Iran, North Korea had an abysmal 2020 – analysis

Parades, missiles and confetti look good for photos, but even with two months left on the clock, it is clear that both Iran and North Korea had a truly abysmal 2020.Pyongyang and Tehran have both lost ground in their respective standoffs with the US, and Israeli security is marginally better for the time being because of this.  A decision by Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s supreme leader, to display his potentially largest Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) ever in a parade this past weekend does nothing to change that.There are two key takeaways from the parade for North Korea-US issues and one for Iran-US-Israel issues. They all ultimately highlight North Korea’s and Iran’s relative weakness at the moment.One is that presuming Pyongyang already had the ability to strike the US with a nuclear ICBM since 2017, it may now be able to fire certain ICBMs with multiple warhead delivery vehicles.That means that
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North Korea Unveils What Appears to Be New ICBM During Military Parade

In his 2020 New Year’s message, a defiant Mr. Kim said his country no longer felt bound by its self-declared nuclear and ICBM test moratorium and vowed to show the world a “new strategic weapon.” But until the military parade on Saturday, no display of such a weapon materialized, as North Korea seemed preoccupied with fighting Covid-19 and extensive flood damage.

During his speech, Mr. Kim reiterated his claim that the country had no cases of Covid-19, and a large, maskless crowd gathered for the parade. Outside experts are skeptical about the claim, given the country’s poor public health system.

Harry J. Kazianis, senior director of Korean studies at the Washington-based Center for the National Interest, said that the new ICBM seems to be a derivative of the Hwasong-15. But it is “much bigger and clearly more powerful than anything” in the North Korean arsenal, indicating that it could carry

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North Korea unveils new ballistic missile during military parade

North Korea unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile during a military parade on Saturday night, though it is unclear whether the weapon is functional or built for show, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: If it does work, analysts say it would be North Korea’s largest long-range missile to date, potentially able to fly further and carry a more powerful nuclear warhead than the country’s previous ICBMs.

  • It not known whether the missile has been flight-tested.

The big picture: The technology demonstrates that the country has improved its missile and nuclear innovation despite pressure from the United States, international sanctions, typhoons and the coronavirus pandemic.

  • “What North Korea has shown us, what appears to be a new liquid-fueled ICBM that seems to be a derivative of what was tested back in late 2017, known as the Hwasong-15, is much bigger and clearly more
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North Korea scientists criticize Oracle’s database system as slow, costly

Oct. 7 (UPI) — North Korean engineers gave Oracle’s database management system low marks in a research paper published by Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung University, according to a South Korean press report.

NK Economy reported Wednesday the second issue of Volume 66 of
an academic journal of geo-environmental studies from the university included a paper about “indexing for constructing a large-scale panorama image database management system.”

North Korean researchers wrote that “database management systems such as those of Oracle take a great deal of time” to process and store large amounts of data.

“It’s time consuming, it’s expensive and impossible to search for [storage] space.”

North Korean engineers also claimed they researched methods of storing and managing image data using file indexing and basic search methods. The paper compared the North Korean method to those of Oracle. The North Korean method of data management “cut processing time by about half,”

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South Korea stocks fall as tensions on the peninsula reignite

SINGAPORE — South Korean stocks dropped in Thursday afternoon trade as tensions on the Korean Peninsula reignited.

The Kospi in South Korea dropped more than 2% in afternoon trade. 

The moves came following reports that South Korea’s defense ministry said North Korea had killed a missing official from the South earlier this week. It marked the first time since July 2008 that a South Korean civilian has been shot dead in North Korea, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Shares of South Korean defense firm Victek soared more than 21% following the announcement, while North Korea exposed stocks Hanil Hyundai Cement and Hyundai Elevator slipped 1.97% and 0.75%, respectively.

Asia-Pacific markets decline

Elsewhere, other Asia-Pacific markets also saw losses, following an overnight drop on Wall Street.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 1.78%. Mainland Chinese stocks slipped, with the Shanghai composite down 1.46% while the Shenzhen component declined 1.915%.

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South Korea tech giants expanding robotics amid COVID-19

Sept. 23 (UPI) — South Korea’s biggest tech companies are investing in robotics as a solution to the risks of human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Service robots could soon reduce the number of jobs in restaurants and hotels, however.

LG Electronics is expanding its robot business and introducing new technology in hotels that eliminates the need for human servers, South Korean news service EDaily reported Wednesday.

The company will soon introduce a robot that pours draft beer for guests at the Mayfield Hotel buffet in Seoul, according to the report.

Robots could replace workers in other areas of the hotel, including people who work in outdoor delivery, food and beverage, and even concierge services.

LG Electronics, part of the fourth-biggest conglomerate in South Korea, LG Corp., is positioned to install robots in a variety of locations, including in apartment complexes, on university campuses and playgrounds. An LG affiliate is

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Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information to Hold 2020 Korea Supercomputing Conference to Discuss about “Exascale Computing”

A place for discussions on the era of “exascale” computing systems that are capable of billion billion calculations (1018) per set to be held in South Korea.
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI, President Choi Hee-yoon) is going to hold “2020 Korea Supercomputing Conference” from Wednesday to Thursday. This year’s conference, which will be celebrating its 17th conference this year, will be held online due to COVID-19.
The topic of this year’s conference is the “Arrival of Exascale Computing Era”. Researchers from various countries will talk about their respective countries’ progress in development of exascale computing. Four basic lectures, eight workshops on topics such as current trend on quantum computing, utilization of high-performance computing (HPC) against COVID-19, and HPC infrastructure for research on artificial intelligence (AI), and four community forums involving Korea Society for Computational Society and Engineering and astrophysics will be held during the conference.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Indonesia, S. Korea stocks drop over 1% as virus threatens recovery

By Anushka Trivedi

Sept 22 (Reuters)Stock markets in Indonesia, Philippines and South Korea declined more than 1% on Tuesday as rises in coronavirus cases locally and globally dampened hopes of a swift economic recovery.

South Korean stocks .KS11, dropped 1.7% to lead falls across Asia’s emerging markets, while Jakarta’s main index .JKSE slid as much as 1.6% to its lowest level in almost two weeks.

The number of infections in the Philippines rose another 3,500 to top 290,000 on Monday, while Indonesia reported a record jump in cases despite moves to lock down parts of its capital.

Sentiment on stock markets globally worsened on Monday as the imposition of curbs in a number of European countries, along with a possible delay in fresh U.S. fiscal stimulus, weakened the prospects for recovery, said Margaret Yang, a strategist at retail trading platform IG.

Banking stocks weighed

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