13.09.2012 [Businessweek] - Success in expanding the zones would help Kim Jong Un develop a nation that struggles to feed a population of 24 million amid international isolation stemming from its nuclear program. “Any reasonable Chinese investor will think twice before putting
26.10.2012 A North Korean army minister was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il's death. Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody ...
Kim Jong-il , also romanised as Kim Jong Il (16 February 1941; official biography claims 1942 – 17 December 2011), was the supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) from 1994 to 2011. He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK Kim Il-sung following the elder Kim's death in 1994. Kim Jong-il was the general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, and the supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth-largest standing army in the world.
18.09.2012 [Reuters] - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it agreed to write off 90 percent of North Korea's $11 billion debt and would reinvest the balance in the reclusive Asian state, in a sign of closer engagement with Pyongyang under new leader Kim Jong-un.
18.09.2012 [The Guardian] - Russia has agreed to write off nearly all of the $11bn debt accrued by North Korea during Soviet times as the Kremlin seeks to boost ties with its reclusive neighbour's new leader, Kim Jong-un. Russia will "forgive" 90% of the debt and reinvest $1bn as
18.09.2012 [Reuters] - Parts of the international community have been seeking to re-engage with North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il, amid hopes that his son and successor would seek ways to end years of isolation and poverty. RAIL AND POWER LINES. Analysts believe
17.09.2012 [The Japan Daily Press] - The Pyongyang Declaration was significant and signed between the erstwhile Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a meeting in Pyongyang. This also means that Kim Jong Un is iterating that the issue is
02.09.2012 [The Atlantic] - As the country rolls out its "new look" leadership, North Korea's continuing nuclear program has dropped from the headlines, following North Korea's failed rocket launch and the failure of the Obama administration's "leap day" understanding with North
12.09.2012 [U.S. News & World Report] - Still, there are undeniable signs that the world's most closed-off society may be toying with change, from a carefully scripted campaign to soften the image of the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un, to the apparent purging of a hardline general and a
18.09.2012 [Korea Times] - The sight sparked speculation that the possible introduction of Coca-Cola by the Stalinist state was part of drive by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to open to the West. While frequent visitors say that the presence of Coke and other Western products
13.09.2012 [The Atlantic] - Tweet Sep 13 2012, 10:42 AM ET Comment. A recent poll finds most support diplomacy with Pyongyang and oppose military action. cfr nk article.jpg. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits a military unit on an island in the southwest of Pyongyang
18.09.2012 [People's Daily Online] - North Korea's top leader Kim Jong Un enjoyed mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" on September 16, 2012. The extravaganza staged in vast three-dimensional space was a perfect combination of graceful and spectacular rhythms, dynamic
20.08.2012 [The Hankyoreh] - “On the whole, I think this visit to China showed the stability of the Kim Jong-un regime,” said University of North Korean Studies professor Yang Mu-jin. While the visit was going on, North Korea was reaching an agreement with Tokyo to repatriate the
07.09.2012 [The Chosun Ilbo] - Song was one of North Korea's best-known actresses when she began living with Kim Jong-il in the late 1960s and gave birth to his eldest son Jong-nam. She used to be the wife of South Korean writer Lee Ki-young, who defected to North Korea. But Kim
17.09.2012 [Daily NK] - A group of twenty North Koreans defected across the Yalu River in the first week of September, marking the largest known group defection since the launch of the Kim Jong Eun regime. A Yangkang Province source told Daily NK on Friday, “Twenty North
17.09.2012 [Daily NK] - The North Korean authorities have been working tirelessly ever since Kim Jong Eun came to power to limit the number of people defecting, and the policy has met with some success. However, most experts agree that it will be impossible for the regime to
06.09.2012 [Foreign Policy (blog)] - After all, in North Korea, paramount leader Kim Jong Un visited some newly-built apartments that his father Kim Jong Il " paid deep attention from sites to designing and building." Apparently, the residents were crying at the opportunity to meet Kim
12.09.2012 [The Hankyoreh] - Since Kim Jong-un took over in North Korea, his country has made some moves towards reform and openness. However, North Korea continues to deny that it is reforming. It says that expecting reform from North Korea is like expecting the sun to rise from
27.08.2012 [The Chosun Ilbo] - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju attended an event to celebrate the "military-first revolution" on Saturday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported. /Yonhap. Kim Kyong-hui, the dictator's aunt and head of the light
08.09.2012 [TruthDive] - Sydney, Sept 8 (ANI): A woman believed to be the widow of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il was treated at a hospital in Germany earlier this year, a report has claimed. According to a report in a South Korean newspaper, Kim Ok received treatment
10.09.2012 [Radio Cadena Agramonet] - Cuban President Raul Castro sent Top North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a present on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Democratic Republic of Korea. Vice-minister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, General
24.08.2012 [英文中國郵報] - ... Jong Un seeking Beijing trip: source. BEIJING -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking an ice-breaking trip to key ally Beijing next month to meet China's outgoing and new leaders, a source with ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters on
05.09.2012 [Foreign Policy (blog)] - Kim Jong Un's "kingdom" is one of the world's last totalitarian states, and it's generally safe to assume that next year's politics in a totalitarian regime will closely resemble last year's. A lot of "maybe this time really is different" stories have
30.08.2012 [People's Daily Online] - In the message, Kim said the Youth Day was set and developed by the late leaders Kim Il Sung and by Kim Jong Il and the celebration for this day is a major political event in the country. Kim also demanded that the youth must carry forward the fighting
27.08.2012 [Daily NK] - A recent visit to Pyongyang by Fujimoto Kenji, who spent 13 years as the late Kim Jong Il's private chef until his escape from North Korea more than ten years ago, has incited conflict within Chongryon, the organization of North Korean residents in Japan.
07.09.2012 [Foreign Policy (blog)] - Political analyst Jay Ulfelder explains why Kim Jong Un may be about to embark on reform in North Korea. Blair Glencorse and Charles Landow report on five East African nations that are working towards an economic community modeled on the European