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  1. Kim is dead, long live Kim

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... provinces. All three of North Korea's main Asian neighbours are therefore desperate to see the 28-year-old Kim Jong-un consolidate power and prosper politically as his father's successor. ... successor, his third son Kim Jong-un, is ill-prepared for the job, and lacks his father's established power base and hard-headed attitude to governing. That bothers North Korea's ...

  2. Bringing North Korea in from the cold offers the best hope for regional peace

    Posted Dec 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty Will 2012 offer a continuation of the dangerously sulky stand-off between North Korea and the rest of the world, might the Great Successor Kim Jong-un be tempted ... value to China as a buffer state', something far from reality. Zhou Yongkang, the politburo member in charge of security, was on the podium in October when Kim Jong-il made clear Jong-un ...

  3. World needs young Kim to succeed

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... firings. If the South has concerns that Kim Jong-un and his inner circle could be tempted to consolidate their power with similar hostile actions, it would be understandable given that they have ... their respects to the late Kim Jong-il, after Pyongyang had extended a welcome to them. True, it had declared official delegations unwelcome, but it is unfortunate Seoul made exceptions only for groups ...

  4. Korean Peninsula faces uncertain path out of crisis

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to rely on the 'respectable comrade' Kim Jong-un at least for the short term. The longer-term prospects appear murky, however. An orderly transfer of power- thereby maintaining stability ... as of the Communist Party (within eight hours), in addition to recognising Kim Jong-un as successor. President Hu Jintao's visit to the North Korean embassy in Beijing was a powerful indicator ...

  5. Rocket failure may prompt new talks

    Posted Apr 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... major ally, has rightly urged calm and restraint all round amid strong international condemnation of the launch. It would have been a project inherited by the young Kim Jong-un, who is clearly ... Jong-un's taking power four months ago might break it. It has sparked the usual international condemnation for violating a United Nations Security Council ban on rocket and nuclear tests, ...

  6. News - Asia


    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... figurehead leader, not supreme leader Kim Jong-un, will attend a summit of non-aligned developing nations in Iran next week. There had been rumours that Kim would visit Tehran on his first trip abroad as leader of the isolated and impoverished state. However, Korean state media said Kim Yong-nam would represent North Korea at the summit. Reuters Pakistani barber's face mutilated ...

  7. China holds key to Korean unity

    Posted Mar 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of peaceful and gradual integration with the North following the rise of Kim Jong-un after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December. 'As to China's role in Korean unification ... ... a swifter and potentially dangerous merger. The regime of Kim Jong-un had so far offered no signals about talks, either about unification or otherwise, officials said. 'The South Korean ...

  8. Change can happen, S Korea's leader says

    Posted Mar 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... information about the policies of Pyongyang's youthful supreme leader Kim Jong-un and his power circle. 'I am sure there is a lot of debate and argument going back and forth within the North ... to meet Kim before Lee's five-year term in office expired next February, the former Hyundai CEO and mayor of Seoul was non-committal. 'My prerequisite to meet Kim Jong-il or Kim Jong-un ...

  9. Where to now for the hermit kingdom?

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... on the young shoulders of Kim Jong-un and the court of his advisers apparently hand-picked by his father. Kim Jong-il, despite his hard-living, playboy reputation, swiftly displayed a ruthlessness ... Kim's bizarre diplomatic manoeuvres frustrated his neighbours and major powers. It remains to be seen whether Kim Jong-un can match his father's talent for raw survival. If the 1994 ...

  10. Talking points

    Posted Feb 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... military drills get under way despite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warning that North Korea will launch a powerful retaliatory strike against the South if provoked. South Korean and American ...




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