All’s quiet on the North Korean front

Yesterday, we posted that a Japanese newspaper was reporting that North Korea was set to make an “important announcement” today, which the scuttlebutt had that it could possibly be Kim Jong Il’s death or a coup d’etat.

Well, today, South Korea is reporting that everything in North Korea appears to be (ab)normal, as usual:

There was no unusual activity in North Korea on Monday, South Korean officials said, despite reports that Pyongyang was poised to make an announcement amid speculation about the health of its leader, Kim Jong Il.


On Sunday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency published typical propaganda dispatches praising Kim’s regime and criticizing the South Korean government. There were no articles indicating any imminent government announcement.

“Propaganda dispatches praising Kim’s regime and criticizing the South Korean government.” Yep, that sounds like what passes for normal in North Korea on any given day.


Hypocritical Mexico

Mexicans illegally entering US: okay.

Cubans entering US via Mexico: no way.

So decreeth the Mexican government (as well as the Castro regime):

Mexico agreed Monday to deport Cubans who sneak illegally through Mexican territory to reach the U.S., a step toward cutting off an increasingly violent and heavily used human trafficking route.

The agreement, signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, takes effect in one month. It also criticizes U.S. policy that generally allows Cubans who reach U.S. territory to stay, while turning back most caught at sea.

Har, har, har. It’s the US’s fault that Cuba is such a festering hellhole (thanks to Castro bros.) people will leave if you give them half a chance. As friend of Castro Death Watch Henry Gomez, of Babalublog, is quoted as saying in the article:

“There would be no need for the policy if people weren’t dying, literally, to get out of Cuba.”


Kim Jong Il dead?

Is Castro’s North Korean buddy Kim Jong (Mentally) Il dead? Or is something else going on in North Korea?

Either way, the police state and Castro ally is set to make some sort of “important announcement” tomorrow, according to Sky News’ website:

The Sankei newspaper said there was speculation within Japan that the announcement could be about Kim’s death or a change in government brought about by a coup.

The 66-year-old Kim disappeared from public view in mid-August and failed appear on two important national holidays, leading to speculation that he was seriously ill.

United States and South Korean officials said he had suffered a stroke and had undergone brain surgery, but North Korea has denied that he is unwell.

Quoting unidentified sources at Japan’s defence ministry, the Sankei said Tokyo had information that “there will be an important announcement on (October) 20th”.

Very, very interesting.