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  1. Pyongyang nervously eyes the Russian bear

    Posted Aug 28th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... that ended in the Russian defeat at the hands of Japan in 1905. The former Soviet Union occupied the Korean peninsula above the 38th parallel after the second world war and installed Kim Il-sung ... instincts about Russian aims, to some extent, reflect their Russian backgrounds. Kim Il-sung was sheltered as an officer in the Soviet army during the second world war while his son was born near ...

  2. Seoul survivor

    Posted Mar 05th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Sent on a mission to kill the South Korean president, Kim Shin-jo's life took a strange turn, writes Andrew Salmon He was once despatched to assassinate a South Korean president, but Kim Shin-jo was delighted at last week's inauguration of conservative Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. 'There has been something wrong in our society,' Mr Kim, 67, said of the past 10 ...

  3. Fancy a heavy dose of propaganda for your Easter holiday?

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... state during the coming Easter holiday. The tour next month has been billed as packed with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see a giant bronze statue of Great Leader Kim Il-sung ...

  4. Tall order in Pyongyang for telecoms contractor

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... the 100th anniversary of the birth of the nation's 'eternal president' Kim Il-sung, who died in July 1994. North Korean strategists believe the Ryugyong, which in reality is a symbol ... Il-sung's dream into reality. The worst problem, however, may be that of propping up Kim's son and heir, Kim Jong-il, long enough for him to be able to show his face for the occasion ...

  5. Chilling prospects for a post-Kim Korea

    Posted Sep 18th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... the apprenticeship that Mr Kim's father had him serve in top positions. When Kim Il-sung died of a heart attack in July 1994, Kim Jong-il, then 52, was already commander of the armed forces, the centre ... Donald Kirk The enemies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, from Washington to Seoul, agree: they'd rather deal with the enemy they know than whoever might replace him. The 'Dear ...

  6. N Korean choir keen for cultural exchange - as long as it's not with journalists

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... of the Central Committee of Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League, who is travelling with the group, said cultural exchanges between children of different nationalities were the group's priority ...

  7. Reports of sickly Kim a worry for region

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the stakes in the transition of power, in what has been communism's only dynasty. The North's founding 'Great Leader' Kim Il-sung had, 20 years before he died in 1994, picked his ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Power struggle could endanger nuclear talks Reports from South Korean and US intelligence officials that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is seriously ...

  8. Top down is the only way to talk to N Korea

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... It will be Jimmy Carter, or maybe Bill Clinton. Or one other person. In 1994, Mr Carter did exactly that. Meeting personally the then North Korean leader Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang, he hammered out ... was achieved not simply because the US was so ably represented, but also because the basics of the accord had been spelled out in the Kim-Carter talks. The key to the overall accord, therefore, ...

  9. Swathed in silk and song, Pyongyang's propaganda easy to swallow in Vietnam

    Posted Apr 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... agog at the young women clad in billowing silk national costumes, each sporting a badge of the founder of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty, Kim Il-sung. And for Vietnamese regulars, there is a touch of nostalgia for the tightly orchestrated propaganda performances that once accompanied more hard-line rule here. The menu ranges from Korean-style salmon sashimi and kim chi to boiled dog ...

  10. Beijing's Little Pyongyang

    Posted May 25th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Fisher

    ... of dealers whose main business is communist memorabilia (below left). Here you can also find vinyl LP records, newspapers, magazines and loyalty badges bearing the likeness of the departed Kim Il-sung. Some offerings are truly bizarre, such as songs written for the glory of the North Korean people by Cambodia's former king Norodom Sihanouk. Haitanghua (Xinyuanxili Zhongjie, North ...




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