North Korea is carrying out public executions of “criminals” who were found guilty of stealing items such as rice, corn and copper, as well as organizing prostitution and distributing media from South Korea, according to a recently released report. The report, released by the Transnational Justice Working Group in South Korea, said that public executions were carried out at sports stadiums, markets and on school grounds as a way of inciting fear. “Many interviewees said that the final decision for a public execution was often influenced by individuals having a ‘bad’ family background in addition to the crime they were alleged to have committed,” the report said. The report was based

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North Korea is carrying out public executions of “criminals” who were found guilty of stealing items such as rice, corn and copper, as well as organizing prostitution and distributing media from South Korea, according to a recently released report. The report, released by the Transnational Justice Working Group in South Korea, said that public executions were carried out at sports stadiums, markets and on school grounds as a way of inciting fear. “Many interviewees said that the final decision for a public execution was often influenced by individuals having a ‘bad’ family background in addition to the crime they were alleged to have committed,” the report said. The report was based

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North Korea celebrated decades of hard work on its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile with a giant concert complete with pyrotechnics, an orchestra, and a simulation video of its missile destroying the entire US mainland. The concert not only featured the simulation video, but photos of the real missile tested by the North Koreans, providing missile analysts in the US and elsewhere tons of hidden details to study. Because North Korea remains one of the most closed-off nations on earth, the imagery it posts of its missiles is an excellent source of intelligence for civilian and military analysts alike. Watch the clip below: USA is destroyed by an HS-14- as seen at the triumph

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North Korea celebrated decades of hard work on its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile with a giant concert complete with pyrotechnics, an orchestra, and a simulation video of its missile destroying the entire US mainland. The concert not only featured the simulation video, but photos of the real missile tested by the North Koreans, providing missile analysts in the US and elsewhere tons of hidden details to study. Because North Korea remains one of the most closed-off nations on earth, the imagery it posts of its missiles is an excellent source of intelligence for civilian and military analysts alike. Watch the clip below: USA is destroyed by an HS-14- as seen at the triumph

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday considered tougher sanctions on North Korea over its first intercontinental ballistic missile test to prevent the isolated country from funding further nuclear weapons development. And the EU nations insisted North Korea shouldn’t expect the 28-nation bloc to make any early concessions. “There are some people who think we should engage early with Pyongyang. We absolutely disagree. They got to make a serious move towards denuclearizing their country,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. In a statement Monday, the EU foreign ministers condemned the test earlier this month as a “serious threat to international peace and security” and urged an end to such actions.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday considered tougher sanctions on North Korea over its first intercontinental ballistic missile test to prevent the isolated country from funding further nuclear weapons development. And the EU nations insisted North Korea shouldn’t expect the 28-nation bloc to make any early concessions. “There are some people who think we should engage early with Pyongyang. We absolutely disagree. They got to make a serious move towards denuclearizing their country,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. In a statement Monday, the EU foreign ministers condemned the test earlier this month as a “serious threat to international peace and security” and urged an end to such actions.

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BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday said it shouldn’t be held responsible alone for solving the North Korean nuclear standoff, and accused other countries of shirking their responsibilities in the effort to reduce tensions. The complaints, made in unusually strident language, follow a phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this month in which the Chinese leader warned of “some negative factors” that were harming China-U.S. relations, indicating relations between the two countries had hit a rough patch after some initial optimism. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Tuesday that China was upholding its obligations under United Nations resolutions on North Korea, while other countries

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BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday said it shouldn’t be held responsible alone for solving the North Korean nuclear standoff, and accused other countries of shirking their responsibilities in the effort to reduce tensions. The complaints, made in unusually strident language, follow a phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this month in which the Chinese leader warned of “some negative factors” that were harming China-U.S. relations, indicating relations between the two countries had hit a rough patch after some initial optimism. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Tuesday that China was upholding its obligations under United Nations resolutions on North Korea, while other countries

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North Korea conducted its first ever intercontinental-ballistic-missile test last week, which experts have said could reach Alaska. In 2017 alone, North Korea has carried out 12 missile launches — eight successfully and four unsuccessfully. Still, this is far fewer than the last three years. North Korea attempted 24 missile launches in 2016, 15 in 2015, and 19 in 2014. The graphic below shows the number of missile launches conducted by Pyongyang since 1984: Mike Nudelman/Business Insider More from Business Insider: Photos show the moment President George W. Bush learned of the 9/11 attacks The 30 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2017 Jaguar is releasing its Tesla rival in 2018 — and

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North Korea conducted its first ever intercontinental-ballistic-missile test last week, which experts have said could reach Alaska. In 2017 alone, North Korea has carried out 12 missile launches — eight successfully and four unsuccessfully. Still, this is far fewer than the last three years. North Korea attempted 24 missile launches in 2016, 15 in 2015, and 19 in 2014. The graphic below shows the number of missile launches conducted by Pyongyang since 1984: Mike Nudelman/Business Insider More from Business Insider: Photos show the moment President George W. Bush learned of the 9/11 attacks The 30 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2017 Jaguar is releasing its Tesla rival in 2018 — and

