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  1. Time for America to head for the exit

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

    ... time to do the same with his son, Kim Jong-un. And there are numerous claimants to power: a brother-in-law and sister, two more sons, a motley collection of other family members, and many party ... Doug Bandow North Korea has officially unveiled the youngest son and heir apparent of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il. Yet again the impoverished dictatorship has captured ...

  2. Asia's new balancing act begins

    Posted Nov 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... month when Kim Jong-il appeared with his heir-apparent, youngest son Jong-un, flanked by Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Politburo's Standing Committee visiting from Beijing, and a key ... obviously intensified the worst fears of South Korea and Japan over the recalcitrance of the nuclear-armed hermit state of Kim Jong-il. But it also raised questions over the response of Kim ...

  3. Talk with Kim Jong-il doesn't come cheap

    Posted Feb 16th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... The notion of a summit between South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il once seemed so far-fetched as to be hardly worth considering. Now, rumours of another North-South summit reverberate through Seoul as if it might actually happen this year. There is, however, no clear sign that Kim has any intention of receiving Lee ...

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

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

    ... 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 is at the centre of international attention, observers say. Kim apparently visited the port city of Tianjin, southeast of Beijing, yesterday before heading to the capital at night for talks with President ...

  5. Wen, Kim set the stage

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Premier Wen Jiabao and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il, had tangible rewards to offer one another in their talks in Pyongyang. Kim gave Wen what China wanted- North ... nuclear programme in either bilateral or multilateral talks. The likelihood of Wen's mission having accomplished anything other than raising false hopes was clear from Kim's remarks. ...

  6. Kim's dangerous but effective logic

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the hawkish new government of Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. Fresh doubts about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and a lack of clear succession plans in communism's only dynasty fuelled ... weapons? Rightly or wrongly, there is a cold logic at work in Pyongyang, however strange and paranoid it may appear. Mr Kim's regime appears to understand that the presence of nuclear weapons ...

  7. An odd plea from strange Mr Kim

    Posted Apr 11th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Korea, they were derelict in their duty. The truth is that for all the dire threats of what would befall North Korea if it does not behave, Kim Jong-il called the world's bluff and revealed ... the sovereignty of our country, and the next option will be ours. We will take necessary and strong steps,' he threatened without elaborating. North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il ...

  8. Why Kim is testing more than a rocket

    Posted Apr 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent He's done it again. Just as North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pushed the young administrations of former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W. ... this missile's payload could reach Alaska, Guam or Hawaii- even San Francisco, by some estimates. If it could be fitted with a nuclear warhead- Mr Kim tested a nuclear device in September 2006- ...

  9. Channel hop

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Nadine Bateman

    ... boots, wet trainers and Kim Jong-il's apparent heartwarming empathy for his 'comrades' when he was a child. Meanwhile, Hong's female colleagues at the factory diligently perform their duties amid power cuts, breaking only to sing about their 'Beloved leader, Kim Jong-il'. During English lessons, Hong's brother learns that the word ...

  10. Seoul denies cover-up over hostage

    Posted Jun 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of South Korean Kim Sun-il in Iraq to head off public opposition to a plan to send additional troops to the war-torn country. '[There is] absolutely no reason for a cover-up,'' declared foreign ministry spokesman Shin Bong-kil. President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping. Kim, 33, was beheaded on Tuesday ...




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