Kim Jong-il traveling to Moscow, says Mainichi
Kim Jong Il will make his first trip to Russia since 2002 and is set to have a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev, according to news sources.
Pyongyang-Moscow ties have withered as Russia builds improved relations with South Korea and other western nations. Through the upcoming summit talks, Russia hopes to bolster ties with North Korea in the interest of regional security, and the North wants economic assistance.
Far East Movement in Belgium
The hip-hop quartet posted a new entry on their blog detailing their exploits in Antwerp, Belgium. The picture-heavy post offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles-based group’s European tour.
Check out our October 2010 cover story of Far East Movement.
U.S. and North Korea: The land of lousy options
Los Angeles Times
U.S. Sen. John Kerry writes an opinion piece in the L.A. Times about the North Korea problem.
We should explore steps that can reduce the threat and return to the path toward a denuclearized peninsula. Achieving complete denuclearization will take time, but in the near term we should try to negotiate an end to the North’s enrichment of uranium, a moratorium on nuclear weapons and missile testing, the removal of fresh fuel rods capable of producing fissile material and the final dismantlement of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor. These are worthy intermediate goals along the path toward complete and verifiable denuclearization.
North Korea slashes food rations: aid worker
AFP via Yahoo News
North Korea has drastically cut public food handouts as it heads towards a new hunger crisis with people again eating grass to survive, one of the most experienced aid workers in the isolated nation said.
How to Smuggle Footage Out of North Korea
The Atlantic via Yahoo News
This article examines how a journalist recently managed to take video of starving North Korean children and smuggle the footage out of the country.