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  1. Kim Il-sung's secret history

    Posted Oct 17th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... said they had every trust and confidence in the 'young General Kim'. According to the government-in-exile, Kim Il-sung played a very minor role in the war with Japan, spending ... was not Kim Il-sung but Kim Sung-kye. He was born in 1912 into a Presbyterian family that was comfortably off; his father was a teacher and elder in the church. In 1920, like many other Koreans, ...

  2. A transfer of power that would be disastrous

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on friendly terms. That shouldn't mean backing one of Kim's sons to become the next leader, though. Kim's father, Kim Il-sung, handpicked him to be his successor and built a personality ... The secrecy of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's regime means that we can only speculate as to the real reason for his just having spent five days in China. He met President Hu ...

  3. Performers keep Kim's Dream alive

    Posted May 08th 2010, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... Priscilla Jiao Kim Jong-il was not the only North Korean visitor to the mainland this week. A troupe performing a North Korean opera adaptation of The Dream of the Red Mansions is being staged in Beijing until tomorrow. Kim and his late father, Kim Il-sung, had an obsession with the Chinese classic, state media reported. Kim Il-sung and Deng Xiaoping watched a Yue opera version ...

  4. Power transition and economy top agenda for Kim Jong-il's meetings

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... his father and North Korean founder, Kim Il-sung, died of heart failure in 1994, marking the first hereditary succession of power in a socialist country. Before his demise, Kim Il-sung had ... Cary Huang in Beijing North Korean politics and its economy will top the agenda for leader Kim Jong-il's meetings with Beijing's leaders today, even though nuclear diplomacy ...

  5. Nervous look into Kim's twilight zone

    Posted Apr 05th 2010, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... his father, Kim Il-sung, has assumed an almost divine status at the centre of a cult. In turn, Kim Jong-il has been grooming his 27-year-old son, Kim Jong-un, to be his successor. That, ... in North Korea that the people are nostalgic for Kim Il-sung. If they long for the dictator who led them into a civil war in which 1 million North Korean civilians and 520,000 soldiers died, things ...

  6. Time for America to head for the exit

    Posted Oct 18th 2010, 12:00am by Doug Bandow

    ... important weapon. The future is even less certain. It took 'Great Leader' Kim Il-sung years to move Kim Jong-il into positions of influence. The latter probably won't have as much ... to pass power to his son if he planned self-immolation in a pyre of fire. Deterrence worked against Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Kim's father, Kim Il-sung. It will work against Kim Jong-il. ...

  7. It's time to get tough with North Korea

    Posted Dec 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Arthur Chan

    ... for its 'Great Leader', Kim Il-sung. The small fishing boat-sized ship is now a prized exhibit in the capital, Pyongyang. In the isolated country, the state portrays even small incidents ... was staged to help boost the standing of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il's youngest son, 'Young General' Kim Jong-un, who is set to replace his father. The timid response of South ...

  8. Beijing in no hurry for Kim Jong-il's successor

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of 24 million people looks like another tragedy for them and a blow to regional hopes for stability. The regime's founder, Kim Il-sung, gave his son Kim Jong-il, the current leader, experience in party posts for years before anointing him publicly as his successor in 1980. Kim Jong-il is not known to have focused on succession until after he reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008. ...

  9. Little-known businessman wins trust of North Korea's secretive regime

    Posted Apr 06th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... is president of the Dafeng International Investment Group and, at its inaugural board meeting in Pyongyang in February, the only one of the seven members not to wear the Kim Il-sung badge compulsory for all North Koreans. The seven included the Korean Unification Minister, two members of the National Defence Committee, including one who is the brother-in-law of Kim Jong-il and other members ...

  10. Luxury exile of Kim Jong-il's banished son

    Posted Sep 05th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... of the Propaganda Department and already married. Kim Il-sung never accepted her as a potential first lady since she was also married, three years older than Jong-il and the daughter of a rich landlord, a 'class enemy'. So Jong-nam was born in secret and given by his mother to her sister, who was living in the Soviet Union, to raise. In 1975 Kim Il-Sung learned that he had a grandson and came ...




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