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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea slams Kim Jong-un plastic surgery reports

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 02:51pm by AFP

    ... denial criticising “sordid” media reports. Speculation that Kim’s resemblance to the country’s founding leader, Kim Il-sung, is not 100 per cent natural has been around for some time, though ... and media in the service of traitors of South Korea, slaves of capital, will have to pay,” it said. Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, still inspires quasi-religious devotion among many North Koreans. ...

  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang parties as international pressure mounts

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... son, the late leader Kim Jong-il, as the mournful Song of General Kim Il-sung played over and over. But unlike last year, the centennial of his birthday, there are no big parades in store ... on this point," Kerry maintained. Yesterday marked the official start of the new year according to North Korea's "juche" calendar, which begins with the day of Kim Il-sung's birth ...

  3. News - Asia

    North Korea wanted second Korean war in 1965, says Chinese scholar

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 06:15pm by Audrey Yoo

    ... Audrey Yoo audrey.yoo@scmp.com Leader Kim Il-sung asked Beijing for soldiers because he thought war was the only way to unify the Koreas North Korea wanted to start a second Korean war in 1965 and asked Beijing to send troops for the war, a Chinese scholar said on Thursday, citing China’s declassified diplomatic documents. In 1965, North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il-sung met ...

  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Kim Jong-un's aunt Kim Kyong-hui appears safe from fate of husband

    Posted Dec 15th 2013, 02:09pm by Adrian Wan

    ... after the execution last week of her husband, the No 2 of the isolated nation. Kim Kyong-hui, daughter of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung, has been named as one of the funeral committee ... may be spared her husband's fate because she was one of the few blood relatives of young leader Kim's grandfather, Kim Il-sung. Cai Jian, deputy director of Fudan University's ...

  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea angrily denies that Kim Jong-un has had plastic surgery

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial against "sordid" media reports. Speculation that Kim's resemblance to the country's founding leader, Kim Il-sung, is not 100 per ... Korea, slaves of capital, will have to pay," it said. Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, still inspires quasi-religious devotion among many North Koreans. He is officially referred ...

  6. News - Asia - ARTS

    North Korean film director Kim Gyu-min tells of pain of family separation

    Posted Aug 11th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Kim Gyu-min fled the oppressive regime, twice. His experiences fuel his new film, Crossings Pain of N Korean prison wrought into art North Korean film director Kim Gyu-min can thank the country's founder Kim Il-sung for his escape to freedom. On April 15, 2001, the artist was planning to flee across a river into China. It was Kim Il-sung ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea rewrites rules to legitimise Kim family succession

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 05:48pm

    ... bloodline”. Baekdu Mountain is the highest on the Korean Peninsula and the ‘Baekdu bloodline’ refers to the Kim family. The country’s founder Kim Il-sung, called the Eternal President, died in 1994 ... to legitimise the hereditary succession of current leader Kim Jong-un and his family, reported South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo on Monday. Pyongyang reportedly revised the principles in June – the first ...

  8. News - Asia

    North Korea flexes military muscle for second time in a month with mass parade

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 11:53am by Associated Press

    ... Associate Press North Korea held its second mass military parade in little more than a month on Monday, with leader Kim Jong-Un presiding over the display of goose-stepping troops, marching bands and light weaponry. At the start of the ceremony, tens of thousands of troops gathered in tight formation in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-Sung square, with hundreds of thousands more civilians ...

  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea airs film about leader with ousted uncle edited out, report says

    Posted Dec 07th 2013, 07:18pm by Reuters in Seoul

    ...’s aunt, the daughter of the North’s founding leader Kim Il-sung, and was widely considered to be working to ensure his nephew firmly established his grip on power in the past two years. ... Reuters in Seoul Kim Jong-un's ousted uncle Jang Song-thaek removed from documentary shown on North Korean television, reports from Seoul say North Korea aired a rerun of a TV ...

  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    What do North Korean rice prices say about the supreme leader's power?

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 01:34pm

    ... as the backbone of his father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung’s power. The food situation is a major issue for the reclusive, communist country that commonly encounters famine and food shortages. ... Audrey Yoo audrey.yoo@scmp.com The cost of rice stabilised in North Korea over the past three months, suggesting that supreme leader Kim Jong-un was strengthening his grip on the military, ...




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