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  1. 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 ...

  2. Personality cult remains

    Posted Dec 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Moira Shaw The cult of personality surrounding Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il is unlikely to vanish overnight because it's too closely meshed with the foundations of the state. Once his position as dictator was secured, Kim Il-sung began to develop a personality cult to strengthen his authority. Kim had statues of himself erected, households were required to display his portrait ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. North Korea

    Posted Jul 16th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... 7 In 1994, Kim was the world's largest single buyer of which product? 8 What title did the country bestow upon former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung after his death in 1994? 9 Which team beat ... many holes-in-one did Kim Jong-il achieve in his first attempt at golf? 3 By what term is South Korea's practice of reconciliation with its northern neighbour known? 4 Which James Bond ...

  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Rare photographs from North Korea leader Kim's childhood broadcast during Pyongyang concert

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 03:42pm by Staff Reporter

    ... in Switzerland and France, and was described by classmates as a shy child who was indifferent to politics but liked to play basketball. He was said to attend Kim Il-sung University, an officer-training ... Staff reporter A rare glimpse into the early childhood of Kim Jong-un has been seen by a privileged few North Koreans at a concert in Pyongyang attended by their reclusive leader. Still ...

  7. Is Kim Jong-un the grandson of a traitor?

    Posted May 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... world war, making uniforms for soldiers whose comrades were hunting Kim's other grandfather, Kim Il-sung. Such a lineage would technically make Kim Jong-un part of North Korea's ... imperial troops were hunting Kim Il-sung, the guerilla leader who would much later become his daughter's father-in-law. To have collaborated with the Japanese occupiers of Korea would normally ...

  8. Kim granted official title on eve of feared missile test

    Posted Apr 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to gain is 'eternal president', which remains with his late grandfather, Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994. Though Kim Jong-un had previously been lauded as the 'supreme leader' ... of 23 million gears up for mass celebrations on Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il-sung. More developments, including possible further promotions for Kim ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    TV pictures spark rumours wife of Kim Jong-un is heavily pregnant

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by WIRE

    ... national founder Kim Il-sung, in the Kumsusan mausoleum, the cavernous former presidential palace. Wails echoed through the chilly hall as a group of women sobbed into the sashes ... Agencies in Seoul Mourning, pride and maybe Kim No 4 on way North Korea may soon witness the birth of the fourth generation of its hereditary dictatorship as television pictures showed ...




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