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North Korean firing squads reportedly execute 80 for watching foreign films

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Julian Ryall, The Telegraph | 12/11/13 9:57 AM ET

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AFP/Getty ImagesA Korean Central News Agency photo from October 15, 2013, shows Kim Jong-un and Pavel Ovsyannikov, centre-left, arriving a theatre in Pyongyang.

Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, according to a newspaper report.


South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbonewspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.

In one case, the local authorities rounded up 10,000 people, including children, and forced them to watch, it reported.

Those put to death were found guilty by the state of minor misdemeanors, including watching videos of South Korean television programs or possessing a Bible.

Sources told the paper that witnesses saw eight people tied to stakes in the Shinpoong Stadium, in Kangwon Province, before having sacks placed over their heads and being executed by soldiers firing machineguns.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machinegun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards,” the source said.

Relatives and friends of the victims were reportedly sent to prison camps, a tactic that North Korea frequently uses to dissuade anyone from breaking the law.

“Reports on public executions across the country would be certain to have a chilling effect on the rest of the people,” Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea analyst with The International Crisis Group in Seoul, said. “All these people want to do is to survive and for their families to survive. The incentives for not breaking the law are very clear now.”

The mass executions could signal a broader crackdown on any hints of discontent among the population – and even rival groups in Pyongyang – against the rule of Kim Jong-un, who came to power after the death of his father in December 2011.

In a new report, the Rand Corporation think tank claims that Kim survived an assassination attempt in 2012 and that his personal security has since been stepped up dramatically. The report concurs with South Korean intelligence sources that stated in March that a faction within the North Korean army had been involved in an attempt on Kim’s life in November of last year.

So a pyscho dictator who hates the West, commits mass murder against his people, and has gone on record threatening the west with actual WMD's, goes pretty much ignored. I would rather see North Korea go down then any of these other countries.

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Julian Ryall, The Telegraph | 12/11/13 9:57 AM ET

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AFP/Getty ImagesA Korean Central News Agency photo from October 15, 2013, shows Kim Jong-un and Pavel Ovsyannikov, centre-left, arriving a theatre in Pyongyang.

Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, according to a newspaper report.


South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbonewspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.

In one case, the local authorities rounded up 10,000 people, including children, and forced them to watch, it reported.

Those put to death were found guilty by the state of minor misdemeanors, including watching videos of South Korean television programs or possessing a Bible.

Sources told the paper that witnesses saw eight people tied to stakes in the Shinpoong Stadium, in Kangwon Province, before having sacks placed over their heads and being executed by soldiers firing machineguns.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machinegun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards,” the source said.

Relatives and friends of the victims were reportedly sent to prison camps, a tactic that North Korea frequently uses to dissuade anyone from breaking the law.

“Reports on public executions across the country would be certain to have a chilling effect on the rest of the people,” Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea analyst with The International Crisis Group in Seoul, said. “All these people want to do is to survive and for their families to survive. The incentives for not breaking the law are very clear now.”

The mass executions could signal a broader crackdown on any hints of discontent among the population – and even rival groups in Pyongyang – against the rule of Kim Jong-un, who came to power after the death of his father in December 2011.

In a new report, the Rand Corporation think tank claims that Kim survived an assassination attempt in 2012 and that his personal security has since been stepped up dramatically. The report concurs with South Korean intelligence sources that stated in March that a faction within the North Korean army had been involved in an attempt on Kim’s life in November of last year.

So a pyscho dictator who hates the West, commits mass murder against his people, and has gone on record threatening the west with actual WMD's, goes pretty much ignored. I would rather see North Korea go down then any of these other countries.

The US would have to bring back conscription in order to go to war against North Korea and that would basically bring an end to whatever government is in power in the US.

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The US would have to bring back conscription in order to go to war against North Korea and that would basically bring an end to whatever government is in power in the US.

i fully disagree with this statement if america went to war with north korea the war would be over in about a day. The future of war is drones, smart missiles, robotics and e m p devices. America would not go into a ground war with korea thats sheer suicide for a presidents office. what they would do would be blow up missile silos, communications and control centers, nuclear sites wmd sites air force facilities. Theyd also target their generals and head politicians kim jong un would be targeted

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i fully disagree with this statement if america went to war with north korea the war would be over in about a day. The future of war is drones, smart missiles, robotics and e m p devices. America would not go into a ground war with korea thats sheer suicide for a presidents office. what they would do would be blow up missile silos, communications and control centers, nuclear sites wmd sites air force facilities. Theyd also target their generals and head politicians kim jong un would be targeted

The problem is in that 1 day NK can unleash thousands of Arty shells on Seoul causing major problems.

Need to bomb them with Smartphones and tablets connected to the internet via Sat.

