Unconfirmed reports which suggested a coup against the leader have been rubbished by experts in Seoul citing no unusual military movement in the country.
Tehran’s intercession in the Korean crisis on the side of its ally in Pyongyang was predictable, even though the US preferrs to ignore the close interrelations between the two allies. And so, on Friday, April 5, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri stepped forward to point the finger at Washington: [“The presence of the Americans in [South] Korea has been the root cause of tensions in this sensitive region in the past and present.
North Korea has elevated its artillery and strategic missile forces to “combat-ready posture” and said it is prepared to strike targets in South Korea, Japan, Guam, Hawaii and the continental US.
KIM Jong-un’s impassioned calls for war could be explained after reports have emerged of an assassination attempt by his own disgruntled people in Pyongyang during a power struggle. The attempt to kill the leader of the secretive state could have escalated tensions and shaken his regimented power, a Seoul-based intelligence source revealed, heightening his need to unite his country through the fear of war. Although the source – who is well-informed about North Korean affairs according to South Korean media reports – did not reveal the exact timing of the incident or who was behind the attack, he said the move appeared to be related to the recent fall and rise of a powerful general, Kim Yong-chol. “It appeared that disgruntled people inside the North moved before the time of the demotion of Kim Yong-chol,” the source said. Read full story Express.co.uk
By Matt Smith CNN
A top U.S. congressman expressed concern about the "stability" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after months of provocative statements and behavior from the nuclear-armed communist state.
"You have a 28-year-old leader who is trying to prove himself to the military, and the military is eager to have a saber-rattling for their own self-interest," said Rep.
A military officer has anonymously tipped the Yonhap news agency that North Korea “test fired” two short range missiles into the East Sea Friday.”The launch was seen as testing its capability for short-range missiles. It seemed to be conducted on a military-unit level, not at a national level,” the source told Yonhap. This doesn’t just underscore tensions between North and South, but between hawkish generals and their young leader, Kim Jong-Un. “Not at the national level” but on a “military-unit” level seems to imply that the dictator did not order the test. Read more: businessinsider
- North Korea fires short range missiles (bigpondnews.com)
- North Korea test-fires two short-range missiles – reports (rt.com)
- NKorea fires missiles into Sea of Japan… (thesun.co.uk)
Training for ‘all-out war’ with the West: North Korea uses live artillery in drills near border as Kim Jong Un continues threats
Posted by Endtime Headlines – North Korea has carried out a drill using live artillery near its disputed border with the South, according to official media.The exercise was personally supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, who has issued a series of inflammatory threats against South Korea and the U.S. in recent days.The drill is the latest sign of worryingly high tensions between the neighbours after North Korea cancelled the ceasefire signed at the end of the Korean War. The border where the exercise took place is seen as the most likely site of any clash between the North and the South. North Korea has threatened a nuclear war with the U.S. after being enraged by new UN sanctions and military drills being held bySouth Korean and American troops.
The North Korean leader is expected to have as much as $5 billion in overseas accounts. A huge network of secret slush funds owned by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have been discovered during a joint US-South Korea investigation, Seoul-based newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports.
As much as $5 billion linked to Kim was found in foreign bank accounts in other people’s names, the paper reported. Intelligence agencies reportedly believe that North Korean accounts exist in Austria, China, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland…more at au.yahoo