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Farewell to Dear Leader

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Dear Leader

Kim Il-sung, the 'Eternal President', died in 1994. His son Kim Jong-il soon became known as the 'Dear Leader'.

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012, 12:00am

Pyongyang keen to stay close to Beijing: analysts

North Korea is keen to maintain positive ties with China, its closest ally, even though Pyongyang did not accept foreign official delegations - including China's - to Kim Jong-il's funeral last week, analysts say.

2 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

Eldest son's role remains a mystery

As North Korea-watching reaches new heights in the build-up to Kim Jong-il's funeral next week, many in the region are wondering about the whereabouts of his eldest son, Kim Jong-nam.

Jong-nam, who lives in Macau, has not appeared in public this week and his name is absent from the 232-strong committee organising his father's state funeral in Pyongyang.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Kim's death offers chance of change

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was not unexpected. He had seemingly been preparing for it amid reports of serious health problems. It is therefore also no surprise that official media is already hailing his anointed successor, youthful third son Kim Jong-un.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Kim Jong-il's son arrives for talks in mainland

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's heir apparent, Kim Jong-un, arrived in China by train yesterday on his first visit since being promoted last year.

The trip is aimed at garnering Beijing's formal support for the reclusive regime's power succession.

Late reports suggested his father had also crossed the border, contradicting earlier reports.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am