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  1. North Korea

    Posted Jul 16th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... many holes-in-one did Kim Jong-il achieve in his first attempt at golf? 3 By what term is South Korea's practice of reconciliation with its northern neighbour known? 4 Which James Bond film begins with 007 being captured in North Korea? 5 What sporting item did the US secretary of state present Kim with after their historic 2000 summit? 6 In which country was Kim born? ...

  2. Vanishing Kim likely holed up in hermit's bunker

    Posted Aug 12th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This week proved no different as analysts eagerly digested reports that 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il has not been seen in public since he unleashed the missile tests on July 5. Phrases like 'in public' and 'out of the media spotlight' require caveats given the nature of the world's last hardline Stalinist state. Chairman Kim, of course, is not known ...

  3. Down the aisle with Kim

    Posted Jul 28th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer So powerful, so dictatorial, so reclusive, so pudgy, so downright strange is North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il that, when a new titbit about him comes our way, we cannot ... been indoctrinated to use- had taken a new wife. 'Aha', said I excitedly, having read previously of Mr Kim's appetite for actresses, dancers, singers and beauty queens. ...

  4. Just what Mr Kim ordered

    Posted Nov 24th 2006, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Kim Jong-il must have been pleased with the gathering of Pacific rim leaders in Hanoi last weekend. After all the posturing was done, none of them wanted to do a thing, ... the Americans would be lucky to get him to exercise the powers of persuasion needed to compel Mr Kim to make good on his promise to return to six-party talks in Beijing. The Chinese, as the source ...

  5. Kim Jong-il the attention seeker

    Posted Oct 21st 2006, 12:00am by Scott Thompson

    ... 5 million refugees on its border- from a new Korean war. The bottom line is this: a war that Kim Jong-il starts will be the end of him, and he knows it. So, what does Pyongyang want? Steve Bosworth, ... of survival, all this is to be expected. And the world is giving Mr Kim just what he hoped for- centre diplomatic stage. Are there new elements in the equation, aside from the so-called nuclear threat? ...

  6. Will Kim Jong-il spoil India's party?

    Posted Oct 25th 2006, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray Far-fetched though it may sound, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's nuclear adventurism could damage economic reforms in India by strengthening America's ... that the secretive Mr Kim obtained his centrifuge-based uranium enrichment process from Pakistan. Ironically, that acquisition may have been accelerated- if not initiated- by earlier American efforts ...

  7. Cosy up to Kim Jong-il

    Posted Oct 17th 2006, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... societies and politics have changed. The right bait can turn evil enemies into snuggly friends. This is actually what Kim Jong-il wants: normalisation of relations and foreign investment. He has visited Shenzhen and opened gambling concessions to Macau. Maybe he is a closet capitalist. So, how about lifting sanctions altogether? Mr Bush could guarantee Mr Kim presidency for life, ...

  8. Kim tests China's patience as bomb demolishes talks

    Posted Oct 10th 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove, Shi Jiangtao

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai and Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Wayward ally squanders Beijing's hard-won political capital North Korea's nuclear test marked a diplomatic failure for Beijing and signalled its waning influence over a traditional ally, anal ...

  9. Give and take, Kim Jong-il style

    Posted Aug 19th 2006, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... and the Pacific, Christopher Hill, plunged into a fourth round. He even chatted on the sidelines with North Korean envoy Kim Gye-gwan- a gesture seen as a departure from US refusals to meet the North ... missiles last month, in a demented display of juche, or 'self-reliance', which leader Kim Jong-il has turned into almost a state religion. The fact that North Korea cannot go it alone ...

  10. With rockets' red glare, Kim Jong-il demands Washington's attention

    Posted Jul 06th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Yesterday's missile tests may also be an attempt to shore up support from his nation's military, writes Andrew Salmon Kim Jong-il has proved it is not just Americans who can ... Christopher Hill has twice refused Pyongyang's requests for bilateral talks. 'They want to talk to the US directly,' added Kim Tae-woo, of the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis. ...




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