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Speculation mounts over heir for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (centre right) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (centre left) attend a New Year celebration event in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s next dynastic succession may have been secured, with new TV images of leader Kim Jong-un’s wife suggesting that Pyongyang’s first lady recently gave birth.

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 4:48pm

North Korea's Kim Jong-il angry over dam project before fatal heart attack

North Korea's Kim Jong-Il waves from a train in Beijing in May 2010. He died aboard a train on December 17, 2011. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s late leader lost his temper because of sloppy work on a crucial power station before he suffered a fatal heart attack a year ago, a South Korean newspaper said on Tuesday.

North Korea said Kim Jong-il had died aboard a train on December 17 from a heart attack brought on by pressure of work, but the exact cause has been veiled in mystery.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Images suggest North Korea leader’s wife pregnant

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju attend a memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il. Photo: AFP

The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared on state television on Monday looking heavily pregnant and fuelling expectations of an imminent addition to the ruling Kim dynasty.

17 Dec 2012 - 7:48pm

North Korea mourns late leader Kim Jong-il

Top officials in North Korea mark the first anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea on Monday mourned the death one year ago of leader Kim Jong-il, with its rocket scientists taking pride of place at a special memorial ceremony led by his son and successor Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack on December 17, last year, although his death was only announced two days later.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea marks first anniversary of late ruler’s death

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) arrives with other top leaders under a portrait of his late father Kim Jong-il as they attend a national meeting on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday. Photo: AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un led thousands of officials in a triumphant memorial service for his late father and ex-ruler Kim Jong-il, days after a long-range rocket launch, state TV showed on Sunday.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:46pm

Defiant North Korea holds rally as it vows more launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un celebrates the successful rocket launch, in a photo released by KCNA. Photo: Xinhua

Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans held a mass rally on Friday to celebrate the nuclear-armed state’s rocket launch, as its youthful leader vowed new launches in defiance of US-led outrage.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, December 6, 2012

Garut District Chief Aceng Fikri is surrounded by the press. Photo: AP

A Malaysian court overturned the homicide conviction of a policeman who sprayed machine gun fire at a fleeing teenaged motorist, killing the boy and stoking anger over police brutality. Malaysia's opposition denounced the verdict, calling for an appeal, while the family of Aminul Rasyid Amza, 15, said they were considering how to challenge it.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

North Korean spy receives four-year jail sentence

Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, in 2010, was the target of a hit-and-run plot. Photo: AFP

A South Korean court handed down a four-year jail sentence on Wednesday to a convicted North Korean spy who was involved in a bid to maim the eldest son of the North’s late leader Kim Jong-il.

The unidentified spy had arrived in South Korea in March posing as a refugee who had fled the communist North via China, the court heard.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Kim Jong-un's exiled nephew says the North Korean leader is a 'dictator'

Kim Jong-il's teenage grandson Kim Han-sol. Photo: AFP

Kim Jong-il's teenage grandson has labelled his uncle, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, a "dictator" in an interview offering a rare glimpse into the world's most secretive ruling dynasty.

In the interview at the school in Bosnia where he studies, Kim Han-sol, 17, spoke of his desire to "make things better" for the Korean people.

20 Oct 2012 - 10:54am

North Korean ‘spy’ charged over Kim Jong-nam hit-and-run plot

Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, in 2010. Photo: AFP

South Korean prosecutors have filed formal spying charges against a North Korean man involved in a bid to maim the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, a report said on Tuesday.

A prosecution service official confirmed the spying charges against the unidentified man, saying he had arrived in South Korea in March posing as a refugee who had fled the North via China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

New North Korean leader seeks official trip to ally China

Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is seeking an ice-breaking trip to key ally China next month to meet its outgoing and future leaders, a source with ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said yesterday.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:36am

Kim Jong-un keeps the world guessing

A leadership change in a nation's military should not be cause for concern. However, North Korea is no ordinary country, making the key appointments and demotions of the past week a matter of intense speculation.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It doesn't start with someone saying, 'OK, we're going to abandon communism.' It starts in smaller ways like this

An analyst on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's (pictured) recent public appearances

This was a price I was willing to pay. But still I feel a bit sorry for my family

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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. In my latest visit of 11 days this month, the quality of life in Pyongyang, population three million, seemed slightly better than on four previous visits, the most recent in 2008. Outside the capital, however, the pace seemed hardly to have changed.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Ann Hui On- wah

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am