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The U.S. Air Force on Saturday sent a pair of B-1 bombers near the North Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force after North Korea last week fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach Alaska, and North Korean state media has since complained and accused the United States of “reckless military provocations.” North Korea said the move could provoke nuclear war, the Korean Central News Agency said, reporting its commentary in English, according to a report in Fox News. (Twitter) The U.S. sent the bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Saturday. North Korea fired its first ICBM on the eve of July Fourth, last Tuesday, local time,

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The U.S. Air Force on Saturday sent a pair of B-1 bombers near the North Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force after North Korea last week fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach Alaska, and North Korean state media has since complained and accused the United States of “reckless military provocations.” North Korea said the move could provoke nuclear war, the Korean Central News Agency said, reporting its commentary in English, according to a report in Fox News. (Twitter) The U.S. sent the bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Saturday. North Korea fired its first ICBM on the eve of July Fourth, last Tuesday, local time,

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All opinion articles are the opinion of the author and not necessarily of American Military News. If you are interested in submitting an Op-Ed, please email info@AmericanMilitaryNews.com  As the tensions heat up to dangerous levels on the Korean Peninsula, there is no doubt that if war breaks out, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) will be called on to play an outsized role in any possible conflict. The American military has come to rely on SOCOM (Special Operations Command) to fight wars. The units have become extremely capable, but also very tired and strung out. Democratic administrations, especially under former President Obama, tend to use SOF as a Mr. Fix-It type of capability.

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All opinion articles are the opinion of the author and not necessarily of American Military News. If you are interested in submitting an Op-Ed, please email info@AmericanMilitaryNews.com  As the tensions heat up to dangerous levels on the Korean Peninsula, there is no doubt that if war breaks out, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) will be called on to play an outsized role in any possible conflict. The American military has come to rely on SOCOM (Special Operations Command) to fight wars. The units have become extremely capable, but also very tired and strung out. Democratic administrations, especially under former President Obama, tend to use SOF as a Mr. Fix-It type of capability.

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North Korea’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile shocked the world by displaying how advanced and potent the missile forces of the hermit kingdom had become. But a short video clip laid bare another shocking reality: North Korean missile forces allowed Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of the country, to smoke a cigarette feet from the base of an untested, liquid-fueled rocket engine. In the clip, first spotted by Ankit Panda, the Senior Editor of the Diplomat, Kim casually puffs a cigarette as the missile is positioned onto the launch pad. North Korea’s fueling practices of missiles has raised concern before, as liquid fuel is volatile and dangerous

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North Korea’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile shocked the world by displaying how advanced and potent the missile forces of the hermit kingdom had become. But a short video clip laid bare another shocking reality: North Korean missile forces allowed Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of the country, to smoke a cigarette feet from the base of an untested, liquid-fueled rocket engine. In the clip, first spotted by Ankit Panda, the Senior Editor of the Diplomat, Kim casually puffs a cigarette as the missile is positioned onto the launch pad. North Korea’s fueling practices of missiles has raised concern before, as liquid fuel is volatile and dangerous

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It is looking less likely that there will be an international diplomatic resolution to the threat of North Korean missiles, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday told Russia and China that the U.S. “will go our own path” if the countries do not support new sanctions on North Korea. The United Nations Security Council met this week for an emergency session to discuss the aftermath following North Korea’s missile test on Monday, when it fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach Alaska, and put the world on notice and frantic over what to do next. Haley and officials from Russia and China did not see eye-to-eye on Wednesday, as Haley

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It is looking less likely that there will be an international diplomatic resolution to the threat of North Korean missiles, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday told Russia and China that the U.S. “will go our own path” if the countries do not support new sanctions on North Korea. The United Nations Security Council met this week for an emergency session to discuss the aftermath following North Korea’s missile test on Monday, when it fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach Alaska, and put the world on notice and frantic over what to do next. Haley and officials from Russia and China did not see eye-to-eye on Wednesday, as Haley

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President Donald Trump was recently in Poland, and it’s safe to say he was received there with open arms. Trump was in Warsaw ahead of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, later this week, where he is slated to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other world leaders. On Thursday, the U.S. President held a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Krasinski Square in Warsaw. Thousands of Polish attended the event, where Trump addressed issues including the threat of North Korea’s missiles and Russia allegedly meddling in the most recent U.S. Presidential election. People could be heard chanting the President’s name, “Donald Trump,” frequently throughout his speech. (Twitter) One Twitter user

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President Donald Trump was recently in Poland, and it’s safe to say he was received there with open arms. Trump was in Warsaw ahead of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, later this week, where he is slated to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other world leaders. On Thursday, the U.S. President held a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Krasinski Square in Warsaw. Thousands of Polish attended the event, where Trump addressed issues including the threat of North Korea’s missiles and Russia allegedly meddling in the most recent U.S. Presidential election. People could be heard chanting the President’s name, “Donald Trump,” frequently throughout his speech. (Twitter) One Twitter user

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