North Korea’s Rockets Power

The Strategic Rocket Forces also known as Missile Guidance Bureau is the strategic missile defence branch of North Korea. The SMF is an important division of the Korean People’s Army that oversees North Korea’s nuclear and conventional strategic defence missiles. It is mainly armed with surface-to-surface missiles of Soviet and Chinese design, as well as domestically developed long-range missiles.

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South Korean president Park Geun-hye impeached

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has now left the presidential palace, two days after judges upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her. Ms Park arrived at her home in southern Seoul amid waving supporters. She has been impeached over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend, Choi Soon-sil. Ms Park said in a statement: “Although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out.” She also apologised to her supporters for “failing to fulfil my duty as president”. Ms Park has now lost her immunity and could face criminal proceedings over accusations she allowed Ms Choi to extort money from companies in return for political favours.
Park Geun-hye was ferried to her private residence in Seoul in a black limousine, chased by a posse of journalists on motorbikes. When she arrived, she waved to cheering supporters, smiling broadly, and shook hands with political allies. She may yet face prosecution and a trial in an ordinary criminal court. Her demise has split the country, with her increasingly vocal supporters saying she is a victim of a political decision. Her demeanour outside her new residence was upbeat and full of smiles. It was not the demeanour of a disgraced, regretful politician.

North Korea must review its policies

Despite the tough new UN sanctions, North Korea has been conducting several long- and short-range missile tests. North Korea seems to have antagonised even its close allies like China through its actions. China, it may be noted, has not used its veto power in the UN Security Council to block the new sanctions against Pyongyang. The missile tests are not going to benefit North Korea in any way at all despite its tall claims. They will result only in more sanctions and sterner policy towards it from the international community. Although the global community is tightening sanctions to punish North Korea for its continuing nuclear and missile development, Pyongyang appears to be defiant. The North has ramped up its threats against South Korea and the US and continues to fire more missiles following the UN’s adoption of a fresh resolution expanding sanctions against it.

Last Friday, North Korea issued new threats against South Korea, further escalating tensions between the two sides. North Korea’s state media said Kim Jong-un ordered the country’s military to be on high alert and ready for an attack against South Korean leaders. Due to aggressive polices of the Kim regime, the country remains isolated among the world community and the people of the country are suffering badly. Families in the communist state, according to reports, struggle to secure everyday essentials. Despite the widespread poverty, the country’s military spending is quite high. The powerful military seems to control the country’s entire resources. The freedom of speech is restricted. Full Internet access is not allowed and political activities are very rare. The country is facing tough challenges on economic, political and foreign-policy fronts. It is high time for North Korea to rethink its policies towards the rest of the world and join the international community as a full-fledged and responsible member. Isolation is not the answer to today’s problems.

Khawaja Umer Farooq

North Korea launches long-range rocket

A satellite put into orbit by North Korea does not appear to be transmitting, but the rocket used to get it there delivered twice the payload of a previous launch in 2012.

North And South Korea – The World’s Most Dangerous Border

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the buffer zone between North and South Korea, running across the peninsula roughly following the 38th parallel. It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953. The DMZ is 250 kilometres (160 miles) long, and about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide.
Within the DMZ is a meeting-point between the two nations in the small Joint Security Area (JSA) near the western end of the zone, where negotiations take place. There have been various incidents in and around the DMZ, with military and civilian casualties on both sides. Several tunnels are claimed to have been built as an invasion route for the North Koreans.

 Location 

The Korean Demilitarized Zone  is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. It was established at the end of the Korean War to serve as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ is a de facto border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. The DMZ roughly flows the 38th parallel north on an angle, with the west end of the DMZ lying south of the parallel and the east end lying north of it. It was created as part of the Korean Armistice Agreement between North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Nations Command forces in 1953. The DMZ is 250 kilometres (160 miles) long,  approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) wide and, despite its name, is the most heavily militarized border in the world.   The Northern Limit Line, or NLL, is the disputed maritime demarcation line between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea, not agreed in the armistice. The coastline and islands on both sides of the NLL are also heavily militarized.

 History 

The 38th parallel north—which divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half—was the original boundary between the United States and Soviet Union’s brief administration areas of Korea at the end of World War II. Upon the creation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, informally North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (ROK, informally South Korea) in 1948, it became a de facto international border and one of the most tense fronts in the Cold War.
Both the North and the South remained dependent on their sponsor states from 1948 to the outbreak of the Korean War. That conflict, which claimed over three million lives and divided the Korean Peninsula along ideological lines, commenced on June 25, 1950, with a full-front DPRK invasion across the 38th parallel, and ended in 1953 after international intervention pushed the front of the war back to near the 38th parallel.

 Joint Security Area

Inside the DMZ, near the western coast of the peninsula, Panmunjom is the home of the Joint Security Area (JSA). Originally, it was the only connection between North and South Korea[9] but that changed in 2007 when a Korail train crossed the DMZ to the North on the new Donghae Bukbu Line built on the east coast of Korea.
There are several buildings on both the north and the south side of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), and there have been some built on top of it. The JSA is the location where all negotiations since 1953 have been held, including statements of Korean solidarity, which have generally amounted to little except a slight decline of tensions. The MDL goes through the conference rooms and down the middle of the conference tables where the North Koreans and the United Nations Command (primarily South Koreans and Americans) meet face to face.

