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  1. Is Kim Jong-un the grandson of a traitor?

    Posted May 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... world war, making uniforms for soldiers whose comrades were hunting Kim's other grandfather, Kim Il-sung. Such a lineage would technically make Kim Jong-un part of North Korea's ... was a collaborator undermines his legitimacy. 'Now that it is clear Kim Jong-un is actually from the pariah class, according to North Korea's political classification system, the entire foundations ...

  2. Kim Jong-un keeps the world guessing

    Posted Jul 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... lived with instability. Leader Kim Jong-un has taken the top military position of marshal, days after army chief Ri Yong-ho was replaced by Hyon Yong-chol, a little-known general. State media said Ri's replacement was due to 'illness', a term commonly used by previous regimes when purging military officers and officials. Ri was a childhood friend of Kim's father, ...

  3. Like father, like son

    Posted Jan 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Compiled by Wong Yat-hei The News North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il died in late December. Little is known about Kim Jong-un, his youngest son and chosen heir. Until 2009, Kim Jong-un had not been known to hold any formal office in the North Korean government. Because of his youth and inexperience in a country which traditionally values seniority, Kim Jong-un is seen ...

  4. Who said it?

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kim Jong-un is surrounded by foreign powers that wish him well. People fear chaos Michael Breen, Seoul-based author of a biography of Kim Jong-il There are hopes it will reduce hostility between parents Permanent Secretary Paul Tang Kwok-wai, on proposed family law reforms where divorced couples get joint custody of children We can no longer lower the costs of industrialisation ...

  5. Who said it?

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by the respected leader Kim Jong-un A commentator's prediction on North Korean television ...

  6. Smooth transition of power to son expected

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul The death of Kim Il-sung draped the mantle of power across Kim Jong-il's narrow shoulders. Now, with Kim Jong-il laid to rest, it is his son Kim Jong-un who carries the flame of communism's only family dynasty. The local and international risks facing Kim Jong-un appear significantly steeper than those his father faced on his accession to power ...

  7. Kim Jong-il's grandson arrives at Bosnian school

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com The grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has arrived in Bosnia to study at his new college, after he was denied a visa to study at a Hong Kong international school. Kim Han-sol, 16, landed on Wednesday, the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, confirmed yesterday. 'He's here,' said Meri Musa, spokesman ...

  8. Who said it?

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... It doesn't start with someone saying, 'OK, we're going to abandon communism.' It starts in smaller ways like this An analyst on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's (pictured) recent public appearances This was a price I was willing to pay. But still I feel a bit sorry for my family Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man on his reservations about joining ...

  9. Wait begins

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... sanctums of power in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un may well appear to be his father's heir, just as his father was heir to power after the death of Kim Il-sung in July 1994, but the fact is that Kim ... Kim Jong-il served as chairman. How Kim Jong-un manipulates matters among generals who know much more about what's going on within the ruling elite of Pyongyang will be the stuff ...

  10. US, Asia wary after Kim's death

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... say was some form of cancer. The leader had made it clear that he wanted to pass his power on to his son, Kim Jong-un. The North Korean media called on people to mourn Kim and rally behind his ... isolation. Kim's death poses difficult choices for both Washington and Beijing, the North's longtime ally. Little is known about Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s, ...




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