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  1. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Kim Jong-un monitors 'actual war' exercise

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Kim Jong-un monitors 'actual war' exercise North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a live-fire artillery drill aimed at simulating an "actual ... their roar rocking heaven and earth, and all of them were enveloped in flames," the Korean Central News Agency said. "Feasting his eyes at the 'enemy positions' in flames, [Kim ...

  2. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Kim urges vigilance after defection

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Seoul Kim urges vigilance after defection North Korean leader Kim Jong-un urged vigilance from the State Security Ministry, the official Korean Central News Agency reported, ... The promotion came days after Kim Jong-un fired veteran army chief Ri Yong-ho, in the biggest publicly revealed power shift since his succession. "The security men should wage a fierce struggle ...

  3. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korean officials stash foreign currencies at home, defectors say

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... says to the guards, 'Take the money- we will not punish you- but get [the defectors] and we will give you credit'." Although Kim Jong-un seems to be more open and less warlike ... men are analysts at the Institute for National Security Strategy, an affiliate of South Korea's National Intelligence Service. They said Kim Jong-un, who took power after his father Kim ...

  4. News - Asia - N KOREA

    N Korea rebuts Chinese investor’s complaints

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 02:51pm by Reuters in Seoul

    ... and comes as Pyongyang’s new leader Kim Jong-un seeks a state visit to Beijing to plead his case for more investment. The rebuttal, in a statement on North Korean state news agency KCNA, follows ... have yielded little in real terms. “Kim Jong-un more than any of his predecessors needs economic success for his political legitimacy. This implies measures to make the economy more efficient ...

  5. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korea war threat over US military drills

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... are taking part in the annual joint drill known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called the drill a grave threat and said his army was ready to deal "deadly blows" ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Kim war threat over military drills North Korea's leader has warned of an "all-out" war against the South while denouncing its ongoing joint ...

  6. Kim's death shifts focus of S Korean leader's visit

    Posted Jan 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the latest developments in Pyongyang after Kim Jong-un rose to assume leadership of the North upon the death of his father Kim Jong-il last month. Beijing has long been expected to deter Pyongyang ... show of support for Pyongyang, Hu sent congratulations to Kim Jong-un on his appointment as North Korea's supreme commander last week. Dr Lee Tai-hwan, a senior fellow at Sejong ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea leader vows 'radical' economic shift

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 11:00am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Kim Jong-un calls for for easing of tensions with South Korea North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-un called for a “radical turnabout” in the impoverished ... of power to the Swiss-educated Kim Jong-un, only in his late 20s. Instead, Kim focused on consolidating his power base with a series of high-profile personnel changes, notably within the military ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    South Korea's new president is sure to feel stiff north winds

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by DON KIRK

    ... of reconciliation with North Korea, signalled hopes for renewing dialogue conditioned on "strong national security". Thus she's throwing down the gauntlet before Kim Jong-un and those around ... having a new leader of North Korea in the form of his son, Kim Jong-un, we have the rise of new leadership in China and a conservative about to take over in Japan. In a worst-case scenario, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Talks essential in North Korea stand-off

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... In previous crises, neither side has significantly involved the Kaesong industrial zone, a crucial source of hard currency for the North. Otherwise, Kim Jong-un, the North's new leader, has borrowed from the sabre-rattling playbook of his late father, Kim Jong-il. The question is why. Theories range from resorting to the old tactic of raising tensions until the US and the West offer ...

  10. 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 ...




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