant Ace actually made the mission and participated in the show of force, featuring more than 230 U.S. and South Korean aircraft. Two bombers were supposed to depart from Guam, but the second bomber “reported a maintenance issue while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, according to an Air Force officer who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media,” Fox News reported. “We only had a 30-minute launch window to meet the tanker,” the officer told Fox. Vigilant Ace will end Friday, but this

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Only one of the two Air Force B-1B bombers that was slated to fly from Guam to South Korea and participate in Vigilant Ace actually made the mission and participated in the show of force, featuring more than 230 U.S. and South Korean aircraft. Two bombers were supposed to depart from Guam, but the second bomber “reported a maintenance issue while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, according to an Air Force officer who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media,” Fox News reported. “We only had a 30-minute launch window to meet the tanker,” the officer told Fox. Vigilant Ace will end Friday, but this

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Only one of the two Air Force B-1B bombers that was slated to fly from Guam to South Korea and participate in Vigilant Ace actually made the mission and participated in the show of force, featuring more than 230 U.S. and South Korean aircraft. Two Bombers were supposed to depart from Guam, but the second bomber “reported a maintenance issue while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, according to an Air Force officer who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media,” Fox News reported. “We only had a 30-minute launch window to meet the tanker,” the officer told Fox. Vigilant Ace will end Friday, but this

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Only one of the two Air Force B-1B bombers that was slated to fly from Guam to South Korea and participate in Vigilant Ace actually made the mission and participated in the show of force, featuring more than 230 U.S. and South Korean aircraft. Two Bombers were supposed to depart from Guam, but the second bomber “reported a maintenance issue while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, according to an Air Force officer who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media,” Fox News reported. “We only had a 30-minute launch window to meet the tanker,” the officer told Fox. Vigilant Ace will end Friday, but this

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The U.S. would be ready to talk with North Korea if it renounced further nuclear or missile tests and followed through on the pledge, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said. “If they announce that they’re not going to be doing any more nuclear tests and they’re not going to be launching any more missiles,” Branstad told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday, when asked what it would take for talks to start. “If they announce that and do that, I think there’s an opportunity for us to get back to the bargaining table.” Branstad, speaking on the sidelines of the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, also said that sanctions against North Korea

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The U.S. would be ready to talk with North Korea if it renounced further nuclear or missile tests and followed through on the pledge, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said. “If they announce that they’re not going to be doing any more nuclear tests and they’re not going to be launching any more missiles,” Branstad told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday, when asked what it would take for talks to start. “If they announce that and do that, I think there’s an opportunity for us to get back to the bargaining table.” Branstad, speaking on the sidelines of the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, also said that sanctions against North Korea

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The U.S. would be ready to talk with North Korea if it renounced further nuclear or missile tests and followed through on the pledge, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said. “If they announce that they’re not going to be doing any more nuclear tests and they’re not going to be launching any more missiles,” Branstad told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday, when asked what it would take for talks to start. “If they announce that and do that, I think there’s an opportunity for us to get back to the bargaining table.” Branstad, speaking on the sidelines of the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, also said that sanctions against North Korea

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The U.S. would be ready to talk with North Korea if it renounced further nuclear or missile tests and followed through on the pledge, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said. “If they announce that they’re not going to be doing any more nuclear tests and they’re not going to be launching any more missiles,” Branstad told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday, when asked what it would take for talks to start. “If they announce that and do that, I think there’s an opportunity for us to get back to the bargaining table.” Branstad, speaking on the sidelines of the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, also said that sanctions against North Korea

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The U.S. Air Force carried out simulated bombing exercises in South Korea on Wednesday, in a show of force a week after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. The B-1B Lancer strategic bomber and F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets joined South Korean aircraft for the drill at the Pilsung Firing Range, part of a massive five-day exercise that began Monday. “Through the exercise, the South Korean and U.S. air forces have demonstrated the alliance’s strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. North Korea launched its

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The U.S. Air Force carried out simulated bombing exercises in South Korea on Wednesday, in a show of force a week after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. The B-1B Lancer strategic bomber and F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets joined South Korean aircraft for the drill at the Pilsung Firing Range, part of a massive five-day exercise that began Monday. “Through the exercise, the South Korean and U.S. air forces have demonstrated the alliance’s strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. North Korea launched its

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