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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. 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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Kim badges may be the latest clue to waning power

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... official said. The small, thumb-sized metal and plastic badges, showing Kim's face or that of his father and predecessor, Kim Il-sung, are usually pinned to every North Korean's lapel. ... of Kim Jong-il have increased speculation that his tight grip on the world's most controlled state may be easing. South Korea's Joongang Ilbo newspaper quoted an unnamed South Korean ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Six degrees

    Posted Jun 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 'US soldiers in Korea knifed out the eyes of Korean children and forced their mothers to eat them,' voiced by the delegate sent by Kim Il-sung... Having been raised Presbyterian, Kim the devout communist would turn his back on religion and, with him, so would his newly founded country. In 1992, near the end of his life, Kim may have had a change of heart, because he invited ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Limping North Korea leader Kim Jong-un leads memorial for his grandfather

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 02:23pm

    ... not address the meeting. Watch: Limping Kim Jong-un presides over Kim Il-sung memorial The reason for the limp was not apparent. Kim has recently concluded a series of visits to frontline military ... under the respected leadership” of Kim Jong-un to build a prosperous future. Kim Il-sung led North Korea from its establishment in 1948 until his death on July 8, 1994. He was succeeded by his ...

  8. Down the aisle with Kim

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

    ... the relationships, he is said to have had a plethora of live-in starlets. That pastime was made easier by the fact that he was once in charge of North Korea's film propaganda department. Kim Il-sung ... by taking over from his father, Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, he has been the talk of the world's jet-set juntas. No other dictator can claim to be so wild and wacky, yet so evil. Had he ...

  9. Students' NKorea trip yields book

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... strange, but they would most likely find Hong Kong strange, too.' Ng said: 'Right before we visited a bronze statue of Kim Il-sung, our tour guide told us to tidy ourselves up, remove our ... was finally approved, just a week before their scheduled departure on May 23. As the book was being completed, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died, and North Koreans' dramatic expressions ...

  10. 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 ...




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