North Korea lauded the military might built up by deceased leader Kim Jong-il on Thursday, likely tying his young successor to the same policies that have set Northeast Asia on edge as the impoverished state inches closer to nuclear weapons capability. Vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of North Korea Kim Jong-un (front C), his uncle Jang Song-thaek (behind Kim) and Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army Ri Yong-ho (R) accompany the hearse carrying the coffin of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during his funeral procession in Pyongyang in this photo taken December 28, 2011 and released by KCNA December 29, 2011.Photo: Reuters A gathering of 100,000, soldiers in uniform and bare-headed civilians, gathered in silence in wintry sunlight in the capital Pyongyang to mourn the passing of the … [Read more...] about North Korea hails nuclear, military feats of Kim Jong-il
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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. When state TV showed Ri Sol-Ju attending a memorial service for her husband's late father Kim Jong-Il in mid-December, she appeared heavily pregnant with her loose-fit traditional dress barely hiding a swollen belly. But more recent images of her attending an official New Year's party showed her wearing a well-fitted two-piece skirt suit with no physical sign of pregnancy. Speculation was fuelled by the official performance, which included an all-woman band singing a version of the Christmas favourite "When a Child is Born" made popular by Johnny Mathis. South Korean television and newspapers on Thursday ran before-and-after photos with speculative captions. "The bulging stomach has gone down ... has Ri Sol-Ju given birth?" asked the Dong-A Ilbo daily. "Ri Sol-Ju with her tummy reduced in 11 days. Has she come … [Read more...] about An heir for North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un?
The eldest son of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il has secretly visited Pyongyang to pay his last respects, the major Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday. Kim Jong-Nam's absence from a state funeral and other official events related to his father's death has fuelled speculation about a possible power struggle with his half-brother Jong-Un, who has taken over North Korea's top posts. Jong-Nam, 40, flew to Pyongyang from the Chinese territory of Macau, where he mainly lives, on December 17 after learning about his father's death that day, Yomiuri said. He left after "a few days" and was now in Macau, the report said. Using a passport under the false identify of Kim Chol, he avoided a flight via Beijing which might have given more exposure to his return home, the daily said quoting a source connected to North Korea. Jong-Un, aged in his late 20s, was presumed to have accompanied his older brother to see their father's body, Yomiuri said. The eldest son probably … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-Il’s eldest son secretly pays last respects
South Korea has decided to allow civilians and private organizations to send their condolences on the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Seoul's Unification Ministry said Wednesday. DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il passes away due to mental and physical strain "The government decided to allow civilians to send messages of condolences to North Korea via fax or mail," said an official at the Unification Ministry in charge of North Korean affairs. Any private contact with North Korea must be approved by the ministry. On Tuesday, Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik said the government has decided not to send an official delegation to attend Kim Jong Il's funeral as the DPRK said it would not accept foreign delegations for the funeral ceremony scheduled on Dec. 28. Still, the government will allow Pyongyang visits by the families of late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and former Hyundai Group chairman Chung Mong-hun, in … [Read more...] about S. Korea allows private condolences on Kim Jong Il’s death