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North Korea prepares huge send-off for late leader

North Korea was Tuesday preparing a massive ceremonial farewell to late leader Kim Jong-Il as it strove to strengthen a new personality cult around his youthful son and successor Jong-Un. The secretive state has so far given no details of Wednesday’s funeral for its “Dear Leader” of the past 17…

Kim Jong-Il’s eldest son ‘under Chinese protection’

The eldest son of North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong-Il has arrived in Beijing as Pyongyang prepares a state funeral for his father, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Monday. Citing what it called a source familiar with Kim Jong-Nam’s activities, it said he arrived in Beijing from Macau a few days ago and “has been placed under Chinese protection”. Seoul’s National Intelligence Service said it…

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…

Activists send winter socks to North Korea

Activists in South Korea on Saturday sent winter socks carried by gas-filled balloons across the border to the impoverished North, where they can easily be exchanged for food. One pair of socks is thought to fetch about 22 pounds (10 kilos) of corn — enough to sustain a person for…

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…

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…

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