South Korea reported seven new cases of the MERS virus

A South Korean health worker wearing protective gear sprays an antiseptic solution in a classroom at an elementary school in Seoul. South Korea reported seven new cases of the MERS virus in an outbreak that has killed 14 people. One citizen was hospitalized in Slovakia after being suspected of carrying the disease there.

MERS outbreak in South Korea

An outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has been ongoing in South Korea since May 2015. The virus, which causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), is a newly emerged betacoronavirus that was first identified in a patient fromSaudi Arabia in April 2012.
South Korea reported its first MERS case on 20 May 2015. A 68-year-old man returning from the Middle East was diagnosed with MERS nine days after he initially sought medical help.[4] As of 14 June 2015, there were 145 known cases in/from the country and 14 people have died from this outbreak. 2,208 schools have been temporarily closed, including 20 universities. 3,800 people have been placed in isolation at home or at government designated facilities.

South Korea and the United States conduct an anti-submarine naval drill

Two South Korean warships, the 3,200-ton destroyer Yang Man Chun, left, and the 7,600-ton Aegis destroyer Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, drop anti-submarine bombs into waters off Jeju, South Korea. South Korea and the United States conduct an anti-submarine naval drill to tackle North Korea’s threats.  

Samsung Facts and History

The Samsung headquarters
The Samsung headquarters 
Samsung Group (Hangul: 삼성그룹; Hanja: 三星그룹; Korean pronunciation: [sam.sʌŋ ɡɯ’ɾup̚]) is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol.
 
Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chull in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades the group diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s; these areas would drive its subsequent growth. Following Lee’s death in 1987, Samsung was separated into four business groups – Samsung Group, Shinsegae Group, CJ Group and Hansol Group. Since the 1990s Samsung has increasingly globalised its activities, and electronics, particularly mobile phones and semiconductors, has become its most important source of income.
 
Notable Samsung industrial subsidiaries include Samsung Electronics (the world’s largest information technology company measured by 2012 revenues),[2]Samsung Heavy Industries (the world’s second-largest shipbuilder measured by 2010 revenues),[3] and Samsung Engineering and Samsung C&T (respectively the world’s 15th- and 63nd-largest construction companies).[4] Other notable subsidiaries include Samsung Life Insurance (the world’s 14th-largest life insurance company),[5]Samsung Everland (operator of Everland Resort, the oldest theme park in South Korea),[6]Samsung Techwin (an aerospace, surveillance and defence company) and Cheil Worldwide (the world’s 16th-largest advertising agency measured by 2011 revenues).[7][8]
 
Samsung has a powerful influence on South Korea’s economic development, politics, media and culture, and has been a major driving force behind the “Miracle on the Han River”.[9][10] Its affiliate companies produce around a fifth of South Korea’s total exports.[11] Samsung’s revenue was equal to 17% of the South Korea’s $1082 billion GDP.[12]

Facts and History

According to the founder of Samsung Group, the meaning of the Korean hanja word Samsung () is “tristar” or “three stars”. The word “three” represents something “big, numerous and powerful”; the “stars” mean eternity
 
In 1938,[14]Lee Byung-chull (1910–1987) of a large landowning family in the Uiryeong county came to the nearby Daegu city and founded Samsung Sanghoe (삼성상회, 三星商會), a small trading company with forty employees located in Su-dong (now Ingyo-dong). It dealt in groceries produced in and around the city and produced its own noodles. The company prospered and Lee moved its head office to Seoul in 1947. When the Korean War broke out, however, he was forced to leave Seoul and started a sugar refinery in Busan named Cheil Jedang. After the war, in 1954, Lee founded Cheil Mojik and built the plant in Chimsan-dong, Daegu. It was the largest woollen mill ever in the country and the company took on the aspect of a major company.
 
Samsung diversified into many areas and Lee sought to help establish Samsung as an industry leader in a wide range of enterprises, moving into businesses such as insurance, securities, and retail. Lee placed great importance on industrialization, and focused his economic development strategy on a handful of large domestic conglomerates, protecting them from competition and assisting them financially.[15]
 
In 1948, Cho Hong-jai (the Hyosung group’s founder) jointly invested in a new company called Samsung Mulsan Gongsa (삼성물산공사), or the Samsung Trading Corporation, with the Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull. The trading firm grew to become the present-day Samsung C&T Corporation. But after some years Cho and Lee separated due to differences in management between them. He wanted to get up to a 30% group share. After settlement, Samsung Group was separated into Samsung Group and Hyosung Group, Hankook Tire, and others.[16][17]
In the late 1960s, Samsung Group entered into the electronics industry. It formed several electronics-related divisions, such as Samsung Electronics Devices Co., Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Samsung Corning Co., and Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications Co., and made the facility in Suwon. Its first product was a black-and-white television set..[13]
 
 
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North Korea Threatened to attack US

امریکا پر حملے کیلئے شمالی کوریا کا فوج کو تیار رہنے کا حکم

شمالی کوریا نے امریکا کے تین علاقوں پر میزائل حملے کی دھکمی دیتے ہوئے اپنی فوج کو تیار رہنے کا حکم جاری کردیا ہے۔

فرانسیسی خبر رساں ادارے اے ایف پی کے مطابق شمالی کوریا نے امریکا پر راکٹ حملے کرنے کی کھل کر دھمکی دے دی ہے اور اس بار فوج کو الرٹ رہنے کا حکم بھی دے دیا ہے۔

North Korea Threatened to attack US
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