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i fully disagree with this statement if america went to war with north korea the war would be over in about a day. The future of war is drones, smart missiles, robotics and e m p devices. America would not go into a ground war with korea thats sheer suicide for a presidents office. what they would do would be blow up missile silos, communications and control centers, nuclear sites wmd sites air force facilities. Theyd also target their generals and head politicians kim jong un would be targeted

No. Your knowledge of war derives from Call of Duty games. Was the war in Iraq over in a day? The war in Afghanistan? These are countries that don't even have a military. Korea has a Military, Korea has missiles and Korea is dangerous to NA. You can't just blow up a nuclear site or you risk a global catastrophe just look what happened when Japans nuclear reactor went hay wire it's still polluting the ocean and will cause global health problems for generations, it wasn't even blown up.

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The problem is in that 1 day NK can unleash thousands of Arty shells on Seoul causing major problems.

Need to bomb them with Smartphones and tablets connected to the internet via Sat.

The South Koreans have been prepping for an attack from the North since 1953. Any attack on from North Korea and the ROK armed forces immediately transfer command to the US military, all roads heading towards Seoul will be barricaded with concrete blocks and 3 million soldiers in reserve will be called upon immediately. Toss in the Japan factor and you will realize how futile the situation will be for the North Koreans.

Even on just only North vs South, the South will still win. North Korea may be armed to the teeth, but when was the last time you bought a North Korean built car? Would you ever wanna fly a North Korean built plane? When you think about the latest technology, you think of Samsung, LG, Hyundai, etc.... the same domestic companies that are supplying the ROK military, not including stuff from the US/NATO. One of the primary reason Seoul always prefer reconciliation is because almost everyone in South Korea has relatives living in the North.

While I do agree that the regime should be overthrown from within, I think the populace has been so brainwashed that it's impossible. A sizable percentage of refugees able to flee to South Korea has a hard time adjusting to life outside the North. Even with lots of support and funding, they are completely unprepared for the outside world.

I even remember reading about how Doctors Without Borders helped folks with cataracts and after regaining their vision, they immediately praised Kim Jong-Il for "helping" them.

No. Your knowledge of war derives from Call of Duty games. Was the war in Iraq over in a day? The war in Afghanistan? These are countries that don't even have a military. Korea has a Military, Korea has missiles and Korea is dangerous to NA. You can't just blow up a nuclear site or you risk a global catastrophe just look what happened when Japans nuclear reactor went hay wire it's still polluting the ocean and will cause global health problems for generations, it wasn't even blown up.

That's because the US and their allies needs to (re)build infrastructures in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Iraq, they still had the Iraqi Army and the Republican Guards... not saying they're heavyweights, but still almost half a million strong.

Should the USA just felt like destroying North Korea with no regard for lives and reconstruction.... Pyongyang would be a parking lot overnight, even without nuclear weapons.

Also, there are newer generations of nuclear weapons where the radiation is minimal.

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No. Your knowledge of war derives from Call of Duty games. Was the war in Iraq over in a day? The war in Afghanistan? These are countries that don't even have a military.

Iraq certainly did have a military. The Iraq army alone had almost 400K soldiers. Both the countries you mention were invaded and their governments toppled in just a few days. Sure, there's an insurgency but the invasion was over before it even started.

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Yeah, Iraq had a serious military with many veterans of the Iran-Iraq 8 year war in its officer ranks. North Korea would be a fairly similar war with the exception that their weapons are in terrible states of disrepair and they would be critically short of every type of material from fuel to ammunition to food to medical supplies from day one onwards. Without immediate and overwhelming help from China or Russia it would be a turkey shoot.

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There is one area where North Korea could really give the U.S. or just about anyone else a black eye if it came to war; military terrorism.

A bunch of infiltrated special forces running around hitting civilian targets would make the Mumbai attack or the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston look like a practical joke in comparison.

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So is there any actual evidence? Sounds like a story based on a story by a South Korean newspaper. No intelligence reports? No sources inside SK intelligence? Nothing but eye witnesses, interviewed by a SK paper inside NK, did they just pick up the phone to schedule a time? Yeah, I'll get right on believing.

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There is one area where North Korea could really give the U.S. or just about anyone else a black eye if it came to war; military terrorism.

A bunch of infiltrated special forces running around hitting civilian targets would make the Mumbai attack or the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston look like a practical joke in comparison.

Well, it would be hard for any North Korean to leave the country without sounding any alarms. While some N. Korean spec-ops may be able to enter China first and then travel through various 3rd world countries on their way into the US, the chances of them actually making it would be very slim.

It's hard enough for them to infiltrate S. Korea as is. While visiting the DMZ, there were tons of barb wires and fences along the river, which is the most likely point of infiltration (was used previously in the past). There's also soldiers in outposts every 100-200 metres all along it, as well as regular patrols.

So is there any actual evidence? Sounds like a story based on a story by a South Korean newspaper. No intelligence reports? No sources inside SK intelligence? Nothing but eye witnesses, interviewed by a SK paper inside NK, did they just pick up the phone to schedule a time? Yeah, I'll get right on believing.

Any reason not to believe it? It's not like North Korea is some friendly country that's just misunderstood.

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