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viernes, 12 de enero de 2018

Report: North Korea arming and training children to fight in WWIII

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is taking a cue from Islamic State terrorists. He’s removing the childhood from his country’s children.

According to a recent report, North Korea children in their early teens are being armed and trained for military service. The training includes the use of automatic weapons and the launching of explosive devices.

It’s all aimed with an eye toward a future war.

A report from the south

A decorated South Korean general sounded the alarm that his northern neighbor was taking the unusual step of training children to become soldiers.

The UK’s Express reported:

Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun, one of South Korea’s most decorated military leaders in history, claims a 14-year-old North Korean gets more than 100 hours of military training each year.

This means by the time they reach conscription age and serve their time in the military they are able to fire an array of weapons, including an AK-47 [sub-] machine gun, as well as launch grenades and effectively fend for themselves.

“North Korea is very militarised, far beyond any imagination of western powers,” the general said.

“The entire country is like a barracks.”

In order to better prepare the rogue state for war, the “entire state looks for talented people,” he added.

Hackers wanted

With cybersecurity becoming a more important issue, North Korea isn’t looking just for grunts to serve on the battlefield — it’s also recruiting young computer-oriented talent. Express reported:

One of the hermit state’s most powerful tools is its computer hacking abilities, and the caste system that dictates people’s roles is set aside when it comes to selecting recruits for this special task.

These “computer whizz kids” are selected from as young as 12 or 13 years old.

Some of these recruits are even in their preteens.

“By 12 or 13-years-old, if he or she shows aptitude for computers, they will be trained up programmers or hackers,” Chun said.

Cyber warfare bearing fruit

Last year, North Korea’s hacking program targeted Britain’s National Health Service, the UK’s single-payer health system, according to Home Office minister Ben Wallace.

“North Korea was the state that we believe was involved this worldwide attack,” he said.

“We can be as sure as possible — I can’t obviously go into the detailed intelligence — but it is widely believed in the community and across a number of countries that North Korea had taken this role.”

But it’s the hands-on military training that’s of greatest concern.

“Competent and mature” leader?”

In an interview Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the North Korean dictator is “cleaning up the situation, smoothing it, calming it.”

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Vladimir Putin calls North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ‘competent and mature’ leader

While meeting with senior Russian media figures, Putin said Kim “is an absolutely competent and already mature politician” who has “solved his strategic task — he has a nuclear warhead and a global-range missile.”

Given Chun’s alarming report, Putin may want to rethink that “competent and already mature” observation.