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Kim Jong-Il’s son hailed as ‘supreme commander’

North Korea’s ruling party Saturday hailed the son of late leader Kim Jong-Il as “supreme commander” of the military, in the latest sign that the untested successor is tightening his grip on power. Experts said the move indicated that Pyongyang would maintain its Songun (military-first) policy, blamed for the deaths…

Foreigner in North Korea a witness to surreal scenes

A member of the small foreign community in Pyongyang has described surreal scenes of organised mourning, as thousands wail under floodlights and the gaze of state TV cameras after Kim Jong-Il’s death. The aid worker who lives in the North Korean capital, and spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity,…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the military, which is trying to…

For U.S. and allies, a risky path on North Korea

WASHINGTON — The failure of foreign intelligence to detect Kim Jong-Il’s death shows just how little is known about nuclear-armed North Korea, but moves by the outside world to gain influence are also fraught with risk. All countries including China, North Korea’s primary ally, appeared to have been in the…

Organized hysteria follows death of Kim Jong-Il

SEOUL — North Korea’s state television broadcast scenes of “indescribable sorrow” after Monday’s announcement of the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, as hysterical people pounded the ground in a display of grief. The death of the 69-year-old “Dear Leader” was revealed on state television by a female announcer clad in…

McCain celebrates Kim Jong-Il’s arrival ‘in a warm corner of hell’

US Senator John McCain voiced satisfaction Monday that late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is “in a warm corner of hell” and called for efforts to bring an end to his family’s regime. McCain, a Republican lawmaker who was his party’s nominee for president in 2008, said that Kim subjected…

Clinton urges ‘peaceful and stable transition in North Korea’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Monday for a “peaceful and stable” transition in North Korea and said the United States wanted better relations with its people after leader Kim Jong-Il’s death. “We both share a common interest in a peaceful and stable transition in North Korea as well as…

Kim Jong Un test fires short-range missile in North Korea

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast on Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. The agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying the missile launch was unrelated to the announcement that Kim had died…

South Koreans fearful over Kim Jong-Il’s death

News of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il hit South Koreans like a bolt from the blue on Monday with fears of conflict after it sparked a military alert along the heavily fortified border. “I’m speechless,” Kwak Bo-Ram, 24, an NGO official told AFP. “I’m just shocked and…

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