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Kim Il-Sung

North Korea threatens South over ‘monstrous’ protests

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

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

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

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