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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 04:32am by STAFF

    ... travelled to Syria to fight alongside the rebels there.   North honours Kim Il-Sung 20 years on The anniversary of the death of North Korean founding leader Kim Il-sung is always cause for myriad commemorative events in the reclusive state. This year, even more such events are likely to take place because of the importance of the 20-year mark. Kim, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un, ...

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    The reason for North Korea's war talk

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by CHUNG MIN LEE

    ... and his grandfather Kim Il-sung were all glued at their hips to the army. The main difference is that the army's respect and fear of the Kim dynasty has ebbed since Kim Il-sung's days. ... Chung Min Lee considers the politics behind Pyongyang's aggression If Kim Jong-un is truly contemplating a serious military option, he should realise that such a move would signal ...

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    Pope's visit to Korea raises questions about plight of Christians

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:11pm by Donald Kirk

    ... as those early Christians whom the pope is beatifying? Will the pope or the 150 bishops in his entourage, including 50 from South Korea, remind their audiences that Pyongyang before the rise of Kim Il-sung was known as the "Jerusalem of the east"? Will any of them want to note that the North Korean capital was once a "city of churches"? When Francis celebrates mass ...

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    Talking points

    Posted Jul 27th 2013, 12:00am

    ... in Kim Il-sung Square, while south of the border, representatives of the United Nations forces and international veterans will join key figures from the South Korean government for an official ...

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    Talking points

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by VARIOUS

    ... leader Kim Il-sung, but this did not materialise. But the hermit state has continued its bellicose warnings of further missile tests and even nuclear war as US and South Korean troops stage joint ...

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    Deadly purge of Jang could usher in greater instability in North Korea

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 11:21am by BENJAMIN CHARLTON

    ... U-turn on Jang's integrity calls into question the infallibility of eternal president Kim Il-sung, the fount of regime legitimacy. How can the Great Leader and his family have been so myopic ... Korea Kim Jong-il's death in December 2011 made his brother-in-law Jang Song-thaek the most powerful man in North Korea, the alleged puppetmaster of the pudgy, giggling boy now ...

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    Pyongyang's welcome of Google goes only as far as its chairman

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... on such contraband topics as the real background of the young leader, Kim Jong-un, his father, the late Kim Jong-il, and grandfather, dynasty founder Kim Il-sung? Just because Schmidt's hosts showed ... to punch in "North Korea" and "human rights". Nor would the curious surfer discover the absurdity of the myth of Kim Jong-il's birth in a cabin on North Korea's sacred ...

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    Will a president's daughter be South Korea's next leader?

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... the then North Korean leader, Kim Il-sung, provided something tangible would result. They never met. Park took a somewhat harder line toward Japan, with which Seoul has been feuding over an island chain, ... She proposed an "alignment policy" that would fall between former president Kim Dae-jung's "sunshine policy" and the hardline posture of the current president, Lee ...

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    Mad, bad North Korea may just be an act

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 03:41am by Donald Kirk

    ... will be shipping products to and though the North's special economic zones. Against this background, the question is whether Kim Jong-un is mad- or desperately trying to consolidate his power. President Barack Obama caught the essence of doubts about the sanity of Kim, scion of the dynasty founded by his grandfather "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung in 1945, when he compared ...

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    Beijing's new Politburo may deal more firmly with North Korea

    Posted Dec 29th 2012, 12:00am by PACIFIC NEWS SERVICE

    ... gained by graduating from Kim Il-sung University, where he was secretary of the party branch, and spending his early career in Jilin, his roles at each juncture of his career involved hands-on ... Liangui publicly raised questions about reconsidering China's policy towards Pyongyang just before North Korea's missile launch in April. Even more telling, Zhang, another Kim Il-sung ...




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