Kim Il-Sung

North Korea threatens South over ‘monstrous’ protests

South Korean activists burn effigies of North Korea's founder, the late Kim Il-sung, late leader Kim Jong-il and leader Kim Jong-un during a rally in Seoul on Monday. Photo: EPA

North Korea’s military threatened the South with imminent “sledge-hammer” retaliation on Tuesday, unless Seoul apologised for anti-Pyongyang protesters burning effigies of its revered leaders.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Pyongyang parties as international pressure mounts

Kim Jong-un visiting a mausoleum for his deceased father and grandfather at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on the anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth. Photo: EPA

Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets yesterday to celebrate the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il-sung.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:07am

South Korea raises alert level as North readies missile test

A South Korean soldier directs traffic at a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge. Photo: Reuters

South Korea raised its military watch alert to “vital threat” on Wednesday ahead of an expected North Korean missile launch, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned the Korean Peninsula may be slipping out of control.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea slams Kim Jong-un plastic surgery reports

Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters and AFP

North Korea has finally responded to persistent rumours that leader Kim Jong-un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial criticising “sordid” media reports.

Speculation that Kim’s resemblance to the country’s founding leader, Kim Il-sung, is not 100 per cent natural has been around for some time, though with little or no supporting evidence.

24 Jan 2013 - 2:51pm

Students' NKorea trip yields book

Journalism students from Baptist University have shed light on North Korea by publishing an account of a five-day visit by about 50 of them to the pariah state last May.

Their book, Post-90s Journalism Students Take on North Korea, published last month by Chung Hwa Book Company, has already sold 1,000 copies. A second edition is being printed.

18 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

No, a state leader did not die ... but it almost seemed that way

Mainland public opinion about the once intimate bond between Beijing and Pyongyang has changed over the past six decades but officially, not much appears to have changed in 2,600 years. China still trumpets its close ties with North Korea's reclusive, isolated and nuclear-armed dictatorship.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Smooth transition of power to son expected

The death of Kim Il-sung draped the mantle of power across Kim Jong-il's narrow shoulders. Now, with Kim Jong-il laid to rest, it is his son Kim Jong-un who carries the flame of communism's only family dynasty.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

On this day 69 years ago, a girl celebrating her 13th birthday was given the autograph book she had eagerly pointed out to her father in an Amsterdam shop window a few days earlier. The book, bound with red and white checked cloth, would become the diary of Anne Frank.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A transfer of power that would be disastrous

The secrecy of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's regime means that we can only speculate as to the real reason for his just having spent five days in China. He met President Hu Jintao and they discussed the six-nation talks to end the North's nuclear intransigence, but that could have been done by phone.

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Pyongyang nervously eyes the Russian bear

The Russian bear historically has extended its claws as far as the Korean peninsula while battling for power in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Korea was the prize in the war that ended in the Russian defeat at the hands of Japan in 1905. The former Soviet Union occupied the Korean peninsula above the 38th parallel after the second world war and installed Kim Il-sung as the North's leader.

28 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Seoul survivor

He was once despatched to assassinate a South Korean president, but Kim Shin-jo was delighted at last week's inauguration of conservative Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. 'There has been something wrong in our society,' Mr Kim, 67, said of the past 10 years of liberal rule in Seoul. 'I believe Lee will defend freedom.'

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Down the aisle with Kim

So powerful, so dictatorial, so reclusive, so pudgy, so downright strange is North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il that, when a new titbit about him comes our way, we cannot help but to pour over it feverishly.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Kim badges may be the latest clue to waning power

Factory apparently told to stop making the leaders' portraits late last year

Reports that North Koreans are no longer wearing badges featuring portraits of Kim Jong-il have increased speculation that his tight grip on the world's most controlled state may be easing.

26 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Varying emotions

I REFER to the report which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on July 19, headlined, ''Frenzied scenes as millions bid farewell to the Great Leader''.

No world leader has ever got such an emotional farewell as Kim Il-sung in North Korea. The streets of Pyongyang were flooded with the tears of an estimated two million people. The normally steely soldiers also wept.

10 Aug 1994 - 12:00am