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Kim Jong-Nam

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.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

N Korean leader’s nephew labels him a ‘dictator’

Kim Han-sol, the teenage nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: SCMP Pictures

In a rare and remarkable interview posted on YouTube, the teenage grandson of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has provided a glimpse into the secretive world of his country’s ruling dynasty.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:30pm

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

Power play throws Korean rift into relief

Parallel political scenes in North and South Korea this week etch the differences between the systems that hold sway above and below the demilitarised zone that has divided the Korean Peninsula since 1953.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Huang Qifan

The stellar career of the mayor of Chongqing was plunged into uncertainty when he was reportedly summoned to explain why he led a convoy of armed police 300 kilometres to besiege the US consulate in Chengdu last week in apparent pursuit of his deputy mayor, Wang Lijun. The drama looks set to cast a pall over Huang's political future.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

When you don't speak Putonghua in shops selling top brands, you get worse service from staff

Lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming on the city's tourism boom

It took me a while just to convince myself that it was Darwin's signature

A palaeontologist on the rediscovery of lost fossils collected 150 years ago by Charles Darwin

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

World needs young Kim to succeed

It may have been melodramatic for a North Korean TV news anchor to describe as an 'evil misdeed' South Korea's decision to prevent individuals crossing the border to pay their respects to the late Kim Jong-il, after Pyongyang had extended a welcome to them.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

He's not the fool the Disneyland episode has painted him to be

A diplomat's assessment of Kim Jong-nam (pictured), the Macau-based son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

China should have people like Steve Jobs and China should have products which occupy the world market like those of Apple

22 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

Prince of a hermit kingdom

Macau has long been one of the few places where the elusive Kim Jong-nam can relax, say those familiar with his movements. His birthplace Pyongyang, as well as frequent travel destinations such as Beijing and Moscow all carry too much political baggage for the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Geneva, where Kim Jong-nam was educated, is a little straight-laced.

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Kim Jong-nam

BORN Pyongyang, May 10, 1971, eldest son of Kim Jong-il

MOTHER Movie star Sung Hae-rim - one of three women known to have had children with Mr Kim

EDUCATION Elite school for children of country's leaders. Studied computer science in Switzerland and Moscow

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am