Does North Korea have improved anti-ship capabilities?

North Korea has apparently acquired the sophisticated SS-N-25 Switchblade (Russia’s Kh-35 Uran) anti-ship missile.Choson Ilbo first reported North Korea’s suspected acquisition of the SS-N 25 anti-ship missile on June 9, 2014 citing a military source and recent North Korean propaganda video.Careful review of the propaganda video does reveal a missile bearing close resemblance to the…

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Jeffery Edward Fowle arrested in North Korea

The Korean Central News Agency reported an American by the name of Jeffery Edward Fowle was arrested by a “relevant organ” on April 29th. Fowle was reported to have entered North Korea.Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, citing diplomatic sources, claimed Fowle had been arrested for leaving a Bible in his hotel room.KoreanDefense.com can confirm that the…

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Park appoints new defense minister and NSA

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has appointed Kim Kwan-jin (pictured), the South Korean defense minister, to serve as her national security adviser. Kim Jang-soo served as the previous national security adviser, but resigned after making comments that his office had no role in the Sewol’s rescue operations. The national security adviser position had been vacant…

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North Korea’s new nuclear test threat

The North Korean Foreign Ministry on 30 March 2014, condemned the United Nations Security Council’s denouncement of North Korean rocket launches coinciding with joint military games held by South Korea and the United States. In a statement, the DPRK Foreign Ministry declared, “The DPRK is fully ready for next-stage steps which the enemy can hardly…

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