SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says his reclusive nation plans more "satellite launches" – which the West sees as a cover for ballistic missile tests – calling space exploration a "strategic goal," state media said Friday. "Conquering space is... a fierce class struggle against the hostile forces seeking to usurp our peace and sovereignty," Kim was quoted as saying at a Wednesday awards ceremony for those involved in this month's rocket launch. He also underscored the need to successfully launch "more working satellites," Pyongyang's KCNA news agency said. "The advance toward space... is the DPRK's (North Korea's) strategic goal," he said. Calling the scientists involved in the February 7 launch "best patriots and admirable heroes," Kim gave out medals, prizes and wristwatches bearing the names of the two late leaders of the Kim dynasty – Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. North Korea sparked international outrage with the launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches
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North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 31, 2014. … [Read more...] about Chinese envoy says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un may visit Beijing: Yonhap
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?
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has finally resurfaced with the help of a walking stick after an unexplained and prolonged absence that fuelled rampant speculation about his health and even rumors of a coup. Rodong Sinmun newspaper was mostly taken up with a large portrait of a smiling Kim, photographed from the waist upwards. … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un reappears with walking stick
President Barack Obama peered across South Korea's tense border with the North on Sunday in a show of solidarity with U.S. ally Seoul and a message of resolve to Pyongyang's new young ruler in his country's nuclear standoff with the West. Arriving on the eve of a global summit on nuclear security hosted by South Korea, Obama flew by helicopter to a U.S. base on the edge of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as a solemn North Korea came to a halt to mark the 100th day after "dear leader" Kim Jong-il's death. "You guys are at freedom's frontier," Obama told about 50 troops crammed into the Camp Bonifas mess at one of the world's most heavily fortified frontiers. "The contrast between South Korea and North Korea could not be clearer, could not be starker, both in terms of freedom and in terms of prosperity." He spent about 10 minutes on a viewing platform at the DMZ, talking with some of the soldiers on guard as the flags of the United States, South Korea and the United Nations flapped … [Read more...] about Obama scans tense Korean DMZ, North mourns Kim Jong-il