Kim Il

A standstill

The rich-poor gap divides North Koreans between people in the capital of Pyongyang and those in the countryside more clearly now than ever.

Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am

Kim granted official title on eve of feared missile test

Kim Jong-un was granted his official job title yesterday when a party congress named him first secretary of the North Korean Workers' Party, sealing his succession at the head of the nation's secretive regime.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

North Koreans mark 'Day of the Shining Star'

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

All quiet in North Korea for Kim's big day

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Is Kim's journey a search for tips on financial reform?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's trip to the eastern city of Yangzhou has led to speculation that he might be meeting former president Jiang Zemin and trying to learn from China's experience of economic reform.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Reality, sans politics

My son's history teacher was telling me about a visit last month to the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas. We had just ended 90 minutes of discussion about higher-secondary-school subject options and my mind was frazzled. He said that he had been driven to the border with a guide and had gone through a passport check and that was about all there was to it.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Reclusive leader breaks cover

All eyes are on Kim Jong-il's health as he makes unscheduled appearance for Roh visit

The left arm hung limply, the right shoulder slumped and the legs appeared a little uncertain at times - the first live appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in seven years yesterday raised as many questions as it answered.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Vanishing Kim likely holed up in hermit's bunker

Pyongyangology - the study of North Korea's hermit leadership - is sometimes likened to looking down the wrong end of a telescope. Certainly, it is a most inexact of crafts.

This week proved no different as analysts eagerly digested reports that 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il has not been seen in public since he unleashed the missile tests on July 5.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Really radical thinking

The western press paints North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as a nutcase, playboy and ruthless dictator who fits 'axis of evil' stereotypes. But does anybody know anything about him and what he actually thinks? Since most of what has been written is guesswork, let's try guessing against the media bias.

9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Poverty echoes China's hard times

Nearly one million Chinese died or were wounded in saving the North Korea of Kim Il-sung from defeat in the 1950s, but most Chinese today regard the country with a mixture of humour and ridicule.

An estimated 40,000 Chinese travel to North Korea each year. It's easy to get a visa, provided you join a tour group, and costs less than a holiday to Singapore or Thailand.

8 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

North Korean glides in for holiday on ice

IT is a long way from the Kim Il-sung Stadium in communist North Korea to an ice rink in Taikoo Shing. But Kim Chol-sung completed the journey yesterday.

The North Korean men's figure-skating champion arrived from his Japanese home for a holiday after clearing the hurdles of Hong Kong immigration restrictions on visitors from the Stalinist state.

31 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Troops wear Kim Jong-il

TOKYO: North Korean troops are replacing badges of their deceased 'Great Leader' Kim Il-sung on their uniforms in favour of those sporting his son and apparent heir Kim Jong-il, Japan's Kyodo news agency said yesterday.

5 Sep 1994 - 12:00am